Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Tour Polls: Vote for Kate's Best Daywear, Casual & Earrings + Calendar Updates

We're back rounding up our tour polls, covering daywear looks, casual ensembles and earrings, as well as a look at calendar updates for the Duchess.

Best Daywear Look

From a sartorial perspective the royal tour offered a varied selection of daywear looks for the Duchess. From classic designs from favoured designers to repeats and an abundance of printed boho style dresses, the climate in India meant we saw Kate choosing mostly dresses throughout the tour rather than her usual choice of coats and coatdresses. The tour kicked off when the Cambridges arrived in Mumbai, with Kate opting for a vibrant red print Alexander McQueen piece from the Pre-Fall 2016 Collection. Following a brief break, Kate changed into the colourful 'Gulrukh' Tunic Dress by Mumbai-based designer Anita Dongre for engagements in the city. An aide said: "She wanted to wear a local designer at the earliest possible opportunity."


There's a very interesting story behind the Anita Dongre dress which went largely unnoticed in the flurry of events and outfits throughout the tour. In March, PA Natasha Archer got in touch with the designer requesting a lookbook, then she went in and requested items for fittings. Among the selections - the Gulrukh - which had been significantly altered by Natasha herself. More from the Telegraph:

'All the more surprising was the fact that the Duchess’s team had altered Dongre’s design. The “Gulrukh” dress - from the SS16 Love Notes collection - was originally full length and included a traditional stole in matching fabric. “In India a lot of woman would wear this with trousers and a stole,” she says, pointing to the catwalk look from Lakme Fashion Week where the dress was shown in its original form. “Her stylist has taken the stole and converted part of that into the belt and then chopped it off so it can be worn as a dress. She’s amazing - it looks easy, breezy and so contemporary,” Dongre says of the DIY update by Natasha Archer.'

Kate chose the Emilia Wickstead Wool-Crepe Midi Dress for a Tech Awards launch and engagements in Delhi. The £1,700 ivory dress features two faux breast pockets, two front slit pockets, a full skirt and a concealed button and fastening back.


When the Duke and Duchess met vulnerable children in Delhi, Kate wore the £50 Red Navy Border Print Lace up Maxi Dress by British brand Glamorous. The long sleeve dress features a scoop neck, a wide flared skirt, and an allover pattern with paisley and floral details. For those interested in pre-ordering the dress, you can get a 25% discount with the code DRESS25. For lunch with Prime Minister Modi, Kate opted for the elegant Temperley London 'Desdemona' dress. The jade dress from the Autumn 2016 Collection is crafted from vintage-inspired lace reminiscent of traditional Spanish folk costume.


For a memorable day in Kaziranga National Park the Duchess chose a pretty Pink Print Dress by Topshop. We rarely see Kate in pink, which is a pity, because the colour works superbly well with her colouring. The boho-chic dress features black embroidery and tassel-tipped ties. We saw two royal repeats as the royal tour moved to Bhutan. Kate wore her Tory Burch 'Chrissy' Dress at Guwahati airport for an early morning flight to the country.


For the arrival in Bhutan, Kate repeated an Emilia Wickstead coatdress she wore first for the 2012 Order of the Thistle service. This time, the Duchess wore the soft yellow-gold version of the garment with a belt, which many readers felt was a welcome addition and added a freshness to the look.


We had discussed the possibility of Kate paying homage to traditional dress during the tour, and she did just that when she met the King and Queen of Bhutan. In many ways, this look was a particularly special one from the tour, and perhaps the one I'll remember most. Kate combined a beautiful embroidered cape by Parisian brand Paul and Joe with a lavender skirt, which was made by her unidentified designer in London using fabric woven by Kelzang Wangmo, a lady from Thimphu. The look paid tribute to Bhutan's national dress for women, the kira. I loved how different elements and designers were used to put the ensemble together.


