Sunday, 13 December 2015

Kate Enjoys Christmas Shopping at Peter Jones

The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed in Chelsea doing a spot of last minute Christmas shopping.

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Like so many of us, I expect Kate, who is reportedly due to host Christmas for the Middletons at Anmer Hall for the second time, is making last minute preparations for the big day. There are several photos of Kate's outing available at the Mail Online.

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Accompanied by royal protection officers, Kate spent an hour shopping in Peter Jones, a branch of her favourite department store John Lewis.

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Kate left armed with a full bag and carried what appeared to be a check tablecloth under her arm. The eagle-eyed ladies at What Would Kate Do quickly discovered the Duchess was carrying the John Lewis Gingham Check Tablecloth in mushroom. The classic wipe-clean cloth retails for £12 per metre and also comes in blue and sage.

John Lewis

More from the Mail Online:

'The Cambridges are preparing to spend their first Christmas as a family of four after the birth of Princess Charlotte in May. 
 As with last year, they will attend the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church with the rest of the Royal Family, but are then expected to return to their Norfolk mansion for a dinner with the Middletons rather than join the Queen at Sandringham House.'

One imagines it's an incredibly exciting time for the Cambridges with Christmas just under two weeks away. According to US Weekly Kate recently took George to nearby Fakenham Garden Centre where they picked up a battery-lit star, a roll of gold guaze and a mini tree. A staffer told the magazine: "George wanted everything he saw. Kate let him choose a couple of ornaments, including a felt penguin". Below, a peek inside the store...


The magazine also reports the Cambridges put a locally sourced 9 ft Christmas tree up at their Norfolk home.


Kate selected the Reiss Rubik Houndstooth Coat she wore for her visit to Action on Addiction's Centre for Addiction Studies on Thursday.


The coat remains available in several sizes on both the UK Reiss website and the US Reiss Site. It retails for £325 ($620). It's also available in very limited sizing at Bloomingdales. For those hoping to purchase the coat, if it's unavailable in your size I would advise you to keep a check on the Reiss site, as several sizes were restocked over the past couple of days following Kate's appearance in it. I expect it's possible this may happen again.


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Two readers with an eye for style, Rachel and Anna, have been in touch sharing Repli-Kate's for the coat. The Calvin Klein Houndstooth Belted Coat is discounted from $342 to $188 at Bloomingdales; next, we have the $75 Carefully Chosen Coat from Modcloth; and finally, Rachel suggested this $38 Houndstooth Cape from Nordstrom as a "fresh way to approach the look with an on trend cape".


Kate teamed the coat with either a black turtleneck jumper - quite possible the one seen below with a skirt - or a turtleneck dress.


For footwear, she chose her Stuart Weitzman Half n Half Stretch Boots. For UK customers, the boots are available at Russell & Bromley for £395. In the US, the boots are known as the Stuart Weitzman 50-50 where they retail for $655 (Courtnee notes there are not identical to the pair available at Russell & Bromley).

Stuart Weitzman

The Duchess carried her trusty Tod's D-Styling Bag. The very similar Tod's D-Bow Bag retails at Farfectch for $1,600 (get 10% off your first order with the code 2015ffdec) and a selection of similar bags are available at My Theresa.


TOD's

Kate completed the look with a casual updo.

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Speaking of the royal tresses, we have a quick update on the hairdresser who created Kate's latest and much talked-about style.


It turns out the rumours are true and Richard Ward is not only responsible for Kate's shorter hair but also the fringe. In an exclusive interview with People! Mr Ward said:

"It's a practical style and a great option for a mom who has had long hair, who has a busy life and is short on time," the royal mom's longtime hair dresser Richard Ward, who is responsible for Kate's chic new cut, tells PEOPLE. "It's slightly more sophisticated but with all the benefits of long hair.
Ward describes the style as "sophisticated, versatile" and full of "bouncy glamour". Debuted at a Christmas charity event in London's financial district on Wednesday, "It still has the feeling of long hair," says Ward, adding that Kate's signature blowout has lost none of its allure. "It has more bouncy movement because of the long layers and shorter length." 

