Saturday, 31 October 2015

A Recap of Kate's October & November Engagements

As requested, we're back with a recap of Kate's October and a look at engagement announcements for November.

October has proven to be the most interesting month on the blog thus far this year in many ways. With the exception of Princess Charlotte's joyous arrival in May of course, 2015 has largely been an incredibly quiet year owing to Kate's maternity leave and the absence of a royal tour. Over the past month, however, we've seen a flurry of engagements including a formal role in a state visit and a focus on mental health emerging, along with some of the most polarizing sartorial selections (and we're not just talking about THAT Erdem gown). As it all happened so quickly, it seems an appropriate time to look back before we welcome November...


It all kicked of on Saturday, the 10th when the Cambridges supported Mental Health Day at an event hosted by mental health charity Mind at London's Harrow College. The Palace were keen to stress the couple's commitment to raising awareness of young people's mental health organisations. Given William and Kate's number of engagements at present, I think it's key for them to lend their focus to specific areas ensuring momentum is built and charities benefit. Kate repeated her Tory Burch Pauline Dress for the event.


That evening, Kate sported her Reiss Delaney Jacket, Aquatalia Rhumba Boots and her new Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings for the Wales V Australia Rugby World Cup match. As an avid fan and Vice-Patron of Welsh Rugby Union, William will have no doubt been disappointed not to see his team make it through to the final.


The state banquet on the 20th was the night we had all been waiting for all year - Kate's first appearance at the white-tie dinner with the dress code calling for a tiara. We had such fun seeing readers choose their dream looks for Kate and on the night she certainly didn't disappoint. Wearing a sparkling red gown with cap sleeves and a full skirt by Jenny Packham, and the Queen Mother's Papyrus Tiara, Kate looked every inch the future queen as she took her place next to the president of China.


The Duchess' dazzling jewels comprised of the tiara and two beautiful bracelets loaned to Kate by Her Majesty. One in particular is without question a very special piece in particular. It was in fact a wedding gift from Prince Philip, made with diamonds from a tiara belonging to his mother. The other, a choker worn by Queen Mary c. 1920, and later converted to a bracelet worn by the late Queen Mother. The look was completed with a pair of diamond chandelier earrings HM has loaned Kate several times.


I loved researching, writing and hearing your comments on this event. It is one of the last great white-tie appearances where we see the royals decked out in their finery and we're guaranteed to see tiaras and historic jewels from the Royal Collection.


An excellent video from the evening was released and one lady in particular caught the eye of readers (at 06.40 in the video). A tall striking brunette in a Temperley London gown? No, not the Duchess but the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, formerly socialite and model Rose Hanbury who almost stole the show in the brand's Long Angeli Dress.


Rose, 31, and her husband David, 55, made headlines back in 2009 when she gave birth to twin boys and decided the heaviest son who would become the eighth marquess. David and Rose were guests at the royal wedding, and it was suggested by the media the couple's boys may grow up to be playmates of Prince George. Below, we see the couple's stately home Houghton Hall, which is part of a 4,500 acre estate neighbouring Sandringham.


Next morning, the Duchess debuted two new Italian designers for a creative industry event with President Xi and his wife Madame Peng. Kate's £3,495 Dolce & Gabbana Floral Lace Dress and Gianvito Rossi pumps received mixed reviews with many feeling the dress was better suited to an evening affair. 


Paola correctly noted the flowers on the dress looked very much like peonyies - China's "Queen of Flowers", signifying richness, beauty and honour. I think this may very well have been a factor in Kate's choice. It's also important to remember we haven't seen William and Kate significantly involved in an event of this scale before and I expect the Duchess may have wanted to up her game, sartorially speaking.


The Earl and Countess of Strathearn enjoyed an 'away day' in Dundee, Scotland on the 23rd. The couple carried out five engagements during the course of the day under the umbrella of supporting mental health. They visited local organisations focused on the issue and did a little sightseeing on the RSS Discovery. Kate gave a nod to Scotland in a bespoke coat and kilt by Scottish designer Christopher Kane. I loved this look, and it very much merged the style of her pre-engagement days with her position as a member of the Royal family.


The couple spent the night before the visit at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, close to the university where they met and spent the early years of their relationship. During a walkabout in Dundee they revealed they had "very fond memories of visiting" the city and admitted trying Scottish dancing but "were not very good at it". Kate also told one wellwisher William riding his motorbike "fills me with horror" and added: "Hopefully, I'm going to keep George off it."


Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th were two packed days with four engagements taking place. First up, we saw the royal trio having a ball with the children from their patronages at a Charities Forum event at BAFTA. Kate chose a space print dress by Tabitha Webb. The real highlight of the engagement was seeing the royals interacting with the children and the delighted expressions on their faces.


It was another bespoke Jenny Packham gown for Kate's Date with 007 at the premiere of Spectre. The Duchess, accompanied by two princes walked the red carpet at the glamorous event. This gown proved to be a polarizing one indeed with a variety of opinions expressed. Looking over it again, there are still many elements I do like, including the back of the dress, the sweeping skirt, and the glittering belt - all striking aspects. I do feel, however, the fabric (or rather the amount of fabric) at the front swamps Kate and therefore effects the overall silhouette of the gown.


Kate borrowed another pair of stunning earrings for the premiere - £14,300 Robinson Pelham pagoda earrings set with blue topaz and diamonds. Carole Middleton wore the earrings to the royal wedding reception in 2011 and loaned them to Kate for the night.


Fashion aside, ladies, Kate met Bond. James Bond.


It was Prince Harry who was shaken and stirred by 007 and asked him to sign his programme. There's a great video at ITN Source of their chat showing a very enthusiastic and excited Harry.


On Tuesday, Kate repeated an Orla Kiely dress for an engagement at Islington Town Hall where Kate learned more about Chance UK. The Palace said the engagement reflected "the Duchess of Cambridge's particular interest in early intervention programmes". Chance UK would seem an ideal future patronage choice for the Duchess, and in order to take their support of mental health and early intervention to the next step, taking on roles as patrons would be significantly beneficial to them.


The month's final appearance saw the Duchess attend the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her Royal Highness stepped out of the vehicle and surprised us all in the floral print Erdem Alouette Tiered Floral Silk Gown inspired by 1960's Japanese graphics.


As I said in the post, I applaud Kate for taking risks with fashion. She's only 33 and has opted to play it relatively safely sartorially speaking over the past couple of years. We've all waited to see her experiment with her style and enjoy fashion, so it's splendid to see her doing that. Pulling off this dress is a major ask for anyone, and if someone with Kate's tall, slender frame cannot do it, then who can? If the dress had been streamlined it would have worked for me, but the voluminous tiered skirt didn't photograph particularly well in movement shots.



The Duchess was loaned another pair of the Queen Mother's earrings for the night: the Sapphire and Diamond Fringe earrings. Commentators have speculated Kate plans to model her royal career on the Queen Mother's hence her increasing access to her gems.


Vogue wrote a very interesting article on Kate's recent looks, titled Duchess of Cambridge's High Fashion Era:

'Slowly, carefully, cleverly, the Duchess's outfits have become increasingly sleek. She's shelved the sartorial literalism (although we secretly hoped against hope for an Ursula Andress-esque conch accessory at the Bond premiere) and the safe block colour combinations.
 She's tidied up her hair, opting for more sophisticated layers and grown-up, pinned back styles. And she's upped her fashion game: in the last fortnight alone she's worn Dolce & Gabbana (a first), a backless Jenny Packham creation, a bespoke Christopher Kane coat and a splashy, statement print Erdem gown.'

Vogue credits this change to a better relationship with designers:

'That increased confidence is down to better relationships with designers, many of whom are better attuned to her classic, traditional taste, but it's also down to age. Now firmly in her thirties, and a mother-of-two, the Duchess knows how to minimise the risk of a tabloid frenzy - and how to carry off a £2,660 dress and thousands of pounds of diamonds without a media outcry. Touché.'

Does this recent change signal the end of Kate's high-street looks? I wouldn't think so, not at all. Perhaps though, we are beginning to see early glimpses of Kate opting for more high-end and bespoke looks as her role within the Royal family grows. We're slowly seeing Kate showcase more pieces of royal jewellery, too. Over the past month we've seen something akin to the schedule William and Kate will have as first-in-line to throne, which will involve state visits, two events in one day and more 'away days'.

It's been tremendous fun following it all with you and hearing your thoughts. There was a fantastic buzz on the blog and great debate. It would obviously be wonderful to see the Cambridges continuing with a busier schedule of engagements moving forward, while continuing to bear a spotlight on mental health and other causes close to their hearts.


We conclude this portion of the post with news, the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala raised over £550,000 for Kate's patronage The Art Room. I've followed the organisation over the past few years and it's run by an amazingly dedicated and hardworking team. This sum will make quite the difference to them and will help them to continue to provide services.

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We also have word of an upcoming appearance for the Duke and Duchess. On Saturday, 7 November, the couple will join other members of the Royal family including the Queen and Prince Philip, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Duke of Kent for the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall. It is the first time the Cambridges have attended the event and they will more than likely be there because Charles and Camilla will be on tour in Australia and New Zealand.

The Royal British Legion

The event, hosted by the Royal British Legion, takes place at 7 pm. Highlights of the festival are special guest artists, military bands and a drumhead service. Below, we see Her Majesty arriving for last year's performance.


You can view last year's event in full on YouTube.


The following day, Remembrance Sunday, will see Kate on the balcony at Whitehall for the morning's ceremonies. More from Richard Palmer:


Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

All that remains is to wish you all a great weekend...


