Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Three Engagements Added to Kate's Calendar, L.K. Bennett Updates & Beulah London AW15

Good evening to you all,

We're back with updates to Kate's October calendar. Kensington Palace announced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will join children from charities they support at a creative-industries themed Charities Forum event on Monday 26 October, hosted by BAFTA and Aardman. During the visit, they will see the premiere of upcoming children's movie Shaun the Sheep.

BAFTA

More from the press release:

'Their Royal Highnesses will visit BAFTA's in-house theatre where Aardman will screen the premiere of their next animated special Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas. Their Royal Highnesses will then join children involved in a Shaun the Sheep themed model making workshop and craft activities session.
 Art therapists from a number of the organisations involved in the Forum have also been invited to join the Aardman workshops to network and share best practice. The day’s activity also offers an insight into BAFTA’s ongoing ‘BAFTA Kids’ programme that shares expertise and creative excellence with children.'

The event will conclude with an informal meeting of the Charities Forum, a collection of charities of which William, Kate and Harry are patrons. William and Harry founded the Forum in 2006 as a way to bring their individual charitable interests together and to explore how they could best lend their support to them all in an effective and efficient way. Today, there are over 30 organisations involved in the group including Kate's charities. You may recall, in April 2013, the Charities Forum meeting coincided with a visit to Warner Bros studios and the meeting was held in the Harry Potter-themed Great Hall.

Warner Bros. Twitter Feed

The group meets biannually with the meetings offering an opportunity to charities to update Their Royal Highnesses and provides a platform for collaborative activities and projects. With the Cambridges taking on an interest in mental health, I thought moving forward it would be excellent to see them take on a couple of charities in the area as patronages, thus meaning they could benefit from the connections and opportunities the Forum offers.


Of course, that evening the royal trio will attend the premiere of the latest Bond movie Spectre.

SPECTRE

The following day, Tuesday, 27 October is also a two-engagement day. Kate will meet children and mentors from Chance UK's early intervention programme at an event hosted by the charity at Islington Town Hall.

Chance UK

The organisation works to change the challenging behaviour of primary school-aged children through intensive individual mentoring and family support. It seeks to improve children's lives by introducing greater stability and support, and engendering a sense of self-worth.  The programme works with children aged five to 11 who are at risk of developing anti-social or criminal behaviour, providing weekly one-to-one mentoring with a trained adult volunteer.

Back to the press release:

'During this engagement, The Duchess will gain an overview of the charity's work by meeting a selection of children enrolled on the Chance UK scheme, along with their parents and mentors. Her Royal Highness will then attend a reception celebrating the work of the charity and meet some of Chance UK's staff and supporters.
 This engagement reflects The Duchess of Cambridge's particular interest in early intervention programmes, which provide specialist support to children and families at the earliest opportunity, to prevent the development of more serious problems in the future.'

That evening, Kate, patron of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds' Philanthropic Initiatives, will attend a reception and gala dinner in aid of her patronage The Art Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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Below we see Kate in a Jenny Packham gown at the event at 2013 which was held at Kensington Palace in aid of another of her patronages, Action on Addiction. A total of £675,000 was raised that night, and no doubt a similar sum will be raised for The Art Room on the night.


That's four engagements over 26 and 27 October and two evening gown appearances for Kate. Many of you have been asking about details regarding the state banquet next Tuesday (it's only a week away now) and as of writing there is no official confirmation from the Palace. It is, however, seen as a given William and Kate will be there. We should hear details surrounding the visit and possibly confirmation of the Cambridges' attendance closer to the date.

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Next, we're looking at restocked and updated items worn by the Duchess at L.K. Bennett. Kate's £250 Cayla dress in cardinal red is back in stock in all sizes on the UK website. The dress also comes in a new sloane blue colourway too.

L.K. Bennett

The ever-popular Lasana dress is available in pink and white, and pink and black print in limited sizing for £195 - reduced from £250.

L.K. Bennett

The Silvana Shearling Coat appears to be a new season update of Kate's Darwin Jacket. The garment is available in brown, black and cherry on the UK website, and just cherry on the US/Canada website for now.

L.K. Bennett

Kate's Sledge pumps remain a staple in the fall/winter footwear collection. Below we them in Kate's favourite taupe and black retailing for $345 on the US/Canada website, and £195 on the UK website.


L.K. Bennett



L.K. Bennett

The brand is offering Free UK Delivery with the code HEELS.

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We also have a quick update on Kate's Ralph Lauren Silk Austin Shirtdress. The garment is back in all sizes at Neiman Marcus and available in sizes 2-14 on the Ralph Lauren website.


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We're also taking a look at Beulah London's Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection looking at possible styles we might see the Duchess wear. The Chrysalis Collection continues the label's love of beautiful prints and elegant styles.

Beulah London

A central piece from the collection: the Aura evening dress.


Beulah London

The Georgia Fluttering Wings Print Dress is a silk midi-length garment with a flattering silhouette and cinched in waist. Whilst the v-neck Serena dress is a 70's take on Kate's Sabitri Dress which now comes in navy.

Beulah London

A selection of separates in the collection including the evergreen Senna Jacket, the Sia Blouse and navy Veil Skirt, the Tabitha Coat and the v-neck silk dupion Stella Dress.

Beulah London

Glancing through the Lookbook there's an abundance of styles perfect for the Duchess for an array of events, engagements and receptions. A look at the Eria Dress, the Mulberry Dress, the Ada Dress and the Scarlett Dress.

Beulah London

The Vanessa Scarf in fluttering wings evergreen print and blue.

Beulah London

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We expect to see William and Kate at the Wales v South Africa Rugby World Cup match on Saturday afternoon. We hope to see you before then with a special on state banquets! :) 

208 comments:

  1. Good news. I look forward to the coverage.

    I like the Sledge pumps, but don't care for the quilt pattern; it doesn't have a high-end look to it. But I do love the Sabitri dress in navy! With the right accessories, that could be a lovely evening look.

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  2. Maggie - Minneapolis14 October 2015 at 00:28

    I don't really understand the point of doing her engagements in bunches like this. I get that it means she can spend more time with her kids on other days, but is it that much better given that for these 2 days of engagements, she will probably barely see her kids at all? Whereas if they spread them out, she could still see her kids for quite a bit of the day, even with an engagement. But Kate knows what is best for her kids so I'm not trying to judge about that - really I just think it's a bad PR move. Each individual event gets less press because there will be so many in 2 days, which means those charities/causes get less attention. And for Kate, she will be in public for 2 days and then we won't hear from her again for another few weeks (maybe), which makes the general public feel like they never see her. It seems smarter to spread out the engagements so it looks like more work. Also spreading them out to make them more regular is better practice for being Princess of Wales, when she won't have time to take entire months off at a time.

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    1. What I'm wondering is has she abandoned the hospices. There's been no mention of a visit or an event at all.

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    2. Hi Maggie - As a mother I do understand her strategy, trying to make a couple of days "work" days does make sense. I did not have a full time live in nanny, but when the babysitter was here (or a kind relative!) I tried to cram in as much that day as possible :)

      But I agree with you that from an "official" stand point it's not a great strategy. I would like to see her have an engagement at least one morning a week. That's still an incredibly light work load but I think would bring her a lot of good press and good will and stop some of the growing criticism.

      I understand wanting to be a stay at home mother, believe me. But marrying into the monarchy is a tricky proposition, you understand you will have to be one half of a working partnership. I'm not sure how long the British public will tolerate a rather absent high ranking royal.

      So to your point, bunching up appointments may be counter productive, people see a couple of days of her then nothing for weeks. A steady diary, even at minimal levels, would be a better strategy.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden14 October 2015 at 01:17

      I understand what you mean. But there is also stuff like her hair and other things, and security + staff and such. We know that when Kate is on "off-mode" she often doesn't have her hair blown out, so bunching them together gives her a one time trip to the hairdresser for that week rather than multiple trips. The same with doing her "professional" face and dressing in the morning. It's a 2 hour process I guess and then she does that 2h process one day for 2 engagements instead of having to do 2+2 because it's different days. Also, I have worked in shift and I know that 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off feels like WAY more time off and you get down into a way better mindset than if you have like 3 on 2 off 4 on 1 off etc. Even if the amount of days are less. So I think they like to not cut up their personal time. Sophie appearantly does it this way as well. Also, it can be logistically easier to plan 1 day of things than to plan transport and checking by police etc for different days. But these are just my guesses.

