Sunday, 17 July 2016

William, Kate & George Attend Special Air Service 75th Anniversary Event, Fashion Updates & More

Hello, dear readers, we hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

We're back with a brief 'bits and bytes' post covering recent news stories and fashion updates. Whilst all has been quiet on the Duchess front over the past week it turns out Kate, William and George surprised guests at the Special Air Service camp at Credenhill earlier today (Saturday) for the regiment's 75th anniversary.

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Due to the location people were asked not to take photos, and as of publishing the post, none have emerged. Onlookers did share nuggets of information from the day, though. Prince George was reportedly very much in his element quickly joining in to play with a group of children while William and Kate chatted with veterans and families present. 


The Duchess wore a long blue and white floral-print dress. Kate has been favouring midi-length dresses recently and as the length is such a popular trend at the moment, there's an abundance of possibilities at her favourite retailers. Kylie Wallace suggested the L.K. Bennett 'Karo' Dress. Other potential dresses include L.K. Bennett's 'Tiggy' Dress and the Temperley London 'Gilda' Dress.

L.K. Bennett/Temperley London

More from the Mail Online:

'The royal party – which also included two-year-old Prince George – unveiled a statue at the SAS base near Hereford, where they met serving and retired members of Britain’s most elite regiment. The Red Arrows put on a display and there was a Spitfire flypast as Prince William and Kate spoke to a group of veterans in their 80s, who served in the original SAS during the Second World War.'
An SAS source said: ‘It was a fantastic occasion. Soldiers were not allowed to take photographs of the Royal party or the statue, which was of two troopers and an Army working dog.’ The statue is called The Pursuit Of Excellence.'

More from Wikipedia on the history of RAF Credenhill, also known as RAF Hereford:

'RAF Hereford, also known as RAF Credenhill, was a non-flying station of the Royal Air Force situated in the village of Credenhill near Hereford, United Kingdom. It was commissioned in 1940 and served as home for a range of training schools from 1940 until closure in 1999. RAF Hereford was home to Administrative Apprentice training until the final entry (330) graduated and passed out in August 1973 following which the station continued to provide trade training to adult entrants to the RAF and 'in service' junior command and leadership/promotion training until 1999. The station was subsequently redeveloped for use by the British Army and established as depot for the Special Air Service.'

We mentioned above photos were prohibited at the event due to the location. The Special Air Service is a special forces unit of the British Army - undertaking a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, hostage rescue and direct intelligence gathering. Most recently members of the SAS were deployed to Iraq and Syria, tasked with tracking the Islamic State terrrorist group. Little publicly verifiable information exists on the SAS, as Her Majesty's Government does not usually comment on special forces matters due to the nature of their work.


It sounds like it was a family-orientated event celebrating a landmark anniversary. It's always wonderful to see the Royal family supporting the military and their families publicly and at private events like today's. It makes the day all the more special for those involved.

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As you may have heard, Kensington Palace announced William and Kate will return to Portsmouth on Sunday, 24 July to see the second Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event take place in the city.


More from the press release:

'Their Royal Highnesses will visit the BAR team base, to see their state of the art testing boats, and meet the team driving the advanced design and technology forward to help the team achieve their goal to bring the Cup home. They will then watch the teams from USA, France, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden and the British Challenger compete in three races on the Solent, alongside the thousands of fans watching on from the Race Village on Southsea seafront.'

Afterwards, the Duke and Duchess will present the winners with a trophy.

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We also have several fashion-related updates beginning with Kate's ever popular L.K. Bennett 'Lasana' dress.


The updated version of the dress - the 'Lara' in cornflower blue - has been restocked in most sizes on the brand's US website. The $350 dress is described: "The knee-length, silhouette-skimming style features a striking print arranged on a crisp white backdrop."

L.K. Bennett

Kate's L.K. Bennett 'Addison' dress remains available in most sizes.

L.K. Bennett

And the brand's 'Agata' sandals are available in marshamallow, black suede and navy suede at L.K. Bennett, John Lewis and Zalando.

L.K. Bennett
The Saloni London 'Mary' maxi dress Kate wore for a pre-tour reception at Kensington Palace is now available at Net-A-Porter. The $595 navy dress has a raised Victoriana-style neckline and flattering nipped-in waist.