..and a very Happy Halloween :)

255 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden31 October 2015 at 19:14

    A little note for people interested in other royal families. King Wilhelm Alexander and Queen Maxima will be at the centopath! So we will se Kate together with Maxima! :D I for one is very happy about that!!! Also, I think it's great that William and Kate are stepping up the "level" of their engagements even when they don't increase the scheduel. For ex, William are doing quite alot of investures nowdays, he's taking the salute on the 8th, they have done the State Banquet etc. So you can see a clear increase in their role while still keeping a similar balance in the time table :)

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    1. Thank you for sharing that, Rebecca. I look forward to seeing Kate and Maxima together.

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    2. I'm equally surprised at how busy William has remained over the last several days without Kate. Attending the championship rugby game with Harry and Phillip, investiture, leading the submariners remembrance, etc. I hope that this is a sign to come that there is going to be a shift next year in terms of their royal duties. It is really great to see them stepping into their roles.

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    3. I too am looking forward to seeing Queen Maxima, hope she is fully recovered from her health scare by hen.

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    4. Maybe this means another new dress?

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  2. Wonderful post Charlotte!! It was so good to read through again what happened in this months.

    Really important causes, incredibly nice blings, misses and hits.

    I hope November comes a bit close to this, as the holidays are approaching.

    I suppose we can expect another evening dress for the 8th Festival.

    I had a good laugh at the last photo, certainly taken a long long time ago:-)

    Happy Halloween to everyone!!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSqiVxUWcAED-PH.jpg:large

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  3. Wonderful job. You are amazing Charlotte! I looked through Kate's dresses from this month and I think I changed my mind in one case. I really liked the Dolce&Gabbana dress but now I think this is not Kate's color. She looks rather sad or very formal in this dress compared to her other choices. I know it was a quite formal occasion, but as the Cambridges visited a film studio, she could pick something more bright. But I think this month is a real success for the duchess and the charities she supports. But I still want to see her more often. This blog is just wonderful.

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  4. Still think Kate looked better at the banquet than on her wedding day, I love her hair so much more when it's up!
    The other two evening gowns were disappointing to say the least. The blue one looked like a nightgown and made her look scary thin and the other one had that awful ruffle and her hair on both occasions looked messy to me
    Still wish you we saw more of Kate's style back before she became a mother! Her outfits were perfect then!
    I also hope she gets out of this habit of taking weeks off after finally doing a good number of enegaments
    Also what happened to her work with the hospices? We havent heard much of it lately.
    Sarah usa

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    1. They say she has met with their leaders in her home office.

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    2. Children from the hospice were at the event last week and the CEO of the hospice also gave an account of his meeting with Catherine following this event.

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  5. Charlotte, thank you for the detailed recap. As if you don't have enough to do. :)

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  6. Tedi in California31 October 2015 at 20:02

    First of all, a huge thank you, and kudos to you, Charlotte. You are amazing, how you put all of this together, always so fast, and thorough, is a wonder. You are a class act, reporting on a class act.
    No matter what Kate wears, even a knapsack, she will always be a beautiful woman. Of course we won't always like all her sartorial choices, but it's fun reading everyone's opinion.
    My favorites from this past month were the magnificent state dinner gown and jewels. She looked every inch a queen that night. I also loved her outfit visiting Dundee. The James Bond event was my least favorite. I loved her hair at the 100 Women dinner, the dress could have been wonderful, if as you said, it had been styled as a column. Looking forward to more in November, and December. Happy Halloween 🎃

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  7. Thank you Charlotte for a great recap of their engagements. I do hope we see ore joint engagements fro William and Kate. They make such a beautiful team.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. And here in Canada , the wealthy tends to have one or two. It seems that it's the one who can;t afford it have the most and cries the most. Before anyone says anything I can afford it but I have only one. She will have what I didn't have when I was younger. Let William and Catherine have the amount of kids they want and its no ones business, if they have more.

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  8. Love this wrap up! I do wonder, we know William has said he wants two kids, has Kate ever said? Here in the states it's common for wealthy couples these days to have 4 or even more. Almost a status symbol. With her HG I think she's a trooper for having more than one to begin with but I'm curious if they now want/hope for more.

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    1. I have read that Kate would like three children like she had in her birth family. I have not heard anything recently about more children, though.

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    2. Where exactly in the states is it common for "wealthy" couples to have four or more children???? And please define what you deem as "wealthy". Sounds like a little east coast snobbery to me...

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    3. I am not aware of children being seen as a "status symbol" (on the east coast or anywhere in the US, to be honest). I do know of wealthy couples who have one child, or no children (by choice). On the other hand, if people can afford to have a large family, God bless them. :)

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  9. Sarah from Calif.31 October 2015 at 22:36

    Well done Charlotte!!!!! Your the best!

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  10. Thank you for such a wonderful summary Charlotte! I enjoyed seeing William and Kate out and about this month. More like a "royal tour" of the UK this year, I guess?

    I do dread to say it, but I do hope this is not merely because the duchess wants to get her numbers up this year, and because she actually, genuinely wants to be doing more. Last year there were several articles on how few engagements Kate does, and with the birth of Princess Charlotte she missed the "high season" of royal appearances this year. Before she went on maternity leave there was a similar situation where she crammed in several engagements and everyone suspected she would stay out of the spotlight for sometime after, which was true. If the numbers come out and they're low again, and the Cambridges head to Mustique in January it would not bode well. I'm skeptical because this month was quite out-of-character for Kate.

    Anyway, I'm interested to see how November and December plays out. I have enjoyed seeing Kate change up her look (for better or worse) so we'll see if that continues too.

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    1. Let's not give up our hopes just yet, Anon:) Nicely put by the way!

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    2. Well, I will not pretend to dread asking this, but can she ever get it right? Now that she is doing more (something people have been asking for), it will become about numbers for the sake of numbers?

      No need to reply. The answer is rather obvious.

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    3. What's the difference if she is "trying to get her numbers up" or "actually, genuinely wants to be doing more"? Give the girl a break. Duty is duty. She knows what she signed up for and will do what is expected of her. She will smile, shake hands, and make people think she is thrilled to be there. It doesn't really matter if she wants to, as long as she does. I don't want to go to work today but I'm going to because that is my duty.

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    4. I don't want to go to work tomorrow but I have no choice, I have to go in. Catherine will do what she have to do.

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    5. royalfan I find your comment a little snarky, by asking a question and then saying the answer is obvious. No its not. What is obvious is you will not give anyone a chance unless they praise Kate for every little thing. I think a lot of us are happy with what Kate has done this month, however, from the past few years this is typical of her. She will work hard for a few months to either up her numbers before the end of the year or before a vacation. I think we are just hoping to see her be more consistent. So, I can't speak for everyone, but if she starts doing this regularly, then yes, she will get it right. It's not about numbers for numbers sake. You want people to give Kate a chance, so I think it is only fair you give others on this blog a chance and not make a rude comment directed at unjustly tearing down other commenters. And the reason these comments are coming up is Charlotte even mentions that she hopes this will mean more engagements for Kate as well. We just want consistency, instead of a bunch of engagements that appear for ulterior motives.

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    6. Actually, royalfan, what I am saying is that she DID get it right this time and I hope we can see more of a schedule like this on a permanent basis, and not just because they're worried about bad press. I enjoyed seeing Kate at all the engagements and felt she did a good job.

      But like BethNY said, it doesn't really matter whether it's genuine or not, she did her duty. I guess I'd just rather believe Kate was genuine about it than not. I guess we'll never know for sure, but I'm skeptical because of Kate's actions in the past - and William's too. It's obvious they're trying their best to put off royal duties for as long as possible. I hope this last month signifies that they are truly taking on more duties and coming into their role, and not just a random time for more duties for the sake of numbers.

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    7. I once read an account from an accredited royal reporter stating that the BRF don't really bother themselves with the number of engagements they each do. If they did it would become a contest. Rather they do what they have to do and get on with it. It is the public and media that place so much emphasis on it.

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    8. Anon 23:08, I have a feeling we will have to agree to disagree. I do not believe W&K are unwilling to do more. IMO, there's a bigger picture to consider and allowing W&K some time to concentrate on their family works for the Firm, especially C&C.

      As far as the recent workload being related to PR, well, it also happens to be a busy time of the year for the RF (compared to the summer months) and Kate did take time to concentrate on a newborn baby. I don't see anything suspicious about the timing here.

      People want them to do more yet when they do so their motives are questioned. Can they ever win?

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    9. Anon :58 - I think it's pretty clear that they do concern themselves with number of engagements. Their work is not random and last minute - I think I will pop in and see so and so. They have agendas - both personal and public relations minded. Kate's schedule is so programmed that it is obvious that she has a set routine and pattern. I'm sure if one were to analyze each member of the royal family they would find the same. "They do what they have to" Meaning they appear like they are interested in the UK and the Commonwealth? You think Charles isn't aware of the numbers of his siblings, childrens and parents? And that he always comes out on top?

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    10. I actually think that when you’re at Charles’s or Anne’s level of engagements you do stop counting. I mean once you’ve reached the 500 range, whats the point really, there’s no way the others can surpass that.

      It’s those, like Cambridges and Harry, who are still in the 100 range that might count, or their aides do.

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    11. 500 (source for that number?) comes fast when the arrival, event, and departure are treated as separate engagements....for some.
      And it is hard to gain "numbers" when activities considered as engagements for some royals are not even
      mentioned in the CC when done by other RF members.
      Charles and Anne are the Queen's children. Sophie is the wife of another son. They and the Queen's cousins
      are apparently given preference in appearances-including Ascot and white tie affairs, as well as other
      activities.

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    12. They are not given ‘preference’, they are senior working royals and it is their ‘job’ to be at these events. And the Court Circular always counts arrival, event, and departure as separate events for all royals listed in it.

      Source for numbers: http://royalcentral.co.uk/state/prince-charles-hardest-working-royal-for-seventh-year-running-42005

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  11. I find this all so fascinating. Kate is gorgeous. Thanks for detailing the events for us non British, although I am descended from good English stock hundreds of years ago!

