Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Kate Speaks of "Wonderful & Secure Childhood" at Place2Be Headteacher Conference

The Duchess of Cambridge attended Place2Be's Headteacher Conference in London today as part of her ongoing work supporting children's mental health organisations.


Despite the blustery conditions, Kate received a warm welcome from teachers and excited children before going inside.


The Palace confirmed Kate would be staying for the full duration of the conference to learn more about the key issues, latest developments and thoughts on the role schools can play in tackling mental health problems in young children.


Today marked the second annual Place2Be Headteacher Conference, bringing together senior leaders from the organisation's partner schools in England, Scotland and Wales to increase knowledge and understanding of children and young people’s mental health and share ideas and expertise to help build children’s emotional resilience.


This year's conference is entitled ‘My Head is Too Full’, and is targeted at school leaders who share a commitment to early intervention in children’s mental health, with the aim of raising aspirations and improving attainment, while helping children get the best chance at achieving their full potential.


Place2Be is an organisation fans of the Duchess will be familiar with. Kate became royal patron in April 2013 and she has attended a number of events in support of the charity.


Place2Be works with 257 schools reaching a population of 105,000 children to help them cope with wide-range and complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, breakdown and trauma. It's been so interesting to see the organisation grow over the past couple of years; below two year 5 pupils share what having Place2be in their school means.

Place2Be Twitter Feed

I've mentioned it before, but the artistic talents of the children involved in Place2Be and the Art Room are fantastic.

Place2Be

The Duchess made an unexpected speech highlighting the need to intervene with vulnerable young people and spoke of her own "wonderful, secure childhood". Aides said the address was "very much her own". Kate has only given a handful of speeches since the royal wedding; like many she has found public speaking quite daunting. It's excellent to see her tackling it and publicly speaking more about causes she's passionate about. You can watch a video here.


The full text from Kate's speech:

'I want to start by saying a big thank you to all of the head teachers here today. I know how much is asked of you. The fact that you are all committing your valuable time to support Place2Be, and prioritise the mental health of your students is something that all parents should be grateful for.
 I often get asked why I decided to spend time highlighting the mental health of children. I imagine my answer might be similar to many of yours.
I know that I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to.
But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.
I am sure you will agree that all children deserve time, attention and love from the adults in their lives. These basic qualities are so much more valuable than the always changing material and social concerns that can seem so important to young people.
As today's theme reminds us, many children – even those from stable, happy homes – are finding that their heads are just too full. It is our duty, as parents and as teachers, to give all children the space to build their emotional strength and provide a strong foundation for their future. Of course, not all children have the anchor of a strong family. Many will arrive through your school gates feeling a real lack of love and devotion in their lives. This often leaves them feeling insecure and without confidence and trust in the world around them. That is why your work is so important.
Parents, teachers and other school staff need the tools to help these young people early in their lives. And the earlier, the better. It is proven that early action prevents problems later in life.
Imagine if everyone was able to help just one child who needs to be listened to, needs to be respected, and needs to be loved – we could make such a huge difference for an entire generation. As head teachers you have the chance to reach tens of thousands of children during your careers, and make an impact on a great scale. Thank you for making the work of Place2Be part of your mission. I hope you know how much your work is valued.
 Thank you – I am really looking forward to the rest of the afternoon.'

More from royal reporter Victoria Murphy.

Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed

The conference included presentations from headteachers working in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the UK, alongside leading experts in child psychology and those involved in M-PACT Plus, a joint programme between Place2Be and Action on Addiction (funded by the Royal Foundation and Comic Relief) to support families dealing with the hidden harm of drug or alcohol addiction.


Kate repeated the dove grey Matthew Williamson dress she first wore to the 'African Cats' premiere in 2012.


The dress is from the designers Pre-Fall 2012 Collection and features peplum detailing, an exposed zipper and turquoise and gold encrusted detail.

Matthew Williamson

Kate wore her Emmy London shoes and carried the matching bag in carbon suede.


The Duchess accessorised with her Lauren Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings by Kiki McDonough. The £2,200 earrings are described as "Beautiful and elegantly small these 18ct yellow gold and pave diamond leaf motif drop earrings are from our new Lauren Collection inspired by the British ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson."

Kiki McDonough

And completed the look with her Cartier watch.

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Following the Fostering Excellence Awards last night, Kate attended a dinner for the Defence and Rehabilitation Centre at the Kensington Palace state apartments. The engagement was unannounced and we don't expect to see any photos.

Cepe Smith Twitter Feed

Interestingly, Prince William attended a dinner for the centre back in November 2013, the same night Kate attended the SportsBall. I expect Prince William may have been scheduled to attend but due to the tragedy in Paris opted to show his support at the match whilst Kate took his place.


The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre supports the wounded, injured and sick members of the armed forces along their road to recovery. At present, a new state of the art centre in the Midlands is being purpose built to provide the very best and latest treatments available. The Duke of Westminster (his wife is one of William's godparents and his son Hugh is one of George's) has greatly supported the effort acquiring a site at Stanford Hall Estate. It is hoped it will be operational by the end of 2017. Below, a look at what the completed centre will look like.


 See you all on Friday for the Cambridges day of engagements in Wales! :)

223 comments:

  1. why can't she do something with her hair?

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    1. Well. Maybe she likes it that way?

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    2. The dress is nothing special, in my opinion. She needs a better hairdresser, the fringes are too long and heavy. In her previous photos her face was glowing, now she looks pale and too thin.

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    3. Maybe because its her hair and she likes it. Why cant people just understand that sometimes we like things about ourselves that others don't. Give it a rest. Its her Hair.

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    4. Obviously she does or she wouldn't repeat this mess. It continues to be a huge distraction and unprofessional.

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    5. I have no doubt that Kate likes her hair just the way it is. I think many of us expect more of her because of what she represents. She certainly has access to the best stylists money can buy. More than ever, I believe Kate's hair is her "security blanket." Many women have the same insecurities. It's quite common. I give her at B- on her hair. I did love her fashion choices today. I will give her A+

      Her short address was thoughtful and well presented, but there is room for growth.

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    6. I think if she is giving a speech, she needs to tie it back. I watched this one and it was in her way and a bit distracting. That said, she's doing done great work here.

      Annie
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    7. I think Kate's hair is like a "security blanket" for her also Daisy. Very much so.

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    8. I agree she needs to do something about the hair do not like it at all this way cant wait till the bangs are grown out. She needs to cut it and tie it back.

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    9. While we royal watchers might get tired of her hair, I think if you were to poll the average person what physical feature of Kate's they most admired or wish they had themselves, they would say her hair.
      The big, loose curls are her signature look. She likes them, the average person likes them. And she mixes up her style enough for me to give her a pass for feeling attached to this particular look and wearing it most often.

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  2. Whoah, another speech. This time a little longer. I guess that article was really right! How nice! I like that she got a tiny bit personal this time :) It's a good written speech! Very proud that she is challenging herself! And I'm sure she'll find that it will only get easier! You can tell she is getting better! I gotta say, it's extra brave in front of a room of headteachers. I would be thinking that they were grading me the whole time! Next time though, might wanna pin up that fringe. Looked like it was in the way both yesterday and today. Oh well!

    It is an important subject. My mum is a special ed teacher who has implemented a "early intervention" tactic at her school when it comes to reading/learning/spelling disabilites. Alot of what Kate is talking about is exactly those discussion we have at home and that my mother has in her school. So I am particulary happy that Kate is putting her voice behind the importance of early intervention!

    I also like that she stayed the whole conferance and wasn't just there for show. I think she really want to learn this. Remember last time she was at one of their conferances she stayed an hour longer than planned so she could catch another lecture. I think they had that in mind this time and made it so she could be there duiring it all! (I also like seeing that she has a notebook in her lap. Also a lesson from the last conference when she asked Rebecca if she was writing it all down!)

    Oh, and I did not see that dress coming! Wasn't it last worn at a movie premiere? :P Well, I love it so it's a happy surprise! I think she might have been a little more "dressed up" this time since she would go up on stage and not "just" listen and meet people.

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    1. Rebecca, I completely agree with your sentiments. Not only was the content of the speech excellent, but Kate's delivery was also a vast improvement from that of past speeches. Well done!

      I also love those shoes--what a beautiful color!

      It would be wonderful to be able to devote so much time and energy into important charity work as Kate has the opportunity to do. No, Kate isn't going into an office, but this sort of work is meaningful, impactful, and very intellectually stimulating. Bravo to everyone making a difference in their own ways, both in traditional and charitable work, as well as those enriching the lives of their families and friends.

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    2. I think it's great she's stretching, and conquering her fear of public speaking too, Rebecca. It's hard; I had to do it but most of the time not in front of a camera. The few times I was video taped, I was more nervous; it certainly added a different dynamic for me.

      But credit where credit is due. Very glad to see her do it; and I bet she feels really good about herself too!

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    3. I bet she does Bluhare! And she should. It IS a big deal to give speeches, especially on that scale as hers inevitable end up at. I appriciate you Bluhare. While you can be critical, you're not afraid to give compliments!

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    4. PS And that artwork of the living room is great! Love the cat on the sofa!

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    5. I have a terror of public speaking - I am a confident person in all other aspects - completely fine in my own skin, but when it comes to a public speech I shake like a leaf. I can't imagine the pressure she feels as it's much more than any speech I have ever given. I admire her persistence in improving. What a role model. Yes, her bangs were distracting, but it's a small thing that she'll learn from. Plus, I bet people in the room didn't even notice - it's much different from a camera angle focused right on her face. I hope she feels good about it as well!