The Beulah London 'Juliet' gown Kate wore in Bhutan has been restocked in several sizes.

Beulah London

Get 20% off Kate's Me + Em Breton top with the code JERSEY. This reduces the cost of the top from £48 to £38.40.


The Stuart Weitzman 'Corkswoon' Wedges are significantly reduced from $425 to $191 at 6 p.m (with thanks to Kate Middleton Style for the tip). They are available in Kate's nice blue suede in sizes 6 - 11 ½.

Stuart Weitzman

Finally, Kate's Adidas Pure Boost X trainers are available at Nordstrom for $120 with Free Shipping. A reminder for those fond of the retailer - their early access anniversary sale is currently underway.


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Prince George celebrates his third birthday on Friday; I expect it likely a portrait will be released. Perhaps one of him and Charlotte taken by Kate? In the meantime, we'll see you in a couple of days with a much-requested Kate Loves post! :)

70 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden17 July 2016 at 03:30

    Such a great sighting (and very reasonable with no pictures). So great to see Kate being so active with the 75th celebrations this year :) Feels like she's taking her role with the air cadets to heart :)

    Also great that they will visit with BAR again :) Makes sense that it has been "unusualy intense" numbers with this charity since they are in the middle of a "spurt" right now.

    Can't wait for another Kate Loves post!!

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  2. Would you post photos if they come out?

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  3. A much requested Kate Loves?? I wonder what it could be?!? Those are my favorite.

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    1. Julia from Leominster17 July 2016 at 20:48

      I'm voting/hoping for a "Kate loves Lace" - she has worn so many lovely lace outfits - some I've liked better than others but all are interesting.

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    2. That would be a good one!!

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  4. Another "official" outing for George. The fact that media wasn't there was a bonus. He got to visit planes again. He might think that every time William and Kate go to "work" from now on and don't take him, he might think he will missing out on seeing more planes.

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    1. It is good that the planes were involved in his first outings. That created the best incentive./

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    2. Julia from Leominster17 July 2016 at 21:01

      Someone over at Princess Monarchy - where there are a host of wonderful photos from that earlier engagement - commented that George on that occasion looked "a little scared and tired." I had to agree. I don't think it was just the press - which seemed to have been kept at a minimum, but all the adults surrounding him, the noise and bustle, and perhaps most of all, his parents' feeling that he was on show and their consciousness of his reactions at every step. He does seem to be a slightly shy little boy - absolutely nothing wrong with that, except it does mean he needs to get out there more.
      So this will give him a wonderful chance to play with other children, not to have cameras trained on him constantly, and not to have his parents have to worry if he throws a wobbly or doesn't react for the cameras, and to give him a bit more chance possibly to explore and play on his own; just being a child at a family event. And a nice visit for forces who by definition can never get much public acclaim.
      Good all around.

      As for Kate's dress, like her gown for the diplomatic reception, with patience and time, we will probably get an opportunity to see it. And since we just had so many photos of George, we can't complain there either (although I would love to see what the statue looks like.)

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    3. Julia, I honestly don't know what more folks could have expected from George or William and Kate. Given the circumstances, including George's every step and expression being monitored for the duration of the visit, I cannot imagine a child his age doing better. I also cannot agree that he is shy (I see a curious, thoughtful little boy, much like his father was as a child). As for W&K's interaction with him, I saw two parents guiding and engaging him during his first public engagement. If they didn't, people would be going on about that! I honestly don't know what more they could have done, or what more they could do to be the loving and nurturing parents they appear to be every step of the way.

      If only the world had more parents like them...it would be a happier and safer place.

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    4. RF, I agree.

      All three of them did superlatively and in such a natural and graceful flow. Not many would have been able to do that like that. It was exceptional.

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    5. lol, 0430,

      They really might have to explain to him that not every event involves planes, helicopters, lol. I wish them extra grace for that.

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    6. Julia from Leominster18 July 2016 at 03:44

      I don't basically disagree with you - I do think George is a slightly shy child - not the tearaway that often naughty cousin Mia is - that can come from parenting styles, public expectations and the child him or herself and it matters little in the end.

      I think any parents with the weight of public exposure would be concerned about how their child behaves at such a public engagement - that's why I think novel but less photographed ones such as the SAS one are wise, and public but more relaxed ones such as polo matches would be good and would allow George, possibly in the company of his more outgoing cousins, a little more exposure in a much less intense situation.

