Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit YoungMinds Helpline Service

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their Heads Together campaign to end mental health stigma today with a visit to YoungMinds UK helpline service.


The engagement was embargoed, most likely due to the sensitive nature of the work carried out at the helpline, however, upon their arrival, word quickly spread the couple were in the area. Rebecca English was told William and Kate were keen "to see what actually happens when people seek support".


YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. The organisation is one of eight charity partners of William, Kate and Harry's mental health campaign Heads Together. The aim of the campaign is to challenge mental health stigma and change the national conversation on mental wellbeing. I expect we'll see the young royals carry out a variety of engagements with the other charities involved in the coming months.

Young Minds

The Parents Helpline is one of YoungMinds longest-running services and remains crucial to the work of the organisation. The helpline was established as an innovative response after its founders discovered that parents were frustrated, worried and desperately needed information, reassurance and advice. As a result, the service developed its current two-tier structure to serve these parents' needs: a freephone telephone helpline staffed by experienced frontline workers; and a call-back service staffed by mental health professionals. Today, the service has grown vastly and provides comprehensive telephone and online support for parents and carers of children and young people experiencing emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.


The visit began at meeting with the volunteers who man the helplines.


More from the Mail Online:

One, Saida Tahir, told him it was a busy time for self-harm because many teenagers were affected by their exam results. Recalling his own exam worries, William said: 'It still gives me the heebie-jeebies. I still get sweaty thinking about it.'
The couple heard harrowing tales of parents who had contacted the helpline, including one of a mother whose son had been mugged of his mobile phone when he was 13. He became too anxious to leave the home, and when he was 17 his anxiety levels 'went through the roof'.
His mother told the helpline: 'He was so distressed he was determined to end his life. He told us this quite blatantly. My husband spent weeks sleeping in the hall so our son could not escape from the house at night and head for the bridge.'

The couple received some of the essential training given to volunteers.


The couple listening in on a training talk.


The Duke and Duchess sat in on a volunteer call session.


William said: "Can I have an easy one please? I'm carrying a lot of things at the moment. I will be in floods of tears at the end otherwise. I've had too many sad stories with the Air Ambulance. I can't deal with any more stuff. Just maybe at the lower level, if I can. I'm steeling myself the best I can."


After listening to live calls, Kate said she could tell from the caller's voice, the emotion at the beginning, and then the acceptance: 'OK, this is what I need to do.' To relief towards the end: 'OK, I've been listened to, I know what my next steps are.'


Kate spoke about taking calls to chief executive Sarah Brennan:

'William and I found it absolutely fascinating, from hearing the case study and also taking the calls. She said the types of calls were so varied - 'what their worries are, their concerns'. She added: 'What we've taken away is just how normal it is. We are parents ourselves, I am sure we will face worries - we do face worries, because we've got small young children. If those worries escalate, how vital it is to get support - and you are providing that support.'
She added: 'As a parent and as a mother, having that feeling that there is somebody there that is non-judgemental, that can provide the professional support, and that can really provide helping hand at a really difficult time.'

I thought today's visit an impressive one and it's wonderful to see a focus on mental health in support of the Heads Together campaign continuing. Once again, we saw very interesting comments from the couple, especially Kate noting as parents they face worries "because we've got small children". Rebecca English noted William has been "much more engaged and engaging" than she's every seen him before. It was also excellent to see the tremendous work of the helpline promoted, if you would like to find out more about the YoungMinds helpline please click here.

We saw Kate bring back her much-loved L.K. Bennett Lasa dress yesterday - today she debuted another gorgeous dress by the brand.


The L.K. Bennett Eugenia dress is a vibrant red summery dress with short sleeves and falls just above the knee for a classic finish. It's a very feminine, floaty dress and was clearly a hit with customers as it's entirely sold out.

L.K. Bennett
The shade of red used.

L.K. Bennett

Kate carried her L.K. Bennett Nina clutch again today.

L.K. Bennett

Kate wore her effortlessly stylish Gianvito Rossi 105 Suede Pumps. They are described as "hand-finished in Italy from luxuriously soft suede. A 105mm heel and pointed toe create an elegant, flattering silhouette. The warm antique-rose hue complements every skin tone". The pumps retail for $675 at Net-A-Porter.
Net-A-Porter

Kate completed the look with her Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings.

Kiki McDonough

And Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.

Cartier

Finally, a look at Kate's partially-up hairstyle today; I thought it worked very well with the ensemble.


You can view a video shared by Kensington Palace which includes William and Kate speaking about what they learned from their visit.


What do you think of today's engagement and Kate's look?


Finally, I was delighted to chat with talented writer Peter Balkus about the blog. If you would like to read the piece you can do so by clicking here :)

281 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden25 August 2016 at 16:06

    What a nice surprise! And very great seeing them learn more about these charities from the inside. What a help it must be for the parents to have this place to turn to. I know my mum (who is a natural caretaker plus has some professional experience) finds it hard sometimes to know how to deal with my issues and carry around alot of guilt as a parent to a child with mental health issues. So I know from experience that it can take a huge toll on the people around the young ill person so it makes me very happy to see William and Kate learn more about this place! The loved ones also need someone to lean on!

    And Kates comments on how non-judgmental guidience is needed is so true. Alot of parenting sites etc has SO MUCH judgement, even when you're a "normal parent with normal kids". Add to that mental health issues and it can be way too toxic. So great points of the need of someone to lean on as a parent without the fear of judgement for every little thing you do!

    I love how wide but still focused their initiative with Heads Together is focusing on mental health. So many levels of mental health and also the people around it! Very nice!

    I also appriciate William opening up on how his ambulance job is taking a toll. I cannot imagine being in the middle of an accident scene and dealing with the families. I think this ambulance job really has done him good though, and taught him the importance of opening up and talking about emotions. So I think it has made him a more understanding person and has had a good effect on him as a future king. But I think it will probably be a nice time for him to give it up when his contract goes out. Not only for the role, but for himself. I think it's getting too hard for him to juggle such an emotionally and physically heavy job with increasing royal duties and I think he's starting to feel the strain. But I think it is good that he has had these oppurtunities to grow as a person outside of his royal role and I think it will help him in his future role. And I cannot imagine how much strenght it takes for a private person like him to finally open up a bit more in front of the public. As I said on the last post, I think it has taken way more work than some people realize.

    I think Rebecca English wrote it nicely on Twitter (Yes, she works for the Daily Mail but is on the more reliable and good scale of their reporters): William has been very impressive the last few days (and I don't say that lightly). Much more engaged and engaging than I've seen before. And William's not someone who wears his heart on his sleeve easily. Having kids has most definitely changed him (as it does us all). William has previously admitted to me (and others) that he has become much more emotional about things since becoming a father. Now it shows.

    On to the clothes! She looks STUNNING in this red colour. Especially with her summer tan. And I have to say, while I'm not one of those who hate her nude shoes, these ones I actually LOVE. They fit so well with her skin colour and look great on her! And this dress is very pretty! I like the clean lines and how the seams add interest.

    And isn't it glorious! William has worn 3 different looks in as many days!

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    1. I agree with everything you say, Rebecca. I think William's work with the air ambulance company has played a very positive role in who he has become. He understands and feels the pain that others are going through. It will make him a great king.

      As for Kate's dress, it is beautiful. The shade of red goes perfectly with her coloring while the tailoring and shorter length is young and fun. I hate to promote tanning but she does rock a gorgeous tan.