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  12. I love Catherine's look, MOST of the time, but somehow, for me, that bright, flowery dress with the layered hem line, just didn't cut it for me. I think it might have been better if it had gathered at the waist, and then billowed out full at the bottom. But, that's just me.
    Charlotte, thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this blog. I check it every day to see if you have new posts.

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  13. Well thought out commentary, thank you!

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  14. Great retrospective Charlotte - thank you so much for taking the time to do this!

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  15. Great Halloween picture of Kate! When was it taken? Charlotte, you have done a superb job this past month with posts, comments, and now this recap. Kudos to you!

    Looking forward to seeing what Catherine chooses to wear to the concert/festival event, and what coat we will see for Remembrance day.

    I'm also hoping to see more appearances for these kinds of very worthy causes that we've seen this past month.

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  16. The second picture from the top is most favorite.

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  17. Thanks for the recap Charlotte. It was a whirlwind few days, so it was nice having all the outfits summed up. I agree I hope this means a busier schedule of engagements moving forward. However, I have learned in the past not to get my hopes up with Kate since fairly often the uptake in engagements is either before a vacation or at the end of the year to up her numbers. I hope I am wrong this time though. I agree that it would be great if they focused more and more on mental health and did so buy focusing in/helping charities.

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  18. About the Erdmen dress-I give Kate credit for finally doing something adventures. However, I disagree about if a tall, slender woman like Kate can't pull it off, then who can? I don't think it just takes a tall and slender woman like Kate to do it. With that print and none traditional shape, I think it also takes a certain type of personality. I'm not saying Kate doesn't have a personality, but she is more quiet and reserved so the dress wears her and not the other way around. It would be better on a woman with a very large personality that can carry that dress since it has so much personality itself. Someone larger than life might have been able to pull it off. Where as Kate was swallowed up in it.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis1 November 2015 at 13:23

      I agree, also with all due respect Charlotte, a statement like "if a tall and slender woman like Kate" seems a little like fat-shaming. I really mean this with all respect - I know that's not how you meant it and I greatly admire you as a writer - but being slender shouldn't have anything to do with increasing your chances of looking good in a dress. I know many woman who would be considered maybe "bigger" than Kate who could pull off the dress better, or just as well, than her. I only say this because Kate is quite skinny, and clearly works very hard to maintain her weight, and that already puts pressure on other women to do the same. I don't think any of us should make it even harder for women to feel like they don't need to aspire for Kate's body, which realistically, many women do not have the time, money, or genetics to achieve or maintain.

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    2. I agree Anom 2:38, a loud print like this, with the voluminous skirt really needed a bigger personality to pull it off, I think Queen Maxima would have rocked it!!

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    3. Interesting thoughts Anonymous 2:38. I believe that women who are quiet and reserved can pull off a dress like this, but that sometimes the clothing does wear the woman. I think Catherine wore it quite well and it was a pleasant surprise. The fabric and pattern are gorgeous. However, the aesthetic is Japanese and is better suited to the exquisite straight lines as we see in the bodice.

      I put the fault with the dress to fully to the designer. That flounce on the bottom is simply bad design which never should have happened. A bespoke dress in a column as Charlotte suggested would be the best option. Second would be the simply folded wider skirt on the Loreen (short version) in a cocktail or floor length. I sincerely hope that Catherine lops off the bottom of this dress and returns with it on some other occasion with a shorter version and her hair up.

      I sometimes wonder whether her hair choices depend on the amount of time she has on the given day. Creating an updo and getting high-glamour ready takes time. As a hands on mom, she may opt for the style that gives her more time with the kids and less in the stylist's chair.

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    4. Maggie, it is a fact of life. We are all of different shapes and sizes. We all have to choose clothing according to our specific body specification. I an shorter and a a bit heavier than Kate and NO WAY could I pull off wearing this dress. I would look like a flower pot coming down the road. I think Charlotte was spot on whit her assessment that this particular dress requires someone tall and slender to pull it off.

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    5. Philly,

      I agree. The blame lies fully with the designer.
      WHY? would she even show that to Kate? let alone let her wear it? WHY? would she even want her brand associated with that floral mess?
      I could have designed a better gown. Truly.

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    6. Some people like the gown 20:34. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it bad gown.

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    7. I have to agree that this dress would be more specific for certain body types. The size of the print is definitely a consideration. In order to not get swallowed up in a large print, you have to select something that is comparable to the size of your body. It is a common fashion rule when it comes to prints. Cited several times in the fantastic show 'What Not To Wear' (now only in reruns).

      The way the bottom blouses should also be considered because it can appear to shorten leg length. If you already have short legs then you can appear to be nothing but a torso and the ruffle at the bottom.

      I am 5'6" and currently overweight due to having some surgeries on my legs that have caused me to have to learn to walk again and develop the strength to be able to just stand up. There are still some things I can't do well because the balance and leg strength required like squatting. I didn't take the comment by Charlotte to be be demeaning in any way or 'fat shaming'. The reality is that not all clothes look good on all body types. This dress is one of those examples in that it takes a specific body type to wear best.

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    8. I think it is simply one really unfortunate dress, I can't imagine a living person who could put this off :))

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    9. I don't think Charlotte's comment was "fat shaming". If I said that the gown Kate wore to the Bond premiere would be more flattering on a fuller figured gal, would that be slim-shaming? I hope not. I think it's just a matter of different designs/styles flattering different figures.

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  19. After seeing this succession of photos, I definitely feel the Duchess has very much lost her fashion sense. A lace sheath during the day and a space dress? Oh dear.

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    1. I partly agree. I wrote it many times, she had great fashion sense at the Canadian tour. Since then lots of things changed. But I give her kudos not playing safe any longer. Stepping out of her comfort zone, of course, it involves misses and hits. Let's give her some time how it plays out in the future.

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    2. I too have felt that the Duchess has struggled to find her "signature style" since the birth of her children. Imo, she seems to waver between young and fresh or frumpy and matronly with very little in between. Personally I'd love to see her in trousers and some beautiful blouses for day time events. When I see pictures of CP Mary or Queen Letiza I frequently think that the styles they wear would look perfect on the Duchess.

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    3. Agreed. If I were in her position I think I'd rework my wardrobe and auction some things off for charity. Or just get rid of a few things that either don't work, don't fit, etc. I also think I'd downplay future wardrobe items in an effort to focus instead on work - not physical appearance. That really is the only way to upgrade public viewpoint in the future.

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    4. On the bright side, if she has "lost her fashion sense" at least she hasn't "found" the Princess Royal's. Same hairdo forever and too many weird ensembles to count on an attractive woman if someone could style her into the 21st century.The Queen, her mother and sister didn't rock every frock they wore either. Catherine is not a model and not our dolly. She's a working mom who, like anyone else, has stuff in her closet that isn't always Vogue worthy. Maybe we need to work a little harder to get over it. I sometimes wonder whether our expectations are the product of too many red carpets and Disney princesses.

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    5. Philly agree. Ali

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    6. Most likely Philly.

      How many of us have had that Cinderella concept since we were toddlers?
      And the red carpet "programming" also?

      Cinderella is a fairy tale. Who wants to follow ideals spun by fairies? really?

      And while red carpet style can be alluring, the people on the red carpet, unfortunately, most always have bizane private lives and are rarely balanced, healthy or happy.

      all that glitters is not gold. I would much prefer Kate to be honest in her dressing and in the way she lives her life rather than for her to try to fulfill our sartorial fantasties and expectations. forget Disney. forget red carpet.

      (Princess Anne's "fashion" is from a different planet, so that doesn't even apply.)

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    7. Philly, so cute - love it. I am not sure why posters feel she has to equate to the red carpet so called celebrity. She is a Duchess, a future queen not a model or movie star. I for one do not like pants suits or trousers - so we all have a different view of fashion. I am happy if Kate just chooses and wears whatever makes her comfortable and happy.

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  20. Mary from Nebraska, USA1 November 2015 at 07:15

    Did Kate wear gloves with her red gown during the State Dinner for the Chinese president and his wife? Is that court etiquette no longer being followed by the younger members of the family? It seems disrespectful with The Queen present. Thoughts?

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  21. Oh my goodness! Charlotte, you are heading into some zenith of photo journalism. The picture of the flowered centennial at her matured pick, and the flowered millennia in bloom displayed side by side sharing the same earrings.

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  22. Eve from Germany1 November 2015 at 08:24

    Thank you so much for another well-rounded recap and summary of these past weeks. INCREDIBLE JOB, Charlotte, can´t thank you enough!
    It was an exciting time and I GREATLY enjoyed the lively debates. Wonderful to see once again the pictures with a smiling, if not positively BEAMING Duchess together with children!! And, YES, I really do love that black-and-white picture of her in THAT dress! It actually looked much better "in action" than in photos, but what I love best about that black-and-white picture is the expression on her face. There´s happiness and confidence and that´s a wonderful combination!

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  23. Do you have any information about the diamond bracelet she wore with the Erdmen dress?

    And please add my thanks to everyone else's--I love this blog!

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    1. Hi, Virginia,

      I'm sure Charlotte or others will respond as well. I believe this is the "Art Deco" styled bracelet which Prince Charles gave to Kate. It was either a wedding present or a present during her engagement. Charlotte has referred to it in other posts i.e. I think Kate wore it with the black evening gown she wore to the gala premiere of the movie "War Horse". She attended with Prince William and Prince Harry. I think it was in 2012. Hope this helps.

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  24. Charles and Camilla are going to Australia and New Zealand? Will their trip be as long and busy as William and Kate's last year? Seems unusual to have two tours two years in a row.

    I wonder if Kate has figured out that you can't make everyone happy and now she's going to choose whatever she likes.

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    1. Harry came to NZ this year too! I'm not complaining lol, I've managed to see them all so far!