On the last day of the tour, the Cambridges departed Bhutan and said farewell at Paro Airport. HRH repeated her bespoke broderie anglaise full-skirted suit by Alexander McQueen, first worn in Singapore in 2012. This time, Kate wore the suit without a belt.


The Duke and Duchess concluded their tour with a poignant visit to the Taj Mahal. I had a feeling the Duchess would pull something special out of the bag for this engagement and she certainly didn't disappoint in a beautiful white and blue sheath dress featuring intricate embroidery by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan. A stunning look - and one I imagine will garner quite a few votes.


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Best Casual Look

For a safari in Kaziranga National Park, the Duchess wore the print ruffled 'Gretna' blouse by Australian brand RM Williams with ZARA Mid-Rise Biker trousers. What does one wear for a hike to Tiger's Nest? The Duchess chose a waistcoat by Really Wild Clothing teamed with the crisp Jaeger Linen Classic Blouse and skinny jeans.


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Best Earrings

The Duchess opted for a minimalistic approach to jewellery throughout the tour, foregoing bracelets, watches and necklaces (with the exception of the pendant given to her by Queen Jetsun). Kate brought a stunning and varied selection of earrings to add a touch of sparkle to her looks. First up, we have Kate's Cassandra Goad 'Temple of Heaven' earrings, worn several times throughout the tour.

Cassandra Goad

One of Kate's favoured pairs during the tour - the £8 Accessorize Filigree Bead Short Drop Earrings.

Accessorize

A one-off pair of blue lapis and diamond earrings by Indian jeweller Amrapali added the finishing touch to Kate's sparkling look for the Bollywood Gala.


Kate wore a pair of chandelier earrings she's had for years for the Queen's birthday party.


The Duchess debuted a beautiful new pair of Kiki McDonough earrings: "Special Edition Green Tourmaline, Green Amethyst and Diamond Earrings." They were specially made to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte last May.

Kiki McDonough

At Kaziranga, Kate brought back another pair of chandelier earrings she's had for at least a decade. The earrings appear to be gold with green stones.


Another new pair for the Duchess - the £39 Gold Charm Earrings by Scottish brand Brora.

Brora


Kiki McDonough

Kate's Kiki McDonough Citrine Drops.

Kiki McDonough

The Duchess wore her Kiki McDonough 'Lauren' earrings leaving Bhutan.

Kiki McDonough

During William and Kate's hike to Tiger's Nest, Kate purchased a pair of £6 blue earrings. Much to everyone's surprise she teamed them with her Naeem Khan dress at the Taj Mahal. I thought it a lovely gesture giving a nod to Bhutan on the final engagement of the tour and the earrings worked perfectly with the dress.


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Finally, as you may have heard, two engagements have been added to Kate's calendar for next Wednesday, 4 May. The Duchess will visit Hampton Court's recently unveiled Magic Garden, marking the official opening of the Palace's new children's play area. The Duchess will be taken on a tour around the new play area, and shown some of its unique design features. Along the way, Kate will meet those involved in the Magic Garden's design and construction, as well as children and families enjoying the new facilities before unveiling a plaque.


More from the press release:

'The Magic Garden has been six years in the making, and begins an exciting new chapter in the Palace’s 500 year history. The Historic Royal Palaces’ gardens team have grown and tended to hundreds of trees and plants to create the garden’s magical landscape, planting over 17,000 bulbs and 3,000 shrubs in the garden.'

It has been suggested this would be an ideal engagement for Kate to take George and Charlotte to - highly unlikely, but wouldn't it be fun. :)


Afterwards, the Duchess will undertake her first engagement as Patron of the Anna Freud Centre by attending a lunch reception supporting the development of a new centre of excellence for children's mental health. During this engagement the Duchess will meet families who have benefited from the centre, as well as key supporters, and watch a short film about the ambitions of the organisation.