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    4. Rose from Montreal, Canada14 October 2015 at 01:19

      Maggie.
      The engagements were planned a long time in advance. I am sure the gala was planned a long time ago. The Palace only post her engagements a short time before she will attend. I am not sure about bad pr move and how much control she has over some of these engagements. I am sure her attendance will bump up their bottom line in donations and they are quite please to see her attend.

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    5. Considering William's work schedule and the fact that they are back and forth between
      Norfolk and London, grouping together engagements makes sense.

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    6. Why wouldn't she have time to take entire months off at a time as Princess of Wales? Do you think Charles is going to have her working and taking the spotlight? I don't. Diana created her own role as Princess of Wales - Camilla does the same. They both had/have months off to do as they wanted. Kate will have the same.

      I agree that the scheduling makes no sense for anyone's benefit. Her schedule still comes off as a "social" schedule and not a "leadership/work" schedule. Would no one have gone to the Spectre premiere if Kate hadn't RSVP'd? Would no one have attended the Rugby World Cup if the royals hadn't shown up? Would the 100 Women in Hedge Funds still have raised the money for the charities they care about? Yes, they would have.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden14 October 2015 at 01:45

      Moxie, that last paragraph can hardly be blamed on Kate though. I mean, that is more a comment fitted in a debate of monarchys existance in a modern society. I can say though, I've seen 4 matches rugby and looked up facts about rugby etc and would know much more now that ever before about it. Same about Wimbledon etc. So they DO bring a little more focus to the sports from people who would not have been intrerested before. Plus, it's also a way of showing the sportsmen and women that they are noticed and praised by their country.

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    8. Sophie also bunches her engagements together and I read that she prefers to do this to maximize her time with the kids, especially when younger. Also I think the bunching of engagements has got something to do with Williams work schedule and their travel between the two homes.

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    9. Hi Rose - they actually have almost complete control over their engagements and schedules. If they follow the practice of other royals, there will be regular staff meetings where a calendar of possible engagements is discussed. Staff will mark what are likely engagements, but often the bosses themselves will only confirm their appearance 1-2 weeks out. So they can constantly look and review what events fit in dates they like. Any organization of which they are patron will have a more open communication line with their office regarding what dates are best for them, and even then they'll only be confirmed a few weeks out. In the past some events have even been rescheduled at the 11th hour to accommodate a royal patron's request! (anyone remember Diana's most infamous last minute confirmation?!)

      And Rebecca I'm fairly certain the hairdresser comes to her :)

      Claudia

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    10. Rebecca - Sweden14 October 2015 at 02:23

      Exactly Anon 02.11 :) I read that Sophie does it, especially around the kids school holidays. And I agree that I think they are baseing it alot on Williams shift work since they spend time between two homes.

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    11. Rebecca - Sweden14 October 2015 at 02:33

      Yeah, I know the hairdresser probably comes to her (although, we have seen her go get hair (I humourusly misspeller heir at first!) appointments). But it is still time spent doing and preparing for work.

      Also, I know that alot of engagements are pencilled in as far as 3 years in beforehand and I mean, an engagement like the Rugby opening cermony and the Bond movie premiere they probably have very little to say on the date compared to a visit with their charity. Some people complain that they "do a charity event on the day of a frivolous event to make it look like they work". Sure, it might be true. But I rather think it is because the frivolous events are often harder to reschedule. They have little to no say in when those engagements occur. So they book their more flexible engagement around those other ones, not because they want to look like they're working (although, it is PR smart to have done them when doing a frivolous event) but more because they want to bunch it up. And I really think it has alot to do with them living in 2 houses. Most of the engagements are in or around London so it makes sense that they bunch time together so they don't have to hop around too much. Also, I've seen complaints when she just does one event every week (she has done some times) that she is just "popping out and doing one event". They can't please us all, so I think they are doing the right thing in planning their schedule the way fits them the best.

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    12. Erika it is possible that the hospices have not had any events that would require them to invite her. Patrons are invited to events. For all we know she may have visited privately. Harry noted in his interview with Victoria Murphy a week or two ago that all three of them prefer to do a lot of their work behind the scenes.

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    13. Patrons also make a point of keeping up with their chief causes Anon 2:38 and believe me, any charity would create an event around a visit from a high profile patron!

      I also think Harry's line is rather weak, because no one who works for a charity prefers to do it behind the scenes! It defeats the purpose -- the whole point is awareness -- the awareness for funding, for research, for volunteer assistance, the list goes on and on. Us mere mortals who work on behalf of charities would beg, borrow and steal for any publicity that would help the cause. Obviously some work is grunt work that no one needs or maybe wants to see :) but trust me, there's only one answer to "should we have press here or not?" Anyone dedicated to a particular charitable effort knows how important a public profile is.

      And this question came up in a previous post I believe, what is the point of a royal visit to a charity. I think sometimes the visits are just to raise the profile of the charities, which gives them a lot of mileage long after the visit is over. Diana's pet causes became hugely identifiable because of her repeated focus on them, so eventually they were instantly recognizable by name, well known as a "Diana charity" :) That's invaluable for a charity when it comes to looking for donors.

      Claudia

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    14. I follow several European monarchies and I have to say the spouses are educated people who use their position to advance social agendas. Mary and Maxima don't just show up at the evening parties or go visit children and play with them and "learn more". Silvia and Madeleine use their influence to great purpose beyond the sports and entertainment world and tackle international problems. So Rebecca I don't necessarily agree with your statement that my remarks reflect the larger institution of monarchy - because clearly there are royals who engage in the world in meaningful and useful ways. Kate really comes off as a pampered wife. The argument that this schedule is to accommodate their dual households really drives home the point that it isn't about the people, it's about their own interests and self comfort. They are the ones that chose to move to Anmer Hall to get away from everyone. To say that society is really far away from their country estate and it is inconvenient for them to participate isn't really putting them in a great light. All these royal women are married and have children and multiple homes and manage to raise wonderful children in addition to having an impact on society.

      I have no true criticism with Kate's public "social schedule" - she may not be cut out for doing anything more then she is. Meanwhile, when you see how other women in European royalty engage with their country and the world, there is a noticeable difference. And it has nothing to do with their "rank" in the family and everything to do with their genuine interest in helping others. Kate's schedule comes off as very calculated - for every fun event, there is a "serious" event - and it is so obvious that it is becoming its own joke.

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    15. Rebecca - Sweden14 October 2015 at 04:08

      Moxie, my comment was clearly about those specific examples you gave and I gave an argument against it. That it DOES highten the profile. And I would bet BIG sums that having the royals connected to the 100 women fund does indeed bring an increase in profile and donations. You were questioning why they do those events by saying they would make the money without them. THAT is was I was answering on. Nothing more, nothing less.

      And if you have no criticism about it, why do you post so much critisism about it?

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    16. Rank has **everything** to do with it if you are talking about two current queens. Silvia is 71 for goodness sake and has been queen since she married in 1976. Maxima is 44 and was in Camilla's current position for the first 11 years of her married life until she became queen in 2013.

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    17. I agree with Moxie. Sorry Julia. I changed my macro.

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    18. Please understand me that this is not a rude comment but I'm just really baffled. Truly if one does not like or approve of a royal it makes sense to just stop following that royal? If one wants to debate what the role and work load etc of royals should be, is this the forum? Is this not a forum for fans following Kate's style and life? But at a certain point of dislike one stops being a fan and should spend less of your own precious time following that person's life? I am just sincerely asking on behalf of all who follow this blog because they still very much like Kate and love to follow her?

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    19. Well said, Maryland Moxie.

      Over the past few months I have started following the continental Royals a lot more because Kate has been missing and I have to say that the contrast with Kate is so great. It is exactly as you describe it. They take their role as a profession, as a vocation and as a cause. Kate appears to take her role as something that needs to be done to be gotten out of the way so that she can live her life with her children and in Mustique.
      I do understand that she is a homebody and that is entirely her right. And all said and done I still like her ! I feel like if KP just announced that Kate would not be involved in public life it might even be acceptable to the British people. IMO they quite like her and would understand.
      But yes, comparing her to the continental royals is a bit silly at this point.

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    20. I would just want to add that I think we have little idea what life is for Kate and William. I read on Sky News that a man who planned a terrorist attack in which he wanted to kill Charles and William 'so that Harry can become king' will be trialed and sentenced soon. Would or could any of us live under such conditions? No other royal house attracts such attention as the Windsor house. Living life as a royal is therefore just more complicated for them.

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    21. I 100% agree with Maryland Moxie!

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    22. Moxie, you claim that Kate's ranking in the royal family doesn't matter, but it does. A lot of the women you compared her to are queens, Will and Kate are third in line. Who else that far from the throne is expected to be in public every other minute? No one. The Queen runs a tight ship, if she had a problem with how few appearances they make, it would absolutely change. But it hasn't.

