Monday, 13 July 2015

UPDATED: Prince William Starts New Role, Say Kate is an "Amazing Mother" in Interview, When Will Kate's Next Appearance Be? & Fashion Updates

Hello, dear readers,

We're back with a few updates regarding William's new job, fashion notes and discounted items Kate has worn.

The Sunday newspapers reported Prince William will begin his new job as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance - reporting for duty at Cambridge International Airport in the morning. William will be part of a six-strong team working a mixture of day and night shifts, which last nine and half hours.


The EAAA is a 365 day-a-year lifesaving service working across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Since the charity’s launch in 2000, the dedicated, highly skilled medical crews on their specially equipped helicopters have helped to save the lives of hundreds of people unfortunate enough to be involved in accidents or medical emergencies in this region.

EAAA

The Mail on Sunday spoke with one of William's new colleagues, Jeremy Mauger, a doctor on the EC145 helicopter the prince will be co-piloting.

‘Our crew, particularly the pilots, are fantastic and we are looking forward to working with the Duke,’ said Mr Mauger a 47-year-old consultant anaesthetist at West Suffolk hospital, who has worked with the EAAA for 13 years. ‘They fly in very challenging conditions and land in tight spaces, such as a sports field or busy dual carriageway.’

The article reports he will have no contact with Kate during call outs:

'He will have no contact with the Duchess when he is on call-outs as mobile phones must be switched off during rescue flights. This will be testing for Kate, who has spent the summer with her husband at their Norfolk home since the birth of Princess Charlotte. She has admitted to fearing for her husband’s safety every time he goes up in a helicopter.' 

Although he will continue to carry out official engagements, royal aides say he considers the new role a full-time job, one he is expected to remain in for several years.

One suspects Prince William's early start for work may be the reason we didn't see the Duke and Duchess attend the Wimbledon men's final today. Kate usually tries to go to the tournament twice, however, this year we only saw her there once.


UPDATE: To mark his first day on the job Prince William gave an interview to Sky News. He described Princess Charlotte as "a little joy of heaven" and spoke at his pride at Kate's "amazing" mothering skills and described George as a "little monkey". He didn't rule out the possibility of more children either "You never know what's going to happen".


Speaking about the future William said he has no idea when he might take up full-time royal duties. "The term full-time royal is bandied about quite a lot and no one actually knows what that means but I think I can still manage to do my commitments and my responsibilities as well as I can. The Queen is still very active".  You can watch the interview at You Tube.


For those asking, when will we see the Duchess in an official capacity again? Kate is still on maternity leave but an article last week by Richard Palmer indicated we may see an engagement or two over the next month or so.

'Royal sources said Kate, who is on maternity leave, will be undertaking a small number of official engagements in the next month or so but is still focusing most of her energy on her family.'

Richard's information tends to be very solid and reliable, so I would tend to think this is true. Perhaps a couple of appearances towards the end of the month or early August?

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Also today, we have two updates from William and Kate's Wimbledon appearance on Wednesday.


Kate's L.K. Bennett Cayla Dress sold out quickly on the brands website, (however it is still available at Next) Whilst the brand are not promising to restock it, they are asking customers to submit their details should the red dress become available again. One imagines with enough interest, it will happen, but in the meantime for those looking at alternatives to the dress, check out our Repli-Kate page.

L.K. Bennett

A fan of Kate got an unexpected surprise at Wimbledon on Wednesday when she spotted Michael and Carole Middleton. The young lady actually runs a fan page on instagram dedicated to Her Royal Highness and told Mrs Middleton all about it. More from Kate Middleton Fashion Page:

'As we were walking around the grounds, I saw Michael and Carole Middleton!!! I think not many/any other people had recognised them except maybe the people pictured, unless they were friends. I took the pictures then was about to walk away when my dad suggested we went and said hello!
 Michael was busy but I GOT TO MEET CAROLE!!! I said hello and we told her that I loved her elegant daughters and that I have this fashion blog and then she said, "When Catherine was about your age she wasn't really interested in fashion and clothes". Then SHE ASKED MY NAME so I told her and she said, "I'll tell Catherine."

She also snapped a few memorable photos including the picture of Carole talking to Roger Federer's wife Mirka.

Kate Middleton Fan Page Instagram

It sounds like a very exciting encounter :)

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Moving on to fashion updates, let's take a look at the latest styles available from Kate favourite Jenny Packham. The Pre-Fall looks offer a selection of glittering evening gowns perfect for any red carpet occasion. Below, two of my favourites - the Gold Floor Length Sequin Gown and the pink Asymmetric Floor-Length Gown.

Jenny Packham

A closer look at the intricate embellishment on the two gowns.

Jenny Packham

The majestic Turquoise Embellished Gown is a sleek, streamlined gown, while the black and red gowns are elegant garments with added sparkle. I think red is a particularly strong colour for the Duchess, working very well with her hair colour and skin tone.


Jenny Packham

Packham's talent for beading and intricate embellishment is especially evident in the peach Floral Beaded Sequin Gown, the Long Sleeve Embellished Gown, the gorgeous Draped Starburst Sequin Gown and the Allover Beaded Knotted Gown.

Jenny Packham

The Beaded Trim Backless Gown is a slink column dress featuring a low-cut back, cut-out strap detailing and a sparkling crystal and bead embellished trim. It's crafted in a sheath of midnight blue crepe. The gown is something different from the others shown; displaying a simple elegance.

Jenny Packham

Finally, we see the shimmering Sequin Dress - very similar to the Packham design Kate wore to the Tusk Conservation Awards just weeks after Prince George was born - and the Characoal evening gown, a very similar style to the powder blue wrap dress she wore to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. It's currently discounted from £2,965 to £1,779 at Style Bop.

JennyPackham

Which Jenny Packham design would you like to see the Duchess wear?

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As many of you will know Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is firmly underway. The limited sale allows customers to access brand new stock at discounted prices.

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Our reader Yvette spotted some fabulous Kate finds and kindly emailed us. Firstly, an update of Kate's ever-popular Aquatalia Royal Booties. Below we see the Duchess wearing her brown suede pair - a staple in her closet for years now.


The updated version of the booties - the Reece Weatherproof Booties are exclusively available at Nordstrom discounted from $495 to $319 with Free Shipping. They are available in sizes 5 to 12 and in three colourways black, navy and wine.

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Kate's Aquatalia Rhumba Boots are also included in the sale with a 40% reduction. They're available in most sizes and several colours. The Rhumba are also on sale at Neiman Marcus reduced from $725 to $398.

Aquatalia

There's a great selection of beauty products included too. WWKD noted the Bobbi Brown Standout Palette - a product Kate reportedly uses - and Jo Malone items - a brand Kate reportedly favours - included in the sale.

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In other sales opportunities, as we noted in our Repli-Kate page, Kate's GOAT Scarlett Dress is discounted from $760 to $327 at The Outnet in black and red. As of writing, both colours are available in most sizes.


The Outnet

Finally, the ladies over at What Kate Wore Facebook Page spotted the Kenneth Jay Lane Kate Played Clover Drop Earrings Kate wore in New York reduced from $299 to $89 at Rue la la. The earrings are set in rhodium-plated brass.



That's it for today. We hope you all had a splendid weekend! :)

308 comments:

  1. " Jo Malone items - a brand Kate favours" - was this reported anywhere? Where is this information from?

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    1. Hello Chanel,

      It's been widely reported Kate favours various products from the brand for the last four years or so. Jo Malone was actually involved in the royal wedding, Kate wanted some of their scented candles and toiletries stocked at the Abbey. The company told People at the time "Jo Malone is honoured to have been involved in the royal wedding".

      Here's a few articles with references:

      http://www.vogue.co.uk/beauty/2011/04/28/jo-malone-perfume-royal-wedding-westminster-abbey

      http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2013/09/kate-middleton-post-baby-routine-revealed

      http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2011/05/04/kate-middleton-wedding-perfume/

      http://hollywoodlife.com/2012/08/13/kate-middleton-beauty-routine-cost-details/

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    2. It was reported after the Royal Wedding http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1383218/Royal-Wedding-The-little-known-70-fragrance-Duchess-Cambridge-Kate-Middleton-wore.html

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    3. Thanks, both of you!

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  2. Hi Charlotte! Do you know if Kate, William, George and Charlotte are expected to take a royal tour similar to the Austrailan/new Zealand tour next year? As in, have you heard any chatter about the possibly? It just seems that the couple chooses to go take a royal tour abroad every year (except for 2013 and 2015 since they had PG and PC those years) so I would hope that they would take one is 2016.

    Thank you again for all your wonderful work you do for the blog!! despite the lack of appearances your blog is still so interesting!

    Amelia

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    1. Hello Amelia,

      Thank you for reading!

      I've heard talk of a tour in Spring 2016 and it has been suggested they might visit the Caribbean. Without a doubt, there will be a tour next year absolutely. Where would you all like to see them visit next? :)

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    2. Charlotte, I would like to see them meeting with European royals, as they did with Frederick and Mary. I don't see it happening, but it would be nice. :)

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    3. Julia from Leominster14 July 2015 at 01:49

      I agree with you royal fan, and agree I don't see it happening. Any of the places mentioned below would be fine too although I do think a visit to the States shouldn't just be a tourist holiday but should include some serious engagements. At this point, places in the Commonwealth seem most likely.