Richard Ward's famous salon off King's Road has been a regular haunt for the Middleton family for over a decade with not only Kate but Carole and Pippa choosing the salon's stylists to look after their hair. Most royal fans will have heard of the salon at time of the royal wedding when Mr Ward and his former employee James Pryce created Kate's hairstyle for the occasion. Now, Kate reportedly gets cuts and colours done at the salon and Amanda Cook-Tucker does her hair before engagements and has accompanied her during tours.


When asked if Kate's new style will prove popular, Richard replied:

"Of course, If you look like she does, pretty much anything will suit you!"

We'll see you on Tuesday when Kate attends the Anna Freud Centre's Christmas party in London. Until then, we hope your festive preparations are going to plan and you're having a lovely weekend! :)

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  1. It's been a while since we've seen Kate shopping. The coat surprised me only because I expected to see one of her "off duty" coats, but it makes perfect sense. Wearing it two days in a row does make these pictures a lot less significant.

    And I would love to see their Christmas tree..it must be quite beautiful. Imagine the expressions on George's face when he sees the presents and starts opening them! What a special Christmas this will be for the whole family.

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    1. She bought a smaller tree also the article says. I wonder if George gets a little tree in his room to decorate. I did that for my son.

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    2. p. s. I still have that tree and all the decorations. It is nice when all family members create an "inaugural" little ornament for the tree so it will still incorporate family and be even more special. Making those first little ornaments together as a family activity helps also while each making an ornament for the big tree. Can you tell that I love Christmas???

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  2. I am wondering when that picture of Kate and Will with Kate in the royal blue skirt is from?? I have never seen this outfit. Is it an old one? I love the color so much. Can anyone tell me when she wore it? Thanks!

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    1. That was the outfit she wore 23 October on their trip to Dundee. She had a coat that was the same colour as the skirt. It was lovely.

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    2. The outfit is from when She was in Scotland with William a little bit ago.... she was wearing a coat and then took it off when inside http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-earl-and-countess-of-strathearn.html

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    3. I would not expect also for her to wear one of her on duty coats, but i am ok with it as it is a nice coat! She looks tired or maybe her make up was not so thorough as we do sometimes when we are going out in a hurry! Anyway, one thing i have to say, her off duty photos remind me of all of us everyday women out in the streets! Anyone of us could have been a royal, luck, fate, perfect timing chose her!

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    4. It does seem like she was born for the role she now has. Hugs to you Kate, strength and favor.

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    5. Thanks! I guess I must have missed the inside pictures.

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    6. Yes, she is wonderful. William recognized this early. He did a good choice. Respect for him and for her. May God bless this couple.

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    7. I agree 22:19, :)

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  3. Hello all. I never saw that outing of Kate with William. When is it from? Anyone have a link. Thanks!

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    1. That was 23 October when they went to Dundee.

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    2. That was 23 October when they went to Dundee.

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    3. The outfit is from when She was in Scotland with William a little bit ago.... she was wearing a coat and then took it off when inside http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-earl-and-countess-of-strathearn.html

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    4. The day Kate starts worrying about what the fickle and generally uncouth media says about her is the the day her troubles would really begin.

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    5. She's been wise to the media for a long time, as indicated in her engagement interview.

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  4. She looks exhausted! She had quite a week. Who wouldn't be, but looks like she's pushing the envelope a bit. Her hair was a mess. Maybe it was windy. I liked it better longer and twisted up. Oh well, hair grows! Bless her heart. She's got a lot on her plate, and it must be wearing to have photographers hanging out at every turn. She has my prayers.

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    1. She has my prayers also. She needs all the prayer coverage she can get. She holds such a busy place in the pages of history. A lot on her plate.

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    2. She looks very tired or just like a normal person after a few sleepless nights. I admire her if she doesn't care what the press would tell about her. Good for you, Kate!

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  5. hmm I think the duchess love to recycle all her outfits she always look new even she repeating her outfit love her with no make up

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  6. Oh she looks so tired! Probably hurried out to get a few things on a busy Saturday and, like me, regretted it. Christmas shopping is not for the faint hearted!

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  7. I think Kate's hair was in its prime in terms of style when James Pryce styled it (think the Canada tour/royal wedding/announcement). Her new shorter cut unnecessarily ages her and the fringes were also equally regrettable.

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    1. Agree too. He was a genius!

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    2. Couldn't agree more!