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    23. I completely agree with your comments Maryland Moxie. Very well put. It follows from a comment I made about a month ago about how Kate does not seem genuinely interested or passionate about the work she does. And I also noticed this when I started following other royal families.

      And yes, it's really becoming obvious how strategically they place the "serious" and "fluff" engagements! It's getting annoying. I'm really not happy with these latest updates to Kate's schedule. Seriously, a James Bond premiere?? James Bond doesn't need to be anymore famous. If Kate doesn't have much time with two kids, she should be spending what little time she does have on serious engagements and appearing passionate about good causes. It reminds me of times where they found the time to invite Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to KP. They had to discuss their common interests in "wildlife conservation" while she was on maternity leave.

      We'll see how November goes, but I'm really on the edge with Kate now. It's a shame because she could be doing so much more with her position in life.

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    24. I have to say I agree with you Moxie. I love how Max, Mary, Silvia, Maddie, Mathilde, Letiza and Rania all take a stand on causes they are passionate about, while raising children and being wives. Given Kate's work history before her marriage I too believe that what she's doing (or not doing) now might be the most and best she can give. And what has happened to the other causes she was so "keen" about? When was the last time she did anything for children's hospices, or the Scouts? I see that currently her and William are trying to raise awareness about mental health issues but I fear that like the others it too will fall by the wayside. I'm sorry to be so negative but the hope that I had when she first was married, that she would make use of the wonderful platform she has to affect change and help others has turned into frustration that she does so little but still enjoys all the perks of her position.

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    25. Your list, Anon 16:35, is of queens, except for Mary, who is crown princess, and Madeleine. Madeleine was given work to get over her broken first engagement, in another country where she would not be so much in the spotlight. Now that she has a husband, two children, and a home in London, she may not have as much time to work for her charity.

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    26. Lize, is that going on currently? How come that hasn't been on the news? not here in the U.S.

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    27. Point well taken Anon 17:19, however before these women became Queens they already had an impressive portfolio of service to others and causes they are passionate about. Since you have pointed out that Kate is not yet Queen, I have to ask, what has Kate done since before and since her marriage that leads you to believe that things will change after she becomes either the POW of Queen?

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    28. Among the other royal families referred to in this thread, is there a 66 year old king-in-waiting with an adult heir and a grandson in the wings? I am not aware of one. And if we cannot compare Prince Charles to HIS counterpart in these other royal families, then comparing Kate to the ladies mentioned is very unrealistic. And that's without even factoring in other "issues" that Charles has to deal with as he prepares for his move to BP.

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    29. Lize, your comment about following Kate is the million dollar question. Truly. :)

      And the security issue you raised is another valid point.

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    30. Anon the man was arrested last year June and the trial is going on at the moment. I have also read that there is now a non-fly zone over Anmer Hall. We don't understand the threats and vulnerability of the British royals and specifically Diana's sons at all. Look what happened when Kate was in hospital and someone thought it fun to make a prank call...someone ended up dead. So this time round Kate stayed at home and was treated at home. When George was born the press went crazy and it caused distractions at the hospital so this time round Kate stayed at home as long as possible and was in and out of hospital. Nothing in their lives are normal. Here is the link to the BBC's story on the trial: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-32706064

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    31. Lize from SA @ 05:06

      THAT is a very astute and good question.

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    32. Claudia, how do you know that they have almost complete control over their engagements and schedules?

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    33. here's my take on her schedule for what it is worth:
      1- She is juggling two kids, her husbands shift schedule and locations. Plus with having Harry along as a trio also adds another complication and coordinator for her schedule.
      2 - When George was born they made the statement that at least one of them was going to be with him as much as possible. I don't believe they have changed that stance after the birth of Charlotte.
      3 - Right now they said they were focusing on mental health this fall and the visits have reflected that. I don't think she abandon the hospice cause at all. We might yet see a visit to one of them this fall.
      4- Appearances at Rugby World Cup is not an official engagement for her. For William as Vice Patron, probably. She is there to support Wales, William and enjoy the game. The opening ceremonies was probably an official engagement but the subsequent games are not.
      5 - Scheduling appearances in the most efficient way possible for her is not a bad thing. Most royals schedule multiple in a day. Just look at the court circular to see how many are often scheduled (3-4 at a time).
      6 - I think we are finally seeing a glimpse of her future work as a royal. Hopefully some of the charities they are visiting now will be added as patronages in the future.

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    34. Lize,

      I am astounded that we didn't hear more about that, although the less attention they give the plotters the better perhaps.

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    35. @Julie from NC. You hit it on the head.

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    36. I will make another observation about Kate's schedule this month. Four out of the five days she is participating in the activities as a spouse - at State events and where her husband is patron/prince. It is only on the 27th that she is involved with a patronage of her own and will make a visit to an early intervention center without a family member.

      It's 2 events supporting Queen/Government (Foreign Affairs), 2 days supporting William in his leadership roles, and 1 day supporting her fellow countrymen's endeavors. 25 days for privacy.

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    37. I have been reading this blog for a while never daring to comment: I don't speak English very well, am rather shy and usually one of you posts what I would have wanted to write, only better than me. But about this discussion on work, I have been waiting for someone to ask the question I am asking myself: why is this their first state banquet? Why weren't they included in all states banquets and institutional events? When we compare Kate with other royals, before they were queen, they were present at a lot of state events. I suppose it is protocol, the PW is there. But would it hurt for them to be there also?
      My theory is that W left the army in order to do his duty as a royal, he was ready to do a lot more, but didn't get much more than what he was doing when in Wales. So he though he could very well do it while being an ambulance pilot.
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    38. Tatiana, your English is excellent. And welcome!

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    39. Tatiana, your English is awesome. Don't have an answer to your question (who could, truthfully?
      only speculation could be offered.) beautiful name also, btw. :)

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    40. Statistics can be so cold and uncaring, depending on the surrounding presentation.
      we are more than the sum total of our parts.

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    41. Julia from Leominster15 October 2015 at 21:08

      Once again, I would beg, plead, wish for, everyone to respect everyone else's reason for being here whether you agree or not. Charlotte has made it clear this is not just a "fan" site. Some of us are here because we are monarchists interested in the development of a young woman who will someday, if things go as planned, be a queen consort. Not liking actions she takes or doesn't take is no more a question of not liking her personally than disagreeing with a politican means you dislike him or her as a person. I can't say right now whether or not I would like Kate as a person, but I'm fascinated by what she does with her role - just as an actor may seem a failed human being but put on a grand performance in Hamlet.

      I would just beg everyone to respect differing interests of this this wonderfully diverse group of readers.

      Kate is a public figure with an expected public role. Essentially, she married a job and if she wanted to be a mum who stayed home, shopped and made jam, she picked the wrong man to marry and she had ample time to make that decision. She receives a huge number of benefits for the role she has assumed and it comes with an expectation of work. Having said this, I don't believe she needs to work full time and it is reasonable to adjust her schedule to best serve the children. Clumping engagements is not desirable from a public relations point of view, but perhaps for now, that is how it must be.

      Kate is also married to a man directly in line to the throne. She is not a minor royal and there is no precedent for an heir - even one who is not the next in line - to stand away from public life. It is true King George and Queen Mary did much to create the royal role as we know it today - but this is because there was a compelling need to invent such a role since the political power of the monarchy was much dimished and the former role of relating to monarchies all over Europe had likewise vanished after WWI. The monarchy and its members still need a strong public purpose to justify its existence and no one is going to accept just being a pretty person and dabbling a bit in public works is good enough today.

      I have stated my opinion many time that the royal family should not be relying on an unpopular heir the age of a pensioner to keep the monarchy strong with a vital importance and relevance to the nation and needs strong representation from all ages, to not be seen as anacronistic. As the country changes with a flood of new immigrants, this is hugely important. It's pointless to have us design a state banquet outfit for Kate if thirty years from now, there are no state banquets for her to attend because the monarchy is gone. This won't happen during the queen's life - but after that is much less certain and one shouldn't wait until then to build support.
      Having said this much, I think this autumn has shown William and Kate beginning to build a new focus and I have been very pleased with the engagements chosen. This doesn't happen overnight - Rome wasn't built in a day, and I hope they will soon come to have a deeper involvement but a start must come somewhere. Yes, I would like to see Kate take on more with the charities she is already patron of, and then take on a few more patronages. Yes, a lot of their engagements seem to involve personal entertainment - but at least they are out there. For now, that's good enough for me.

