Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Cambridges to Attend ICAP Charity Day, a Recap of Kate's November Engagements & Very Royal Christmas Gift Guides!

Hello hello, dear readers,

We begin today's post with news of an engagement announcement for William and Kate on Wednesday, 9th of December. Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess will attend the 23rd annual ICAP Charity Day in London.

ICAP

The couple will meet the company's brokers on the day and perhaps close a few deals! It's very fitting for the couple to attend this year, as proceeds raised will go to Kate's patronages SportsAid and Place2Be, and William's patronage Skill Force. A substantial amount will be raised on the day - over the past 22 years the charity days have raised an astounding $120 million for worthwhile organisations.

ICAP

It promises to be a very fun day with a host of stars and celebrities joining William and Kate to raise funds. You may remember Kate was scheduled to attend back in 2012, but had to cancel because she was ill with Hyperemesis gravidarum. Last year Prince Harry was there along with Damian Lewis and Cheryl Cole.


Hopefully we'll hear another couple of engagements announced for December.

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With all quiet on the royal front this week, we thought we would recap Kate's November engagements. We did this last month and found it very interesting to look back at the days' events and Kate's sartorial selections (perhaps we'll make it a regular feature, if you would all like that?).


Things kicked off on 7 November, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first appearance at the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. Kate's choice of attire for the night, a black lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana proved quite divisive with some feeling it was too similar to the lace Dolce & Gabbana dress Kate wore back in October. I think the key word for the look was appropriate; it's an event where one wouldn't want to steal the limelight or wear something new and edgy.


As always, it proved to be an emotional and reflective evening with a very strong turnout by the Royal family. I suspect we'll more than likely see the Cambridges attend the festival quite regularly from now on.


The next day, Kate was joined on the balcony of the Foreign Office by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the Countess of Wessex for Remembrance Sunday. Kate selected a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat with velvet trim and a Sylvia Fletcher hat for the occasion.


On Friday, 13 November, Kensington Palace announced William and Kate would undertake a tour of India next spring. Royal tours are undoubtedly the most fun events on the royal calendar with dozens of varying appearances and looks showcased. Several of you have been asking when exactly the tour will take place. We should hear specific dates in the New Year, but until then dates between February and April appear to be the top choices among royal commentators and writers.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

On Thursday 17th, William and Kate travelled to the French embassy to the sign the book of condolences following the tragedy in Paris. Kate repeated a black swiss dot print suit she last wore to sign the book of condolences for Nelson Mandela. Again, a very appropriate choice.


That evening for the Fostering Excellence Awards, just days after the tour announcement Kate, debuted a new Indian designer, Saloni. Wearing the brand's popular Martine Crinkle Effect Dress and a new pair of Gianvito Rossi pumps, it was a classic Kate look. I expect we'll be seeing more Saloni designs over the course of the tour.


Kate gave remarks at the event and presenter Holly Willoughby described her as "so incredible, beautiful and graceful. Chatted with everyone so naturally".


Kate repeated her dove grey Matthew Williamson dress for the Place2Be Headteacher Conference on the 18th. As with many of Kate's appearances in November, it was very much a case of fashion coming second.


There were talking points on the day: first, Kate gave an excellent speech in support of Place2Be and spoke of how lucky she was to have a "wonderful and secure childhood". Aides described the speech as "very much her own", a fact which was evident by the text. The Duchess is planning to give more speeches moving forward, and she's clearly been practicising her public speaking, which has improved immensely. You can view the speech here.


Second... Yes, you guessed it, the fringe. Unfortunately Kate's fringe proved to be quite the distraction during her speech, and has been throughout engagements when her hair is worn down. I had a fringe some time ago myself (a one time, never-to-be-repeated experience :)) and I recall just how difficult it was to style my hair around it. It's such a pity Kate no longer avails of James Pryce's services, as the two had a stellar partnership which produced fantastic results.


That evening, Kate attended a dinner for the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre at the Kensington Palace state apartments.

Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre

Last Friday, the Cambridges carried out a day of engagements in Wales focusing on mental health and young people. Kate repeated her Reiss 'Angel' coat and Aquatalia 'Rhumba' boots for the day which saw the couple receive a very warm welcome.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

It was a very enjoyable day with several great quotes. Speaking about Christmas the Duchess said: "I haven't started yet, but George will be starting to talk about Christmas soon." William said George and Charlotte "are doing very well" and that "Charlotte is getting bigger and getting on with her noisy big brother".



It was fun to see the couple interacting as they enjoyed abseiling at the Outdoor Adventure Centre in Snowdonia. It was Kate's first attempt and she was determined to do well: "Not that we're competitive but if he climbs that wall I'll have to do it too." Kate also chatted about missing Anglesey and the mountains.


What were your highlights of the month? Your favourite looks?


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Also today, we were discussing royalty-themed gift guides on social media during the week and I thought it would be fun to compile a few for those searching for (or hoping to receive) a royalty-themed gift under the tree this year. We've created three which you can view on our 'Gift Guide' page. Below, A Very Kate Themed Christmas Gift Guide.



And the Repli-Kate Gift Guide includes excellent bargains.



A Gift Guide for royal fans with ideas for kids too (I highly recommend the Walkers Shortbread Royal Family Tin as a stocking filler).



Please do let us know if you've discovered any great royal gifts and share the links in the comments section. We'll be back in a couple of days with our annual Black Friday post.

Wishing all our readers across the pond a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

116 comments:

  1. I like these recap posts :) Especially when it's the months with more engagements because sometimes it can bunch together in your mind and it's nice to get it refreshed. It was a nice month of engagements. I think my favourite must be the balcony appearance just because I loved seeing her with Maxima. But otherwise there were many that I liked. I few big steps like the Rememberence festival and a speech. Lot of warmness and her usual smile :) Unusually much mourning, I noticed now when we got it listed. Usually it's only the rememberence day she's "dressed in mourning" but this time it was 2 other events on top on that. Another thing that stood out this month is how Kate stepped in for William. All very good signs for the future :) And a nice month overall, fringe and all! :P

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    1. I also love these recaps Charlotte. Great Idea. Catherine was fantastic in all her engagements.