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  8. it has been quite awhile since we have seen kate very informal she really does look tired it's to bad they don't realease a photo of their christmas tree better yet a photo of princess charlotte and prince george sitting by the tree but that will probibly never happen thanks for the quick post charlotte you are amazing

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  9. I quite like this Tod's bag. It's not really my style, but I like the way Kate carries it.

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    1. I love the bag but I bet it weighs a ton empty and is really heavy as you stuff more and more stuff into all that lovely space:)

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  10. Kate looks so tired under the eyes, I'm not used to seeing her without all her make up on. I sometimes forget she must have a lot on around Xmas time especially with George an Charlotte being soo young. I love that coat tho, it's gorgeous on her!

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  11. I often see comments here from people who think Kate looks tired or that she's aged more than expected, I have to admit I rarely see that. But as soon as I saw these pics I knew what was coming, they are not the most flattering photos. Though who among us would want to be photographed while running errands?

    I think someone needs to hide her black eyeliner and force her to find something new! In my opinion the dark eyes are contributing, to say the least, especially the full line under the lower lashes which hardly any make-up artist will do. Something lighter could change her look dramatically.

    Diana used to use a heavy blue liner on the inside of her lower lid, and one of her make-up artists said she begged and pleaded with her to stop. One day she finally convinced Diana to let her do the eyes without it and then she stepped away to wash up... when she returned moments later Diana was giggling with her hands up in front of her face. The artist said "what did you do" and Diana pulled her hands away to reveal she had taken out the blue liner and filled it in herself :)

    Just a royal anecdote to say that old habits die hard! But I think someone needs to talk Kate out of this, it's not doing her any favors, particularly at daytime events.

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    1. That's a very funny anecdote. I think this eyeliner thing comes from closer to home, her mum. I can hardly wait for her to grow out of this habit.

      I think she looks tired in these pictures. But to be honest we always see heavily phtoshopped pics of famous people. And when we see them in broad daylight then we are surprised how bad or rather original they look.
      She looks very different than 3 years ago but who doesn't. She is not so lucky on her genes front maybe lucky somewhere else:-)

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    2. Agree she is very heavy handed with the liner. I think she has worn it this way for so long that she just not see how heavy and dark it looks. Not sure if she uses it more strongly now than in the past or if an old technique just no longer works. Ali

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    3. It was Barbara Daly who said that blue27 :) And I think it was Mary Greenwell who eventually got her to give it up for good!

      Diana also had luminous skin, she took amazing care of it. As I've said before, smoking and sunbathing are about the worst things you can do for your skin, it will come back to haunt you. And start taking good care of your skin in your 30's at the latest! Good products make a world of difference and you will see proof of that when you're in your 40's and 50's... and beyond!

      Paula Begoun in the States has a great site, Beautypedia, with excellent reviews of products of all price points. Worth checking it!

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    4. I don't think it is just tiredness. First of all, Carole and Pippa have similar skin and look older than their years. Also, I think that the aging and rough skin is because she lacks fat layers on her face. As we get into our mid-thirties we have to choose between our face and our body. I hope that whoever is her personal trainer advises her of this and encourages her to eat a lot accordingly. Being thin and slim is great, but not at the expense of one's face. At least that's how I approach it. I would rather have a fuller and younger face and a small baby pooch (which tights can hide very well btw) rather than a flat stomach and a too-thin face.

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    5. I love Kate but without full-on makeup, she looks about 10 years older.And not just in these photos but with other street photos as well. I think its a combination of genes, stress (having kids and the expectations with her position) and probably from just wearing heavy make-up since her teens. I dont remember seeing a photo where she's not wearing heavy eyeliner. The same with Pippa, looks great with make-up, not so great without.

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    6. I don't see anything wrong with Kate's genes. Far from it. While many young men may look at their mother-in-laws and privately wonder "will my wife...?", William can smile to himself as he thinks, "yes, she will!"

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    7. Of course, you can't.

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    8. Royalfan

      I have the same baggy eyes like Kate and I am older than her like 3-4 years. My mum has the same eyes, I inherited from her, yes it is genes, whether you like it or not. She also inherited her Mum's skin type probabyly. You can say whatever you want but she is not lucky on that front either.

      I can't even understand your daydreaming about what William would think ... or you can read minds?