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    6. Thank you, Rebecca. I feel the same. You're one of two or three people here I feel like I can actually converse with without being mocked for my opinion. It's appreciated!

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    7. I actually think we have had alot of insightful anons lately! I wonder if they are from the same few people! I hope that trend grows, and I think it will!

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    8. Anon 2:05: I am just like you describe; people are truly surprised when they learn I have such a terrible fear of public speaking (those who've never seen me). I can't imagine worrying about the pressure of the whole country/world watching/judging, etc. I'd give her total leeway to look however she feels most comfortable. Bully for her for tackling a timely, important issue. I'm guessing William is very proud that together they've taken on an issue that's a little edgy for royals, just as his mother wasn't afraid to do in her era.

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    9. I agree Rebecca. The caliber of this blog has always been above the norm. It has excelled even more by everyone and a lot of the insightful and creative "anons". Hopefully they will feel comfortable and secure enough within this community to take on more Identity. :)

      Anne from San Diego

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    10. I often happen to speak in front of an audience, and each time I am very nervous - yes, I'm afraid! - so I can perfectly understand her. In my opinion, she is doing great. Brava Kate, bravissima!

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  3. What a wonderful day for the Kate, I hope from this event she gains more confidence and continues working with mental health and children. Her speech was so much better than before, clearly someone coached her. Good for her.

    The only thing she needs to take into consideration next time is her fringe, it was constantly in her eyes, very annoying even to watch on video. I can imagine how it annoyed her too.

    I loved this dress back then, happy to see it again. Nice recycle.

    Thank you for the excellent post!

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  4. I'm thrilled that she delivered a proper speech today and I was very impressed at how well she did. I agree with other comments from yesterday that she seemed much more relaxed and confident. Whatever she's doing, whether it be tutoring or just practice is clearly paying off. I hope this continues, she's clearly capable and it's very effective.

    Now, my apologies if I'm about to anger/offend some of you :) and I hate to harp on this, but In My Opinion... she HAS to get her hair cut or wear it back more. It looked terrible today and a complete distraction. Look at her at the podium, it is hanging in her eyes for goodness sake, the mothers among us are collectively groaning "get your hair out of your eyes"! And to make matters worse, every time she looked at her notes then looked up to speak, she had to do a flip to get it out of her face. Awful, awful, awful, very unprofessional and a total distraction.

    There are many times I've thought her hair detracted from her outfit, but this is much more important because it detracted from her message.

    Claudia

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    1. Everyone who has eyes could see this, no anger from me Claudia:-)

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    2. I kind of agree. Not as "fiercly" as you do, but I think it would help. But I like to focus on the improvements she has done. It took time for her to be comfortable with the updo. It took time to get to this level speaking. I wouldn't be surprised if in the future she herself will notice this. :)

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    3. Rose from Montreal Canada18 November 2015 at 15:45

      Have any of you thought that she is wearing her hair to please her husband? and quite likely herself? Both Prince William and Prince Harry girlfriend or wife on William's part have always had long hair. No matter how much complaints happen the only people she really have to please is her husband and herself.

      Sorry for the long post but I for one am tired of the griping about her hair.

      For goodness sakes, she made a long speech. Cut her some slack.

      Well done Kate! Bravo

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    4. I agree about the hair too. She is growing into her role though and I actually like that she is more "ordinary" than Letizia.

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    5. Thank you Rebecca for your supportive and kind remarks, which accentuate the positive in our favorite Duchess. She has clearly worked hard in areas that needed a bit more polish, and it shows. I think too often we shove her onto a pedestal of perfection, and then take shots to knock her off. The girl has class, grit, compassion, and kindness...all qualities we in the USA wish we could claim in our leaders. You British got gold in your future King and Queen consort, and I think sometimes you take that for granted. It would be far more pleasant to accentuate the positive, and the good things the DOC does, and excels in. Ok...I'm done, soapbox put away.

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    6. When doing something out of your comfort zone, you want to have something that makes you comfortable. For her, it could be her hair.

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    7. I thought she did great...I really do. And l like Jen's reference to Kate having "class, grit, compassion, and kindness..." Indeed she does. William chose wisely. :)

      Having said that, I will add to the "do something with the hair" comments. It was a distraction to watch her trying to keep the bangs from covering her eyes, and it would have been one less thing for her to deal with. Not to mention how much easier it is to have it up on a windy day.

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    8. I have to agree with the hair issue. It was very distracting. I would like to think someone will bring this to her attention or possibly she'll notice it herself after watching her speech.

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    9. We are glad in the US that our leaders have class, grit, compassion, and kindness. Not to mention intelligence, which Kate also displays.

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    10. Yes, anon 02:02. I was going to let that one go, as royalfan did. Glad you spoke up. The anon 19:11
      comment was otherwise kind. Could have done without the snide political remark, though.

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  5. She looked lovely and I am so excited that continues to focus on this important issue.

    I have been a fan of her fringe since the beginning but watching the video I was very aware that each time she looked up she shook them out of her eyes. Which became almost like she had a 'tic'. They seem to be growing out and must be annoying to her LOL

    Even with that said her speech was quite good and she seemed more relaxed.

    Love that dress! She looks happy and healthy!

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  6. I do think that while DM is often inaccute sometimes they do get it right such as more speeches. I also remember many read edger were harsh in criticism when there was an article the queen told Kate to wear longer dresses and wear less high street items. It does appear she is upping her dress budget and she. Has really stopped with the shorter lengths. I am also wondering is HM asked the Cambridgeshire to do more when they are in town. I also believe they indicated they were going to Mustiniquein nov instead of January this year. That could be why the visits they usually cram them in before a vacation.

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    1. Just to give credit where credit's due Anon, it was Camilla Tominey, Royal Editor at the Sunday Express who had the exclusive on the speeches. (It may have then been picked up by other papers)

      She's a very good, no nonsense reporter, and though she does a lot of op-ed columns, when she has an exclusive tid-bit you can generally take it to the bank. Hope you don't mind the correction, just want to give Camilla her due!

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  7. YES! I feel like I've been waiting ages for her to wear this dress again. I LOVE it and I think it looks great on her. So excited to watch the video of the speech. Go Kate!

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    1. Me too! This is one one my favorite Kate dresses, so very happy to see it again. Also, very happy not to see black suade shoes. These shoes are a very pretty color. I think the delicate earrings are being overpowered by the bold stones on the dress though. I would have liked her green amethyst Kiki's with this dress, perhaps.

      Her speech was wonderful. I like that she made it so personal. It would have been nice if her hair were not in her eyes.

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  8. The text of her speech was heartfelt, concise and explained her mission perfectly. She looked beautiful and polished, but the hair needs to be away from her face. My mom would say get a barrette! I am glad she took part in the whole day's meetings and lectures.

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    1. The speech was indeed very well written, and Kate has developed a huge amount of confidence compared to her first speech. I agree about the hair as well, a cute clip would've fixed the hair up nicely. Thank You Charlotte!xoxo

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  9. Such an important issue and I am totally with her on the subject. From my own childhood experience (unfortunately not so positive) and my experience as a therapist I can only support what the Duchess said today. Feeling that someone on this planet loves you unconditionally is exactly what you need as a child. Even if "the rest of the world" does not present an ideal environment, this is what will give you the strength and confidence to meet all the challenges in your life.

    I really liked her look today, very fitting for this appointment, but I wonder why she continues to try those long bangs over and over again. It seemingly is quite annoying for her to "get them out of her sight" and it somehow makes her look tired all the time. There certainly are "easier to handle" hairstyes on this planet, poor Duchess.... ;-))))

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  10. After watching the video, I am really wishing she had worn her hair 1/2 up and 1/2 down so as not to be swinging her bangs out of her face each time she looked down at her speech notes. Very distracting and I could tell she wanted nothing more than to brush them out of her face!

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  11. It's great to see her continued support of the issues around mental health and good she's out and about attending events like these to build her knowledge, rapport and understanding. There seems to be a grower push on her part to focus on this and further involvement will only build up her credibility.

    The speech was a lot calmer and effective. But have to agree the fringe really got me distracted, and it must have been an added problem for her reading the speech and flicking her head.

    Despite which, think the dress was an unexpected turn up - and thought she looked great. I think it could have been perfect though and been more polished with her hair back or up out off her face. So hopefully next time she delivers a speech she wont have that problem to deal with!

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  12. Sarah Maryland USA18 November 2015 at 15:25

    Love that she is recycling outfits from 2012 because I loved her fashion then...but her hair is awful. Especially today. It made no sense wearing it down like that in such aa windy day. A nice sleek pony tail would have been perfect
    And she needs to get rid of those bangs they keep covering up her face and it just doesn't look good

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    1. Totally agree Sarah....loved that dress the first time and liked it even more today.I much prefer that length on her than the longer hemlines she seems to favour recently. I think that's another reason the post wedding choices were much more appealing (in my humble opinion)!!! As for the hair, with the speech, today's engagement was crying out for a ponytail. I'm a hairstylist myself and she really needs to layer into it and cut at least four inches off it. It's distracting and unprofessional looking most of the time these days.

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    2. I agree about 2012 recycles. I won't complain if we see more of them.