William and Kate have a week of celebrations coming up: the couple celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on Friday, and Charlotte's first birthday on Monday. I expect we'll likely see a photo or two to mark the special occasion. :)

117 comments:

  1. Alejandra Ramírez27 April 2016 at 20:19

    Excellent post!Loved the fact that you split the dresses according to occassion and not all looks on one! It made the voting easier and more fair!

    It will be amazing if she tooks the kids, maybe and this is a maybe maybe she could bring George, but it's unlikely
    So many things going on!

    Thank you so much for all your efforts! :)
    You make so many people happy! Blessings!

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  2. Thank you Charlotte. Isn't delightful to have an overview. I had to vote for Naeem Khan - so perfect for a difficult appearance. Off topic and delete if not appropriate the royal-collection-trust on instagram is sharing for the next 90 days 90 different outfits HM has worn. Intereting from both a fashion and historical perspective.

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  3. Thank you for all the fantastic posts and keeping us up to date. I really appreciate your hard work!

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  4. This day dress poll isn't even going to be close. The blue/white Naeem Khan was one of the most beautiful dresses Kate has EVER worn. It fit her to perfection and was spot on for the occasion.

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    1. I liked the Khan dress, except for all the "hidden" meanings in the blue designs. I like a dress to be.....
      just a dress. It did fit her like no other dress so far though.

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    2. Agreed!(And it isn`t close at all.:)

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    3. Agreed! There were several I really enjoyed, but when you scroll to the last one, the Naeem Khan, there is no question.

      As an aside, I was thumbing through the most recent Talbots catalogue, and there was a dress that I found to be in a similar spirit to the Naeem Khan (for those of us petite girls on a budget!).

      https://www.talbots.com/online/browse/product_details.jsp?id=prdi37675&defaultColor=1008&N=10588+10189&selectedConcept=

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    4. 00:55, I felt the same way.

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  5. Thank you so much Charlotte! I had a difficult time choosing in some of the categories but like alimai I had to vote for Naeem Khan--it was so perfect.

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  6. Thank you for your fantastic post itd diffucult to vote i love all her outfits that she wore..

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  7. I voted for the look with the lavender skirt in Bhutan, the casual ooh in Bhutan but honestly I liked them both. I voted for the Charlotte and the lavender earrings.

    The lavender skirt outfit in Bhutan looks better and better each time I see it. It's so different from everything else she has ever worn and I suspect that we won't see anything like it again. It has to be celebrated for that reason 😉

    Looking forward to the 4th.

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    1. I do agree about the cape/lavender skirt outfit. It almost got my vote but Naeem Khan won for me in the end.

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  8. My votes: Naeem Khan dress, Really Wild Waist Coat/Jaeger Blouse/Skinny Jeans, and the lavender amethyst earrings.

    And I may be the first, or only, person to make this observation, but I think the Magic Garden is a bit of an eyesore given the significance of the location.

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    1. I voted for those too!! :)

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    2. You may be right Royalfan. Oh, well, I guess we`ll see. I don`t know how you all narrowed those votes down. I voted for probably close to ten dresses and at least seven earrings!!!!! (And Kate`s safari look. Jeans were tight, but loved the shirt and it looked so much more "Kate" than the other one did, at least in my opinion. :)

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    3. I voted the same way royalfan, although the Paul and Joe cape with the lavender skirt almost won out over the Khan dress for all the reasons Julie stated. The light purple color of the Kiki amethyst drops is incredibly beautiful.

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    4. So I'm in good company, Stephanie. :)

      12:19, I liked many of the outfits she wore on this tour...I never said it was easy. :))

      Erika, I am not a fan of capes, but the skirt was lovely. It would be a good candidate for an alteration...perhaps a shorter skirt? I'd like to see it again...with the earrings of course!

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    5. I thought maybe she would keep the skirt as is for posterity in case of an exhibition of her tour clothes or something or other years from now. However, the material
      would be striking made into a more
      modern skirt especially with those
      amazing earrings.