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    2. I agree 100%. Well put Rebecca.

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    3. Charlotte,
      I Love These Monthly Wrap Ups! It's Extra Helpful if I haven't been able to check in as regularly as I'd like:( & Now with The Shopping Suggestions, This is Truly My One Stop Shop, for All Things Kate & UK!:)

      Rebecca,
      Great Post! I Totally Agree! (Big Surprise:)
      Happy Thanksgiving To All The Americans Here & Peace To All Who Are Suffering in Europe with All This Scary Stuff! I Can't Even Imagine, & Pray For You All Daily!
      Peace,
      Becca USA

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    4. Julia from Leominster26 November 2015 at 13:52

      I love the royal monthly review, Charlotte - a great feature - especially when engagements are apt to come so close together.

      It's been a very interesting month with both a broading of engagements which is exciting and new designers. Now looking forward to December.

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    5. Hope your Thanksgivig weekend has been enjoyable so far also Becca. We are all so busy but so glad we make the time for this blog. :)
      What a Godsend. My prayers are with those in Europe also.

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  2. What a treat, Charlotte. Thank you very much!

    My fave item was the coat she wore in Wales. I loved that!

    I think her speech was the most important things of the month. Despite her fringe.
    I hope we can hear her a lot more.

    Lovely selection of Christmas gifts. Certainly we all could pick one or two.:-)

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  3. Thanks for doing that Charlotte! I, for one, enjoy looking back on the month in a succinct format. Kind of puts it all in perspective in my opinion. Completely agree about James Pryce. No one seems to be able to replicate his fabulous results. Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow American posters!

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  4. Why doesn't she use James Pryces services any more?

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    1. Oh please, please, please Kate, do yourself a favor and start using James Pryce again. You deserve it.

      James Pryce, whatever you did, if anything, to cause that separation, please, please, please make amends, promise to never reveal to anyone any aspect of any conversation you have with Kate, hire trustworthy and discreet assistants and hurry to help that girl. hurry. hurry. :)

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    2. Happy Thanksgiving to all in the U.S. I love Thanksgiving. It is a wonder to behold. Gratitude is such a POWERFUL thing and would that we all would carry Thanksgiving in our hearts daily, yeh? We have so much to be thankful for, and even our challenges go better and often leave more quickly with a thankful attitude, as hard as that may be at times. I love to see families gathering with an attitude of gratitude and fellowshipping over food. Talk about making memories. Love it.
      So glad someone thought of establishing Thanksgiving day. Blessings to all of you from the bottom of my heart. xo

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    3. The British settlers in the New World were instructed by their sponsors back home to celebrate their first successful harvest with a Thanksgiving service. We have been feasting thankfully ever since! Turkey, family reunions, football, and the last gasp of autumn before the holiday rush. It is a lovely day.

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    4. Anonymous 22:51,

      Happy Thanks Giving to you, other Americans and all who observe.
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      Now, the history part.

      "The British settlers in the New World were instructed by their sponsors..." your quote

      I am not sure that information is provided to you by a reliable source.

      The general mouth of word and history I am familiar with is the following.

      The Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in USA with the help of Native American Indians who taught them how to grow necessity food like corn, potatoes etc on the new land. If they separated for religion freedom, and were forming a life in the "new country", why would they need their "sponsors" instruction from England to celebrate.

      This is meant sincerely to know the part of history you mentioned which is new to me. It also sounds like, if their sponsors were later to follow them, they were then also to become a part of the Pilgrimage? If you provide me with the source, I will appreciate it.

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    5. One source: http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmah/thanks.htm

      The Pilgrims' celebration was not the first, though of course it is the most famous. I originally heard the history of Thanksgiving from guides in Virginia and Massachusetts.

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    6. http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmah/thanks.htm

      Thank you for the link.

      The closest, statement I found to your quote in that link, is the following /second paragraph.

      “In the same year, Jamestown colonists gave thanks for their safe arrival, and another service was held in 1610 when a supply ship arrived after a harsh winter. Berkley Hundred settlers held a Thanksgiving service in accordance with their charter which stated that the day of their arrival in Virginia should be observed yearly as a day of Thanksgiving…”

      Tour Guides in Mass. and Va. might alter history as fits some purpose, not that they actually did or do, but that possibility is there.

      I am not here to prove or disprove anything, only to have reliable sources and be informed. The rest is a matter of interpretation. There are so many sources and Thanks Giving seemed to have evolved with centuries and American circumstance and history. It is indeed very much an American Holiday beginning with Native American Indians and the first settlers.

      I look forward to watch the following video posted by PBS over the weekend on line.

      http://video.pbs.org/video/2365615188/

      I already did my shopping on line in early and mid November thankfully or unwisely. Some things I bought are marked much higher and look reduced. Other items are so reduced, I wish I put the money aside for those. I think the best Black Friday sales are the big items like TV, electronics, fridge etc Thanks Giving passes so fast, and may be the interest in its history passes as fast as well. It is one of the best heritages and identity of America for a young 400 years old country.

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  5. It's the end of November already?! It wasn't a really interesting month for Kate's wardrobe. My favourites for November remain her blue dress with a belt and the 'Angel' coat. It's probably that time of the year that almost everything is dark or greyish.

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  6. Charlotte, this post is wonderful! What a fun way to recap a great past couple weeks! I LOVE the gift guide pages. I have to admit I already have several items in the "Very Royal Christmas Gift Guide". :)

    It has been a busy month for Kate and I think she has done a lovely job bringing attention to her charities and causes and representing the Royal Family. I enjoyed listening to her speech and I think her words were heartfelt and sincere. I always love seeing William and Kate work together as a team and do joint engagements. The banter between them in Wales was sweet and shows the love and friendship they share. I think my favorite was the Festival of Remembrance. I watched the entire program and the Brits do a fabulous job of showing respect and honor to their veterans. From the stories shared, scriptures read, to the music played, the night was meaningful and beautiful.

