Friday, 4 September 2015

Engagement Announcement for Kate, A Trip to Balmoral & More

Hello hello!

We're back with news we've all been anxiously waiting for - the announcement of a new appearance for the Duchess of Cambridge. :)

On Thursday, 17 September, the Duchess will visit the Anna Freud Centre in North London. The visit will offer Kate a first hand opportunity to see how the charity is working to lead change in children's and young people's mental health care.


More from the official press release:

'Her Royal Highness will visit the site of the Anna Freud Centre's planned Community Campus and its Family School, both located near Kings Cross. The visit reflects the Duchess's interest in child mental health issues and the importance of early intervention and working with the whole family to provide children with in-school mental health services.'

Kate will then visit the centre's family school, which provides alternative education for children with serious emotional and behavioural issues and their families. The Duchess will have the opportunity to see and participate in a range of activities that are part of the usual Family School day, including the 'SmartGym' programme that combines technology and sports psychology. It aims to build resilience, develop emotional skills and improve academic performance in children with emotional and behavioural problems.

Anna Freud Centre

The Anna Freud Centre is focused entirely on reducing the burden  of mental health difficulties carried by children and young people. They propose a "radical change" in the way services are offered - putting the child and their families at the centre of their own care and focusing on their needs and strengths.

Anna Freud Centre

Back to the press release:

'The charity is creating a new Community Campus, where experts in mental health, neuroscience and education will work together with children and families on developing new treatments and approaches. During the visit, the Duchess will learn about the AFC's development plan for the Campus, including its research and training programmes, which helps train over 3,000 professionals in this field each year.' 

Of course, it will be wonderful to see Kate out and about again and the choice of engagement is an excellent one. Given the fact we haven't seen the Duchess in quite a while, there will be sizeable press interest, and a portion of this media attention will be directed toward the Anna Freud Centre. As patron of Place2Be, Kate has an interest in supporting children's mental health organisations, and it's an area I would love to see her expanding on in the coming months.

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In other news, it's expected the Cambridges will visit Her Majesty's Scottish estate Balmoral in the coming days. There's reports William and Kate will join The Queen for dinner on 9 September, a landmark day for the Queen when she becomes the longest reigning monarch surpassing her great-great grandmother.


'PEOPLE understands that the 4-month-old Charlotte is set for her first trip to Scotland in the coming days, as she and parents Prince William and Princess Kate head to Queen Elizabeth's highlands estate, Balmoral. 
 That means they will likely be on hand to celebrate with the Queen as she passes her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record-breaking milestone as Britain's longest-reigning monarch on September 9.  It's expected that William and Kate, both 33, will join the Queen, 89, for dinner at the historic castle that evening. '

There is a chance we may see photos of the Cambridges arriving/departing from church on Sunday. When they visited in September 2013, photos of the royals arriving at Crathie Kirk, a small Church of Scotland parish church in the village of Crathie emerged.


It's worth mentioning there's speculation in the Scottish press the Duke and Duchess may make a surprise appearance at the Braemar Gathering on Saturday. The event is seen as the biggest event in the Highlands calendar and will mark its 200th anniversary tomorrow. More from Press and Journal:

'The Braemar Gathering is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, and organisers are expecting thousands of people to turn out for a day of traditional heavy, light and athletic competitions. Pipers and Highland dancers will also show off their talents to the crowd, which normally includes the Queen – who is the patron of the games – and some other members of the Royal family.
 And with rumours earlier this week that Prince William and Kate will be visiting Balmoral to celebrate the Queen becoming the nation’s longest-reining monarch next week, hopes are rising that the couple will be in the royal box at Saturday’s event.
A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said the duke and duchess did not have any official engagements planned for Saturday, adding she could not comment on any unofficial events they might attend if in Aberdeenshire.'

It would certainly be a nice surprise if William and Kate do turn up! With thanks to Royal Focus and What Kate Wore for the tip!


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Royal tour stories have been doing the rounds in recent weeks. There's long been talk speculating the Cambridges will undertake a tour in spring 2016, most likely in the Caribbean. Despite initial reports Prince George and Princess Charlotte would be accompanying their parents, it now appears that is very much not the case.

Hello! quotes a senior Palace official in their piece who hasn't ruled out the possibility of overseas visits in spring and autumn.

'It was a one-off to take George to Australia and New Zealand last year and it is looking highly unlikely they will take their children with them on their next tour,” the Palace aide told HELLO! magazine.
 We are looking at either spring or autumn, but have not ruled out the possibility of them doing both.'

Obviously any trips are still in the early stages of planning, however, should the rumoured spring 2016 tour go ahead - and William and Kate do make an overseas trip in the autumn - one imagines the latter would be something similar in scale to their visit to New York last December.


Their last royal tour - to Autralia and New Zealand - took place in April 2014. If they have decided not to take the children we'll probably see a shorter tour with more engagements on each day. We're also likely to see more evening/gala appearances this time. Due to Prince George's schedule, William and Kate were eager to be back with him early in the evenings meaning, apart from a couple of evening receptions, the tour had a largely informal itinerary.


We should hear more details and snippets of information in the coming months.

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We have a couple of news updates on items the Duchess has worn. Kate's much-loved Issa engagement dress - now renamed the 'Phylis' - is back in stock in UK sizes 8-14 at Harvey Nichols retailing for £575.

Harvey Nichols

The striking dress is available in 'chalk' at Shopbop. It is described as a "timeless ISSA dress styled with a plunging neckline and self-belt. Hidden side zip. Long sleeves. Unlined".

Shopbop

Net-A-Porter stock the dress in black-and-white silk-blend jersey, and as of writing it's available in several sizes.


Net-A-Porter

Finally, the Dune London 'Karley' Wedges - the replacement version of Kate's popular Imperia style - are currently on sale at Nordstrom reduced from $98 to $59. The slingback espadrilles come in black, cream, bronze and navy.

Nordstrom

We hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

233 comments:

  1. I got so happy when I saw her engagement announced! :) And especially that she is continuing her support into childrens mental health and general well being! We are really starting to see a theme in her focus on building stable kids to prevent issues in adulthood! Very nice!

    On the scotland thing... I'll belive it when I see it. I won't get my hopes up.

    Also... Crown Princess Victoria is pregnant, people!! :) Today is a day of good news :)

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    1. Oh that is great news about Victoria !

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    2. Is Victoria pregnant? That *is* lovely news!

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    3. Is she Rebecca? The news hasn't gotten to me yet but that's so exciting! I'm so happy that PE will have a sibling. It was looking as if she would not.

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    4. Sarah from Calif.5 September 2015 at 00:31

      Rebecca, lovely news :)

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    5. Congratulations, Sweden!

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    6. Anja from Germany5 September 2015 at 07:31

      YES! I waited for that news from Sweden! I am happy for Victoria, Daniel and Estelle. Such a lovely family! Congratulations :-)

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    7. Yes she is! I'm so happy, and wanted to share the news with you guys!! :D

      We're gonna have alot of small princes and princesses in Sweden running around!

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    8. Oh Rebecca, How Exciting! Won't life be interesting years from now, when all these adorable Royal little ones are In their Teens & Twenties?:)
      Becca USA:)

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  2. Great news,!! Finally they come out of hiding;))
    I hope they turn out tomorrow, it would be a sight seeing William in kilt:))
    I also hope they will travel with the kids, if they could do it to Austrialia and also for their holidays to Mustique, it should not be such a huge problem afterall.

