Friday, 20 November 2015

A Day of Engagements & Abseiling for the Cambridges' Day in Wales

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge concluded a busy week of appearances with a day of engagements in North Wales.


Their Royal Highnesses received a warm welcome from locals upon arrival at Castle Square.


A look at the excited crowds in the square before the royals arrived.


Adorable three-year-old Theo presents Kate with flowers.


Kate greeting a group of school children.


Kate discussed plans for George and Charlotte to join the scouts.

Emily Nash Twitter Feed

William and Kate's first port of call was Caernarfon where they visited a photography project run by the local Mind organisation.


The project has been designed to give young people a voice to talk about their experiences and the challenges of living with mental health problems.


William and Kate supported World Mental Health Day at an event hosted by Mind in October; today's engagement very much offers an opportunity for the couple to see their work in Wales.


The Duke and Duchess also visited GISDA where they met young people and staff. The organisation works to help young vulnerable people by giving them opportunities to improve their quality of life.


William and Kate visited an exhibition of "Mute: are you being heard?"


The photography project is designed to give young people a voice to talk about their experiences living with mental health problems. The photographs address the issues and challenges faced by young people.


More on the exhibition:

'The photographers felt it was important to have their images displayed publicly, both to raise public awareness about mental health problems, and to showcase their personal expressions of recovery. Also in the room will be students working on pieces of art, themed around mental health.'

The couple's next stop was a rather fun one at the Outdoor Education Centre in Snowdonia where they tried their hands at abseiling.


When asked if it was her first time, the Duchess giggled and said "yes".


Judging by the photos I think they both thoroughly enjoyed it :)


A great quote from Emily Andrews.

"As Kate held William's safety rope while he abseiled she said: "I'm enjoying this actually. For once I'm in control!" 

Another memorable one from British Royals. A video clip is available here.

'William, how much do you love me?"- Kate jokes as she holds his rope while he abseils in Wales' 

When Kate saw William climbing she said:

'Not that we're competitive but if he climbs that wall I'll have to do it too!'

It's always fun to see the couple interacting and sharing jokes.


At the centre they met young people from Holyhead High School who have worked on anti-stigma and discrimination training. Through their training, the young people have increased their awareness of mental health problems and gained the knowledge and confidence to talk openly about mental health and to challenge stigma and discrimination.


Before leaving, they posed for a photo with staff.


Royal reporter Emily Andrews shared this photo of the beautiful countryside in Snowdonia.


Another stunning photo of a rainbow shared by Kensington Palace's Instagram.


Finally, the Duke and Duchess met men from the Vale of Clwyd Mind Men's Shed project in Denbigh. They visited the Peace Garden that has been developed by the project and will be shown a wood work session. The visit concluded with a performance from the 'Musical Meatballs in Mind' choir.


A great shot of William meeting a little girl.


Kate brought back one of her most popular coats today: the Reiss Angel fit and flare coat. Readers will recall the Duchess first wore it Christmas morning in 2011 and again in 2012 for a visit to St George's Park. It's a staple piece and a stylish choice from Kate's to-die-for coat collection.


The £325 military-style garment is from the brand's Autumn/Winter 2010 Collection. It features a large wrap around collar and smart multi stitching detail.

REISS

Kate wore a black turtleneck and black jeans underneath.


Kate sported her trusty Aquatalia Rhumba boots.

Nordstrom

Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Pear Drop Earrings. The 18K gold earrings are available at Neiman Marcus for $740.

Kiki McDonough

Kate wore her hair in a lovely ponytail today; it's a great look for her, quite youthful and perfect for the unpredictable weather conditions.


At the Outdoor Centre, Kate changed into her Brasher boots. They are still available at Amazon.


You can view an arrival video here and a video of Kate abseiling here. It's always lovely to see William and Kate in Wales, as the couple have a great fondness since their time in Anglelsey.


With apologies for the delay in posting; a prior commitment proved more time consuming than I had anticipated. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)

233 comments:

  1. Sarah Maryland USA20 November 2015 at 16:04

    PERFECT!!! Finally!!! And like I said in your last post..she needs to recycle more items from 2011 and 2012 because those are my favorite! And she did! And she wore her hair in a nice pony! Amazing. Loved all of it.

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  2. Such a great day today! Many worthy events and the Cambridges seem in high spirits! It was rather sparse reporting on the earlier events, or have I missed alot? Loved their little fun climbing event! And looks like they did as well. Especially loved that when Kate was lowering down William; she laughed and said "William, how much do you love me?". Their interactions are always so amazing when they get sporty!

    Also, when I'm writing this I haven't seen any reports yet from the Mind Men's Shed event. But I have to say, it sounds like an incredibly important one. Adult males are probably the ones that carry around the most stigma around mental health so this is a really poignant visit!

    On the look, it was very nice. Loved the ponytail. A good classic look that worked well with changing between the events. I'm especially fond of her citrine drops!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.21 November 2015 at 00:45

      Rebecca, I always love what you have to say. You are the voice for me in this post too!

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    2. Love your comment, Rebecca...33


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    3. awwh. That is so sweet Rebecca and 33.

      I love this blog.

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  3. Phenomenal. She looks so wonderful today. Great coat and ponytails looks so so good on her!

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  4. Well she wore pants! Very appropriate! She seems to really do well with kids and activities. I think the coat could have used a belt... But that a very minor thing!

    Tropical Yankee

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    1. I agree that she does her best in relaxed situations. I don't think she's a fancy kind of girl as a default so this is probably more in her wheelhouse :)

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    2. I loved her comments also Rebecca. How cute.
      They said she also said that when she was holding the rope that she liked that situation because it put her in control for a change. :)

      Actually, I was so pleasantly surprised she asked William that cute question. Fun. And that shows they are very much loosening up and are more comfortable now even zwhen wearing their "Royal" hats, figuratively speaking.

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    3. I agree anon 18.50! They especially relax in these sporty situations. Great!

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  5. Certainly no apologies necessary Charlotte.

    Thank you for another lovely page in your excellent blog.

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  6. The photo of her climbing is reminiscent of the photo of her climbing as a child, the photo with her hair in little pigtails.

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    1. I agree. Alot of people have commented on that :)

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    2. Spunky then and spunky now....33

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    3. A part of this blog where she participated in the outdoors game is Kate’s strength. She gets all due credit when it comes to that kind of activity. In that way, she is very much Pippa’s sister, who is active in sports. She also seems to delight in it, has the stamina and daring for that kind of adventure. That is very good as a companion to her husband and for her growing children.

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    4. definitely Queen material...........

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  7. Deliah, United States of America20 November 2015 at 16:34

    Charlotte, your post was WELL WORTH THE WAIT! thank you for all of the information and links. I think TRH has a great time today, I do enjoy seeing them together at these joint appearances -them are such naturals. Imagine having all those cameras and all those folks concentrating on you - how intense! So thank you thank you Charlotte. I will keep checking back for any possible updates. I wish everyone a safe & happy & FUN week-end.

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  8. Finally the Duchess heard us and pulled her hair back this time. She looked great from head to toe!! nothing to fault!!

    I have these earrings and I simply love them!!

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    1. I really don't think she pays any attention to us. This engagement called for a pony tail and pants.

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    2. Whether she reads us or not, Kate no doubt remembers the Welsh wind that nearly swept the Queen off her feet when she visited William. And perhaps grey and black are in remembrance of the French as much as because of the weather. Note, however, that Kate blossoms when she puts on red!

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  9. Thanks for posting! She is beautiful and I love the coat, the ponytail, and those boots, but I don't understand why she had to keep the coat inside. That looked out of place, definitely weird, especially in the pictures where they are sitting at the table. C. from Italy

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    1. I think they just sat down there for a while before going out with them and looking at a foodtruck.

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    2. Maybe because she was cold

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    3. yep. I think it was a quick in, look see, and then out again.

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  10. Yes! Yes! Yes! I think these types of visits are Kate at her best. I don't even care what she wore today because she was so engaged and happy that what she was doing was much more interesting. I hate public speaking and don't do it well so I completely understand that difficult task, but if she can polish that aspect and become more confident in that role along with her great willingness to get involved in activities, she can really become a strong force for her causes.

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    1. I think she definitely improved on her public speaking, she was great a few days ago and that speech was awesome. Where would the fun be if she was perfect at everything from the beginning? ;) Love watching her grow into her role.

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    2. me too. And, she is doing so so very beautifully.

