Monday, 8 February 2016

"Every Child Deserves to be Supported Through Difficult Times" - Kate's Video Message for Children's Mental Health Week

The Duchess of Cambridge recorded a video message in support of Children's Mental Health Week in her role as patron of Place2Be. The video is available to view below or on YouTube.


In the video Kate says she and William want all children to get the support they need during difficult times to help them overcome challenges. The Duchess believes schools need to prioritize the mental wellbeing of their students in addition to academic success to allow every child to have a "firm foundation, for the happy, healthy future they deserve". The Duchess continued: "While we cannot always change a child's circumstances, we can give them tools to cope and thrive."


The highlight of the video for me was seeing Kate interact with a group of children from Salusbury Primary school in Queen's Park, London, who have benefited from Place2Be programmes. The Duchess asks the children: "Do you all talk to your friends about your feelings too? Sometimes there're things you probably don't feel like sharing with your friends but at least you've got an adult you can trust." A little boy asked Kate if she would have liked a Place2Be at school: "I would love to have had it. I think everyone would really benefit from having something like a Place2Be and being able to talk."


It is the third video message Kate has recorded since joining the Royal family. The first was released during Children's Hospice Week in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices in 2013 and the second was also for Place2Be and released last year.


More from The Mirror's story:

'In the message released today, produced by BAFTA’s in-house production team, Kate says: "Every child deserves to grow up feeling confident that they won't fall at the first hurdle, that they cope with life's setbacks. This resilience - our ability to deal with stressful situations - is something we begin to learn in childhood, as we respond to each challenge and problem life presents.
Many of us are incredibly fortunate that the issues we face in childhood are ones we can cope with and learn from. But for some children, learning to cope with life's challenges can be a struggle," she continues. While we cannot always change a child's circumstances, we can give them the tools to cope, and to thrive. With early support they can learn to manage their emotions and feelings and know when to seek help. 
She adds: "Through my work in areas like addiction, I have seen time and again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood frequently stem from unresolved childhood issues. This needs to change." Kate also highlights the vital role of schools in providing emotional support, saying: "Schools are uniquely placed to provide emotional support, working with children and their families - this is something that Place2Be understands.'

Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be said "We are hugely grateful to The Duchess for helping to remove the stigma around children’s mental health and for shining a spotlight on the value of supporting children in school from an early age.”


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Children's Mental Health Week runs from 8-14 February this year and is focusing on the theme of "building resilience" and teaching children to bounce forward from life's challenges. Place2Be continues: "While we cannot always change children's circumstances, we can teach them the skills to cope with the difficulties life throws at them. Join us this week in helping children grow up with prospects not problems."

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The statistics provide a wealth of evidence pointing to a significant need for early mental health support:

  • One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years (three in every classroom) has a mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood. Half of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14.
  • Among teenagers, rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70% in the past 25 years.
  • One in five children have symptoms of depression and almost a third of 16 to 25-year-olds surveyed had thought about or attempted suicide.
  • Ten years ago, detailed estimates put the cost of mental health problems in England at £77 billion, including lost productivity and the wider impacts on wellbeing. More recent estimates suggest the costs may be closer to £105 billion.
  • Children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age, providing a cost saving to adult mental health services.
  • Growing evidence indicates that promoting positive mental health also improves a range of positive school outcomes, including enhanced academic progress, better attendance and lower exclusion rates. 

Kate became royal patron of Place2Be in April 2013 and since then has developed an increasing interest in young people's mental health and early intervention. I expect this is at least partly related to her involvement with the organisation through a number of engagements in which she has had the opportunity to meet those providing support and those benefiting from it.


In November, the Duchess attended the Place2Be headteacher conference where she gave a speech emphasising the need for early intervention: "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." The focus on mental health will continue on 17 February when Kate welcomes a team from The Huffington Post to help raise awareness and launch a new initiative - Young Minds Matter.


If you're interested in supporting Children's Mental Health Week you can make a single donation or become a regular donor by clicking here. £7 could pay for a lunchtime drop in service while £95 could provide Place2Be's whole school services to a child for a year.

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For those in the UK it's worth noting Place2Be are seeking volunteers for a range of roles including volunteer counsellors and administrative support. For those considering it, I volunteer whenever time permits with a fantastic organisation and have found it thoroughly rewarding and enriching. Seeing the level of dedication and commitment that simply goes into keeping the lights on through fundraising efforts and initiatives to provide the best service possible has been a real eye-opener concerning the struggles charities face. It's also been very inspiring and heartening to see first-hand the difference volunteering can make. It's a great way to give back to your community and hopefully helps make a difference.

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I thought the video message was really very good; both interesting and engaging. It was also very professionally done and Kate appeared very confident, assured and very much at ease when talking to the children. I think it will be immensely helpful in terms of raising awareness for Children's Mental Health Week.


Readers will recognise Kate's Rebecca Taylor suit in the video. Kate first wore the jacket and skirt in April 2012 for the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole and more recently in New Zealand in 2014. The suit is from the designer's Pre-Fall 2012/2013 Collection. Both pieces are crafted in heavily textured melange weft. The jacket features frayed trim and sequin floral embellishment at the neck.


Kate accessorised with her sapphire and diamond earrings.


If you're just joining us today, a reminder the Duchess carried out her first engagement of the year with a service and reception for the RAF Air Cadets. Click here to view the post! After the engagement, Kate was seen by several onlookers boarding a helicopter from Kensington Palace to Anmer Hall.


Ashley quickly identified Kate's coat as the Mulberry Paddington Coat. The £990 coat is described as ""Mulberry's 'Paddington' coat is designed in a fresh sky-blue hue for fall. Classically tailored, this slightly loose style has been cut in Italy from a luxurious wool-blend with a tactile touch of mohair." The coat is from the A/W 2015 Collection and sold out. Kate appears to be carrying her Tusting Explorer Bag.




We've updated our George & Charlotte and Repli-Kate pages in recent days for those interested :)

151 comments:

  1. Her hair looks amazing in this video. I like it a bit longer. Love the message and you get to see a window into Kate's personality. So glad she did this. I hope she does another one for Children's Hospice week.

    Two wonderful posts Charlotte. Thanks for all you do. I guess with Kate returning to Amber, we be in a dry spell again until the 17th.

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    1. I agree. I'm glad she grew out the fringe, and it also looks very glossy and healthy here.

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    2. I quite agree, good riddance to horrid fringe. Julia from Leo. had mentioned it last post as well. I quite agree with you both she looks vastly better without it.

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  2. Wow she looks great and spoke so sincerely and confidently, but as you say her words balanced beautifully with the videos of her taking to the children; what a great & classical lady, and what an important cause. I am interested in Volunteering in this area in Australia. The issue crosses all nations and socio-economic groups as life's tragedies can affect children anywhere.
    Theresa in Queensland, Australia

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    1. So true, Theresa. :)

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  3. It was well done. She is getting better each time. Very happy to see the spotlight on children's mental health. I work in the health field and I see the suffering and alienation that happens. Here in Ontario we have some resources for kids but there are many cracks to fall into.
    Mel in N Ont.

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  4. Kate did an amazing job in this video and her interaction with the children is lovely to see. Being involved with this cause takes more than knowledge; she has the personality to pull it off. Kudos to Kate!

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  5. Rosman at St Joe8 February 2016 at 03:17

    I think that she spoke very well indeed. I am glad that she did not shake or touch her hair even once. She appears to have really put in a lot of work. The video really shows how incredibly beautiful she is in real life. Many people who have seen her in person have commented that she is more gorgeous in person than she appears in pictures. The coloring and the soft-spoken tones all add to her beauty.