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    2. Hi Mary there's nothing unusual in having two visits in a row. The Queen's the constitutional head of Australia & senior royals visit most years. The visits in recent years have been the Queen (2011); Prince Charles & Camilla (2012); Prince Harry (2013); Duke & Duchess of Cambridge (2104); & Prince Charles & Camilla (2015).

      The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) agreed the general format of royal visits some time ago & the Commonwealth Secretariat issued guidelines. Charles & Camilla will be here for 12 days & their program's very similar to that of William & Kate. The detail varies from visit to visit but the itineraries are always developed with the input of BP, the Governor General, the Prime Minister & the State Premiers.

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    3. As an Australian, I'd argue that they are equally Australia's monarchy so one tour per year is completely okay. In fact, I think we should see more of them! Until they are booted out through constitutional reform, they need to represent all the Commonwealth realms (somewhat) equally by also being advocates for our own charities and trades.

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  25. Kate's hair keeps getting bigger and Bigger!

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    1. oh, shades of Texas. :)
      big hair, rules.

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    2. I LOVE big hair also. LOVE sixty's style.

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  26. I think I am one of the few that liked the Erdem dress. At first I was not so sure, but it was great to see Kate in something more fashion forward and different than her usual style. My only thought was her hair could have been done differently and I did not love the sapphire earrings she wore. Thought she looked flawless at the State Banquet.

    I watched the ITV video from the movie screening, and you can really see how much more natural and open Harry is compared to W&K. The fact that he asked for Daniel Craig's autograph and shook his wife's hand shows that he is comfortable enough to do what any other star struck person would do.

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  27. Another photo journalism: The picture next to her mother...her mother, her self? at the Bond meeting.
    Kate's profile side in that picture is beautiful/the hair and every thing. It is the whole front that seemed to add some years on her.

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    1. Her mother's earrings are interesting, meaningful, somehow recall Kate's own wedding day earrings she wore, and it is beautifully coordinating with her dress.

      I miss Kate already. She looked beautiful in all the appearances. It was a back to back appearance, and some sleep deprivation might have gotten in the way. We would not have known about her with out William. Most people are also happy for William because he is happy in finding Kate. Attention given to him from the public or not, they are now "ONE" by marriage.

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  28. Amy, Detroit Michigan1 November 2015 at 17:08

    Haven't been able to comment during the frenzy of engagements, so I am glad to have a catch-all post to comment on. Overall I am very happy with the way the Duchess has been looking. While I may not like all of the clothing options (that Erdem dress in unfortunate,) I love the risks she has been taking, and therefore she gets a major thumbs up from me.

    It also looks like she has figured out her hair as well. The first few engagements with the fringe bangs were rough because it didn't seem like she knew how to wear them. Her hair has looked exceptional lately.

    Wearing different jewelry is also a plus. And her makeup has looked better as well.

    All in all, I'm happy!

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  29. As Charlotte put it with a link, THAT Erdem gown

    It looked like it wore her may be, as royal fan put it with the case of the black swede shoes as “clash of the seasons”, the hair style with the dress appears as clash of the magnitude. Her hair looks at its marvelous best absorbing her front chest and a statement all on its own. The dress as is boldly magnified on its own.

    She has beautiful hair and she can wear it in a way she is most comfortable with, but..? What she could benefit is contracting “an accomplished STYLE ARTIST”. An outstanding graphic designer-style artist who can sketch hair designs to the gowns she will be wearing. That professional can even experiment with her with different styled wigs for pre planning. If only she allows some cutting to her hair (well it will grow back), a versatile side of her could emerge, and the gowns could be more of a hit.

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  30. Thanks Charlotte for the great post and thought provoking recap of the month. It was so great to see them out and about together. When William and Kate are in Scotland they just seem to sparkle. You can tell they hold it in their hearts. I loved the engagements with William, Kate and Harry. Together the three have that spark that is so rare these days.

    I think Kate has done everything that was asked of her by us this month. More engagements, focus on a cause, fashion risks, more bling, etc. As I stated before, I hope that this schedule is kept up next year. I think there is probably some more planned in November, December is probably going to be quiet with the holidays. She seemed to really have grown into her royal within the BRF and more importantly, she looks truly happy.

    I like to think that since there are 2 state banquets every year, that W/K and C/C will trade off on them. One can hope right...

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  31. Wonderful to see such a full calendar, long may it continue.
    Sartorially speaking, while I didn’t like everything Kate wore, I do like the variety and that she is playing around with styles and jewelry a bit more. And I’m very happy not to see a bunch of new coats.

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  32. Tammy from California1 November 2015 at 22:23

    I enjoyed the banquet video so very much. For the first time I felt the Queen showed her age :(
    Loved the recap!

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  33. Kate, Texas, USA1 November 2015 at 23:30

    Charlotte, a lovey recap on a fabulous month for us on the blog! Thank you for all your research and hard work keeping it going. Everything you have done and all the time invested is greatly appreciated!

    It has been a wonderful month and a wonderful look at things to come in William and Kate's royal role. I have loved all aspects from details of the charities and engagements to the fashion choices made by Kate. I absolutely love seeing William and Kate together and it really shows what a fabulous team they make. Seeing William, Kate, and Harry together makes it even better! They are all doing well carving their roles in the family, but especially Kate. She has done amazingly well over the past five years establishing herself in the RF and this past month truly shows that.

    I'm looking forward to the family at the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday and for Remembrance Sunday.

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  34. I LOVE the Long Angeli dress that Rose wore. It is gorgeous and the gown just sparkled in the right way.
    Would love to know more about the tiara.

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  35. Thank you for identifying that Lady in the Angelil dress that almost stole the thunder from the Duchess! She looked ethereal in that beautiful dress and tiara! And what a gorgeous back and sleeves design!! Charlotte you rock!!

    The Duchess still wears that Tissot watch sometimes! loved her in that costume!!

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    1. I don't care what Kate wears! I am so addicted! She is always beautiful no matter what. I can't wait to see what she wears next.

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  36. charlotte thank you for the recap and all the hardworking you would be a great writer and all fab stuffs you given us lots good stuff and research information

    its busy October for William and kate and wonderful they are state banquet she looks beautiful there plus the royal premiere of bond film im in love with the dress not to daring not too sexy she stand out on the leading lady bond film

    love they enjoyed the joint engagement although it seems that harry third wheeling

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  37. I didn't like Rosa's gown. It was nothing special in my opinion, and the woman doesn't look to me so classy nor remarkable - nothing to compare to the radiant beauty, warmth and elegance of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. I can't understand all the fuss about it. Ancient Romans were so right when they said "de gustibus disputandum non est" (there's nothing to discuss about different tastes).

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    1. Then the ancient Romans would not have had a Duchess Kate blog. :)

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    2. Does that translate as, each to his own? Live and let live?

      Paola Magi,

      How is the arrangement of your name? and the English version? I don't want just to assume. Italian might be close to Latin, but your quote sounds, Latin. Long time ago, I enrolled in Italian language class for two weeks. After so many years what I remember is, La familia abita a Roma/The family lives in Rome.

      Anonymous 20:33
      Yes that was a hit!

      Or Ancient Romans knew how to suppress their possibly exploding heads, and on and on
      --
      Where does Aristotle fit in all this?

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    3. Tedi in California3 November 2015 at 23:08

      My sentiments also. When I read all the fuss, I went back and looked at the video. I had viewed it several times, and was surprised I had not noticed her. When I saw her, I remembered seeing her the first time, and thinking she was a 60ish matron. The dress was awful, and her bosom was hanging down like an old ladies. To compare her to Kate was laughable, in my opinion at least. I later googled the lady, and realized she was 31 years old, and rather attractive. Not a great beauty, but pretty, in her own way.

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    4. Anon15, I'm afraid I cannot understand what do you mean with "the arrangement of your name". Please could you help me? My name is Paola Magi, if you are asking the etymology I'm sorry but I don't know it. I'm not using a nickname. My quote was Latin, not Italian. In Italian we say "tutti i gusti sono gusti" (all tastes are tastes). The Latin de gustibus disputandum non est could be translated also "It's not worth to fight for a question of taste", I suppose. Yes, maybe "live and let live" is similar, but the direct allusion to "tastes" is rather striking (if my English is not too poor to express what I am trying to say), it puts a light on the fact that we, human beings, are not "all the same". We are different and we must be aware of that, and accept those differences when they are not vital but just a simple matter of taste.

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    5. Paola,
      I posted a comment in response to yours late yesterday. I don't know what happened to it. Does Paola mean Pauline? OR as Philip would be Philipa though the meanings are different. In your case Paulo vs Paola may be with a different meaning. The word Magi was ringing, now I realized, may be in Christmas stories, as in the three wise men who brought gifts for baby Chris's birth.

      Your English is very fine; if you don't say it, I would not have known. The translation of the quote in its application the way you translated it makes even more practical sense. It is a sage quote and advise including for most of us here.

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  38. If Rose had been mindful of her posture

    and had had proper foundation sewn into the gown, she would have looked even better. going bra less to a State Banquet doesn't work. As beautiful as she did look, she would have looked even more beautiful if she had had proper foundation.

    I would love to know more about the tiara also. Her husband's family is directly related to the Rothschilds and to the eastern Rothschilds, the Sasoons, so she might have access to some substantial bling. That looked like an antique piece.

    Her husband was also a page to the Queen when he was young and is the Lord Great Chamberlain for her now. Hopefully, we will see more of that family.

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    1. Dear Anonymous 11:40,

      I SO agree with you about Rose. Thank you for expressing it. She is lovely but she really needed some help with adequate foundation garments under that gown.

      It's a bit odd since I believe she used to be a fashion model so she would likely be familiar with the need for some "magical" assistance to support certain outfits.

      Who knows?

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    2. Oh my is that really what it was. I did notice only on this blog yesterday, and thought, gone South, or body structure? Regardless, never thought bra-less.