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    42. 14:39- to clarify,then-the criticism of how many engagements became criticism of groupng and now the
      complaint is that her husband, Prince William, appears with her? As each criticism is proven untrue or insubstantial, a new
      one arises. Reminds me of a rowdy game my children used to play. The one where these heads keep popping up, getting pushed down, only to pop up in another place.
      Also, with the addition of at least six new known engagements, with nearly a full week's activities scheduled,
      perhaps a revision of the "privacy days" statement is in order.

      "Personal entertainment?" Really? Dinner with school friends, date night alone as a couple, quiet visit
      with the children to a playground you mean? Also, work enjoyed is not work?

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  3. I love the coat! And the Aura evening gown.
    I am with royalfan on the quilted pumps. Not a fan.

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    1. Quilted pumps. Mad Max gone bad.

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    2. Mad Max gone bad. lol
      mad max goes uptown. not.

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  4. Rose from Montreal, Canada14 October 2015 at 01:20

    Thanks Charlotte for the fantastic job you are doing. Bravo.

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  5. I 150 percent agree with Maggie. It seems like KP thinks if she does four engagements in two days and dispaears for a few weeks that's an okay schedule when she should be doing at least two of these days every week
    Like someone on twitter said "Charlotte and George won't become seriel killers if they spend a few hours away from their mother"
    Also, is it just me but after five million pounds renovation at KP that was borne by the taxpayer that the Cambridge's should spend more of their time there? KP did say it would be their main home
    Seriously , though what did happen. To Kate's work with the hospices?
    I don't think at this point it's a good idea for Kate to visit a lot of places privately at a time when her work ethic is being more and more critized
    From a PR standpoint its not a good idea at least
    Also what has Kate got planned the next two weeks? Maybe a sports game and a banquet dinner?
    Sarah usa

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden14 October 2015 at 03:43

      The KP house is still and will be their main residence and the location for their offices. They just live more in Anmer right now. Just like how Clearance House is Charles and Camillas main residence but they live more at highgrove. The term is more around where their official home is, not where they actually live. They will probably have KP as their main residence until it's time to move to BP, so to have that fully renovated into a functional city base just makes sense even if it's a bit dormant at the moment. Better that than to in 10 years have to move out and in of it.

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    2. Exactly, Rebecca. All senior royals have a London base and no one dissects the amount of time they spend sleeping in this bed or that one.

      And I wouldn't be surprised if they continue to use it as their London home even when they become king and queen. A single apartment at KP with a walled garden offers the kind of privacy that BP does not.

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    3. Well they would if their fans were using distance from London as an excuse for why they can't work ! Not saying that William and Kate are doing that, but their fans certainly are upthread.

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    4. Rebecca and Royal Fan,

      The voices of reason and optimism when the conversations turn tawdry. THANK YOU

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    5. so many of the criticisms are nothing but hot air,
      a tempest in a teapot. Not to mention a virtual waste of time.

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    6. Hahahaha, Rebecca! Clearance House. That's awesome! :)

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden15 October 2015 at 17:19

      Whoopsie! That was not intentional in any way, Bluhare!! No snide remarks about the products being cheap :P Just a innocent spelling mistake. I promise!! :)

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    8. Rebecca, I was the one who asked if English was your native language. Just let me compliment you again on the thoughtful, sweet comments you so eloquently share here. :)

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    9. Julia from Leominster15 October 2015 at 21:27

      Please, Anonymous - dicussions that go to the purpose of the monarchy are not tawdry - what an offensive and dreadful word to use to rational supporters. Nor are such discussions hot air or a waste of time - When William and Kate are no longer the pretty people they are today - the role they have built for themselves will be all that matters. The most successful royals don't relying on remaining popular or assume it will last forever - they build on their youthful popularity to create early reputations for themselves. One reason the queen is so loved is that generations have seen her hard at work since she was a young woman. One reason Charles and Camilla are struggling is that they have no long standing basis in popularity - Charles forfeited his with the Diana mess and Camilla never had it. If William and Kate continue to develop a work-shy reputation - and the only work that counts for the monarchy is royal work - that will remain and grow as they grow older and they may find it impossible to turn around, no matter how hard they do work. It's like falling off a cliff and scrambling to climb up again - how much better not to fall in the first place than risk not being able to climb to the top later.

      If they wait until they are forty-five or fifty - when Charles is king to suddenly take on a greater role - they may find their public no longer cares. They are no longer truly young people -at thirty-three most people are deeply involved in their careers. No one is saying here, we don't want them to be king and queen someday - we're saying we want them to be strong, well-supported and admired when they become king and queen - there is a world of difference.
      Living in a world where your next door neighbour or someone you meet on the bus - may demand to know why you think William and Kate are worth being deferential to and why the nation should support a group of work-little freeloaders (and these people never distinguish between individual members - the most noticeable create the reputation) I don't see this discussion as either a tempest in a teapot or a waste of time of any loyal monarchist.

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  6. I was reading news my royal and the comments there about her are very different than here, I love her to death and it was kind of weird to see, but I can see why people complain, I get that she has a new baby and a 2 year old to keep track of but it would be a lot nicer to see her once a week than so speratically. And maybe they do a lot behind the scenes but it would be nice to hear about it than not. I feel the same about the children, I am all for protecting them and their way of wanting to raise them, but it would make it so much easier if every month or few months we saw pictures of them growing, they are royal children, and as much as they do need protection people have the right to see them, and I believe that would cut down so much on the paparazzi situation.

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    1. Alexandra - Florida14 October 2015 at 14:39

      I agree, Sam. It's only normal for people to want to see an occasional picture of two perfectly beautiful, healthy young royal children. People want to see them growing and changing....certainly not to the extent that they should be stalked or intruded upon...but their little "stages" don't last that long and what is the big deal about an occasional candid shot? It's not like Kate ever looks bad, for God's sake! And so what if she's seen toting two tots while out running errands in joggers and a baseball cap? That's a very normal mom thing to do.

      And while I understand that her every move is scrutinized, she certainly has nothing to be ashamed of when carrying out her everyday mom activities. So if they want to protect the children's privacy and are not in favor of releasing more photographs, then what's the big deal about an occasional candid shot?

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    2. Alexandra, I certainly agree with your compassion and your humane reasoning. I think they have made great strides and have accomplished a lot in the past four years. a lot.
      I give them kudos. I give them recognition of all that, just as you have.

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    3. Julia from Leominster15 October 2015 at 21:37

      I agree - I think the best way to miminise tabloid interest is by a regular release of authorised photos. But I would go father and say in this media age that there should be much more light shown on all aspects of the monarchy - from diplomatic receptions to state banquets to preparations for charity visits to reasonable family photos - say from Balmoral - and of George's development. Let the public see their future king and his family.

      I fully accept that privacy much be perserved when needed - that maybe diplomats shouldn't be photographed and cameras limited at engagements involving mental health (sadly, there still is a stigma) or prisons. But I see even on this blog, that there is not always a complete understanding of what a successful monarchy does and can do - (that's why I mourn the absence of the Royal Digest which gave an understanding of the role of monarchies in general.) My feeling is that there is a need to show the monarchy at work at every possible point - and that arguments otherwise are the same as past arguments as to why royal weddings and coronations shouldn't be photographed - men might not be wearing their hats and the like.- or was it that they might be wearing their hats - I can't remember. .So I fully support standing against unauthorised tabloids shots - but say I would like to see many more authorised photos.

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  7. Huma Abedin (key Clinton staffer) is wearing the Lasana dress at the debate tonight... if anyone's interested :)

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    1. Alexandra - Florida14 October 2015 at 14:41

      Interesting, Claudia, I missed that but thanks for the mention!

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    2. Quite a contrast to Hillary's nun-like suit.

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    3. Don't hate me for saying this, Kate of course can wear the heck out of any dress, but I have to say that Huma filled out that dress so much nicer than Kate did. That dress looks better on a curvier figure IMO. Just a tad more feminine. Given the print, which is ultra-feminine, the curves enhance the overall look.
      Which brings me to my next point I hope she doesn't lose any more weight by the time we see her again.

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    4. Article with pics of both women wearing the dress:
      "Huma Abedin Wears Princess Kate’s Favorite Dress: Who Takes the Crown?"
      http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2015/10/14/huma-abedin-kate-middleton-lk-bennett-dress-faceoff/

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  8. hmmm I had a sentiment that the duchess should do more public engagement she will do double in days but if they do a sporting event a rugby or tennis event they will attend both them lot mothers has 2 kids like her they know how to balance family time and work at the same time hmm looks like she doing a mom time for long I love her I respect her but these should stop we will see her 2 events for oct 26 and 2 events oct 27 and then will see her state dinner on oct 20 then what next we see her limited in November bad pr for BRF

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    1. The more events, the more criticism!