    As far as the moments that weren't the best (the fringe), I want to affirm you Charlotte for always speaking so eloquently, even when the topic of conversation is not the highlight of Kate's appearance or engagements. I like how you worded it " a one time, never-to be- repeated experience". That was too funny! I think we have all had a bad hair experience a time or two in our lives. My worst was right before my wedding when I got a horrid haircut and my soon to be husband found me sobbing in the ladies bathroom at Bed, Bath, and Beyond unable to gain my composure. It is a shame she does not use James Pryce's services anymore. He always had Kate's hair looking fabulous!

    Thanks for the recap and fun post! I hope my fellow American readers have a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day with family and friends. I know Charlotte we are all thankful for YOU!

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    1. Oh, that's right! You american folks celebrate that soon! Happy thanksgiving you Yankees ;P Hope you all have much to be thankful for and lots of food and company!

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    2. Kate, SO nicely said. :)

      Charlotte's "one time never-to-be-repeated experience" was funny. And thank you for sharing about your BB&B experience. How touching and how sweet. Pre-wedding Jitters can be comical, right when we are striving so for perfection.

      Concerning bad hair days, I, myself, stayed in my dorm room for at least a day or maybe more and missed classes and cafeteria due to a "new" hairstyle. I thought I was in for the semester. My friends intervened, thank God, and I continued my education without the world coming to an end because of a style worse than fringe. :)

      My favorite for the month, other than their commitment and involvement, was the courage Kate showed in climbing that wall and the courage Kate showed in repelling the other wall, and I also very much loved the sweet banter between them. I also thought it was very revealing how Kate candidly, but humorously, showed us her misgivings about the 40 foot drop by her so cute expression and comment right as she began that descent. How many of us would have climbed the wall or repelled the other, even back in the day? Kudos Kate. :) Kate conquered any fears she may have had about all that and in such a gracious way. I am sure she has had to do that many times since meeting William.
      Like walking down the aisle at Westminster in front of millions, meeting and assimilating into the royal family and lifestyle, and facing the ever uber critical
      world media every time she goes anywhere. And she handles it all with such strength, grace and subtle aplomb. Definitely one in a million and definitely Queen material, IMHO.

      Thank you for the kaziilionth time Charlotte on yet another excellent and oh-so-enjoyable post. :)

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  7. I forgot to add that I loved the words used by Holly Willoughby to describe Kate, "so incredible, beautiful, and graceful." What a lovely affirmation! That's how I would describe her and I think many other readers too. It's nice to see someone who has met her give confirmation that Kate is naturally a beautiful person inside and out!

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    1. Tedi in California25 November 2015 at 15:20

      I totally agree, Kate.

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    2. I agree Kate. :)

      And remember, one of the authors of an early Kate book, I forget her name, said of all the people she interviewed and spoke with about Kate, no one had even one bad thing to say about her. That seemed to be the media consensus, and you know they had to have tried to find something on Kate. One reporter even said she was so envious that everyone who's met Kate had only good things to say about her.

      Not that Kate is perfect, but she is perfect for destiny that chose her.

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    3. *the destiny that chose her.

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  8. The suit that The Duchess wore at the French embassy or for the Mandela condolences is not the best choice. I think that she should buy a proper black suit for the mourning/condolences occasions. In alternative she could use again one of the coats of the Remembrance Day. And in these occasions she should wear a (black) hat too, in my opinion. She is a royal lady and she has to follow the appropriate dress code (like we do at school, work, formal occasions, etc).

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    1. I think she strikes a good balance actually. It would be different if they were big polkadots (although, Camilla has worn that to a funeral). And the hat, to me, only works for the Queen nowdays. It can seem a little distancing in a culture where hats are not worn as they used to be. And again, the pictures I find of Camilla signing them, she is without a hat. You might notice the ambassador in these pictures as well. She is wearing a coloured scarf over her black dress. I think that not going fully black can be a sign of hope and future. So I have to disagree with you.

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    2. Signing a book of condolence is different from attending a memorial service. The suit was respectful and humble at the same time, if that makes sense. IMO it would have been over the top to wear a hat on this particular occasion.

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    3. I agree with you yet again RF. :)

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  9. Tedi in California25 November 2015 at 14:59

    Happy Thanksgiving....I am thankful for this delightful group, headed by delightful Charlotte. It's always a treat for me to escape into our Kate world for a while, and I look forward to more exciting events coming in the new year. We all may not agree on everything, but it's such fun to get together, and learn about other view points. Sometimes I wish we could see one another, to put a face with the voice, so to speak. Anyway, I love Kate. I remember when I first saw a picture of her, years ago, and thinking she was someone very special.

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    1. That's what William said he thought also when he first met Kate, Tedi. :)

      And with people starting to verbalize a desire for us all to get together I think the probability of that happening is getting stronger and stronger. I myself am starting a little slush fund just for that. I would want to stay at the Goring or Mandarin hotel, definitely have a cool place each day where we could all meet up and each day take London by storm. :) Would it ever be the same? Maybe even a day trip to Bucklebury, if we have the time?
      And of course, a very British afternoon tea, a double decker bus ride and a call made from a red British phone booth, visit to Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Westminster Abbey...............
      Actually, meeting anywhere in London with you all would be heavenly and even if we just stood in front of Buckingham Palace all day and talked, I would be a happy camper. :)
      Let's definitely make this happen sometime, and soon. :)

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    2. Tedi, Happy Thanksgiving to you. :) I also recall the first time I saw a picture of Kate and I had the same impression. Outwardly, it may appear that Kate is the lucky one, but I think William had the winning lotto ticket.

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    3. Thank you all for your lovely comments and positive feedback on monthly recaps.