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    3. Never said a single thing about her being perfect. More about being confident in that part of her role so that she is more relaxed about speaking. Her voice being heard is important for her causes.

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    4. MusingLen--you rock! You just wrote what I having been thinking. I love that the Cambridges are placing the spot light on such important issues that affect young people the type that can easily fall through the cracks. Mental health with its gamut of issues which is a big, big deal even though it is not talked about much, perhaps because of the stigma attached to it; homelessness, it is heartbreaking that young people are actually homeless; young people who are troubled for whatever reason and now have an outlet because of some very caring individuals in our society. This is good, good stuff and blessings on all those who care and are caring for our young people.

      Of course, I would be remiss if I did not thank, the wonderful Charlotte for her blog. You my dear, deserve
      many accolades for the fantastic job you do. I hope that whatever you pursue in life that you come out on top because you show and seem to possess all that is needed to success: the drive, passion and dedication. All the best.

      Anon LA

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  11. Hello everyone,

    Thank you so much for your comments. It was a lovely mix of engagements today. There's a very funny quote from Kate who asks "William, how much do you love me?" whilst holding the rope :)

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    1. Haha, yeah! I commented on that. Sooooo cute! Those two get me every time!

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    2. When holding the rope for William she also said she loved that because that put her in "control for a change". Insightful and sweet.

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    3. Totally agree.

      Anon LA.

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    4. I love to see the playful and fun side of William and Kate. They really make a cute couple! You can definitely tell there's a healthy friendship and love there. Charlotte, thank you so much for the great post! It's such a wonderful way to start the weekend!

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  12. Charlotte thank you for always adding interesting info! I always think you have a wonderful husband allowing you to spend time on this!

    I think the thing I most appreciate from following Kate is the genuine love, friendship, support and interaction between her and William and today was one of those extra special days where we saw a lot of fun interaction. I also appreciate the way in which Kate engages with those she meets - meeting them at their level, laughing and chatting. She must obviously be a fun person!

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    1. I agree! They always seem to gravitate towards each other and they must have a great comfort in eachother: I've noticed that before they leave a car or plane etc they always seem to "zone" in on each other. It kind of looks like they're rechargeing their batteries before going out an meeting people. Very lovely to see.

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    2. We are going to see great things from these two.

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    3. I agree, Lize.

      The chemistry between them is wonderful and it's genuine. Every bit of it. And the people around them appear to be happy and comfortable in their company.

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    4. Lize, Rebecca, and Royalfan, I agree with all of you! Such lovely comments from you all! I was looking at some pictures from the Queen and Prince Phillip's wedding and thinking what a wonderful example they are to Will and Kate. Together for 68 years and still going! I agree we will see great things from W&K and I pray they can have a long, happy life together also. Royalfan, it is genuine and precious to see! :)

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    5. I feel like I'm making some new friends here...I'm from South Africa, Kate is from Texas (I have many friends from there!!! Which part of Texas?) and Royalfan from where are you? As I said previously when I was a 14 year old girl, Charles and Diana got married and she was my idol...who didn't want to be a princess at that age??? Of course, as you mature, your interest in all that changes. I was also able to understand the various sides to the sad way things turned out...I could see 'my princess' was a human with imperfections, weak points, mistakes and strong and positive points. I also learned that I have my own life to answer for, to live and to pave out with my own imperfections, weak points, mistakes and yes strong and positive points. I am sure everybody who has lived some will realize that paving out your own life never is an easy thing for anybody and that is why I am a fierce protector of people's efforts to do just that for themselves - and enjoy watching how Kate and William is trying to do that :-). In any case, I never lost my casual interest in the royal family to the amusement of my husband and three boys! So following William and Kate and Harry kind of developed from that early interest in Diana. But instead of having books and scrapbooks, I can hop over to blogs like this to follow my favorite royal couple! I wonder how some of you came to follow Kate?

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    6. O, I and Rebecca of course from Sweden!! How exciting to be from three different continents - North America, South Africa and Sweden knitted together in one place!

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    7. Arrg I hate seeing spelling mistakes just as I hit publish!! I also wanted to add - thank you Royalfan for congratulating me on my birthday the day before yesterday! And another fun thing is that I share the Queen's anniversary - my husband and I have been married for 22 years yesterday!

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    8. šŸŽ‰Congrstulations LizešŸŽ‰

      Blessings for many more.

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    9. I feel the same way Lize.

      That this is an International community is so amazing and such a blessing. Upon reflection, I think we truly get along more than we disagree in that we all have points in common upon which we do agree even with some other points being contended. And I don't think any of us, even for a second, would ever wish anything but the very best for each other. Truly.

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    10. Anon 15:44 that was so perfectly said and so succinctly, a point I've tried to make but not nearly as well!

      It's what can be frustrating at times, people who flinch at the slightest criticism of Kate, who they don't know, will hurl criticisms at their fellow readers or stand by and watch (not too often on this blog) while others do it for them.

      I would put money on the fact that the readers of this blog have much more in common with each other than they ever would with Kate :) and would all enjoy a hearty chat over a cup of coffee (or glass of wine!)

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    11. Lize (@7:35), I can relate to so much of what you say. I was a little younger than Diana and was captivated by her. There was just something about her...a warmth and sincerity that came shining through. I understood and connected with her in some ways. When she died, after the initial shock, my first thought was of "her boys" and the sunshine they lost in their lives. Losing a mother is terrible for any child, but in that environment she gave W&H a critical balance and different perspective on life. Fortunately, the seeds she planted flourished and I believe her stamp is on so many of the decisions that William has made (the most important being his interest in Kate and the realization that she was "the one").

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    12. I think William is ever mindful of the past and of his mother's perspectives on things as they pertain to his day to day life and the choices each day requires. I think he definitely did have a shopping list in choosing a wife. Miraculously for him, along comes Kate, who is everything on his list times a million and then some.

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    13. I think you are right Claudia. It wouldn't surprise me, if on the next big event, like Harry's wedding,
      if a considerable number of us didn't gather in London to do just that. Add in some sightseeing and shopping of course.

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    14. Hahaha Anon at 06:04 now that would be fun! I'm loving everybody's stories, Royalfan.

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  13. Tedi in California20 November 2015 at 17:53

    They are just adorable. Love the expressions on their faces, and their banter back and forth. Kate looked incredible, just perfect. Great post of a fun day.

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  14. Anonymous in Colorado20 November 2015 at 17:55

    Love the whole ensemble on the Duchess & the Duke looked pretty polished himself! More important causes they're highlighting today which is so wonderful.

    It always strikes me how humble these two are & that it's genuine vibes they radiate. (I'd like to think I have an accurate radar for genuineness ;-)

    And too adorable for words, their sporty exchanges!

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  15. Thank you for all of your posts, Charlotte! No apologies necessary! This one was particularly wonderful - so many smiles from Kate!

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  16. Such a great look today. She always looks so happy on these kinds of engagements :)

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  17. Gosh, it´s SO lovely to see Kate smiling, enjoying herself out and about, it´s SUCH a lovely break from all these horrid news about more terrorist attacks..... It´s so nice to see her and William interact, just nice, nice, nice.... :-))))

    Ok, I´m probably going to be horribly bashed for this remark, but the Duchess, for a change (in sharp contrast to so many "celebrities" her age), actually LOOKS her age. Her being so thin does not make it any better I have to say. But her so much obvious joy in what she´s doing (or her keen interest - like during her last engagement) just outshines everything BY FAR. So, kudos to the Duchess, who, at least so far, has not given in to the ever present need to look as if you were in your (early) twenties....

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  18. Charlotte, I think it's clear she wasn't wearing black jeans under the coat -- she was already wearing the athletic leggings we see in the abseiling photos.

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  19. I agree wholeheartedly with MusingLen that this seems like William and Kate at their best, both clearly in good form, relaxed, happy and enjoying themselves. And a nice crowd who so want to see them and engage with them, I hope it's a good reminder to them of what the Royal family means to the fabric of many people's lives and family history. My parents weren't die hard monarchists but they spoke with great respect of the late Queen Mother and King George and of the "new" Queen Elizabeth :) Sometimes I think William has been so put out by the "intrusion" he feels from his position, that he doesn't always see or understand the genuine affection so many Brits have for him, and that has spilled over to Kate a little. The more they're out and about, the more they'll hopefully realize that.