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    1. She is a stunner. Quite an exceptional beauty. And that is enhanced by her gracious countenance, coloring and melodic and soft voice, her demeanor, her sincerity, joy, passion, humor and intelligence. She has the whole package. William is blessed to have found her.

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    2. You summed it up beautifully, Anon 16:39. And yes, William is a lucky man.

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    3. klara from croatia9 February 2016 at 10:30

      Yes you said it beautifully :) I agree completely. She did amazing job for such a worthy cause! I wish we had someone like that in our own country!

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    4. klara, perhaps you & your friends can start something you are good at, even if it is very small.

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  6. Lovely lovely and well done video. This is a really big issue. She does sound much better on this clip,and I so so hope it helps the cause.

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  7. Wow, well done Kate! This was definitely her best. Getting better and better each time and she is really doing some fantastic work. She just seems so sincere. I love that she found this niche which is really getting amazing attention that it never did before. Whatever you feel about the Duchess, she is shining so much light on issues like addiction and mental health and I think it is just fantastic. Great video. Thank you for sharing, Charlotte!

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  8. I just feel so emotional. Inspire of all the criticism. I feel like we are watching her mature . Bravo to her. This was very educational

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    1. Eve from Germany8 February 2016 at 15:52

      Michael, thank you so much for expressing quite exactly what I was feeling while watching the video! Mature - in the very best sense of the word! And yes, bravo to her!

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  9. I really liked how this was filmed. Interspersed between her speech was her interaction with the children. So much better than just a straight forward speech.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 February 2016 at 15:51

      I agree. It was really well put together!

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    2. Definitely one of the things that surprised me the most. Very different. I liked it very much

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  10. As an educator of Primary aged school children, I cannot agree more with what the Duchess is saying. I congratulate her and Place To Be for talking about children's mental health and providing a safe space for children to express how they are feeling, or learn to express how they are feeling, the correct way - without harm to themselves or others.

    I don't know what the cause of increased anxiety and depression in children is. I do know we are seeing increased numbers of children who require these services.

    This is something very close to my heart and I can tell how sincerley HRH feels and understands this issue too. What a marvellous place 'Place to Be' is. Well done all staff who work and volunteer at places like this. So profoundly rewarding.

    Cara, Australia.

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  11. Eve from Germany8 February 2016 at 06:54

    Great to see Kate supporting this great cause again!! I wish we had someone like her in Germany to highlight the importance in giving children this particular support. We all know that many families are unable to provide a stable, safe and secure environment for their children to grow up in, yet in Germany (at least in the Southern part where I live), schools still consider this as a totally "private" matter where they shouldn´t interfere unless and until a child shows such a behaviour that the "smooth operation" of the class or even the school is severly disrupted.
    I sincerely wish we had something like "Place2Be" here in Germany, too. I totally agree with the Duchess that early interventions can make such a difference and prevent so many problems later in adulthood. Most importantly, it can prevent so much unnecessary suffering......

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    1. Well said, Eve. Perhaps you could check whether similar services exist outside school and help make them better known. Or perhaps look for and find other people who would like to start something with you. If I remember correctly, Place2Be also started small.

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  12. great video message great message she speak from her whole heart looking forward to her again in on 17 of feb looking forward too see her inspire lot us she really contribute mental health issue

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  13. Julia from Leominster8 February 2016 at 07:24

    She did a very good job here and the setting was much better as well - having the children rather than just an empty classroom.

    I liked her hair much better here than yesterday - while I know there are some who like it longer, the longer length always leads to her fiddling with it. In the video, it is a very good length and I like the suit too.

    Rebecca you are right about the queen's jubilee outfit although the hat in Germany was hugely different (and much better) and I'm sure you're right about the yellow being repeated although what I found for the trooping had blue trim. Just wish Kate didn't so often repeat at home and save the new for tours although there was a bit more new last autumn.

    But this is a very good video.

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    1. Julia, as you are suggesting, Rebecca is absolutely right about the yellow Angela Kelly outfit. The Queen wore it 3 times with the same hat (no blue colour added), while choosing to wear a different brooch for each outing.
      1 William and Kate's wedding, 2011: with 'nice' cream shoes & cream hadbag
      2 Sunday service in Canberra, Australia, October, 2011: the dress without the coat + everyday black shoes & handbag
      3 Trooping the Colour, 2012: everyday black shoes & handbag

      As far as the Queen's white Jubilee outfit by Angela Kelly is concerned, in addition to her recycle for the State visit to Germany in 2015, she already wore the dress, without coat or hat, for the State visit to France in 2014. :)

      Rebecca, I really like how the Queen recycles important outfits for important occasions. I think she is very, very good at fashion, colour and brooch diplomacy. And I hope she is having a lot of fun with it. From what I see, Catherine very much follows in her footsteps.

      The British Monarchy website also gives insight on the fabric used for the Queen's wardrobe: “Angela Kelly is Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser to The Queen. Her role includes designing for The Queen, which she has done since 2002. Angela and her team try and use both old and new fabrics when designing. Some of the material they incorporate has been given to Her Majesty many years ago, some dates from when she was Princess Elizabeth.”

      Imagine the surprise of someone who gave some fabric to HM, let’s say in the 1970s, to open the morning paper over breakfast and what do they see? Queen Elizabeth in a brand new Angela Kelly design made out of THEIR fabric!

      Quite cool, Mrs Queen. :)



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    2. Thanks for the Info Francis. You should apply as her wardrobe manager. :)

      Love textiles as does the Queen, no doubt. I imagine she still has quite a cache of silks, and linens and tweeds, some nice cotton.

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    3. The Queen's wardrobe improved tremendously when Angela Kelly came on the scene. Prior to that, the Queen dressed like the Queen Mother. Her hats were small and not particularly flattering, and she owned enough floral print dresses to fill a field in the countryside.

      For quite a few years now, I have really liked her hats and the fabrics and colors she wears.

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    4. Anonymous 10 February 2016 at 23:25, you're welcome.

      There are so many interesting fabrics out there. Let's meet at Buckigham Palace and politely ask Angela Kelly to allow us to have a promenade in the fabrics stockage. :)

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  14. I these a rumour the duchess taking helicopter with the duke on their estate

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  15. I see that every year Duchess better copes with speeches. I really enjoy this video, the text of speech was great, she spoke clearly and confidently. I remember her first speech as a Duchess, I think she was stressed but now she speaks better and better.

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  16. THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE [with no Kate Middleton in sight :)] is front & centre at the top of the Huffington Post UK edition's front page at the moment: 'TIME TO TALK'

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Francis. Greatly appreciated, Editors of Huffington Post!

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  17. I like the look on Kate's face before boarding the helicopter. I think she is glad she's going to be with her family again soon after a job well done, like any mother getting home from work. Except that she's flying instead of driving. :-) Zora from Prague

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    1. Yes, just a slight difference. :)

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  18. As HRH would say "WELL DONE" PTB is so fortunate to have Catherine as their patron. As I was watching the video, I was struck by what an amazing Queen she will make. She & William are & will do great things for your country. You all are fortunate to have them.
    Charlotte, thank you for all of your hard work. As a yankee, I have learned more about your country from reading your posts than any history book. You are most impressive in the work you put into each and every post.

    Let me add I can't believe how fast HRH hair grows! WOW! and as always, she looks amazing. Wishing you all a great & happy week. Blessings to all.

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  19. Sarah from Calif.8 February 2016 at 13:46

    Well done Kate !!!

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  20. Theresa - Austin, Texas8 February 2016 at 13:47

    Well done, Kate. Well done!!! Being from the States, I especially love to hear her speak - the accent is so beautiful. You can really see her confidence and passion for this cause shining through in this message.