      I can't agree about people judging William and Kate though - I've noticed whether it's Mia in action or even George's little burst of tears, people accept that they are toddlers and their parents are handling things in their own way. But I don't think more relaxed parents are worse parents - letting a child discover things on their own isn't a bad thing either - and I wouldn't say Zara letting Mia run a bit freer - which meant having to pull her away from a flex in a flood of tears, makes her a less devoted parent.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden18 July 2016 at 03:46

      I agree this was a great occation to bring him. Even got to see the "unveiling" part of the job that is a big part :P

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    8. I totally agree, royalfan, I also didn't see a shy boy in all his appearences. Of course the media presence, the amount of unknown people and the noise may have intimidated George, but his parents supported their son, so he soon forgot the circumstances and showed, how he is: very interested, playful, clever and pretty independent with a good confidence. I was really impressed about his behaviour.

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  5. Alejandra Ramírez17 July 2016 at 04:55

    Excellent post! So many discounts and fashion bits!
    Also love the background info on the SAS! I think we might get an official photo of the event, something like indoors with a wall as a background, maybe? :D
    Good for them that they are taking George for these engagements!
    See you soon! And Thanks for the surprise post!

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  6. I love that W & K are taking George on some more official outings. I do not recall when William started doing official outings. Does anyone else? I just remember pictures from being dropped off for school and picked up from school. I hope we get one picture from the outing so we can figure out what Kate wore. But of course, I don't want to endanger national security.

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    1. Julia from Leominster17 July 2016 at 21:06

      William started at around the same age or slightly earlier - I remember him being taken by Charles to see a helicopter land - sponsored in some way by the Maxwell family. Just like George at the airshow, he shook hands in a very solemn fashion. It must have been the beginning of a life of fascination with helicopters. I'm fairly sure Diana took him some places too, but my memory is failing me at the moment.

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    2. Diana was very keen on exposing W&H to life beyond palace walls and she did so from very early on. The boys enjoyed many normal and "private" outings. Official engagements started when they were young and I do recall the helicopter occasion Julia mentioned.

      If you Google images for "William and Harry with Diana" OR " ...with Charles" you will see many examples... But I do think that Diana was far more proactive in this than Charles. He was somewhat preoccupied and, unfortunately, the situation didn't change after Diana's death.

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  7. Has anyone been able to determine if the sapphire and diamond earrings Kate with the Bennett "Lasana" dress were Diana's?

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    1. good question.

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    2. I would love to know for sure. That would be so special if they are Diana's and William gifted them to Kate.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden18 July 2016 at 03:49

      Nah, nothing conclusive. There are differences between the earrings and the ones Diana commonly wore. That doesn't rule out that they were another pair of hers but I don't think there has even been conclusive proof that they are hers. It's been speculation that they are a part of 2dropped earrings, but nothing conclusive.

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    4. Thanks, Rebecca.

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  8. Thanks for the great post Charlotte!

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  9. Thx Charlotte:) I love the fact that they attended this Event with George:) It's also nice to hear that they mingled with the other families, with George playing with the other children:) So He now has 2 Official Appearances under his belt:) Tho I'm sure his Balcony appearances count too.... but I love that they are easing him in, & so young. This seems as it will make them much more natural "outings" for him, rather than remembering how Charles described that He & Anne were just brought along to their first Interactive Appearance & were given No Instructions by their Parents! Just told to follow along & Muck In! I remember when I heard him say that, It was almost the exact wording that Diana used to describe how She was just thrown in too with no instructions.... just told to "Muck in". Will has obviously given much thought to how best to east George in, as he did setting things up to help Kate to Ease in! Just like someone else said... He's Definitely ReWriting The Book of How To Be a Royal Father in The BRF! Diana would be so proud!:) If nothing else, I'm so often aware of how her suffering brought about so many valuable changes in The BRF! She really left a legacy! After Diana, life was never going to be able to be "Business as Usual" again for "The Firm". She may not be here physically.... but her influence is at play constantly:)

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    1. That is so true about Diana. I am so glad that her life is still making a difference for the better. She would be so glad to know her grandson and eventually her granddaughter are benefiting from her pain. Maybe best of all that Kate benefited from more instruction and being eased in as you say.