    It's been both perplexing and amusing the last few days to see the reaction of some when you have the slightest criticism of Kate or even William. I read the Berks/Buck blog for a while but came to the conclusion that it had a bit of a split personality in the posts that really ran amuck in the comments section. I think there's a very healthy dialogue and debate here, a few dust-ups on occasion but given the total number of comments it would come down to a very small percentage.

    The fact is, I'm fairly certain no one here knows William or Kate personally, so no one can say for sure what they're like. We're all operating from a little number of details that we're giving opinions on. If one person thinks she's the best thing since sliced bread but another is more critical of her, what's the difference? Both could be right or wrong because none of us know that much about them at all.

    My own daughters are fans and of certain people, and I always tell them the same thing, admire them with your feet firmly on the ground and your eyes wide open. The very nature of human beings means we are all full of flaws. My understanding is that Charlotte doesn't want this to be a strictly gushing fan site. I for one am still learning about Kate and come here to see what she's up to and how she's evolving. My opinions will likely evolve as she does. And because I've been to this rodeo a few times before :) I recognize some of the pitfalls that can affect their public role and will speak up when I think they need to change course.

    I think true fans will love it when the person they admire does a job well, but will speak up when they're veering off course because surely a true fan wants the best outcome for that person?

    Forgive the length, and Happy Birthday to Lize from SA... and not to worry, you're still young, I have a few years on you :)

    Claudia

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    1. Claudia, you must know that you are one of the commenters whose opinion is worth reading. I find your writing really balanced and important. As you mentioned, there are so many varied opinions here, everybody can find what one's is looking for. Which is one of the biggest merits of Charlotte's site.

      I agree with you about the other site, I read your comments there too and a lot else........

      About today's engagement, it was very nice to see their interaction as a couple. A lot is given to the press and to fans who can read between lines like:

      "As Kate held William's safety rope while he abseiled she said: "I'm enjoying this actually. For once I'm in control!"

      Because this one sentence shows a lot about their relationship, and their dynamic as a couple. It is a kind of a proof of William's controlling nature whether it is about a photo of the kids or who does what and when.
      Is there truth in the lot mentioned story of how Kate accomodated her life around William. Yes, I suppose there is. So they have given us more than expected. Maybe they are rich, spoilt, royals but they have the problems like any married couple has on emotional level not meant the money.

      Thanks for the "late" post, LATE is a funny word because you are always the first and only!!

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    2. Thank you Claudia! Good points you made :-).

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    3. Thanks blue27, so nice of you!

      I noticed the control comment too and smiled :) One of the stories about Kate that struck me over the years was the one from the owner of Jigsaw, who said Kate was lovely but said in the initial interview that "she needed flexibility at work to continue a relationship with a high profile man".

      I think I cringed on behalf of all women when I read that. Put aside whatever you think about Kate good or bad, imagine going to a job interview and basically saying "I just want to make sure I'll get enough time off to spend with my boyfriend"... imagine if your daughter or friend came home and told you she had said that! I'm shuddering again now!

      Maybe what concerned me more was what it said about William. Is this what he expected, that any person had to be readily available to fit in with his schedule? To drop everything when he called? And I know what some are going to say, his life is different and has different demands. But it is clear by now that he has the most control over what he does and when, and with the exception of a couple of royal requirements the Queen and Charles have allowed that.

      For those of you who don't have a partner in life yet, don't ever settle for someone who doesn't think what you do is equally important or valuable! Yes there's lots of give and take and compromise in relationships, sometimes one person gives or takes more than the other :) But in a good relationship it should all even out in the end.

      "Marriage should be a duet, when one sings, the other claps"

      Claudia :)

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    4. blue27:

      I don't think you should take that quote seriously as insight into their relationship. She was laughing and asking him how much he loved her and how now she was in control. It came off as joke.

      On several occasion William has been quoted with statements that would contradict that "he is in control." Off the top of my head I remember:

      1. In 2013 William was at an engagement playing a Playstation 4 and said “I’d like to get one but I’m not sure how my wife would feel about it."

      2. Earlier this year when he was talking about his favorite team Aston Villa and whether he would take George to a game he said, he would have to 'pass it by the missus' first.

      If you take those statements seriously you would conclude that Kate is the one who sets the rules in their home and is the one who makes the decisions regarding the children.

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    5. Claudia

      You must be a great mum, and advocate for women after reading your last paragraph+ the last sentence of yours. I think this is what I wanted to say but you put it more eloquently.

      Priscilla

      We don't know the truth. But I accept your version of it as well.:-)

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    6. Maggie - Minneapolis21 November 2015 at 17:06

      The difference is that we have seen examples of William being in control - i.e. Kate's life for most of her 20s, whereas we have barely seen examples of control the other way around - William has always pursued his career goals and dreams, even when it could hurt their relationship. Kate never did. And so on and so forth.
      Also resisting your husband getting a playstation or taking your son to a soccer game is so minor in comparison to making it impossible for your girlfriend to have a full-time job and/or pursue her career goals in any meaningful way. It's really not the same thing.

      To be honest - most of what William and Kate say about their family life makes me cringe on behalf of all women. Like when William said George is very lively and Charlotte is ladylike - the entire concept of "ladylike" is based in gendered stereotypes of what a "lady" is, and seriously, how can a 5 month old baby even be ladylike? He probably meant she is calm (esp in comparison to George) and quiet, but the association of those traits with "ladylike" is problematic.
      William saying he needs to ask the "missus" is also sexist - people discussed this on this blog when it happened so I won't go into detail again.
      I know a lot of this is just them making conversation but people listen closely to what they say, so being careful is important.

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    7. Julia from Leominster21 November 2015 at 18:08

      Those remarks to me just seemed the sort of light-hearted funny remarks couples make and I wouldn't take them too seriously.

      However, I too remember that Jigsaw remark and thought it too bad that Kate seemed to feel she had to be available at William's beck and call - and at the same time remembering that seemed to be part of the problem with Harry and Chelsy and later Cressida who faced the same sort of expectations. For Kate to have been able to hold down a job would have been enormously beneficial in dispelling the "waity Katey" that still lingers until today and pursuing her goal to be a teacher would have given her valuable experience, especially in public speaking. (Interesting that Sophie made a remark on HER work experience today - for better or worse.) But Kate is becoming much more professional this autumn and things goes the way they do - I just hope it is given thought in future generations.

      I've never seen Kate as a push-over though at all. She remained strong during the break-up and I loved her supposed comment when someone said she was lucky to have William - "he's lucky to have me!" And so he is!

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    8. As soon as I heard Kate's lighthearted comment about having control, I knew it would spin into negative comments about William. Really? IMO, this comment, similar to William's statement about "the Mrs." is just their way of being real and approachable. I think it's refreshing and don't read the worse case scenario into it. Besides, if William *was* controlling I doubt she would feel comfortable making such a statement in front of the press.

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    9. I think people are making something out of nothing.

      Shows where people's hearts are.
      The public is fickle. I didn't think anything of it and have said, in fun, similar things about my husband, who is the best husband in the world.

      When asked once if he was going to get the up and coming new fancier X-box or PlayStation, William said he would love to but he didn't think Kate would let him. (This was right after George was born, I think, and of course Kate wanted his help with the baby and not having to nag him to get him away from the video games.). That was a perfectly innocent comment he made also, IMHO.

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    10. This conversation is interesting when you look at other royal families. Many of the women and men who have married into other royal families had careers and pursued their interests beforehand. With William and Harry it seems to be the opposite. And there's definitely a vibe of sexism and gender roles with the royal family I've always been concerned with - especially when William made those comments about George and Charlotte. Enforcing gender stereotypes on children these days is definitely not appropriate.

      In any case, I didn't know about that Jigsaw comment. It certainly shines a new light on the situation. Maybe Kate's work ethic has been influenced by William all along. That's not to say Kate is not a strong woman - I'm sure she is. But she's clearly made certain decisions to continue her relationship with William. And still does now. And if William is traditional and Kate's happy with that...it might not bode well for them as role models and as long as it doesn't come out into public knowledge too much...it's working well for them so they should continue with it.

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    11. Maggie, what did you want William to do? Tell HM that he is sorry but he cannot go on a tour of Australia or attend another royal event because he and Kate had a date night planned? There is nothing cringe-worthy about the decisions Kate has made. They are HER decisions and her life, her role isn't any less significant because of them. All royal consorts, male or female, have put their wife's/husband's demands ahead of their own. It's the reality of royal life.

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    12. Julia, that is a great point about the way she handled the breakup.