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    2. Rebecca, I truly admire your strength and willingness to share. You are a courageous young woman. :)

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    3. Julia from Leominster26 August 2016 at 16:41

      Beautifully written as always, Rebecca and I agree with all royalfan says.

      I'm sure if your mum finds it hard at times, it's because she wants your happiness more than anything. That's why I think this service is so important - because all good parents wish they could wave a magic wand and make their children's problems go away and this service offers both practical tools and someone to listen to them which may be the most important thing of all.

      And your English is amazing!!!!

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden26 August 2016 at 23:32

      Exactly Julia!

      Aww, thank you guys, all of you who have said kind words to me. I am genuinely not fishing for compliments, but they really do warm!

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  2. Wonder, wonderful cause to support! They will make a huge difference in this area. If the future King of England can say what he is feeling like he did today then it surely might make it easier for someone else to speak honestly and openly about how they feel. Truly leading by example, William!

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    1. EXACTLY, Florida girl. And Kate is opening up more also, although not about her personal feelings so much yet. VERY brave thing to do for both of them. Considering the media circus that focuses on them
      like they do, that makes it even more significant.
      Kudos to them.

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  3. What a wonderful surprise. I think the engagements in the past two days were absolutely fantastic. So many important details, from hugs to emotional revelations. Very weighty and many quotes. I've read William's words on parents asking for help because "we are not superheroes." He especially impressed me this past week.

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  4. Am I the only one bored with the "Kate Uniform"? Sheath dress or skinny jeans. *yawn*. I adore her but she's got the kind of figure that looks great in anything... Switch it up! Some gorgeous baby trousers with a fitted silk shirt? Please?! ;)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden25 August 2016 at 17:48

      Not really. Is it superfun? No. Is it appropriate? Yes. Does it look nice? Yes. Is it fashion forward? No. And it doesn't need to be. I understand the want for something new and love when she plays with fashion. But I recognize that her role is not about playing with fashion, and especially on a day with engagements like this I could not care less if she has a uniform.

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    2. This isn't a sheath dress - the dropped waist is actually a new silhouette for her.

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    3. Sadly, Amber, I think that ship has sailed.

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    4. I agree Rebecca.

      Today was not the day for a fashion statement. What she wore was a cheerful color but plain so as to keep the focus on the help center not her outfit.

      I don't think that ship has sailed, Barbara. When the events call for it she dazzles us with her fashion. Today was not one of those events.

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    5. Couldn't agree more Rebecca. Today was not the day to have the conversation be about her outfit. Mental health is such an important issue and should be the total focus of the engagement. I will say that they both look great with their new tans.

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    6. Amber, what are baby trousers? I Googled it and all I could find was clothing for babies. Also, I think she looks great and this is not a sheath dress.

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    7. Keep in mind, Amber, that the head of 'The Firm' is ninety years old. And she has loaned Kate her own dresser/designer at times to assist with preparations for a tour. Kate has certainly been influenced to adopt a royal style, but she has done it with her own flair. She has not been deprived of looking young and lovely, yet she looks dignified and royal. I would not want her to continue the girlfriend looks of her twenties. In addition, Kate's striking beauty is best seen if she wears understated styles. I thought she got a bit away from that in India, and although fun, some of the outfits she wore overshadowed her a bit. Since her return, she has found a very nice style for her role, based mostly on elegant frocks. Better than coat dresses, but also much better than flamboyant clothing.

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    8. Julia from Leominster26 August 2016 at 16:55

      One reason I love our style a look for Kate is because most of us would love to see something a little more daring or dramatic - we just all have different ideas what that should be!

      Practically, though Kate is a professional woman in a traditionally conservative role and her look will always reflect that and should. Most royal ladies do where dresses - leaving the trouser suits to female politicians although Diana who had very long legs wore trousers wonderfully. I would love to see just a spark more added to Kate's look (I thought shoes but the PM has rather taken that over) but I'm not sure what that should entail. I have thought Kate's early look before she was married and soon after - and still on tours had a little something more but it's a bit hard to define.

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    9. Amber, it almost seems as though you didn't view Charlotte's post. The dress is
      clearly neither sheath nor skinny jeans. Your comment seems a bit out of sync.

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    10. I agree 0430. I didn't care much for her (or her stylist's choices) for India at all. The way she is dressing now is just as you said, perfect for her.
      (you must be British because you use the word frock, :) ). We don't use that word in the U.S. or the word whilst, that Charlotte uses occasionally.
      love it. :)

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    11. Anonymous, I completely agree! She is hitting the perfect note with her choices. Not bowing to trends, but staying modern and youthful, while respecting the Queen's wishes and her role as future queen and royal mother of two. She is wonderful in this dress - It is the perfect combination of classic cool and feminine charm. I love this length on her, her legs look amazing and those simple nude shoes make them even longer and more ladylike if that is possible. The hem is perfect for a shorter style - not too short. Love the seaming details on the skirt and shoulders. Her hair is again a perfect combination of classic, ladylike, but with a feminine twist. Not trendy, not over the top, just clean and lean and beautiful!!! She just sparkles!!! Kate knows what she is doing. ;)

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    12. Guess what, I'm American. But I do have a long interest in things British, and I think 'frocks' may have been used more when I was young. Anyway, it somehow seems the appropriate word for Kate's mid-20th-century style sheaths and A-line dresses. They are very pretty. I thought many of Kate's choices in India were fun, actually, just not her best long term style.

      Probably I won't write 'whilst,' which is not native to my mixed US dialect. I'll leave it to Charlotte's authentic and elegant British English. :-) 04:30

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    13. 0525,

      I love the different indigenous expressions we all use. Loving all things British as I do, it tickles me when I hear "frock" or "whilst" as it reminds me that we are an international group. Sometimes all our amazing similarities are so apparent that the little nuances like that stand out. It inevitably starts me walking around the house putting on my "British" accent, much to the chagrine of my family, with them going "Oh no, she's been on the blog again". lol

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  5. So proud of W&K for continuing to shine a light on the need for mental health support for children, adults, and the military. Bravo!
    And they both looked great today! Red is most definitely her color. Everything about Kate's dress is perfection IMO - the cut, sleeve and skirt length, neckline, all of it!

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  6. I love engagements like this! Sheds light on a topic that is still considered a taboo in modern society. Great to see William and Kate out and about. I do wonder if William's recent and more active involvement is because he's passionate about this issue. Does anyone think it is also because he is quietly and slowly transitioning into a full time senior royal role in order to prepare himself when he leaves Air Ambulance next year? Glad to see Kate in red :) And her hair pulled back.

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    1. Julia from Leominster25 August 2016 at 18:21

      I love engagements like this too - and I hope William is starting to take full measure of how much good he can do as a prince. Being a helicopter rescue pilot is a most worthy job but all most patients are going to wish for is an expertly trained pilot - prince or no.
      But here, in a role only he can fill - one that is unique to him - the time he and Kate spent today may help countless thousands - encouraging people to train as volunteers and donate to such causes; bringing attention of a charity to people who may be floundering and don't know where to seek help or even how to seek help, helping remove stigmas and encouraging people to think there is no shame in asking for help.