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  21. I so agree, Mel.

    Did you know that @KensingtonRoyal participated in Bell Let's Talk Day?

    > Kensington Palace twitter account (Jan. 27):
    To all our Canadian followers, it's great to see everyone talking about this important topic #BellLetsTalk

    Do you know why Bell is so involved, having committed, according to their website, $100 million to mental health initiatives in Canada since 2010? http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/ http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/our-initiatives/

    www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/bell-lets-talk/ has related articles




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    1. Yes! I was very happy to see KP retweeting BellLet'sTalk. Very important topic and great to see people being more open about it.
      Mel in N.Ont

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    2. Hi Mel, they have done it again :)

      Kensington Palace ‏@KensingtonRoyal (February 09)
      It's great to see so many people getting behind Safer Internet Day and talking about this important topic #SID2016

      UK Safer Internet @UK_SIC
      Today, Safer Internet Day we're raising awareness of online hate and promoting tolerance & kindness online http://buff.ly/1nXNIsz #SID2016


      (Last time I must have hit the wrong Reply button so it ended up here.)

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  22. Rebecca - Sweden8 February 2016 at 13:48

    I am so proud that she is shining a light on this area! Soooo soooo important!

    The video is nicely put together and Kate is really improving in her speaking. So nice to see her grow in her role.

    On the non important things. I LOVED her hair in that video!

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  23. Very interesting tweets are being posted today with hashtag #ChildrensMHW

    As @KensingtonRoyal are participating (including behind-the-scene info), no withdrawal for anyone who should be addicted :)

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    1. Really good tweets #ChildrensMHW :)

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    2. Increased tweeting on Day 4 of #ChildrensMHW :)

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    3. Marvellous the number of tweets on Day 6 of #ChildrensMHW :)

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    4. And the tweeting goes on #ChildrensMHW +2 :)

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  24. Well done Kate! This is a huge improvement really. She was much more relaxed and less stiff than before.

    There was only onee thing which was a bit off is the Q-A type of thing with the children. After the first question I found the whole thing LOL.

    I know it was not her idea but kind of reminded me -sorry I can't come up with a better word than- an interrogation rather than a friendly chat, they should have done something together meanwhile for example playing or drawing rather than sitting there awkwardly. But this matters not in the end. The result is better than ever and a very worthy cause I hope we'll see her pursuing it in the future more.

    Thanks for the hard work you put into this blog, Charlotte!

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    1. Kate should absolutely be commended for this, it's such a worthy cause and she was very good in the video. She has improved, and will continue to do so. The more she does the better she gets, which is why getting out there is important... but let's not go down that rabbit hole ;)

      She needs to relax a little, which will come. Great advice I got once, act like you're talking to your mother or best friend and telling her about something important to you. Your face, eyes etc should convey your passion as well.

      And yes the children were a great touch, some rough spots I agree but that's on the production team!

      On a completely unrelated topic, I'm always astounded at how quickly people can ID a piece of clothing. From that pic of the blue coat I wouldn't even know where to begin... how do you all do it? I'm honestly intrigued, are you just up on every line out there right now? As I've said before I am in awe of the fashion crowd here :)

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    2. I agree with your last sentiment Claudia.

      These girls are so fast to identify anything. I also wish to know how they do it. Maybe Charlotte can shed some light on this subject?

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    3. Claudia I also wondered how the coat could be accurately identified from the photo. Not much to go on, but I may be missing some obvious detail that gives it away. Ali

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    4. That is on the production team, for sure, not Kate.

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    5. Annett and Ali I would love for Charlotte or any of the readers here to chime in with a little behind the scenes info!

      I suspect it's more than just a Google search, although I read an article recently about how to do the perfect Google search for speedy results - and it was quite interesting and seemed effective!

      But I think people must have great familiarity with certain lines/designers, it's very, very impressive. I would still be googling "blue overcoat" :)

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      Still googling:-))

      I think ANON 22.11 is right, lots of times for example Richard Palmer on Twitter gives us some clues what brand she wears, probably he gets it in advance or on the spot. He is very funny especially with colours:-)

      Also there is this What Kate wore site, Susan is excellent at clothes. But other than that I have no idea how they do it.

      I remember many times Charlotte also makes reference to gals who provide some intel too.

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  25. Well done YRH. And well done Charlotte - I cannot remember ever having had time to do so much as you!

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  26. Fantastic!!!! My heart beamed watching this. Kate looked wonderfully relaxed.She is clearly passionate about this very important cause. Her eyes and face lit up when speaking with the children and they were so darling...very comfortable with her. Kate truly loves children. Such a fantastic job she and William are doing. Love it!

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  27. What an excellent video. Kate has really grown in confidence and I feel we are beginning to see a little of the real Kate. Her interaction with the children was lovely and they were so clearly relaxed talking to her and she is so genuinely passionate about the problems of mental health. Seeing her today makes me wish even more that she would do more public engagements for charities as she is such a caring and genuine person and interacts so well with people. William is very lucky to have such a lovely wife

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  28. I like the interaction with children: it looks as they had worked together behind the scene; they are relaxed and natural, as well as the Duchess. It is clear that the children have been deeply involved, because they look aware of what is happening: it is beautiful to see such an involvement.

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    1. I was impressed with the interaction as well. The children appeared very relaxed, comfortable and articulate.

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  29. Regarding the sapphire and diamond earrings that Kate wore in the video, has anyone conclusively decided whether they are, in fact, Diana's earrings made into a drop earring for Kate? Before, there seemed to be some question as to the number of diamonds surrounding Diana's sapphire earrings as opposed to the number of diamonds surrounding the drop earrings Kate wears. The comparable size of the sapphires themselves had been questioned also I think.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 February 2016 at 19:04

      I don't think it's conclusivly sure. Some people tell it as if it's true, but I don't think it was ever decided that they really are.

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    2. Diana had more than one pair of sapphire and diamond earrings and I do believe one of them was customized for Kate.

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    3. I think you are right Rebecca. It was left unanswered.

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  30. I think it would have been less awkward if the children and Kate had been engaged in doing crafts of some sort whilst talking with the children. We have seen her do that many times before but without the conversation being recorded. That would have been perfect then in my opinion with specific conversation topics introduced to the children. Otherwise it was too formal and not just a little stilted and contrived. Glad they did what they did though as it is is a start and a good improvement from the original video. She certainly has a VERY proper, aristocratic accent, even more so than William. lol. She's a lovely lady.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 February 2016 at 19:06

      I see your point, but considering the age of the kids I don't think playing would have helped. They had probably practiced what they wanted to say and they're at the age where they are aware of the camera even if they are being distracted with something so I think they just want to do a good job. If they were younger I would had agreed with you but considering their age I think this was the wisest choice or it might have looked like they were "fake playing" since they would probably only be playing for looks while still thinking about the filming. Just my opinion ofc :)

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    2. I didn't think it was awkward at all.

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    3. OK..it's great she made a video for mental health week but here is why I have an issue with Kate: she didn't go the extra mile and actually schedule an engagement during mental health week. There is zero reason for her not to.
      Additionally, Kate spent 3000 pounds of public funds to fly a helicopter back to Norfolk. The queen didn't even use one to go back to London she took the train

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden8 February 2016 at 20:40

      On the helicopter issue: The pilot and the helicopter is paid for either way by year. The only difference is the petrol. And flying the helicopters makes the need for security less than travelling by car, usually. Also, for all we know the helicopter was going up to sandringham anyways to bring down Charles. The queen is the one who okays all the helicopter travel and clearly it was thought that Kate needed it the most at the time. Maybe to get her back home earlier to pick up George or change Maria of her shift. I don't know the specifics and neither do you but the train thing for ex probably cost more money in security checks (and the dogs go by plane or car so that travel is done either way). That trainride is pure publicity in my mind. Nothing wrong with that, but it's probably more expensive than if she had taken the helicopter.