      I love capes but being 5'3", they don't love me, unfortunately.

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  9. I don't think it is at all attractive either RF. It is kind of bizarre. Children's playgrounds can be so awesome. This one isn't.

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  10. Charlotte, this is such difficult choice to make, in every choice to vote!This trip was such a huge success in terms of every tiny and every large detail! I voted for the Naeem Khan dress, the dress and pants she wore for the safari and the Kiki McDounough earrings,, both of them ;-) XOXO
    I read somewhere that there was a documentary coming out, on W&K, if this rumour is true, I hope its released on their wedding Anniversary :) XOXO

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  11. Charlotte!

    Congratulations on being interviewed by USAtoday. I read the article and was like "Oh my! Charlotte is in here! How wonderful!
    You really should be getting paid for this blog.
    Oh! And I never emailed you back on how to post on your blog. I think I have it figured. The user is always the problem lol.

    Rachel Chavez Bellingham WA USA

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    1. Wow, I never knew our dear charlotte got interviewed by anyone and definitely not USAToday. Could you or anyone please link the article. Also congrats Charlotte.

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    2. Michael here's the link:
      http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/04/27/will-kate-still-blissful-after-five-years/82980716/

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    3. I hope you are proud of what you've accomplished, Charlotte. Your blog begun on what I assume was a labor of love, and you are now an authority on Kate quoted in a very large US media outlet. If you aren't proud of what you've done, I am on your behalf. :)

      I think one of the few things we all can agree on, without dissent, is on what a great job you do.

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    4. Please let us know. I also tried to find the link but was not able.

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  12. Fun!
    For the first time ever I did a copy-Kate and ordered the Anita Dongre dress ... now I'm waiting for it to arrive!
    I voted for the blue lapis earrings, but I did my second copy-Kate and have the Brora earrings on order.
    *sigh* Now I need to take a break from shopping :-)

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  13. The Naeem Khan dress knocked it out of the park! Definitely a winner! I also really liked the Dongre and Glamourous dresses which I think were more like casual wear. I didn't like either of her official casual wear outfits. Now I appreciate the "uniform" even more. The jewelry was disappointing considering what is at her disposal. I personally loved the Kiki McDonough lavender amethyst earrings she wore in Bhutan. Very pretty!

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  14. Congrats, Charlotte, on being quoted in a USA Today article about the Cambridge's 5th anniversary.

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    1. Take note, ya'll. Another reason to get the ball rolling to get our gal the honor do her. Congrats, Charlotte.

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    2. Yes, CONGRATS! I just popped over to read it. :))

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    3. Congrats, Charlotte! Let's hope the KP press office takes note and offers you a job ;)

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    4. To echo the other comments, Congratulations. It is wonderful that you are getting the recognition you deserve for administering this blog which is clearly a labor of love for you.

      Thanks Charlotte for all you do and being the wonderful person you are. I'm happy that we can share in this endeavor together and be a part of the wonderful international blog community.

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    5. Oh no. 13:32,

      I would wish much better things for our dear Charlotte than to be tossed into that KP mileu.
      I want her to win so many blog awards that she has enough sponsors to devote her talents in the ways she chooses and to receive recognition
      from the Royal family for her most excellent coverage and support of them. Maybe an O.B.E.,
      or, "Lady" Charlotte. They both have a nice ring to them don't they.

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    6. lol, Amen 16:17, Amen.

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    7. You know, 16:17 and 18:01 (oh how I wish we had enough trust in this community to put our names to our thoughts and feelings. Please do.)

      Those things mentioned may not be as distant as you think. The cream automatically rises to the top. :)

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  15. Tedi in California28 April 2016 at 02:21

    Naeem Khan, hands down. It was gorgeous on Kate. The Wild Waist Coat/Skinny Jeans ensemble, and the Temple of Heaven earrings. Love these posts!