      Thanksgiving seems to be such a special, meaningful holiday. I hope it's a wonderful, relaxing day for all of you :)

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    4. Tedi in California27 November 2015 at 07:00

      Thank you Royalfan. Always enjoy reading your comments. I enjoyed Thanksgiving with my family and friends. Delicious food too! Love this group.

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    5. My story of Turkey
      Growing up in another country in my youth, whenever I visited my married eldest sister on some weekends and summer, there were those turkeys (I think two). The iron fence separated the neighbors’ who were of European descent from my sister’s house. They were noisy turkeys, as kids we watched them with fascination. Our best national dish is Chicken in all its glory with its boiled eggs in the stew. Turkey? They were just something to marvel at, eat turkey? No way!

      I came to America, and some years I worked for companies that gave whole wrapped turkeys to all their employees /not live! I used to immediately give it to whoever is interested to struggle or eat “that turkey”. Over the years, I got engaged with someone from my country, and he happened to get turkey from a different American company he worked for too. All employees from management to everyone in between received them. He was good; at least he brought it to his bachelor apartment, which I sometimes also cooked there. I encouraged him to give it to the neighbors’, and they happily accepted.

      Life is full of irony, and we happened to move to another state. My future cousin in law who I happened to go to school with threw a nice Thanks Giving dinner with all the trimmings of a beautiful and huge roasted Turkey a few months after we arrived in our own home.

      I have been to Indian Thanks Giving party, Dorm Thanks Giving party, but my first Thanks Giving Turkey was prepared by my future cousin in law from the same country. I had eaten turkey in a club sandwich (triple toasted sliced bread-mayo/lettuce/sliced tomatoes/bacon/ham/with the ham my mother would have denounced me for eating ham/Christian observation). To cook The Thanks Giving Turkey became my yearly ritual after that first cousin in law roasted turkey. Well, I confess except this year, and years Thanks Giving dinner is a pot luck, and I don't volunteer to roast turkey. One year I took a store bought full roasted turkey as a back up to the main hosts, my nieces. Roasting turkey is a skill I am most comfortable with if eaten in my own home.

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    6. 15, thanks for sharing about "the turkeys". quite a history there and funny also.

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    7. My turkey and my mashed potatoes turned out perfectly this year for the first time ever. lol
      I have been famous in my family for mashed potatoes that people could put a fork in and lift the plate. never again. yay. My turkey was moist and delicious. I am in awe. :) Just sayin'.

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    8. Anonymous 00:13,

      You are very welcome.
      Their memory gets refreshed some years when I see live turkeys on TV. That takes place when US President pardons the two turkeys. This year’s pardon looked funny. Kids from California named the turkeys which already got pardoned and will live happily ever after in Virginia. I am not sure if it is a couple though.

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    9. Anonymous 00:19,

      Congratulations!

      I have been there. The doubt of a cooked product and complaining every excuse "it got to be the bad pot, or I for got to put this, or that, to what not..." I know the feeling of conquest especially if the turkey comes out "perfect".

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    10. Thanks, 15. :)

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    11. 15, 19, 13- I just skip the whole thing and make spaghetti.

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    12. Lol, don't think that would go over at all as my family has generations of turkey tradition. But the thought of a couple of big pizzas, delivered, actually did cross my mind about half way through meal prep when I noticed almost every pan in the house was being used and every burner, the oven and the toaster oven, and every serving dish. All of a sudden the kitchen felt like it was closing in on me and that nothing would be ready in time. I powered through that momentary panic, dismissed the pizza idea and a good time and meal was had by all. Great memories. And my family did the clean up. so thankful for Thanksgiving. :)

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      Cheers! to the adventurer who makes the family roll their eyes any day of the year.
      Xo, peace.

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    14. The spaghetti was just for me. I served my time in the trenches. I know that feeling of being overwhelmed
      amidst it all. Fortunately, we usually went to Granma's, singing "Over the River and Through the Woods the
      entire way.

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    15. lol. I think we can all relate, 18:10.

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  10. Hello everyone,

    The post is updated with news William and Kate will attend ICAP Day on 9 December.

    Wishing all of you celebrating a very Happy Thanksgiving :)

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    1. Tedi in California25 November 2015 at 15:10

      Looking forward to that added event.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.26 November 2015 at 02:53

      Lovely post Charlotte! I happened to watch the Festival of Remembrance on YouTube, the whole thing. It was awesome, and great to see Her Majesty. How trivial the debate about Kate's dress seemed after watching that.
      Kate and William are doing Brilliantly, IMHO.
      Thank you for keeping us up to date.
      Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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    3. Thank you, Charlotte.

      Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates. Stay safe.

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    4. Hi Charlotte. If Kate does start picking things up and doing more than a couple of engagements a week, I personally think that you should not worry about being first out of the block with posts about them especially if they're paced very close together. I know you've got your husband to think about now on top of school and work, so I want to say that I don't think you should run yourself ragged trying to get everything up immediately. You already work on Christmas Day!! Maybe one weekly post about upcoming engagements and a weekly recap of them or something along those lines?

      It may surprise everyone, being the little ray of sunshine I am here, but Mr. bluhare says I get a bit cranky if I have too much to do and not a lot of time to do it in. You do not want to bite Mr. Charlotte's head off if he gets a bit on the annoying side by making snide comments about your priorities and procrastination (that last part is me recalling a particularly memorable event) when you're trying to get things done. So this reader says she doesn't want you knocking yourself out if the pace picks up!

      The other thing I got out of this post was Harry and Damien Lewis were together in the same room and I missed it!!!!

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    5. Thank you, I think multitasking and balance are the key words. The blog is a great joy to write but unfortunately it does have to come second at times and prioritising kicks in, I hope to keep covering posts as quickly as possible when time allows with the odd delay here and there.

      Speaking of Harry, so lovely to see him in Lesotho again.

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  11. Tedi in California25 November 2015 at 15:05

    P.S. I loved the Matthew Williamson dress at the Place2Be event. Loved her speech too, even with the fringe distraction. Also thought she looked adorable in Wales, when they were repelling together. Always fun to see them interact with each other.