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    5. Charities ask their patrons to attend events and not the other way round. Richard Palmer reported the helicopter cost to taxpayers but was soon taken to task on twitter and backed off a bit. Palmer admitted a few weeks ago that nothing interesting is happening in Royal circles. No one is providing scandals so reporters are looking for something to stir interest. The helicopter is available to all BRF and logistics are taken into account. Harry and William are often seen coming and going without any comment.
      Personally I think Kate flew in and out the same day and did not stay overnight.

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    6. I think the children were relaxed and had no difficulty communicating their thoughts. They are old enough to sit at a table and have a conversation. Crafts, etc., would have been a distraction and minimized their contribution to the video. They did great, IMO. :)

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    7. Have to agree, Anon 19:08. The Kate Worshippers will howl but she should have done an engagement. There's simply no excuse for her not to do something, whether with children or mental health caregivers.
      The helo is absurd. It's 2 hours by train from King's Cross to King's Lynn. Save the already-strapped UK taxpayers a couple of quid and take the train, Kate. Donate the extra pounds to one of your patronages.
      The queen and Prince Philip take the train to Norfolk and they ride it home too.

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    8. valid point about the helicopter. not the wisest PR move.

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    9. Is that a private family helicopter, does it belong to the Queen or is it a state helicopter?

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    10. Anon at 22:18 the helicopter is leased by the Queen for use by the RF. There was a beat up in the tabloid press about it in 2014. This article sets out the facts. I went back and checked the Parliamentary reports & the UK Hansard (the public record of the UK Parliament) & the facts as presented here are correct.

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    11. Oops sorry anon 22:18 I forgot to attach the article
      http://royalcentral.co.uk/blogs/explanation/why-the-chopper-and-palace-repair-stories-are-a-fuss-over-nothing-33181

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    12. Elizabeth: "The Kate Worshippers will howl but..."

      Newsflash: Kate could stand on her head and sing God Save the Queen and it wouldn't be enough for *some* Kate Haters. Two great news stories are featured here within a single day and now we have to make it about a helicopter when members of the Firm have used one to get to and from *engagements* since before Kate was born.

      Toxicity at it's best.

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    13. Well before anyone starts howling, standing on their head, or otherwise getting too excited let me just chime in to say the tabloids love a travel expenses story, and every single member of the RF has been the subject of one, going back quite some time! Kate is joining a large club :)

      The tabloids love them because they're very relatable to the everyday man on the street, it's very easy to have a hero, a villain and compare apples to apples. "The train is only xx amount but look at this fancy helicopter costing xx amount!"

      Here in the states the Obamas have been on the receiving end as well with their many trips, the hourly cost of Air Force One is astronomical.

      The overall cost of the helicopter is in the RF budget, and hourly flying costs are expensive, so the RF needs to be judicious with it so they don't blow the budget on frivolous or unnecessary trips. Just as if you bought an expensive dress, you'd have less to spend on shoes to match, we can all relate to that right ;)

      I personally don't pay much mind to these stories because I think if anyone wants to go after how the family spends taxpayer money there's larger fish to fry. Though a republican acquaintance once said, "yes but we may have to go the route of death by a thousand cuts" -

      Again, the tabloids love them because they get a reaction, and so far everyone's reacting as expected - Just look at the indignation brought on here! I expect it will be the subject of a few radio call in shows as well... just part of living a public life!

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    14. blue wren, thanks for the facts and the link. :)

      Anonymous 8 February 2016 at 19:08, I agree with you that it's great Catherine made a video for mental health week. :)

      'Bounce forward' from life's challenges
      Helping children grow up with prospects not problems.
      While we cannot always change circumstances, we can cope with the difficulties life throws at us.

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    15. Chiming in on this. Helicopter flights are used by everyone from Charles to Anne and Sophie to and from their homes to engagements. Kate was no different. The Queen's journey is very different as she had no engagement and was moving court, probably with a sizeable entourage who wouldn't fit in a chopper. Her journey also has an aspect of publicity in it as the media know when she is leaving, making it a higher security risk. Security checks and arrangements would have been made in advance. Arguably the Queen's journey would have been more time consuming and perhaps more expensive to staff and the taxpayer. But it is good PR. In the nutshell, you cannot compare apples to oranges.

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    16. :) HILARITY ALERT :)

      A lady goes to work and returns home. Short story (or fairy tale?)

      A beautiful home somewhere in the countryside. On an equally beautiful Sunday in February. 6:30. The lady’s alarm goes off. “Good morning, Darling!” She gets up, ready & dressed to the nines. Has breakfast with her family. Waves good-bye to hubby & kids. Says hello to driver etc. Takes limo(s) to politically-correct train station. In the meanwhile, security checks at train station. 8:27. Takes only available train that arrives before 11:00 work engagement in Big City. King’s Lynn – King’s Cross. 10:00. Checks her business outfit. In the train’s powder room. 10:09. Arrives in Big City. After 1h 42 min journey and reading “Mrs Queen Takes the Train”. Says hello to driver n°2. Takes the scenic route in different limo(s) in order to arrive not too early, not too late at work. Works from 11:00 to 13:00. At church & court. Takes limo(s) to train station. Meanwhile security check at train station. 13:17. Arrives at train station. The 13:15 - 14:53 just left on time. Looks for some lunch at train station. Oh no, being thrifty, the lady brought hearty, healthy, home-made sandwiches. In her big green travelling bag. Plus sparkling water, of course. Enjoys both on a bench on the platform 1 before taking the 14:15 - 15:53. No, quickly checks on town house and has her sandwich over there. Speeds back to train station. Says thank you to driver n°2. King’s Cross – King’s Lynn. Reading “The Uncommon Reader" this time. After having enjoyed multiple selfies with her co-travellers in 2nd class. It’s cheaper, you know. 15:55. Takes limo(s) home. Says thank you to driver n°1 etc. Says hello to hubby & kids. Changes out of business outfit. Enjoys her lazy life, err, Sunday evening with hubby. Nanny obviously took over from hands-on hubby. Who looked after the kids from 8:00 to 16:00. “How was your day, Darling?“ ”Oh, you know, just my usual 8-hours-away-for-2-hours-of-work Sunday.” “Yeah. Looks so thrifty.”

      THE END

      Dear Reader, does this sound like a well-organized and reasonable scenario for your first public engagement with a new organization celebrating their 75th birthday (of which the Queen is Royal Patron & which is the 1st ever you have just taken over from your grandfather-in-law)? Imagine the even more wonderful situation if the only available train to Big City had been delayed or broken down. And how much, I wonder, this would cost, train tickets for everybody, etc., etc.?

      Wishing Catherine, William, George, Charlotte, Lupo, their staff, PPO(s), extra security at train stations, and the sniffer dogs many happy Sundays to come.

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    17. Dear Francis,

      This sounds better:

      A lady has an important engagement with a new organization, and happens to have a multi-million pound apartment in London's most exclusive neighborhood, currently sitting empty. It's been renovated thanks to hard working taxpayers, and been furnished and decorated, including not one, but two kitchens, thanks to the generosity of her father-in-law.

      The lady decides, this is an important engagement, I don't want to rush, why don't I take my family and spend a long weekend at our London home? Then the children will also have more time with me.