    Thanks for the quick update!

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    1. If he shows up he kind of almost have to wear a kilt :P I mean... with the scottish referendum last year and such :P

      I think they have to take both the "economical value" of the tour and the kids and parents comfort into mind. It can be better if they do a 1 week crammed tour with the kids at home without interrupted routine than having a 2 week tour (with alot of moving around, in NZ and aus they could have "hubs" where they left the children but in the caribbean they would have to change home alot) with less engagements per day. So I have faith that they will choose what works best for their family.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2015 at 19:09

      If it's a shorter tour with a lot of stops (which is the only way to do a Caribbean tour because they have to visit several islands), then all of the traveling/constant moving around would really be quite difficult on the children. Australia was different because George only had to be in two (maybe three?) places for the whole three weeks.

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    3. I love a man in a kilt.

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    4. I know Maggie, you are right. But it would nice to have a long tour with lots of photo ops rather a short one.:)

      I agree bluhare;)

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    5. Maggie - Minneapolis5 September 2015 at 21:05

      Blue27 - I can't disagree with that! :)

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    6. I agree! The Shortened Crammed Tours would seem to be more efficient & cost effective! Plus more opportunities for Grown Up Evening Events? The "Gowns & Tiara Types of Course:)
      Becca USA

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    7. Exactly Becca. So they have to weigh the pro's and con's and it might be better for the kids to be home in their rutine for a shorter while than being shuffled around for a few weeks. Or it might not. THEY know their children and what the government want them to do on the tour so I have faith that they are thinking long and hard on how to do this the best way!

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  3. Oh i cant wait to see the dutchess it has been so long and prince william maybe we will get to see the chrildren also wouldn't that be great also seeing the dutches will hopefully stop these rumors about a third baby i dont know how they come up with this stuff but they need to stop! Thanks charlotte

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  4. Finally a new Kate engagement! I had a feeling it was going to be something about children's health. Children's health is starting to shape out to be Kate's passion. I hope Kate really carves out a niche for it, instead of just showing up for a few hours, smiling and accepting flowers.
    I think now that Kate has been in the "firm" for a while she should be more comfortable and coming into her own. She has two children of her own and its obvious that's where her passion lies, now take it and run with it. Instead of those 30 second sound clips of Kate at engagements, make a speech.
    It's time now that Kate should step up and be heard as well as been seen. Whereas in the past it was seen and not heard.

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  5. Maggie - Minneapolis4 September 2015 at 20:33

    So glad to hear something has been announced! It will be good to see Kate.
    Is it just me or are there less articles than usual about Kate having an upcoming appearance announced? I feel like usually everyone writes about it immediately if KP announces a new engagement but this time it looks like just a couple of articles. But maybe more will come out tomorrow or I'm just not seeing already existing writeups.
    Simon Perry from People wrote a rather hilariously fawning article (apparently Kate being really "ready to get back to work" means a "few" appearances between now and christmas) about this engagement that also mentions that Kate will have one more engagement in September and then more in October and November. Have you heard anything about another possible engagement in September, Charlotte? I feel like Simon generally writes very positively about Kate and as a result is leaked things from KP, so this may be true. If so, yay!

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    1. Hello!

      I've heard there will be significantly more in October and November than September. Presumably there's definitely one more engagement this month.

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    2. If this is only one in September or possibly 2 then significantly more would be three or four. If you bunch them together that could be two partial work days so lots of time to work out an beauty treatments. I guess then off for Dec and January.

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    3. Ugh. No offense. I do not like a man in a skirt.
      weird.

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    4. It is not a skirt, it is a kilt.

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    5. skirt = a garment fastened around the waist and
      hanging down the legs

      kilt = a garment fastened around the waist and hanging down the legs, usually at knee length

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  6. FINALLY!!! Oh my gosh, its about time she came out of hiding. Hopefully she will start making more than 1 appearance every month

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    1. Maternity leave is not hiding. It is a devoted effort to assure the well being of another, very small and very dear human being.

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    2. I couldn't state it any better than Anonymous at 02:05 already did.

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    3. Well said, Anon. No hiding at all, just being a Mother. Xx

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    4. Rose from Montreal, Canada6 September 2015 at 00:51

      Being a mother is not hiding. She has two children to make sure they are well grounded for the media circus that will be their life for many years to come. Look at the length photographers are going to get a picture of Prince George. These informative years are very important and you can never get them back. Looking at Prince George I would say Kate and William has done a great job so far and I hope Princess Charlotte will be as well grounded. Keep up the good work Kate and William.

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    5. Thank you, both Anons. I feel a bit remiss in not including paternity leave. My son is fully involved in the care of his son and home, and right now he's taking care of his wife, too, since the little one has given her his most recent virus. I can only admire and commend the care given and received in the families of which I am a part. Their dedication is lovely to see.

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  7. Hip hip hooray!!!!! That's all I have to say and it says it all :-)

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    1. This was not a particularly long maternity leave...

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    2. Sarah from Calif.5 September 2015 at 00:34

      Jane R., I agree with you.......seems well timed to me.

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    3. cute. Erika, :)

      (hope your daughter is feeling better.)

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    4. I agree, Jane. Very short in fact. Well done Kate!

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    5. Thank you for asking anon 3:18 :-) She is feeling much better. She is off of the crutches and into a walking cast now right for the start of school. So yay!

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    6. I'm so happy to hear that Erika! :) Starting her studies for becoming a stylist/designer, no boubt ;)

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    7. :) Erika,

      I am so glad to hear that. I hope she will participate in the choosing fashions again, providing it doesn't interfere with her school work.
      Maybe she could incorporate that as part of her school projects. Wouldn't that be fun and encouraging for her. :)

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  8. This is a terrific blog. I love it!

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  9. Thank you for your comments :)

    Gerts Royals via Twitter recently noted the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala for the benefit of The Art Room on October 27 looks like a very likely future engagement. I expect this one is already on the calendar for October.

    http://www.100womeninhedgefunds.org/pages/london_gala_2015.php

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    1. Lol, didn't know people actually read my blog.

      The reason I think/know this is because Will, Kate and Harry became patron of the 100 Women in Hedge Fund's Philanthropic Initiatives 3 years ago in Jan 2013. (Actually Will was already Patron)

      100WHF became part of The Charities Forum and announced their next three years would support Action of Addiction 2013, Well Child 2014, and Art Room 2015.

      As Patrons of 100WHF Philanthropic Initiatives and the Yearly London Gala being the 100WHF main Philanthropic event, one of these royals are going to attend every year.

      Kate attended in 2013 because it was her patronage, Harry in 2014 which his patronage. That leaves 2015 for William. But as we know Art Room is Kate’s Charity, so while it’s William’s time to go, Kate obviously can’t stay home since it is her Patronage.

      Kate has also sent a letter to WHF thanking them for supporting the Art Room this year. http://www.100womeninhedgefunds.org/pages/duchess_of_cambridge_letter2015.php

      It is possible that William will stay home and let Kate do this solo.