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  12. Love the shopping guides. How did you do that?????

    Love your selections too. That is such a clever way to do shopping guides Charlotte and a lot easier also.
    Thanks.

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  13. Ana B. from Brazil25 November 2015 at 17:26

    Hey, Charlotte! Great post, thanks!

    It's been great seeing Kate promoting her patronages and causes close to her heart more often. Hope it can start shutting some mouths down.

    I absolutely agree with you, James Price is greatly missed. Since he's gone, Kate's hair has never had that "oomph" anymore.

    My birthday is next week but I got an early present this year: my fiance got me sandals that look identical to Kate's Stuart Weitzman Minx, here's the link: http://shop.corello.com.br/anabela-tresse-natural-7365.aspx/p
    I'm very happy :)
    And I bought a dress from Finery London that reminds me the white dress Kate wore in Australia, from Zimmerman: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VfFSNAGbp_w/VXrTWmRgw8I/AAAAAAAAVrk/iG4hHhvW-pM/s640/Evelyn-Dresses-White-Finery-London-01.jpg

    Thanks for sharing those incredible guides!

    Can't wait to see the Duchess again in weeks :)

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    1. Ana, the sandals are identical!! Wish I could purchase a pair of those for me LOL
      And the dress is gorgeous and bares a strong resemblance to the one Kate owns indeed. But I guess it looks better in real life...That model isn't helping at all. What an awkward position!

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    2. Ana, you will look smashing in that outfit. Yay for your fiance!

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  14. Thanks Charlotte for the wonderful post. I really enjoy the recaps of the month and able to look over all the appearances. Please keep on doing this ;-) it also helps to fill the void of time with no engagements. You can really tell that at some point this year a conscience decision was made to step up their royal game. I am loving the results and hope that it can continue. Kudos to Kate for so many recycles of past favorites for engagements too. It is great seeing outfits on repeats from years ago.

    I hope all the fellow posters from the US have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. Safe travels for those going to meet family.

    I love the gift guides that was a wonderful idea.

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  15. I'm really eager to find out who made that black swiss dot suit. It's so hard to ID it because it's several years old by now, and lots of companies make similar items. :/

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    1. I have mailed ALOT of companies a while ago and none of them can confirm it's theirs... I think this one might end up being one of the UFO objects unless someone stumbles on it by chance.

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    2. Julia from Leominster26 November 2015 at 13:10

      For what it's worth, that suit is quite old - by Kate standards. It's the suit Kate wore to Ireland during the break-up in 2007 - there were some charming pictures of her holding a glass of wine. Later she wore it with a hired hat to her first Garter ceremony. What Kate Wore did a piece on it on December 11, 2013 but it remained unidentified at that point. Kate used quite a wide variety of designers before she got married so it's rather hard to pin down. She also wore much more interesting shoes.

      I think it works fine as a suit for condolence signings - I know I designate certain things in my wardrobe for sad events - perhaps because they become associated with those events, I don't use them for happier ones - it may be the same for Kate.

      As to happier events - Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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    3. Oh, I am well aware of the facts on this suit Julia :P I've looked around her (now) usual suspects and others but as you said, it's a long shot and I got no answers. But it's fun to try :)

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  16. Great recap thank you, please keep it as a regular. My favorites were the two repeats (african cat dress and dark green coat).

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  17. Yes!!! The recaps are very enjoyable, especially when things are slow on the royal front as you mentioned... :) Thank you so much. I loved the D&G for remembrance day as well as the "Angel" coat. She looked comfortable and happy. Her hair is so lovely when it is pulled back. It is a shame it does not perform as well when left down... Oh well.

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  18. Thank you Charlotte for another lovely post,I was just wondering if there are any updates on whether we might see photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte released soon.I really wish they would,Charlotte must have really grown in the past few months.Surely they must realise the public are so keen for more recent pics of these adorable children!!

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      Yes we will and I expect it will be within the next two/three weeks maximum. It will be lovely to see them both and how much they have grown.

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    2. Julia from Leominster26 November 2015 at 13:14

      I was looking at some of the books commemorating the length of the queen's reign and again I noticed how many photos there were of the young princesses - although I don't know if they were all released at the time. Of course, at that time, it didn't even seem likely Elizabeth would become queen - it was assumed her uncle would marry and have an heir.

      So it's ironic in this media age, that we have so many fewer photos of George and Charlotte - making a huge market for illegimate photos.

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    3. I wonder how many of those pictures came out at the time of them being taken and how many came out later. I remember that some childhood pictures came out just a few years ago. Same with all the generations. Although, I seem to remember hearing that the queen was in magazines etc rather often on the wish of her mother since that family was the cute young family that people could gush over. Some say in an attemt to take focus of David/Edward. But I know that the Queen for example complained about the press, accknowledging that she understood there was an interest in the kids but that she would not release more pictures.

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  19. I would love to see a recap post each month.

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  20. Just wanted to say that I've enjoyed the recaps at the end of the month and looking back over what the Duchess has done and worn. Would love to see this as a regular feature! Thanks for all your hard work, love reading this blog! :)

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  21. Thank you, Charlotte. This is a great idea. Looking forward to it continuing.

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  22. This time, my favorite look is not an outfit. My vote is for the looks between W&K when they were in Wales. It doesn't get better than that!

    And I would love the Emma Bridgewater mug, but with shipping it comes to about $50 for a single mug. Ouch. (Santa, are you reading this? :)))

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  23. I'm surprised Kate's bangs draw so much attention...though I'm not sure why I'm surprised, since the poor girl can't do the slightest thing without coming under the microest of microscopes. Guess that comes with the job - although I do really think it is all a bit much sometimes. I happen to think Kate's fringe looks great. As it happens, a couple of weeks before Catherine cut her bangs, I cut mine. I am the same age as Catherine. I hadn't had bangs in seven or eight years, and I was ready for a bit of a change. My hair is essentially identical to hers: long, brown, thick, naturally voluminous. I haven't stopped receiving compliments since my change in hair style. Sometimes a girl just wants a bit of a change, and there's nothing wrong with that. As with everything else, Catherine pulls off her fringe beautifully; it looks very sexy on her. I can't help but think that those who seem to criticize her endlessly for the slightest thing that they don't find perfect about her or her choices aren't perhaps just a wee bit envious. And, you know, envy - unlike a fresh new cut - doesn't look good on anyone.