      But, she thinks, that's a lot to take two small children. Aaahh, she realizes she has a live-in nanny plus another housekeeper waiting for her at the London apartment, as well as full time aides and assistants to help her prep for the two hour engagement.

      Problem solved!

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    18. Anonymous10 February 2016 at 19:42, I can see your point, however, your version doesn’t sound better to me. I don’t think either that there is a problem that needs to be solved. I see it this way:

      There are people who like to live in town. They spent all their weekends in town. They love it. Wonderful. I am happy for them. :)

      There are also people who have to live in town for different reasons. All the people in this category that I personally know and who can afford to leave town for the week-end, that’s the first thing they do on Friday once work is over. Some sleep in tents, stay with friends or in Bed & Breakfasts, others own a small cottage or a huge country home. They all go back to town late on Sunday evening or if possible Monday morning. If this is what makes them happy, I am happy for them. :)

      Then there are those who live in the countryside. They love it. They never ever go to town. Not ever for a weekend. Am I happy for them? Definitely. :)

      And then there are William and Catherine. They live in the countryside. For a number of reasons, I think that this is an excellent choice, especially with small children. They work at home, nearby, in town and, in fact, they work all over the place. So if this is what works for them (no pun intended) at this time of their lives, I am happy for them. :)

      As far as their London apartment is concerned, I can see no wrong. There are so many people in this world who have more than one (from very modest to massive) place to stay, be it in town, in the countryside, on different continents, on boats, in mobile homes, … Personally I don’t mind a (more) nomad lifestyle. :)

      I obviously don’t know what Catherine thinks but I am very much interested to know whether you know it for a fact that they didn't have a farewell dinner with the Queen scheduled during her last weekend at Sandringham or other engagements that would have prevented them to go and spend it in town. :)

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    19. Francis, if you had a column, I would be a regular reader. SERIOUSLY. Your attention to detail is absolutely amazing! I'm not just reading, I am visualizing it. KUDOS to you!

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    20. I agree with royalfan (very much not for the first time). Francis, you are a great and witty purveyor of facts. Nice to have you on board!

      Surely a round trip flight on Sunday is more economical than moving everyone to London for the weekend. Why uproot the children, including a little prince who is now in school. And no one has mentioned that Prince William may have been working, or may have been taking care of things at home, and needed to remain in the country.

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    21. Thank you, royalfan and Anonymous12 February 2016 at 04:46. :)

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    22. You're welcome, Francis. Please let us know where to sign up for a subscription........ :)

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  31. Lovely video. Very well done. Now onto the fashion talk:) I love the suit but in the photos above it looks as though the jacket is a size to small? The sleeves look short and the waist a bit high but then it looks oddly full below the waistline. I had noticed in prior wearings. Does anyone else notice the same issue. ali

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  32. I had "not" noticed in prior photos

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  33. The video is excellent and Kate looks far more professional than four years ago. I was surprised at how the video was made as I was expecting her to read out lines from a script for 2 minutes. I agree with the others that the video was rehearsed before the recording, hence the comfort level between them. Can't wait for the spring tour!!!XOXO

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  34. Tedi in California8 February 2016 at 23:23

    Wonderful post Charlotte. Kate was terrific. Her compassion, gentility and love of children shone through. Her interaction with the kids was perfect, and yet the seriousness of the topic was evident. On a lesser note, she looked gorgeous. She is a beautiful soul, inside and out.
    As a parting shot I must observe, that no matter what she does, it will never be enough for the naysayers. She should just keep on her path. One day she will be a phenomenal queen.

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  35. Julia from Leominster9 February 2016 at 02:18

    My feelings about the royal flight are more general - not just applicable to Kate - there have recently been similar stories about other royal family members - Charles, Camilla and Andrew come immediately to mind but there may be others. It's my feeling if the royal family wishes to maintain the royal flight, they need to use it very judiciously and this isn't always happening.

    Times change, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who remembers the queen's tears at the loss of Britannia. Royals aren't just rich people - they have to be in tune with the country - how they behave during times of war in the past was different than peace - the sixies different than the eighties - so saying something has always been there doesn't make it right.
    At this point, transportation has become more difficult and expensive for all but the queen's most wealthy subjects. Being royal is as much about perception as anything else - maybe pilots have to always be on duty - maybe not - my feeling is to preserve the flight (a possible target in cut-backs) is to use it wisely. It should be restricted when other transportation such as trains aren't readily available, when distances are long, and when engagements are close together.

    Kate had the misfortune to fly home right at a time the queen was photographed (in a coat she wore in Germany)coming back on the train from the same place Kate was going to. The queen may simply prefer the train but it does make her look thrifty (something she has been very good at doing) while it makes Kate look extravagant. (And no point in saying the queen wasn't working, she entertained foreign guests at Sandringham.)
    These remarks aren't because I "hate" Kate. She isn't the only one where this issue has come up - but just to look at this particular case:
    My feeling on Kate is thus:
    1. She and William have chosen to live some distance from London even though a London flat is maintained for them - so every mitigation should be taken not to make that a noticeable expense on the royal purse. The same would be true with Charles and Highgrove and so on.
    2. Kate does not work every day or even multiple times a week so a few hours on the train would hardly be a burden to her.
    3. Train service is available and the trip is fairly short.
    4. If the queen can take the train there is no security concern.
    Therefore, I think Kate would have done well to take the train - the good will would be substantial as it is every time the queen is seen on the platform - and there is plenty of good reading to pass the times - Two current bestsellers include the Romanovs - (Written by the POW's good friend Tara's sister's husband) or for soemthing a bit lighter - the thriller "The Girl on the Train".

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    1. Just finished "The Girl on the Train". Loved it and can't wait until the movie.

      Being an American, I do not have the same concern that the British do concerning the finances and funding of the BRF but isn't the entire premise of being royal elitist and that they are afforded perks that the ordinary person does not have. I understand that over the top extravagance is bad and that waste should not happen, however, doesn't their very position in life afford them the odd helicopter ride home. It seems as if they are nickeled and dimed for
      every move they make, and that people feel they should live with all the inconveniences the average person experiences. It is as if people want the idea of a royal family but when they live like one, people get upset.

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    2. That's an important caveat Julia that I meant to add to my previous comment. What can give these stories more "oomph" or legs is the subject and circumstances involved.

      It doesn't help Kate that her choice of transport can be directly compared to the monarch's at the same time, a lesser royal taking the train at that moment wouldn't have had the same punch.

      Also, stories like this are a brief sizzle for some royals, but a hotter flame for others. Hard working royals can brush it off (though Charles gets hit with the environmental comparison now too) whereas it was death for Fergie or others.

      When I harp on and on that Kate and William need to be doing more and cultivating a better relationship with the press, and you all think I'm mad :) this is what I'm anticipating.

      The questions Julia raised will be raised by many other Brits, and the line "they don't want to be full time royals but they want all the royal perks!" gets trotted out more frequently it seems to me. They need to be careful of that.

      Optics matter. As I said, the tabloids love these stories because they get an instant and fierce reaction, and in some cases it's quite justified.

      And yes, as Julia mentioned, the royals are in a strange place, they are wealthy but can't appear wealthy! They have to be in tune with the country, like any public official frankly.

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    3. Nicely put.

      With The Girl on the train time would pass very quickly, good choice!

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    4. But may be they do not care if the Royal institution and its perks get dismantled? The only reason negative press would matter is if one thinks it will lead to the elimination of any tax support for the monarchy, or I am assuming that is the concern? Maybe the younger generation would just as soon have it all go away.