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    3. I thought I spotted a wee baby bump on Rose at the State Dinner, which might explain the posture/undergarment issues people have mentioned. Perhaps she is expecting another child, and the empire line of her dress exaggerated her changing figure? Beautiful tiara she was wearing! Quite lovely.

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    4. I have been watching the news to see if Rose and her husband have announced another pregnancy. So far, nada.

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    5. Rose could not have worn a standard bra with that gown, which had a see-through back. Either the dress had a built in bra, or she would have had to wear something that was not entirely supportive. I do think she is pregnant. Why would they need to announce it?

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    6. Don't think the gown had a sewn in bra. It definitely needed one.

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    7. Even a substantial sewn-in "shelf" bra, like they have in swimsuits and camies, would have helped. I was very astonished to see her at that banquet, in that beautiful gown, with no foundation. I was a little embarrassed for her to be quite honest.

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  39. ha ha ha, Kate did indeed meet Bond. James Bond.

    cute, Charlotte. :)

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    1. Actually from her profile, she even looked like some actress. Here ! Bond, meet the Star!

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  40. I want to see Princess Charlotte. WHAT? Are we going to have to wait until her future wedding to see her????

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  41. On Pippa, I was googling her (not sure why) and I have to say, she seems to have a pretty sweet life. She is independently wealthy (first from her parents and now presumably earns a living while living in her parent's flat), beautiful, fit, has all of these connections, and on top of that has a loving family. She appears to get to enjoy wealth and privilege without anywhere near the scrutiny that Kate endures.

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    1. For all that, I don't think that Pippa is really all that happy.

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    2. Poor Pipa! for all the strength she has especially in sports, all her personal business is scrutinized by the media and the public that does not know her close up as a person. The worst is the details, ups and downs of her relationship with her boyfriends. Her appearance badly picked on, and what not. Some siblings would not have taken that. Most likely she might be sick and tired of carrying the cross.

      The PR was rushed with a new found fame, and she would have most likely participated in bargaining on it. If her book, CELEBRATE, had been a success, that would have directed her fame into a better identity for her. I don’t know why the telegraph ended her assignments after six months. Her articles were in a way introducing places of interest in UK and more.

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    3. Sadly, Pippa is clearly lacking adequate guidance.

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  42. I noticed in the two formal engagements--the Bond premier and the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala, Kate is lining her eyes differently, right above the eyelash line (much like Diana did for many years), instead of at the eyelash line. No biggie, just something that struck me when I looked at her close up photos today. I don't know if she's always done this for formal evening engagements or not.

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    1. Denise, I noticed it too. :) I think Kate is doing some experimenting... Good for her.

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    2. Denis are you talking about her top eyelash line or above the bottom eyelash line (the waterline)?

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  43. Thank you charlotte for the recap good job, her gowns have not grown on me i thought they might. I to hope kate does not go into hiding like she always seams to do really do love the jewls! Has anyone wondered why we haven't seen priness charlotte since the christing it almost seem like they are hiding her, if i recall we saw prince george more just wondering happy halloween

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  44. I don't know whether Kate's PR team reads this blog or not. But there is no doubt that members of the media do and they do also keep tabs on the comments. Here is why I believe so.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/10/31/why-is-kate-middleton-so-silent.html

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    1. You many be right. :) Parts of it read like it was written by a group of high school girls with an agenda.

      "Friends of Kate have always said..." Really?

      Comparing Kate, 33 and wife of the second in line, with an 89 year old monarch in the speech department. LOL. Just LOL.

      And of course there is the reference to the negligee from a university fashion show. It has had more reruns than an I Love Lucy episode. :)

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden3 November 2015 at 05:08

      Media ABSOLUTLEY reads royal blogs and forums. I'm on many of them and I've seen many times discussions being copied almost straight from a post (with same pictures and all) and written as "a source close to the couple". That is why I never belive these "a close source" stuff.

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    3. The link above was purple, I clicked on it, and the article appeared. So nice! But now it is black again. I wonder why?

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    4. I don't think Tom Sykes can be said to have an agenda. If anything, he is quite pro-Cambridge. He's written several articles defending Kate against accusations of laziness or speculation about her mental state this summer (if you read past the clickbait headlines, I think you'll find that they're quite fair articles, not like the "barbed wire dipped in honey" articles that Amanda Platell from the DailyMail is famous for). See, e.g. - http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/22/why-has-kate-middleton-disappeared.html, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/13/goodbye-to-lazy-kate-a-duchess-very-visibly-at-work.html

      However, Sykes isn't a sycophant, and he's very willing to keep all royals accountable. He's been quite critical of Charles's efforts to participate (some would say "meddle"!) in politics. And he's criticized the Cambridges' PR strategy in the past, which is pretty in line with what other royal reporters have said.

      Dismissing criticisms of the Cambridges as being the products of an agenda is not, in my opinion, helpful to the Cambridges' long-term development as royals. Even fans of Kate's have noted that public speaking is a weak area for her. She has the resources to address the problem, and I hope she has advisers who encourage her to do so.

      And while I'm discussing weak areas . . . ;-). I saw Kate's letter to the 100 Women in Hedge Funds, and I have to say I cringed when I saw the typo in the last paragraph - http://www.100womeninhedgefunds.org/pages/duchess_of_cambridge_letter2015.php. I'm sure some fans will say that focusing on a typo is ridiculous, but to me, little things like that can really damage someone's credibility in the eyes of their audience. I'm an attorney, and submitting briefs with typos or formatting errors makes us look unprofessional in front of the courts and our clients.

      I truly believe that in order to be taken seriously as more than a fashion icon, Kate has to work on developing her public communication skills. Tom Sykes is definitely not the first reporter to voice a similar view . . . and at least no one in the media has written about the typo that bothered me so ;-)

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    5. That was very well put Anon Attorney!

      I would also like to ask why is it believable when quotes from old school friends that praise Kate are accepted as believable but ones that critique her speaking are not? That seems a bit naïve in my opinion. As well as only wanting to believe the good things about Kate, but not the bad. It is quiet obvious, whether those comments from 'friends' are true, that Kate is not a natural with speeches. She appears very nervous and stilted. It is an area she needs to work on and obviously tries avoiding giving them. I don't know why people get so offended when this is pointed out. It does not mean people don't like her, it just means she has something she is not naturally good at-which is human. And just because you don't like hearing something, doesn't mean it's not true. I feel like some people have blinders on when it comes to Kate. Talk about having an agenda.....

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    6. As an attorney, you will understand evidence. Did you see the original ?-or a copy of the letter printed in a media source that had gone through multiple hands or possibly been tampered with. Also, at times Kate critics discount her letters and speeches saying-oh, her staff wrote it; at other times Kate, if fault is to be found, is given the full
      responsibility.
      Oldest tricks in the book-manipulate the facts to prove your point and avoid
      discussions that don't support your argument.

      I wonder how many who read your 11:20 comment will bother to refer to what your source actually says
      and how many will accept the typo as fact, based upon your statement alone.
      You are not the only reader here who is aware of the processes of legalese and slanted journalism. You have implied - as actionable fact, so to speak, that Catherine chooses to
      avoid public speaking . You don't know for a fact that she has even been encouraged to speak up.
      HM has been Queen for how long? She still puts her reading glasses on and reads a once a year speech
      at Christmas in the privacy of her palace.I seriously doubt she has had formal speech lessons, let alone vocal training. She did dabble
      in the dramatic arts as a teen, as did Kate.
      This re-appearance of the Kate can't make a public speech complaint (and the addition of the interesting typo complaint ) was likely dredged up because she
      and William have obviously won the approval of those whose approval really counts- and for good reason.

      I'd say perhaps a re-fresher course in the rules of evidence is in order. Circumstantial evidence may work as a defense, but don't try to convict with it.


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    7. Anonymous Attorney, if you are referring to the word "organisations" it is not a typo. This is the English and non North American spelling for organization. There were no typo's in this letter.

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    8. That letter that she sent in 2015 is an exact copy-paste of her letter in 2013. That is astounding to me. How can her office think that it is okay to send that?

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    9. Anonymous Attorney - very interesting thoughts and thank you for sharing them. I agree that typos in professional letters is very distracting and can diminish the author. Things like that should not happen.

      I hope that she builds the confidence to speak publicly. It is a common fear of people and is hard to overcome. It can be very daunting but there are ways to overcome concerns.

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    10. THANKS for that clarity 20:38. I didn't think there was a typo there.

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    11. Funny that an attorney would not check facts first. There are no errors in the letter. It is the English way of spelling certain words and not the American way

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    12. Blinders, Anon, 19:39? Not quite. Kate may have the starring role on this blog, but the title is not yet hers when one cares to consider the big picture. An example of blinders is comparing Kate to Maxima, Mary, etc. and admonishing her for not living up to being the BRF's equivalent.

      No one is suggesting that she is perfect, but it would be nice if she was given credit for a being a young woman with two young children, doing what is asked of her at this time.

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    13. 2029: The link AAttorney posted was from the Women in Hedge Funds site. It would have been provided to them by Kate's office, and it's very unlikely it was altered.

      It's true that there is no typo in the last paragraph, but there is very poor grammar/usage especially for a letter that's going to be publicly posted. "I am looking forward to see . . . ." is awkward.

      No we don't know for a fact that Kate has been encouraged to speak up. I personally find it very depressing if she's been gagged, don't you?

      And as for the Queen's public speaking, she certainly does read more than one speech a year from the privacy of her living room. Perhaps you should take that refresher course too because you are dead wrong on that one.

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    14. Anon 20:38 - I wasn't referring to the spelling of the word "organisations," I was talking about the beginning of the sentence: "I am looking forward to see . . . ." It should be "I am looking forward to seeING . . . ."