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  16. I don't disagree that the Naeem Khan dress was stunning, and yet I thought the style was too similar to many dresses she wears. So I voted for one of the Boho dresses - I thought they were all a fun departure from her norm.

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    1. They really were a departure. I hope we see them again but can't imagine where.

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    2. I voted the same way Bristowmom.:-)

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  17. How lovely to reprise the tour wardrobe in these polls. Because they are so different in length and style, the day dresses present a tough choice. However, I believe the Naeem Khan dress will go down in history alongside other forever memorable dresses like Diana's LBD. http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1220786/thumbs/o-PRINCESS-DIANA-570.jpg?16

    But it will also go down in history as a symbol of what the Taj Mahal is all about: Love.

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  18. I feel as if the Naeem khan dress deserved its own category. It was just everything.

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  19. So hard to choose. Most were so fitting for the occasion they were worn. When I see the outfits in their totality, I am left wondering if any were intended for the trip to Malta. The Temperly Desdemona in particular and some others.

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    1. They may have been intended for Malta. That makes sense.

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    2. Most if not all of the outfits were from recent seasons so its impossible for them to be intended for Malta.

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    3. I believe this gown was intended for Malta...

      http://www.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2014921/rs_561x1024-141021124510-634.kate-middleton-jenny-peckham-wildlife-102114.jpg

      Not so sure about anything worn on this tour. The designs were too specific for cultures/settings.

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  20. Naeem Khan
    biker trousers
    Charlotte earrings

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  21. Royalfan
    Exactly what I chose too.

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  22. Tough to choose, some really great ensembles this trip. Looking forward to a Charlotte birthday photo!

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  23. We're either pair of the Kik McDonough earrings a gift to Kate from Kiki? I thought I heard something like that.

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    1. You would think so. Perhaps Kate wouldn't be able to accept them as a gift though since it is a business.

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  24. Royalfan, I understand what you mean about the Magic Garden. As I wrote before I am very familiar with Hampton Court, used to push my daughter's pram along the pathways 35 years ago. But I also understand about having a place where young children can actually play. I can't see from the photos how close it is to the actual "Court" but the grounds are extensive and it may not be that visible from the more formal part of it. I will be over in England in August. Not planning on being at Hampton specifically as I am trying for National Trust properties I haven't already seen but will follow its progress along via website. I do love Hampton!!!

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    1. If they release birthday photos for Charlotte I will be very surprised since she was on the Queen's lap in the other photo release. IF, we do get photos of Charlotte I hope she will have an outfit on different from the other two beautiful, but similar ones, she's worn before. As for them releasing an anniversary photo. I doubt that even more.

      That playground doesn't look like an attractive draw for children. Don't know why such a peculiar design.

      Excited about more of the Queen's birthday festivities. Love the bright colors the Queen wears.
      Hoping for a different shape in hats though. That slanted design needs a rest.

      The clothes choices this time we're not my favorites. Except for the Kiki's, the jewelry all looked the same. One boho look similar to another in the jewelry and dress. And the fit on the beautiful green lace. tsk. tsk. The flaps on the white dress. Hopefully HER choices for the birthday festivities will put her back in the saddle again. It is the Queen's 90th birthday after all. Definitely worth the effort to choose your own clothes for such memorable events.


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    2. Valerie, Hapmton Court *is* beautiful and I wanted a better idea of where it is located. If you click on the aerial option, you will see the Magic Garden as a work in progress. It is tucked away, but I still believe they could have come up with a design that would be popular with children, yet easier on the eyes. :)

      I'd be most interested in Prince Charles' opinion on this design as this issue is one of his pet peeves. Hmmmmm... Did I just catch myself agreeing with him??? I may need a moment here! ;)

      https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en_US&mid=1T7w3pzKkFT3rlgqOxl3oosxQ-fo

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  25. Courtney, still waiting to hear from you.