      William was patron for the 3 years before Harry and Kate joined and WHF supported his charities: Centrepoint in 2010; the Child Bereavement Charity in 2011; and SkillForce in 2012.

      William attended the London Gala all three years. So after 5 straight years of one of the patrons attending the Gala, you can pretty much say for certain one of the Cambridges will attend this year. Either William cause it's his year, or Kate because it's her patronage. But my guess is both.

      As for Future attendance at London Gala, after this year it depends on who becomes/stays patron of WHF Philanthropic Initiatives. You must remember that Patronages are not for life, but for a set period of time, and then renewed. William's 1st because patron of WHF for three years as they supported his 3 charities. Will, Kate Harry became patron for the next three years as WHF supported their 3 charities.

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    2. William & Kate hoping will attend together. They need to do more joint engagements just to prove the media wrong regarding their relationship.

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    3. Oh, that seems VERY probable! Especially because of it being linked to the Art Room!

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    4. Thanks Gerts/Royals, :)

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    5. Julia from Leominster5 September 2015 at 20:33

      Hopefully, William and Kate will attend together. I remember at the time thinking some of the gowns chosen by us would be wonderful for the Hedge Fund event, I recall a wine-coloured Gucci and an Erdam.

      They are the oddest couple though. Just missed the Braemar Games and I wonder why, when Peter Philips and his wife were there. I'm not going to blame anyone because I don't know whose decision it was, I just find it unfortunate.

      With the European royal families, they do so many things together - and there are such wonderful family snaps. William and Kate seem so disengaged from the rest of the family - holidaying with the Middletons, not having Christmas lunch with the queen....it didn't seem to me that George even recognised her as his great-granny at the christening. It was like he was meeting some nice, but unfamliar, lady.

      I find it so strange and wonder if William and Kate won't regret it someday. The Middleton parents are so much younger and when the queen is gone, she will be gone, and there's no going back to share events like that with her and giving the public a sense of continuity between generations. It can happen in a flash - I know from losing my own parents.

      I hope there will be some wonderful group pictures of the family together but I'm not taking any bets on it.

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    6. Julia, I think Autumn and Peter being there probably just coincided with them visiting Balmoral. And as we don't know how Williams schedule is we can't comment on why they made the choice not to be there this week. I agree that it's sad that they're not very involved with his family.... although... maybe they're reaping what they've sown. I mean... Charles is not the most involved parent, plus it's not only William and Kate not visiting the family. Charles doesn't come to Georges birthday etc. So I think it's a 2 way thing maybe. Not saying they're not ok/close. Just that I don't think it's a very traditional family-stuation and William seem to have a very big need for traditional family love, something he has found in her family. People show love in different ways, and just like Phillips "tough love" was not what Charles needed, maybe Charles approach is not what William needed. Or, maybe Charles is only a bit too much of a workaholic. Or for all we know Charles could spend ALOT of time with them. It's only speculation.

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    7. William is most likely still working his shift. There was a report of him landing at a prison a day or so ago. So not surprised they are not in Scotland yet. Most likely they are going on his time off and will be in Scotland on the Queens big day, the 9th. Also it seems everyone visits Balmoral at some time in the summer, with no overlap of families. Quality time with the Queen. Peter and Autumn are there now and will probably leave by the time the Cambridge's arrive.

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    8. Maggie - Minneapolis5 September 2015 at 21:04

      Julia - I agree. Wouldn't it be cute if one of the times Kate and William choose to leave the children at home with the nanny, they send the children (with the nanny) to Highgrove instead of Bucklebury? I'm sure Charles would love that. And obviously Charles isn't going to take as much care of the children as Carole would, but I'm sure he would love spending time with George, and the nanny is clearly capable of providing George with loving care to fill-in as necessary. Or just in the very quiet August, Kate could send George and nanny to Highgrove for a few days while she and William stayed at home at Anmer with Charlotte.

      It seems to me like maybe Kate and William would do well to not associate William's family with all things royal, if that makes sense. Sometimes I feel like they do not enjoy most royal traditions, customs, and expectations, and that they associate that dislike with his family in general, even though they could separate the two more. But who knows.

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    9. I agree Julia, and find it puzzling as well. I know balancing two families after you're married can be difficult, but it seems odd that they pivot so much to the Middletons, when they really need the guidance and mentoring from William's side, as only they have had to navigate the life that William and Kate are leading and the life they have in front of them.

      I said in a previous post that I think William will face regret and more at the Queen's death. I think the outpouring of grief and the coverage of her reign will really affect him, and I think he will find himself drawn back to his family and their traditions. The older you get the more likely you are to return to things you once turned your back on!

      Of course I could be wrong, but I often wonder if William inherited a tiny bit of Diana's "extreme" tendencies? He desperately wanted a "normal" life so he flung himself wholeheartedly into Kate's family and way of life - will something happen that will cause him to do an extreme pivot back? I think the only thing would be the Queen's death and his father's coronation.

      I also agree with another comment that I think today was a missed opportunity in Scotland, for a multitude of reasons. And I fully respect and encourage every woman's right to maternity leave or to stay at home (been there) but let's face facts, a few events does not a workload make :)

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    10. What I find strange is how people are now blaming William and Kate for not attending the Braemar Games when it was again a fabricated story by the media and had NO truth to start with. So now everyone is down on the Cambridge's for not fulfilling our expectations when it is the media's fault the expectation started in the first place. Not sure what will happen to them on Wed on this blog if the DM story is another fabrication and they never were invited to spend the evening with the Queen!

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    11. How do we know for certain William and Kate does not spend time with the Queen? Just because it wasn't photographed doesn't mean it didn't happen. Its so easy to assume we know everything that is going on with William and Kate but in reality we see such a small portion of their lives.

      Also William has only attended the Braemar games once 10 years ago. I'm not sure why people were expecting him or Kate to be there.

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      I suppose people here would like to see them out and about and do something in front of the curtains too?! This is only my guess, though.

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    13. Claudia,

      I agree. :)

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    14. Maggie,

      I think that would be lovely to have George make regular visits to Highgrove and some to Clarence House also. He needs to get to know his grandpa and future king in those environments. He would learn a lot by osmosis also.

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    15. Julia from Leominster6 September 2015 at 20:31

      No one is blaming them, no one expected them there - no one really dares expect anything traditional anymore out of William and Kate - or, indeed, anything to replace those traditions, so no, I won't be surprised if there is nothing from them to mark Wednesday, although I keep hoping.

      it was simply a hopeful, futile wish for royal continuity, for the future of the monarchy in Scotland - very far from a certain thing but longed for, at least by the queen - symbolised by the two future monachs attending one of the events the family has always gone to in Scotland with the present monarch while she is still healthy enough to go and enjoy it.

      It would have been no more of a burden on a new mother like Kate than attending Wimbledon. The fact William has only attended once is one of the reasons I hoped he would go this time since he and Kate were planning to be in Scotland anyway quite soon.

      But William does have his job and that job does interfere with his traditional royal role. I do very much believe that he has to take this job seriously so that's that. I trust we will also find him working Christmas Day since he is low on seniority, not attending the annual Sandringham shoot because he is on duty and keeping his sunshine holidays to a minimum. As someone who has had to work Christmas days myself, I will appreciate that if it happens, but I doubt it will. That job only interferes with what William doesn't care about doing. There's plenty of time off for weekened wedding partying and such events.