      There is such a thing as silent, drama-free strength and Kate has it. :)

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    13. I hope I am clarifying this in the correct thread...

      By "demands" I meant obligations, and NOT a spouse being demanding.

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    14. Thanks blue27 you made my day! Might you have a word with my daughters? ;)

      I also agree with your comment to Priscilla, and rest assured Royalfan and others, I was not trying to spin this negatively toward William :) or make more of some casual remarks. Just an observation and one point of discussion in an ongoing conversation!

      When we were growing up we spent a lot of time with extended family in Ireland, summers etc, and one time a neighbor of the family stopped in with her daughter, who was close to my age. When they left I remarked that I quite liked the other girl, and one of the older cousins did a half snort/grunt and replied "Sure she's a house angel... but a street devil!"

      Funny how that remark has stayed with me all these years! But I think of it often, you never know what really goes on behind closed doors until you really get to know someone, and if Charles and Diana taught us anything it's that the public persona can be very different from the private one!

      Now I'm not suggesting anything like this of William and Kate, just noting we'll get various "clues" about them over the years that can be pieced together one way or another. And it's easy to look back and see all the red flags with C&D, but harder to really put yourself back in that time. And for all the younger ladies here, believe it or not, many of us oohed and aahed over how cute they were at times, how charming he seemed to her, the loving little gestures. I know, sounds ridiculous now, but at the time we did!

      But I will agree with many others that from all appearances right now, W&K seem to have a very genuine relationship.

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    15. I wanted to do a separate comment on the Sophie situation that Julia brought up. I was stunned to see the article and that Rebecca English was behind it. Just didn't seem like her at all.

      At the 100 Women in Hedge Funds event in NY, Sophie remarked that she knew what it was like to be a career woman, which was unusual for a woman in the BRF. In some bizarre attempt to connect the dots, Rebecca wrote an article saying Sophie must have a "selective memory" since "her own PR career bombed."

      I was truly flabbergasted and felt very sorry for Sophie when I saw this article. When she came on the scene, I didn't know what to make of either of them, and recognized their attempts to be "royals in the real world" were awkward at best :) Edward and Sophie behaved badly you could argue, and then Sophie had a day she must look back on as the worst of her professional career.

      But what has she done to recover? She has put her head down, and with great humility worked hard and quietly to regain trust and respect. She understands you have to work hard to achieve anything in life. And this hasn't been going on for a year, or a few years, we're talking 14 YEARS LATER!

      Because of that hard work, the time that's past, and a growing public affection for her, Sophie probably felt she could talk about her professional life again, since after all, 14 years had gone by! But here comes Rebecca asking how she could look back on that career with pride given how it bombed.

      Would any of us want to be judged on our worst day?

      Sophie did not come from money, she did work hard getting jobs, keeping jobs, trying to get ahead in her career. That's very different from full time royal work. Isn't it ok to refer to that, especially considering she was speaking to an audience of career women?

      As many predicted at the time, she bungled an attempt to be a royal and a working professional. But I think she's more than earned a second chance. Rebecca English should be ashamed, she took part in a classic DM hit piece.

      (( I haven't forgotten this is a Kate blog :) Forgive me for the diversion! ))

      Claudia

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    16. First, I personally don't take everything they say literally. Do I think William is in control, no. Do I think Kate is stopping William from buying a play station, no. Do I think Charlotte is ladylike, no.

      I just don't understand people using the fact that their life revolves around William's royal role as proof that William is personally controlling.

      My aunt and uncle just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Because of his career they lived in many places like Colorado, Hawaii, and Germany. My aunt and cousins life's revolved around my uncle's career. But no one who knows my uncle would call him controlling. No one who knows my aunt would call her submissive.

      I don't understand why people use Jigsaw as an example of something Kate was deprived of because of William. Whether William was around or not for someone like Kate, Jigsaw is a temporary job not a career.

      I think Kate was in COMPLETE control of her life in her 20s. She had her apartment in London and was able to enjoy city life. She would go home and enjoy country life. She spent her holidays in Ibiza or Mystique. Winters hitting the slopes. In between spending her millionaire parents money shopping she had a job at Jigsaw. Which I doubt she ever intended to make a career out of.

      You may not like the fact that Kate didn't pursue a serious career but that doesn't change the fact that Kate clearly enjoyed her 20s and choose to live her life the way that she did.

      Without William she probably would have lived her life exactly the same. Like Pippa and James now she would probably dabble in the family business until she married. At the end of the day is not because anyone is controlling but they are privileged and have the freedom to live their life without serious careers.

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    17. I agree about putting the past in the past and giving people the benefit of the doubt.
      Yet, after 30+ years, Carole Middleton is still referred to as a former airline hostess.

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    18. Claudia, in my humble opinion, she would have been better off not putting the spotlight on herself. For six years of her PR career (an experience she is trying to compare to that of average women), she was Prince Edward's girlfriend; a fact that is even more significant if you consider her profession.

      Also, the reference to "rare breed" among royal woman does make me wonder if it was a snipe at Kate.

      I guess it's MY turn to say forgive me for the diversion, but that is just my gut reaction to the comment you shared. (And I say that only because I was unaware of it. :))

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    19. If I remember correctly Sophie did at one time make some nasty remarks about the royal family. I feel since Kate came on the scene Sophie has tried to compete with her. There is no need for it.

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    20. Claudia, an American news anchor who covered the Charles/Diana wedding was quite concerned that Charles did not seem to be enchanted by his bride. He said something like, "I want him to look at her and be smitten." I was surprised at the time, but it's interesting that an experienced newsman would pick up on the clues so early.

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    21. I think Kate totally acquiesced to William's schedule from the day they started dating. Not a matter of William being controlling at all. Simply a matter of time and logistics, much of which, after school, was military and so William had to himself acquiesce to that.

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  20. I echo the sentiments here- perfect day for the Cambridges! We enjoy them together and it's nice that they could mix a little fun activity in there as well. Kate was polished and appropriate as always. She looked great and you could tell she was enjoying a day out with her hubby!

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  21. Such a lovely post. Nothing to criticize here.

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  22. Those videos you have included today are so so awesome. Thank you Charlotte. Does anyone know what William's response was when Kate asked "How much do you love me"?

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    1. I think he laughed and said "Yeah, exactly" or something like that.

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    2. He said, I do.

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    3. If my wife was holding my rope and she asked how much i love her it would be to the moon and beyond. I surely would not laugh like he did.

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  23. "whilst". I love it. I feel like I am in England. :)


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  24. Her personality is being shown and I really like what I am seeing and hearing. William was blessed to find Kate. She is one of a kind. They seem made for each other. genuinely.

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  25. She genuinely loves everyone it seems. I watched as she sat down next to the young man who seemed very uncomfortable. Within minutes she had him talking and smiling.

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    1. Yes, she did. She has done that kind of thing often.

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  26. I usually really enjoy when Kate's hair is pulled back and off her face but today in some of the pictures her hair is really poofy in the front (because of the bangs) and it reminds me of the "Jersey Shore" poof, kinda unnatural looking. Maybe this is just me, but did anyone else notice it? But thats just really a minor quible in an otherwise amazing day of engagements! Im sure these engagements brought back all their fond memories of living in Anglesey and you can really see the love that they have for one another!

    As for the coat, I really like it on the website, but whenever Kate wears it (except for Christmas Day) I feel like something is just a little bit off. Last time the belt was too clunky for me, and this time I feel like the turtleneck clashed with the collar. But I completely understand why she would want to wear a turtleneck, especially with the abseiling, so its really not that big of a deal! I feel like the coat really fits with the day of engagements, the color makes it more outdoorsy but still the cut is still formal enough where she can leave it on for indoor engagements without it looking too out of place!

    Another thing I noticed is that there were a lot more quotes and tidbits from these engagements than other engagements like George and the bubbles, how William would likely dislocate his knee while dancing at a pub, bringing George and Charlotte to Wales,etc. I feel like sharing these little tidbits makes them seem much more personal and more engaged in their visits, which is defiantly a bonus!

    Charlotte, have you heard anything about Christmas pictures? If they release photos, do you think they'll release new pictures? Or release ones that were taken at the Christening?

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    1. I agree with you about the odd looking hair pouf and the coat pills across her bust, not well fitted but what s wonderful day for them. Surely they brought a lot of pleasure to those they met and highlighted very worthy causes. I enjoyed reading about their interaction as a couple. They are so well suited.