      And it's worth remembering to William, to everyone here and to the public - behind every cut ribbon, there may be a new call centre like this, behind every tree planted, there may be a new hospice. Doing these engagements brings enormous cheer and support to those in need and to those who try to help and attention to these great causes. And that's why I'm a believer in royals taking on a wide range of causes - there are so many important but often small charities trying to help people and a single royal visit can bring a huge amount of attention to issues that the public may never have thought about. It may be the traditional role of the royal family but I think it is still the best - times may change but people being in need don't change and never will.
      Just read in the US a survey when many young people said they don't want to reach eighty - they fear old age and the terrible troubles it can bring - so it's also worth remembering that all ages are intertwined - in helping the young, you help the old and in reaching out to the old, you give support to the young who may fear the aging process with good reason.

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    2. Those young people will change their minds when they are as close to eighty as I am! Especially if they are in good or relatively good health. Just think how we used to dread turning thirty. Now a thirty year old is a mere youngster. :-)

      I think it is worth noting that Catherine and William's efforts go far beyond ribbon cutting, and Harry's as well. They are increasingly invested in understanding the work of their charities. The York princesses, though denied royal duties, speak seriously of their medical patronages. This may well have been true for years of older royals, but it has been more publicly enacted.

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    3. I'm sure the small charities are worthy and could benefit from royal visits.
      I do believe the Cambridges and Harry as well as William with his United For Wildlife are exemplifying the increased efficiency
      a united, multi-focus charity organisation can accomplish- as exemified by
      their Foundation and the Heads Together work. In view of the time, staff, location arrangements, logistics, and extra police and RPO involved in these visits, I am
      afraid some of the traditional charity and other work the royals have done
      will have to be streamlined and channeled. These united organisations often have
      both central processing-type functions and local features for a more personal touch. By the royals visiting and highlighting the work of the central organisation, the smaller, local aspects will benefit while reducing the number
      of over-all engagements.

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    4. Julia from Leominster26 August 2016 at 17:12

      I think it is more publicity and perception more than anything. No royal ever cut a ribbon or planted tree - and then got in the car and drove away - they meet people and learn about whatever the charity or project is. There can be differences in style based on the personality of the royal - Diana had a grand way of engaging people - I notice Sophie does as well. Anne has been accused by some of treating her engagements like a job (which they are, of course) without really engaging people while others disagree with this and say she is lovely. Philip if you watch him at work, often shows quite a sparky sense of humour, joking and very at ease with people - it can be a lot of fun watching him and he balances the queen well, as she is quite reserved in a very regal way. I think Charles is also very reserved but has tried hard to develop a more open persona - Diana helped him enormously with this -- it's a pity he couldn't have seen her as a tool instead of a threat.

      William and Kate as young royals now draw more attention for their work and I think William is striving for an openness of emotions and empathy, which is very nice. Harry has a great natural touch. So I think it is less about changes in the job and more about how each individual's personality fits in with it.

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  7. This is a great look and today shines a light on such an important service. Again, Kate looks gorgeous. I love this dress. She looks polished and young.

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  8. Julia from Leominster25 August 2016 at 17:02

    A very important engagement - not only does it bring support to volunteers in what is a very emotional job, it also brings attention to the service - there are undoubtedly many parents out there who are struggling with troubled young people and don't know this kind of help is available to them or don't know where to seek it. We read so often about the suicide of young people, often ones who were bullied and see the anguish of their parents - often with frustration because they have tried to intervene at schools without success. Social media has really increased the problem as well. There was just an article today about a young girl with pain and epilepsy killing herself. It's a case where better help both medical and support to her parents, might have made a difference to a seriously troubled girl.
    As someone who desperately recommended the Samaritans to a friend decades ago after spending hours during the night on the phone with her when she was drunk and threatening suicide, I can really state the value of these services - it is so difficult to know what to say and how to help if you aren't trained and it will be a tremendous relief to know you can ask for help and advice anonymously.

    Not surprised about William's remark - we have a friend who quit as a paramedic because he couldn't bear it, especially the children. I've known people who worked in casualty and they say you have to distance yourself and even then it is exhausting.

    Glad to see the new dress and Kate looked very nice and a good cheerful colour. At first, I took it for the red Wimbledon dress shortened but then I saw it had different lines. Her hair looked nice too pulled back, although I still preferred it shorter.

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    1. Yes, I think we forget sometimes how emotionally draining many of these engagements can be. W&K do become so engaged with the people they meet and seem to relate on an empathetic level with many them. The post visit fall out must be exhausting at times.

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    2. Julia from Leominster26 August 2016 at 17:14

      I think it can be terribly exhausting and draining.

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  9. Love this dress! She looks fantastic in red and her hair is great too. It's also great seeing W&K take an active role during an engagement.

    I really want a stainless steel watch after seeing Kate wearing hers so often. Sadly my budget doesn't extend to Cartier!

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    1. Eco Citizen make nice stainless steel watches. I have one that often gets mistaken for a Rolex by people who wear Rolex.

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    2. makes! I should read what I write.

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    3. Anon my budget doesn't extend to Cartier either (that's quite an understatement! 😂) but a good stainless steel watch really is worth an investment. I've had mine for 15+ years, it never goes out of style, and can be worn with pretty much any outfit. To be honest, mine usually isn't even set to the correct time but I wear it as an accessory- it's a bit oversized, like Kate's. Definitely recommend one!

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    4. Cute, 0427,

      Love your Icon for that statement. I don't have my watches set for the correct time either, lol. I thought I might be the only one who did that. I use my IPhone to find out what time it is. I just use my watches as accessories also, much to amusement of my family.

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  10. So wonderful of them to encourage conversation on mental health. And also to show that the 'normal' is to have worries and to seek help should one need it.

    Kate looks lovely in red. Whole look is great!

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  11. I really like this dress on Kate, especially the color and the seam detailing. And her hair style today is preferred over yesterday's. Just my preference, but I'd like to see her trim it again, about 3 to 4 inches.

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  12. As a Nurse who works in the Emergency i can wholeheartedly agree 100% that what you see can be heartbreaking. Sometimes no matter how hard you try to save someone it is still not enough. I am glad he's got Kate with him on these ocassions .when they go home they can destressed together.

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    1. I agree. Having each other on these engagements must help tremendously.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden25 August 2016 at 18:35

      I cannot imagine how hard it must be to see these things and meet the people immpacted!

      I agree, I've said it before but I think William and Kate do these kind of engagements together for a reason. It can be some pretty heavy stuff and I think they appriciate eachother as a support system. And I think that is very clever and healthy.

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    3. Delores,

      The attrition rate in critical care is higher than the norm. And, people thought William had the job just to be flying. Yeh, right.

      You brought up another reason why they are attending these events as a team. These issues would be a lot harder to address alone. (Not that they need a reason to attend together because they don't need a reason other than they're desire to do so.)

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    4. Julia from Leominster26 August 2016 at 17:26

      Quite honestly, I do think flying is a big part of it - I can't see William taking a job in a hospital very easily (having worked in one myself) but if he wasn't a prince, I could see him giving helicopter tours to people in Africa.

      I think he has been quite action driven - this is not a bad thing, but royal duties are different - as Erika and I mentioned above - they can be just as draining, just not as Adrenalin driven. You have to be able to quietly listen and respond to people with terrible problems and show interest and enthusiasm in people's little victories and achievements. Hopefully William is coming to realise how much he can give here and how many he can help and how much attention he can bring to important causes.

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    5. I agree with 18:35. If William was just doing that primarily for the flying he could do charters. To take on an intense job like he has it would have to be more about humane interests than flying because of the intensity. That he could fly and contribute yes but helping people was his primary thrust in my opinion.