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    9. RF, I think your thoughts are very realistic and perfectly normal.

      I have pondered William's perspective on that myself. I think we have seen that concern expressed in William's gestures and choices often during their courtship, engagement and marriage as he has sheltered and guided Kate through and around the media circus that his life involves.

      I think the responses to your comments bordered on rude. Be encouraged RF, your comments are insightful and interesting and I have enjoyed them for many years. Keep smiling and carry on.
      :)

      a fan of RF, :)

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    10. Anon 17:43...thank you. :)

      blue27, I understand the role played by genes and I have no argument with it. It's the insistence that Kate's are bad that I find unnecessary and somewhat amusing.

      And regarding my "daydreaming", well, my comment was 50% humor combined with 50% common sense, which adds up to 100% reality in this case. It is what it is and men who are brave enough would admit to it. And I stand by my observation because as Carole Middleton (at 56) walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey back in 2011 she looked better than some brides half her age.

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  12. I like her hair a lot, but she does look tired. Bet she just rushed out quickly and threw her hair up b/f running out the door. I get that. It's not like she's "on the job"...just doing personal stuff. Hope they have a fun Christmas. So glad they are making personal time as a small family--normal life stuff. =)

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  13. She does look quite tired! Glad she's human like the rest of us! I work in retail so it's not fun to go out again and do the Christmas shopping after my shift. Hope she has more energy than me!!!

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  14. Princess Charlotte is about the right age to cut her eight front teeth one after another, and keep her mother up all night. Add that to Christmas and a busy schedule with some demanding appearances, and Kate does indeed look past exhausted.

    Kate wore the houndstooth coat exactly as several people suggested here, with black turtleneck, tights, and boots. She agrees that is how it looks best. I love that grey bag. But the fringe appears to be unmanageable, and I expect she will grow it out.

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  15. Kate looks tired and sad. I take back every criticism I have made concerning her. I just want her to be happy and healthy and rested. As far as I know, she has never done one thing to hurt anyone, and really gives of herself always it seems. She can wear whatever she wants. I am a little concerned about her. I pray she is okay.

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    1. What a kind post. I agree 100%.

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    2. Thanks. I meant it from the bottom of my heart. She is just a human being like we are, who happened to fall in love with a prince and subsequently be destined for daily media and entry into the pages of history. She needs all the support she can get from her fellow human beings, in my opinion. Hopefully, I will do better at that this year. I can be SO judgmental. :(

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  16. I really don't like this coat, especially as the way Kate wears it with the higher collar makes her torso look bulky and shapeless. Maybe a belt like in one of the repu-kate's would improve it a little

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    1. I really think this coat screams for a belt as well. Its not tailored enough to wear without.

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  17. Deliah, Florida USA13 December 2015 at 09:23

    I love the less make-up and the way HRH has her hair pulled up! IMHO it makes her look so normal and natural. I'm crazy about the bag, but I have to be able to put any bag I carry on my shoulder & finally now the straps/handles are shorter. I guess she looks a bit tired, still, to repeat, really liking the less is more make-up. Hope you all have a safe & happy week.......Christmas is almost hear and just let me add that my present this year is 12 months of remission. YAY! xo everybody!

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    1. Best present ever Deliah! Merry Christma!

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    2. Tedi in California13 December 2015 at 17:40

      That is fantastic Deliah, congratulations. Christmas blessings on you.

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    3. Deliah, Florida USA13 December 2015 at 18:37

      Thank you so much Erika & Tedi. Merry Christmas Blessing to your both, I warm wishes for a healthy & joyful New Year. xo

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    4. Anonymous in Colorado13 December 2015 at 22:20

      WOnderful news, Deliah!!

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    5. Rhonda - wisconsin13 December 2015 at 22:56

      Congrats to you Deliah!! May you continue on in good health. Christmas Blessings to you and your family!

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    6. Huzzah! Wonderful news, Delilah! :o)

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    7. Congratulations!!

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    8. HALLELYAH Delilah.

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    9. Deliah, Florida USA14 December 2015 at 23:30

      Thank you all so much for your good wishes. Merry Christmas Blessing & happiness to all of you.