      Haven't seen anything about them being there for church services this week so far. Maybe next week.

      Rebecca, Maggie and Claudia, I agree with your remarks.

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    16. Anon 20.15, how do we know they don't do that?

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    17. How do we know they do? Schedules seem to indicate they don't pencil in slot of time for that.
      Just more of an impression I get really Rebecca.
      And a certain hopefulness.

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    18. I agree Julia. He can find time to do things that are closer to his heart.
      Also Claudia made me think about what he really inherited from Diana. Right now the looks are rather disappointing.

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    19. Claudia your post has some interesting ideas. You may be correct that William will pivot back to the Royal family more after the Queens death. I actually thought it might happen when they have to send George to school, either kindergarten or 3rd grade when I suspect they will need to move back to London to find the school(s) they want for all their children. Ali

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    20. Since the Cambridges were already in London during Wimbledon , how is that equivalent to a trip from Norfolk to Balmoral in Scotland?This trip has been made by train, not helicopter, in the past. I can't imagine taking a four month old baby on an extended helicopter journey, anyway.
      Actually, the Scotland trip means a longer time away from babies than a KP to Wimbledon jaunt or much more complicated arrangements, if
      the children went along.- -added to the fact that there is a four day time difference between Saturday
      and Wednesday- time William could be scheduled to work at the charity. It is a commitment he seems to take seriously. When the Queen calls him to royal duties, he will go. It is as simple as that.
      PLUS the whole scenario was promoted by the tabloid press to prompt just the response
      and attention that it has. Kudos.

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    21. I agree with Julia.

      If he works Christmas Day, I'll eat my hat.

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    22. Not Camilla's hat, bluhare? ;-)

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    23. Queen Maxima is shown at a past wedding in a great, red, feathery confection that must be a metre
      across. How about that one?
      Realistically, Christmas Eve activities as well as church Christmas morning are command performances.
      He could work Christmas afternoon (after The Speech.) I guess he could listen on the radion. Also, the luncheon doesn't seem to be that
      important, as I believe Camilla excuses herself at some point to go to her own home to spend time
      with her family. I'm sure William would likely be excused to work at the charity.

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    24. Don't they all do that Christmas walk to the church? Very traditional.

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    25. Am I the only one that remembers they were all hanging out together in June in London for Trooping the Color and polo matches? And then they were all hanging out together in July in Norfolk at Sandringham for the baby's Christening? And now they will be hanging out together in Sept at Balmoral? I think William is getting to see his Windsor family pretty often.

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    26. The hardworking team over at Watching Kate Watching Sports would have had a field day (pun intended) had Kate shown up to watch another sporting event this summer.

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    27. Interested what your job was Julia, that involved you working on Christmas Day? I am an avid reader of your comments!

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    28. 'Family' for William & Kate seems to largely mean 'the Middletons'. Perhaps they are trying to usher in a new royal era or way of doing things, (and continue that when their time as 'King' & 'Queen', or direct heir to the throne, comes); as Julia has said, it's hard to understand their thinking. Perhaps they think it's preferable for a number of reasons to stay in the background and establish their family life, routines, and let the Queen and Charles have the limelight.

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    29. Tell the hardworking team (who are not that hardworking, btw) that they need to prepare for overtime, Moxie. Kate and William are going to the Rugby World Cup because Kate doesn't want to be a rugby widow as William's going with Harry.

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    30. Yes Moxie,

      And those are nice, but I was talking more like family barbecues etc. :)

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    31. As Moxie points out they do spend time with Williams family. It may be more time than we are aware of. A while ago there was a picture of Charles playing with George at Clarence House. We don't know there movements on a daily basis.

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    32. MOXIE,

      LOL, LOL, LOL

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    33. By the way, lovely hat suggestions but if there's any hat eating to be done it will be one of my own. I have several to choose from!

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    34. Moxie, you can be SO funny.

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      I hope so very much.

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  10. I'm so glad Kate's continuing passion for youth mental health has led her to the AFC and the Family School. They do such innovative work. As someone who works in this field, I know how much Youth mental health services are needed. A royal visit will bring more awareness to the issues and the support services across the world.

    A new engagement for Kate and it's related to youth mental health? I'm so excited!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.5 September 2015 at 00:37

      Sharyn, I agree with you, youth mental health is a very noble cause. I'm so glad that Kate is able to bring it to the attention of all of us.
      Thank you ,Sharyn too for the work you do!

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  11. Thank you, dear Charlotte for another beautiful blog. I have a question about the curtsy policy. I recall the hullabaloo made that the Duchess would have to curtsy for the princesses or prince of the blood, i.e., the York sisters. If the Duchess has either Prince George and/or Princess Charlotte with her, would, say the York sisters have to curtsy to Prince George and/orPrincess Charlotte? In the absence of Prince William, whom I know outranks all but Prince Charles.

    Thank you.

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    1. Good Question Anon @ 00:23

      I also wondered if they would have to bow to Kate when she is Queen if William isn't with her. I hope so. I hope so concerning George and Charlotte also. All those years of being called "Waity Katie" and having to go "with" William but "separately" to events, and being humiliated by William's photographed dalliances. I hope they all have to bow to her (and her children). Royal blood indeed. Surely no one really believes that, right?

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    2. Would be interesting to know, any experts on this site?

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    3. When the Queen Mother was alive, did the rest of the family curtsy to her? We should do have ALOT of questions concerning curtsying. :)

      Good questions, but where is our curtsying Phd person?

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    4. There is a video somewhere of the family curtsying to the Queen Mother as they arrive at her place in Scotland. I doubt if she and the Queen curtsy to each other. However, when the Queen arrived back in London right after her succession, she went to see Queen Mary immediately and curtsied to her. The old queen said no, she must now curtsy to Elizabeth. She only lived a few more months.

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  12. Julia from Leominster5 September 2015 at 00:30

    Wonderful news about Victoria - I must go and look. How exciting. I was hoping the rumours were true. Lovely, that she and her sister have two babies so close together to be cousins, and that their brother may soon be a father as well.

    Delighted there is an engagement announced for Kate that should put paid to some of the sillier rumours. It sounds like a perfect choice for Kate's return. I would love to see Kate at Braemar - I've been to the games in the past and had a splendid time - they were so much fun to watch - all those handsome Scotsmen too!

    Like Rebecca, I'm not going to get my hopes up but I can wish - it has been such a traditional royal engagement and so much enjoyed by the queen.

    I saw Diana there in 1984 or 85 - she wore a lovely tartan outfit - I thought it was a coatdress but later saw it was a suit - not sure if it was by Walker or Caroline Charles. How I longed for it. She wore dark red tights too. She was quite far off from us but she seemed to be enjoying it and the queen seemed to have so much fun. A couple of years later Diana wore a rather strange outfit - a bit too theatrical for my taste - but it was still so nice.

    When the Caribbean tour was announced, I wondered if they would leave the little ones on Mustique with Carole and the nanny and use it as a base, much as Charles and Diana did in Australia. But it seems not, maybe they thought it wouldn't seem serious enough. It will be lovely to have more engagements and a tour - if Kate doesn't fall pregnant again. I don't think she is now but it still could happen.

    bluhare - no wish to cause offense - I left a message on the last posting. Monarchists must stick together even if we don't agree on all counts and I do feel our goals are the same - to see Kate as a modern princess with ideas and plans of her own - not just in the shadow of her husband.