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    6. Julia, I agree that flying was part of the equation. I believe he spoke of not wasting his
      skills of flying a helicopter as well as rescue experience. He seems to be reaching for what was called "self-actualization in one of my uni psychology
      classes. From his actions and words, the air ambulance work seems to satisfy an inner need for completeness that
      some royal duties do not. Not to inspire another lecture on the importance of ribbon-cutting -which the Duke and Duchess just engaged in again two days ago-I will hasten to add that William was raised at his grandmother's knee to
      accept his future role as king and he likely will do so.
      This work experience and perhaps fatherhood, along with his wife's example seem to have matured him socially and emotionally.
      I don't understand why he shouldn't be allowed this learning experience. It is helping him grow as a caring, real person. That's what is needed for a monarchy
      that has become an almost in-name-only figurehead, but one that holds a big
      chunk of the public's loyalty and affection.

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    7. William is using his military training AND combining it with a job that enables him to save lives (as part of a team, naturally). I suspect the job is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it must be terribly draining on an emotional level. Yet at the same time, it must also feed his soul to know that he is in a position to help people and save lives. Not unlike his mother's experience.

      IMO, suggesting that this is about flying is like suggesting that an ambulance driver wants to get behind the wheel. And if he wasn't flying, people would go on about the training he received and what waste, etc.

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  13. Saw this on Daily Mail as I was reading about the huge traffic jam that we had been caught in earlier today on the M5. Ironically the jam was caused by a young woman threatening to jump. Thankfully, she didn't. Anyway, I think this is a wonderful service and bravo to William and Kate for truly experiencing what these callers learn. I am glad he was honest about his own feelings about seeing so much tragedy as an air ambulance pilot that you think you can't deal with it anymore. William is coming out of his shell quite a bit and I think he will be a terrific exemplar for people as we increasingly deal with a scary world.

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  14. They are really opening up and sharing. HalleluYah

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  15. I can't thing of anything more to what has already been posted. That said, as this is just the kind of "hard end" of royal work that Diana often spoke of - and made such a difference by doing - I would feel churlish if I did not applaud what they did today. Really fantastic work. They brought their best selves, really listened to what people were saying and gave of themselves in equal measure. bravo.

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    1. Love what you suggest here, ariagurl, we need to "applaud." Add me to the volume of the applause! I love that they are involved in this cause.

      And a round for Charlotte for her usual excellent reporting for us to read.

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    2. More, much more additional applause here also,
      Ariagurl. What they did was exceptional.

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  16. Really interesting comments by William, I have not given serious consideration to the emotional side of his air ambulance job. I thought they both looked wonderful for todays engagement. Couple of points others have commented on. I really like her hair longer, hope she keeps it around this length. The red on her is gorgeous, love the length and lines of the dress, great on her. I happen to like that she has a bit of a uniform for her professional work just as the Queen does. Still hoping they can get up to visit the Queen in Scotland. ali

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    1. I like her hair this length too. The shorter length with the fringe was just so ordinary.

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    2. Julia from Leominster26 August 2016 at 17:32

      I have to disagree - I didn't like the fringe but I did like the shorter look - it was very professional to me - and less beauty queen curled - it looked like a real working style, framed her face nicely, and stayed out of her face much better.

      In the interest of disclosure, I have to say this is the only time I tried to emulate Kate - I took a photo of her in to my stylist and asked her to cut it that way - she pointed out that as simple as that style looked, there was a lot more to it, but I just ask her to do the best she could - I'm retired from outside work and am not going to spend a tonne of effort on it. I got a lot of complements for the results.

      But royals don't always cooperate. I liked Leticia with her short style too and she also has let it grow out. And I would love to see Victoria do something softer with her style. So it is up to the individual.

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    3. Julia, I agree on all three hairstyles!! Kate, Letizia, and Victoria! :)

      Kate's shorter length did look young and fresh. Letizia's bob-cut was very classy and sophisticated. And Victoria's updo is somewhat harsh (given that it's rather tightly pulled back).

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    4. I wonder whether reaction to hair styles is a generational thing. Much hair is now longer than I have seen in my rather long lifetime. And I am quite a bit older than Julia, with whom I agree about this. Perhaps those who like Kate's abundant hair are much younger women. My favorite look of Kate's was her appearance the night she and William embraced during the London Olympics. I have also very much liked some of her updos. Sometimes she has worn a curly half updo that was very pretty. When my mother, before I was born, had very long hair, she always wore it up. My old fashioned self basically feels long hair worn down is for the bedroom!

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  17. How good to see them highlight an important service for particularly the families of people with mental health problems. I can well understand why there was an embargo on information of the visit. Once again I thought Kate looked stunning.
    I must admit I thought some of William's remarks were rather over the top it reminded me of his very over emotional interview he had after George was born on protecting wildlife and the slaughter of animals for their ivory. I fully support what he is doing with United for Wildlife and now he has calmed down he is undertaking a good job but at the time he was far too emotional. I think he was rather like that today. Unfortunately he does appear to have inherited some of his Mothers slightly unstable emotions. I was far more impressed with Kate's comments on the issues involved and her perception after listening in to some of the callers. I think it is fortunate that he would have appeared to have married a sensible very caring level headed girl who all being well will give him the support he will need in the years ahead. I think the children have two loving and devoted parents.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden25 August 2016 at 19:13

      Uhm... what? I am sorry, but exactly this "He's too emotional" is why public people need to open up about emotions. I think it was brave of William to know his emotional limit and say that "No, today I don't think I can handle more". Being emotional does not equal unstable.

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    2. I was slightly disappointed after William's comment in Germany. He said he would have loved to do military service. Previously he also stated he had loved to fly more. I found these comments disturbing because when he had the opportunity to fly more, it turned out he hardly did 2-3 days a week. He came down as tactless and spoilt.

      After today's engagement and yesterday's I can't complain really. He did his best, emotional or not, he finally could sit down and engage. I wish they would really take part in more and do visit charities more and show us all he does care. He has that emotinal wound that can help others move on and sort out their problems.

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    3. Unstable? unstable emotions?

      no offense but I find your comment to be preposterous. He was at a venue that is doing everything they can to get people to open up and be honest with their feelings. And even if William had been at Starbucks it would have been a perfectly normal comment. I find absolutely nothing wrong with any of his statements. I applaud them. What he said was not only appropriate and normal, it was good. I have a degree in psychology and have worked in various venues within that field over the years, and unequivocally I can tell you that what he said was healthy, healthful, and helpful.

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    4. Rebecca - I'm with you and I imagine the call center felt William did the absolutely right thing in owning where he was at emotionally today even when said in his own jokey self deprecating way. The calls coming in are deadly serious, and its appropriate to take stock as they do their job of support. Self regulating and naming where you are at emotionally is the responsible, evolved, thing to do. As for Diana being "slightly unstable"...(sigh) I respectfully, but very strongly, disagree Mary E. Diana was not unstable. But that is what the Royal Family would so very much like us to remember her as - emotional and needy. In fact she had what many consider high emotional intelligence - in that she was able to access, articulate and convert her own emotions into an empathy and life focus that allowed her to do truly great things. Without that skill set I doubt many of us today would know her name. Given the media circus she was thrust into, the bizarre "just trust me 3 is not a crowd" marriage, and the almost instant isolation/living in a palace with no family friends change she went through at the age of 19 - she would have absolutely unstable had she not taken the time and care to understand exactly what she experienced, how it made her feel and how to move on. That she did much of that work in her early days of her marriage with mostly limited and sporadic support is likely why William has the interest he does in an event like this today.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden25 August 2016 at 20:26

      I agree and disagree aria. Diana had an eating disorder and self harmed. She was unstable. And that is OK. I am unstable as well. And that is OK. That is exactly the point. Every single one of us has the ability to become unstable. Some easier than others. And that is when we need someone else to take over or to lean on at times. And that is OK as well!