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    5. I see some people's points here but I think we should also be educated on the facts that the stories often tweak to embellish their stories. Helicopters are leased by year and there are pilots on the royal payroll. The 3k sum is plucked as if they are hiring a private chopper. The Royal Family operate within budget and the Queen has the final say on things. It's like last time when the royals leased a second helicopter and papers ran with the headline that taxpayers would pay 8m for William's new ride. In my view it is very clear that press are trying to make stories out of nothing to stir people and get clicks. The Daily Mail loves nothing more than to bully , build up and knock down. People cry that they want to see Kate and the moment she does, some pick on anything to knock her back down. Let us be educated and fair. Papers serve their bottomlines. Remember that.

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    6. Please add to the reading list:

      "Mrs Queen Takes the Train" by William Kuhn

      An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn — author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books — Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts. Reminiscent of Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader, this lively, wonderfully inventive romp takes readers into the mind of the grand matriarch of Britain’s Royal Family, bringing us an endearing runaway Queen Elizabeth on the town—and leading us behind the Buckingham Palace walls and into the upstairs/downstairs spaces of England’s monarchy. (amazon)


      The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett

      "One had always read. Only these days one is reading more."

      From one of England's most celebrated writers, the author of the award-winning The History Boys, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading. (amazon)

      "Books, bread and butter, mashed potato--one finishes what's on one's plate."

      In chasing after her rowdy dog-pack one day, the Queen discovers them barking at a bookmobile, parked outside the kitchen at Windsor. Entering to apologize for the din, the Queen meets Norman Seakins, a young man from the kitchen whose primary interest is in gay books and photography. Feeling obligated to borrow a book, the Queen selects a novel, intending to return it the following week. Almost immediately, palace life changes.



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    7. Comparing Kate's use of the helicopter to the Queen's taking the train seems a bit unfair. Maybe the Queen prefers the train? I have only seen her in a helicopter once---and that was a stand-in (at the Olympics [grin]).

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    8. The Queen began these PR train rides a few years ago and I give her credit for doing so. But let's not forget that she is traveling to and from a holiday stay at Sandringham. W&K have been spotted driving many, many times over the years. The timing was unfortunate only because it gave people something to jump on and hold against Kate, instead of talking about the engagements and causes involved.

      Ironically, "quiet periods" have been given as the reason for some of the more heated discussions on this blog, but this topic proves, sadly, that there is a bit more to it than that. Nothing is preventing people from speaking about and focusing on her work and causes, only one's own keyboard.

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    9. I can't say I agree with your comment at all Royalfan. The quiet periods exacerbate underlying concerns people have with William and Kate and the way they keep shop. Just because you agree with everything they do doesn't mean everyone else does. These issues people bring up are not imaginary - they are there. Kate and William live a part time royal life and pretty much do whatever they want most of the time, yet still enjoy the perks more senior royals do. There's so much evidence over the last five years that backs this up its ridiculous.

      Maybe people would start taking Kate's work seriously, if it was more obvious she was doing the same. Maybe the helicopter rides wouldn't be a big issue if, as Julie said, they purposely didn't chose to live away from London after doing extensive renovations on the apartment at KP. And maybe all these little tibits and comments you don't like would go away if Kate and William were more strategic in hiding their disinclination to royal life at present. But no, over the last five years, people can see straight through them. And they need to catch up.

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    10. I have read a 1000 times that Royals should have a real job. Well, William does have a real job. Saving lives is real.
      Yet the people of the UK are still not happy. Btw, being a mom is also a real job even if you have a nanny. This seems to be more a case of if I am struggling they should struggle too. Life doesn't work that way. There will always be others that have more. If you don't want them then get rid of the monarchy.Otherwise, it is just sour grapes.

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    11. Funny, the sort of comments I was referring to do not come across as "concern". Far from it, as a matter of fact.

      Regarding the London vs. Anmer debate ... with the exception of Diana, I'm not aware of another member of the BRF who stays in London any longer than necessary. The Queen runs to Windsor at every opportunity and Charles has Highgrove and Birkhall to run to. And Camilla still enjoys the house she lived in prior to her marriage to Charles. William will be king; it is not unreasonable for him and his family to have a residence in London and one in the country. It was okay for the sister of the Queen to occupy Apartment A-1, but not a future king and queen?

      As for the "pretty much do whatever they want most of the time", aside from sounding like sour grapes, that is a sweeping dismissal of William's job which happens to be a dangerous one, and Kate concentrating on raising two children.

      No other RF has a similar scenario with three living heirs in the wings. And if people stop to consider the recent, and controversial, history of the BRF, the current scenario makes perfect sense.

      In her day, Elizabeth *was* the next in line and it did not prevent her from enjoying as normal a family life as possible with her husband and children until her father's death changed her life forever.

      The same "forever" awaits William and Kate. In the meantime, it is not unreasonable for them to enjoy some of the "now" while there is an heir between them and the throne. NOT the case in Elizabeth's day.

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    12. Anonymous 02:24 -- I imagine that you have as many people who would agree with you as would disagree with you. Fair go. Differences of opinion are the spice of life. But let's agree that each of us is as valid as the other. We would have to have an election to know which is in the majority and does it really matter? So W & K don't "need to catch up" because everything they do is still being publicized and charities and organizations are still interested in having them as their patron.

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    13. Royal fan - I'm not a regular poster on here, but it just seems that there's always someone complaining about the negative comments posted here. I wanted to point out that the negative and positive comments are both valid and everyone has their opinion. You don't get people complaining about all the positive comments, do you?

      But it's even more than that. I get the impression that the negative comments are dismissed as being made-up stories or something. Then the "jealous" and "sour grapes" comments come up. I wanted to point out that there's definitely a grounding for the negative comments, as I'm sure there are for the positive ones.

      I am actually totally fine with them having two residences - I think they just should have thought about the way it might be portrayed in the media because they did the renovations on one and then barely lived in it before moving, and doing more renovations on, Amner Hall.

      I'm not dismissing Williams job - did I say that William did nothing? But I am saying he's "dismissing" his job in the royal family for the time being. When I say that they "do whatever they want", I'm talking about Williams choice to continue with his job and Kate's choice to stay at home with her kids, and the choices they make regarding their work with the royal family.

      I also never said there was anything wrong with those choices. But then when people do complain about those choices, don't sigh and wish people focused more on her work and causes...It can be difficult to take Kate's work seriously after the choices she's made in her life. Personally, I am disappointed with Kate, and it's not going to take one good video to make me suddenly think she's turned a new leaf, just like I took me a while to reach my current opinion of her.

      So in fact there is something "preventing people from speaking about and focusing on her work and causes". That is, her choice to not take her work seriously from the start. Again, it's her choice. But she has to deal with the consequences, like bad PR for taking a helicopter ride. I'm sure this wouldn't have been a big deal if people thought Kate was doing enough. But I think you'll find that's not the opinion of the majority.

      I'm also quite insulted by your comment of "sour grapes" - you really know nothing about me, quite frankly.

      Valerie - thanks for your reply. I'm happy for people to agree or disagree. But I have to say that people were still interested in Charles even with his controversy in the 1990s. They're royals and charities need them. It will be interesting to see how things work out for the Royal family in the future. I'm still of the opinion that a lot of this will come back to bite W and K one day, but who knows?!

      Anon 02:24

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    14. Anon, you state that I do not know you and, of course, you are correct. I do not know you, but I based my comment on the opinions, and tone, you shared.

      You don't truly *know* Kate, yet you stated, "Maybe people would start taking Kate's work seriously, if it was more obvious she was doing the same." And "maybe all these little tidbits and comments you don't like would go away if Kate and William were more strategic in hiding their disinclination to royal life at present. But no, over the last five years, people can see straight through them. And they need to catch up."