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    2. Amen, Becca.
      Diana profoundly changed the monarchy. That will be even more obvious when William takes the the throne. I think Kate has played an integral part in encouraging William to make the changes he has already made also, and without undermining the Queen.

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    3. Beautifully stated, Becca. Amen. And I also agree with Darla's and 20:20's comments. Diana's impact was, and continues to be, massive on many levels.

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  10. Thanks for the update. Charlotte! Glad they brought George along. I'm sure it must have been a treat for him. I hope they release pictures on Friday to celebrate his birthday. I must also add that it's a wonderful way of introducing George to public duties or merely being around many people. Hope the Cambridges enjoyed and next year they can bring Charlotte as well. Hope everyone has a great week!!

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  11. Assalam o alikum Charlotte,
    Thanks for the post.. and is there any chance of releasing the images from Saturday's event attended by william kate and feorge??

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  12. Thank you for the heads up on the restocked Lara dress. I emailed the store I shop at to send it to me and they didn't even know it was available! I have been dying for this dress ever since I missed out last time it was released. It is ordered and on it's way. You are the best!

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    1. Enjoy, Beth. That is a beautiful dress.

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  13. You scooped KP Twitter! They still have nothing up. Tons of photos of Harry doing a
    live HIV test, though. He reportedly was supposed to be there to unveil the statue
    today.
    It really looks as though George is being introduced progressively more to the royal
    work.
    All three of your suggestions for Kate's dress were pretty. Wonder if we'll ever have a
    ID?

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    1. Those were fresh, feminine and pretty choices Charlotte.

      You could be Kate's stylist any day for any occasion.
      Truly. :)

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  14. Thank you so much, Charlotte, for this extra post - we've been so spoiled lately, and it was lovely to have this new item pop up today. Wasn't Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former staff person to Prince William and Prince Harry, a member of the SAS?

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  15. Oh I hope that at least one photo emerges! I do understand the need for secrecy but I know some would say why should the Royals do something if not to shine the Royal image with photos? And I always love George photos. But this shows that W & K have tremendous respect for the military and that they are not squirreled away just having fun and games in Norfolk but are very aware of the calendar. Interesting times!

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    1. Thanks for the post Charlotte. I am 100% in favor of the need for no photos during this event. Lovely that the three of them were together. It is a good way to ease George into public life. However, I for one don't ever begrudge them fun time in Norfolk.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden18 July 2016 at 03:52

      There was appearantly official photographer there so pictures were taken. But might be that it can take a while for them to get public. I understand why the people were not allowed to take pictures on this location, but great that there at least were some kind of pictures taken :)

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  16. Charlotte thank you so much for your article because it helps me to forget a little the news in France with the attentat in Nice😓 I'm enjoying to feel better and to see the happy family with the duc, the duchess and George and Charlotte. I hope we Will See the long blue dress. The item temperley dress in blue is so georgous !! Take care all girls and community ! Good night

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    1. ❤️, Stepanie. hugs to you.

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  17. Why is it that so many seem to think that working as an air ambulance pilot is fun and games. If you've ever needed to be transported by one, you know how vitally
    important and life saving it is.

    Prince William received a great deal of training in the RAFat public expense. Why wouldn't the public be happy that he is using that training in a local community? Change in the way the BRF operates is a good thing. There are many ways to serve the public, William has found one that I think should should be valued and not ridiculed.

    Just my opinion.



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    1. Amen, 0036, Amen. He is doing his share of royal duties also in a balanced way.

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    2. I agree with you Anon. 00:36. It is difficult to become an ambulance pilot; no one has ever been able to prove that he is doing someone else out of a job. And he donates his salary to charity. What would people have him to do--hang around waiting for his next ribbon cutting ceremony? He is not first in line to the Throne and there are still plenty of royals around who have been doing things for many years; putting them out to pasture before Charles takes the throne would be insulting.
      KP has finally been letting us know what W & K do behind the scenes. I would venture to say they did a lot of behind-the-scenes things last year too but KP didn't realize they needed to get the word out. Thanks to bad PR, they do now.