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    6. Anett, William as a person with a destiny laid out before him from birth can surely voice desires that could have been if he was in a different position. It is well known that he wanted to serve in the military as Harry did, but could not. No one has ever really questioned that statement from him,but when it comes to his ambulance flying everyone is all over it like a rash.To me it shows that he accepts the responsibility of his destiny, but has personal desires as well. Am sure that when he is on duty with the air ambulance, there are times that they are not called out and so he is not flying but doing whatever they do in lull periods. As far as I can see that report of 2-3 days a week work was never actually substantiated by the sources. I think his time in the RAF and air ambulance will serve him well in the future and it is already starting to show.

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    7. I agree, Rebecca, Diana was unstable and that's okay. And while it's true that some become unstable easier than others, I don't think anyone having had her life and experiences could have managed not to become unstable. And like ariagurl stated she was 19 when all of this started. That's so very young.

      I think that most people don't think it's okay to be unstable or have mental health issues, unfortunately.
      I found this very recently myself when I had a panic attack. It was the first time anything like that had happened to me but I was under very intense emotional pressure. However, I was shocked to find that most people (medical professionals included) reacted to this by a) treating me like a crazy person or b) not taking me seriously and basically thinking that this was something I could control if I only tried hard enough. I had immense trouble breathing and while that must have originated within my mind and not my body, it certainly didn't make any difference to the experience.

      So while I've always thought that this was an important and valuable cause for them to support, I feel even more strongly about that now.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden25 August 2016 at 23:41

      I am so sorry you have had that experience and that response anon 21.45!

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    9. Ironically, Mary, it's the RF's fear of emotions that caused so much of what you refer to as Diana's "instability," although I do not agree with that assessment.

      Ariagurl, well said!!

      And given the serious nature of this engagement, wouldn't it be nice to put the repetitive numbers game to rest, because, frankly, it certainly isn't showing *William or Kate* in a bad light.

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    10. 21:08, I agree. And William mentioned that they sometimes play video games during the night shift between calls. Typical guy. :)

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    11. Rebecca, I do not mean to compliment you or slight you, but honestly, to me, you are one of the most consistently balanced posters here and that is over the long haul. You do realize that don't you?

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    12. Ariagurl, thank you for putting a proper perspective on Diana's dynamics and strengths.
      I don't think she was unstable at all, but a true survivor. That she died just a year after doing the television interview saying she didn't think Charles was fit to be king always seemed strange and sad to me. She won't have the chance to find out. And I don't believe she was silly enough to even remotely consider marriage to Dodi, although Dodi's father had stated years before that he was contemplating acquisition of the throne. The monarchy would never have let any relationship between Diana and Dodi progress that far, and I don't think Diana would have either.

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    13. I thought William was very admirable this week. He showed empathy and appreciation for others. I'm sorry to point it out, but criticism on others for being "too emotional" is exactly why people do not talk about their problems, and it is exactly the stigma that they are trying to eradicate. Carry on, William and Kate!

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    14. what do you mean unstable??? what do you think they were there for today? to help people with emosion and i think it was great of him to open up about his feelings and don't you think it just might have really helped alot of people to say hay i should make a call for help also. if the future king can do it so can i. and i'm kind of mad that you would say diana was unstable i think a statement like that would hurt william deeply.

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    15. 2015, lol

      That was my reaction exactly. When is the right to be human deemed unstable? By what William did? Come on. If he had acted like a cold, pompous ***, would that have been better?
      William seems like a natural leader. I certainly trust that William's capacity for strong leadership
      is enhanced and fortified by his compassion, not the opposite. He was setting an example for the setting he was in. Very much a leadership attribute. California Girl

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    16. Rebecca - Your reply caused me to stop in think - in a good way, I might add - about what is meant by unstable. I guess I take that term as carrying a negative connotation which I did not think was kind or fair to attribute to Diana, or anyone, who has struggled with these issues. I guess what I would therefore add is that anyone who is coming to grips with emotional distress or need can be seen as either "unstable" or "strong" depending on your view point. My view is that it shows strength - strength to honestly confront your feelings and to acknowledge how they are impacting you. I am absolutely NOT an expert. But my view has been that self harm and other actions represent the need to honestly express that something doesn't feel right. I think Diana said "its the wrong kind" of expression, but it is a form of communication, and I think it reveals a character that refuses to be muzzled despite the fear that the expression will absolutely draw negative reactions rather than positive reinforcement. In that light, its a brave, strong, thing to do. Anyway, I don't want to digress, I just wanted to say mostly that your comment caused me to think and I think that is a great part of the dialogue on this site. The opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

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    17. Rebecca - Sweden26 August 2016 at 15:38

      I understood exactly what you meant aria :) I was just pointing out that denying that someone might be unstable does not make them stronger. For me personnally, accknowledging my "weaknesses" and strengths has made me stronger than denying it :) Just something worth thinking about :) And I think that is something that the royals have started to learn as well, hence why they are opening up more :)

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    18. Rebecca in Sweden-I really hope you see this comment. I want you to know what a completely lovely, intelligent and wise young woman you are ! I always appreciate your comments, whatever the topic.

      But your comments on issues of emotional health deserve special praise. I know from reading over time that you have your own challenges which you are obviously meeting with courage and grace. I find this personally inspiring.

      I've mentioned in commenting to you before that I have a son who has had some challenges with learning disabilities and anxiety. Our family has a history of challenges with anxiety, depression and mood disorders. I have tried very hard to deal forthrightly with my own issues and to help my son with his. He is doing well now and has been able to progress well in school.

      It's apparent that your personal struggles have given you a unique perspective and a great deal of compassion for yourself and for others (including your Mom!). I hope you know what a precious talent this is and how very badly the world needs it. When things get tough, remember these gifts of yours and continue to share them.

      You have helped me a lot. Thank you, Rebecca.

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    19. Julia from Leominster26 August 2016 at 17:56

      First of all Anon 21:45, should you have more problems, do try to seek the help of a good therapist. I have a very severe phobic problem - I find it frustrating when I see people boarding a plane without a care in the world, and mortifying at times (and it does worsen when you are under a lot of stress) but the more I've been open about it, the more I've found that people rather than judging me often turn out to have some similar phobias themselves. I did a support group with a wonderful therapist that included many people suffering from panic attacks - some needed medication to help, others just encouragement to work through it and achieve small goals, but they were a great group of people and we all helped each other. It took a long time for me to get admitted to the programme but it was worth the effort and wait. So should you have another attack, do try to look into this and don't take no for an answer.

      I'm not a big person on semantics - there are so many terms we can't use these days but I do think "unstable" is rather a judgmental word. What is unstable? What's stable? Winston Churchill is considered one of our greatest men but he suffered from severe bouts of depression he called his "black dog". George VI, the queen's father, has issues but he was considered a great and inspirational king during the war.