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    4. Julia from Leominster14 July 2015 at 01:51

      I agree with you royalfan but also agree I don't see it happening. A tour of Commonwealth nations seems most likely - Africa would be a good choice too.

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  3. Tammy from California13 July 2015 at 03:23

    Oh I love the updated booties and they are named "Reece" the name of my little boy. Guess buying those is a no-brainer!

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  4. Do you have any articles that confirm Kate uses the BB eyeshadow palette? I've been trying to find out more info on her eye makeup products, but no such luck. :/

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  5. I don't know why William has to do this job.

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    1. Perhaps it has to do with his mother's death; this job gives him the opportunity to help (rescue) others. The bottom line is that he doesn't have to do it which makes me respect him even more.

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    2. You might be right royalfan. My sister in law became a doctor because her oldest brother was misdiagnosed and passed away as a result. She said that experience made her want to help others avoid the same situation.

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    3. Sorry royalfan but that is a stretch, even for you. When a death affects a person so much so that their career is changed it is normally changed so in a way to honor the person that died. So if that were true in Will's case he would have wanted to do a job that his mom cared about or caused her death, like something with aids or more work with her charities. For example, Erika's sister-in-law is a great example or if someone is murdered, their kids may become a cop. Their is a correlation between the cause of death and the new career. This job has nothing to do with him mom's death. It doesn't relate to her at all-no correlation to her death.

      Why does there have to be some hidden meaning for him taking this job anyway? He likes flying. Plain and simple! That is why he is doing it. He also is trying to stay out of being a full time royal for as long as possible. So, him taking this job is purely self-serving since he loves flying, which there is nothing wrong with that. It is his passion and good for him. But he is by no means a saint for taking this job, which is what you make him sound like. It just sounds like you are trying to idolize him when he is just doing his passion: flying. If he could have done another job that would allow him to fly, I am sure he would have considered that as well. This is one of the only jobs out there that allows him to fly other than being a commercial pilot or in the military (both of which he can't do). There is not always a hidden meaning.

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    4. I became a doctor because I was bedridden in my teens for 5 years and doctors couldn't figure it out, finally met a great doctor and decided I wanted to be one too. I wound up in a different specialty, but still trying to help others, just started my second year of residency

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden14 July 2015 at 06:04

      Yeah, I think that might be a big part (if maybe not counciously) and also not wanting to "just wait".

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    6. Royalfan that's an interesting thought? Who comes to the Rescue in the case of Serious Life Threatening Car Accidents on The Roads? Around here it's The Flight for Life Helicopters! They land Expertly right onto the Highways & Treat The Most Critical of Patients right onboard with A Surgeon & Anesthesiologist! I always thought it was likely a combo of it being the next best thing to being in Active Duty in The Military & this Next Chapter as a way for him to continue his Flying combined with Helping Others as His Mother raised him to do? We may never know but it's definitely a logical thought!
      Cheers,
      Becca USA:)

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    7. Anon 3:18, I used the word "perhaps", yet you go on to state, rather emphatically, what he should/would be doing to honor his mother and dismiss his job with the insistence that he loves to fly. Where's the "stretch"?

      Until you've been in someone's shoes, how on earth can you be so sure how you would react or what the "appropriate" reaction is?

      The need to undermine everything this man does is beyond sad.

      Beth, thank you for the REALity check needed here. :)

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    8. Julia from Leominster14 July 2015 at 16:51

      I hate to say it Anon 3:18 but I agree with you. I think it is all about flying. I don't see William becoming a doctor or even a paramedic - if there weren't helicopters involved, he would drop this immediately. In order to keep flying he has to find a legitmate reason because of his position - otherwise I think he might have become any sort of pilot - I can see him happily ferrying tourists about, showing them the sites.

      I like William and think he has a good heart but I never find him mature-sounding for a thirty-three year old man. He still sounds much as he did when he was twenty. I'm not a huge Charles fan by any means and think he also has been immature in his personal relationships - but he had at least become engaged with the troubles of his country by the time he was William's age.

      William sounds like a boy-man and it is almost as if he is aware that he is aware of that. The difference between founding the Prince's Trust which helps thousands and more and being a helicopter pilot - a job that other trained individuals could do just as well or possibly better (split employment never means a full dedication to either post.) is enormous. I found William frankly a bit clueless in the interview - more uncertain than passionate and just keen to find a reason to be flying his beloved choppers.

      I keep having hope for the sake of the royal family that I want to see carry on but I'm far from convinced William will make a great king - he seems to lack the fire in the belly for the role. If you see the work as a chore - that will become apparent to the public - especially when youthful attractions are gone - and interest in the family will wane. The British royals need a young and dynamic spokesman making the family relevant to the young and involved with the issues young people are facing - or it might fade away as so many other once strong institutions have.

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    9. Megan, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA14 July 2015 at 18:37

      It angers me a little when posts describe William as self-serving- because he doesn't want to be a full time royal. That's nonsense IMHO! He is up next after his dad, he has been G R A N T E D permission from HM to live his life as he sees fit while respecting the Crown. He has taken on many charities and when he does visit them some people find in necessary to ask how much time off he gets from his "real job" or that he is taking a job from someone else. Really? If there is an opening and he is hired then I guess no one else wanted to work there of was capable of handling the job to begin with. When and if he does become King, I bet he has a plane and I bet he flys it. I will be watching from Heaven by then :)

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    10. Megan, I totally agree with you.

      Not everyone is old enough to appreciate what transpired during the 80's and 90's, but it is quite reasonable to believe that this is the way the Firm wants (even needs) things to be. Add the Camilla factor to the mix, and it becomes even more reasonable. Instead, the fingers are pointed at William (and Kate) and they are referred to as being immature and unwilling to work. William isn't even given credit for doing a dangerous job.

      When it is his turn to be crowned king, it's quite possible that the folks who are around to see it will have more respect for him for doing this type of work, voluntarily. It may be a lot more credible and relevant to the public than if he did an additional "x" number of engagements.

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    11. Diana was a monarchist and I think he could honor Diana by embracing his role there. I also think he could work on a "fasten your seatbelt" or drunk driving campaign, both of which directly contributed to his mother's death.

      To honor her as an individual would be to focus on something she herself cared a lot about, whether it be continuing her fight against land mines or something closer to home. Airlifting severely injured people to hospital is a noble thing to do; but I tend to agree with Julia and Anonymous and think it has a lot more to do with flying helicopters than honoring his mother.

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    12. Bluhare, I don't think it is as much about flying as you say. He always had to rescue his mom so to speak in being there for her often when she was distraught. He saw her turmoil with the press and no doubt often perhaps felt the urge to stand in and protect her but of course he couldn't. So I think that the rescue element plays hugely in his choice whether that is on a subconscious level or not.

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    13. Megan @ 18:37
      I agree Megan, except I hope you will still be around then. If not, you and Diana can cheer him on from the balconies of heaven and the Queen can join you two also as in heaven she and Diana will no doubt be reconciled.

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    14. royalfan14 July 2015 at 22:35

      I do not think that monarchists neccessarily want to see X number of engagements. Harry does not do engagements but finds a way to be publicly engaged and bettering the lives of many through iniatives like the Invictus games and Sentebale etc. Having the platform that William has, he IS in a position to influence the lives of many and even the thoughts of many should he want to.
      I can understand why many feel that it is self-serving of him to indulge in flying - which should technically be a hobby rather than a profession. He already has a profession - remember George's birth certificate. It is Prince of the UK. It is not, tellingly "pilot".

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    15. Julia

      I cant get enough of you reading!!! Thanks!

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    16. World Traveler15 July 2015 at 07:21

      Well put bluhare! I quiet agree with you and the above Anon and Julia. I have to think that his job is about his love of flying. Yes, he chose something that also helps people, but if he chose another job that involved flying without helping others, wouldn't the public get a bit upset> It is one thing to do something he loves, but if he did that without helping others, which is really what his role as a royal is, then he would be seen as selfish. So, while this job is noble, I agree that it appears to be for him all about flying helicopters, which he has made clear that is his first love professionally. I think people are trying to make his career choice something more than it is.

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    17. Rebecca - Sweden15 July 2015 at 12:19

      A thought though. I don't think you could survive working with hurt people all the time if your NOT in it in some part at least for helping people. The kind of things you go through and the trauma it inflicts on you I don't think would be copeable if you just did it for the flying. Just a thought. I'm not saying he's doing it for purely humanitarian reasons... But who cares.... The dude is freaking flying people to save their lives, so what if he just did it to fly! Most people have a self-serving element to their job, whether bigger or smaller.

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  6. I'd love to see them visit the States! Maybe the Obama's at a state dinner, the New England area, maybe sample the maple syrup of Vermont. The American South, and sampling Carolina BBQ, or eating Southern Food at Mama Dip's in North Carolina. Golfing in Hilton Head, SC and laying a wreath for the Emanuel 9 in Charleston. Boot Scooting in Texas, skiing in Vail, Seeing Old Faithful in Yosemite, witnessing the magic skies of New Mexico. Biking in Mackinac Island and staying at the Grand Hotel. I don't know, but that would give them a varied American experience. The kids would love it! Thanks Charlotte for a great post as always. I am formally MC Scott, and I left comments under that name. I now have a new name as you can see! Great work Charlotte! BTW, I read on another blog that the christening shoes worn by our Duchess were Russell & Bromley, but another type that's no longer availble? Is this true?