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    3. Julia from Leominster18 July 2016 at 17:53

      With due respect, this sort of talk - trivialising royal duties as ribbon cutting and the like - could destroy the monarchy. It is extremely damaging. It feeds exactly into what republicans are always saying - that royal duties aren't a "real" job and aren't necessary to the nation. It trivialising everything William and Kate are meant to stand for - it implies that their privileges aren't balanced by important work for their country.
      As for the other royals, with the exception of Edward and Sophie, almost all are the age of pensioners, well past the age most retire. I certainly enjoy seeing these royals I've followed all my life at work, I'm also mindful how dated they make the monarchy seem - that it's something for old fuddies - that it's dull, with no youthful interest. When I was young, Diana gave royal work a youthful verve, but today interest by young people in the monarchy is far less. There is respect for the queen, seen diligently going around on her bad leg while the young generation does = what?
      No one will ever be able to say if William took a job from someone else. There have been strong hints some of his fellow employees have been less than happy with the time he has put in but since any dissent would be ruthlessly suppressed, particularly since the charity is run now by someone close to William, it is hard to prove. No doubt, William is a perfectly competent pilot, no better or worse than any other. Hopefully, he is socialising with his colleagues - not just with the Norfolk toffs as has been suggested. But he is leaving behind work only he, Kate and Harry can do. There aren't any other young, active royals. The institution is at risk of becoming a dinosaur - encouraged by well-meaning statements such as Valerie's.
      I'm not in favour of insulting anyone. There is ample royal work William and Kate could be doing without stepping on anyone's toes - the queen has more patronages than she can possibly visit - the same with Philip and Charles.
      There is a huge contrast to Britain and the European monarchies - Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands who have relatively youthful kings; Denmark, Norway, and Sweden who have youthful, active princes and princesses. Yes, there is another generation in Britain but are we to be stuck on technicalities? I looked at photos of Charles and Camilla in Cornwall - they looked like aged grandparents. There were no crowds, just school children handed flags. It wouldn't even have been reported if Charles hadn't spoken to some ladies in bathing suits that made for a cute photo.
      Personally, I love see Princess Alexandra out and about but I'm also mindful few young people even know who she is. The dinosaurs became extinct - is that what we want for a monarchy while William does a job - yes, an important one, but one other qualified people can do, while he leaves vacant a job only he can do. To try to do two very different things means doing neither as well as you should - that's my opinion.
      So with no offense to Valerie but a caution, I'll end my rant. If William wants to be a helicopter pilot, I would suggest he give up Anmer, and start living like a helicopter pilot, not a prince, and leave princely duties to whoever next in line will take the role with enthusiasm and full interest - making it his or her's lifetime vocation and duty. But William might want to ask George first. It's his future he's playing with.

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    4. Julia from Leominster18 July 2016 at 18:05

      Better yet, why not get rid of the royal family all together - give them all public service jobs - Kate can go into nursing, Harry can go into teaching or social work - these are all important posts - let's go for it - admit royal duties are a doodle and not really important to the nation - just ribbon cutting and tree planting, oh, and we can save a fortune by booting them out of the palaces, cutting the state money to them, opening the palaces full-time. This can be the face of the "new monarchy".

      This is the standard view of republicans. That the royals are just ordinary people who could be doing jobs skilled but "ordinary" people, helicopter pilots, doctors, paramedics, nurses, teachers, social workers, do - but are doing it while living in a grand style with state-funded security and state wealth. Is it the view of everyone here? Or do at least some of us feel that while helicopter pilots and all the other posts named above are worthy and difficult -that the royal family has something unique they alone can offer the nation.

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    5. William has clearly intimated that he will become a full time royal when his contract ends, so I'm not sure why this repetitive rant was necessary. The duties that William and Harry have undertaken in search and rescue, military and air ambulance can be equated with the duties of Princess Elizabeth in the war. She was respected for it and these two Princes will also receive respect for their duties.

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    6. Sarah Maryland USA19 July 2016 at 01:49

      Amen Julia!!! Agree 100 percent with everything you said! The Swedish royal family is a prime example of using the younger members of the family in Royal work!

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    7. Julia, thank you for saying all that. I was coming in to say almost the same thing.

      One of our neighbors' husband was a medivac helicopter pilot, killed on the job with the rest of his crew when their helicopter crashed. It can be dangerous work under stressful conditions. So you won't see me devaluing what they do. You might see me wonder why William chose to do it but not the nature of the job. Speaking of which, at the last air show engagement William commented that he missed flying.