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  13. A wonderful engagement for the Duchess. She clearly has been working hard during her off days to improve the public speaking area of her professional life. And she wrote the speech herself or at least had massive input into it. So, perhaps this will convince some that she hasn't been doing nothing all of these months. Her hair appears to be growing out. Unlike some, I don't think it is up to us to say that she MUST get it cut. I think that is one thing that the Duchess can decide for herself. But I will agree that it did look like it was bothering her, although I don't think she let it show as much as some suggest. I thought she looked relaxed and confident during her speech. A great engagement for Kate today and yesterday. I'd also like to comment on those who don't like that she is grouping appearances together and then not appearing for a time. For now, the Duke and Duchess and their family live in Norfolk. I would imagine that they come to London for these groups of engagements. It must take some doing to move the children and everyone to London so doing it for a group of engagements makes perfect sense. Then back to Norfolk for a while and then do it again. To me, it sounds like efficient planning. There must be significant cost to having them out and about at engagements as opposed to being at home in Norfolk. Yes, security is with them 24/7, but I'm sure it's much less when they are in Norfolk than when they are in London and appearing in public.

    Nice to hear that she attended a private dinner last night too. Again, not everything the Duchess does is public knowledge.

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    1. I agree with the planning situation. Also, it must be easier to plan around his work. Since he works 2/3 he is bound to have a longer stretch once a month or so off from that job and it makes very much sense for them to focus their working time around that.

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    2. Also, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall were touring Australia last week, the Cambridge.s week "off.". Some of us had felt the Cambridges would keep a low profile during that time. If these engagements had been
      scheduled last week, it would have distracted from their visit. Other royals don't seem to pull as much
      press as William and Catherine do.....03:33

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    3. Very true Anon 01.15. They might lay low now in the end of this month as well, since the Commonwealth meeting and such in Malta takes place.

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    4. They are definitely the superstars. The faces of the Monarchy. I think we are going to see great things from them.

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    5. I agree, Anon 3:33 and 5:17.

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  14. I'm not a fan of these encrusted dresses. When I look at them I have the feeling that they are not really mellow. I like the color of Kate's shoes though.

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  15. Well done to Kate for doing a speech in front of head masters!! I must say I felt sorry for her because if you look closely it was just one piece of her fringe which was hanging to the wrong side which caused so much frustration and had she taken the time to just take it to the right side it would have been better but I think she didn't realize it was on the wrong side and therefore hanging in her eyes. My guess is that she will grow them out. It was a pregnancy thing when you want to change something and hair is the easiest and bangs the least drastic :-).

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  16. I'm pleased and admiring of how well Catherine's public speaking is coming along--she has gained significantly more self confidence and it adds to her message about building the same overall quality in children. As she continues to make speeches, she will become a powerful voice for every cause she espouses. She is already a powerful presence. Her appearance today was lovely and her determination to stay for all the lectures speaks volumes. Well done. (But yes, I would do something about that fringe before the next public speech if I were she.)

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    1. I agree! And I think that she has the potential to become a rather good and engaging speaker if she puts her mind to it. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future brings!

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  17. It is a little difficult to "get rid of bangs" one is more or less stuck with them until they have fully grown out. Also, as a mom with a child a smudge older than Charlotte, I will say that postpartum hair loss and regrowth is frustrating. I am not sure if her bangs were an attempt to blend the hairline regrowth but I will say I've considered it.

    I suppose all I'm saying is I completely understand the impulse for a new mom to cut bangs.

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    1. Thank you! Somebody finally said it. I chopped inches off my hair after my daughter was born and the regrowth, a year later has given me wings. It's an awkward regrowth and there's nothing to do but wait it out or get a pixie. I'm not a fan of the bangs, but understand why she may have gotten them.

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    2. This is so true, there is that post baby brain that just wants change, often centered around hair. I did it myself to awful results. It did finally grow out. ali

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    3. I totally agree - my son is a month younger than Charlotte and my hair. IS. A. DISASTER. I leave huge clumps behind in the shower and I have little frizzy baby hairs all around my hairline. A mess.

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    4. "post baby brain". lol Toys. Did you ever in your life notice toys like that before you gave birth? Baby clothes. Baby stuff. Did you ever notice baby stuff before? It can become almost your whole world. Picking out what you are going to wear? Nothing seems "right". And post partum cravings. Let's not even go there. Sleepless nights. zombie days. We used to call it "baby fog."

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  18. I had wondered if Kate might wear this dress again sometime, it's an elegant outfit. I watched the video you posted here, Charlotte, that shows some of Kate's speech; unfortunately it was very distracting that she kept shaking her head every few seconds to move her hair out of her eyes. A big shame, this looks very unprofessional as well. The speech seemed to be well written and good delivery and pitch.

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  19. Don't know why, but the first time she wore this dress I didn't care for it. However, today I really liked it. Now on to her hair....maybe its because I have long hair too, but I don't mind it at all. It was windy, so what if it blows a bit. And the fringe? I quite like it, but I think it could be even shorter. More like long bangs.

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  20. I love the dress she wore today and I was happy to see it again. I remember thinking the first time she wore it that she should have worn her hair away from her face because the jewels at the neckline are so beautiful. I wish she would have made that choice today. Her hair was very distracting to her message and her appearance. I couldn't help but think of the Orla Kiely dress that she repeated with the beautiful flower detail and how she wore her hair down the first time but in a ponytail the second time. It made a huge difference in her professional appearance.

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    1. I also thought of that hair style worn with the grey and black dress. It would have been perfect with this dress and for the speech.

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  21. I do love the overall look, wish she'd sweep the bangs to the side and set them with some hairspray to keep them from flopping in her eyes. I don't think the half-up hairdo would help, you have to actually secure the bangs!

    Love the dress. These shoes are gorgeous but they always read as a very green-ish gray to me, which for me doesn't "go" with the dress. But it's not a big deal overall.

    Aside from the distraction of the fringe she did great on her speech! Yay!

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  22. Great to see the Duchess giving a speech on such an important issue. Hope the support on mental health issues only continues to grow. Loved to see her in this dress - professional but not at all boring. All around a successful visit for me.

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  23. Love this dress on her. Great color and fun extra on neckline and sleeves. Shoes and purse looked good. Earing very pretty and a good choice for the event. ali

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  24. Yesterday I thought Kate's hair, in a return to ringlets, looked too fancy for the occasion. Today it lacked control, except when she tucked it behind her ears. She did that to lean over and speak to children, and in the wind, but not for her speech. The speech itself was excellent.

    I liked the grey dress, which may have been worn with regard for the victims of the French atrocities. Yesterday Kate wore black at the embassy and French flag blue for her own engagement. I am glad she was able to step in for William in the evening. His laying of a wreath at the soccer match was superb.

    There was speculation sometime ago that William and Kate were not to overshadow Charles and Camilla during their tour elsewhere. This time, Kate and William have been very much the focus. This must have been planned.

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  25. I am so happy to see Kate speaking out more. Her speech today was confident and relaxed, and with some more practice, I think she can be very good at it. I know a lot of people here are talking about her distracting fringe but I hope we can all focus on the positive more. Many have criticized Kate for not speaking more, and now she does it in two consecutive days! I say Bravo, Kate. We are proud of you!

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  26. Deliah, United States of America18 November 2015 at 17:07

    Wonderful speech! HRH is so much more relaxed in her public speaking, and the dress is awesome. I have to say, I too which she would have pulled her hair back, nevertheless, I feel she knocked it out of the park! BRAVO YRH!

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  27. I love that dress! The shoes were a lovely compliment to it, but the hair...oh my!

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  29. As a school counsellor, I completely agree with the need for early intervention programs. I also feel more preventative/proactive programs are needed so that young people have the knowledge and skills to build resilience. And we all need to work together to do this. It can't be teachers, counsellors, and parents all working individually. Kate is right; if we all helped 1 child, what a difference we could make.

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    1. Sharyn, I so agree with you. Here in Germany (at least in the southern part where I live) it´s still so much "Oh, the teachers/the school have/has to do that" versus "Oh, the parents have to do that" instead of "How can we work TOGETHER for the child´s welfare?". It´s more "How can I put the responsibility on someone else " than anything else which is so harmful and ineffective.....

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    2. Eve, it is interesting to me to hear you say that. I often wonder how other countries manage the same issues schools have here in Australia.
      I have worked in a few schools and on more than one occasion have put a poster up in the staff roo "every teacher is a teacher for wellbeing." Now to find a way to share that message with the whole community...

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  30. I didn't watch the video, so I can't comment on how much the bangs were in the way, but...

    I am VERY happy that she is finally making more "remarks" and "mini speeches". Public speaking is hard! I was a basket case just in my college "Speech" class, let alone under the kind of scrutiny that Catherine must deal with. I am happy to read that it went well...that she was apparently more relaxed and natural. Of course, we hopefully will have many years where she will do this more often!

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  31. Yesterday, a belt. Today it's bangs. The focus of the post was inundated with complaints about bangs.
    I don't object to constructive criticism-it is the way these criticisms are presented that concerns me.
    For example, Mr. D 15:25- same point, but what a difference ! Gracious, tactful, but the pointt was made without
    expletives and pejoratives......03:33
    I just noticed he is from the UK. I hope we hear more from this commenter.

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    1. Anonymous in Colorado18 November 2015 at 20:48

      Anonymous 20:00: You voiced my thoughts precisely. Constructive criticism is good but it amuses me when someone says thinsg like "she should really cut her hair" because it's "really bothering us"? Ah well, everyone's entitled to their own opinions, I guess ;-) I tend to choose to focus on the positives.....yes bangs were distracting but I forced myself to focus on the content of her speech rather. She is growing into her role so well!