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    1. Encorerose, That is a perfect Itinerary. :)
      Would love to do that myself.
      What a way to get to know America.

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    2. Thanks Anon: 02! I think if I were royal, I would love to see all American landmarks, and enjoy our varied culture. I wish I could do that tour myself!

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    3. Just a correction-- that would be "Seeing Old Faithful in Yellowstone," not Yosemite. =)

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden14 July 2015 at 11:54

      I actually hope they don't go to the states (not to rain on your guy's parade) because it will be seen as another "celebrity, cherry picking" thing. I also think it's more important that they go to commowealth coutries. And especially since they've already been twice in the US. Just my thought. Africa would be nice! They could visit some of the commonwealth countries, visit Sentebale and see Harrys great work, focus on conservation, visit some place Diana was AND meet dignitaaries and form bonds.

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    5. I think it would be nice if they did a tour of Great Britain.

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    6. They toured England after the engagement and have made visits to various towns while performing other
      royal and charitable duties.
      They lived in Wales for 3+ years. They have made numerous visits and engagements in Scotland.
      GB /UK seems to be the focus of Charles and Camilla right now. William and Catherine and Harry have
      been sent for various commemorations and events outside the UK, while C&C held down the fort locally.
      It may be part of a plan to keep them visible to the people who may soon need to accept them as their King and
      Queen. They do make Commonwealth and other visits , but the idea may be to keep the focus on C&C in GB.
      I can't imagine them applauding a wildly successful tour of GB by William and Catherine.

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    7. I think you are right, Rebecca, though areas of Africa have to be chosen carefully for security reasons. But also, Kate and William together have only visited LA and NY, and William has been to Washington and Memphis and I think Houston. I would love to see the two of them follow the Scandinavian and other European royals into the US midwest. Not just Chicago and Minneapolis, but the countryside - small towns, farms, colleges, hospices, etc. They do not really have a good idea of this country, though their tour of Canada helped give them an impression of North America's heartland. Sooner or later, they need to visit the real USA.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden15 July 2015 at 04:03

      That is true bluhare. With the kids. So the "they're mostly shown in other countries"-speak can get put down.

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  7. Some of those gowns are beautuful. I particularly love the gold one and the red one. I could picture Kate wearing those.

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  8. Perhaps we can keep William and team members in our daily prayers for safety and successful rescues. And that Kate be given peace about William at work so she won't fear.

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    1. Rose from Montreal, Canada13 July 2015 at 23:21

      That is such a good idea.

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    2. Thanks Rose,
      They are now on my daily devotions list.

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    3. Thanks Anon 7/13 @ 3:57! With all the chatter about Their Choice for Will to Be of Service like this & for Catherine to Be His Moral Support System, I think You are The First Person I've Seen or Heard to Suggest This & It's Wonderful!:) My Husband is a Dr. who's Hospital Triages for a large somewhat rural & suburban area & He works closely with their "Flight for Life" Team (our version of what William is doing) The Intensity & High Risk Level of what Those Teams Do is Amazing! No matter how much help Catherine will have @ home, No one ever really knows how much emotional strength it takes to walk that journey as the spouse @ home concerned until He is home safely & also to offer him the emotional support that they need to do the best job they can to save as many lives as possible! As I watched the Youtube video I was struck by how much he reminded me of Diana & how all those years of instilling the value of service to those in need & those that he will serve as King one day.... Has without doubt been woven into The Man he is & Ultimately The King He Will Be!
      Becca

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    4. Colour Moving and Still14 July 2015 at 02:09

      I can imagine that Kate must be very stressed. I know I would be fearing for my husband's safety all the time :(

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      Moreover, have you seen the doctor who flies with William? Check her out!;))

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    6. "Colour" Thank you for your thought! Sadly, I have seen so many marriages & families fall apart, among these Intense Medical Emergency Flight Transport Teams!:( However the Culprit was "Not Talking"! Whether it be The Team Members supporting each other, or The Lack of Communication with their Spouse or the lack of Moral Support coming from The At Home Spouse! I was nodding along, as he both spoke about The Importance of "Talking" About The Stresses with Fellow Team Mates & Then Saying What a Good Job Catherine is Doing as a Mom & How Proud Hi was of Her! After 30 yrs of being The Support Spouse, I can Attest that by Expressing those Thoughts it Says Volumes about Him, The Way He is Approaching This Experience & The level of Open Supportive Communication They Have! Kudos & Blessings to Them Both!
      Peace,
      Becca USA

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden14 July 2015 at 11:57

      I agree Becca. I was so proud when he said the "talking" thing. I commented on that in a recent post when he talked to a person at the 7/7 event and said it was important to talk, and now he did it again. I said then, and still am really proud that he is breaking the "cold" ways of the royal family and accknowledgeing the importance of talking!! Him pointing out stuff like that plus Kate's work with childrens mental health can have a huge impact on the way we view trauma and psychological problems. And as a person inflicted with this I'm very, very proud for their stance in this!! :)

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    8. What a great post! The job Prince William is doing as a pilot is a rough one. I have a brother in law who is a "LifeFlight" medic (that what it's called here in the U.S. He says his and him are air sick all the time. Especially on windy days (the ones they are able to fly in). Patients they are able to give something for sickness or most of them are sedated. Also there is after effects on them for what they see. Especially when they have calls where children are badly hurt or even worse die. My other brother in law is an EMT on a ambulance and he's had worse trouble with PTSD. I think it also has to do with their personalities and if they have a partner at home who will listen to them. Duchess Catherine really seems like that type to me. It will just be a huge stress on them, and he will carry a huge weight on his shoulders. The daily prayer will definitely be added to my list.
      On a lighter note is there any articles that reference the Duchess wearing the Bobby Brown makeup? I would also love for them to come on a tour of the U.S. and stop in Texas. In either Austin or San Antonio because I live right between the too. That would be fabulous!

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    9. Thanks anon @ 15:32 for putting them on your prayer list. Blessings to you.
      Thanks

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    10. awh Rebecca I am so glad that he is talking about "talking it through" also.
      Communication is key. Good for Kate also. Helping to demolish stigmas.
      Just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way you talk things through here, Rebecca. :)

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    11. Colour,
      Just out of curiosity, are you British?
      Just wondered because of how you spell colour.
      My IPhone, being American, :)
      wouldn't even let me spell color with a u the first couple of tries.

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  9. Kate would look great in some of these gowns, but with her hair up, please. :) Long hair covers up the neckline and shoulders which detracts from the overall look.

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    1. DEFINITELY with her hair UP.
      And, with some serious bling.

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    2. Colour Moving and Still14 July 2015 at 02:08

      Yes, hair up please! Love the look on her :)

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  10. I read in one of the articles that William has to bring a packed lunch every day.
    Lol I'd love to see what kinda lunch he brings. Perhaps there's a little handwritten note from Kate in there.
    "Have a good first day, come home safely to me, Georgie, and Charlotte! XO Kate ;)"

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    1. Blair, that would not surprise me at all. In fact, I would be surprised if there wasn't one in there. :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden14 July 2015 at 06:06

      Since she likes cooking I'm sure there will be home packed lunches from the wifie :)

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  11. Forget Kate! I want to wear that beaded gown backless dress.:) It's beautiful. I think Packham makes some really beautiful gowns that are very feminine.

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    1. Exactly my thought CuriousKat. We would look fabulous! Packham gowns are to die for.

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    2. You and me both, CuriousKat. That gown is a knock out.

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    3. I agree with you all, would like to join the JP club!!!:))

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  12. I had a question and I figured this blog was the place to come. Do you think the Cambridge's will visit Balmoral this year? Would Kate take the kids for a short stay without William if he has to work?

    I would love to see William and Kate tour Africa. It will be five years since they got engaged in Kenya and it would be lovely if they got a chance to go back to celebrate. I know it's not realistic for them to go this fall with a newborn, but maybe Spring/Summer of 2016? George seemed to enjoy his visit to the zoo in Australia and visits to local farms seem like a hit.. William's charity work has been very focused on wildlife protection. This would be a lovely time for William to introduce his children to Africa and a cause that is very important to him. I would also love to see William and Kate visit Harry's charity Sentebale. I know William has seen his brother's incredible efforts, but I do not believe Kate has been able to visit Lesotho (please correct me if I am mistaken).

    That being said. I do not think I'll get my wish. It wouldn't surprise me if Kate and William made a private visit sometime this fall or next year, but I think the official tour will be of the Caribbean. Prince Harry had such a successful tour there during the Diamond Jubilee. I loved the video of him "racing" Usain Bolt.

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    1. Yes, I believe they will go to Balmoral at some point. As a happy family of FOUR, that is. :)

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  13. My favorites of the gowns you show are the turquoise and the midnight blue. I'm not sure Kate would choose either, but I would love to see them on her. I must say, I think Kate must be the best thing that ever happened to Jenny Packham. The dresses look better on her than they do on the models!