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  26. Happy anniversary to William and kate with all of the best wishes of the world from Pakistan. May both of them have many more with lots of joy, pleasure, happiness and success. Amin
    Have a great day (i think in England its 4 hours late so 1st wishes today from Pakistan)
    Faiza, Pakistan

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    1. Faiza joining you in wishing William and Catherine a very happy 5th anniversary. May all their anniversaries be as happy as they are today on their 5th.
      Charlotte congratulations on the USAtoday article. You deserve all the accolades for everything you do for us and our love of the royal family.

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  27. Actually, that playground has distinct similarities with sixteenth century garden design, gaudy pavilions, earth mound and so on. And for those who dislike modern copies, at least it is at the edge of the estate

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    1. All I know is my nephews would have loved that earth mound when they were small. Mr. bluhare and I used to take them for weekends and their favorite thing to do was to go to a local shopping mall where they had "the donut", which was a carpeted donut, for lack of a better term, which they ran and rolled on. Reminds me very much of the earth mound, except the earth mound is much nicer!

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    2. I like the round multi-layered grass circle! What an interesting landscape design. I expect the whole garden will look much better when the plants can grow and bloom. The pavilions or towers are a bit gaudy, but children will no doubt love them.

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  28. anyone watching the royal wedding this anniversary?

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  29. I love these posts! They are such fun but I had a hard time picking my favourites. It was so lovely to read Charlotte's quotes on the USA Today website. Congratulations indeed (and I'm not in the least surprised!) I'm not sure if the link below will work, but if you'd like to read the article, it should be here:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/04/27/will-kate-still-blissful-after-five-years/82980716/
    Lee from Canada

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    1. Charlotte, you really are "a must-read for Kate watchers"!!!

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  30. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WILLIAM AND KATE
    AND MANY, MANY MORE

    YAHWEH BLESS YOUR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RICHLY

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  31. Anon 23:36, I watched the royal wedding last Saturday night in the wee small hours ;)

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    1. I watched their exit of Westminster Abbey when they sounded the trumpets as they emerged from the vestibule. Loved her triumphant and regal walk, on the arm of her prince, gliding happily past all the rumors and lack of public support she endured in the past. Definite hallmark moment in retribution and justice. Love never fails.

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    2. What a beautiful way to describe it, 16:08. And, IMO, it applied to Kate's parents and siblings as well.

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    3. Thanks, RF. And I concur regarding her parents and siblings.

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    4. 1608: What lack of public support? When they got engaged and married the whole world was behind them. And, personally, I think weddings should be about your relationship and building a future together. I thought their wedding was lovely; stayed up all night to watch it. If I thought it was about retribution and justice I probably would have passed.

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    5. Very beautiful description, 16:08. Augmented by the fact, as mentioned by Royal Fan, that she so naturally and graciously included her family in no uncertain terms. I noticed her male cousin there front and center at the wedding. He is the tall, dark and handsome one, in the background also. He is a godfather to either George or Charlotte.
      And could James have done his presentation any better? It was superbly delivered. I hope William and Kate watch their wedding each anniversary.
      It would be time nicely invested in doing that in my opinion. Wait until Princess Charlotte sees it.
      wow. better than any Disney princess movie.
      George may not be as enthusiastic about it though except for the soldiers and horses part.

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    6. Bluhare, no offense, but I think you missed 16:08's whole point. What you said doesn't register to me in that text at all. Not even close.
      I think it was a beautiful sentiment stated quite eloquently. I happen to agree with every word of it because I had those same feelings as I watched Kate and William walk down that aisle.

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    7. 2014: Perhaps I did miss something; wouldn't be the first time. Could you explain please? Thanks!

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    8. Oh course the whole world was excited for them at the time of their wedding. In the years prior though that was not always true. They persevered and their love won out. Their walk out of the church into their future signified that. That's what I think that 16:08 was saying.