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  27. I watched the arrival video. There is an exchange between Kate and a little boy at the end which is precious. She seems so thoughtful of children.

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  28. She is a natural beauty, truly. How does she stay so thin!? I don't think I realized it until I saw her in the leggings.

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  29. Maggie - Minneapolis20 November 2015 at 20:46

    Seeing Kate and William in the outdoors is always very fun and enjoyable. It looks like a good day of events, although sadly it seems like the multiple engagements seems to overshadow any of the individual causes (especially mental health). But Kate looks lovely!
    I am however shocked that no one (so far) has mentioned that the coat looks like it doesn't really fit at all over thick sweaters. The first thing I noticed is quite a bit of pulling in the chest and torso area. It looks very odd to me, but given that no one else has mentioned it, maybe that is just me. Again, Kate looks very nice and I'm glad to see the bangs pinned back.

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  30. I saw this tweet from Richard Palmer (who we all know doesn't give unwarranted schmooze):

    Richard Palmer ‏@RoyalReporter
    @KPatton79 She is starting to help have an effect on official thinking, I sense: eg prisons rethinking their approach to addiction.

    Very nice to see. I saw alot of the reporters talking alot of good things about them among themselves on twitter. It really feels like they have gotten back some kind of working relationship between the royals and the press. Very great!

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  31. Today was perfect! Kate looked great, dressed for the occassion, hair tied back and no purse for once against her crotch (I've always wondered why Rebecca couldn't carry what she needs). Perfect ending to a great week from the Princess!

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      I imagine sometimes it would be awkward to have to ask Rebecca for something, like chapstick, without interrupting the flow of the event. Rebecca doesn't sit with Kate when Kate sits with a bunch of people at a table, and it is so much easier to quietly pull out chapstick and use it without interrupting a conversation than it is to find a moment to stop a conversation to get something from your assistant. I imagine it is also so Kate has something to hold. She may even have a panic button or something in the purse.

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    2. Exactly Maggie. Her purse is usually rather flat so it's not much in it but it's a good way for her to have something to do with her hands. I've thougght about the panic button as well. Maybe Kate has a loose one she can move between them. I feel almost 99% sure that the queen have something of the sort in her black purse considering how close she always keep it. I also think she might have some kind of "suicide device" in it in case of her getting kidnapped since she sits on so much information from such a long time. Horrible things to think about but it's a reality in their life. I've seen stories on how they had to move the alarm buttons when William was little because he found it funny to run around and press them!

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    3. I think you might be right Rebecca. I mean, I like my lipstick as much as any other girl, but not enough to cling to a bag like she does. I think that truly she cannot afford to be "captured".
      You know that her bodyguards have the duty of shielding her from any potential harm even at the own possible demise. If that avenue of protection failed, would she have any other option. I don't think so.

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    4. * I was talking about the Queen and her purse, not Kate, btw.

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  32. Were there just more pictures available for the abseiling or was that an editorial choice-covering the "fun" event?

    When the end product is the calibre of your posts, you shouldn't concern yourself with any delay.There are plenty of
    sites that offer a pic-fix that don't have your finesse-for those of us who can't wait to see what Kate is up to.......33

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    1. There were alot more pictures from the abseiling event, from what I have seen. Probably because they cant let the whole herd of photographers inside with people that are suffering from mental illnesses.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis22 November 2015 at 00:07

      The whole herd of photographers wasn't let in for abseiling - only Chris Jackson was. All the events were similarly limited in terms of photographer access, but as many of us have pointed out - the Cambridges are in their element in the outdoors so that probably has something to do with the choice of focus.

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  33. I think the men who play this sport might need to be out fitted with a hard shell outer protection "shorts" for their anatomy. It might be unpleasantly uncomfortable, if not painful as is.

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    1. Hahah, I was thinking about that. It llooks uncomfortable enough on a woman but I'm not sure how William kept a straight face. It looked painful!

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    2. I can't imagine my husband and male relatives going through that. I will ask in advance for protection. Some of the hard sports have protection. I knew of a male friend of a relative who had prostate problems run in the family, there by bladder issues. Too much pressure is not a good idea; one can take preventive measures at the family’s discretion. What are wives and friends for? In some cultures, the way to get back at a man is, hit and destroy there. In this case, it is preventable.

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  34. Colour of the clothes is too dull for my taste. The coat doesn't fit well across her chest now: extraordinary when one considers how lean the Duchess looked in the recent pale blue Jenny Packham dress at the premiere. Could those jeans be any tighter?The current isuue of UK's 'Grazia' magazine reports that Pandora Develigne (a friend and personal shopper) assisted Kate in the choosing of the recent floral Erdem dress & the blue Jenny Packham.

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    1. Nicole from France21 November 2015 at 17:49

      I did not think much of the floral Erdem dress ..... (not that I liked the state banquet one too !) , it seemed out of proportion, sorry to say it reminded me of an Ikea lampshade ..... I Liked the Jenny Packham a lot more, very elegant !

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  35. I love her look today, but Kate has grown a size since the early 2010's. The coat is just too tight on her and is pulling across the bust, at the waist, etc. She has had two babies. Bodies change, even her extremely thin, well-toned frame. Time for a big wardrobe try-on session, and alter or donate or auction for charity whatever no longer fits!

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  36. Those boots again...and they are looking a bit worn.

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  37. I love William and Catherine's jokes and just how relax and truly happy they are with each other. Besides respecting and valuing each other, they seem to really be great friends. It's in the more casual venues that I think we get to see the regular side of them and they do seem so approachable. =)

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  38. omg i loved everything kate wore today i just love that coat the color is fantastic and finily her hair was perfect my favorit was how she is with the children so happy to see them and william holding that little girls hand was so touching and kate with how do you love me was the crowning glory thank you charlotte for a great post have a great weekend everyone

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  39. I like how she adjusts the collar of the coat each time she wears it. Was the coat designed to be worn that way or did she have it custom tailored with the added button to secure it in place?

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  40. What a difference a day or two makes!!
    I'm guessing this is proof that Kate DOES read her press since she was pretty much a laughingstock for the way her hair was blowing around and she was fiddling with it the other day. It very much distracted from the event and really, really had people and media commenting that she needs to do grown-up hair vs. college girl hair. Her hair was, yet again, the focus of her event and not the event or the cause itself.
    And I also expect William's advisors have worked on his perpetual frown/pout when in public among his future subjects, he looks far less grumpy and antisocial today than he has at past public events.
    Love the Reiss coat and her outfit today was appropriate and comfortable - and warm, it looks like it was a bit chilly.
    Their interaction and Kate's smiles today remind me of how they were pre-wedding and during the US/Canada tour, being themselves and being young, fun, 30-somethings vs. acting and dressing like 70-year-old pensioners.
    As so many have said, I'm sure it has to do with the place and the activities, they both certainly treasure their time in Wales and the private, unroyal life they led in Anglesey, pre-wedding and pre-children.
    I would hope this is the new old William and Kate and they've shed that antiquated image they've been projecting in the last few years. We all love Downton Abbey but we don't want our 21st century future monarchs to be LIVING and dressing as if it were 1924!!
    Charlotte, any word yet on what the plans for Christmas will be? I kind of expect them to spend some or most of it at Sandringham with the queen and Prince Philip. And happy anniversary to them today, BTW!!

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    1. laughingstock???????? really?
      Perhaps today she knew she would be wearing a helmet, scaling a wall, and repelling a 40 ft. one.

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    2. I too think "laughingstock" is a bit much. Different day, different "requirements", as Anon 1:54 stated.

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    3. Maybe William just has "resting B***th face" when he's listening.

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    4. Tedi in California21 November 2015 at 05:16

      Kate will never be a laughingstock. She is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but more importantly, she displays compassion and love for everyone. She seems to be a most charming and lovely person.

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    5. Elizabeth might have put it in her own way, but Mr. D/London from the subject blog two days ago had put it as was, about the “fringes”.

      Yesterday, as soon as I found the video, tried to watch and listen. The distraction was too much from the speech, so I couldn’t continue watching. Today, as the subject here comes up again, I tried to challenge myself to tolerance and tried to watch it, but along the way find out if my resistance was legitimate. I have read the speech before the video, could not finish the video, so today, I timed the ratio.

      In less than a three minutes speech, she shook her right head to shake away her hair from her face and eyes 33 times and pushed the right side of hair with her hand twice. Well each to his own, it was somewhat dizzying taking away from attention to the speech.