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    1. I Always Think That but Never said it!:) Also, for all the folks that think Kate is Not a Fashion Icon....( A Poster Clarified for me recently that "A Fashion Icon Effects or Changes Fashion" ) Well after viewing an article comparing Kate & DI in side by side photos, I was struck by how Much Kate "Has" "Effected The Fashion Industry" compared to Diana! Diana wore some Wacky Outfits, I remember, I followed her closely & we almost share a BDay by a day. Not much of what She Wore was Accessable to The Public & No Designer Duds that She Wore changed Any Fashion Direction, it just Sophisticatedly followed suit with the Existing Trends! Kate however has been a boon, with Clothing & Accessories Selling Out Frantically! She's brought So Much Business to already established Designers & Huge Kick Starts to little known ones! She made being a Recessionista en Vogue, with her Style of Mixing Bespoke with Off the rack & Recycling outfits by mixing & matching Accessories! People may say here that her taste is Boring? However.... I always wonder.... Because they never call The Designer who Designed These Dresses & Outfits Boring.... She dresses from Current Designer lines & Current looks, but gives them her very own Classic Twist! So I will continue to enjoy her choices & see her as definitely having a very positive effect on the Fashion Industry, along with being a great role model for young ladies today.
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    2. VERY good points Becca. Definitely some logic brought into the "boring"
      debate and the "fashion Icon" debate. Don't understand why there ever was a debate as her wardrobe is anything but boring. I definitely think she is a fashion Icon. The Items she wears do sell out time and time again. There are blog sites about what she wears and even the daily papers and magazine almost always mention what Kate wore. I do think this will become more apparent in retrospect as some have said.

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    3. Maryland Moxie14 July 2015 at 06:33

      I actually attribute the increased business to technology - the internet and on-line ordering. Which were not available in Diana's time. Most of the folks copying Kate are American. Blogs that can immediately identify items and tell you where to purchase them are responsible. And you are correct - folks aren't copying the bespoke items, because folks that are rich enough to afford dressing themselves that way - prefer to have the designer create something unique for them and their body type.

      The imitation of Kate is a fascinating topic. I wish we had the data on the inventory being moved. Because selling out could mean that you had only created 50 pieces in the first place.

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    4. I relate to Moxie here a bit. She either wears a bespoke piece( costs a fortune) or clothes from previous collections which of course sell out immediately as only a few left in stock. Last time I cant remember which dress it was but they reported that only 3 were in stock. So I would be a bit more cautious with the numbers too.
      Another question, does it really make someone a fashion icon just because he/she sells sth quickly?
      For me no, no. A fashion icon for me doesnt wear the same type of clothes, colours, coatdresses, jewellery. You can even guess before certain events that it will be a skinny jeans or a coatdress event. Her style became plain and boring especially if one compares to the Canadian tour.

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    5. All Great Points Moxie! Now even More food for thought!:)
      Cheers,
      Becca:)

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    6. Yankee from California14 July 2015 at 18:19

      I know I'll sound like a freak after this, but here goes... As a teenager, I was in love with lots of Diana's things. I still love the houndstooth check outfit worn on the River Dee after her honeymoon and would still buy it in an instant, if possible. I settled for other houndstooth check items, but they never satisfied me. I wore a sweater similar to the white/black sheep one she wore to polo. It was reported at the time who made the real thing but I couldn't convince my mother that I NEEDED a sweater shipped from the UK even though she did indulge my Royalty Monthly subscription request at Christmas. I loved Diana JP Tod's driving shoes and never bought any, but over a decade later bought two pairs of Tod's - luscious flat walking boots and fantastic spiky-heeled boots that I would never have seen if it hadn't been for noticing the brand I admired so much on Diana. I have two pairs of shoes that Kate wore. I loved them on her and searched for the makers -- that's how I found this blog in the first place. One pair I ordered online and regret it as they are a bit large but still work fine. I think many people are inspired by what they see on celebrities -- I will always dreams of wearing the swingy brocade coat Carrie wore on SATC before Big moved to Napa. I don't want to be these people and wouldn't wear all of their choices, but when they wear something fantastic (for me) and I can actually have it, why not? It's fun! And I haven't bought anything quickly -- I tend to let things simmer. If I still like something after time passes, I get it. To Moxie's point, I am obviously American, but reports of sell-outs seem to be happening in the UK and other places, as well. I had a heck of a time finding a pair of Aquatalia booties when I decided I really did want them and that isn't a brand that makes just a few. I'm not attributing that solely to Kate, it's just an observation.

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    7. Yankee thank you. You helped illustrate my point beautifully about Kate being a fashion Icon. Funny, I loved a lot of those same Diana clothes.
      I remember events by what the women had on. That helps me then remember the dates and names of the events.
      Very important tools. :)

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    8. Someone else here made similar comments here, but now I can't find it.
      Re:never seeming to change one's mind. Never giving the other bloke a nod.
      As far as I know, I am one of the few commenters who has actually admitted to altering a perspective or
      admitted to mis-speaking, complete with apologies.Or giving a nod to a remark of someone who generally
      has opposite opinions to mine.
      I learned this studying debate techniques. It's not because I am a particularly nice person. Some may say not.
      In the last couple months, I, too, have noted a more respectful vibe on this blog. Once, the appeal for prayer would have been sneered at and dismissed. Instead, it was embraced.
      As far as I know, the Pope is the only infallible person on Earth; well, that idea is open for debate.
      Surely, no one who comments on this blog is right 100% of the time.

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    9. Kate isn't a fashion icon. She dresses beautifully and sells clothes, but she does not influence. An icon influences.

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    10. Don't sales suggest "influence"? If clothes sell out and websites have crashed, I'd say it points to a wee bit of influence. :)

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    11. RepliKate influences.

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    12. I think there may be some quibbling going on over the word icon. We need to define our meanings.
      Icon can be a religious object. A cult hero. A person to emulate. A person to look up to. A person
      at the top of his field who is synonymous with and identified with his work. I'm sure the word has other
      meanings. It is not really helpful to drag out the dictionary, unless it includes all generally accepted
      nuances of a word.
      For that matter, what is meant by influencing? Bringing about a response;changing behavior; causing to
      emulate.......

      It is ridiculous to argue over terms when there s no agreement on meaning.

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    13. Looking back at Diana, it's hard to look past the eighties fashion, but she was an icon. Kate gets praise every time she wears clothing or jewelry that is "affordable". Diana wore many more bespoke pieces (but she also did more engagements as princess of Wales) but she did wear many inexpensive pieces. I like the mix of high fashion and accessible pieces. I love being able to purchase Kate's zara crystal necklace but I'm also excited to see her in tiaras and other royal jewels. I don't think kate is a fashion icon but I still think she has great style.

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    14. Rebecca - Sweden15 July 2015 at 04:05

      I agree bluhare. She isn't (and I don't think she aspires to be) a fashion ikon or a trendsetter. She dresses nicely. People buy it. I think it's the extent of it.

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    15. No I don't think clothes sales translates to an icon. Jackie Kennedy was an icon. Daphne Guinness and Isabella Blow were/are icons. The only things I think of when I think of Kate are nude pumps and wedges.

      Icons influence fashion, they don't just sell clothes. Kate follows fashion and sells clothes.

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  14. World Traveler13 July 2015 at 06:48

    The boutique on Ruelala has those earrings under "regal looks inspired by Princess Diana". I saw those earrings when the boutique opened the other day and when I saw the Kenneth Jay Lane pair I thought that they looked more like something Kate had worn not Diana. So it is funny to find out that she DID wear them, lol. I totally forgot about this pair when she was in NY. Sadly, they are one of my least favorite pair of earrings of hers. I think they would look nice if they were a little smaller. They look great in the photo on Ruelala, but they look very different on a person, like Kate. Sadly I will not be buying them, but I am glad to know that I was right in thinking they were something she would wear.

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    1. We must always remember that Kenneth Jay Lane decorated Fashionable Ladies from Diana to The Duchess of Windsor & Many Many President's Wives from Jackie on.... In fact (little known fact) Barbara Bush's Famous 3strand pearls (that are in The Smithsonian) were by Kennth Jay Lane! Touché :)
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      Becca USA

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    2. That he did Becca, that he did. Thanks for the Info.

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    3. World Traveler15 July 2015 at 07:26

      That is interesting info Becca, so thank you. But I am not really sure what it had to do with my comment. I was only talking about that specific pair of earrings of Lane and that I was happy to see I knew Kate's style, I wasn't talking about Lane in general. I am a bit confused with your 'touche' since my comment was quiet general and not an opposing comment to be countered or evened (which is what touché is).

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  15. There's a mildly interesting interview with Prince William on the BBC News website.

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    1. Maryland Moxie14 July 2015 at 06:36

      Let me know when there is wild, uncontrolled interesting interview of William posted!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden14 July 2015 at 08:07

      Haha, Moxie! I think he's in the wrong career for that :P

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    3. Ok Moxie, I just cracked up! Still smiling:)
      Becca:)

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    4. Moxie, really, what good would a wild interview do anyway? Everything he says already causes controversy even as it is.
      He could simply say "Good morning" and have pages of debate about that even on this blog. He doesn't need Jerry Springer to do that.
      So glad they are flourishing in spite of us all. :) I thought the interview was a sweet, thoughtful and candid one.