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    9. 2355: I don't think a lot of people paid any attention at all before their engagement and wedding. I know I didn't. What I saw was a lovely wedding with a bride who was one of us. And I was really really happy that "one of us" had married a prince, had lived the fairy tale, and was going to make us all proud. I thought the Middletons handled themselves beautifully and looked great. I told my mother how great I thought they were. Never once did I think justice and retribution, and I do not think I'm alone in that.

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    10. Neither is 16:08 in their perspective.

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    11. I prefer a perspective that doesn't involve retribution, which is defined as punishment for misdeeds. But if that is how you feel about it, then OK!

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  32. I thought too many of these outfits wore Kate, rather than the other way around. That was especially true of the Naeem Khan. The dress fits beautifully, and it was appropriate for the overwhelming heat, but the embroidery is a bit overwhelming. I voted for the Temperley lace, although I agree that it needed a more structured built-in bra. And I am not sure just what color it is, since the shade of aqua varies so much in the different photographs.

    Of course I loved and voted for the Bhutan hiking outfit, one of the best Kate has ever worn. I also voted for the Temple of Heaven earrings. They seemed so appropriate for this trip, and the design is both beautiful and unusual. I felt a little disloyal to my favorite citrines! The Kiki McDonoughs are beautiful, especially the green ones, but I did not see anything unusual about the designs.

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    1. 04:08, I agree with you about the outfits and the beautiful fit but too bold design of the Khan dress. I hope Kate starts being her own stylist again. That way the clothes won't "wear her". The only reason do that is because they are chosen by someone for their own style and not Kate's. I also agree that she needed the bodice of the beautiful mint lace dress to actually fit her.
      Love your comment about your loyalty to the Kiki McDonoughs.

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    2. When I wrote that, I had forgotten that the beautiful citrines are also Kiki's work. Kate actually wore four pairs of her earrings on the trip. The new ones are beautiful, but they are standard designs.

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  33. Tedi in California29 April 2016 at 07:32

    Happy Anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

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  34. Tedi in California29 April 2016 at 07:42

    Congratulations Charlotte, it was wonderful seeing your name, and reading your comments in the USA Today article.

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  35. Thank you all so much for your very kind comments. X

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    1. Hi Charlotte! Where can I see your interview? Thanks! - Virginia

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    2. You deserve them. You worked yourself ragged during that tour being up in the middle of your night to post the events. Then put these polls together. Plus working. Plus going to school. Plus being Mr. Charlotte's Mrs.! I'm tired just writing it all.

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    3. Many, many thanks. You are all too kind!

      The piece is here and features great contributions from Victoria Arbiter and others.

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/04/27/will-kate-still-blissful-after-five-years/82980716/

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  36. Here is what Daily Beast had to say about the anniversary.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/29/william-and-kate-celebrate-5th-anniversary.html

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  37. hmm congratulation hmm what a big achievement for you im sure your family and everyone knows you more to come im proud to be on your blog the hardwork paid off at last thing taj mahal outfit deserves more iconic dress btw Irina spotted wearing red alexander McQueen thst duchess wore

    happy anniversary to duke and duchess cambridge

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  38. Food for thought!

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/29/william-and-kate-celebrate-5th-anniversary.html

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    1. Tedi in California30 April 2016 at 01:06

      Absolute rubbish. They have nothing better to write about. There are no scandals, no unhappy marriage, no affairs. So they just make this stuff up as they go.

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    2. I am really surprised that their PR staff doesn't make more money. London's one of the most expensive places in the world to live!

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    3. Bluhare, I agree. The only part that sounds totally rubbish for me is the money the PR team earn.

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    4. Tedi, my take on it is the familiar saying water seeks its own level. Enough said.

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  39. Congratulations Charlotte!! Thank you for sharing your talents. I love your work!