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    6. I think it was just a poor choice of words in that one sentence, the entire comment was relatively positive overall.

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  41. Love the "conversations" between William and Kate today and her comments. So sweet. I think William thought Kate asked him Do you love me, not how much do you love me, because I think he said I do.

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  42. Maggie - Minneapolis20 November 2015 at 23:44

    Seems like photographers are disapponted again about lack of access to events - seems reasonable given even the number of Chris Jackson photos used on this blog. Doesn't seem like a good idea to restrict access to so many events to just a single photographer, but even more so when that photographer is dating a member of the Kate's staff.

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    1. I did see that, one said it was the worst royal day in 25 years. I'm not sure what was behind it, they were too steamed to even talk about it yet.

      It's beyond frustrating, ten steps forward... five steps back.

      Remember, none of this exists without the royal photographers, who are really amazing at what they do.

      Sigh.

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    2. Maybe for security reasons..But I know of three but how many do they need to take photos.

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    3. It could have been tight quarters up there but it doesn't help when you pick the person who's seeing one of your assistants... imagine that in any other professional/business setting.

      And you do need more than one for all the future engagements, their workload will only increase hopefully, there is generally a steady crew of royal photographers who cover them, many of whom Charlotte uses here. You need to cultivate a relationship with all of them, it's a two way street "you scratch mine, I'll scratch yours" type mentality :) Neither can exist without the other.

      I worry William seems to think he can exist without them, through social media etc, use an official photographer (like the White House) and release your own photos. Not a smart long term strategy, and not at all wise for the British taxpayer, the press exists so the powerful can't control and manipulate what you see and hear. If that's what you want, I hear North Korea is lovely ;)

      If nothing else, one of the key roles of the BRF is to support and promote British business. The British press come under that, and are having a tough enough time as it is. It's not just the reporters and photographers, it's the thousands of others who work behind the scenes, not to mention the hundreds of connected vendors.

      That meeting at KP certainly seemed to help with the correspondents but the photographers were left out and are still feeling substantial chill. This is one area I really hope they correct, and quickly.

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    4. Really? They seemed happy right after the event. Must have happened when I was asleep. These events were indoors with mentally fragile people. I think it would be irrisponsable to crowd in all the photographers there. I thought stuff was looking up! Can you point out which were complaining?

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    5. Anonymous each photographer works for a different newspaper or news outlet so they should have more than one
      Especially the one who.I hear is dating someone on the Cambridge's staff

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    6. There were only two who complained. The rest seemed satisfied. With many engagements spread across town it is possible theirs were not the best positions and other people's pics were chosen for headlines and such. As there was no shortage of great shots yesterday, I say better luck next time.

      Chris Jackson is becoming the new Arthur Edwards, who was the go-to photographer for exclusives and trusted for his loyalty. He was used by the whole royal family. To be fair to him he already started getting exclusives way before dating Natasha, particularly with Prince Harry in Lesotho. He only started dating Natasha last year.

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    7. Julia from Leominster21 November 2015 at 18:13

      The problem with mental health is that unfortunately, there IS a stigma - even as William and Kate are working to dispell it. And people with difficulties can be nervous, sensitive or embarrassed or could face teasing if recognised. So I suspect that is the reason why the press has been limited on some of these engagements and pictures have been controlled - most likely to those who know they are being photographed and have consented. The press won't like it of course but privacy must be protected.

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    8. Rebecca - Mark Cuthbert said it was "quite possibly the worst Royal away day in 25 years for so many reasons" and that he was having a drink to forget the "various debacles" :)
      Mark Stewart chimed in "ditto".. and added he needed a large gin & tonic -
      Neither would elaborate and others were suspiciously quiet... usually they'll chime in with opinions so I'm thinking they were too steamed to tweet safely :)

      Photographers are mostly independent contractors these days and have to put a lot of their time/money out on spec... it's a very tough business.

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    9. Maggie - Minneapolis22 November 2015 at 00:05

      James Whatling, Mark Cuthbert, and a few others have been complaining regularly, including about this event. And today, Chris Jackson posted pictures of front pages that his pictures made, and another photographer replied with something along the lines of "wish we got the same opportunities as you."
      Here's the thing - maybe it would be irresponsible to crowd in a bunch of photographers around mentally fragile people - Kate and William SOLELY use Chris Jackson for these types of events that require limited photographers. Why not switch out the photographers, either per event during a day, or at least between days. They also let only Chris Jackson take the abseiling pictures, and I'm not sure why only one photographer should be allowed for that, especially since as we have all pointed out, the Cambridges are in their element when in the outdoors and so those photo opps are the best.
      Frankly I think it's ridiculous to only let one photographer get all of these opportunities (he got a bunch of front pages and no one else did), but especially when he's dating Kate's personal assistant. Not only is it blatant nepotism, it is also incredibly unfair to photographers who do a great deal to promote the Cambridges' image by showing up to events and who don't take pictures of them in their private times. It's also clearly a way to control what pictures are released of a certain event - controlling what the public gets to see or know about an event, and ensuring negative things aren't talked about. Chris Jackson got access to all the indoor events and the abseiling, whereas the others literally just got pictures of the Cambridges arriving/departing at a location and the walkabout.
      And this is after they already make it difficult to get good pictures of their arrivals/departures because they never acknowledge the photographers on their way in.

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis22 November 2015 at 00:16

      And realistically, if they were really concerned about protecting mentally fragile people, they would do the visit entirely privately without allowing any photographers (or would have the organization snap pictures or something). But that makes it harder to promote themselves as people who do enough to deserve taxpayer funding, so they let a photographer in. It's all about control and manipulation. I wouldn't be surprised if they even have an agreement with Chris Jackson that he photoshops the pictures he takes of them before releasing them to take out any forehead lines, etc., in return for being allowed to take the pictures.

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    11. Any argument the photographers have is undermined by them going on social media and complaining about it. Its childish and unprofessional. Band together and contact KP together. Refuse to photograph any event K&W attend. I assume that would have a greater effect then whining about lack of access on Twitter.

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    12. Some bosses may not support their refusal to cover the events, perhaps. It wouldn't take many though in my estimation. Good Idea. Complaining is one thing, but whining....., ugh.

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    13. With all due respect, Maggie, I think you are overthinking this. First of all Chris only got the Snowdonia section. All other indoor functions in Caernarfon were given exclusively to other photographers. At least two other different ones. And as I said before, Chris has been getting exclusives way before dating Natasha, so it's a bit unfair to say she's responsible for it.

      Courtnee, I agree with you. I think there is a better way of handling it. But it probably shows that pictures of Kate sell way more than other royals because they still choose to go to her events in spite of the competition when there are many other royal jobs. They complain about Arthur Edwards too by the way who was once the go-to person for these things. Tact and loyalty earns you the royal family's respect in return. That is why they trusted Arthur and maybe now Chris too.

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    14. Julia, I think you hit the nail on the head.

      Here in the U.S., there are so many laws protecting even just a person's general medical privacy, let alone something like mental health. I can understand why the usual media group was prohibited from covering those events.

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    15. I think Courtnee and Renny have made some excellent points.

      And I also believe it is inappropriate, and potentially damaging, to make assumptions and start rumors about a person who is a private individual.

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    16. Regarding the subject of fragile people, Maggie, the royals (not just the BRF) have been doing this for a while. They are bringing attention to the cause/charity. It is only in poor taste if it is spun that way.

      And speaking of spinning, my head is right now.... LOL. On the one hand, work done privately or behind the scenes is meaningless, yet having aspects of it photographed may be detrimental to the people involved. Perhaps the fans here could sign a white flag and send it to Kate as a supportive Christmas present. :))

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    17. I hope you all don't mind me taking a moment to gently defend the photographers :)

      First, they all have numerous fans and followers on Twitter who regularly look to them during and after a royal event to post their photos. When they're not posting, or are not happy with what they've posted, they'll say why. And why shouldn't they? Please let's not go down the path of trying to sugarcoat the reality.

      Second, my understanding of the situation, and what has been intimated several times, is that they've taken their complaints to KP and they've fallen on deaf ears. When they've raised the possibility of boycotting events, they've been told more or less "go ahead, we can take and release our own photos"... it's not a good situation at all. KP also acts in what you would call a childish fashion - they "punish" different photographers at different times if they don't like their behavior by restricting them at official events. It's a mess.