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    1. Thank god for your comment, your so wright!

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    2. If you watch the speech she made, you'll see how awful the bangs look. Not professional at all. I can't understand why she wasn't advised. The speech was greatly publicised too. The bangs look ok normally, but not during the speech.

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    3. Julia from Leominster26 November 2015 at 13:49

      To Anonymous above - I don't think anyone is jealous, or that Kate replicates are going to go around tossing and fiddling with their hair and pushing their fringes out of their eyes in envy of her. Let's not go overboard - Assuming motives that don't exist - like constant hair twirling - doesn't look good on anyone.

      Kate is in public life and what she wears and does will always be scrutinised - and she knew that when she married William. She is not alone - European queens and princesses and politicians and politician wives worldwide- not to mention celebrities - also have their looks analysed and other royal ladies from Maxima to Victoria also get unfavourable comments on their hair -as well as praise when something looks well. Letizia's new cut has gotten a lot of postive attention. But the most important thing is that an event never becomes about your hair - rather than your message - no matter whether you're famous or not.

      Kate has lovely hair but also has the not so lovely habit of playing with it. Long hair can be sexy but nervous habits aren't. Fringes are tough at the best of times - as someone who wears a fringe because I have a high forehead - I know they require constant upkeep to look their best and growing them out can look very scraggly - and in retirement now - I often let mine do!

      For someone giving to touching their hair a lot like Kate, fringes are not a good idea. Her constant head tossing looked very unprofessional in that speech. It's a small matter but still one that should be corrected.

      Having played the grump, I will now say I loved all the outfits Kate wore this month and was enormously pleased with the engagements. As for her hair, I thought the best look she ever wore was the low chignon at the Academy of Arts Creative Industries event back in 2012. It showed off her long neck, and the interesting neckline of the dress and was both neat - unlike some of her other updos - and yet soft enough not to be severe. I don't know who did that look but I would bring him/her back immediately.

      I do know many of us may have a time when a stylist has done a perfect look for us and then find the next time it doesn;'t work out the same. Still, I feel that would be an excellent professional look for Kate - letting her keep her hair long - but giving a polished appearance. She has also worn some lovely demi-chignons in the past which keep her hair off her face but still show off the length. Her hair is a wonderful gift - but with all such gifts - should show her to advantage and not detract.

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    4. Anon 4:09, I think Kate's bangs give her face a lift and they look fine in some photos, but it was unfortunate that she had to struggle with them during her speech. The message was an important one and she did a great job of acknowledging the audience, but the bangs created an unfortunate distraction.


      Having said that, Julia, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the envy factor as it pertains to Kate in general. And I will reiterate Anon's reference to those who "criticize her endlessly for the slightest thing". That is the key and it is distinguishable from constructive criticism. When it's consistent and delivered with passion, veiled or not, I have a hard time seeing it for anything other than what it is.

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      I totally agree with you. Every word:-)

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    6. I agree with Julia as well. Had to dust the macro off so I could say that.

      I do think Julia can dismiss envy from the criticism, royalfan. Reading the criticisms here I don't detect a single note of envy at all. And it is one of the most tired arguments out there, don't you think? I'd rather be critiqued on what I say, not some invented attribute that probably has more to do with who said it than me.

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    7. I agree RF,

      doesn't take a rocket scientist to ascertain that.
      I am astonished at how paranoid people on this thread are of the "e" word. It is what it is, and it is obvious to more than one, more than once. basic human nature, no surprise. And it at the root of many behaviors/opinions.

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    8. bluhare, with all due respect, I think you missed the part where I wrote "as it pertains to Kate in general." Anon 4:09 made a general observation and I responded with my own. And there is nothing "tired" about it; it is human nature, as Anon 19:51 stated.

      Anon 19:51, I do agree with you regarding the responses to the "e" word. It does make a case for "the lady doth protest too much".

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    9. In *your* opinion. As people here throw out the jealous/envy card out all the time, I disagree with you. I also didn't realize 1951 is the expert on human nature. Good to know in case I have questions.

      But, in the interest of actual conversation, what do you think of people who will hear nothing against Kate? What are their motivations? If it's human nature to call people envious when they disagree with you would you be OK if I started to categorize those people who disagree with me in some way? Personally, I don't like labeling anyone but I am interested in what you would think if I started to throw motivations out to some people here. I somehow don't think you'd like it.

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    10. Julia from Leominster27 November 2015 at 07:32

      I'm not quite sure which lady is protesting too much - me or Bluhare but I think I must "protest" - I'm not the least envious of Kate nor have I ever seen signs that Bluhare is. The few things I might be envious of in royal life in general don't seem to be things that Kate particularly values - such as taking part in events that are part of a long history such as the garter ceremony - you wouldn't find me missing one.

      I do have a pet peeve though and that is ascribing motives to people without knowing them well - and I prefer freedom of expression that includes disagreeing with critiques but without assuming ill will behind remarks. This blog is so diverse with people from different nations - who express themselves in different ways. And everyone's taste is different. Envy is certainly a human emotion but assuming someone is envious simply because you view them as unduly critical is like saying someone is naive because they like everything, or needy because they seem to want to believe in a fairy tale.

      We all bring to this blog - or to any blog - our personal experiences - some of us - myself included - come from a background where judgment is important - and I tend to see Kate as part of the royal family as a whole - and see the family in an analytical way while still being an ardent believer in the institution. Others are just here to enjoy a pretty princess and there is everything in between. I actually believe if there was such a thing as an "envy meter" people who praise quite a lot might be found more envious than the harshest critic.