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    2. I agree. I myself mentioned the hair in my post, I have no problem with constructive things like that being said, not at all! But I do make a point of often using a "compliment sandwitch". It's when you do compliment+constructive critisism+compliment. It's not a way of disguising the critisism (at least for me, might be for some) but rather for me to keep in a positive headspace and also give off a positive vibe. To me this comes naturally, it's how I think and focus. The positive comes first. We are all buildt differently. I for example have a tendency to get really into commenting on her looks and therefore the events come as an afterthought in my comments. Recently I have started using the formula of starting with the event first, even though it's against my natural thought process since that is the kind of person I want to be. It's not deception, rather that I "force" myself to reprogram my brain. Do you understand what I mean? I think that negative thoughts breed negative thoughts. Nothing wrong with thinking negative things, lord knows I do as well. But I make a point in life that I should keep the balance of input and output for myself always more on the positive side. We all work differently, but it might be the reason why I get so befuddled over how when 5 good things and 1 bad thing happens that instead of the balance in comments being 5-1 it somehow ends up the other way. I guess scrupples and bad things provoke more of a reaction. Sorry for my little ramble :P Hope no-one took offence!

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    3. Everyone has their own voice. Just because it is different than yours does not mean it has no value. Just because someone may use words you don't like doesn't mean they have nothing to contribute or their contribution is worthless. Are your contributions not worth anything if someone doesn't like your tone or language? If you think they are, you should give others the same tolerance you expect. Makes for a more pleasant experience for everyone.

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    4. It is good when people practice what they preach.

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    5. All of our opinions are valuable, bluhare, but I do believe that Rebecca has an insight that may help all opinions be better expressed and received. It is true that the balance between positive and negative comments always tips toward the negative, so that even if you read five positive comments for every negative, the negatives will outweigh the positives and leave you with the impression that "everyone" on this blog's comment section is negatively critical. I think Rebecca is right that *all* negative criticisms can be expressed in gracious, more positive ways. There is nothing wrong with trying to improve our communications skills. If we do try to present negative criticisms in a kindlier way, they will be received better. That is a fact. No need to stifle anyone's voice--but all voices can be improved. (Thus speaks an editor! Hope you don't mind my soapboxing.)

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    6. Thank you Marci. I wasn't suggesting tact is inappropriate. Not in the slightest. However, I also don't think that we should tiptoe around here because someone could possibly be offended either. There are more than a few comments that I find either offensive or ridiculous for one reason or another, but I don't feel the need to tell the world how they should post. That was more my point; perhaps not explained as clearly as I could have.

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    7. bluhare, with all due respect, your comments here are the polar opposite of your own contribution in this thread from the India post.

      http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2015/11/its-india-for-royal-tour-spring-2016.html?showComment=1447565718818#c7380569765468458196

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    8. I wasn't pointing out how anyone should do it! I just posted how I do and how I "challenge" myself in my writing because I know that I don't want to send out negative emotions. Did it sound like I was preeching? I hope not!

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    9. EXACTLY Royal Fan,

      And that is certainly not the only instance.

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    10. Bluhare I supposed there is (or hopefully there was) a "false-Bluhare" in the blog, as those posts (the ones Royalfan means) looked very different from your usual brilliant and respectful style. It was the first time we saw you write so directly against another poster. I'm still rather incredulous about it.

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  32. Theresa, from Paris18 November 2015 at 20:32

    A very good speech. The Duchess obviously seems to have taken some lessons in public speaking, which is very important.
    But it is so true about her hair : it was totally distracting us from her message and that flick of the head every sentence was so annoying. I wish she would change hairdressers !!! It is not professional. It also looked odd framing her face, making her look older.
    Nowadays, royal princesses and queens take their role as seriously as a professional job. They are key speakers on many subjects and so important - Maxima, Mary, Letizia... I'm sure Catherine could be as important as them, but she really must have professional advice on hair styling and speaking out (which is much better, I must say !).

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  33. It is so wonderful Kate has dedicated herself to such an amazing cause!! She truly is the Children's Princess.

    www.femininefeminists.me

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  34. Oh dear. I rarely comment. But after reading today's post and watching the video, I had to chime in about the bangs. But as I scroll down, I see many others already have. In general, I don't fuss too much about Kate's style. She has lovely, classic taste and obviously puts lots of time and care into her appearance. For me, that is well more than enough. As a mother to young children who is busy and tired and also suffering from postpartum hair loss, I generally do not feel strongly about her hair at all. I imagine she's doing the best she can to keep the style she likes and look her best at all times. However, today during the speech, I felt the growing out bangs were too much. The shaking every time she looked up was unprofessional. So sad that it detracts from her doing a lovely job on the speech and the cause she is supporting.

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  35. What a great engagement for HRH. I love that she is recycling previously worn dresses. She looked great today. I loved this look the first time and like it equally today as well. Good on her for being able to fit back in her pre-kids clothes. The speech was great and she did a great job delivering it.

    She has really started to shine over the last couple of months. Very excited to see what next year will bring..

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  36. I'm glad she wore this dress again. I love its colour and has the shape I think fits bettet on her body. I also like it for be a bit different from her usual with the turqoise stones. Love it!

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  37. I really enjoyed the Duchess in the last two days. Yesterday she and William arranged their schedules and covered each other so they can be sensitive to supporting the nation's sentiments on Paris. It is a sensitive gesture that bodes well for their future as king and queen. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with that decision.

    Second, I am happy to see Kate growing into her role as a royal with influence. You can see new confidence in her and dedication to a subject which I think will be her trademark. I loved the speech. You can see how much she has improved and it just makes me very proud of her. I love that she mentioned her happy family life too. I can't wait to hear more from Kate in the future. The fashion and the hair are well and good but it is substance that will matter in the end.

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    1. Couldn't agree with your sentiments more here, Renny. When there is a real partnership such as William and Kate have, decisions and schedule adjustments become more natural. Unfortunately, Charles and Diana were never on this path. They could've been a real power couple but ended up distracting from each other's missions and goals. I look forward to William and Kate becoming a really powerful team for their country- so much more can be done when united! Again, that speaks to Kate's natural personality to be the nurturer and support system for her family.

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  38. Tedi in California18 November 2015 at 22:37

    I watched the video, and thought she did a splendid job. She is very charming, and so lovely. Wonderful to see that dress again, loved it in 2012, and loved it today. What detracted from everything was the hair. I wish, she would cut the fringe, and make honest to goodness bangs. Then a few inches of the length, and she would be stunning. She is a gorgeous woman no matter what she wears. I thought she looked rested, healthy, young and beautiful. A minor hair fix is all that is needed.

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    1. Tedi,

      I think she would look lovely in bangs and about three or four inches off the length. Stunning, as you said. While her hair is lustrous and healthy, the length drags her down.

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    2. Tedi in California19 November 2015 at 07:55

      I agree Anon 4:12. She is just perfect, and needs just a bit of guidance. We love our Duchess!

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    3. She, to me, is an answer to prayer as I prayed for the best mate possible for the boys when Diana passed. Now, I am eager to see God's choice for Harry. :)

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    4. She adds such a nice presence and positive vibe everywhere she goes.

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    5. Anon 8:44, I feel the very same way. I am so happy that William found this young woman and I hope Harry will be equally fortunate.

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    6. Amen 8:44 and RF, Amen

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    7. I can just see Kate in full bangs, done right, and three or four inches off the length. wow. That would look so good, and with updos also. That is where she needs to go next hair wise, IMHO.

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  39. I still hope for a surprise haircut one day!

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  40. Wonderful speech! WTG Kate! Her words were sincere and heartfelt. A job well done to Mr. and Mrs. Middleton for providing a strong, loving, and stable childhood for Kate. Kate understands the importance of children feeling loved and valued. I think William and Kate are bringing much needed attention to children's mental health and will help many in the future because of their compassion and concern.

    Now, the hair. Oh my. I am still not a fan of the bangs, but even more so today. It was very distracting to have her constantly trying to get them out of her eyes. I posted above, but surely someone will notice or she will notice herself after watching. Pull the hair up and out of your eyes IMO. :(

    Looking forward to seeing Will and Kate in Wales tomorrow!

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  41. Oh what an improvement on her speaking- I know what a frustrating process it is to improve upon it if it does not come naturally. And to cut down on the hand gestures (my failing- hate watching video of myself)
    I felt rather proud of her and was willing her on watching the video! But I just wanted to hug her after all the fringe-flicking as I know she must have been so frustrated by it-and by not a anticipating it would be an issue. I always get so annoyed at myself I want to cry when down thing like that happens!
    I know how one thing can knock you right off game (I'm a lecturer and it take such focus to remember all the 'right' things to do) and Kate did so very well to not let it rattle her too much. I know it seems like a small thing- but you can bet when she practised the speech it was not with her notes on a low podium and having to look up and down so low. I feel we won't see that mistake again- as she's an intelligent and focussed individual who will learn from her experience. Well done Kate!

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  42. I just made a large comment and mistakenly added it to Milo's comment. I am reposting it as it's own comment and apologize to Milo for adding it to her reply.

    Catherine is a relatively intelligent person. Can we agree on that? Can we also admit she's been in and out of the papers and blog sites. Not because of her beliefs or accomplshments but who she was attached to and what she was wearing. I have noticed when she attends things, like today's conference, she tries to dress and groom herself in a way that will draw as little attention to fashion as possible.

    This blog has started to become so maddening to me I cannot read comments. After four years faithfully reading it has become less fun.