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  40. The press makes the continuous mistake of comparing Kate to Diana. Kate would be in trouble with the royal establishment if she acted like Diana, though sometimes she does sit on grubby floors with poor children. Her task is to follow her own style and still meet the requirements of her role. She is doing that largely by being visible like the Queen, rather than audible. It's a way to stay out of trouble.

    As a horse-mad but not highly educated princess, the Queen once asked whether a renowned Italian poet, Dante I think, was a jockey; after that, she quickly learned to keep her mouth shut! Kate's "Gosh, that's interesting" is along the same lines, though certainly more aware. But it would have been nice if she had substituted 'awful' or 'terrible' for 'interesting.' Kate will eventually need to develop the courage to follow her best instincts without ruffling the Palace feathers. Someday she will set the standards of royal behavior, but not yet.

    Congratulations to Charlotte with the Downton surname for the excellent quotes in USA Today! We know you are wonderfully talented, and the world is finding that out, too!

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    1. The press WANTS another Diana, but I agree that Kate has been wise to avoid the trap.

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    2. Hard to judge he statement when you dont know the context. Media are famous for taking thing totally out of context.

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      Agree, that quote had the sound of being out of context to me. Ali

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    4. 1601 and Ali: The context is that a man was asked what he and Kate talked about when they visited. He said that he was telling her about children who are mutilated so they make more money begging. She said "Gosh, how interesting".

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  41. Charlotte. I read today that there might be another tour for Will and Kate in the fall to Canada. This they say will include the kids. Do you have any information on this.

    And congrats on the article in USA Today. Great job.

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    1. Hello,

      I haven't heard anything about a tour to Canada with the children. I understand there will be an overseas trip in the Autumn, perhaps something similar to their USA visit.

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    2. Pauline I haven't heard this rumor, but as a Canadian we now have a young "hip" Prime Minister with a beautiful wife and 3 young children. Obama just hosted the first State Dinner for them that has been held for Canada in almost 2 decades. So the Cambridges and the Trudeaus would appear to have a lot in common, if another Canadian tour took place.

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  42. a set of stamps showing the DoC and family

    http://www.jerseystamps.com/en/Shop/Detail?c=1606&r=%2F

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  43. Anett, it's the dailybeast. They don't think and I don't think about them.

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    1. I know, I know. Because of that, they can't have any valid opinion. Nowadays, none of the press can have.

      Maybe others think otherwise.:-)

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    2. Haha, Anett. Unsurprisingly, I think otherwise!!

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  44. If Kate saw a picture of the way she looked on the safari, it would not be surprising that she wanted to be more presentable on the hike. There were some pictures from the strenuous part of the climb where, with her vest off and hair in slight disarray, she looked as though she had been working at it. When she reached a resting place, she may have wanted to give the photographers some good shots, since they could not follow to the vicinity of the temple. But of course any such consideration did not go unpunished.

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  45. Among the good things we can find in your blog, I appreciate very much the large size of your photographs. I am not such a young lady and my eyes are very grateful for this opportunity to see everything clearly and easily!

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    1. Totally agree with you paola. The pictures are always of very good regulations.

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  46. any bets on birthday photos of Princess Charlotte? :)

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    1. Well i think the birthday photos will contain the whole family of four. In with Charlotte will be waring pink and george blue.... and another pic of pronce George and Charlotte playing or walking.
      p.s Charlotte will you organise any pool for the best shoes/pumps and clutches/handbags e.t.c? Anxiously waiting
      Faiza, Pakistan

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  47. I have just read the article in USA today... congrats Charlotte you deserve this. With loys of best wishes
    Faiza, Pakistan

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  48. New pics of Kate
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/13123130_1773144266250762_5501690732867410912_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xlp1/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/13112980_1773144242917431_3839576239782258180_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9

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  49. I imagine many of those reading this blog will be ordering the June issue of Vogue quam primum.

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  50. Kate on the 100th Anniversary cover of Vogue. Who'd have thunk?

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  51. I so hope they release birthday photos of Princess Charlotte.

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