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    5. I am imagining William as interviewed by Jerry Springer right now. ha!
      Anon 10:45- was that with or without his live studio audience?
      Another thought-Didn't both William and his wife's mother refer to her as Catherine, not Kate?
      Also, there were parts of the interview I couldn't pick up, including some of the interviewer's remarks.With you on that, Daan.
      From William's body language and facial expressions, it seemed to me that he was familiar with the
      general topics the questions would include, but not the specific questions.
      I think he was thoughtful, candid, and well-spoken.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden15 July 2015 at 12:23

      Oh god! Can anyone just picture the candid Jerry springer with the whole royal family! :P People yelling, Camilla being blamed, the Queen being shamed, Andrew rushed of the stage :P Sorry! But the imagery in my head!!

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  16. After watching the interview with William this morning, I can say there is a change of heart in the media about the Cambridges. I also applaud whoever the interviewer was, tough questions.

    Let's hope for some Kate sightings but this time please not a sport event.

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      What interview? I didn't see it, but now I am curious. What tough questions were asked?

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    2. Don't think there is any change of heart in the media. William would have been briefed on these questions. I think the questions were designed to make clear that he is going to do this job until the older generation can't fulfill their schedules and only then will he take on more Royal responsibilities.

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    3. I loved the quote about how no one knows what a full time royal is. Um, I think we do.

      The article also said how he will be working full time for the first few months and then down to 2/3 time to "allow for royal duties". I truly do hope that we see that happen.

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    4. The link to the Interview is in the blog narrative above.

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    5. Yes! So Wonderful to See People Beginning to Value His Choices in How He Wants to Be of Service @ This Time in His Life! Far Better I think than how Charles grumbled around playing the waiting game @ the same age!
      Becca USA

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    6. Colour Moving and Still14 July 2015 at 02:07

      bluhare, I'll believe it when I see it. Wouldn't be the first time we have been told Will or Kate will "hit the ground running", with a "significant increase" in royal duties, and it didn't happen.

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    7. Becca USA, I don't see Prince Charles as "grumbled around playing the waiting game". He has done enormous good work for the environment; and the amazing amount of energy, detail, creativity he has poured into the gardens at Highgrove, his estate, is beyond belief. It is open to the public for all kinds of events. Also, what about the enormous work he has done through his charities for the arts? He raises 100 million pounds, each year!! You can read about it here: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/the-prince-of-wales/the-princes-charities As artists, my husband and I have great respect for his contributions! I would love to live in the UK and take part in them! The Youth of UK are FAR better off than we in the states, when it comes to serious art training! And they have Prince Charles to thank for that. No, Prince Charles is far from "playing the waiting game"!!

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    8. I think there is. I have never seen an interview where such qs were put up. Representing the public opinion, they are fully aware the criticism.

      Bluhare, how funny it was. He doesnt know what it means to be a full time royal, ehhh????

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    9. Right Becca, and how can anyone compare ribbon cutting and commemorative plague unveilings with flight and rescue. I think he has created a nice and worthwhile balance between work, Royal duties and raising a family for this time in his life.

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    10. Maryland Moxie14 July 2015 at 06:10

      bluhare, I like that quote from William about full time royal because it reiterates what I've been sharing about how much free time the Queen actually has! She works a 3 day week and takes 4 months of vacation! And she's the hardest working one! If that's the model, then he sure does have time to do another career too!

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    11. Yes Moxie, but the Queen is 89 and still works as much!!!!! I would like to see William working that much at that age!!!

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    12. "Artistswriter" (great name btw) You are 100% Correct! I was harckening back to his Early Years with Diana, when people just didn't know what to make of him & joked about him "talking to his plants" etc. All the while when Diana was beginning to & then getting All The Attention Full On... Those years when he came off as unhappy because She was getting all the attention for what he saw (at the time) as just dumb adoration from fans that didn't know her & his reported perspective (at that time) was that she hadn't earned any of it... She just "Showed up" & it really apparently bothered him & then he just got a bad wrap as the Pouty Prince:( When in Truth a) He was Clearly Ahead of His Time with The Environment & So Much of what he was teased about or Not Appreaciated for:( & b) Of Course years later (I think before/ but definitely after her Death) He grew to have Great Respect for Diana & Grew to Value all the ways She broke the rules thus paving New Ways that many of The Royals follow to this day!:) I can't remember where I read it today, if it was Here or somewhere else, but it referenced how Charles Really Really wants William to have this period of being able to do something he is really passionate about, while also making a difference in the everyday life of others, all the while being of service & (as William referenced) being able to evolve into the man he wants to be! That's another big Kudos to Charles too as a Dad! Thanks for bringing up all your points & prompting me to Clarify myself.:)
      Cheers,
      Becca:)

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    13. artists writer,
      Thank you for taking up for Charles.
      I agree with you. Thank you for the link.

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    14. Moxie 6:10: As usual, another jibe at the work/lack of work ethic of William and Kate and now even the Queen. You say that the queen works 3 days a week and takes 4 months off. Well, in Canada, teachers “work” 5 to 6 hours a day and get 3 months off (2 weeks at Christmas, 2 for Spring Break and 2 months in the summer). Now before you all jump down my throat, OF COURSE they work MUCH MORE than that. But if you consider only the time the Queen spends in the public eye as work, then the same criteria could be applied to teachers as they spend less than 6 hours a day teaching. Yet they make a full time wage for about 2/3 of a day and 3 months off. Yet they are constantly striking for more pay, more benefits, and smaller class sizes. And I agree that they should get all of that. So, please don't vilify me with teacher "hate" comments. They have a tough job. The fact is, you, Moxie, have no idea how much work the Queen does. Or how much work that William and Kate do for that matter. I was reading an article about William the other day that said in preparation for his taking over the management of the Duchy of Cornwall, he is attending most meetings and is involved in much of the decision making. As for the “elder” royalty, they are doing their bit, but once the Queen passes, they will be replaced by the younger ones. You give the impression that they are being forced into slave labour because the younger ones aren’t prepared to take up the slack. Since you don’t know that for a fact, could you not, just once, acknowledge that perhaps the older ones don’t want the younger ones taking over the limelight too much until they are gone or incapable of doing it themselves? They have to earn their keep too. Look at Beatrice and Eugenie. They apparently don’t receive any public funds and yet those two live the most frivolous lifestyles of all. Andrew trots them out to engagements once in a while so that he can justify getting security for them. But even if they don’t receive public funds, the perception is appalling. Here are two capable young adults allowed to run amok as if they were entitled to all the trappings of royalty without any of the responsibility. It’s those two who make the monarchy look bad. Not William and Kate who really are trying to make their mark on a monarchy firmly controlled by an 89 year old beloved Queen and her business machine and raising the future of the monarchy to boot. You are entitled to your opinion, Moxie, and you constantly give us your opinion. Sometimes you change the opinion of others with your thoughts, but I’ve never known you to acknowledge anyone else’s opinion as food for thought. I would take your comments so much more seriously if you at least did that once in a while instead of constantly breaking out the same old tune.
      And blue27 at 7:58: I hope I’m alive to see William work that much at the Queen’s age. Because I have no doubt that he will be a wonderful king.

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    15. The Queen is head of state, with duties to attend to, wherever she is. Her job does not cease if she moves from one home to another. She still reads and signs voluminous government documents and meets with the prime minister and entertains foreign dignitaries and attends local events. She is never really on vacation, though she finds time for riding and family gatherings. She is always within the United Kingdom unless she leaves on official business. Your viewpoint, Moxie, is too narrow. The Queen is always Queen and always at work.

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    16. William said the term "full time royal" has been "bandied about." This indicates there is no official
      definition of the term and to say we know what it means is rather naive. This term was created by the
      press. The structure of work done by the RF must be kept flexible to account for individual talents and
      availability. The cousins have raised their families and are available. Alexandra has health issues and works as she is able. She is an amazing product of a by-gone generation. To survive, the monarchy must be
      reinvented. I suspect more and more of the European royalty will be taking work outside their "royal
      duties."
      As far as the Spanish and Belgian monarchs working madly to stave off republicanism- I imagine William
      will too, when he is the monarch. Right now he is the equivalent of their eldest daughter's child-who has
      not been born yet. When those children are born, grow up, and start working madly for the monarchy
      they will be a proper conparison to the stage William is at now.
      The same tired arguments shouted in a vacuum, without any consideration of logic-just rhetoric, which is
      predictable and not very original. Read the Independent. It will sound familiar.

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    17. Rebecca - Sweden14 July 2015 at 20:57

      THANK YOU Marny for a very clever and nice way of explaining it!!

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    18. Anon @ 16:39
      So true ANON. That lady has such stalwart resolve. That is her schedule and life. One amazing lady.

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    19. MARNY @ 15:26
      THANK YOU. My feelings exactly.
      Thank you for those comments. Helped make my day, for sure. :)

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    20. Becca @ 08:53
      Yay Becca. I also think Charles has been grossly misrepresented in the press. You know William and Harry didn't turn out superlatively like they have just from Diana's input alone. Charles has played a big part in that also, as has the Queen I believe.
      It is about time Charles receives the accolades and respect he deserves. :)

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    21. Let's get one thing straight. They are all full time royals. If they weren't, they would give up their titles, perks and residences and live like average folk part of the time. They don't.