      Really? How do you *know* what's in Kate's mind, or William's? How do you know that the current game plan isn't fully sanctioned, even encouraged, within the RF? I made a valid comparison regarding the Queen and PP when they were first married...and she *was* the next in line at the time. Again, not the case today. I offered another valid reference to more recent BRF history, but this too is never entertained. Odd, IMO, since it does seem to be behind much of what is being done (or not) today.

      And frankly, what difference does it make how much time they spend under KP's roof or the one at AH? Both residences were renovated and prepared (KP after *decades*) for a young family that will continue to use them for many, many years to come. How they split their time is their business. Do people concern themselves with the way other royals split their time between London and the country? No, and why would they?

      So, yes, sometimes it does become difficult to ignore the concept of sour grapes. Especially when some of the criticism can be somewhat personal in nature. Comments such as "I wouldn't mind, but..." "I'm fine with them having two homes, but...", etc. Such comments are judgmental and almost seem to imply that the commenter has first hand knowledge of what is in William and/or Kate's mind(s). We may agree or disagree with the way the Firm is operating in 2016, but to lay it all at the feet of W&K, and label them as being unwilling or disinterested, is extremely unfair.

      Regarding people complaining about positive comments, well, actually they have. :) But given that it's a blog devoted to Kate, one that is written in a respectful and upbeat manner, I think there's a place for them. If I followed a CP Mary blog, I would hope to find more support than not.

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    15. I am as interested in Kate as anyone here, but I do wonder, if, in their heart of hearts, William and Kate would prefer to live 'ordinary' (not'public' lives, and that's not a criticism of them). In William's relatively recent interview about his decision to work with the air ambulance his desire to do a 'grounded' job came through very strongly.

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    16. I would be disappointed in William if he didn't want to do something that contributes to society in a way that we all can relate to. His current job allows him to do that. He has a lifetime to carry-out royal duties. He seems to be very dedicated to the charities that he cares about. Centrepointe and The Bereavement charity to name two.I admire his willingness to take the criticism that comes with trying to do things in new way
      Change is scarey for some.

      Kate is an easy target for the critics. She is not suppose to be in the position of being a royal wife. She doesn't have the right pedigree. Nevermind that she is a good wife and mother or that she has the support of Wliliam and Charles. No, she must have the approval of a nation who is inclined not to give it. She has been dealt an impossible hand. I truly hope that she is a strong woman because she is in a swirling vortex for now. Hold on tigbt Kate!

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    17. Typo...should be tight

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    18. Yes, Anon 22:45, I believe William will be respected for doing something people can relate to, especially a dangerous job that he is not required to do. Most of us cannot relate to ribbon cutting, but saving a life is something most folks (hopefully!) can and do respect.

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  36. Do we know when this video was filmed and where? I think Kate is getting more and more confident and the more she does it, the better she'll get. Her message is also slightly more complex. Maybe she'll do it again next year and we will see an evolution in how mental health in children is tackled. That would be brilliant.

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    1. re: Do we know when this video was filmed and where?

      Anonymous 9 February 2016 at 02:37, yes, we do. You can find the answer in the video itself.

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  37. Rose from Montreal Canada9 February 2016 at 03:11

    Well done Kate. Thanks Charlotte

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  38. hmm I love the duchess speech maybe the children really relax to speak with the duchess with comes to I think playing would help them to relaxed but Im sure they practice it many people are bashing the duchess on why she have to go helicopter ride instead taking train my stand here when learn that she rode helicopter maybe she is schedule other private event or she did the helicopter ride because security reason

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  39. I'd like Kate to draw more attention to adult mental health issues. (She's a bit too involved with championing children's causes, the 'easier' option). It can be very difficult for adults to access help for a variety of reasons: I tried to access help on behalf of a friend and it was a very negative experience. I know that she is involved in adult addiction charities, but not every adult with mental health issues has an addiction problem.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 February 2016 at 14:24

      I am an adult with mental health issues. And I think her focus is not at ALL easy. Alot of medical professionals still don't belive that depression, anxiety and such can manifest itself in children. Which is just plain wrong. Children are seen as having "no troubles and no worries" until they act out and then it's usually to late. Also, Kate has been visiting a prison, she has been speaking with adults with mental health issues (through action on addiction). She has connection with a charity working with children of people with addictions and mental health issues or other bad family situations. Ofc there are alot of areas in adulthood that could use focus, but I think it's better to have a more focused area right now. I am proud that she is doing this. And yes, adult mental health needs alot of work. That doesn't mean that childrens mental health doesn't as well.

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    2. The visit to a womens' prison did that last year. I suspect there will be more.

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    3. Every adult has been a child.
      Not the easier option, before she started, nobody was interested

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    4. The key-word in Kate's action is "preventing". It's clear that she is deeply interested in adulthood's mental issues, because she is trying to make a large audience aware that many (if not all) mental problems in adulthood are rooted in childhood.

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    5. NOT all adults with mental health issues had problems as children, or difficult childhoods. Not all adults with mental health problems have spent time in prison or have addiction problems. Many are struggling to maintain a 'facade' of 'normal living' and are in work.

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    6. Anonymous12 February 2016 at 04:11, I agree with you.

      At the same time, according to Place2Be @Place2Be 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 http://ow.ly/XDfDF
      By the time they leave primary school, 20% of children will have experienced mental health problems at least once @CentreforMH
      Around 3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder TWR-UK ‏@TWRuk

      Place2Be ‏@Place2Be (today)
      “If I’d had the help in my teens that I finally got in my thirties, I wouldn't have lost my twenties” http://ow.ly/YkJpg #mentalhealth

      I think early intervention helps that there will be less adults with mental health problems. So more time and money will be available to help those who develop mental health problems as adults.

      For more interesting insight #childrensmhw and https://twitter.com/Place2Be




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    7. Yes, mental help support and all that it involves with children is crucial, but SO much more needs to be done for adults. And it is harder to attract funding for adults. I have worked on behalf of very high profile charities, and it is easier to raise funds on behalf of children's charities generally. Mental health charities for adults need a much higher profile, and the stigma of adult mental health needs to be removed. There can be a barrier for adults seeking mental help. AND it can impact on the lives of any children that they may have. I just wish that Kate would champion this as well in the same way. Adults aren't necessarily as 'cuddly' and photogenic as children, it can be more difficult for adult mental health publicity to pull on people's heart-strings in the same way. Just my two pennies worth!

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  40. I thought she did lovely. I liked that it wasn't simply her saying her speech...I like that they cut back and forth to her discussing the charity with the children.

    As to the helicopter "controversy"...I think people give too much credit to Kate or other royals ability to dictate. It's coming across like she CHOSE to travel by helicopter...that's not necessarily the case. Her protection detail can dictate travel methods. There could be any umber of reasons...completely out of Kate's control...why thatmethod of transport was chosen. Has it been stated that SHE wanted to travel that way?

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  41. Magnifique!

    She was tres beaute

    The promo with the kids was great! Meh to some who said she needs to relax! She was the mostart relaxed that I have ever seen. Can't she just get a break?

    The helicopter is a non issue to me. They all travel via helo. I have seen the Countess of Wessex use the helo many times and yet no one says a word. Catherine takes a ride and it's bad PR.


    What is wrong with you people.

    Great post!

    She will be an amazing Queen.