      I'm not sure if the communications staff is incompetent (I doubt it) - I'm more inclined to think their boss butts in a little too much. But this is one area that needs major work and quickly.

      Also, I don't think Arthur Edwards was ever the "go to guy" as much as he has just been around the longest! In the 80's and 90's there were several photographers who got scoops on a rotating basis - including the one woman Jayne Fincher! Tim Graham comes to mind, I'll have to think of some others.

      I'm never implying that the British press is without sin, but the reality of royal life is you have to find a way to work with them, a way that works for all involved.

      Here's what I'd like to see for starters: When KP releases new photos on Twitter, they should hold some that are given exclusively to the newspapers.

      I'd also like to see KP use the same rotating basis that's been used in the past for events, official and personal occasions, cultivate a relationship with all of them... as they saying goes "it's a lot harder to hate up close" :)

      Claudia

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    18. Very good thoughts Claudia. I think your plan would work great.

      Kate's team. Are you listening?

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    19. RF,
      Like THAT will ever happen. NOT. :(

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  43. Kate always moves so gracefully, so naturally regal and elegantly if you will. So poised.

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    2. Indeed she does, ladies. (In response to Anon 23.46 and 15.50)

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  44. LOVE! Kate looks fabulous! Love her look today from head to toe! Her hair looks great, I love the coat (oh to have Kate's coat collection), and best of all her beautiful smile! William and Kate looked happy and relaxed. I love how they engage with everyone they meet making them feel comfortable. They both seem so genuine and cheerful. Kate's conversation with little Theo was too cute!

    William and Kate certainly make a FABULOUS couple and I think they are precious together. The interactions between them today were so cute. It's nice to see a bit of the fun loving side of them! I believe the future of the monarchy is in great hands!

    Happy Anniversary to HM and Prince Phillip! 68 years is quite a long time! Congratulations and here's to many more anniversaries together!

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  45. Sarah from Calif.21 November 2015 at 00:49

    I am so thankful they are helping to bring Mental Health out ......we need that in our country more and more...
    Always liked that coat! Just need to lose a few pounds to fit in it.

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  46. Charlotte -- I don't know if this would be of interest to you or any fellow readers, but maybe in a period of downtime we could do a "Why We're Here" type post :)

    I've thought of this a few times in recent weeks, I'm personally interested in why Charlotte started this blog, how she's noticed it change (if at all) as it grows, and what her "mission statement" is for the blog and the debate and comments it generates.

    I'm equally interested in why readers are here, where they're from and why they're interested in Kate and/or William.

    I know many value their anonymity and I'm not suggesting a full reveal! For instance:
    I was born and raised in UK but married in US (where I live) and feel we are on the verge of very fluid times with the monarchy. I am mostly interested in how William (and therefore Kate) is handling his role, and the changes that we'll see after the Queen dies.

    My aunt was a huge Princess Margaret fan, wanted to know every detail of what she wore, what she did (this makes me chuckle now, funny how the characters change but patterns of royal watching remain!) and she and I started watching Lady Diana Spencer when she was still in Coleherne Court :)

    I am mostly interested in William and the future of the monarchy, and started checking in on the blog because Kate is a part of that obviously! I view her quite positively overall but as I've said before, am sometimes not sure what to make of her. So I'm here to watch and learn... and of course listen to the rest of you!

    Claudia

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    1. I too am looking at the future of the monarchy and am not all that interested in fashion and Kate's supposed fashion "faux pas" (except I do agree about her hair at one engagement this week). I read this blog for the photos and Charlotte's wonderful commentary. I like that she is never catty and always focuses on the positive things that Kate and William are doing. There's enough pettiness and cattiness in the world. I wonder sometimes why I read the comments because Charlotte's post is quite lovely enough. Some of the comments take the joy out of it.
      I am 63, a Montrealer who married an American and transplanted to Arizona. I lived in England for two years in the late 70s and well remember Diana and all the fuss over her. I like that Kate doesn't seem at all caught up in being a celebrity and is just enjoying being a mom and is using her position to champion causes that she thinks she can make a difference in. I think she is a good example for us--be yourself, don't be afraid to make mistakes. I love that Kate and William are genuinely in love.
      I believe that when Queen Elizabeth dies and Charles takes over the throne (if indeed he outlives her), William and Kate will take a more prominent role but that we will probably see a totally different "Prince and Princess of Wales" than has ever been seen before. Just as Charles and Diana were totally different from anything that had preceded them. I hope that W & K will continue to be happy and natural and as normal as any other wealthy young couple can be. The world could sure use that naturalness and kindness.

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    2. Claudia I for one really like this idea. Especially considering that with the holidays coming up, their appearances will stop for a bit and it would make for some interesting conversations on here :)

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    3. I really like your idea Claudia too. I once suggested similar post when there was a huge pause. And I got a lovely answer and encouragement from Charlotte to start a blog too.

      So why are you here stories could help to accept a bit more others who have got "negative"/different opinion of the same subject. I think what our opinion are influenced by are: age, country, sex, personal taste, family status etc.

      I hope it comes true.

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    4. Wow Claudia this is great...I actually just now posted the exact same thought - how did others came to follow Kate - and reading down through the blog - (just love lazy Saturdays) - when I come upon this idea of yours. Understanding where we all come from might help us understand our sometimes fierce different perspectives :-)

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    5. Thanks for all the responses, I'm glad it resonates with others here!

      And Lize I just read your lovely post :) I thought in recent weeks it might be a good idea to see where people are coming from, it doesn't need to be War & Peace... Charlotte could post a brief update on the blog, maybe some of the first photos she noticed of Kate, what got her interested, her favorite looks so far and what she's looking for in the future.

      And the rest of us could chime in in the comments section... a little getting to know you, online cocktail party if you will :) I'm relatively new, having only been here this past year, I know many others have been from the beginning, and there's a definite sense of that here, as recent events in Paris brought home.

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    6. Hi Valerie, :)

      Did you happen to read (in that previous thread)
      the information on Mishy that I included?

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    7. Thanks for sharing Valerie. :)

      I agree with everything you said about W/K, except I do love fashion so that part I also enjoy.

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    8. Claudia,

      I think that that is an Excellent plan. I think it would be a definite enrichment to the blog. And little pathways to peace amongst us.

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    9. Claudia, I like that idea and I only hope it isn't turned into a post where the "buts..." eclipse the reasons for following the blog. And regarding Coleherne Court...OMG...when I read that I thought, yes, she's the real deal. :)

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    10. That's funny royalfan :) You know, after the crash I thought of those days often, and how even at 19 she deftly handled the swarming photographers, even when she was alone in her little car. That she ended her days in such appalling company is tragic and heartbreaking all at once.

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    11. Claudia, I remember those days well. Some of the images are so clear in my mind...even after all these years. It was a situation she managed with humility, humor, and grace. And IMO, Kate did as well.

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    12. Not so deft. The photographers took advantage of her inexperience to photograph her with the sun shinning
      through her summer dress.
      I'm not sure which "appalling company" you mean-the photographers who were surrounding her car? the paramedics
      who delayed transport to hospital? the RF, who ignored and disowned her?

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  47. Kate could just archive your blog Charlotte and have an amazing family album of a large portion of their lives. And an excellently done one at that. (She might choose to delete the comments sections perhaps though.)

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    1. Or have Rebecca delete the nasty and stick-to-hornets ones and keep the others. There are some delightful comments in the section. It would likely do her a great deal of good to know how much she is admired and respected by so many of us. (Just as it would for any of us to be secure in knowing that we are appreciated for our work and our humanity.)

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    2. I agree Philly. With the proper editing, the family photo album here would be complete.

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    3. Are you saying that Charlotte does not edit the posts properly 1644?

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    4. I don't think that's at all what 16.44 is saying. But there is a difference with the level of commentary you can have on a general subject on the internet with strangers and another one if you're gonna show it to the person being talked about. And you know that as well bluhare, we all know you're not stupid!

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    5. Actually, Rebecca, that is what I thought she was saying. She agreed with Philly who made a comment about the comments. If not a comment about Charlotte, it certainly is a comment about the posts could be edited to present a picture that person wants to be presented rather than the entire reality.

      If that makes me stupid, I will wear that mantle with pride today!

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    6. Proper editing for a family album. I think that was very obvious.

      Charlotte edits naysayers just fine for a public forum like her blog. The comments on other sites are way worse. But that wasn't the point.

      Stirring up trouble from a perfectly sweet suggestion, huh. :(
      Prime example of what people have often complained about here.