      Diana had problems and she became open about her problems which was hugely helpful to those with eating and harming issues as well as being open about her marital troubles and accepting Relate as one of her patronages. The tragedy was many friends of Charles (including Camilla) and probably Charles himself privately - tried to defend him in the broken marriage by attacking Diana as "unstable" in a very insulting way. At the time, I thought this was horrible, as well as his rejection of his long-time friend Kanga when she suffered from mental issues. You don't just walk away from friendships and many spouses (my own hubby included) deal with partners who may have difficulties of one sort or another without the marriage breaking down.
      Marriages break down for various reasons and Camilla's role in that one was probably the main cause - but to use Diana's problems against her is something that is still going on and something I found disgusting. Yes, she had difficulties - a lot of us do - but she was an enormously effective princess and obviously a loved and loving mother and in many ways, a great wife for Charles.
      I suspect both William and Harry were very unhappy with these things said about their mother and while they won't deal with their father and his supporters conduct openly - their work in fighting the stigma on mental health is much influenced by this.

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    20. Ariagurl,

      that was veryaptly and sweetly put forth. Thanks. That helped me clarify some confusion on the unstable topic. We can certainly learn from each other and if the group is positive and supportive that learning takes hold much faster and much better. We have a very, very special community here and I love it and am very thankful. :)

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    21. Hugs, 21:45.

      I experienced a few panic attacks years ago and they are not fun. People don't understand them and even more so then. The stigma definitely existed then and still does. That is why Wiiliam and Kate's focus on mental health dialogues is so core to anything else they support. It is foundational.

      Glad you are feeling better. Don't feel weird about it. I remember a scene from a movie with Jill Clayburgh and Burt Reynolds. They were in a furniture store and he had a panic attack. Someone said, "Quick, does anyone have a Valium?" Everyone in the furniture department got in their purses/pockets and handed him a Valium. How funny is that? (Another indication of the scope of William and Kate's possible outreach.) Jill Clayburgh had Burt breathing in a paper bag to help correct his carbon dioxide ratio. It was a very funny scene from the movie and for me it was enlightening and helped remove a lot of the stigma for me. No one had talked about it in public before that I knew of. William and Kate's efforts are way better than that of course and far more widespread, thankfully, and even more effective. But for me, at that time, even that scene from a comedy helped me a lot.

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    22. You summed it up nicely Carla.

      "Criticism on others for being 'too emotional' is exactly why people do not talk about their problems, and it IS exactly the stigma they are trying to eradicate."

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    23. 0327, that was very sweet of you to say that.

      I concur, assuming you were addressing that to Rebecca of Sweden. I doubt that we are in the minority on that thought.

      I am still anticipating the presentation of our designs. Is anybody else excited about that?
      Anybody?

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    24. You are right Julia. I think the best way for them to make up for all the garbage said about Diana from Charles and his group and others is to do exactly what they are doing. Talk about overcoming negativity. wow.

      And, although I don't have hard feelings towards Camilla like some do, does anyone think she tries to look like Diana with her blonde hair and hairstyles and those necklaces that she wears that Diana is famous for, like Diana's pearl and huge sapphire? I have thought to myself why is she trying to copy Diana? Not the best thing to do perhaps.

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    25. Rebecca - Sweden26 August 2016 at 23:42

      Aww, thank you Canadian Friend (And what a friend!!) I am so sorry your family has to go though something like that but happy that you seem to have each other. I am actually thankful for my illness because of how it have taught me so much about myself and so much more. But I am always the kind of person that sees the good in everything so that isnt surprising :P

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    26. Julia's history lesson here is an important one and I believe the reality of that is behind some of the reaction to the term unstable.

      Diana herself used the word three times in her interview with Martin Bashir.

      http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/royals/interviews/bbc.html

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    27. I am for sure. Who wouldn't be? Humm, actually I can think of a couple people but 2 or 3 out of almost 400 or more isn't bad.

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    28. awh, 1808, that was very, very sweet. I think most of here feel that way.

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    29. Certain anxieties and phobias are so common in my family that I suspect my ancestors lived in conditions in which such fears were life saving! And after all, Julia, what is normal about hopping into a closed space to soar high above the clouds? I have found that exhilarating at times, routine much of the time, and terrifying once in awhile, not really depending on whether the flight was smooth and normal. A sudden bout of severe turbulence on a US flight that recently caused fairly severe injuries also resulted in screams and crying. Our fear of some situations lies just below the surface, ready to grab us during real or perceived danger. I have been told that keen imaginations are one aspect of our familial phobic reactions. The danger we perceive might once have been real, or might become real if conditions changed. Some of us are very much aware of that. In Diana's case, a genetic disposition probably met circumstances that elicited her reactions. I wonder whether William has inherited her sensitivity, but with a different environment is able to cope effectively. Perhaps he has been advised to be open about it.

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    30. Rebecca - Sweden27 August 2016 at 19:04

      Anon 23.34 I could see why you would think that Camilla looks like she's copying Diana. But her blonde hair exactly like this she has had since the 60s. And many of her pearl chokers are family pieces and a very traditional look for an aristrocratic woman.

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    31. 0243, lol, are you referring to the design presentation amidst the other topics?

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    32. 18:30, I remember that movie, "Starting Over".
      I remember that scene. That was a funny movie.
      And I remember thinking at the time how unusual and neat that they put that scene in there. Comedy can be so healing. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Nice that that comforted you that you weren't alone in that. Yay Burt. :)

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    33. 23:34, I don't believe that Camilla is trying to copy Diana; I think she knows she can't. But I do think she uses every opportunity to make us aware of her status. The chokers you mentioned (and her hats) are, IMO, more about that. I felt the same way about the inappropriate bracelet she gave to Kate with the two "C"'s. The woman that made Diana's life so miserable gives this to William's bride; something that is a vivid reminder of her own status. Beyond poor taste.

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  18. Thanks! I love this blog.

    What a great organization for W+K to support. Parenting is trying at best. The story about the suicidal boy and the father sleeping outside the bedroom door is heart-breaking.

    Katherine looks amazing! Love the dress. The color is spectacular and she of course looks a so beautiful.

    Does anyone else think it looks a bit roomy around the waist?

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    1. I agree, Kelly. Of course she's lovely and so fit and clothes tend to look great on her, but I'd love to see a bit more attention paid to tailoring...she can afford it, and really one could argue her job demands it. Love her, love the causes they've chosen, I think she's doing an amazing job in a difficult role. But! Perfect fit on her great figure would be fun - and more jewels ;)

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    2. Yes, Kelly Stevens. I agree on the fit but that is LK Bennett. I find that they run small in the chest and large in the waist. Also, the waist tends to sit higher than other labels. I usually have to have their dresses taken in at the waist but I must say that for the price, they are well made and the fabrics are lovely.

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    3. I think we have become slightly accustomed to clothing that is too tight - one of the clothing industry's tricks for saving cloth and cost. (The latest is pockets that are too small to be usable!) I like the fit of Kate's dress, except that it puckers slightly above the waist, on her and on the model. That must have been intentional, since the company's picture shows it.

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    4. Rebecca P.,

      Better fit and more Jewels, yes, yes, yes. I think her job demands it and she deserves it. :) She is doing the best she can at the moment I think and that is not bad at all. As her role increases though to Princess of Wales and then Queen she will certainly require better tailoring. I reference the fit of the dress today and that beautiful, but very improperly fitting mint lace dress in India.
      What member of her team allowed that? Kate deserves the better than that. She represents the Crown, and, she is such a sweet and giving person.