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    2. I like Kate. I like William. I think they are doing the very best that they can do now and it is appropriate and good. YES, I said "good".
      I will say it again (since the naysayers repeat and repeat.) William and Kate are doing "GOOD".....
      "GOOD", "GOOD", "GOOD", "GOOD", "GOOD".

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    3. I love Kate I love Kate I come hear to read about at Charlotte fantastic blog, nothing can make me change my mind about her. Love her.

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  9. Ah, the contest creativity and honeymoon is over. The same old "discussions" have returned, like water, they seek their own level.

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  10. The constant complaining about her work ethic just never stops. This is a post about 4 events that are planned, not to mention the banquet. And yet the second comment starts the complaining. What a bummer. IMO :)

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    2. I agree Marny! Tiresome

      She cannot win. Not sure why some follow the Kate blogs when they always bring up how 'lazy' Kate is these days. I do not fond her to be lazy or disinterested. I believe of the Queen wanted her out there she would be out and about.

      Her game and Williams will step and last for the rest of their life. I think it is quite nice that they are allowed somewhat of a normal life at this stage. The old school ways of raising the royal children before Diana did not bode well for their adult relationships. So having a stable loving marriage and family life is important for the Cambridges and for the BRF.

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    3. Tammy from California14 October 2015 at 19:54

      @Marny and Anon: agreed. Same dead beaten horse. OLD and TIRED.

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    4. I agree with you, Marny, Anon 18:34 and Tammy. It is tiring, and so unnecessary. If I had an equivalent level of interest and "respect" for Kate, I think I'd pack up my free time and follow other royal ladies...some of whom have been mentioned here, repeatedly.

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    5. I also agree, Tammy, Anon. and Marny. Oh someone come up with another Julia-type Idea
      FAST to interrupt the conundrum.

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    6. How many ways can you say and re-say the same old thing???????????????????????

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    7. So correct Marny, she is working and now they don't like how she is doing it. No matter what she does they will find a way to criticize. They have not gotten the point that we KNOW they don't like Kate and there repeated attacks will not change our minds.

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    8. The negativity will NOT change our minds about supporting and liking Kate, anon @ 23:15, you are right. They are barking up the wrong trees.

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    9. You all forgot that we don't know what goes on behind closed doors, and we haven't walked in their shoes.

      Speaking of same old same old.

      My take? I don't care if she bunches up her engagements to do several in a couple of days. She's doing them. I would like to see some continuity, though, and not just a predictable pattern as we've seen the last couple of years. I don't think it's fair to complain that she doesn't work enough, and then complain when she does either. I personally hope the substance of what she does bumps up a bit, and that she actually puts into action all these things she says she's learning.

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    10. And there it is 0124. Won't change your mind. Here's the thing. I'm not particularly invested in being "right" about William or Kate. My opinion fluctuates based on what I find out. If I learn that Kate's been doing something that hasn't been made public, that will impact what I think about what she does with her position. I'm not here to be right. I'm here to participate and I think your comment hits the problem, if there is one, here with comments. Some of you just do not want to hear another opinion that might contradict your own. Even if it's backed up with good arguments.

      Personally, I think you can support Kate and still recognize that she's got things to learn and grow in her position. Some of you may disagree with that. We all pick through things we read to back up our own narrative. But I really hope I don't get so narrow minded and entrenched that someone with a great post can't get me to look at things a slightly different way and maybe see where they might have a pretty good reason to see things the way they do. It's unfortunate that Jean from Lancs isn't around any more. She is someone I thought made good arguments for her position.

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    11. the arguments and debates have been stated every way to Sunday and back. I think people have gotten the ideas long since. WE GET IT. The arguments and debates are thusly so predictable. Can we please just move on to more creative and constructive things? The contest was created to help interrupt what was becoming that same old dismal debate. IT WORKED. The contest was vibrant, energizing and constructive. More of that energy please.

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    12. I think what 01:24 meant was- based on the arguments presented so far, minds will not change. If you say you support someone, then blow every which way the wind blows, what kind of support would that be?

      Royalfan is a strong supporter, but I have read numerous criticisms she has written about Kate's clothing, her
      hairstyle and other fashion choices. The criticism that some supporters prefer not to engage in are personal remarks
      about aging, weight, marital status, church attendance, parenting choices , nursing schedules personal leisure activities, etc.etc. There is no "worship," adoration, blind approval. There IS an attempt to keep the comments in good taste in
      respect to Charlotte, if not the Cambridges. We also need to keep in mind that there are some very young
      readers of this blog.I think perhaps a few have realised this and have toned it down recently.

      Five engagemnts for Scotland announced, as well as an engagement with the Chinese delegation the
      day after the State event. Let's see how Kate detractors rationalise this. The fact that arguments switch
      gears and direction to justify criticisms makes them ludicrous at times.

      There are no "fluff" or "fun" centered engagements. They require hours in hair and makeup, travel time,-no matter where the current "home base" is, background prep at times, not to mention, time away from home doing activities that would often not be
      at the top of anyone's list for R&R Time away from family is portioned out-if I had to spend a day away
      attending meetings, I would not then choose to spend that evening away doing something I would rather do.

      . Sports, films? Is work enjoyed not work? Personally, I'd rather be
      home in my yoga pants watching a movie and enjoying my family, rather than spending hours grooming,
      wearing possibly uncomfortable clothing and shoes and making polite conversation with strangers.
      It is to the Cambridge's credit that those around them at events are convinced that their event is the very
      place the couple would most like to be.

      Of course she has much to learn. No one denies that. All that is being asked is that Catherine and William
      be given the time that others have been given. Even the Queen admits to still learning.

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    13. I am sorry to see the comments section involved in a debate as to whether we can have debates....So, for starters, let me acknowledge I've been busy with work, and looking with one "eye" at the blog for the past week...so maybe I don't have the whole picture or context...but here goes - First, I am only sorry the engagements are bunched up because Charlotte does such a great job explaining each one that I don't think it fair for her to have to work overtime! If it was one a day, HER life would be easier! That said, as someone who said a while back I wanted to see more "work" from the Ducheses, well, here is more and I am glad to see it. I think I also promised I'd TRY to not expect perfection when there was evidence of change...so...with the additional engagements I will simply be glad and see how it goes. As for the comments involving whether we should engage in debate, one of the things I LOVE about this blog is it is a forum for respectful commentary about something I enjoy following. I am not going to get this kind of discourse anywhere else, and if it reverted to simply unadulterated praise, I would be sad. I get that others disagree and want something else, I know I am only speaking for myself. I love the comments, I like the debate. Heck I like that Royalfan will always support what W&K are doing, and I respect it (well maybe I overstate Royalfan, and I don't mean to offend)! I like that Maryland Moxie is going to have a more critical eye (maybe I am overstating again for effect, apologies if that's seen as inaccurate..). But they generally say it nicely and I find it interesting to see their perspectives - and everyone else's . Ariagurl.

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    14. "not changing our minds about LIKING and SUPPORTING Kate" does not automatically
      connotate excluding a thought process. In no way does that mean we are "narrow-minded" or "entrenched". And, name calling isn't becoming to anyone, and an intelligent conversation it does not make.

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    15. The problem bluhare is even when you make a legitimate argument it is totally ignored and the same old happens. The second comment on this post is again tearing her apart because they don't like HOW she is scheduling. What difference does it really make. The poster's only point is to criticize Kate and that is the objection. When you always criticize your only goal is to be negative and have NO desire to engage in a meaningful conversation.

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    16. I can only speculate, but Jean from Lanc is probably not here for the same reason many leave - they are tired of this constant haranguing and negativity.

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    17. Eureka, 23:42,

      some have, upon exiting, stated as much.

      JULIA? ANYONE? have any new, creative ideas how to rise above the conundrum? (hurry)
      :) Design some Jewelry for Claudia Bradby? Create artwork, dresses, Jewelry for sale as a fundraiser for one of W/K's charities?

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    18. Anon @ 23:39

      I don't know who you are, but consider yourself hugged. :)

      You articulated PERFECTLY what I (and I believe many others) have been trying to say for months.