    It isn't just this comment or post. It is the general discontent shown by some posters. They pick apart everything and not in an academic way. We don't all need to agree but when certain posters pick on the lack of engagements and she ups them instead of saying good on her they move to something else or question her motivation.

    I tried to ignore it in the wake of last weekend. I typed and deleted several posts about this. I just can't today. This world is negative and dangerous enough. It appears certain posters just come to post and try to spread discontent. This has long been my favorite royal blog and the majority of the discourse is thought provoking.

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    1. I'm very sorry that you feel that way. I myself think it has gotten much better. But I gotta say, I can't help but notice that the "she doesn't work enough"-brigade has been very quiet except for a few "that hem is not nice" or "Her hair is in her face" etc. Would it hurt them to give credit. I was sooooo appriciative of Bluhare giving credit today. THAT is how constructive critisism is done. If you don't accknowledge the progress, it doesn't seem like the critisism was constructive to begin with. I hope you will still come here and grace us with your precense. Just try to skim over the ones you know will have nothing good to say!

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    2. Courtney I totally agree with you. There are some that in my opinion just come on this blog to do nothing but complain about Kate. It does not matter what this poor woman does it is never enough.
      I read most of the time but not the comments. But I thought I would read today but and it is the same old thing.

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    3. It has gotten much better Rebecca. And the naysayers have been uncommonly quiet, not that I am complaining. :)

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    4. The "Children's Princess" has a nice ring to it.

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    5. I am generally a "look-at-the-positive" commenter, and as I like to see the positive, I am seeing the positive... also in the negative coments! (I am a perfectionist indeed). In fact, I think that in this blog there is a nice balance between negative and positive. All-positive would be boring. Furthermore, negative comments are useful to our fantastic DoC: as we all agree, her staff is checking the forum, and they can pick up a lot of useful suggestions to improve our shining Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. In fact, the bang's dance wasn't so pleasant!

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    6. I agree with Courtney. I think the comments have slightly improved but there is a difference between constructive criticism from those who only write to fault her for everything. There are anti-monarchists and haters here disguised as "Kate fans" who are ruining the blog.
      I humbly suggest to Charlotte to screen comments more carefully to maintain a place that is constructive but wholesome. And to everyone I humbly suggest that you practice what you preach by practicing kindness and empathy in everything you do. But after all that, let me also say that there are also posters on here whose input I really value and who I learn from immensely.
      The last word must be on Kate herself who I think has been doing a fantastic job lately. More heavyweight subjects, depth of focus, speeches, stately functions. I think we are seeing the roots of the future queen in the making.

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    7. She is very much "a Queen in the making". So very nice to see.

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    8. Paola, I understand the value of constructive criticism, but it depends on what is at the heart of it. Keyword being heart. Not everyone approaches it from the same place.

      Children's princess. I love it! Definitely a Queen in the making ladies. :)

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    9. I completely agree. I was thinking that while everybody was saying how little she is doing, we now know she was working on her public speaking skills...what else might she have done that we don't know of. We have only a slight idea of what is going on in their lives and how it works on the inside and on this Prince Harry has said that most of the time what people think and what is written about them is utter rubbish. I for one think it is enough that she has fallen in love with a guy that happens to be a Prince and that she is first and foremost making a huge difference just by being there for him and raising the future generation of royals. I was a Diana fan since they got engaged and I was about 14 years old, (yes I am that old and today is my 48th birthday), and I have a book on her that shows all her engagements from day one - one upon the other. Crazy. She herself once said when asked why she is doing charity work "Because I have nothing else to do) I am not saying that she didn't care...but she also did it because she had no choice. Kate and William is first and foremost using these beginning years to make and build a strong and emotionally healthy family and to grow into their public role, carefully paving it out as to make sense to them and benefit the country. I sometimes wonder how well our critiques on this blog will do in Kate's shoes...and how they will fare against critiques as harsh as themselves. I have said it again and will say it over and over- I take my hat off to Kate and William for living their lives whether we like it or not and for NOT giving in to our likes. Some will say they owe the British people because they live on their tax money. But the queen did not rush into day after day of duties when she was princess and first in line. It was only when she became queen that she fully entered the role. And often she has done things that the British people did not like but she never changed her ways to please them but did as she thought good in her own eyes. She never commented or explained or asked for pardon. She just quietly continued to live her life and do her thing and that is what I see in Kate and William and I will always applaud them for that. Kate has entered public duties after her maternity leave as she indicated she would, slowly building it up and she and William has planned it carefully as to emphasize one area of mental health and youth which they feel strongly about and I think it is being very successful in highlighting this issue. They have stepped up their more formal duties such as being involved with the Chinese visit and they are planning an overseas trip. I am truly happy that there are also others on this blog that appreciate that effort and are saying: Go girl we are behind you!

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    10. Here's my beef. Why don't you all stick to the topic instead of making snide asides about other posters? It never fails with some of you. Doesn't matter that everyone is being flattering to Kate because she obviously put some effort into a couple of days' engagements. You still have to carp about something, and you are the people who constantly whine about all the negativity! So here we have an almost universally flattering post and comment section and you still have to complain!

      Here's a suggestion. Why don't you let Charlotte run her own blog and let HER worry about who posts what here? Sheesh, you guys. Talk about one-note-johnnies, and this topic is getting so old it's going to be excavated next week at an archaeological dig.

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    11. Ya know, with the changes in Kate's involvement and seemingly increased interest in her charities, with her changing up her sartorial variety, and with her giving speeches now, I am more convinced than ever before that she or her team reads this blog. yay. good for them. Some great counsel here. Dare I even mention that we haven't seen her in "the uniform" for quite awhile.
      (knock on wood). :)

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    12. Lize, happy birthday! :) And thank you for making some great points.

      bluhare, I responded to your comment but posted it in another thread. I wonder if you can appreciate the irony of your words here...

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    13. Haha, Bluhare. I kind of agree there as well. Most of the time the "negativity complainers" dampens and "negatifies" (Like my new word?!) the comment section as much as the negative comments. I sometimes end up doing that myself, but try to keep it to a minimum since it's really disruptive among the comments.

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    14. In a way, our viewpoint is valid to mention because for months some has said how lazy Kate is, how she is disappointing in her role, how they are losing respect for her. It went to a point where one seriously wondered why these people are still here on the blog. Now Kate has given us the slightest hint at what she was busy doing behind the scenes and that indeed it had very much also been about work and improving her public skills. It has been about carefully planning how to highlight and support something close to their hearts and it has been about preparing for senior duties and discussing a tour. Since we had to listen to all those who thought she was not doing good enough, will it not be a natural thing to point out that indeed she was not that bad after all?

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    15. Bluehare - I didn't ask Charlotte to change anything about her blog. This blog is the most well written posts and factual background information. I think Charlotte does a smashing job with the blog and I didn't request she censor posters either. I would imagine since we are adults we can censor ourselves.

      I usually do try and stick to whatever topic the post is about and this post wasn't a knee jerk reaction to someone criticizing Catherine. My response was born of months upon months of negativity and in some cases down right cruelty. I don't believe this blog would be as amazing as it is if the only people who posted were yes men or apple polishers and I have no problem understanding legitimate frustrations with Catherine. Several posters have noted that they try and provide constructive criticism and I have done it before as well. My point was that there is a fine line between constructively criticizing someone and just being a plain negative malcontent.

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    16. Yesterday before I added my post my husband grabbed my laptop and noticed I had the blog open. When I came home from the store he flat out asked me if the tone of many commenters is usually as vitriolic and negative all the time. He said he read back from the most current posts and read every post until early July, that is when the christening was, right? Then jumped around to posts earlier than this year to check the comments out in those posts as well.

      Apparently he was reading blog posts almost the entire two hours I was gone. That made me giggle when I found out. I am sure that the fact Catherine is a beautiful woman made it more fun to check out the details being picked a part. He noted that just what he had read and seen made him glad he was a man because women are more critical of other women. I couldn't really argue that one.He cited these examples as things that stood out to him:

      Discontent with her hair and that she didn't ever change it to a more "mature" style VS the criticism about her bangs.

      Wanting more updos & when that happens stating it looked too heavy or the way the "fringe" was done with the tiara wasn't what people wanted to see.

      Her LK Bennett nude pumps and wanting to see different shoes vs getting new colors, designers and types of heels and picking at the fact she was too matchy, matchy

      Lack of engagements to engagements with snarky comments about motivation for doing more at this point

      He gave me other things but I was just listing those to try and get the point across. I talk to him about Catherine but not the comments on the blog so he was quite surprised. He requested that I not let our 8 year old daughter, who loves all things princess related, not read the comment section when I let her look at the pictures. He told me he didn't want her to develop a complex about her hair, weight, etc and he really thinks some of the comments could confuse a young girl. He also told me that at the crux of it is nothing Catherine seems to do, whether it be fashion, engagements or her beauty regiment, it isn't good enough. He noted that some of the commenters vocal about their discontent clearly go from saying they want one thing, (new engagements) and then changing the standard or desire, (too many sports ones, why bump the count up now, etc.) makes it appear nothing is enough or good enough and he said he doesn't want our daughter to see that. I don't know that I see her reading comments is as big of a deal as he does but as my husband and her father I will just have her look at pictures and read Charlotte's posts.