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  19. Hello,

    I just added a video to the bottom of the post which includes William and Kate speaking about the visit.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden25 August 2016 at 19:07

      What a nice video! Very well done! And those snippets that they were quoted saying worked way better with their gestures and tone than in plain text, which is how it usually is :) So very nice to hear them speak on this topic!

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    2. Thanks Charlotte.

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    3. Thank you Charlotte! I know speaking isn't Kate's strongest suit, but she sounded really good here. Brilliant message.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden26 August 2016 at 15:40

      I agree Carla. She has rather much tremble in her voice that sometimes seems like nervousness (and might be), but I've noticed that this video and the one she did with kids for place2b is the ones she has done her best job in. I think sshe is really helped by having that human connection and someone to speak the message to in the room rather than a cameraman/interviewer. I think she relaxes because she has something else to focus on than just her own words.

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  20. Our lovely blogger, Charlotte was also interviewed! Thank you very much for your time, effort, dedication and patience to all of US.

    http://www.moonproject.co.uk/the-duchess-is-the-anti-kardashian-interview-with-charlotte-
    who-runs-blog-about-kate-middleton/

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  21. Sonja from Bavaria25 August 2016 at 19:46

    I just found a replikate (kinda, but not really - let's just say it is similar in style) for this gorgeous lace dress: http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.de/2016/07/kate-in-lace-dress-for-sombre.html?m=1
    It us by Hobbs: https://www.hobbs.co.uk/product/display?productID=0216-5035-2648L00&productvarid=0216-5035-2648L00-LATTE-BEIGE-12&refpage=dresses

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  22. I have been impresed with William as both the diplomat and the empathetic future king. I thought his speech in Germany was very well done. He took on the brexit issue which no other royal has done and extended a hand to Germany as well. Well done.

    Today was brillant as well from both William and Kate. Such an important issue. Hope it gets the funding that it needs.Lastly, has anyone else noticed what an appealing voice William has. Deep and rich....he would be very good on stage.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden25 August 2016 at 20:27

      Yeah, William and Harry has inherited their fathers good voice. Charles is more trained but they all have very pleasant voices.

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    2. Kate has a great voice too actually.

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    3. Rebecca you are absolutely right - I remember reading the short and sweet memoir of the American Family for whom Diana babysat when she started to date Charles. In it the author (a financial analyst I believe) recounted how years later Diana - and Charles - made arrangements to reunite with her and her son Patrick while in D.C. on an official visit in 1985 (the John Travolta dance visit). It was the first time the author had the chance to see Diana since the royal wedding and while she had been invited to the Ball the night before the wedding, she had never really spoken with Prince Charles at length before. In describing that encounter in DC at the British Embassy she remarked on what an attractive man the Prince was in person, singling out his voice in particular. She also commented that they both seemed very happy and at ease with one another, and were very generous with their time and Charles enjoyed engaging with Patrick who was then likely around 5 or 6. (Sorry to be so chatty, am working on a project at work and I guess I feel like procrastinating!)).

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    4. Kate does have a beautiful melodic voice. She is on You Tube somewhere shown singing "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" in a school play. She has an amazing singing voice. And she looked as calm and poised as ever.

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    5. That is a very interesting account, ariagirl, and one I had never read before.

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    6. A great story, ariagurl, and you told it well. It is a comforting thought that Diana and Charles had some good moments. I read some excerpts from that family's story but I don't recall reading that particular one. Diana was so beautiful
      that night and Charles did look proud. That was when Harry was a baby. She was quite slender.

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  23. Sarah Maryland USA25 August 2016 at 20:42

    Love those that dress! Hopefully it still isn't sold out come Christmas because I'm totally putting it on my wish list!
    She has looked perfect the past two days!

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  24. Susan in Florida USA25 August 2016 at 21:15

    I am very impressed that the Duke and Duchess have taken on mental health issues as part of their charity patronages. They are taking difficult issues out of the dark and making them okay to discuss. The Duke was brave by sharing how he was feeling. He does do a job that takes an emotional toll. I really admired him yesterday admitting he misses his Mother. He is showing a very human side of himself and not just a royal persona. I don't think this diminished him in any way, it make him more relatable.

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  25. Absolutely, Anon 19.50! William's voice is very appealing. I loved that video at the end of the Charlotte's post.

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  26. This was a great visit and very much the type of engagements I would like to continue to see. I am extremely impressed that William was confident enough to take a step back and admit to limits. It does no good for him to try and fake it through the call session only to have him potentially lose it. The situation would have immediately switched to everything being about him, at the expense of any incoming calls. Giving a heads up allows everyone else in the room to know that if he needs to step away, it's fine, they can continue with what is happening on the phone.

    I also think it is so important for W/K(or any Royal) to sometimes 'get their hands dirty' if you will. To post a video saying 'we support mental health' is wonderful, but to actually go and engage and help(though as they have probably not had any training, they were not actually helping) takes their investments of time and words to another level.

    Plus, Kate looked great. People have complained about her 'uniform' but let's be real, my work clothes are essentially a uniform-the same pants, blouses, and sweaters on rotation. There are only so many ways to style oneself. Kate appears to prefer dresses/skirts for her engagements. She is always pretty and appropriate for the venue. I am 100% okay with her spending less on her wardrobe and allowing funds to be used elsewhere(not that I pay any taxes in the UK). Being a wise steward of money indicates to me the awareness of heir role and that they answer to the public for some of their money and expenses.

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    2. Katie, thank you. I couldn't agree with you more on everything you said about William and Kate today.
      I think Kate's wise stewardship, clothes wise, is an asset all the way around. And William's honesty was endearing and real.

      On a more casual note, the fact that he is changing up his wardrobe and loosening that up a bit is just icing on the cake. :)

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  27. What a nice interview Charlotte, congratulations and thank you for talking about your commenters.

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    1. The interview was expertly done Charlotte (no surprise :)). Very honest, forthright and sweet.

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    2. Very nice interview! So interesting to know how you began this blog. And thanks for tackling the myth of the feud between the Queen and Kate. Such nonsense.

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    3. I was surprised and disappointed to note you were not included in the interviews
      of Kate bloggers mentioned in a previous comment section. Glad this oversight was corrected with this blogger's interview. You were the star!
      I noticed the other bloggers gave their full name. Perhaps this was an issue.

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    4. Julia from Leominster26 August 2016 at 18:06

      Absolutely, wonderful interview Charlotte. So glad to see your work recognised and so happy your uni project has turned into a terrific blog for all of us. I've often wished you would do a book (all right, I love books) on your Kate Loves feature - you have such a lovely, gracious style - I think it would be amazing.

      (And I miss the Royal Digest - you had fantastic ideas and I would love to see your style extend beyond Kate.)

      Like you, I was inspired by my mother, my grandmother and quite probably, the generations before them and grew up looking at their royal books. Princess Alexandra became one of my favourite royals early on (she still is) and along, with so many of my friends, I was a huge Diana admirer. Her ability to give meaning to royal work was unparalleled.
      I don't see that interest quite so much openly these days but I believe it is still out there - just lying a bit dormant - and your blog does a wonderful job, not just with fashion like some of the others - but with a strong focus on the work Kate does and the background on the charities and projects she is involved with. Like bluhare and others here, my main interest is in her work and what sort of queen she will be someday - as much as I love the clothes - so this blog remains my favourite.