      Anon 20:29 - I know enough about the rules of evidence to know that they don't apply to comments on a lifestyle/fashion blog. Good thing too, because if they did, commenting would be far less fun ("Strike that comment, it's based on inadmissible hearsay!"; "Have you laid a sufficient foundation to tender yourself as an expert witness in the field of royal family orders?"). My only other response to your comment is to note that the sad state of affairs in the American criminal justice system means that many people DO get convicted on circumstantial evidence in our courts every single day (not when my colleagues and I are representing them, of course ;-))

      Anonymous Attorney

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    15. Considering that Kate was not raised in an environment where public speaking was expected of her, I thought she did pretty well for her first attempts at it. And, with practice, she would be even better at it by now. Something tells me that Charles has more of a fear of Kate's public speaking than Kate may have... :))

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    16. Christmas is once a year, bluhare.
      anon 11:20- mis-stated the facts about the typo. I was correct-there seem to be readers who failed to
      check the statement and are happy to criticise Kate based on incorrect statements.
      You seem to try to get at the truth, bluhare, and acknowledge it when it is pointed out. So many on the
      internet do not care, do not take the time, and possibly enjoy passing on malicious gossip-THAT is what
      concerns me. Catherine has imperfections, of course she does. I just wish they would tell verifiable truth when they do criticise.
      reported.

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    17. Christmas is indeed once a year 2029; however, my point was that the Queen gives more than one prerecorded speech per year. She gives a speech at the state opening of parliament every year, in full royal regalia including crown, and she also speaks at state dinners, both of which she does live. The dinners are not always recorded, I don't think. Not sure on that.

      AAttorney might not have recognized (recognised) British spelling when she saw it; however, that letter was poorly written and she was also correct in that it's a barely reworded version of the one her office provided two years ago. If you'd like to read a much better letter, read Harry's. It's more than a few sentences and actually sounds enthusiastic instead of rote. Not only that, there's an adorable photo of a much younger Harry on the page. :)

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

      Thank you for the compliment. I do try to be fair.

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    18. anon 03:19- perhaps it would have been helpful if you had been less vague and more specific.
      I repeat-
      did you see the original? Was the source of the reprint the official BRF site? I mention that only to point
      out that anyone can say anything about anybody and get away with it. Few people seem to question
      what appears on the internet.
      Maybe the rules of evidence SHOULD apply to blogs. From comments here and information elsewhere, it would seem there is finally
      a movement to make internet posts responsible for content and to limit character malignment. Speaking
      of matters legal, more and more lawsuits are being brought against internet sites and posts, partly involving
      copyright infringement but also defamation of character.
      Anyone who gets convicted on circumstantial evidence needs to appeal the verdict-and has a good chance
      of getting the verdict over-turned.

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    19. Kate & public speaking: I thought she did really well in her engagement interview, I wonder if Tom Bradby (interviewer) had shown them the questions in advance? If Kate and William did not know them, she was remarkably good. This is the most unsure I've seen Kate as regards public speaking:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCkkuVih48c
      However, this is speaking 'off the cuff' as it were. I felt that she made her first public speech (Hospice) difficult for herself, as she was trying to look at the audience most of the time.

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    20. Wow royalfan. I usually agree with you but I have to say that justifying Kate's silence by saying that Charles would be fearful of it is really stretching it. That has to be the most outrageous rationalisation I have heard yet.

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    21. I think that Kate is being "seasoned" with walk-about chit chat and garden party chit chat and event small talk. I don't think Kate is as "politically-correct" oriented or savvy in her responses as the more polished and experienced William is. (and yes, he has flubbed up before also. no one is perfect.) He knows stuff that Kate doesn't. He was extensively trained by the Queen weekly on many things. I think Kate speaks from her heart but may be a little naive in her responses. And so, it can make the PR team and the palace a little nervous. As she gains experience and training (of all sorts like William did) from the palace, etc., she hopefully will give more speeches and candid interviews. OR, she may decide to play it like the Queen Mum and keep mum. who knows.

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    22. The Queen reads virtually all her speeches-(yes, I realise there is more than one a year) ,doesn't even write them, although she adds or subtracts a thought from time to time, apparently. Up until recently, so did William. As he became more personally involved in the animal parts trafficking issues, he became a more skilled and impassioned speaker Something Harry demonstrates well.. I don't think the Queen's tea time chats accomplished this.
      As anon 06:33 pointed out, Kate
      tries to incorporate her audience by sustained glances-not just by head bobbing. Acknowledging the listener is a tenant of good speech-making skill. Perhaps if she would simply read her speeches as others do, she
      would not stumble, trying to relocate her place in the speech-a nerve-wracking situation.

      Catherine will give more speeches when she becomes Princess of Wales, or when the RF establishment
      decides to use her excellent intelligence and rapport with those she meets on the job -in making speeches.
      For now, she draws crowds and interest, as well as good-will, doing what she is presently doing-just
      being there and making contact-person to person-a skill lacking in some senior members of the RF, but much needed in today's world. A crowd gathered around HM might excitedly murmur"It's the Queen!"
      They relate to her title, not to her as a person. Do people murmur, "It's the Duchess of Cambridge!" No, it is
      "There's Kate!" She relates on a personal basis.

      Anyone can read a speech. And, by the way, dredging up the speech complaint has succeeded in distracting from her increased diary. Effective , wasn't it?




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  45. Sorry with a late question, sick grand babies, but whatever happened to the Order we thought Kate had been given by the Queen? She didn't wear it to the state dinner so does that mean she didn't get it? If you discussed this previously I apologize, I am behind in my posts. I did live the State dinner look.

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    1. William had given a speech to the Chinese about stopping the sale of elephant tusks, Ivory. The Royal Family Orders are made of Ivory. Kate did not wear one. She did wear the Queen's diamond wedding bracelet, designed by Prince Phillip from diamonds from his mother's tiara. And she wore another diamond bracelet worn by Queen Mary and the Queen Mum.

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    2. Just about everyone -- including the writer of this blog -- suggests that Kate didn't wear that Order because it was not given to her. It would have been a big snub to the Queen if Kate has it and didn't wear it.

      However, no one knows as those things aren't acknowledged publicly until they're seen.

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    3. Dear Anon, to my knowledge the Orders used to made of ivory but no longer are.

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    4. It was gossip rags that started this rumor. They probably had nothing to write about in regards to Kate, and they know stories about her bring readers, so they started speculating about the order. It is the Queen's decision on when she wants to give them out. Diana and Camilla both got them in the first year of marriage, but they are also/were married to the first in line. Sophie, who does way more than Kate, did not receive hers until 5 years into her marriage. It is also a well known fact that Sophie is a favorite of the Queens. And even being a favorite, it still took 5 years for her to receive one. Therefore, I do not expect Kate to receive an order for some time to come. Especially since she is not really a full time working royal yet. So, yes, Kate did not receive one or else she would have worn one.

      The speculation that she received one but didn't wear it because of the ivory makes no sense. The Queen knew well in advance about the state banquet with the Chinese president. She also knows what the order is made of. If she had planned on giving Kate the order she would have had plenty of time to change what the orders are made of (which I am sure she will when she actually gives Kate one). It was not like the order was going to be a spur of the moment or last minute thing she gave to Kate. A lot of planning goes into it and I am sure that had she wanted Kate to have on already, she would! The Queen will give her one when she thinks she is ready for one. The ivory had nothing to do with it.

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    5. Thank you Anon 4:59 for the well-reasoned argument. I am sort of tired of the same exhausted justification for everyone, including the Queen of UK not falling over themselves to honor Kate no matter what she does. The Queen knows what she is doing. Stop with the rationalizations. And for Pete's sake Kate will get it when she does more, which I am sure is just around the corner. No need to get our underwear all in a bunch over this and bring up twisted arguments like ivory. Just wait and watch.

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    6. Whether or not the order is now made of ivory, or could be ordered in another substance, its appearance would have given the media a field day over ivory. It would have been been claimed that Kate wore ivory just after William's speech to China. Remember the furor over his shooting some overly plentiful, nuisance boars in Spain, just after an appearance with his father deploring endangered species in Africa. The media would also have pointed out that all the other women of the royal family, including the Queen sitting next to the president of China, actually were wearing ivory. It is very likely that the Queen was not ready to grant the order to Kate, but the ivory issue could certainly have been a factor.

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    7. Thank You 00:40,

      That helps illustrate exactly what I meant. :)

      02:26

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  46. So what do we all think Kate did the other 25 days of the month?
    We know she went to a rugby match and took George to the Museum (in flats! she owns them!)
    Planning and packing for her vacation?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 November 2015 at 20:36

      My guess? Activating the kids, maybe cook a dinner or two, have a girls night, do some shopping, fix in the garden, go on a date night, have some staff meatings, probably some more engagements, some clothes fittings, training, going to the farmers market, taking the kids on some outings, get her hair done.... you know. the usual stuff that can be said without being snarky.

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    2. Moxie,

      Some is better than none in this case.

      This is a summary of her activities/duty/engagement as coordinated by the firm and other institutions. If we focus on each one of them and learn better by discussing them and suggestions as to how she and William can have a more effective impact in the future, that enriches us and others, it be a win to most.


      The RED evening gown and CHINA: It helped me remember what the current prime minister and his wife look like. I almost googled TIANMEN SQUARE up rise in China, to refresh if things have changed for Chinese people, as the Queen stated in her speech. By the way, the new LABOR LEADER of UK was holding his mouth right when she complemented the positive change in China. The photo lens was focusing on him exactly AT THAT MOMENT. A few days later he gave an interview to a British journalist and said, "It was the most boring event of my life”, something to that effect.