      Perhaps his disbelief and shock at the tenor of some comments is what made me actually post it this time. He is not naive and neither am I. I love a healthy debate and feel that there is room for improvement in everyone's daily lives but that is not what I feel like some of this is. No one is perfect and I think most of us realize that. Even the monarchists or the die hard Catherine supporters know that. I don't agree with getting hateful, spiteful or rude from people on either side of the debate and I suppose I would encourage all of his to try and analyze our intent when replying. I am not trying to single anyone out. My frustrations and my husbands comments were not aimed at anyone in particular. I have been trying to do a better job of doing that to my own replies on this blog, and any others I comment on. With everything that is going on in the world right now I sometimes need an escape from the negativity and insanity on the news and this blog has been that for me before and I just don't want to lose the close knit feel of the people who comment here because of negativity. I realize that someone will probably tell me my entire first post and this reply are negative but that is truly not my intent. Whilst the level of negativity has decreased over the last month or so I see it sneaking back in.

      I am going to add another response under this one with a couple more positive things my husband said about the blog.

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    17. 14:30- agree 100 %- let's move on from old topics and-The one-note-jonnies- always pleasant comments about the belt, the fringe
      just a "couple day's engagements." Just a few topics of criticisms this post, but repeated ad nauseam.Not to leave out the
      always popular work ethic, tax-payer funded, privileged life topics. Talk about one-note-jonnies.
      It's about time Kate had a "universally flattering post."
      You sound like that is a bad thing.

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    18. My husband had certain tabs open of this blog and showed me a couple comments that bugged him a lot and also had looked at all of the dream look choices and the state dinner entries. My daughter heard him say something about a ball gown and had to find out what we were talking about. She had him show her which looks he liked the most. I don't remember everything but just wanted to post some that I do remember. I know it had been a bit since we did those posts and the state dinner is long over but I figure I would want to know someone else thought I had good taste.

      The first set are from the dream look posts on August 7, 15 and 22:

      Gertrude (& Laina in NJ) - He really liked your choice of the gold lace Jimmy Choo shoes you picked and said he wanted to buy me a pair until he clicked the link and saw the price. Lol ( http://bit.ly/1IO9rFG )

      Rebecca from Sweden - He really liked the Katherine Hooker coat and added either the way it is originally or your modifications would work on Catherine. (That started a discussion of the word bespoke which prompted him to tell my that men and women speak very different versions of the same language. Lol)

      Bluhare - He said your choice for a formal gown, and jewels, was one of his favorites. He hadn't read the description of it and didn't realize the gown was an old gown. You can tell when something is classic because it would work just as well now, or a hundred years from now, as it did when it was first worn.

      Paulyne - He liked the black and red outfit you chose. He said the blazer and shoes help make it young and modern.

      Couch Potato - He liked the floral shoes you chose and I have loved them since I first saw your post. Lovely shoes.

      Maria from Germany - I hadn't come back to these posts since before the state dinner so I didn't notice until now that the gown you chose was pretty spot on. The dress she wore to the Hedge Fund gala may have been a different print but other than that. Awesome pick!

      Nam from India - Now that we know the tour next year is to India maybe you will get your wish! Catherine would look lovely in a gown with embroidery like the one you posted.

      Sarah from California - He thought the burgundy gown you chose would look for elegant on Catherine. he said something else but at this point his comments are running together in my brain. Probably because of the Nyquil I took for my cold.

      I will do the looks he especially like from the state dinner post later since I have Nyquil brain. Him showing our daughter the looks he liked reminded me of how many amazing looks were suggested.

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    19. Lol. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

      I love that people are complaining about complainers, which hardly any except for her hair which clearly in her way while reading. Maybe people should give less thoughts to what others think and let this page be as colourful as we all like.:))

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    20. Irony indeed RF, I was astonished. Are we the only ones who were?

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  43. The earrings looked so tiny on her compared to the photo. The diamonds can't be more than a point each.

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  44. Sarah from Calif.19 November 2015 at 00:44

    Well done Kate!!!!! This is so needed in my of our nation's!

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  45. Kate looks beautiful and I really like her dress.

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  46. That speech was hard to watch for me. I wanted to move that piece back to the right side and say "pull that back young lady!" Agh. I felt so bad for her... She's beautiful, gracious, and yet, just like all of us...having a bad hair day. Lesson learned hopefully.

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    1. Her hair was right in her eyes during that speech, so distracting to watch her continually shake her head. I do not understand her at all!!! Why wear your hair like that if you are going to make a speech?

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    2. Hopefully, her team will bring that to her attention if she doesn't notice that herself. That has to be changed. Can you imagine the Queen having that problem (no) and then not doing anything about it? (no) It is not optimum communication behind a veil of hair.

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      her hair and that there was apparently no area arranged for her to tidy it. I think she was painfully aware.
      If she does have a "team," where were they?

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    4. that was the point. They don't wear wear that will interfere with their royal duties. Her team is Becca Deacon, Miguel Head, etc. Becca was there during the speech.

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    5. I doubt Miguel , William's assistant, would wish to escort her to the ladie's room. You are correct- "Becca"
      should have intervened. I can't understand why she attends these functions if she does not assist when
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  47. First time comment...LONG time reader. I am so proud of Kate's example in her patronages and interests. She has become very informed and has done a beautiful job so far. The best part is how she is so non-hypocritical in what she's "preaching." She is bashed constantly for her "laziness" and being a stay at home mom and not knowing the struggles of others. She has prices to pay for her lifestyle, as we all do in our various situations. However, it is plain to see how much she understands the importance of being a loving, strong mother and wife. Building a deep foundation for her family to thrive in the future. She is helping others to have the same mental and emotional advantages her own children have. Of course you can't replace a good mother, but strong loving mentors/teachers and foster parents are the next best thing! Addiction and mental illness are absolutely roots of many adult (and childhood) hardships. I'm so grateful for her example of choosing motherhood and not being sorry for it. How much criticism would she get if she was a work-a-holic, never home with her own family, yet supporting other kids and families? That would seem poor taste to me. Her family values shine through and teaches no matter how "high you rise," it always comes down to family. I give huge credit to William too. Thank you Cambridges for your family values!

    Be safe everywhere you all are!

    Now the selfish side of me... I love just about everything she wears. And her hair is enviable. I love everyone's discussion and comments. Keep it up everyone!!

    Lydia, USA

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    2. Fantastic post, Lydia. Very well said. Amen to the Cambridge's.

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    3. Lydia, I agree. Perfectly said. Thank you

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  48. I love the speech the duchess delivers nice flawless heartfelt powerful speech and I know that William and kate value the issue on mental illness and mr mrs middleton provide the duchess loved stable and loving childhood and knows exactly duchess understand the children needs she knows that what I love she recycle the dress she uses in 2012 not in new dress these prove the duchess simply and classy and I love the she recycle dress and plus the fact she children princess

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  49. I love that she is an advocate of mental health issues in children. Sadly I live in a developing country where there is still a stigma towards mental illnesses. We can definitely use someone like the DoC to raise awareness with these issues. She is doing great work. Moving on, love the dress the first time and still love it now. Her fashion choices in 2011-2012 were way better. Unfortunately her hair had been a miss these past 3 appearances.

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  50. So nice to hear her speak today. I wish she would do more of it. I think she has greatly improved. I like that she didn't step into this role perfectly and we are watching her grow from the college girlfriend to bride to mom and slowly more active royal. She is trying and working into her role and I can just image how lovely she will be 20+ years from now and when she is queen. Looking back at these moments will be sweet.

    As to the bangs...yes uggg! But honestly I hold her hairdresser equally or more responsible for this flub. The hairdresser is the professional trusted with the job of making the duchess look her best and the hair expert. The hairdresser should take the days events into account and advise kate as to how to put her best hair forward. We expect her speech writers to polish her writing...I expect her hairdresser to polish her hair.

    And mainly at the end of the day she put the focus on a very worthy cause and illustrated once again that this is an area she clearly feels strongly about.

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    1. nicely said Jennie. :)

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    2. I agree Lydia.

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    3. I am so happy about Kate's speeches. She is such a sweet and loving person and no doubt has a lot to bring to the table. I am eager to find out more of who Kate is. That will be fun. Marriage, parenting and impending "Queendom" have matured her for sure.

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    4. 20+ years from now the Queen will be 109, the Duke 115?, and Charles 87. If theyre still with us.George will have
      finished at University-his little sister a post-deb. Do they still do that? The scenes on Downton Abbey (sob!)
      brought back graceful memories.
      But, lovely image of watching Kate blossom......03:33

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    5. 17:58 speaks nicely about that 20:55.
      And I agree with that because of what you also said, Kate being given some intense "Queen training" in her "free" time makes sense. There is no guarantee that Charles will be around to ascend to the throne when the Queen dies, although I sincerely hope that is not the case, it is a realistic consideration. Kate must be prepared.

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  51. I love the Duchess and as the mother of a child with mental health issues I am grateful for the work she and William are doing. However.....enough with the hair! I watched her speech and as good as it was it was almost impossible to concentrate on what she was saying, you could see that she was uncomfortable and all that head tossing was awful. I don't understand because her hair is still beautiful and long when its pulled back, I don't know what she thinks she is clinging to? I really like the dress, the shoes are completely wrong with it though. Very happy to be seeing more of Kate though and I think overall she has been doing an outstanding job lately.

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    1. My prayers are with you Mel B.

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    2. Hello Mel - you typed the words right out of my fingers! Happy to see the Duchess supporting her causes - however, still much progress needed as far as how she presents herself at the podium. The shaggy bangs do not help her. If I were her mother I'd say "Get your hair out of your face." ; ) Hopefully she'll get more training on how to convey her message in a more natural and influential way. Perhaps she just needs more time and practice to refine these skills. PS- I've had the same thought regarding "what is she clinging to?" - especially lately. Did you see the "ringlets" this week - with the blue dress and (gulp) black leather belt?