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    1. Julia! I don't have a problem disagreeing with you, and totally understand your point of view. Don't agree with you all the time, and that's OK. If we aren't ever challenged, then how the heck do we ever learn anything? Really, the only time I ever stick my oar in on some topics these days is when I perceive the conversation as one that if the same tone were used in a conversation regarding Kate, all hell would break loose, yet it's OK for someone else. And we all know who that someone else is! :)

      Honest, I'm totally fine. I actually like some healthy disagreement. Maybe I'll even get you thinking one of these days!

      Now, back to men in kilts tossing things . . . . . I just had a lovely time watching William Lawson Scotch ads on youtube!!

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    2. I agree with yoiu Julia. I wish she would really keep on supporting this child mental health issue. This could be an opportunity for her to establish herself a bit more than a supporting wife.

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    3. Rebecca English reported this morning that Kate & William will not be at games and won't even be in Scotland till after the weekend. Sure enough, they are not there. I do think it's a shame, it would bring some nice attention to games and show that this Scottish event was important to them, not to mention good press coverage on an important anniversary for the society.

      And I believe it was Richard Palmer who reported a few weeks ago, that KP told him Kate's engagements would very slowly increase through the next few months, so there may only be one more in September, if anything. You could check his article for their exact wording :)

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    4. As Claudia said, Rebecca is reporting the Cambridges are not in Balmoral yet.

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    5. Yeah, I saw that Charlotte. I think people just ran away with that story hoping it would be true. They will probably be there next week or something like that.

      William was seen yesterday (or was it the day before that?) landing the helicopter in a prison, so he's still working so I guess they'll have to fit it in going to Scotland with his schedule. He can't just take time off to go to Scotland all willy nilly!

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    6. Claudia,

      I agree. I think it was remiss of them to not attend, especially since they are going to be in the area for the 9th. I wonder if they even considered it. I doubt it. That would have been such a thoughtful gesture and would have helped the Braemar games a lot. Another faux pas.

      Maybe William is reticent about wearing a kilt. :)

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    7. Maggie - Minneapolis5 September 2015 at 20:55

      Rebecca - the articles about the prison landing came out yesterday but I think they say that the actual landing happened on Wednesday. Also he took the day off for George's birthday party after starting work just a week before, so I'm sure he could take time off for Balmoral too.

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    8. Why is it a faux pass?! I mean.. They're not even in Scotland. For all we know William could be working. And we don't KNOW that they'll be there on the 9th. We do certainly not know that there is a dinner of some sort. Charles is gonna be at Dumphreys house on the 9th plus the Queen has expressed "not wanting to make a fuss" of the day so I wouldn't be surprised if the dinner is magazine-fiction, or the standard dinneer they have with everyone all the time when they're at balmoral. I don't understand why people jump the gun like this and blame them for things based on loose stories. It's just like the story now when William landed the helicopter in a prison. The storys said "William is guarded by 4 prison guards" and everyone belived it and started complaining about tax-payer money when in reality the guards would have been there anyways. I mean... what kind of prison would NOT send multiple guards guarding a prisoner being treated and a helicopter. They would have been stupid not to, almost asking for a prison break. It had nothing to do with William. Explanations of things are usually way less sinister than magazines want it to look.

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    9. If I were a guy, I would not wear a kilt. Period.

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    10. Not sure why it should be "remiss of them to not attend". It was a story made up by a "news" source and was never based in fact. So now William and Kate are to blame. Not sure how that makes them responsible and not the reporter.

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    11. Everyone in a large family has multiple engagements and family commitments. Even those of us whom are not in Royal Families :) Every other week I am having to say no to family get togethers or family or business functions, or invitations for kids events etc. etc., so the fact that this large family is the same as mine is not surprising. Our family does get togethers for those events that really matter to all of us, but no outside observer would know which events these are!! So I have to assume that we as outsiders to the Royal Family may feel something is of importance which really is not, or it may be important but it can just not be worked. Large families are frankly way more forgiving than most social network sites.

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    12. Maggie,

      I agree. They take time off when they to. It really IS as simple as that.

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    13. Anon @ 06:47

      We can certainly all relate. What I was referring to, although I hit the wrong button apparently, and it didn't get posted, was the family time of the Scandinavian Royals. I would love to see the Queen and her family have those kinds of family dynamics. MAYBE they do. But I doubt it.

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    14. Anon @ 00:52,

      No media faux pas involved really. The Braemar games happen when they do. This coincided closely to 9/9. Autumn and Peter were there. It would have been easy enough for W/K to make a brief appearance. It would have gone a LONG way good will wise. William seems to get time off from his job at his discretion. He was headed to Scotland anyway. It was a missed opportunity.
      They need to take every opportunity to create good will with Scotland for obvious reasons, and, this time, they didn't.

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    15. Cannot blame William for not wanting to wear a kilt. Who started that "fashion" and WHY? :)

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    16. Julia from Leominster6 September 2015 at 20:42

      You must know different large families than I do, Anonymous but I'm glad yours works well. (N.B. - not speaking of my own family - small - but those of some our friends with large families. They make this blog look tame when it comes to forgiving or not forgiving!)

      It's all speculation of course, and those of us who have seen mistakes made in the past can only watch and wish.

      bluhare - I think we can agree to disagree on this one subject since we agree so much the rest of the time. Appreciate and understand your remark. It's a divisive topic even apart from us and I think always will be.

      I agree, I doubt the security at the prison was necessarily unusual.

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    17. Anonymous, are you trolling with the kilt comments? You can't be that ignorant to say all that about events in *Scotland*? Did you see Rob Roy? Sean Connery in full dress? (Exhibits A and B) You insult Scots men everywhere with your comment.

      Exhibit A: https://cinemattire.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/sc.jpg

      Exhibit B: https://cinemattire.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/rr5.jpg

      Exhibit C: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd7-rre3iFc

      And my very personal favorite Exhibit D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2h_Ykixh6M

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    18. Anon 20:35.
      William and Kate have not attended any Braemar Games to my recollection and a google search did not produce any results. This is a traditional time that Charles joins his mother. It was only the media who decided they should be there and if they had not gotten involved we would not be having this conversation, again giving people an excuse to fault William and Kate for something they are not responsible.

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    19. Does one of those include Mel Gibson, bluhare? Sean Connery could recite Ikea instructions for building a mousetrap and I would swoon at his feet. Magic voice.

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    20. It isn't nice to call someone ignorant and tell them, in essence, that they cannot express an opinion.

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    21. I love kilts on men, women and children. Ali

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    22. I didn't call her ignorant, Anonymous. I said she COULDN'T be that ignorant to say something like that about events in **Scotland** and therefore was trolling. She'd already expressed her opinion twice before on the subject. Was that you who made those comments? Because they looked like trolling to me. And if that's what you want to do, then prepare for the responses. Because I don't appreciate demeaning the national dress of a country by asking who started that fashion. Even with a happy face on the end.

      I left the other two comments regarding your/her opinion on kilts alone. I responded to the one that offended me.