      The FLOWER silk dress and 100 WOMEN Hedge Fund: A reminder of women power. The dress that was mesmerizing and as thought provoking as what those 100 women contribute to society, and the diversity of women's lives; home makers, professionals, CEOs, philanthropists and modern day princesses ( the later might have to be compared with the past) etc. Past queens and princesses probably did more than modern ones most likely. The organization raised, around $ 550,000.00 for Kate's Charity, The Art Room.
      That dress is a reflection of hrhduchess blog and the diverse discussion that goes on here.

      The blue gown and Bond films: I had almost forgotten Bond films are British. That was refreshing in that category. She could have made a glamorous actress, and BAFTA might be happy to have her and William as their patron.

      Repeated dress from the Australian trip: She wore that for MIND day for mental health cause. It recalled the parents children play mate time in Australia. I wondered if parents with mental health issues also form a support group that is effective.

      Over all, it also proved the return of her capable stamina of the Australia and Canada back to back active engagement days. She still has it in her, and the month of October was a SUCCESS.

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    3. What do mothers of two young children do that are under the age of 3? I'm sure she did a lot more than just stare at her closet and pack suitcases. Moxie I am not trying to be snarky but I really want to understand what your expectations are for Kate. I am truly curious. You wanted her to do more engagements and she did this month. You wanted her to do more charity visits and less visits you thought were unworthy of her time like sporting events. You wanted her to have a focus to her work, etc.

      In the reality of who she is: a Duchess, a member for the BRF, a young mother, wife, daughter, sister, business women (because her position is essentially a business with staff), fashion icon, and being the in the public eye with every move constantly analyzed critiqued and broken down at every opportunity, what else should she be doing. I'm sure she is a 1000 other things that every women in today's society is in addition to these things.

      I don't ever see a positive comment about anything in your comments. Some of the desires you expressed like them donating their own money are unrealistic to expect. What other royal has made that kind of commitment to a charity? Is it realistic to expect that Kate is going to function at the same level as Camilla? There must be some reason you follow this blog and Kate. Something that you found worth the time you spend to do it. I'm not asking you to be positive all the time and I find your opinions though but there should be at least 1 thing positive you can find about Kate.

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    4. The point is that Kate had 25 out of 31 days of free time in October and this is a busy month for her. Granted, she did some engagements back to back -- but several were also the fluffy fun ones like rugby (she is apparently a big fan) and going to the movies. The other 25 days she had to herself. I had 9 free days in October and worked 176 hours. And no full time staff, either, unless you count Mr. bluhare. :)

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    5. Regarding who's put his money into a charity? Charles. He started The Princes Trust with approximately £7000 he got when he left the navy. He's also set up a Trust to restore Dumfries House in Scotland, which was a huge gamble at the time as I recall, and it paid off. He's also patron of over 400 organizations. Kate is patron of less than 10. Say what you will about Charles, but he's done a lot of good in his lifetime.

      http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/the-prince-of-wales/the-princes-charities

      Dumfries House in on the sidebar along with other endeavors.

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    6. I think my life is fulfilled enough that I don't have to worry what Kate, or anyone else for that matter, is doing in their daily life.

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    7. Julie, I have said the same thing at least twice before.

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    8. AMEN, Rebecca :)

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    9. I genuinely asked what people think a fabulously wealthy woman with all the domestic help one could wish for does when she is not in public view. This is a lifestyle blog - what do you think she does with all her free time? Is her life so dull that she spends it working out to maintain her figure and babysitting her kids? Are they hanging out at the Buck Palace pool all day long eating organic foods shipped in from their farms? Does she throw fabulous dinner parties that we never get to hear about because their guests are so wealthy and famous they wouldn't want the attention either? Is she flying in the family helicopter from estate to estate taking gorgeous landscape photos? Or does she borrow the jet from the Duke of Westminster to get around so no one knows its her? We know she had to spend at least one day picking out jewels for her State Dinner debut - and probably had a day of fittings. Maybe she's been working on her tennis game at her mother's house while the family has time with the kids? She had to meet up with mother at some point to get the earrings. Probably needed to finalize the vacation plans too.



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    10. Oh I will get too bored if I assume what other people are doing. Time flies fast enough managing my own. I can't even get into what Kate does the rest of the month. I am sure there is much to keep her busy.

      The good thing people are all different the way the world should be. I thought I am understanding of people, but ever since I have known how Rebecca-Sweden writes, she is a keen observer, understanding with sound judgment, to the point, speaks out when necessary, and in this case gave you a good summery of the closest possible reality Kate might be up to the rest of 25 days.

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    11. There you go with the Duke of Westminster's jet again. One mention in the media and you are giving them frequent flyer miles. Still sounds like sour grapes to me.

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    12. You all are painting Kate as such a villain. I certainly don't get what's up with all the intense animosity. take a chill pill.

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    13. I will go with Rebecca's supposed scenario. less cynicism and more JOY.

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    14. Sorry Moxie, but I don't buy your "I'm just asking questions" mantra. "All the domestic help one could wish for" .... as far as we know, she has one nanny and one housekeeper (the security is for an entirely different purpose). There was some speculation that she might have a gardener at Anmer, but I don't recall that being confirmed. Even so, okay, she has a gardener. Let's say for argument's sake that she has a housekeeper at Kensington palace - I don't know if she does, but I hope she does. For two rather grand homes, one of which must be maintained for the British people. Charles has many times more help than that and it's just him! His wife lives elsewhere most of the time. So, let's at least keep it real.

      "Babysitting her kids" is disrespectful to mothers everywhere. Enough said.

      I agree with Julie from NC. You are entitled to your opinions, but painting Kate as a lazy, pampered mother who takes but never gives is just provoking the very comments you don't think you deserve.

      Just my genuine confusion about your motives Moxie. Perhaps if you told us what you really want from Kate, we might be able to have a real conversation. As long as you're prepared to listen.

      Charlotte, feel free not to publish this.... it's probably against the rules, but I think it needs to be said.

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    15. bluhair @3:21,
      Were you rushing? How can you say 25 days of free times? Non engagement does not mean “free time” days. No one can say with assurance that somebody has such and such days to themselves. One can safely reason based on the reality factors like Rebecca did. Otherwise, you are making the assumption turn into the definite. The fact is most of us don’t know unless we are there observing her family, administrative, behind the scene activities and planning she works on towards a future target.

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    16. Seeing as you asked, Moxie, I would instruct my staff in the proper way to serve my tea, because the correct proportion of tea, milk and sugar is essential, have them exercise for me, and they would also absorb all the calories in the sumptuous meals my executive chef prepared for me. My clothing would magically appear whenever I wanted it, and would always fit and never be stained with coffee because I leaned in too close to the espresso machine. Of course, with a full time staff, I wouldn't even be making my own lattes and frothing my own milk; my Espresso Chef would be, so I wouldn't even have to worry about coffee stains any more. I wouldn't even care if Mr. bluhare pretended not to hear me, because I would have staff who would do what I wanted anyway, and they would also reprogram the DVR to delete all the soccer matches Mr bluhare records. That would be lovely.

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    17. Victoria, Oregon5 November 2015 at 06:00

      She probably did a lot of what Rebecca said.
      I'd love to see a "month on the life" and live vicariously! Who knows, maybe It'd make me not as enamored in the royal life of luxury and ease? I'm sure there are pros and cons.

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    18. I wonder how much contact Kate has with friends with children, or whether, for most of the time while William is working, it is just a unit of herself, the nanny and the children (sometimes her parents are around): a quietish life with trips to parks/farms/the beach/shopping around Norfolk. And then they sometimes 'decamp' to London (and she visits places like 'The Natural History Museum' with George)

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    19. I have had those same questions 06:06. Surely she will let them have the extra social interactions outside their immediate family and surroundings.
      That enrichment will be an asset in future years IMHO.

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    20. ANONYMOUS ME,

      CONSIDER YOURSELF HUGGED. :)

      Thank you for articulating so clearly my frustrations. I don't know that your comments will change anything but I am so glad you commented as you did anyway, so, THANK YOU
      again.

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    21. Julie, I meant to add a "thank you" to that. Thank you. :)

      05:57

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    22. 15: Rushing? No, I looked at October, counted my weekend days and counted 8 hours per work day. Kate probably had more free time than recorded because her work day is short.

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    23. Can't understand the constant desire to compare Kate with our work week. It's comparing apples and oranges. Lifestyles are totally different. None of the royals be they British or otherwise work an eight hour day five or more days a week. A large proportion of affluent people don't work these hours. To continue to compare is a mute point.

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    24. Also I think people should worry less about others' motives and more about their own.

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    25. It has come to the point that business/marketing/sales analogy might apply to the planning of Kate’s engagements. To simplify, take two types of businesses: ---One that is constant, continuous and with repeat customers. ---The other one; season, time and purpose related which aims at a targeted goal.
      W&K are as much in people’s business, and public opinion matters in the actions they take, or don’t.

      The first type: constant and continues with repeat customers seems the path senior BRF-The Queen and The Duke/ Price Charles/ Diana/Princess Anne had been engaged in.

      The second type: PR professionals come from sales and marketing back ground, even more so the millennial generation. The Cambridge’s staff is mostly that generation by their own preference. It is also similar in political campaigning and fund raising. Time, season and a calculated target must be met. Again and again, whatever the purpose, so far, Kate’s belongs in this category.

      -Many people have observed this takes place before some leisurely vacation.
      -Other times, it is to meet a reasonable quota in engagement counting before the year is over.
      -Remember, money spent for/by the Cambridge’s will also be released to the public in the immediate New Year. That is also when the media scrutinizes the ratio of money spent and productivity (according to them, number of engagements).

      Going back to business types I and II, there are businesses that prepare year round towards their target season and making the money. One example is open enrollment season for health insurance. Another is businesses that participate in event planning and so on. There are obvious and behind the scene long and short term goals.

      Most likely, # II does not put all its eggs in one basket. It has other related businesses on the side including preparing for the target goal. I think that is what Kate does the rest of 25 days including what Rebecca realistically articulated.