      The only question is whether they work full time. And I think we all can agree (although probably not) that William and Kate don't keep a full time royal schedule -- defined by royal parameters, Moxie! I agree with you that none of them work 40 hour weeks with 2-3 weeks off a year as the rest of us do. However, some work a lot more than the rest and that's who I measure against. And William and Kate get full time perks for working a lot less. They're consistently at the bottom of the list in terms of numbers.

      Philip has been quoted as saying it's time for him to slow down, and he should be off the shelf by his "sell by date". That sounds like someone who would like to slow down and someone needs to be there to pick up the slack. As the 2nd in line, some of that should fall to William.

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    22. Maryland Moxie15 July 2015 at 02:49

      Marny, your comment is filled with too many inaccuracies for me to respond to all of them and you jump from idea to idea. Is your point that I criticize Will and Kate for not working and that I should not do that because the Queen doesn't want them to work? And that I should never criticize the Queen because teachers do a lot of work that no one sees?

      I'll respond this way - I've not criticized Will and Kate for not working - I've criticized the characterization of Will and Kate as hard working - which they are not. They are a wealthy leisurely couple. William is starting a job - that was created for him - that will go down to 2/3rds time just after a few months so he can do other things. The Queen isn't a teacher planning lessons for a nation - she's a monarch with an enormous staff that no one ever sees. The Queen isn't running a country - the Prime Minister is. So I stand by my comment that William has plenty of time for a career AND royal work - because they never have to worry about running to the store to buy the milk and they aren't running a country - they are saying hello! to everyone.

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    23. One would think William has read the term 'full time royal' bandied about among the comments here! I almost thought he was replying to some of what one reads after every post.

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    24. Courtney from NC15 July 2015 at 06:36

      Marny -- That was a brilliant way to get your point across. Well done.

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    25. Ha Ha ANON @ 03:11
      I thought the same thing. It sure felt like William was responding to some of the flack here on this website. lol

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  17. Fremont Ohio is where Id love to see them visit. Haha. It is the home of President Rutherford B Hayes, close to Lake Erie sight of a battle in 1812. Nanny could stay at home Ill babysit the babies. Hehe

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    1. She sure is doing a great job juggling a lot & on a very public stage! I sure couldn't do it with such organic grace!

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    2. I agree Becca. It is truly like she was born to the roles she has now. Her assimilation into the Royal family has been seamless.

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    3. Maryland Moxie14 July 2015 at 06:49

      Becca - don't make me get out my statistics.
      She had her baby Christened and went to Wimbledon this month. This was after she went to a polo match, rode around in a carriage at Trooping, and delivered her new baby. We know she also played with her son in a park. While the nannies looked after the baby and the housekeepers did the housework. So I don't see the "a lot" Kate is juggling. Not going to put "multi-tasker" next to Kate's name.

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    4. lol:) Ok Moxie I yield before I get Swatted by your Statistics! :) lol
      Still laughing,
      Becca:)

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    5. Courtney from NC15 July 2015 at 06:39

      Moxie -- I think a very key part of your reply is the "I don't see" which is entirely true. You use a very, very narrow view and make it broad. You only know what the media reports. You don't know the truth about them at all. None of us do but most "jobs" or "duties" have prep work required. Yes, she does have a staff to help but ultimately it is her responsibility. I don't know that the juggling a lot meant appearances either. Having two small children and your face splashed about on tabloid rags almost daily is a lot to juggle.

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    6. Courtney
      You have mentioned that narrow, relentless focus. And, truly that is based solely on hearsay. Unless the critics are personally involved with the Royal family they have no legitimate complaint. And, even if they were truly involved with the Royal family they would still have no room to complain as the Royal families business is their own business. (The monies from the civil list are part and parcel their heritage funds.)
      Ann, formerly from Holly Springs, NC

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    7. I agree, Courtney, there is prep work involved. However, if someone's only doing, for example, four 90 minute engagements a month, and assuming the prep work is the same amount of time as the appointment (which I think is generous), that's 12 hours of work a month. Most of us do that in less than two days.

      Kate's face is only splashed on the tabloids when she wants it, for the most part. It's hard to argue that the last couple of sessions in the park with George didn't at least have tacit permission by not objecting to the photographs and leaving.

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  19. Hi! I am really thinking I should get myself a pair of those booties! They are expensive... does anybody has a pair and can tell if they are worth it? Thanks.

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    1. Yankee from California13 July 2015 at 23:38

      I have a pair of them (the last version which was called "Royalty" in the US). They are the most comfortable boots I've ever had and I highly recommend them. I bought them a half size big so I can wear them with thicker socks in the winter and they are still fine with trouser socks during warmer months. The suede has held up perfectly, even with the amount I wear them. Go for it!

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  20. Great post, Charlotte! Wish I could afford those Reece booties, perfect for a slushy, muddy mid-Atlantic states winter. Alas, no. The Packham gold sequin gown looks like Kate to me. She loves her lace and the more covered look suits her. Hard to choose but it's my favorite.

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  21. I really like the booties also.

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  22. Hello everyone!

    I've added a video of William's interview to the post :)

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  23. Marci from Salt Lake13 July 2015 at 23:17

    Hm, watching William's interview was interesting. It seemed to me he stopped just short of saying something like, "You never know when the monarchy is going to be abolished, and if it comes to that, I want to have a job lined up." Which would of course be a shocking thing to have said, but I do wonder strongly if that forms a part of his overall thinking. He actually did say something to the effect that one never knows and he could be doing this for the rest of his life.

    I like the gowns, Charlotte. The gold one is my favorite.

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    1. You could also interpret it as him saying: I will do this until such time as I am called upon to take on more royal responsibilities. It is not inconceivable to assume that he will not be King for another twenty to thirty years and by then he will most probably be at an age where he no longer can or wants to fly under demanding conditions. Therefore he will have done it for the rest of his flying life. I don't think Royals think in terms of the abolishment of the Monarchy.

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    2. I think it's kind of uncomfortable to talk about the death of his grandmother and his father, as turning points in his life...

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    3. Re: William making a contingency plan should the Monarchy be abolished - I caught that too! I do wonder what exactly would the repercussions be to the family should the Monarchy be abolished or public funding stripped. If anyone has a link to a concise article about that hypothetical situation I would very much appreciate if you could post it :).

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    4. That's Facinating Marcy! I Never Thought of That? That part caught my curiosity too, but I chalked it up to the Math..... If Charles lives into his Nineties or so, then William may not ascend until his 60's? That would provide for a Flight Career (of sorts) of 30 odd years? That's how I took it, but good grab on That Angle! Hmmm! Food for Thought!

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    5. Sarah from Calif.14 July 2015 at 01:17

      Marci, I think William is playing his cards very well. I think you would agree with me on that. Certainly a different game he has to play.

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    6. I didn't interpret anything as a contingency plan...simply that this is the game plan for now. Does anyone seriously believe he would make a reference (on any level) to abolishing the monarchy...especially while his grandmother is on the throne and his father is next in line??

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    7. Sarah, it certainly is a different game William has to play. A lot of uncharted territory. I think he is playing the hand that was dealt to him with forethought and skill, AND, compassion.

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    8. Wasn't William saying "one never knows" in response to whether he and Kate are planning on having more children?

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    9. Julia from Leominster14 July 2015 at 02:21

      I think, as mentioned above, it is simply because to speak of that would mean the death of a loved one.

      The reality is William couldn't possibily remain a helicopter pilot if the monarchy ended; his yearly salary wouldn't pay for Kate's new tennis court. The one thing that wasn't mentioned int that interview is the extremely expensive lifestyle William and Kate have - security alone is hugely expensive. Should the monarchy end, they would no longer have their Kensington flat to worry about, but would need most likely to obtain a place in London and pay for multiple things that they have at their disposal now. Everything from the schooling of their children to their daily transportation would become an issue.

      The Middletons are well off but don't even make the British rich list -and have two other children. Diana left William a tidy amount but it wouldn't begin to cover the lifestyle William and Kate enjoy now. Country homes are very expensive - that's why so many of them are open to the public. While Sandringham is privately owned by the monarch - property on it's estate might well have to be sold to support former members should the monarchy end.

      It is very unlikely that Charles would retain the Duchy of Cornwall or the queen or her successor, the Duchy of Lancaster- at best, there would be a settlement with the government. Charles would have to find a way to pay for his own very expensive lifestyle. William would need to use his former royal position more productively sitting on boards for instance. This postion he now holds as helicopter is a great luxury - the privilage of a man supported by his family who needn't worry about earning his own way.

      Former royals don't seem a happy lot as a whole. I know of few I can think of who don't wish that their monarchy would be reinstated and who spend a lot of time involved in legal battles about property. The Greek heir married a very considerable heiress - from a vastly wealthier family than Kate's. Most former royals have to figure out how to support themselves and cling to what few perogatives they have left.

      Should that unhappy scenerio come, William and Catherine's marriage would be under enormous pressure with countless decisions I doubt either of them have even considered. Should the monarchy be really at risk, I suspect both of them would be out performing royal engagements like mad - much like the Spanish royals and Belgium royals where monarchies are much less secure aren't spending time on pursuits like flying helicopters. They are trying desperatly to keep hold of what they have and to make the monarchy seem relevent to their nations.