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    23. http://www.scottish-history.com/kilt.shtml

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    24. You don't know that William and Kate are not responsible for being at the Braemar games. I feel thy most likely got an invitation. I think they chose to decline. Can't prove it but that's my opinion and I am sticking to it. Not judging Wiiliam and Kate. Just expressing an opinion.

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    25. They would not need an invitation to the Braemar Games. William was working on Sunday and that seems to be all there is to it.

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    26. 0315: I didn't include Mel, no. The racism/anti semitism abuse stuff ruined his hotness for me. But I could look at Liam Neeson in or out of a kilt all day. And I've not seen a man who can wear a kilt like Connery. Ewan McGregor looks pretty good in one too, as does Gerard Butler!!

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  13. Sarah from Calif.5 September 2015 at 00:38

    Thank you Charlotte for the lovely, informative post, have a relaxing weekend!

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    1. What do ya'll think Kate would wear to the Braemar games?

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    2. Julia,

      That is SO neat that, not only did you get to go to the Braemar games, you actually got to see the Queen AND Diana (AND, the cute guys in the kilts).
      What nice memories. :) I hope you managed to somehow discreetly get some good photographs of the Queen and Diana.

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    3. Kate is not even going to be at the Braemar games. Never mind. urgg

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    4. Julia from Leominster5 September 2015 at 20:40

      I got lots of great snaps of the men in kilts - but the royal family was too far away and my camera back then wasn't that good. I know what I'm looking at but no one else would.

      I had such a marvellous time though - my favourite event was when they had this race up a muddy hillside - it was a hoot to watch - and I loved the dancing. All of it was so much fun - and so much to do.

      No William and Kate though this year - I'm beyond understanding. It would give so much good will and require so little of them - especially since they both love sports. Are they afraid it would take too much attention from the queen - after a lifetime of attention, why would she care? Are they writing Scotland off? Is Kate just willing to do the bare minimum? Is it Charles? I just don't know, but don't like it.

      But they can send me on their invites for next year. I would love to go again. Maybe, it will happen.

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    5. Julia,

      Charlotte can send you there, as the official blog photographer, clothed in the required purple and gold blog t-shirt, of course. Brilliant. :)

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    6. Julia from Leominster6 September 2015 at 20:48

      Good heavens to Anonymous above! Mr Leo is a Scot and he owns and wears a kilt! Not so often anymore but he used to quite frequently to parties. I don't know if William is troubled by it but a great many men aren't. As long as they don't have to wear pink tights with it like George IV was said to do.

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    7. oooooops. No offense Mr. Leo. (I just don't like kilts. Sorry). :)

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  14. Royal Fan,

    We miss you.

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  15. That is SUCH a unique and special thing that William and Kate will spend September 9th with the Queen AND Prince Phillip. What an HISTORICAL event. What a nice memory for them. Hopefully they will take plenty of photos and perhaps some with the Queen holding Charlotte with George standing close by.

    I doubt that the Queen's new record will be surpassed by any new British monarch for quite awhile.

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    1. Doubtful any photos that are released will show the Queen holding Charlotte.

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    2. Anything is possible. After the Queen passes I think a lot of her many photos will be shared and published. Her PR team would be wise to have the Wueen release those if they exist. What a dynamic thing that would be.

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    3. I can see photos of the Queen holding Charlotte being released. What I don't see is the Queen holding George at this stage. The Queen is too fragile. George appears to be rather soontaneous and rambunctious.

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    4. Why not?

      Anon @ 23:25

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  16. I'm looking forward to the upcoming tour. I'm eager to see what Kate will be wearing.

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  17. hmm yeah other engagement for the duchess it turn to be good sign the she will resume working on one more charity im looking forward to it since she has more likely be involve in more charities yeah crown princess Victoria of Sweden is pregnant congrats

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  18. Moxie,

    In response to your comments and questions regarding full time and part time employees at the Royal residences, good questions.

    Can you imagine the manpower necessary to keep Balmoral, Birkhall, Tam Na Ghar and all the other cabins and lodges on the Balmiral estate, Windsor castle and ancillary buildings, Highgrove, Amner Hall,
    Camilla's house and Buckingham Palace and Clarence House and the castle Holyrood, etc. all up and running and to a Royal standards? And that's just payroll, benefits and taxes. That doesn't include maintenance and upkeep of the buildings and grounds
    and vehicles. Almost overwhelming to consider it all.
    Would be interesting to find out the ratio of full time and part time employees and how that all works. Someone could probably fill a quite interesting book with all that information, if someone hasn't already.

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    1. Can you imagine?

      Having all your meals prepared and served to you (royal style), having the best food, of course, and having your clothes all cleaned and your wardrobe managed (Royal style), and having the best quality of clothing and lots of them, of course,
      and, having the best dwellings and decor, all clean and maintained (Royal style), and having your every need anticipated and met (Royal style), and going to various places and having people bow to you (Royal style) and revere your presence there?
      and having the world's wealth of precious Jewels at your beck and call (Royal style), and being surrounded by the world's wealth of rare and fine art, architecture, and furnishings? :)

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    2. I am assuming that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be accompanying their mum and dad to Balmoral.

      Any news about that?

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    3. With just one simple visit,

      William and Kate could endeared themselves to the Scottish people. (People who were so gracious to them at uni). The Scottish people would have been impressed I think. Easy diplomacy, missed.

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    4. Can you imagine how many people now have a job, earning some income providing these services.

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    5. People who are annoyed that they didn't come early for the games should remember that Prince William is working and can't just leave early as he wishes. Also Kate is nursing and caring for Prince George 2 demanding jobs, even with help. You don't get to sleep through the night and your days are exhausting. Traveling any distance and changing their routine is not fun and requires planning. Appearances at functions have to be timed to fit in with her maternal duties and I think everyone should respect that and give her some space to figure it all out.

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    6. We do not know that she is nursing. I doubt it.

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    7. Anon @ 00:17,

      Yes. I can. :)

      That is why, when actually thinking about details of the Royal lifestyle, I realized more just how wealthy the Royal family has to be to maintain those lifestyles. It is a curiosity that they can in any way relate to the general public.

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    8. We do not know that she is not nursing. I believe she is.

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    9. Question: what do you all mean with nursing in this context? Is it a polite word for breastfeeding or is it also cuddling bathing etc? Thanks!

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    10. Well now, they aren't using their own wealth to finance that lifestyle - that's what taxes do. That's how taxes got started in the first place.

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    11. Well, she nursed George (Prince William made a comment about him sleeping better once he was weaned), so I believe it’s safe to assume that she’s also nursing Charlotte.

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    12. Sofy, yeah.. Around Charlottes birth some reporters got information that George was breastfed but he ate so much so William supplemented with a bottle every evening (that he was home) as their own little moment. I don't remember the source so I can't attest to it's credibility, but I think we have heard small things here and there about him being breastfed so I think Charlotte might be too.

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    13. Don't rule out a wet nurse. I just don't think Kate nurses her children. I can't prove it of course, but my gut level feeling is she does not nurse her children.

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    14. daan, it is breastfeeding we are referring to.

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    15. Moxie,

      Wasn't that sort of an outcropping of the feudal system. The civil list or whatever it is called is sort of like that still isn't it? Charles lives from the
      the wealth of the Duchy of Cornwall. Still very feudal in my opinion. And taxes, feudal system also in a more indirect way?