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  18. I know people are saying she looks tired, but I think she looks just like anyone shopping or out for the day. How confident she must be for going out without being "all made up" by professionals. I think it is fantastic. I can't imagine being photographed just going about my day. I think that it shows she is a very strong person. Hope she continues to increase her work schedule, she has an opportunity to do good that almost no other person has. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Anonymous in Colorado13 December 2015 at 22:19

      @Kentucky: YES! My thoughts exactly! Oh my gosh, the Duchess is human after all ;-) She's still lovely though. When I run frantic errands & catch a glimpse of myself in a store window (or when I turn on my phone camera & forget it's on the reverse camera setting), I sometimes scare myself.

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    2. I agree. This is her without her camera face on. Noone goes around smiling all the time, and most of us look tired when not smiling or having a "trained face" on. That is why Kate always is kind of smiling at events since every moment will be captured. I think she looks normal. A bit tired and stressed, yes. But normal.

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    3. 22:19, lol. That has happened to me also and yet I persevere. :) When you are taking care of children (and a husband) we don't always have time to be EstΓ©e Lauder, who said she never left the house without make-up. And, Charlotte is most likely teething these days. And George is no doubt a very, very active and headstrong child it seems. Regardless of how much help we have, as moms, I think we can all relate to those expectations of being the perfect mom, wife, hostess, in-law and professional. Talk about tiring. Kate, you have my prayers and goodwill.
      And, as has been said already, you can wear your hair, clothing, make-up and accessories any way you choose. I take off my critic hat and toss it into the garbage where it belongs. Hugs to you Kate and God bless you and your family always.

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  19. I find it so interesting that everyone calls it 'last minute shopping' because there's still over a week till Christmas!

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    1. Tedi in California13 December 2015 at 17:34

      I thought the same thing :)

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    2. me too! if this is last minute, i am in big trouble ;)

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  20. Tedi in California13 December 2015 at 17:33

    The poor girl can't stick her nose out the door without being criticized for something. I sure would get sick of that in a New York minute. She looked lovely, the coat, boots etc were chic, and her hair was casually swept back. She can't walk down the street grinning to herself. If she was tired, then tired looks just fine on her beautiful face.

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    1. Deliah, Florida USA13 December 2015 at 18:36

      I absolutely agree with you Tedi- HRH is stunning.

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  21. I really like the Calvin Klein Houndstooth coat and Nordstrom' s Houndstooth Cape that Rachel and Anna suggested. I wish Kate had worn either one of those. The both look like great designs.

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  22. Tedi in California13 December 2015 at 18:10

    I hope the Cambridges have a wonderful, cozy Christmas, as a family of four. They are making memories to last a lifetime. Great little story about George at the garden center.

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  23. Deliah, Florida USA13 December 2015 at 18:40

    I often wonder how TRH will explain to their children about being in line for the throne, that there Mom (sorry Mum) & Dad will be Queen consort & King, and all the rest. It's such a puzzle to me. I pray they have a warm & fuzzy Christmas. I pray we all do.

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  24. I think she looks great. Yes more real than her engagements but like the regular girl she is. Definitely nicer than I would look to go Christmas shopping...now then the press would have something to photograph lol. Actually no one would probably believe it was the duchess shopping πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  25. Tedi in California13 December 2015 at 22:14

    Maybe it's a matter of evolving. The kids become aware that their great granny is Queen, then Grandpa will be King someday etc. That's a good question Deliah.

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  26. I find it reassuring to see these pictures and she looks so tired/haggard even. Just goes to show if we all had on hand the experts with make up/lighting/hairdressers etc we too would look good. She's just normal like us all.

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  27. For goodness sake! Who isn't exhausted and tired by December? If you're not then you haven't got the most out of your year, in my opinion!

    As someone who has to be prim and proper and perfectly in order every day in my profession, I too love nothing more than throwing something easy on, minimal make up and getting some retail therapy in. If anything I feel sorry for the Duchess not being able to do more of it and in peace.

    People will always find something to criticise, usually it says a lot about that person. Perhaps the new year's resolution for posters could be for every negative you write, find at least one positive.

    I hope the Duchess enjoyed her shopping trip!


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    1. I absolutely could not agree with you more Dichess fan. For all of the negativity over this past year about all kinds of different things, I find this discussion most unsettling of all. I sincerely hope the duchess doesn't follow this blog. How unkind can we be - -at this time of year no less. Is perfection really the expectation for the duchess?