      William has the comfort right now of a long traditiona and a hugely popular grandmother. But the era of Charles and Camilla will be more difficult and it is always good for all of us to remember the addage - always be grateful for what you have...playing at being a normal bloke - or guys and girls as William puts it, is one thing - facing a mountain of bills for things you have never paid for, is whole different matter.

      William showed his true colours with that tactless remark about the tube strike - he is very far from being a normal bloke and probably doesn't even understand how normal people work and live in a deep sense. Once the novelty wears off - his fellow pilots who must live on their income, may not appreciate that type of humour and will hopefully update him a bit about the realities of life on a helicopter pilot's pay.

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    10. Jane, I agree. How could William tactfully address the future regarding the Queen passing, Charle's age and possibly short tenure as Monarch?
      Those people are his beloved family.
      And, anything he could say would be speculative at this juncture. He meant "you never know" regarding another baby, didn't he?

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    11. For one thing, if "public funding was stripped" I doubt William would have to scramble for "other employment", even the flight rescue he loves.

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    12. Royalfan it always baffles me how some people can take an innocuous comment about just working on a job and interpret it into William saying something about a possibility that the monarchy will be abolished. I always think it's funny how people think that the comments and even movements that William and Kate make are really them saying something else on some subconscious level and that you have to really listen or watch them to figure it out. I honestly don't think they're that deep. What they say and do is basically what they mean in my opinion. If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, then take it for what it probably is. A duck!

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    13. EVERY phase of British life would change if the monarchy were abolished, and I'm sure none of the royal family really wants that. Here is an article of the scenario that could arise. Remember Oliver Cromwell!! Do they want that? I wouldn't! And I'm not British! But there are those who do, so only time will tell I imagine! http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/the-great-british-republic-as-the-royal-family-crisis-deepens-michael-fathers-peeps-into-a-crystal-ball-that-shows-a-fateful-evening-in-the-next-century-when-the-house-of-commons-is-told-that-the-monarchy-is-to-be-abolished-1543462.html

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    14. As part of that comment, and at other times in the interview, William used the word 'balance.' There have been monarchs who have also been scientists or artists or athletes. William stressed his need to continue his chosen profession, in balance with his responsibilities to the monarchy. That was what he meant, and I'm sure he would be appalled to think anyone believed he was thinking he would never come to the throne!

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    15. Maryland Moxie14 July 2015 at 06:04

      I didn't get that vibe from the interview. I actually got more of a "when I am King I will do what I like and if that is flying rescue helicopters then I will." I also don't think you go through all that training - and if you do only plan to do it for a few years - admit that, because people will think you are not committed and are just larking about. Honestly, can he really say - I'm only doing this until I'm 37! Or, I've got until Granny dies before Pa makes me stop flying! They really have no idea when the Queen will make her exit. Her mother was 101. Also, he's not kidding about being able to do a full time career and squeeze in all the duties of being a royal. They have fantastic amounts of free time. So, to summarize - I didn't get the abolition vibe in the least.

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    16. @royalfan, I'm not saying that mine is the correct interpretation of his remarks, just that it is a possibility, however remote, and of course only time can tell. I like your idea too.

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    17. Blair @ 05:37
      Enjoyed your comments. lol
      I thought William's comments were fine also. They are trying to keep a fair and honest balance in their lives and I think they are doing an excellent job of it.

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    18. arts writer @ 04:14
      long live the Queen, (God willing)
      long live the monarchy, (God willing)
      and thank you for the link.
      :)

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    19. Sorry Julia @ 02:21
      I do not agree with much of what you said, no offense.
      I have enjoyed many of your comments in the past though.

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    20. You know, I am really picking up a more respectful and gentle vibe on this blog site even as we are expressing varying opinions.
      I like it very much. :)

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    21. Marci @ 06:09
      That was such a sweet comment.

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    22. Wow some people are harsh on him. I think it's sensible of William to develop his career as a search and rescue pilot before he becomes king or prince of wales. In this way, he can earn respect for the actual work he is doing - something people are sometimes begrudging royals to not do the actual work but only visiting people who are doing it.

      For me it is extra difficult to make an interpretation of what he said cause i couldn't understand half of it in the first place - the guy talks faaast!

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    23. The direct heirs to the Belgian and Spanish thrones are children, and no one is in William's position. As for an end to the monarchy, polls today are certainly against it. The Queen may live as long as her mother in good health, and Charles no doubt has the longevity genes of both of his parents. That would put William's kingship at least a quarter century in the future. If he has the energy and commitment to manage a career along with Royal and family responsibilities, more power to him. Only the danger of his job gives me pause, but he is already an experienced rescue pilot and has flown in dangerous conditions. That fact also made the question about his reaction to emergencies rather patronizing. And William has certainly knocked around with "ordinary blokes" for years in the military. I thought his interview revealed a much more mature man than he is given credit for.

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    24. ANON @ 16:27
      I agree.

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    25. Rebecca - Sweden14 July 2015 at 20:59

      Haha, Fabulousdaan! I know what you mean. First time I heard their engagement interview I didn't understand anything they said. I find that to be the case with alot of British english since we get used to some kind of standardized american accent. Nowdays though I'lm fluent in royal and Downton abbey :P

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    26. Anon 16:27, good point. People seem to forget that Charles is in exactly the same position today as he was when William was born 33 years ago. And now, two generations later (William and George), he is still next in line.

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    27. Rebecca, ha ha. That is so funny.
      I had to put on the closed caption feature on the television so I could understand what William and Kate were saying. :) The accent was so thick. But now I can understand them just fine.

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    28. I agree, Charles has just been in a horrible position for 30 plus years...Queen Elizabeth clearly loves her job but frankly at this point at the expense of her son...

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    29. Julia from Leominster15 July 2015 at 07:03

      I don't like to be a Cassandra and I do think the monarchy will survive - simply because -as stated above - I can't imagine being without it (although other things I could never have imagined have come to pass in the last decades.) The monarchy relies to a considerable extent - perhaps too much right now, on what I call "bread and circuses" big royal events like the queen's coming birthday and a future coronation. But:

      I don't think the monarchy is quite as healthy as I would like. It's fine to talk technicalities about who is next in the queue - but there is a lack of young royals who are active full time - who are being seen out on a weekly basis. The idea that young people - the future who will decide whether they want or royal family or see them as outdated "benefit scroungers" are going to be interested in a man of almost seventy and his aged wife just because "they're next" is wrong. Look at recent engagements of Charles and Camilla - it wasn't that crowds were thin - in many places, there were no crowds - no real interest.

      Yes the Spanish and Belgium rulars I spoke of are kings and queens - but their older parents are still very much alive! In both cases, scandal encouraged abdication but the monarchies received a huge boost from younger blood - especially - let's face it - glamourous wives. The same in the Netherlands where there was no scandal - and again , the monarchy received a boost. I don't support abdication (although I never dreamed it would happen with a pope) but I do feel it is extremely important for the monarchy to seem relevant to the young by having its younger members playing a prominent role. William's choice to be a pilot is ironically making it seems as if he thinks - and thus others should too, that royal duties are dull and uninteresting - and it's one step from there to "unnecessary."

      I don't remember another time like this. When I was small - Alexandra and Margaret were the youthful faces - then Charles and Anne and then - Diana was who we all talked about. We knew what royal family members did - even the less popular ones because there was wide interest. I don't see that kind of interest from the young now, and what there is, is starting to fade from the excitement of the royal wedding. By the time, William decides he's going to take on royal duties - he may be a balding man in his forties (probably treated much as Albert as Monaco and Andrew are now) - and a generation (such as we were with Diana) will have lost interest in him and a wife who is perceived - rightly or wrongly - as having little relevance to young working mums. Harry seems the most popular right now and the three - William, Kate and Harry - along with his future wife - are it. That's how the monarchy has chosen to structure itself.

      So I hope I'm not Cassandra - but at the same time - I don't see the young people I know reading the court circular to see what the "heir" Charles - the age of their grandfathers - is up to. In fact, I doubt many know what the court circular is. I looked at the relatively sparse crowds for Battle of Britain flyover - (even with William in attendance) and thought something is a bit off.. The Mall should be filled for a balcony appearance and it wasn't. The queen is no dictator - I think the monarchy is terribly decentralised without a real long-term plan. And there is a crucial lack of youthful vigor that worries me much about the future.

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    30. "William's choice to be a pilot is ironically making it seems as if he thinks - and thus others should too, that royal duties are dull and uninteresting - and it's one step from there to "unnecessary.""

      Perfectly put!

      Also...
      Lots of people here would be well served to read the Penny Junor biography on William, specifically the chapter titled "Foundation for the Future," which has direct quotes from William's staff about his plans for royal charity work as he ages, which is to drastically reduce his involvement to the point where it the amount of work and visibility will be a shadow of what it is today. Whoever thinks that William and Kate will some day work as hard as The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh or Charles and Camilla are dreaming.

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  24. I always look forward to reading this blog! Thanks, Charlotte, for keeping us up to date on all things Kate!!!