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    26. free time does not automatically connotate empty or unproductive time.

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    27. Victoria, the "luxury" part is an obvious given. The "ease" part, not so much. I doubt Kate sits around watching soaps and eating Bon Bons. :)

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    28. 01:09, (don't like calling people numbers, but...)

      "frequent flyer" miles made me laugh. Sounds like sour grapes to me also and always has.

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  47. Nancy in California3 November 2015 at 05:55

    Has anyone else noticed that Kate used to part her hair on the other side? It was more youthful somehow.

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    1. Nancy it is so funny you said that. I noticed that as well this week :). I think most people have a 'side' that looks better. I wonder why she changed it?

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  48. Hi Everyone!

    What a wonderful few weeks! At times it really did feel like Christmas! :-) All the beautiful outfits, especially Duchess Kate's gown for the State Banquet. I've been traveling a lot again and this is the first opportunity I've had to post since before the Bond film premiere. Thank you, Charlotte, for all the wonderful coverage and informative background pieces. It has been so much fun reading your posts, particularly after a long work day and getting back late to my various hotel rooms while on the road.

    Also, a big "Thank you!" to all the posters who have been talking about accessorizing the Duchess's various looks -- what works vs. what has not. My husband's family is planning a large, rather formal holiday party at the end of the month. I have been so busy with work travel, that I haven't had time to shop for a dress, etc. I've mostly been checking dresses in online catalogs and then trying to match shoes, etc. It's been a bit of a challenge. The dialogue here has been so helpful to me in planning my "on-line only" outfit! :-)

    Saw this link in Vanity Fair this morning and thought it was interesting:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2015/11/kate-middleton-prince-william-facebook-twitter-cyberbullying

    I hope everyone's week is off to a good start!

    ~ Sue T.

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  49. The Earl and countess of wessex of two young children and yet they do a million more enegaments than will and Kate so people need to stop using the kid agrument for Kate's lack of enegaments
    And there is no such thing as a part time royal you are either royal or you aren't
    And it looks like Kate is continuing her pattern and November continues to look like another slow month

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    1. Tedi in California4 November 2015 at 03:13

      The Earl and Countess have been married for 16 years, not 4 years, as the Cambridges have. Their children are 12 and 8, (as of Nov/Dec), not 2 and 6 months. Makes a huge difference in what is expected of them. When they are married 16 years, they will probably be next in line, and their schedule will reflect that change of status.

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    2. In the month of November the Countess has 23 engagements planned and the Earl is quite far down the line of succession, so the argument about William being second in line doesn't really hold up.

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    3. Both Wessex children are in school. Their situation is not comparable to that of the Cambridges now.

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    4. It's not fair to compare the two. Both of Sophie's kids are well over the age of 3, born in 2007 and 2003 respectfully. Young children especially under the age of 9 months need a lot more attention and time spent with them then older children. There needs are solely dependent on their parents.

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    5. Courtney from NC4 November 2015 at 20:19

      The Earl of Wessex is QEII's son which makes the Countess her daughter in law. Duke of Cambridge is QEII's grandson which makes Catherine QEII's granddaughter in law. That is the key difference between the two couples. The Wessex children are also in school full time which is another factor that most likely plays into it.

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    6. Why do we continue to respond to comments that are obviously meant to cause a strong reaction.
      It is one thing for multiple strong opinions to result as a by-product of a mature, well-thought out comment;
      quite another when the intent of a comment is to cause discord. I am imagining a teen counting the number
      of responses provoked. Let's not reward such behavior.

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    7. So best to compare when Sophie's children were George and Charlotte's age then. While it's true Sophie and Edward are a generation up from William and Kate, they're also much further down the line of succession, which in my mind negates the argument. In a generation or two their line will be very peripheral to the reigning monarch, so to me anyway it makes much more sense to shore up the line which will be out in front than hand it to people who will gradually fade away.

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    8. Well as a parent of young children I would argue that your children actually need more attention as they get older, not less. While it is very important to be present for your children's early years it is absolutely imperative to be present as they enter the tween and teen years. At that age babysitters, nannies or even grandparents cannot substitute parents' emotional support and involvement. So I don't quite understand this argument that Kate needs to be present for her children now and can start working more when they are older.

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    9. Amen 02:57

      Great thought. There are three or four posters I don't even read. I just skim over. (they pretty much were posting the same thing over and over anyway. Different wording, same complaints.) Why they seem to want to sow discord I don't know. weird. Perhaps they think they get rewards from some discord gods or something.
      seems they love to hate.

      They get nothing from me though. There are many new, fresh and thought-provoking posts here daily that are productive and not destructive in nature. lots. Those I treasure. :)

      don't know if my original post was sent or not. received an incoming text and don't know if I sent mine or not.



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  50. I notice in Hello magazine today that William and Kate are making cyber-bullying and bullying a pet project this year. They will be meeting with execs from Facebook and Twitter to brainstorm ideas to reduce threats from cyberspace. http://www1.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2015110328036/kate-middleton-prince-william-to-tackle-cyberbullying/
    I was thinking about this lately and this might explain W&K's aversion to pap pictures of their children. My son works for Apple. A number of his colleagues at Apple are surprisingly adamant that their children not be exposed on the internet unless and to the extent that the parents agree. Many of my son's co-workers won't allow anyone (family included) to take pictures of their children unless they agree that those photos will not be shared on any cyber platform. No facebook, no instagram, no tweets, no nothing. Now my son and his wife are expecting their first child and they are already saying that they will not allow any unapproved sharing of photos of their children. I have been finding many parents taking this kind of stand in the last few months and I'm thinking they may be on to something. Perhaps this plays into W&K's aversion to unapproved cyber exposure of their children. Just a thought.

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    1. Victoria, Oregon4 November 2015 at 03:04

      That's so interesting, Marny! If Apple employees are making this stand, and they know the ins and outs, there must be something to it. I also read the article you mentioned. They seem to really be highlighting issues regarding young people. I love all the extra info in this comments section, BTW.

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    2. Thanks for posting the link, Marny. I read the article and I am happy that W&K are addressing this problem.

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    3. I also have friends that were very strict about pictures of their son on the internet and still are. Now they have a daughter too and haven't shared her picture on the internet either.

      That could explain a lot of things behind their reasoning to not share more pictures and are very controlled about what they do share.

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  51. I am pretty amazed to see that 100 Women in Hedge Funds choose Sophie as their Global Ambassador. Why not Kate?

    New York – November 3, 2015 – 100 Women in Hedge Funds (“100WHF”), a leading nonprofit organization for investors and professionals in the alternatives industry, today announced that HRH The Countess of Wessex will serve as Global Ambassador of 100WHF’s Next Generation initiatives. Launched in January 2015, the goal of 100WHF’s most recent initiative is to inspire, mentor and provide access and peer network support to young women looking to start their careers in finance and investments.

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    1. Plus the 100WHF organization agreed to work with the D&D'S foundation for 3 years.

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    2. I hope they alternate among other countries for a global ambassador. The idea has spread in other parts of the world including developing countries. In fact, I am surprised they chose someone from BRF. In some countries BRF or/any other monarchies of the globe are controversial or a thing of the past. Princess Diana helped soften and reconciled that ambivalence people had towards BRF. At present, having narrowed it to a member of BRF, Sophie fits the bill.

      -She used to have her own PR company, Sophie is experienced in what it means to run a business as its founder or/and director.

      -She has had a variety of engagements under her belt.

      -This is also a position that can be demanding on time and commitment. Something else might be in the works planned for Kate.

      -By the time the average person especially women of the globe have risen to the top, they are over 40 at least. Sophie being 50, that is a good median age for mentoring the young while understanding the life experience of the middle aged professional. These days there are some top achievers of young age bracket.

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    3. I think Sophie deserves it.

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    4. From what I understand, Harry, W&K were never ambassadors for 100WHF. They were patrons of their fundraising for a set three year period. In exchange, their charities received some money raised by 100WHF.

      This ambassador role for Sophie is a different thing. She will be traveling for them, giving presentations, and promoting their work with younger women in finance. This is not suitable for Kate, as she is a "part-time royal" at the moment, focusing on family etc and it is likely they need someone more available and qualified. It is also possible the role was offered to Kate and she turned it down.

      Sophie is an excellent choice. When Kate is able to work more and gains more experience, I am sure she will take on larger roles, get the RFO, etc. For now, her priorities are taking it easy with duties while spending time with the children while they are little.

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    5. That is very interesting. I read somewhere that Kate, William and Harry agreed to be patrons for 3 years. Maybe there time as patrons is coming to an end and they are not going to sign up for another term and it is being passed to Sophie.

      A global ambassador may be significantly different than a patron in responsibilities for what is needed and Sophie was a better fit. With Will and Kate focusing their efforts on other causes, maybe it wasn't the right time for Kate to step into this role.

      Sophie is going to do a great job.

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    6. A 33 year old " mentoring" women her own age? Much more appropriate for 50+ Sophie. Her children
      aren't teenagers, but they aren't babies, either. I am sure they are dressing and feeding themselves by now.
      Ethical professional behavior would be a good place to start for Sophie's mentoring activities.

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    7. Being an ambassador is not the same as a mentor.

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  52. Perhaps because it is more Sophie's world than Kate's.

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  53. In the photo here of Kate wearing the Kane outfit, she looks like she is going for the 'big bust, tiny waist' 1950s look, and readers recently speculated whether she was still breastfeeding Charlotte. Yet, all that 'up top' disappeared in the blue Packham gown right afterwards. I don't understand it. Is she using padding?

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  54. So far only three enegaments announced for Kate this month...so back to doing the bare minimum come on Kate do your part! Your kids won't become seriel killers if you leave them for s few hours each day!
    If she leaves them to go and shop she should use that time instead for work

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