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  28. There is nothing wrong with looking tired. We all do. On some more fortunate days we don't. Even royals going about their business on a "day off" look tired. We are too accustomed to models on photo shoots photo-shopped to the max and give regular folks--even regular royal folks--a bad time if they aren't "on top of their look" all the time.

    Maybe it's time to give that up. Just sayin'/suggestin'...


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  29. Seeing these photos of Kate out and about had me thinking about pap photos of George and Charlotte.

    After the KP letter, a main argument among those of this blog and other royal watchers was that if we saw George and Charlotte more, then the demand for pap photos would decrease. And at the time I agreed with this.

    But now, seeing the popularity of these pap photos of Kate, I wonder if the value of pap photos is unrelated to how often we see the subject because we just saw Kate 3 days ago-in the same exact coat.

    Maybe, pap photos (in relation to photos taken at engagements) are so popular because they show these royals "off duty" running "normal" errands/doing "normal" things. These candid pap pictures promote the "they're just like us" mentality and show royal's in their "natural" setting which could be why they're so popular.

    So maybe, even if the palace regularly releases photos of George and Charlotte, pap photos will still be valuable because they're candid and provide a different perspective into their lives.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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    1. That is what I've been saying all along...

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    2. I have similar thoughts, Amelia. Actually I read that since George has been seen more in public, the pap photos actually INCREASED. They are relentless because foreign mags buy them anyway. Having official photographs of the kids have not deterred paparazzi at all. I think what we are seeing, as released photos of the kids every so often, are simply goodwill from William and Kate who know that the country are interested to see their royal family.

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    3. Hi Amelia - generally when talking about photos and pap photos it's important to compare apples to apples.

      Yes we saw Kate recently, but those were official, everyone on their best behavior engagements. There is an interest in candid photos of the royals, adults and children alike, that William and Kate have yet to recognize or do anything about. I understand it, the public want to see a fuller, more realistic image of them, not just a blow dried official version.

      Photographers can charge a premium for their photos depending on how rare they are. Supply and demand basically. So if William and Kate did a photo op with George at a playground, and the following week a pap caught them there, he wouldn't get as much for that photo since editors had just published a similar one recently.

      There are many excellent articles and books on this subject, and the general figure I have seen is 20-25% (sometimes as high as 30) increase or decrease depending on how rare the photo is. I remember photographers saying for instance after Diana "withdrew" from official engagements, that they instantly got an increase of 25% of any photos of her, because editors recognized they would not be as common.

      So will someone always try to take their photo? Of course, but editors will not pay as much if the "scene" is a familiar one. And photographers are not going to waste time, effort, money on something that doesn't pay off.

      My opinion is that if William was more relaxed about off duty photos in general this one would not have caused quite a splash. By trying to control everything he's actually causing the very cat and mouse game he wants to avoid.

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    4. Sorry Rebecca if I stole your argument, I honestly didn't go back and re-read the comments from the KP letter post, so I only remember the general theme of the comments. But I'm still sorry if I offended you, it wasn't intentional :)

      I think the reason we saw George more this year in pap photos is that he's old enough to actually enjoy activities outside the house (like going to the museum, beach, watching a helicopter land).

      But I agree that comparing pap (candid) pictures to released (staged) pictures is like comparing apples to oranges. And part of me feels that KP is trying to substitute oranges for apples. And maybe that's why their strategy isn't working. Though they haven't released a photo of George since the letter, so they really haven't even attempted to substitute the pap pictures.

      Maybe if they released more candid pictures both the supply and demand for pap pictures would go down. But I feel like people will always want to see more and so they will still look at pap pictures even with official candid ones.

      However, I do think that releasing more candid pictures would help rather than hurt the situation. But nothing will ever lead to a complete eradication of pap pictures and I hope William realizes this and can be realistic with his media strategy.

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    5. Oh no! I was not saying that! I just didn't have anything more to add :P Sorry if I sounded snarky!

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  30. Photoshopping can go both ways. Although I thought Kate looked tired during her last public engagement, it is very possible that the Daily Mail, which has exaggerated a few grey hairs and an effort to move her hair away from a poppy brooch, has deliberately made Kate look haggard in that central picture. I do not trust them.