      "Thank you, thank you, thank you," I say, with a huge sigh of relief. :)

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    19. Anon @ 19:23

      That is exactly what I meant. :)

      01:24

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    20. I had a lovely little post about Kate and work and organic chicken. .. levity for this entire rehashing of it all and sigh.. it is lost or deemed inappropriate. LOL

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    21. effort appreciated, 18:33. Keep that creativity going. We are certain to come up with great alternatives sooner than later.

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  11. Tedi in California14 October 2015 at 16:43

    Sophie is 50 years old. She and the other members of the RF, who work a lot more than Kate, are much older. There will be plenty of time for William and Kate to be more in the spotlight when Charles becomes King. Personally, I hope that's a bit in the future. I will miss Queen Elizabeth, she has always been there, my entire life. I think W&K are trying to enjoy their children, and keep things as normal as possible, for as long as is feasible. After all, they are only 33.

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    1. Yes! I agree Tedi.

      AND...Sophie will have the luxury of slowing down as she gets older. It's the opposite scenario with W&K.

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    2. Victoria, Oregon15 October 2015 at 02:47

      Royalfan, good point about Sophie. I hadn't thought about that. :)

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    3. Your point is such a realistic one Royal Fan.
      W/K are building a foundation for their family and
      growing Royal life.

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    4. Thank you, Victoria and Anon 18:05. :)

      The BRF isn't a reality television program. It isn't about what they are doing *today* to entertain us. It's a far bigger picture than the instant gratification our televisions and smartphones offer 24/7.

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    5. They will have to pick up the pace, it's true. Unfortunately not doing it now is at the expense of some who would like to reduce their schedules. Charles asked William if he would help with The Princes Trust so he would be freed up to help his mother more. William said, "I'd rather not.".

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    6. Who said William said that?

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    7. bluhare, if you continue to refer to William stating that he would "rather not", it would be fair to include Harry as well. The DM, if it is to be believed, did make a reference to BOTH of them wanting to pursue their own interests.

      Also, if William did step into Charles' shoes, I'd bet my last dollar that he would be criticized for NOT doing his own thing and stepping into his father's comfy slippers.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden16 October 2015 at 13:19

      The Daily fail (erhm.... I mean Mail) said that :P

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    9. The Daily fail,............., that is a good one.

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  12. I saw Shaun the Sheep at a drive-in this summer--what a cute movie! It was funny and smart, yet still very appropriate for children. I do hope William and Catherine enjoy it as much as I did!

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      So nice to hear they still have drive-in movies.
      They are so much fun.

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    2. There are three or four drive-ins within 45min of me. Maybe it's just popular here? They are great fun, and $9 for a double feature?! Can't beat it :)

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    3. sweet, so old school, so fun

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  13. I am a great fan of Duchess Kate's and have followed her on the web and in the press since she first began dating Prince William. However, the current debate on her work schedule got me to thinking about the time Kate cancelled her photo exhibit in 2010. I found a link to an old article about it:

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/196381/Stressed-out-Kate-Middleton-puts-exhibition-of-her-photos-on-hold

    I admire a great many things about the Duchess, but am truly beginning to doubt her ability to handle her multiple roles.

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    1. I'll admit this is pure speculation on my part Sue, I don't know if it's that she can't handle multiple roles, I do think living in the royal fishbowl may be taking a toll on her.

      There was a lot of press at the engagement about Kate being "more prepared" than Diana, granted she had a lot longer to get the lay of the land so to speak, Kate had years with William compared to Diana's days with Charles! But I think no amount of time can prepare someone for life as a member of the BRF and all that comes with it. The romance is very different from the reality!

      Now as a mother with small children, being constantly followed by her own security (let alone photogs and every member of the public with a camera) it's likely hitting her that this is going to be a very different childhood than she had, which she herself has said she wanted to duplicate. I wondered if that KP letter was the result of some anxiety, panic, pressure she may have been feeling, maybe feeling trapped in her own home. We learned years later what was really going on with Diana in the early years, despite her smiling public face.

      I think there's very little Kate and Diana have in common, I do think that like Diana, Kate thought that somehow she could carve out some "normal" life within royal confines, and that is proving quite difficult. And when you realize this is the rest of your life I'd imagine it's quite suffocating. In my opinion though, delaying the inevitable will only make the transition harder.

      I know some people don't like "Diana comparisons" but the fact is Diana was the last woman to have married into this level of the Royal family, who faced all the attention and expectations that come with it. It's a natural comparison.

      Again, just my thoughts! Claudia

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    2. I love all the "Kate is great, BUT" comments. :)

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    3. Sue T.: I just read this article that you linked and I don't see the comparison. This was before she was engaged and she backed out because of the publicity and who could blame her? The article says she was working full time for her family's business at the time doing photography among other things. She would have been accused of using her connection to the BRF by having the show in the first place. To me, it sounds like she was being practical and sensible.

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    4. I never saw this article before Sue, thanks! It's funny looking back on this and at the current situation. At the time, and over the last few years I would have defended Kate after reading an article like this. Now I'm not so sure...

      An exhibition like this would be a wonderful idea! I know as William's girlfriend it would have attracted unwanted attention, but now that she's more comfortable with her role and has two kids, it would be a great time to hold something like this in the near future. Think of the money she would raise for her charities. And it would show something she's really passionate about and let the public get to know her a bit better.

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    5. Please consider the source and the WHOLE article is based on hearsay and not on FACTs. Was there ever an exhibition scheduled? No "FRIEND" is going to talk to the Daily Express. Knowing this reporter's recent tantrums when he has not been given what he wants says a lot more. If you are truly a "great fan" of Kate then I am not sure why you are "beginning to doubt the ability" of this new mother with a five month and a 27 month old just back from only a four month maternity break "to handle her multiple roles". I sure see her as doing a great job of balancing being a hands on mother, supporting her husband, running 2 homes, attending royal events where her presence has been requested, and supporting her charities. How many more roles do you want her to balance?

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    6. Yay, Anon @ 00:05,

      I agree and have said almost the exact same thing more than once on this blog. Thank you for
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    7. Julia from Leominster15 October 2015 at 22:02

      Well, no I don't think "Kate is great but..." I think she is a youngish woman posessed of some wonderful natural gifts and possible abilities but one where those gifts are not fully yet in use - and I hope to see that increasingly developing. As in all work, experience does a massive amount to build confidence - few of us were more than unsettled or awkward the first month or two on a job - we had to learn it, understand the expectations and do enough of it so it came easily. The same is true with Kate who has hardly a month cumulative of actual hand's on experience on her own - more work I think will bring more confidence and more depth.

      I have to agree - I never thought Kate was particularly well prepared for her new role - royal ladies who had prior work experiece have moved into their work more completely and even from the start, I never had the feeling that Kate knew what she wanted to do with her role - she was pretty and charming but it was not clear where her passions lay.

      Unfortunately, the privilages of being royal are exceptional and with that comes the need for the most successful members to be exceptional as well - it's not the place for someone who just wants to be ordinary. And it's more than being pretty and dressing well - that will cease to matter in time. The royal ladies who have been the most successful, the queen mum, the queen, Diana, Anne - managed in their various ways to give the public a sense of their caring and their character.

      The most ardent royal supporters have always been women - including and especially important - young women - and the truth is most young women today have to work, even if they have families - for Kate to be relevant, she needs to find that balance. She has some unique burdens but she also doesn't have to go home after a eight or more hour work day- do the shopping, get the dinner on the table and scrub the loo - all with screaming toddlers in tow. So I feel there is nothing wrong in having expectations for her.

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    8. Julia, I love reading you, seriously:-)

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    9. Julia, I think you and Ingrid Seward are so similar in your writing. You should have a column somewhere, somehow. You be an asset.

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  14. When William got engaged to Kate, the world was taken up in the frenzy of a new royal wedding, bride, romance. Kate was immediately put onto a pedestal. Praises were sung. The media could not get enough. I for one wondered how long it would last and I was right, not long. Everybody has an idea of how she should look and act and they are quick to complain when she does not comply. Well, of course everybody is entitled to think whatever they want and to have their opinion. I just fail to understand that one would go on to 'follow' someone whom you don't approve of anymore. It is one thing not to like a particular outfit - that's personal taste and ok to differ about - but it is quite another thing when you actually do not approve of the way Kate lives her life.

    So I wish we could have a second blog - an actual fan blog for those of us who like Kate and enjoy following what she does and what she wears and are happy to let her live her life the way she wants to. For those of us who just follow her for the fun of it amidst living our own busy lives. I miss that. Those who stopped liking Kate and what she does but for some reason still want to follow her on this blog, took it away and kind of spoil it for us. It's just not fun reading comments. It's just not a fan blog anymore.