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    8. Julia, I did not interpret Valerie's (or the Anon's prior to her) comment(s) as trivializing the monarchy. As a matter of fact, I think they were expressing support for what William is doing...using the training he received, and contributing in a way that heirs before him have not done. I don't think the "man on the street" objects to seeing his future king doing a "real" job and risking his life in the process.

      I know you will disagree with me here, but I believe it is the criticism and undermining of his efforts that can harm the monarchy because this criticism goes hand in hand with the suggestion that William does not want to do royal duties.

      William is stuck somewhat in between a grandmother who is very much in charge, and a father who is waiting his turn. An extra generation (Charles and Camilla) is far more than a technicality; it is the reason behind so much of what is happening, and not.

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    9. The king of Sweden is 70 years old and has reigned since 1973. Charles is 67 (same generation), but is still waiting to be king. And Sweden did not have a Camilla as number three in the marriage. Apples and oranges!

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    10. Amen. 1:32. W&K are doing more and more, yet the work debate continues, with gusto.

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    11. Exactly, anon 1:32! I wrote my own rant in response to it, but it has disappeared into the ether.
      However, I will say...make no mistake. If the monarchy is to survive in the UK,
      there will be more job-taking and less ribbon-cutting in the future. I realise
      change is freightening to some and may lead one to cling to the past. How things
      used to be-royal rituals-are comforting. As many countries with former monarchies have learned, those who don't adapt, accept change, risk extinction.
      Japan had to accept great changes in their monarchy after WWII, but it survived
      and remains viable and vital. Some countries do not have a coronation as such.
      There is ceremony, but less pomp. Kings and Queens retire to make way for a
      younger view. All this without Beatrix or Mary going to work in the supermarket.
      A number of royals below crown prince or princess have careers. It's not the end of the world.

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    12. Julia from Leominster19 July 2016 at 15:39

      Can't think of any crown prince or princesses who have had outside careers along with royal duties into their thirties following marriage. (I do believe it is a good thing to have a non-royal career for a limited time - I had no problem with William's military career.) The crown prince and prince and Denmark and his younger brother and wife - all royal duties. (Mary isn't trying to do her old job on the side) The Crown prince and princess of Norway, all royal duties, the Crown princess of Sweden, her husband, all royal duties, (Daniel isn't running a gym on the side) her younger brother and wife, mostly royal duties (with some race car driving), her younger sister, royal duties (Madeleine's husband does work and has no royal title), Crown prince of Japan - royal duties (the crown princess of Japan rarely appears and is facing increasing criticism for her absence) Crown Prince of Luxembourg and his wife - all you have to do is look at Luxarazzi for a schedule that should make William and Kate blush. And the same was true for all the young (relatively) kings and queens when they were heirs. Leticia didn't stay with her presenter career, Maxima didn't hold down her old job - Mathilda didn't continue to teach - they all got out there and stuck in, going to conferences, pursuing causes, visiting regions and charities, working for their country.
      I realise Charles is next in line and has a delicate ego. But if you asked the average man in the street what Charles did last week almost none would know and an alarming number wouldn't care. It isn't just age - he and Camilla aren't popular and having William and Kate stand back isn't making them more so - it just fuels the idea that young royals aren't engaged with their nation (except for Harry, who is seen as more so. A growing number of people think William has no interest in royal life and Harry would make a better king.)
      I don't agree with that, but I do agree that William needs to make royal life his full-time vocation and hope it is true that he will do that next year. But this rant was really about being careful not to trash royal life in defending him. Behind those cut ribbons, behind those planted trees are thousands of people and institutions who are working quietly for their nation, every school and hospital visited symbolises how the royal family cares about everyone - every visit shines a light on a town, on a conference, on a charity. It may not be the most exiting work for an action driven man, but I think the idea that change is wanted is massively overblown - those who want a royal family at all want to see them out there being royal - representing their nation.

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    13. Julia, keep those unnecessary rants coming. I enjoy reading them and am very glad that yours aren't lost in the ether as I find them actually interesting and worth reading.

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    14. "BELOW" crown prince or princess. Please read carefully before replying.

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    15. "...out there being royal" Exactly my point and the root of republican criticism.

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    16. There isn't another scenario comparable to the BRF to be found; that's the problem, and the point. And I agree with the popularity issue where C&C are concerned, but I firmly believe that this is the reason for the way things have played out since W&K's marriage.