      There is one royal I'm harshly critical of and that is Camilla but I'm not the least bit envious of her rubies or her husband. Bluhare - far more tolerent - and I have shared discussions on this and I have reasons for my dislike. Others are far more forgiving. But my criiticism doesn't mean I'm envious of Camilla - nor do I think another participant here who has also been quite critical here is envious of her either. Sometimes, when tempted to attribute motives - it's good to look from a different perspective.

      I'm definately putting myself at risk of protesting too much but it is far more a wish to keep personal attacks, whether specific or general, out of blog life - and to keep this wonderful site a thoughtful and friendly place.

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    11. Julia, I responded to you @ my 15:52 comment. The rest was not directed at you and I'm sorry if you took it that way. You are critical of Kate, but your comments do not come across as being personal towards Kate.

      bluhare, I do not believe that the envy card is thrown out "all the time." Considering some of the more persistent criticism here, I think it is a rare comeback. And I find it interesting that a general mention of it results in such a strong dismissal the concept.

      What do I think of people who will hear nothing against Kate? Well, if that was directed at me, you didn't read my first comment in this thread, and some others . But the bottom line answer to your question.....it makes sense that they would choose to follow Kate and participate on a blog dedicated to her.

      Regarding your statement that you "...don't like labeling anyone but I am interested in what you would think if I started to throw motivations out to some people here." Well, I find it a wee bit ironic given a couple of your own statements in this very thread... "I'd rather be critiqued on what I say, not some invented attribute that probably has more to do with who said it than me." Or... "I also didn't realize 1951 is the expert on human nature. Good to know in case I have questions."

      These statements strike me as the sort of "snide aside" you have advised others to refrain from.

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    12. Tell you what, royalfan. I will knock off the snarky asides. Will you agree to do the same? If so, we have a deal.

      However, you misread me yet again as we weren't talking about that in this conversation. We were talking about labeling people. Putting labels on them (the envious/jealous one being the most common) to derail the conversation happens here constantly, whether you notice or not. I suspect you would if people were labeled needy and naïve for their opinions, as Julia mentioned above. As I said, I suspect you would not like that at all, so I'm surprised you'd think it OK on the other side of the argument.

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    13. Dear ladies (and gentlemen of course), I think it's better to not underestimate the so human and large-scale spread feeling of envy. It is generally the most present and less acknowledged feeling, but I think it is very common. I know when I am jealous of something (here for instance I am absolutely envious of Bluhare style, when she will write a book about royal gossip I will buy it just for the pleasure to read her witty backbitings). Envy could be one of the unbelievable effects and properties of mirror neurons, perhaps. It isn't worth to be ashamed of our personal dose of envy; we must domesticate it, of course, and play with it because if we look into other people's eyes, we can easily see the same little monster shining in the dark.

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    14. Paola, you make it sound so poetic. And when I write that gossip book it will be dedicated to you.

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    15. Royalfan, I like so much your radiant and cheerful nature. You are the cornerstone of this shifting community (with Rebecca of course, another bright soul I like more and more). I am Tuscan, however, and a Tuscan could sell his mother for a good pun. It's so common, for us, to make sharp jokes against our best friends: nobody feel injured. If the joke is good, the joker is the winner, if it's bad, everybody will laughs against him, and that's all. The only thing the "injured" people must do is to answer with an equivalent joke (or a worse if possible). There must be an audience, of course; we don't like to do that vis-a-vis, because it is a sort of match and it requires an audience. It's not easy for non-Tuscan Italians to understand us. I have been living in Milan many years, and I love so much the town and the people, but I miss my old friends and our way of playing with wit. When I read some sharp, clever and well-polished joke, here in the blog, I just see it is a joke! and I enjoy it - and I feel home :)
      I'm rather sure that Bluhare's way of playing with words is very similar to a Tuscan match, if she catches a good pun the pun is the winner! I agree that a couple of times she didn't catch a great hare, maybe Mr. Bluhare was teasing her and she was nervous and not concentrate. I wrote that in my opinion it was a false Bluhare: if not false, she was a weak one. But when she comes back to her usual bright plays, I think they show trough a great humanity.

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    16. Paola, I will add a couple of thoughts to your observations... Envy need not be a four letter (as in ugly) word. For example, my friend bought a luxury car I wish I could afford, but I am so happy for her. If I cannot drive one, I am happy that she is able to do so.

      On the other hand, there is an ugly envy that is resentful and there is a desire, a need, to bring someone down.

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    17. bluhare, with all due respect, I didn't misread anything. The subject you object to was mentioned as a general concept until you took it, and made it, personal by going after me and other posters rather than addressing why you don't think it exists here in *some* instances.

      I come here because I like Kate (and William) and I want to get away from the stress and ugliness that is part of our world today. And I am really tired of it being an environment where one has to defend a woman who appears to be a good, happy and loving soul and is playing a key role in seeing that those qualities are instilled in the current, and next, generation.

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    18. How unfortunate you didn't accept my offer, royalfan.

      Paola, you are amazing. Much respect from me to you.

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    19. Paola (21:42), thank you. :) I see YOU as an artist and diplomat with a very good, and kind, heart.

      And it's funny that you bring up this subject. Today, I was having a discussion with a friend about humor and joking around...something we love to do! We talked about the difference between having fun *with* someone vs. making fun *of* them. And there is a difference, as you know. :)

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    20. Yes Royalfan, and the ugly envy is, in my opinion, the unconscious envy. If you don't control envy, it will control you: and it can become a very ugly thing, with a real aggressiveness inside. The little shining monster can become a huge one. For this reason I am saying that we must look it straight and not to be afraid for it's presence in our soul. It's just human, but it can overcome the human if we aren't able to control it.

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    21. Wise words, Paola Magi.23:43. I agree with bluhare-"you are amazing-much respect...to you."
      Envy can eat one alive from the inside out, leaving nothing but a shell behind without the person even being aware of the envy; yet it is so obvious to others.