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  25. I think this was one of Williams better interviews. The little joy of heaven remark was so sweet regarding Charlotte. I think William is doing something he wants to do which is constructive for as long as he can. Wish them all the best.

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  26. Sarah from Calif.14 July 2015 at 01:14

    Well done William, my prayers for your safety.
    His job would be a challenge to any wife.
    Love the gowns Charlotte, hopefully we will see Kate in a few of those someday.

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    1. You know, William loves to fly.
      That's very obvious, right?
      Has anyone stopped to think that William could have had the choice of many Flight careers?
      William chose a flight and RESCUE
      Job. Those are very challenging jobs on many levels. KUDOS TO YOU WILLIAM, AND KATE. KUDOS

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    2. Colour Moving and Still14 July 2015 at 08:27

      1. The job had to be created for him, and he gets special time off privileges that those in related jobs do not receive.

      2. The job he does is certainly a noble one.

      3. This is not the job he receives his lifestyle for.

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    3. I agree, Colour. I wonder if William could live on his own income if he had to. Especially if he had to pay market rent on his homes. Let's hope he uses the 1/3 of time he'll be getting off from this job to actually do something to earn what he's been given.

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  27. Colour Moving and Still14 July 2015 at 01:49

    I will say that I have empathy for Kate as the wife of someone in a job like this. I imagine she really is quite stressed about her husband's safety.

    Now, what is about to get me eaten:

    What a disappointing interview by William. Way to balk at the serious, professional service done by your entire family. Something he thinks he can just kinda do part-time... even when he is actually Prince of Wales or King.
    Guess it's not serious enough for him, at 33, in his healthy and vigorous state of health, but just fine for his elderly grandparents and father and stepmother and aunts and uncles and arthritic, rheumatism-suffering Princess Alexandra of Kent to go on doing?

    Happy to let his elders do all the work for now. Has it occurred to him that one of the reasons his nearly-90 year old elders can't step back on duties is because his father (in his 60's) already works a ton, and less senior royals (by succession) already work a ton, and William is unreliable thus far? Flitting from job to job to course to course, taking time off for vacations and sports games?

    William's new job is a great one - I do mean that. However, it is not what he lives his present lifestyle for. I believe he should step down. Royalty is not for him (and that's completely and utterly ok!) Please - let someone with a strong sense of duty take on the job.

    Sigh. Guess the future of the monarchy really is going to be Part-time Give, Full-time Take.

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    1. Color
      you perspectives seem to be a bit premature at best.
      The Queen said she would be active until unable to do so. That is a promise she made in her youth. And I think she enjoys staying active in those ways anyway.
      If the other Royals thought William was shirking his responsibilities I think they would do something about it. I think they support he and Kate in their current choices.
      Take heart, I think William will surprise his critics and in the best way.

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    2. I for one am one of those "elderly" people and like the Queen not ready to be put out to pasture. Do you know for a fact that he has been asked to do something and has not completed it to be given the trem "unreliable".

      I give him all the credit for not just sitting around his country home passing the time between public engagements. What he said was he wanted to stay grounded with everyday people and ( my interpretation) not be shut away in his own little world. By doing this job at least 2/3 time he can see what else is going on in the world and be better prepared to assume the role he was born to when the time comes.

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    3. Another way of looking at it may be that he doesn't want to compete with his father and Camilla who have a huge PR task to get the public to accept them as the next King and Queen.

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    4. ANON @ 16:14 and Valerie
      I very much agree.

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    5. Colour Moving and Still14 July 2015 at 23:50

      It is not a competition it is a job, a service to the commonwealth. C and C are doing a large amount of work and doing excellent jobs. How on Earth would Will and Kate giving to justify what they take harm C and C? It would not. It would bring more support for the monarchy as it would emphasize relevance.

      Fine, dont serve the commonwealth right now.
      Yank the perks.

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    6. This isn't Moxie under a different name is it?
      Colour, chill.
      We here at this blog have all been through your dialogues before, many times. You are beating a dead horse.

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    7. Thank you for pointing out it's service, Colour. And Valerie, I think you've got a point about the PR angle for Charles, but I don't think it merits William doing the least amount possible.

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    8. Camilla has a long way to go to be accepted by the British public as Queen. And William IS serving the Commonwealth by going to everything his grandmother asks him to. By including the public in his daughter's christening. By giving an interview his first day at work. Unless you are privy to the Royal Family's complaints about William, I really don't understand why you are so upset.

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    9. Colour Moving and Still15 July 2015 at 05:32

      "I’m second in line so I get: a big fancy wedding, with a wardrobe change and fancy new titles, several royal homes, perks, titles for my wife and children, royal portraits hung in museums, bodyguards, fancy holidays.

      I’m ONLY second in line so I don’t have to: work or have any responsibilities to my country or the people funding our lifestyles. My father and grandmother can do that."



      Okay.

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    10. of course it merits William doing less (being seen less). just consider how Diana eclipsed Charles... Now imagine the effect that William and Kate would have on a much older Charles...AND with Camilla in the mix. let's get real please.
      ROYALFAN

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    11. Ahhhhh, living well IS the best revenge.
      long live the British monarchy.
      kudos to William for building a beautiful life out of the ashes of chaos.

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    12. "any responsibilities to his country"?
      really, did I just read that?
      William has gone through extensive military training. He has served in the military. Are you saying those who receive military training and serve in the military are not serving their country?
      William does what the Queen asks him to do. How is that not serving his country?

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    13. Perhaps Prince Phillip was saying he would like to slow down but can't because the Queen won't slow down.
      She won't slow down because of the promise she made to her country when she was younger. I don't think that has a thing at all to do with William.

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    14. Bluhare, I think the Royal family would not only survive any abolishion, they would thrive. Have you ever researched the Queen's private wealth.
      Also, the civil list assets are the Royal families heritage wealth. They would walk away with the largest portions of those assets in their direct possession
      anyway I am certain. Never underestimate the power of the Queen. She is thoroughly more than just a figurehead.

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    15. Colour, I think the monarchy knows exactly what it is doing. It has survived for centuries without us and I have a very strong feeling it will survive long into the future. It has always had it's critics. And the same criticisms. I am confident that they will continue to stay calm and carry on.

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    16. Valerie, now you lost me on the christening. It would have been nice to let the public see George's christening. The future king. But no, that was private. What I think has happened is the PR team has been successful in getting William to understand that if he wants to live the lifestyle he's living he's got to let the public have a look in every once in a while. Hence herding people into a paddock to watch them put on a lovely vignette for everyone. Bread and circuses indeed, Julia!!

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  28. so proud of Wills God bless him

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  29. How I love this man (William)! What a great person he has turned out to be and wanting to do service -- and service that is dangerous. The problem with helicopters is that you can't bail out like you can in a plane with a parachute. I think he has been taught very good values. I think the prayer idea is great. I'll add them to my list. I pray for everyone who keeps us safe in the US here every week. Love what William said about his family. Blueskygal

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      Thank you and the others on this blog you said they would pray. :)
      prayer works even better in numbers.

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  30. I did not like the clover drop earrings at all either. Wish she would wear more Claudia Bradby earrings, necklaces. And, more of the Royal Jewelry. There have to be many choices, even more casual pieces.

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    1. Not a fan of them either, look very inexpensive, department store style to me, maybe better in person? Ali

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    2. I think these are my least favorite Kate earrings, actually.

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  31. love the duke Cambridge interview very lovely not a surprised being said the duchess is amazing mother and im sure she a hand on mother I love how the duke describe his young family from the duchess down children her mother would proud on her sons

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  32. He comes across so down-to-earth in the interview. He has created a wonderful life for himself and his family. My favorites of the dresses are the Gold Floor Length Sequin Gown or the red dress. The Duchess would look fantastic in them.

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  33. Rebecca - Sweden14 July 2015 at 23:37

    I had a thought now that the Invictus game has been announced for this spring in Orlando, Florida. I wonder if those Carribean tour rumours might be true for the Cambridges and it will be combined that they tour and go to the games. Maybe like William and Kate has a tour of the Carribean and then watch the games and then Harry takes over and has a tour of the USA. That would be an amazing way to ensure those 3 royals at least at the game :)

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  34. Loved the interview. The Duke's job is extremely difficult. It takes a very special type of person to put their own lives in danger. It takes an adrenaline junkie to do this. I believe the reason he is allowed to do these types of things is bc it builds great character. Prince Charles has been heir for practically all his life. Being heir things are much different. William is allowed more freedom. This is a good thing in my opinion. Of course being a registered nurse in a high risk Labor And Delivery unit makes me partial to him simply bc I love adrenaline rushes too. Lol

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  35. I think William is smart to try and lead as normal a life as possible for as long as he can. Ditto for Kate. And if he is able to do a useful job, good for him!
    I find William and Kate , and Harry too, very appealing people.
    It's not up to me whether British Royalty serves a useful purpose, as I'm an American. But I think this family is one they can rightly be proud of, and one that represents the country well.

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  36. I would also love to see Kate in some bespoke gowns designed specially to go with some of the Queen's baubles. Pieces that no one has seen for awhile. To be worn only with Kates hair totally up though.

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  37. The Royal Jewels are meant to be worn, not stored for decades. So I hope Kate brings them beautifully out into the light of day.

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