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  19. Maybe they wont be there bc William is working. As a medical professional myself, we are on 24/7. Often without a moment to take a sip of water or use the restroom ourselves, especially in the line of work he does as a air ambulance pilot. I get patients off of those almost everyday and my neighbor is one of the flight RN-medic. It is an extreme job. He could live a much easier life, but chose that. Im impressed. Plenty of time for royal responsibility in the future.

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      I hear what you are saying and thank you for helping people. :) And of course William's job is a noble one. He does, however, take time off for a lot of things. Things he deems important. I think the choice is definitely his to make.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis7 September 2015 at 05:23

      Anon 20:21, I agree. Jenny, you sound like an amazing person, and thank you for all that you do. But I cannot imagine that William is on call or anything ever. What would happen if he has a royal engagement in London and got called in? That would be impossible for him. He already took a day off for his son's birthday party on his very second week of work. When he was in the RAF it was well known that he took a ton of days off. The Braemar Games would even probably count as a royal engagement, so I'm sure if he wanted to take a day off for them, he could have.

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    3. I remember him having been on call in the RAF days, and also worked a christmas there. And this time he is only gonna work a 2/3 schedule from the beginning. You can't be mad at him them for working 2/3ds :P I mean, my mother works a 50% schedule, you can't be mad at her for having more days of than someone working a 100% schedule.!

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  20. Thanks for the post, Charlotte! Looking forward to seeing Kate out and about again.

    Just a note, though, I also have been reading all the rumors about the upcoming tour. I will be immensely disappointed if they don't take George and Charlotte with them. With all this talk about how Kate wants to focus on being a mother and that's why she won't be increasing her engagements, etc, it doesn't seem consistent that she would then leave her (almost) 1 and 3 year old to carry out engagements overseas...it just doesn't seem to fit with her ideology. Either they'll just go for a short time, like a week, or they'll take the kids with them, surely?

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    1. The kids will be fine either going or staying at home. Leaving the kids at home while parents are gone for business or pleasure trips is perfectly fine. Frankly kids often are better served on trips like these to be home with the Nanny, Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles.

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  21. I think everyone forgets that Charles is next
    Inline to the throne. He was never happy with the spotlight on Diana and he can not
    be happy with William and Kate's popularity.
    If the Queen is not concerned with their visibility I believe she is trying to keep
    Charles happy.

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    1. That is a distinct possibility.

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  22. Anyone know about the curtsying protocol when Kate is Queen consort or pertaining to Prince George and Princess Charlotte?

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  23. Anon @ 02:35,

    Honestly, no fault of her own, but Kate has never had to work at anything that required any real intensity.
    Now, she has two children. That is intense. You cannot walk away from the job, no matter how much help you have. And, she happens to be the parent of "Royal" children. (Although, I personally perceive all children as being "Royal"). So, I think/hope that explains why for some of her recent appearances her presence wasn't as glowing as it has been in the past. Her appearance with George on the balcony for instance. She looked, for the first time, very uncomfortable there, almost as if she felt she didn't belong. Actually, I have never seen her look so uncomfortable. So, parenting really is the first real responsibility Kate has ever had. I think the full responsibility of it caught her by surprise. I don't think she had a clue what that really entails. I pray for her to be happily and comfortably successful. I think Diana took to parenting like a duck to water. Kate, not as naturally. Not judging. I know parenting was a huge wake up call for me also. :) Thankfully I adapted rather quickly, to my relief and huge surprise.

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    1. Woww Anon! Very well put!

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    2. Kate appears to have a personality that likes to have a controlled environment. With children that becomes less likely, to say the least. So, yes, I agree that motherhood was particularly an eye opener for her, maybe more than others.

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    3. Can you provide a link to a photograph or video of Kate looking uncomfortable on the balcony? The only ones I have seen show her smiling happily at Prince George.

      I suspect sports would be where Kate has made intense effort, and certainly she earned a very respectable university degree. Since then, she has quite admirable achievements to her credit.

      Of course child care is demanding. Diana was a kindergarten aide. Kate may not have had experience with small children before she had her own. And George appears to be a live wire. But Kate seems to be coping very well indeed.

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    4. That she does. And it is apparently taking every bit of chutzpah she can muster.

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    5. I just googled Prince George on the balcony.
      You have to have watched her before on the balcony and watch these videos closely. If you don't see it, you don't see it. But I did. :)

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    6. Never said she wasn't coping. Just saying is her first experience requiring such intense responsibility. More that any of her accomplishments so far. IMHO

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  24. My apologies if this is a duplicate, not sure if the first comment went through (and if it's already posted feel free to delete this!)

    On the "curtsy question" - it is dictated by the Order of Precedence, quite different from the Order of Succession and set by the Queen.

    Everything I've read or heard suggests our current Queen takes it very seriously, and believes it's very important to the running of the BRF as "the Firm", the family business.

    Kate was not singled out, the Queen has generally updated whenever there's a new "member" - think of it as a new employee joining a company, the Queen believes it helps set and reinforce seniority within the family business.(There was reportedly a request for some changes after Camilla married Charles)

    Kate, or any new wife, has her husband's ranking, not her children's. As adults, her children will assume their own ranking. No member of the BRF would bow/curtsy to a child, the order is set for adults.

    I believe Charles will be a little more relaxed about it, after all the Queen began royal life in a very different era. And I wouldn't be surprised if William did away with it altogether, even publicly. Although who knows what they privately think about these traditions, I've also read the entire family take it quite seriously.

    Charles will dictate the next Order of Precedence and William after that. So as his Queen, I doubt he'd require Kate to curtsy to anybody :)

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    2. Since it was the 200th Anniversary of the Braemar games, a visit from William and Kate would have been especially nice. 200 years, wow

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    3. Picture this if you will. You have a royal wedding.
      All the senior royals are all dressed in royal wedding guest attire. This is a true pomp and circumstance Royal wedding. Then you see among the row of regaled senior royals, a very young toddler. Not just any toddler, but a fidgety toddler who might just be in need of a nap. Call in the Royal nannies, right?
      No. The senior royals are not flustered in the least.
      They actually seem to be enjoying the active toddler.
      In fact, each senior Royal, including the men, are each in turn, entertaining and placating the toddler, even the king and queen. And they each seem to be enjoying it, not put out at all. This is a British wedding. NOT. :) Would that ever happen at a British Royal wedding? I don't think so. This was the beautiful wedding of Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden. The family dynamics were a joy to behold.

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    4. Nothing against British Royal weddings, BTW.
      (I was up at 5 a.m., wearing my tiara whilst having a cup of Earl Grey, to watch the wedding of William and Kate. And I think I did the same for the wedding of Charles and Diana, sans the tiara that time though.)

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    5. Claudia,
      The more you write the more you are becoming few of my favorite commenters who go by their or nick names. You are so informative, and appreciated. Your name also remind me of Claudia/ British journalistTom B's wife/the jewelry designer.

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    6. 1604: That was great, wasn't it? And who knew Prince Daniel was a fabulous baby wrangler? Lovely wedding.

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  25. So someone can say they like kilts but no one can say they don't like kilts? Since when?