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    22. Royal fan, I so enjoy your commentary and always look forward to your texts. I filter through to those and those of Rebecca first thing. Thanks for braving the critics, btw. Naysayers. Ain't nobody got time for that.

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    23. Thank you, Anon 22:58. There are many good commenters here, but I do appreciate your kind words. :))

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    24. To finish where we started from, the bangs: I love her bangs, but I think that for the speech it would have been better an up-do. Too distracting. Also if with my round face I should never have bangs (I could look like a bowl seen in profile) in this case I am sure my criticizing doesn't come from envy :)

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  24. Anon 10.39 nicely put.

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    Envy??? Lol

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    1. Royal Fan @ 12:18,

      I agree with you totally about all that and clearly understand what you have been saying. Don't know how anyone could misconstrue your words.
      Envy, yep, I said it, never breeds anything good because one-up-man-ship is always at it's core. It has presented itself here many times and often irrationally. And wit, can be one of it's strongest allies if it denigrates rather than edifies others. Thank heaven that the positive comments here so outshine the negativity. Sometimes there is contention but light always dispels darkness.
      Thanks for so eloquently holding the torch so high and faithfully Royal Fan. :)

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    2. THANK YOU so much, Anon 17:27. I appreciate your input. :)

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  25. Love this post, Charlotte! I think a monthly recap is a fab idea! And love the shopping guides!!! Happy American Thanksgiving to everyone.

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  26. I have just read, Kate supports an appeal for St. Mary's where she gave birth twice. What a cause! I am so happy for her finally going out and raising issues like this intensive care unit support.

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    1. That really is great. Where did you see it, blue?

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    2. Twitter, check out Rebecca English.. There were so many royal news yesterday that it get lost probably:)

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  27. I love reading your posts and would love for you to make the monthly recap permanent. Thank you for doing what you do!

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  28. It is good news Kate and William will be participating in fund raising for their causes in December. Kate, especially having made a speech during her engagement to The Place 2Be, it an up lifter to take it in other practical forms such as fund raising for that cause.

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  29. Has everyone seen what the wind did with Camilla's hair when she arrived in Malta? Perhaps it has just been the month for hair debacles!

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    1. Julia from Leominster27 November 2015 at 13:19

      Shaking in my shoes in fear of accusations of being envious of Camilla - I shall play it safe and say while I have never liked her hairstyle and find it very aging - she did try to protect it from the wind with a scarf, albeit it one that didn't quite do its job and left her with devil's horns.. And at least her coat didn't fly up like at Charlotte's christening - I suspect it was weighted.

      I actually have liked the outfits Camilla has worn in Malta - the grey coat was quite elegant, as was the navy, and her navy hat was remarkably reasonable. I wonder if she didn't worry a bit about outshining the queen with one of those huge feathered concoctions - not that it has stopped her before. The cocktail outfit was nice as well - I always like her cocktail dresses better than her overdone, over jewelled gowns.

      Lovely to see the queen in Malta - such a sentimental visit for her - a busy one too.

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    2. I don't remember Camela looking so comfortably in a "sexy" pose. The second picture where she is seated next to Prince Charles and DOE. May be she is aware that time for "her glory" / is approaching, becoming a queen.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3336292/Queen-hints-Charles-soon-head-Commonwealth-praises-Prince-Wales-Malta.html

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  30. Oh please. Not every criticism stems from envy and that is not what was said. Petulance is so silly. I thank God for the more mature perspectives here. There are other posters here who consistently post negative comments seemingly to create dissension and, many of their comments reek of envy. You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Like the previous poster said, it is what it is. and, envy, as such is an ill wind.

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    1. I think you're jealous you can't make a cogent argument without resorting to calling someone petulant. I also think you can't read between the lines and see hyperbole used to make a point.

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    2. Realistically, I would not have gone up that wall or repelled down the other. How many of us would have? Kate did. Kudos, again, to Kate. That took chutzpah.

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    3. Oh no, the wheels are off the cart, we're quickly veering off course here :)

      The fact is, the hair the day of the speech was a mistake, even an ardent Kate admirer like Royalfan recognizes that :)

      It was a very frustrating mistake for some of us (I think Rebecca told me I was making my point "fiercely" at the time!!) because it was such an important moment for her, so much so they had KP leak an exclusive to Camilla Tominey to preview it, and to point out it would be the first of many to come. Yet the headlines were not "Kate's passionate & personal speech" but often "Kate's gone with the wind" or "Kate struggles to control hair" --- that's just human nature, people are going to be distracted with such things.

      Imagine if a female news presenter was delivering a newscast on an important developing story, and the entire time she had heavy hair in her eyes, and did a head flip every few seconds. You'd all be screaming at the TV, fix your hair!

      Kate is a public official, with important messages to deliver, she needs to look the part --- I don't think she's come to terms yet with how her hair is also part of that.

      William & Kate are growing into their roles, and from all accounts and observations William has struggled with it at times. They are going to make mistakes. They are going to have missteps with their words, their appearance, their involvement, or lack of involvement!

      To insist they are always perfect is just as damaging and delusional as those who insist they are always at fault.

      Claudia

      ((( And Julia, I have to confess, I am very envious of Camilla's rubies!!! )))

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    4. I wonder if Charlotte will resemble Kate or William more at this time. Maybe she will resemble Diana, Elizabeth or Carole. What do you think? I am so excited about seeing what outfit Kate has chosen for her. Maybe there will be a blog "What Charlotte Wore" started now. There could be a combined blog like that for both George and Charlotte. Hopefully there will never be a lengthy gap between photos like this again.
      I am so eager to see these next photos.

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    5. Anon 14:16, in the last (paparazzi) photo of Charlotte, I thought she resembled Kate but I look forward to seeing the official photos. In reality it hasn't been that long since the christening, but it does feel that way! :)

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    6. It does doesn't it? Babies change so much so quickly, ya know? I hope there are more frequent photos in the future. Selfish of me I know. :(

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