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    7. There shouldn't be a difference. That's always been my point. I think Kate is well-aware of what is being said
      about her. I think she and William laugh over it, if they pay attention at all. I don't agree that it is ok to
      make some of those comments about some people, but not others. They are unacceptable.

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    8. Exactly the way I understood it, Rebecca. Exactly.

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    9. "Or have Rebecca delete the nasty and stick-to-hornets ones and keep the others"

      Yes, anonymous. Very sweet. Not talking about the family album at all, although I suspect they have plenty of their own. I was talking about characterisations made about postings here.

      Perhaps you could ask me what I meant before launching. That would be much more polite and create a much nicer dialog.

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  48. I think today was a slam dunk. Many good quotes and many great pictures. And a very happy couple. I feel Kate has become more confident and more open since she returned. I also think how sweet it was in their last engagement, in the Men's Shed, when an old man kissed her hand and kept calling them "the kids."

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    1. Thanks, Renny, for the "slam dunk". I had do look it up on the internet to find out what it means.. ;-))) That´s one of the MANY reasons I love this blog. It´s even enlarging your vocabulary... :-))))

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    2. That is so funny Eve. I can relate. I usually google the menus of any of the restaurants William and Kate have visited because I am a "foodie" and love that. On the menus there are very often things that I have no clue what they are, like "rocket", "haggis", and many other things. I have had to google things that people have texted here to. We are becoming more cosmopolitan day by day here. :)
      And I love the way Charlotte uses "whilst". Makes me feel like I am in England. :)
      (Just wondering Charlotte, does anyone in England say "Cheerio" anymore?)

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    3. Yes Eve, it's the same for me: I LOVE the way I am learning a lot of new words - it's never boring at all.

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    4. Julia from Leominster21 November 2015 at 21:01

      I wouldn't have thought to use "Slam Dunk" in a million years but it just fits perfectly - it was a great day combining fun with important engagements involving mental health and homelessness. Like Elizabeth pointed out above, I too thought Kate was just sparkling with the crowd and it did remind me of when she was first engaged. I think the enormous success of her engagements this autumn has really increased her confidence and I'm so excited about the India tour next year - as well as what may come next.

      I've always liked that grey coat and with the tragic events of this week, it seemed to be perfect - subdued yet elegant - maybe just a little snug because of what she was wearing underneath. It has turned bitterly cold. I know her figure hasn't changed too much because of how the grey dress fit. A very good look.

      As someone pointed out this happy and worthwhile engagement has been a huge bright spot in a week of such sadness and so many painful stories.

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    5. I was going to say "10/10", but I like "slam dunk" way better! Yes to what everyone said about liking how this blog and comments section enlarges "one's" (as the royals say) vocabulary. :)

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    6. Glad to provide a bit of word stimulation to all. I use slam dunk all the time, thanks to my nephew who loves his basketball.

      Julia you are right to remind us of the painful stories this week. With the world struggling to find peace and respect for each other I sometimes wonder why we are debating about the little petty things. But Kate and the royals bring a little bit of sunshine and relief for sure.

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  49. By the way, I loved her coat, any of her coats, all coats, she is a coat person:-))

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  50. Perfect outfits for the events!

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  51. I Love that coat!

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  52. I've been a long time reader but never left a comment. Thank you Charlotte for this amazing blog. I usually go to the Daily Mail because they have such great pictures but I HATE all the negativity over there. Your blog allows me to ignore everything but the pictures and just come here and read and get my information straight from you. So thank you for this site!!!

    Today's post just made me smile. Kate looked amazing. The hair, the coat, the silhouette was very elegant and beautiful. And then for the sporting engagement she looked young and fresh.

    I love how they are focusing on mental health. Something I noticed is that they are setting a pattern which keeps the focus on mental health and their previous engagements are not forgotten, its a continuation.

    For example, in October they did the mental health day. Then they did the trip in Scotland that focused on mental health. A lot of articles mentioned the mental health day.

    When Kate did he speech the media talked about how William and Kate have been busy with mental health and again referenced the day in Scotland and mental health day.

    Today a lot of articles are mentioning the metal health day, their engagements in Scotland, Kate's speech. Its keeping their previous work fresh in people's mind and the attention on mental health bigger.

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    1. Oh, Daily mail is ONLY good for the pictures! Glad you've found your way out of ther!

      I like that they are doing this "theme". In Sweden the royals have theme years so to speak. This year the focus has been on immigration and refugees so the King and Crown princess has gone around to different homes and schools and met refugees. I think it's a very clever way to get a deeper coverage of a situation.

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    2. Oh yes, I remember Sofia and Carl Philip also attending the refugee concert. Having a "theme" keeps the topic in the headlines.

      Mental health is a great umbrella theme for Kate. Action on Addiction, Place 2 Be, Art Room, EACH, all involve helping people cope mentally. To be honest, almost everything has elements of mental health. I'm sure the women she met when she visited the prison have gone through a lot emotionally. The visit to the fostering network, those kids have probably have gone through so much in their lives. Mental health is a great way to tie all together.

      I feel like William's "theme" is conservation. With Tusk Trust, his trip to Washington, trip to China, he is constantly keeping conservation in the headlines. Conservation is clearly something he will continue throughout his life.

      Harry's "theme" is wounded soldiers and vets. The Invictus Games is something I can see him continuing for the rest of his life and continuing taking it around the world. I bet the next games after the US will be in Australia.

      Kate doesn't have anything like that. Mental health can be her "theme." Like conservation, veterans, mental health is a universal issue. I would love to see Kate in the future take a solo trip to Washington and give a speech on mental health.

      By the way Rebecca, Every single time there is post and I come across your comments I wish i could favorite them. Your comments are always insightful, polite and and objective.

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    3. Exactly Priscilla, it's keeping it in the headlines! I have seen this early intervention theme starting to build a while ago for her so I'm not surprised at all that this is the way her theme is going. Williams theme is conservation, but it doesn't seem as cut out yet. Probably because it's more politically challenging in terms of sounding too political. Harrys work with veterans fits him perfectly! I like the way things are going!

      Oh, and thank you so much for the compliment!! I try my best!

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  53. Just want to thank you again for such a lovely and excellent blog, Charlotte. The Bentley of Blogs. :)

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    2. That rings SO true. "The Bentley of Blogs".

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  54. Loved today's postings and comments. Like Priscilla from California I just look at the pictures on the Daily Mail site, and skip the negative comments, and come here for the content.

    I've never posted before, but the comments above about why I come to this site encouraged me to reply. My mother was Canadian and even though she became a US citizen when she married my father, she always kept in touch with the Royal family. I to did over the years, from pre-Diana days to now.

    I appreciate this site as I learn so much! Thank you Charlotte for making this the best place! - Ruby US

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  55. What I have begun to think is that Catherine is becoming much for confident in herself all around and people are starting to notice. She is becoming more at home and confident in her own skin. Her looks, marriage, motherhood, her role within the family, etc.

    Obviously she still has a way to go but don't we all? I hope that William and Catherine continue to grow together in their roles as husband and wife, parents, friends, family and in their ever changing royal roles.

    I sincerely hope that the last six weeks, or so, is just the beginning of Catherine's blossoming, or perhaps gaining her feet, in her duties. There will always be things she could do better when it comes to details or fashion but the platform they have chosen is obviously something she is very passionate about. That passion and concern has been more visible to me, perhaps to others as well, in the last six weeks.

    Now that she seems to have found a cause she is passionate about and enough comfort in who she is along with gaining her "royal footing" I hope to see her soar in her role as Duchess of Cambridge.

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  56. Ahhhh....very nice! Catherine looks elegant, engaged, and finally we can really see her face without the distraction of the fringe!

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  57. Don't know if someone else posted this link. But here's a better video.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I_sdXXsDDhQ

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  58. the duchess looks I enjoyed they both have fun

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  59. Do people in England still say, "Cheerio"? :)

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    1. I have no clue since I'm not brittish. But I noticed the interviewer at the spectre premiere said cheers to all the people he interviewed :P

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  60. Nice article...

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3328712/Exclusive-royal-pictures-reveal-stunning-dance-mad-young-Elizabeth-husband-Malta-swoon-couple-s-time-island-194.html

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    1. Neat article. I'd never seen those pictures before. Thanks for sharing, Royalfan!

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  61. Love it! "William, how much do you love me?" Looks like such a fun day! Thanks for another great post:)

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