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    1. you are a wise person, 06:58. :)

      If those photos weren't photoshopped, I will eat Bluhare's hat. (sorry, Bluhare) lol

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    2. I agree, my first response was that someone at the DM or the photographer had photoshopped these. They also CHOSE which pictures to publish, Kate has had some good press with the Cambridge Knot Tiara and three public appearances so now time to try to sell more papers with the negative.

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  31. The Daily Mail published an unflattering picture of Kate on their front page saying she looks tired and all. I now feel so sorry for her. Imagine how it must be for any tired mother to have herself splashed across headlines just for being normal. I now wish these pictures were not taken at all. Be strong, Kate. Don't let a few headlines ruin your Christmas preparations.

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  32. Hello, do you know reply-kates of Kate's stuart weitzman boots? I love them but they're a bit pricey :)

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    1. Hello,

      I'll add a pair to our Repli-Kate page later this evening :)

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    2. Thank you! :)

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  33. I don't think the comment from anon @ 22.19 was meant to be unkind. Just highlighting that she's like the rest of us, and if we all had expensive make up and know how's clothes and hairdressers to hand we could all look like the duchess. She's just an ordinaary person put in the spot light and trying to do a job like the rest of and juggling it too.

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  34. As many posters have said - she's walking down the high street, shopping. Then caught unawares by probably a few photographers/paps.

    I defy anyone not to walk around like a grinning super model whilst doing so, more be it, that you're already not relaxed and slightly wary of people taking pictures and maybe that's the expression we see? As someone who works in the advertising business and works with photographing models and everyday people, we can all look like "a rabbit caught in the headlights" if a photo taken at the wrong moment. The first shot of her eyes down smiling looks great for example.

    As for being tired - and so I coming at this from a man's point of view (one of the lurkers!), and forgive me for being so straightforward - but if you study Catherine's features very closely whether made up or not, she does have natural lines and is not "flawless". And quite rightly. She's a beautiful woman. Like every other beautiful woman of her age. Natural, graceful and effortless. It's a shame that we live in an age of photoshop and airbrushed images that's sets the bar so high (and mostly an unachievable look of perfection) that when we see a natural face we can pull it apart so critically?

    As for the fashion - surprised to see an "Work" coat used for an off-duty trip, but it seems to have the look we were all expecting the first time - black polo, boots and hair back so that the coat collar can be seen in all it's glory. A belt would have helped I guess to nip in the waist, but again its a casual day and probably wanted a bit of 'freedom' to go shopping.

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    1. Tedi in California14 December 2015 at 21:38

      Amen. I totally concur.

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    2. Mr. D, thank you for your well-written comment! I also agree with everything you said. Spot on about the "look we were all expecting the first time."

      We who are not celebrities usually can delete the pictures of ourselves that are less than flattering, i.e. we look tired or we can see our smile lines more than we'd like. We can re-pose and take a better selfie. She can't and I'm amazed at the beauty she shows in all the unedited photos (yes, I know there are edited ones, too, but...).

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    3. Well written, Mr D!

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  35. I have always wondered what kind of hair clip is in Kate's hair? Every time we see her in public (pap photo) when her hair is up we see a clip!

    Just curious

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  36. Thank Goodness someone is calling out the Daily Mail (and some of us) for its "cruel and childish" criticism of the Duchess. I fully agree with Roy's analysis and that some of the comments, even the ones claiming to be "concerned" about Kate, are "unnecessarily personal and nasty". Merry Christmas everyone.

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2015/dec/14/daily-mail-is-cruel-and-childish-about-the-duchess-of-cambridge

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    1. Agreed... Everyone needs to back off. I only wish I looked half that good while running errands and shopping. Geez!

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    2. Thank you for sharing. Very well written and good for the Guardian for calling the DM on their "work".
      It was a nasty piece of writing.

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    3. I am so glad they did that also. yay

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    4. Tedi in California14 December 2015 at 21:46

      I was so glad to see that, and written by a republican, not a royalist. As I mentioned in my first comment, Kate can't stick her nose out the door, without a barrage of complaints about her appearance. She is such a beautiful lady, whether made up or not.

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    5. Great article. Well written and appropriate on so many levels. Feigning concern indeed.

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  37. Those Russell & Bromley boots are not the exact same boots as the 50/50. The R&B boots have a higher heel and are knee length instead of over the knee.