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  42. I absolutely loved this video, HRH was beyond fantastic–--poised yet at ease, informed, clearly passionate and very sensitive. The group of kids she was with was incredibly poised, articulate and charming (no surprise they were chosen!). I think HRH struck the right balance in message and said the absolute correct things ("different children have different circumstances and challenges"...it was gorgeous and sensitive; I found an earlier speech of hers, the one that included a comment about her lucky childhood/nurturing home or something to that effect (as opposed to those who didn't have one) which I felt UNINTENTIONALLY came across as a tad condescending. This time it was splendid. I would not change a dot on an "i" nor uncross any "t's." AND...I loved that she brought William into her conversation. Loved the hair, loved the suit. Silvia.

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  43. Tammy from California9 February 2016 at 16:25

    I would LOVE to have this in my school. There are so many students who would benefit from this. The US needs this, very much.

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  44. Hello magazine just reported that William and Kate enjoyed a date night at the Crown's Inn in East Rudham, suitably enough. Apparently they had refreshments at the bar, wine for William, sparkling water for Kate. Then dinner at a table. Kate wore skinny jeans and a navy romper, I guess that means sweater. They left at around 10:30. Hope they had a sweet dinner together. The place looks so English and cozy. The menu you looks yummy also. Where are my airline tickets? :)

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    1. Can you imagine the Queen (or Charles?) having a meal at the local? What a great future there is if W & K can continue to mingle like that.

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    2. Amen, Valerie.

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  45. I know that there has been rumors that Kate is pregnant again, and a discussion on the last post, but I was looking and saw on another web page that William and Kate went out to dinner the other night? It also said that they left Pringe George and Princess Charlotte at home. It is a reasturant about 15 minutes away from Anmer Hall and they stayed until about 10:30 p.m.. The website also had some photos, I don't know if they were of that night or not, but I does look like Kate has a baby bump. Is it just me?

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    1. Please, where are the photos??

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  46. It is always interesting to me how so many think they know everything about their lifes. We don't.

    We rarely see Catherine flying to engagements. As anyone thought for one moment that just maybe she had another stop? One of the behind the scenes stops? She looks like she changed clothes. Why? Why is carrying that big bag? Maybe she planned another stop and it was more feasible and safe to fly. I see no need to change clothes if I am going home. But she did.

    Every post begins well and then slides into innuendo.

    She was fabulous! She looked great! Her speech was oh so good...

    Fly all you want I say! I always wonder what the Brits would feelike like if they they didn't have the Royal Family. Maybe the masses pay some for its upkeep but I think theyou bring in much money and jobs.

    Stop whining

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    1. Many Brits don't want the Royal Family, however.

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  47. Hello All:)
    I haven't written in a while, but have been avidly reading Charlotte's Wonderful Posts & following as many Responses as possible. Great Discussions as always:)
    I have been mulling over a thought that I've had, that was spurred along initially by a Book recommendation here, but I can't remember who suggested it? It's "The Diana Chronicles" & I was hesitant to read yet another
    "Diana" Book, but the Book recommendation had somehow intrigued me enough ( eluding to it being different from the rest) that I gave it a go. I Highly recommend it, for it has so much Spencer & Fermoy History going back Centuries. If you are a History Buff like me, it's just Fascinating & The most intriguing thing is how her life played out in similar ways as those of several of her Spencer Ancestors, with regards to their close proximity in Court to the Monarchs (i.e. Charles II/ creating the Spencer/Churchills & Queen Anne building Blenheim for them) The most obvious comparisons of all can of course be made between Georgiana, the eventual Duchess of Devonshire (as played by Kiera Knightly in the Movie "The Duchess") where there Truly were 3 in that marriage, as well as how Georgiana was a Fashion Icon of her day & lent her Voice to Causes at a time when that just wasn't done! All this is to say, that the Book colored my glasses differently, as I now look at Kate & William. I look at all that tortured history, True loves denied; Women not having voices; The Men having such egocentric views of themselves & the lives they felt entitled to lead.... & I can't help but view William & The Life that Diana Fought to Give Him, as extraordinary, in that it was Actually Accomplished ! I know they are rich & Royal & have many perks & some people are not satisfied with their work loads, or how they choose to live their lives......... But after reading this book, I would beg all to remember from whence all this Tradition & Pomp Originated. Surely not by this young couple! I think how Princess Margret couldn't marry her True Love; Charles was led into his Marriage with the "Suitable" Lady Diana Spencer & how antiquated that all seems to us now, especially as he eventually married his Mistress....... Who could have imagined that just decades ago? So here we have it & I put it to you...... are people really so upset that The Cambridges don't Do Enough?.....Or..... Are they the least bit disappointed because their lives are rather Boring & Not Juicy with lots of Oooohs & Ahhhhs & OMG's Splashed across the papers & internet? I don't think people Really want anything bad to befall the Couple, but is it Possible that the fact that they Have been able to achieve some semblance of a "Normal" Life, while they are in the Early Years of Establishing Their Family........that they are just a tad too Boring for some? For myself, I am So Happy that they are living the Life that they are living:) It's a Dream Come True for William & it was the Sole Desire of HIs Mother, that he might love & be loved in such a way....... & to experience the loving home that Kate has created for them... So many of you chose the word "Mature" to describe what you felt watching Kate, in this Years Video Message. Like many have already said, They are Growing & Maturing into Their Roles, as Spouses, Parents & Royals ..... & will continue to do so for Years to Come. I'm Proud as Punch at the job Kate is doing, establishing Her Royal Self, while weaving in the Soft Touches from Her Personal Self, as Wife & Mother. I'm a big fan of the phrase "It's a Marathon, not a Sprint", when referring to their life as Royals, with two Heirs in their Family, I think They are Doing Just Great!:)
    Thanks for reading & do check that Book out if you are interested, it's quite good:)
    Fondly,
    Becca USA

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    1. Becca, I cannot imagine a better or more sincere review of the book. Thank you! And I wholeheartedly agree with you about the amazing progress that W&K represent. How amazing it is that William's married life is the polar opposite of his mother's experience. Kate is a Godsend to William and the monarchy on so many levels.

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    2. I agree Becca.

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    3. Amen Becca. W & K canoodling in a restaurant after 15 years of being together. Charles and Diana were at each other's throats after 15 years. Diana was off trying to find love, being a fashion plate (have you seen photos of the dresses they are exhibiting right now), saving the world. Kate cares about others but her priorities are William and the children. And that means a lot to William, he has said so in many different ways. If that sounds sycophantic, so be it. I have been a royal fan since I waved to Queen Elizabeth when she did her Canadian tour in 1959.

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    4. Valerie, you are a sister spirit. I waved to the Queen at Trooping the Color in 1959. Much later I realized she was pregnant with Prince Andrew then. That explained why she did not look entirely comfortable on her horse. Prince Philip was also on horseback. Their children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, rode in a carriage with the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. I was already a royal fan then, but my English friends really could not understand why!

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  48. what a beautiful message from the duchess.

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  49. Great post Charlotte. I was saddened to read a man set himself on fire and died in front of their home in london :(.

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    1. Yes, near The Orangery restaurant. Unbelievably sad.

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  50. It's a bit tedious when people raise a point and then they are contradicted by completely 'nonsensical arguments' by others here. These people should take a salary as PR people for Duchess Kate.

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  51. 00:29,

    Quantify "many" if you don't mind and if you could state your sources that would be helpful also.

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  52. Sounds like fun Francis. I am sure Angela Kelly would love to show off their treasure trove of textiles. :)

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    1. Anonymous 15 February 2016 at 20:57, did you see the golden fabric of the suit the Queen wore attending the Gold Service Scholarship event yesterday evening? Could it be from the treasure trove? :)

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3449935/Queen-attends-Gold-Service-scholarship-event-honour-UK-s-best-young-waiting-staff.html

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