    I for one salute Kate and William for living their own lives their way and not our way. Each and everyone of us should rather concentrate on living our own lives as meaningful and perfect as we want them to do!

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    2. Ana B. from Brazil15 October 2015 at 01:25

      Hey, Lize!
      I couldn't agree more. I've been following this blog since it's beggining in 2011, used to participate and write comments but about a year ago I decided to just read the post without even bothering to read the comments. It is not fun anymore.

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    3. Tedi in California15 October 2015 at 01:40

      I agree with you Lize. As I said earlier, they are only 33. They have their whole lives to work for the firm, once they become next in line. Let them have some semblance of a normal life, with their children, while it is still feasible.

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    4. Can I say huzza twice over well said!!

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    5. I totally agree with you Lize!

      Monica, France

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    6. I guess there's no point even having a comments section if it's just a space for people to blindly agree and praise everything Kate does. I'm sure it's possible to have a blog like that if you just delete all the comments containing criticism. After all, if we're talking about a person who has made the choice to be a public figure, it makes no sense that everyone shares their opinion. Especially if those opinions are coming from fans (or ex-fans) which might actually be more indicative of a problem than if other members of the public had said it.

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    7. I understand Ana. Glad you submitted your gown ensemble. :)

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    8. Anon 12:55 it isn't about everyone having the same opinion and loving everything Kate does or wears. (This is the most common response when this subject comes up.)

      It has more to do with the *spirit* or *motivation* behind the participation...and that does come through, quite clearly, in the comments.

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    9. EXACTLY, Royal fan

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    10. With all due respect royalfan

      What do you know about the motivation of each?? Nothing. You make a judgement call on what you read, and obviously you are not a FAN of it.

      Next time, could you please be a bit more careful on this one, you never know what kind of problem each has ( I have read lots of times about shared stories of serious illness, death, mental problems here) and maybe a person or people you are referring too, has one of these and they use this site to relax, to share what bothers them so on.

      Thanks!

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    11. blue27,

      huh????

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    12. blue27, I was referring to generosity of spirit. In no way was I referring to anyone's personal circumstances.

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    13. You questioned ones motivation coming to this site in the past as well, and the word is up there again. But if you meant something else this case, my bad, sorry.

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  15. This is an unconventional request but I was wondering whether anyone can identify the earrings Camilla, Ducchess of Cornwall wore yesterday to give out the Booker Prize ?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden15 October 2015 at 18:03

      It looks like the classic Van Cleef and Arpels shape :) My guess is a version of these :)

      http://www.vancleefarpels.com/ww/en/collections/jewelry/alhambra/magic-alhambra/vcaro97300-magic-alhambra-earrings-3-motifs.html

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  16. I really love the fluttering wings pieces specially in the green but the blue is nice too. The red Aura dress is stunning. Wouldn't that be nice for the state banquet. ;-)

    2 full days of engagements will be nice with two back to back galas. Haven't seen that yet from her.

    Great post Charlotte. Thanks for all the details. Really looking forward to the upcoming events.

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  17. 5 engagements now announced for Scotland from October 23rd.

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  18. One day I sympathize with her, the next I think she's acting as a very calculating person. Everything has its cost and Kate lives very priviledged life. I feel that everything was fine after George was born. But now Kate looks like she has had enaugh. She wants to be a woman, a wife, a mother but not particularly a duchess.

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    1. Mersey, I think you might be onto something.

      And actually, it's only been since George V that consorts really became public. George brought Mary out in public, and it's been done since, but historically not so much.

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    2. So you are saying that her engagements, both fulfilled and announced, don't exist, or don't constitute Kate's return from maternity leave to royal activity. The more she does, the more she is accused of not doing!

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    3. Thank you, 08:21

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    4. Charlotte is only 5 months old. She took about a 4 month maternity leave, but still did a few appearances. She is just coming back. Give her a chance instead of just jumping on the naysayers bandwagon.

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  19. Most people have full time jobs by the time they are 21-22 ish, finishing with school. If I was a working mother, I would not take it smoothly people sticking up for Kate's work ethic. 4 events in the matter of 2 days is really a lot to you all? What about working 40 hours a week with a husband and having to care for children. I really wish people would stop sticking up for her, and telling her she deserves To take all the time in the world off

    I'm glad she is bringing awareness to mental health, and being active involving that. However, it is not a job.

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    1. It is a post like this that makes it sound like jealousy that Kate can have a schedule like this. Why can you not be happy that she can be a hands on Mum plus balance all her roles. You have no idea what her schedule is like, so why do you feel the need to criticize not only Kate but those who give her understanding and don't constantly need a piece of her.

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    2. You forget that she is not the person working a 40 hour week. Her life is different. Demands are different. There is no comparison and not sure why so many try to compare their life to her life.

      Night and day.

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    3. You denigrate the role of women, and increasing numbers of men, who work at home raising small children, running households, and often working at jobs from home. Kate has help in all of her roles, yes, but she does work, as we all do who are in full time home management and child care, along with other roles to fill in the community. I do not take it smoothly when our work is denied its existence and its validity.

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    4. I didn't read any denigrating of roles at all. If anything I read a clarification of Kate's life with staff in at least two homes, and one full time nanny, with most women who have to work more hours while also juggling everything with no staff and maybe only a part time nanny or daycare, and maybe a cleaning service a couple of times a month. There's a big difference and I thought that was the OP's point.

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    5. I had a professional position before giving birth. I decided to be a stay at home mom. It was quite a revelation. In a production based society, I went immediately from people giving me kudos for my work to just a quite "hum"and look of disdain when asked at social functions, "what do you do?" I tried the "domestic engineeer" response and still, the same reaction. It was more than a reaction. It was a stigma. In addition to newly dealing with motherhood and a career change, I found myself dealing with that real but silent ostracism. That was a surprise and not a pleasant one. It took me awhile to get used to that. I shouldn't have had to.

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    6. HALLELUYAH

      ANON @ 02:05, ANON @ 02:25, ANON @ 08:15

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    7. Perfectly said, Anon 08:15
      A babysitter works 8 hours a day, but a day has 24 hours.

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    8. We are told that she is not one of us and shouldn't pretend that she is....and yet there seems to be an expectation that she live her life like a 9-5 working girl who doesn't have staff at home. :)

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    9. No, not exactly royalfan. It's to counter the point that Kate's so busy at home being a stay at home wife and mother that she just doesn't have the time to put into her public role. And that it's so much more important that she raise a King than get out and try to solidify the monarchy so her son will actually have a role as King. I don't understand why it is so important that she stay home (her husband as well; he's not blameless here) and not put much effort into building a base so when she has every resource in the world to help her do so and STILL have huge amounts of private family time to raise that King.

      And I really hope that this isn't the same pattern of a spate of engagements that have preceded the last couple of holidays with nothing afterwards.

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    10. No one is saying she doesn't have time. People are *recognizing* that this is the game plan *at this time.* Huge difference.

      And, no, her husband doesn't stay at home; he risks his life doing a job that a man in his position doesn't have to do. Does he get credit for it, no. Unfortunate, but not surprising.

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    11. I've seen many here talk about her being a busy wife and mother, royalfan, with the implication that it takes up all her time. However, no real quibble there. One small correction. It's *their* game plan, not anyone else's. If it wasn't, I don't think William would have said "I'd rather not" when asked to step up and help. And it is not going to serve them well in the long run. If I'm being really honest, I truly think that William could really screw this up. Truly I think that. And his wife is along for the ride and not much else. Do I have anything to back it up? Not really, other than past performance and my gut, but I hope he steps up and does something soon.

      As for the job he actually has one he's ignoring, but he will get plenty of credit from me if he takes EAAA seriously enough to work on Christmas Day and let more senior staff have time with their families. I will be eating my hat that day if he does.

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    12. bluhare, you actually heard William state that he would "rather not"? If so, I am happy for you; I'd love to be able to say that I had the pleasure of being privy to it. And how do you know that this is *their* game plan?

      Those of us who support W&K have suggested that this is the Firm's game plan because it seems *logical*. The Queen knows what it felt like to take on her role at such a young age, and when she had very young children. And we recognize that Charles, at 66, is still waiting to do the job he was born to do. And, for obvious reasons, he must twitch at the thought of déjà vu.

      As far as Christmas Day is concerned, William has been criticized for having lunch with his in-laws so I am surprised to hear that he would be excused from a very traditional, and expected, appearance at church with his grandmother, THE QUEEN. :)

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    13. It was reported, royalfan. I don't make things up. The Queen also was married 10 years younger than William and Kate were. Big difference as you like to say. However, take your point on that one, although I don't agree.