      To continuously blame W&K and state that it is work ethic related does not benefit the monarchy...far from it. This criticism takes on a life of its own with many prepared to repeat and cheer it. The last several months have been spectacular for W&K and I just wish people could enjoy it and cough up some credit without looking for a negative angle.

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    17. royalfan 21:48- (loud cheers and applause) I would like to take out a few advertisements in certain media outlets with your last sentence in boldface
      headlines. Or even as a banner flying behind a few crop dusters. I guess it's drones these days.

      I think there are negative angle specialists out there.To be kind, I think it is a defence mechanism for those who are optimists at heart, but have been disappointed. If you cry "woe is me, the world is coming to an end " is it just
      whistling in the dark. Maybe if one chooses to ignore the street-level, get right in the middle of those with problems approach of W&C, one won't be disappointed when they consistently fail to perform to your royal duty
      interpretation of their responsibilities. White glove charity.

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    18. Thank you, Anon 3:21. Consider yourself in possession of the copyright for that...with my blessing!! :)

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  18. William and Harry with Diana...lovely photos.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3694700/Little-Prince-Cheeky-Wonderfully-tender-pictures-young-Harry-playing-William-receiving-loving-cuddle-mum.html

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    1. I love these photos. Thanks so much for sharing them Royalfan.
      xo
      Tedi

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    2. You're welcome! :)) I loved them too. All so very bittersweet...

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  19. Can see the duchess working behind the scenes i guess there no point of taking pictures of her just to make in public way not all the time she needs camera for her visit hmm i love duchess doing behind the scenes

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  20. I don't think I have seen your blog before and just kind of stumbled across it tonight which is funny since you have mentioned me in the post

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  21. This is a great private engagement for W/K/G. I'm glad that they went and by the limited accounts had a wonderful time as well as the veterans and active service members. I am in agreement with no pictures because of security concerns. When it comes to special forces, they are supposed to be surrounded by secrecy.

    Glad that they took George as well as he must have enjoyed the day very much. I like how they are easing him into these types of engagements that will become his life as he grows older.

    Thank you Charlotte for keeping us up to date with the unannounced engagement and other tidbits. Very much looking forward to the "Kate Loves" post. They are always so much fun and very informative. Most times I learn something new.

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  22. I am delighted that Kate accompanied William to this engagement and that they took George with them. From the few bits that have emerged it would appear to have been an ideal engagement for all the family and will help George get used to mixing with larger numbers of people and in this case without press photographers around. I hope that maybe some official photograph might be published of maybe the unveiling of the Statue but I am not overly hopeful. To date Kate has shown little interest in the Military even opting out of what I thought would be a regular engagement with the Irish Guards and I have begun to wonder just how supportive she is of our armed services unlike Camilla who has on several occasions accompanied Charles when he has visited the injured servicemen at Hadley court Kate has never accompanied William when he has occasionally done so. Until The DoE passed the Patronage of the Air Cadets to her she had no immediate connection with military so let us hope it won't be too long before she is given another connection to the military both Camilla ^ Sophie are Patrons of quite a number of military organisations & regiments. Kate needs to widen her interests.
    I look forward to next Sunday and let us hope the weather is better than last year and they get some exciting sailing

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  23. hmm prince George birthday on 22 maybe will be seeing pics again but the daily mail saying pippa middleton getting married and engage any word and huge congratulation on them

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  24. In a year Prince William has stated his contract will be up and he will be a full time Royal, which he will have a sixty year or so stint of duty. I have always thought that the Queen's 90th would be a watershed and that the coming year would see her easing out of many patronages and that the Queen deliberately gave William Malta time. People have differing views on what constitutes Royal duties depending on their generation and views on life in general. So I see Heads Together as a great initiative as well as all the things done with the military like Invictus. Lots of people on this blog don't see it as suitable work. I think with how the world is at present that the current stabilty of the monarchy in Britain is going to be crucial for the people. There was yet another killing in Europe today -people axed on a train. So I suppose my point is that the younger Royals need to been seen as of the people not aloof from them and in wings for the monarchy when their turn comes. And The Queen and Prince Charles need to provide the the stability and continuity that I think Britain will need in the next few years. Much the same as World War 11 but this time we have three adult generations.

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  25. Amen, 0132, Amen

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