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    3. 19:09-What an amazing coincidence! "If I were her mother...etc.-"exactly what someone else said.
      Carole is her mother and many here think she did an outstanding job raising a daughter who has her
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  52. Those earrings still look like hearts to me, not leaves.

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    2. In fact, they are heart-shaped leaves. Look at the edge.

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    3. Thanks Paola. I see what you mean now. They are hearts "wrapped" in a border of leaves. frustration eliminated. :)

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    4. Haha, Paola comes in and diplomaticly calms everyone! :P

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    5. Ahahah Rebecca, good morning! It's a new day! :)

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  53. hate the hair but love the outfit and what she is doing

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  54. Once the children are in school, I would like to see Kate start her own brand of clothing and accessories.
    All the costs above operating costs could be given to her charities. I think she would love it and have so much fun. I think she would be uber successful at that. And the world would be an even prettier place because of it. :)

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    1. I can't believe that. Her own clothing brand is brilliant. Right up Kate's alley and what a boon for consumers and her charities. Makes me want to write to Becca Deacon to pitch the idea (giving all credit for the idea to you of course 05:50.) :)
      What a Godsend that would be. HalleluYah

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    2. Hmmm... I'm not so sure. It would raise money, without a doubt, but at the same time it would cheapen the brand (in this case, being a member of the BRF).

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    3. I am not so sure about that, with all due respect, RF. Charles has retail businesses. And if it were done solely as a charitable entity, even more so than Beulah, I think it would fly just fine.

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    4. Agree, royalfan. Also, by that time she very well could be queen, or at least Princess of Wales. No time for a side business. I wonder if that was a serious suggestion. Maybe tongue-in cheek?..33

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  55. Because her family invested so much TLC into Kate, she had what it took to be considered an asset to the Royal family. Enough so that every monarch on the throne of England from now on will be directly related to her, including her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren................
    So, her Job as parent to George and Charlotte and wife to William is equally as important in enhancing, stabilizing and providing TLC to the throne of England.

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    1. Absolutely! If the Queen did not believe in miracles, she should. Kate is their second chance at getting it right.

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    2. Amen. a miracle indeed. She is living her destiny.

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    3. It is a miracle also that Harry has weathered the storms and is turning out splendidly. People have portrayed Harry as less than a intelligent, not studious, etc. Obviously, he has only to open his
      mouth to prove them wrong. He is handsome (very), charming (in a good way), and articulate and insightful (royally). If I had a daughter would I want her to marry Harry should the I ocassion present itself? Yes, even with all the foibles of the Royal life. I think, as William shelters Kate, Harry would likewise shelter his wife. I think she would be laughing and having fun and success almost every day and that they would have an amazing family.

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  56. I liked very much, in her speech, the allusion to her family: it showed that the speech is her own, not written by a ghost writer.

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  57. The speech was very good!
    A very noticeable improvement from previous speeches that the Duchess has made.
    But her hair OMG, I would be heading straight to my hairdresser to get a new cut. It's impossible to see through a thick layer of hair!
    But as one of the previous commenters has said, everybody has a bad hair day sometimes. That's all.

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  58. Elisabetta from Italy19 November 2015 at 12:17

    Hello to everyone! It's the first time I comment on this blog but I follow you since the beginning. I'm from Italy so you'll excuse me if I make same mistakes. I'm studying English so I was wondering if sameone could explain me what type of accent the duchess has. I know that in England there are same type of accents depending on your status. I've read about "received pronunciation', am I wrong? Thank you, Elisabetta

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  59. If only the following was her speech..given and shared vocal in video to the public.
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    The report from social scientific studies, experiments and research states there are various causes of childhood emotional problems. The outcome of such dilemma could be a result of bio chemical, cellular, trauma, prenatal care, drug addiction of parents, and life at home. As more broad causes as there may be for childhood mental illness that leads to a maladjusted adult, my focus is on the later. In general, this disease affects a cross section of society. The responsibility, undertaking and dedication The Place To Be had established as an organization deserves support.

    As much as there are studies that co-relate childhood emotional problems are associated with lack of love and guidance, there are also several stories of exception. There are those deprived, unloved and unattended children who overcome such challenges and turn out to be great contributing members of society. Therapists and Psychologists also report some success stories. So it may not be all bleak, and there could be hope that comes from different sources and resources.

    I believe the love, guidance and attention given to me in my formative years from my family and teachers had helped me to understand its positive significance in navigating life as an adult. In that regard, such lessons can be cyclic and generational. As a new parent myself, I am learning to pass along what my parents and teachers had graciously granted me with commitment. It is not an easy task to be teachers and parents. It is not necessarily every parent and teacher has the reasonable grounding and tools which enable them to provide for children. In consideration of life’s circumstance, bad choice, mid guided teen life and other social problems; the causes are several.

    As the Place To Be strives and under takes some percentage of the solution for this wide range of problems, the coordination with government agencies and other organizations can contribute in understanding and solving other root causes of childhood mental illness.

    I and William recently attended an engagement on MIND day. It is a cause both of us are interested in understanding better, and be a part of the solution. Harry had been very active with trauma caused problems with our veterans and abroad. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry Charitable Organization as you all know is very young, about three years old. We look forward to continue our fund raising effort for the various causes including The Place Be. Our office will co-ordinate with The Place To Be to focus on what will make the most difference, so we can pledge financial contribution to this wonderful organization.

    Thank you

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    1. Anon 15, the speech was very good indeed. I like the way she personalized it because it added credibility to the message. And her parents certainly deserve the recognition. Considering some of the unkind words directed at the Middleton's over the years, imagine how wonderful it must have been for them to hear their daughter, the Duchess of Cambridge, saying thank you on the world stage.

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    2. I like this speech. It has facts, personal connections and links to other organisations that could work well with place 2 be.

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    3. Yes it could be a good speech, it sounds very professional and all the links to other charities are informative. At the present moment, it could sound maybe "too much" professional, as I think she wanted to be heard from people not just from her local, highly professional audience. She probably will add some further info and connections in her future speeches. Anon 15, I think you could apply for a place of ghost writer :))

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    4. Royal fan and others, who like Kate’s speech,

      I am glad people like her speech; it is good news. Like the rest of you, I have a genuine wish for greater place in the world for Duchess OC. As she makes more speeches, it should be more encouraged than criticized; however, just like we styled her through fashion, we can consider to rewrite speeches as well. Personally, I found myself thinking the possibility of her great potential and that of the combined charity organization of Ds. OC, Dk. OC and Prince Harry taking some small initiative to pledge some financial support especially now right before the tax year closes. Charitable donations will be tax deductible, even employees of various organizations and government agencies can choose and pledge to their choice of charities. They might even be able to include The Place 2Be in the list. In the US typically, it is The United Way, American Cancer Institute and The Salvation Army are among the major beneficiaries of the general populous as well as corporations. That is offered around this time in US work places ( correct me if I am wrong). The DOC having a network of well to do organizations and associations, their pledge could have motivated others to donate to their charities.
      I found the speech missing some specifics. Early yesterday morning, before I rushed to work, I happen to read this blog and the speech. I did not want it to bother me the way it did. I wrote the “speech” draft in one try, and posted it. I have no regret, and it is called tough love. If anybody has the time, willingness and/or patience to read it, it has every theme of her speech with some specific not to leave out all kinds of circumstances without leaving others who give everything even better than the Kate was given, but other reasons caused their children’s mental illness/or emotional problem.

      Absolutely, it was wonderful to hear her pay gratitude and acknowledgement to her parents and teachers. The way I changed it is in ways that she does not look like she lives in a bubble and is exclusive.

      What I wrote also tried to integrate hope and optimism for those beneficiaries of The Place 2Be, and others who had lost happy homes due to several reasons including divorce.


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    5. Paola,
      Thank you..ya ghost writer..I can only amuse my self, but it came from the heart. It was generous of you.

      Just like this blog had succeeded as a partner in motivating us to search for our taste / creative senses in fashion and style, it seems to have built up some capital in integrating peoples deepest psyches where the problems of society is concerned. That is if the person has interest in that particular subject and/or find it essential enough to discuss. This is also credit to Kate’s patron choices and the engagements she continues to attend. I like the blog and Kate even more when they challenge us this way. It becomes an occasion to get in touch with many other sides of us and the world we live in.

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  60. I love reading this blog, and check it daily even if the Duchess doesn't have events. Though I don't post very often, I am today because I had been thinking about this dress the past few weeks, hoping we would see it again, and we did! I really loved this dress the first time out and still love it.

    I also wanted to add that I love the Duchess's hair, bangs and all! Mine is very, very similar in length and bangs and I doubt even a half up/half down or ponytail would have helped with the bangs during the speech (I have a pony tail in right now and my bangs are hanging out.) What would have helped is if she had not looked down so far at the paper every time. Instead of looking down to read and then back up at the audience, she could have glanced down and read and then lifted her eyes to the audience. Less head motion and therefore less bangs in the eyes. For me, simply looking down at my keyboard and then back at the monitor causes my bangs to swing into my face! Public speaking is hard and I think she did excellent overall - probably because she is very passionate about her work and what she was speaking on. I personally can't wait to hear more from her.