      William has missed Christmas before when Kate was ill. I suspect the Queen would let him off again if he said it was for good reason. I think she's reasonable. But I don't think it will happen either, which is why I will eat my hat if it does. So, we agree!

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    14. When did he say that? what was the full context? that doesn't sound like William at all, unless he was teasing his Dad.

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    15. The "rather not" quote, which I believe was someone's interpretation, was about a role in Charles's charitable foundation, not about William's place in "the firm." If it was ever said, it certainly did not refer to royal tasks assigned to William. It was said that he preferred the charitable trust he and Kate and Harry have established to running Charles's. Pure speculation, I think.

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    16. Royalfan and Bluhare dialogues are back! Great style from both contenders.
      Charlotte, can I give them a nomination for the Blog-Family Order?

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  20. I think Prince George should be invited to that first event with the Shaun the Sheep movie! Kate is going to be heard saying she wishes he were there. :-)

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  21. Lizi we can.like the duchess as a person we are allowed to.say she could do much more
    Just because we sometimes are unhappy with her doesn't mean we don't like her
    I'm glad she has a lot.going on the next few weeks and hope she keeps it up I'm just afraid she will disappear all of Nov now
    Sarah usa

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  22. If Kate attends the state banquet and the palace does not let us see the gown/tiara she has on I think we should have a day of silence on the blog.

    After all the hard work we have put in designing dream outfits and looking forward to the banquet, it would be such a mistake to not let us see what she chose to wear.

    It would give Charlotte a break and let any of Kate's team that do read this blog know how remiss and sad it was of them not to let us see the Princess at her first state dinner in her ball gown/tiara.

    Kate's team. Let us share the moment. It really means a lot.

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    1. I think that would be a viable way to make our feelings known Anon @ 04:05. Good Idea.
      I also am almost certain Kate's people read this blog. I want to see her gown and tiara very much also. Charlotte, what do you think of that suggestion?

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  23. Lize in SA. love your comments. Is SA San Antonio?
    South America?

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    1. Thank you :-). No, it's South Africa :-)

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  24. walk a mile in W/K's shoes. then talk.

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    1. I'd rather fly on the Duke of Westminster private jet to Balmoral, then talk.

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    2. prime example, right there.

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  25. yes shaun the sheep is a great movie my account was hacked by my sister beau hacked my account the yesterday is not me I left my laptop open then when I left and prepare for lunch then I saw them he comment on comment box im so back to controlled these I promise not let my account open yes I agree with anonymous oct 15 at 0038 ahe been a normal being as well as us im not judging her but my sis beau left shitty comment of my beautiful duchess

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    1. Bluefire ... I can't believe it... how old are you?

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    2. Because in my mind, I don't know why, you were an older lady - about 40 or more - and a sister going around and making such a mess was very little consistent with this image. :)

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  26. I would like to defend the forum! I love Kate, I am a fan. But she ain't perfect. I enjoy reading the different opinions, the rough and tumble of debate. It really is not hurting anyone. I guess it is a matter of taste. I prefer a little spice with my sugar.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden15 October 2015 at 17:25

      I do as well... EXCEPT, when it's the same people complaining whatever it is she does.. If she started walking on water people would complain about her being unoriginal because Jesus did it first. I really enjoy commentary, just not pedistal speeches. And that goes for both praisers and complainers.

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    2. LOVE your illustration of Kate not being given credit for walking on water because Jesus did it first. lol

      That is not only funny, Rebecca, it is SO true.

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  27. So many engagements, one might think they are up to something:-)

    I am so grateful for your patience and perseverance how you handle the two very different sides of the comment section.

    I still long for some kind of a peace and the time when nobody does any remarks on one another. No matter you agree or disagree with the other one.

    Peace people, this is not a war, even if some uses very similar vocabulary.

    When do we have a winner Charlotte, I wonder?:-)

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    1. Julia from Leominster15 October 2015 at 22:05

      blue27 - you said that beatifully - I agree. And I too hope this increase of enagements lasts and means they are up to something good.

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  28. How fun would it be if they brought George to the Shaun the Sheep movie?!?!?! I hope they surprise us with him one of these days :)

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  29. And I see someone else just had the same thought! Ha!

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  30. Thank you, Charlotte, for an informative new post. I look forward the next couple of weeks. I like the Aura Dress, especially the blood red. I think the Vanessa scarf is beautiful.

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  31. I dont care if she crams a million engagements into one day or not.
    As long as she does her job. With integrity, genuine care and passion. Thats what seems to be the theme of criticisms.

    The topic of her work and her ethics will never go away. Her job is the reason she is famous. Of course it is important to discuss.

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    1. key word, discuss. not argue. each specific discussion with a season, not repetively over lasting.

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    2. "As long as she does her job" ? Wow. That does sound rather.....

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    3. Some people do try to "discuss", and look what happens when the discussion veers.

      Her job is to be a Princess of the United Kingdom. William put that as her occupation on her child's birth certificate. He didn't put wife or mother. Her job is the only reason I post here. You are welcome to the rest of it.

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    4. I didn't list my job as "mother" either. I think that is sort of obvious and assumed on a birth certificate.

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    5. When asked for my occupation, I write homemaker. People ask me when I retired, and I say I haven't retired. I never will, unless I am too decrepit to fill this role. I have worked professionally outside the home in the fairly distant past, but that is not my real mission in life. Therefore, I do not dismiss the work Kate is doing as though only public performance can be considered her occupation. Her contribution must be considered whole, in its entirety, in order for the discussion to be meaningful.

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  32. I am so eager to see what Princess Charlotte looks like at this time. Does she look like Kate, Elizabeth, Carole? Does she take after William, Michael, Phillip?
    Is Kate going to dress her adorably? I hope we get to see Charlotte soon.

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  33. I love the anon who said "I like a rough and tumble debate, a little spice with my sugar" as I enjoy a vigorous debate as well!

    I think Royalfan and Julia from Leominster made interesting points that actually intertwine. I'm paraphrasing here.. but Royalfan said Kate and Will actually have a "life in reverse" when it comes to work, their workload will increase as they get older. This I thought was an excellent point and really hit home, look no further than Charles, when most people are retiring he's yet to start his main job!

    However, as Julia pointed out, it will be very difficult to suddenly show up for work in the future, building the groundwork is incredibly important. It's crucial for earning respect, trust, it's important for Kate particularly to build experience, since she has not been doing this all her life like William. I think even Royalfan may agree with that :)

    Sophie Wessex gave a tremendous interview for her 50th birthday (I believe) on how impressive a role model the Queen has been for her, how she's taught her so much about engaging with people and representing the monarchy and country in the best possible light. As I've said before, I understand the draw of the Middletons, but wish there was a sense of William gravitating to members of his own family more, after all, only they understand and have experienced the type of life the Cambridges have in front of them.

    Also, as far as the debate goes, I think for many people, myself included, this is a very fluid situation to watch. I only heard of Kate at the engagement :) and am interested in where the monarchy is heading, as I believe there are many changes ahead. Frankly, I'm not sure what to make of Kate yet, and am not sure what to make of William's approach to everything.

    The fact is, their approach to royal life is unusual, and for those of us who have been around a while, we recognize a fine line coming when we see it. There was great irony in a recent interview William gave -- after admiring the Queen's outstanding work ethic he said "who knows what a full time royal role really means?" Um, I think you just gave a great example of one Will :)

    Claudia

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    1. Well-written comment and great observations!

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    2. I always think your comments are incredibly insightful Claudia :-)

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    3. more supportive of Kate in the future though

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  34. I was wondering that. Does anyone know why the Queen wasn't wearing a tiara during that video of the French state video?

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  35. Thank you again Charlotte for this post and your most recent one. I can only imagine the amount of work you put into all the research and planning. You are seriously one of the most conscientious bloggers out there.

    I would be so nervous about the upcoming state banquet giving it's level of prestige. I hope the night goes well for Kate.

    I am a psychiatric nurse, and as it happens, I work in both addictions detox, as well as child mental health. I work on an eating disorders inpatient unit for severely eating disordered youth and children, and will be getting trained next month on a child (under age 12) psychiatry inpatient unit. I cannot stress enough how much I love having a career in the field of mental health.
    So perhaps Kate and I are secretly kindred spirits after all ;p I am looking forward to seeing how she uses her platform to make a difference in this realm. It is so dear to my heart.

    Very much looking forward to the various engagements coming up. I hope she will find it manageable and is able to continue her pace over the following months/year. I hope for 2016 to be the year we see what Kate is made of. Cheers to a fresh start!!

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