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    1. I thought it unusual, but heartwarming, that the Duchess of Cambridge was buying a vinyl (coated) tablecloth. And that she was not shy about it either.
      Not a linen tablecloth or polished Cotten or rare silk, lol, but a plastic tablecloth. Moms everywhere give a big hip hip hooray. :) And an upscale store is actually carrying them. Another hip hip hooray.
      A mom's holiday children's table saved through the holidays by vinyl. Who'd have thunk? :)

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  38. We all know that some words can be hurtful and create a negativity when spoken. Have you ever walked into a room where your family, friends or acquaintances are and felt an awkward, chilly atmosphere because of words that had been just spoken. Tough room and not a good feeling. I hope Kate could visit here and not find it to have those vibes. What we say and do defines us. Hopefully we can all think more before we criticize, and find the good rather than grasp at any straw just to be uncaring. Hopefully, we can make this a better year.

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    1. Deliah, Florida USA14 December 2015 at 23:24

      ANON 19:30 BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO HIGH FIVE! my sentiments exactly.

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    2. I completely agree with you, Anon 19:30, and what you have said is beautifully expressed. But unless something has been deleted, the comments on this post have been kind and understanding. The Guardian writer hit the nail on the head, however, with regard to the DM and its front page coverage!

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    3. I was speaking about the past year or so on this blog and expressing hope that our comments and discussions this coming year would be kinder, gentler and more humane. I thought that was clearly implied.

      Merry Christmas to ya'll. And the best new year so far. :)

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  39. I don't think anyone has mentioned William yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if this article, and others similar to it, bother him more than they do Kate. She is a happy, confident young woman, but for him it may feel like it's his fault that she is exposed to this type of criticism and he may feel helpless.

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    1. I agree with you here, royalfan.

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    2. Yeah, I belive your right. Imagine knowing you're the reason she has to go through all of that!

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    3. I agree RF

      And I have wondered that myself. And then I remembered William saying in their engagement interview that that was one of his biggest considerations in taking so long to propose. He wanted to make sure she could handle it and gave her time "to back out" if she should have so chosen. So you see, your thoughts were right on RF. :)

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  40. the duchess looks tired but being able to care the needs of two children and husband to take care of although they have a nanny its good to have a mother look on kids I think the nanny helps when she has official duties I know the duchess is human after all she braver with no make up not like the jenner and Kardashian clan

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  41. Bottom line here? She is fabulous! Who cares if she is tired and maybe wears her tiredness on her face. We can debate work, chores, William, genetics, late nights and Christmas shopping all day and night! ! And we have been!

    For me? I just love Kate! Perfect? No. None of us are. I am happy to see her out and about whenever and wherever!

    I love that coat!

    Wishing all a wonderful Christmas and holiday! Hopefully we will get some fab pics as they walk to church on the 25th! Maybe we will get a pic of George and Charlotte together?

    DB

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  42. I agree. this Nanny is not like the traditional Royal Nanny who lived in or next to the nursery with the children and did everything for them. The Queen had nannies like that and left the toddler Prince Charles behind in London when she went to live in Malta with the Duke of Edinburgh in the early stages of her marriage. Kate obviously is more hands on and gets up at night to her children. I seem to recall that they built a Nanny flat at their Sandringham home so she doesn't live in the main house.

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  43. I think she looks lovely, even adorable, tired or no. I have always liked the casual photos and, quite honestly, if I had spent hours putting myself together, I still wouldn't look nearly as appealing as she does here. Wishing all a happy run-up to Christmas.

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  44. Saying she looks tired is not cruel or childish. She did look tired. So what?

    Beth In SF

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  45. Please William and Kate, release some Christmas photos of you and the children and Lupo. Pleeeease.

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  46. To all those who have commented that the duchess went out without makeup: this is not the case! Her face is done in the so-called 'nude' look here. She is wearing foundation, a nude lipstick, pale blush and eyeshadow with mascara. The main difference to her official face is that she has left off the bronzing powder and that her blush is paler. She obviously wanted uo blend in with the other shoppers. Also, earrings make a face look much livelier and she chose not to wear any for her outing here.

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  47. astute observation. standard security. every detail is important. how did you know?

    she did blend in.

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