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  61. Speaking of Kate being "a Queen in the making",

    I agree. And for those who have questioned over the years what Kate does with her "free" time, I believe she is receiving a substantial amount of training about protocols and Royal history orientations. I believe she is also receiving training on the layouts, contents and daily operations of Buckingham Palace, Windsor castle, Balmoral, Holyrood, etc. She will be the mistress of these in the future. I do not think the Queen would leave her unprepared for that nor do I think that she would leave that to others to do. She might assign certain tasks but only under her supervision. As the Queen is the age she is, I don't think she has been dilly-dallying around about it.
    The Queen and Prince Charles are no spring chickens. (Not to speak anything bad over them.)
    I think that Kate has also been made familiar with all of the Queen's Jewels, private and otherwise. Kate would have to know about that also as she will most likely be mistress over most of that. Then there is the training on foreign affairs, past, present and future.
    Apparently she has been a good student as she is being given more and more responsibility. (State dinner, etc.) No sitting at home watching soaps and eating Bon Bons for our girl. No Stepford wife, country club social butterfly either. (no offense to country club wives. I belong to country clubs also, but you know what I mean.)

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      I think that is an astute observation. William has received training like that from a young age. I truly believe Kate is definitely being groomed as you say.

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  62. Maggie - Minneapolis19 November 2015 at 21:39

    This engagement was what I've been looking for from Kate! Yay speech! Obviously there are issues that need to be fixed - her public speaking still has some problems but practice is the only thing that can resolve them, and this engagement was exactly that practice. I sincerely hope this marks the beginning of a change in her engagements in terms of the role she plays in them. This was a good start to making her participation in certain causes more than just accepting flowers and smiling.
    I agree with everyone bothered by those bangs. Hopefully she was so bothered too that she pins them back and puts her hair up for future speeches. I'm a little worried she hasn't been too bothered by her hair (and doesn't know it's a problem) because she has had problems in past speeches with her hair falling in her face and yet hasn't fixed that, and presumably, she practiced this speech with her bangs, and yet chose to keep them loose for this event. Maybe she has always practiced with a different hairstyle? Who knows. But overall, I'm thrilled to see Kate do more at this engagement. I hope she keeps this up. I feel like it will help if she does more solo engagements (lately I feel like she and William have been doing more together than they usually do) because then she can be the focus and also cannot use William as a crutch (not saying that she does intentionally). That is the biggest downside imo of William's job - they have to schedule appearances much more carefully to fall during times he is off and they can be in London - meaning they have to work at the same time and making it to where it just makes more sense for them to do engagements together whereas before they could alternate and spread out their individual appearances.

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  63. Finally had time to watch the speech. Terrific job. Powerful, sincere, heartfelt. Great delivery. I love the dress, sharp, eye catching. She's doing great things. Really great to see. Ariagurl.

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  64. I finally had a chance to watch the video. All of you are right about the bangs. She needed to pause and tuck her hair behind her ears. I think also there might have been some hairspray in there keeping things stuck wrong.

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  65. Elisabetta from Italy @ 13:10,
    Natives of UK and others might be able to tell you what exactly Kate's "dialect"is.

    When Kate gave her first speech around 2013 /Feb?, one of the journalists commented, her speech (most likely meaning dialect) was 'cut glass royal". I had wondered what it meant, assumed my own translation and left it alone. It is good you brought up the topic. I googled the phrase, "cut glass royal in speech" and found this article posted on the telegraph about William and Kate's accent. I did not finish reading the article yet. The writer categorizes Kate's way of speech as "traditional".

    From what I used to know there is what they call, "Queens, or Kings English" as opposed to other various types of English speech. To be honest with you, even as some one who speaks with an accent, and may not have the perfect "hearing for dialects and other native accents", Queen Elizabeth's speech especially in her youth used to have some king diction beyond English to my ears (that is from her World War II speech documentary around age 13) I used to think her Scottish mother probably had an influence on the way the Queen spoke. Now, it is much more different, not necessarily posh like Prince Charles, but English-English of her own kind "English class"?. Her children's speech sound more English-English than her. To my ears, some of the British journalists have the kind of British English I remember as British English ( beautiful, clear and internationaly recognized as The British Accent dialect). Prince Charles is posh English so much so some times can not be understood. May be that is the Queen's/King's English.

    Here is also the article about RF speech. I hope to read it over the week end.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9653166/Prince-Williams-cut-glass-accent-is-a-little-less-polished-than-Kate-Middletons.html


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  66. Good for Kate. She made a fine speech! It was good, and exactly what I think most people here have been hoping to see more of. The words she used seem more like they came from her, and less like a speech built out of templates. Kate - go you. We want to hear more of your thoughts and opinions.
    I think George and Charlotte are in pretty good hands, with a grounded and loving mum.
    Also, I really, really like that dress and am pleased it got another outing.

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  67. Are those people who watched the video talking about yesterday's speech? Please provide the link to the video. The place 2Be has an old scripted video of Kate on its web site. It will be wonderful to find the video link on this web site.

    Charlotte,
    Would you post the link from yesterday's video please? That is if there is one available to the public from yesterday, and if you are able to post it.

    Thank you

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  68. What do you think would be a good name for her clothing brand?

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    1. I liiiike it, Paola. I think that's it. wow. Good work. You have just been moved to the office with a view (if you weren't there already.) :)

      THANK YOU

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  69. well I love the duchess heartfelt speech I believe she delivers her speech right and I know she speak from the heart too hair issue is not a problem I think she knows next time how to handle her hair

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  70. Julia from Leominster20 November 2015 at 09:44

    I thought Kate did brilliantly - her speech was enormously better than what she has done in the past - longer, more personal, more in depth, giving more of herself (which is very difficult in public speaking) better paced, less a princess who is just coming in to say a few words and more someone who is developing a serious involvement with her subject. And the more she does, the more it will improve. I was so pleased that she and William signed the condolence book and that she took over William's engagement so he could attend the match with that very moving presentation. This has been an important week for William and Kate and it continues today.
    I was very moved by some of the comments here as well, Rebecca's description of her mother's work, Mel B's comment about her child and especially Belva's comment about how it remains a stigma in her developing country. I hope very much William and Kate take their message overseas and I'm certain they will - but even here and in so called developed countries stigmas about mental continue - often among the young - it links directly with bullying which is also a subject William and Kate have embraced. Change will come slowly but Diana with her work with AIDs and landmines shows the involvment of royals can make a huge difference. I still meet old-timers who don't want the royals to be involved at this level - who want them to continue more as figureheads and I understand this postion from their viewpoint but the world is changing and the family must change with it. Anyone who marries into the royal family has to understand that they are marrying a job and their success and relevance will come from finding a charitable cause that speaks to them deeply - and I believe William and Kate are starting this now.
    On to fashion. I loved Kate's blue dress - I believe someday that colour will be called Kate Blue - she wears it so well. I was a little disappointed that she didn't find a Chinese Brit such as Huishan Zhang to wear instead of D and G - as much as I liked that dress, so I'm thrilled that has been remedied here in honour of the coming Indian tour. I've always loved the grey dress - a favourite of mine but I thought it was a cocktail dress so I was taken back by its appearance here - funny how we form ideas.
    The hair is an issue - it reminds me of the pianist Martha Argerich who also hides behind her hair. In videos, I've noticed how much Kate touches and fiddles with it. She has my sympathy - I was a nervous hair twirller when I was young and hated it when Mum called me on it - but am so glad she did now - conquering that is part of working life - whether you are a princess or just a professional. Kate has lovely hair and I think she needs to find a wind safe style that will let her keep it long but discourage fiddling such as a demi-chignon. It is a royal issue and some like Victoria of Sweden and Sophie often wear their hair pulled back severely, which to me is so harsh a look. If Kate would find a single style and stay with it, it would be great. Fringes are probably not a good idea.
    A final plea for tolerance for all readers here. I think some of the critics of others really have no idea what a real anti-monarchist or republican sounds like - unfortunately, I do and I'm confident there are none on this blog. Constructive criticism isn't hate and I see most people as appreciate of the efforts Kate is making. So let's be welcoming to all opinions. I'm certain the palace follows this blog and it's likely that sites filled with supporters like this and others have had an impact on this recent increased involvement of William and Kate. I do believe this blog can make a difference and the variety of opinions from the most ardent of supporters to the strongest critics makes it both interesting and relevant.

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    2. Right on, Julia. SO glad you're back. xo

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  71. Good to see a step up in DOC work and for such a good cause. Well done. I like the dress and liked it for the event. She did well with the speech - nerve wracking to know every word is going to be heard by many millions. I thought the podium might have been a tad low and made her have to bend further down to read her notes, she would not have wanted to get it wrong, and this made the hair issue worse. I am sure as she gains confidence it will all fall into place.

    I have just one other comment to make about photographing as they arrive. The senior royals are targets and probably they are most vulnerable when they arrive as the event place and time are usually announced. Turning for the perfect photo opportunity especially if it is done every time is also the opportunity for a perfect shot. I myself prefer safer Royals and the photos we get.

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  72. The Cambridges are in Wales. ... hey Charlotte update pictures sisterr... waiting anxiously

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  73. Even fully aware this is very much a Kate’s blog; somethings have to be put in practical and societal standards. I am not aware of speeches made from templates. Any speech that has a universal cause MUST be crafted very carefully. It is not about Kate’s speech, it is about the multitudes who suffer; childhood mental illness has various causes.

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  74. Love you dearest Charlotte such a great post of today's engagements... hope you didn't mind my asking... because my signals strength is very low and no other apps workes so i just get anxious. .. thanks alot gor ur great post love alot

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