    Ann San Diego

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    1. Of course you can. I was responding to the person who belittled the national dress of a country by asking who started the fashion. After stating twice in two other threads her dislike of them.

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    2. They can say they don't like kilts. What they can't say is calling them skirts and saying "who on earth created that fashion".....

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    3. Thank you, Rebecca. I'm glad you understand my point of view.

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    4. If you look up the definitions of skirt and kilt they are the same. And wanting to know how kilts came about is a legitimate question.

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    5. I think the comments are from more than one poster.

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  26. Oh my, my, my, my, my

    I think those big, brawny guys in Scotland will definitely get over it. :)
    I doubt they are all sitting around crying in their ale.

    California Girl

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    1. They would be WAY, WAY more slighted that Wiiliam and Kate neglected to go to the Braemar games.
      I think they are already over the fact that some people don't like kilts. :)

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  27. (Not crying because some bloggers said they didn't like kilts that is. LOL)

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    1. Here's what I think. I think it's been very civil on here lately and some of you just can't deal with that as evidenced by the spew since I responded to the troll. So it's OK for one person to run around posting about how they hate men in skirts, men look weird in skirts, and all that without giving any thought to who reads here and that some of those readers may be married to one of those skirt wearing men, but it's not OK for someone to say don't demean the bloody national dress of a country with comments about who started that fashion? I think someone's feelings are hurt because she didn't realize it's a bit more than wearing a skirt.

      And we aren't bloggers. We are posters. Charlotte's the blogger. HONK

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    2. There are many cultures the men don't wear pants or put loose outfits on top of pants. Eg. the Arab world and related customs. The complete traditional kilt is interesting, The item they put in front of them/ is it to cover their decency?

      I wore a favorite woolen skirt with half pleats that looks exactly like the reddish kilt for women in my teens in another country (still have the picture) where European boutiques used to be common. I did not know its origin to be Scottish until in recent years.

      bluehare,
      You won big time in posting those actors in kilt. They make it look much better than Prince Charles does. I have always been curious what exactly the men wear under their kilts especially since the kilts are not long enough.

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    3. And so it is okay also to chastise someone for saying Camilla might please Charles in bed to win favors but then say you want to watch men in kilts throwing things?
      I didn't perceive those other comments as "trolling". Some people from other cultures just might not be as familiar with kilts as you. I doubt the people of Scotland gave a pidoodle about it.
      :)

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    4. HONK? Well, excuuuuuuuuse them. :)
      Being rude because you think others were rude doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

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    5. It seems to me that one "POSTER" apologized to Julia. And perhaps the "POSTER" who asked about the origin of kilts really wanted to know.
      geeeeez.
      And, you do not seem to have much tolerate yourself when it comes to novice technical people. :)

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    6. bloody national dress? wow, chill.

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    7. Scotland has survived for quite awhile. I don't think they are going to fall apart now because people said they don't like kilts. (They may have heard that once or twice before.)

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  28. We now know why William and Kate were not at the Braemar games William was working on Sunday he was photographed beside the helicopter taking a patient to hospital. I still hope they will turn up at Balmoral for the 9th Sept but they may also be a story without foundation as the suggestion about them attending the State Banquet may also be untrue and the suggestion the Queen will award her The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth !!.
    I feel very sorry for Kate all the articles mostly derogatory that have been written about her of late and the many rumours flying around many ridiculous and hopefully her public engagement on the 17th Sept, will put paid to some of them but William & Kate need to be seen at some joint functions to hopefully put paid to the suggested marital problems that seem to be escalating. Williams just announced engagement to attend the Tusk Trust Charity fund raising Ball on17th Sept. without Kate will add fuel to the fire. Not many married men would attend such a function without their wives This is the second Black Tie Tusk Trust event he has attended since Charlotte was born and it is known he will be at the Tusk Trust awards ceremony in November I have my own thoughts on what the attraction is other than support for the conservation work with wild animals. I very much hope I am wrong Kate deserves a loyal loving husband as do George and Charlotte need a faithful loving family environment

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    1. Well, she has an engagement earlier on the 17th, might not wanna be away in the evening from the kids. I mean.. a gala for them is not like a gala for me. I have been to 1 "gala" after finishing school. William and Kate goes to at least a handul a year... Especially now when they have kids they might wanna spread themselves out to cover more ground without leaving the kids with the nanny at bedtime.

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    2. William could have attended the Braemar games.

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    3. Anon 00.49. Appreantly not since we saw him photographed in the helicopter, working, on the same day

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    4. As far as W&K 's engagement, people have short memories of whatever accomplishments they have completed since their marriage. To come up with a certain consistent scheduling for engagements that fits their family and William's job makes sense. To engage in a few appearances, and then disappear for several weeks has its consequences. For Kate, if she does 2 appearances a month in whatever ways including her patronages, the complaining public will might find it acceptable pleasantly and with less to no complaint.

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    5. Of course Rebecca,

      But he could have scheduled it the other way round ahead of time.

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  29. William and Kate seem a bit 'remote' now, it's a shame......

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    1. "remote" is a good word, and perhaps "aloof" also.
      Can't blame them actually though, I guess.

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  30. I hate to break this to everybody but it seems that Kate is doing this one charity event and then will be attending a series of rugby matches as part of the rugby world cup. I cannot help but feel that the rugby is the main event while the charity is to detract and distract. It feels a tad deceitful if I may say so.

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    1. Anon @ 23:07,

      Welcome to their status quo.
      And they didn't attend the 200th anniversary of the Braemar games.

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    2. I don't agree at all. They usually bunch up their engagements for practicallity and since the rugby opening isn't something they can change date on but a hispitl visit is usually something planned around the royal it makes alot of sense to plan the more "royal centered" around the engagements and events that are more fixed. But everything can be seen from different ways.

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    3. According to the article the visit to the mental health facility is the first in a series of engagements to facilities of this kind. Maybe we should wait and see before being so harsh to judge. There are also a number of other engagements mentioned in the article.

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    4. Anon @ 23:07

      You had better alert Moxie and the hardworking team over at Watching Kate Watching Sports.

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  31. I wish I could agree with you but I think HRH is loving motherhood & all that it entails. I think she & William love their private life @ Anmer & that he especially loves that he is flying again. I don't ever remember seeing either of them uncomfortable around HM or the DoE. Remember @ Little George's christening? she was all personality with the BRF. Just my humble opinion. Looking forward to seeing HRH this month.

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  32. Our dear Bluhare,

    Opinions are a privilege of freedom. If someone said they don't like wool fisherman knit sweaters would the people of Ireland be miffed. I don't think so. I don't like kilts, btw. I think you might be making a mountain out of a molehill. Perhaps those Scottish men who take their kilts seriously might have taken offense that you only want to watch them in kilts throwing things.
    Now, who is sounding sexist, girl?

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  33. I want to kilts on the Baltimore Orioles.
    I want to see kilts on cowboys.
    I want to see kilts on astronauts................................
    teehee teehee

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  34. I have been anxious for the coming and going of September 9. I am so hoping the Queen makes it.
    I believe she will of course. I just want it to be September 10+ now. :)
    Can you imagine what she must be feeling about it? :)

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    1. Hahah, I agree! Every time someone says "she will" I just wanna shout KNOCK ON WOOOOOD!

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