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    5. Your uni blog beginnings sound similar to Facebook origins. Great minds...

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  28. What a surprise! It's great to see the Young Royals champion such social issues and themes! I do love Kate's dress and the colour really suits her! I loved reading your interview! I do agree with you on 'the anti-Kardashian' point. I believe I'm in a minority as I dislike the Kardashians and the culture they present through their media. On the other hand, Kate proves to be the right role model to both teenagers and adults alike! It's only about fashion choices, but other factors vet in -amongst others, the way both Kate and William bring up their children away from the spotlight, their demeanour and the issues and social themes they champion.

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    1. Caroline in Montana26 August 2016 at 18:18

      Could not agree more, the Duchess is pure class and the Kardashians are pure trash.

      wonderful interview Charlotte! You are doing an awesome job per usual. looking forward to the Canada tour!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden26 August 2016 at 23:45

      I don't belive in tearing other people down for your own gain or to lift someone else up. It's enough to lift Kate without putting down the Kardashians. Like Kate, they are people with good and bad sides. Like them or not, they are not needed as a counterpoint to Kate.

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    3. April Girl, I think there are many more people in your "minority" than you suspect! And proudly so! Trash vs. class indeed!

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    4. April Girl, I strongly suspect you are in the majority on the Kardashians! And in your wise words about Kate.

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    5. Cheers Caroline in Montana! Unfortunately yes that's the word: trash!

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  29. With all due respect Anet, I don't understand your issues with William. It sounds a bit tabloidish. Most Air Ambulance pilots don't work a 40 hour work week. There are rules and restrictions. Also you under-estimate his fund raising value to EAAA and recognition factor.

    Prince William stated over and over that he wanted to serve in Afghanistan or anywhere British soldiers were serving. It is not his fault that they would not let him. When he went to the Falklands on regular deployment it almost caused an international incident. Not his fault. What would you have him do?

    Perhaps you could try looking at things from his point of view. You might be surprised by what you see.


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    1. William barely kept up his hours at SAR. He was accused of hardly being at EAAA late last year. There are certainly rules and restrictions, and they don't work a 40 hour week even when they are full time, which William is not by his own admission. I'm glad to see him out and about on his off days, and I'm glad he and his wife were out today talking to people who have had life altering issues. But how can any of us possibly look at things from his point of view? We cannot because we know basically nothing about his life as a whole. All we can comment on is what we see.

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    2. Some see things differently to others and some believe what the press put out more readily than others. I think all Royals would probably like to be in a different position than they are, but the younger generation are more open about it. This does not mean that they not aware of their future responsibilities. Good for them for trying to fit something else into their lives, while waiting for the supposed inevitable.

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    3. Either William met his time requirements in SAR or he did not. It's a binary thing.

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    4. Who accused him, when, and where?..re: 2:12

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    5. Nicely put bluhare, thank you!

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    6. Accused and fact are two different very different things. I would not want to be convicted on a mere accusation. Just because something is said or written doesn't make it true.

      I think we know too much about his life personally. If my life was intruded upon as his has always been, I would have chucked the whole thing. Could you hold up under that kind of scrutiny? I couldn't. That is what I mean by his point of view. And before some say well he has such privelige, I say at what price? There is no amount of money that would make it worth it to me. How does he feel, I guess time will tell. I just know that everyone should be entitled to some privacy. Unlike a politician or actor he did not choose this life it chose him.

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    7. Bluhare, with all due respect,

      We can put ourselves in his place by thinking about what we would do in his role. I think that is
      what 22:43 meant. And, we can get an idea of who William is because so much of his life is reported on in detail and with frequency and has been since his marriage, in particular, and before.
      If he was only depicted in the press sporadically and on the third page with a small paragraph that might be different. His life is played out in the press so much there is really nowhere for him to hide. His life is chronicled. So in these respects, yes, we can look at things from his point of view. Like the old adage, walk a mile in his shoes. (We are not referring to the philosophical ego centric predicament here.)

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    8. 18:02, I tend to agree that William's life has been very well documented from the moment he took his first breath. And, quite often, his position and personal circumstances have added a spotlight that denied him the most basic degree of privacy. Despite it all, I think he is a fine young man, husband, father and, someday, will make be a great king *because* of his success in these roles. If we are to go by what we see, then I am happy to be able to recognize and acknowledge the good in people when it is warranted.

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    9. 22:43, Bravo.

      What you are talking about is compassion and it can be applied to anyone, even William. We don't have to know his DNA or psyche to apply compassion in our assessments of the man.

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    10. Two things about the life and press attitude:
      I am still not convinced how we could put ourselves in his place, we "know" about his personal life because of Kate and through tabloids. I think imagining being in his shoes, also does not help since personally, I do not come from a royal family, moreover a single parent family. So I had better not let my imagination run wild.
      Also we are sooo different, we can’t agree on the appropriate length of her skirt sometimes, so how could we agree on imagining and playing out his future. But that’s fine.
      People simply need to accept that not everybody is a die hard fan of their every move and people question them instead of constant praise.

      I agree with Anon 15.45.
      "Some see things differently to others and some believe what the press put out more readily than others."

      But I do not like a certain attitude here, when the press come to praise the Cambridges, they are accepted easily, but when the same criticise them over something they are liars. How is that?
      And who/where was he accused? In February it was reported all over the place that he does not work as much as it was reported by BP. He even answered qs about it, in his interview.
      Let’s not pretend it has never happened.

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    11. Anett,

      To me, it is all about applying compassion, whether to good press or bad. William isn't a despot but a human being with humane goals.
      Giving him the benefit of the doubt seems like a reasonable thing to do, not worship. One faux pas (or even two, lol) shouldn't skewer him.

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    12. The whole point is we do not know much. And as far as I'm concerned, many of the stories from the press are made up too. Until someone from EAAA actually comes out complaining (which no one has, because so far we've only heard that they're happy with William's contribution), I'm content and in fact grateful that William gets to serve ground people in his life. But so far we have no proof. Only a nameless, unverified tabloid "source," which to me means phantom/nill. To take a writer who is famed for quoting Harry's supposed chat-up texts to his ex-girlfriends seriously is a bit like following the blind.

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  30. She seems to enjoy wearing expensive polyester all the time.

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    1. Julia from Leominster26 August 2016 at 18:16

      As someone who loves silk and cashmere and all the expensive fabrics, I'm at a loss these days - not just with Kate's clothes, why so many expensive outfits - some very handsome in design, are made out of poly and other man made materials - there is nothing like silk and I notice a lot of synthetic gowns have silk linings (my one eBay purchased Jenny Packham silk gown does have silk lining and it is heaven against the skin.) But to me there is nothing like the outer look of silk, lace and wool, and I must be an old biddy to not understand this new emphasis on all these synthetics.

      I can see why the least expensive outfits can't be made out of these lux materials -- although I still prefer cotton in less pricey clothes - but don't understand the use of synthetic blends in garments where price is no issue. Looking at vintage fashions (which I love an would have chosen a Canadian made one for Kate had I more styling opportunities) their richness with their natural materials doesn't seem matched today.

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    2. I love polyester blended with cotton, and acrylic with wool, but the blends are hard to find now. And the synthetics are bad for the environment, unfortunately.

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  31. Charlotte, how special for you to be interviewed! You're famous! We love you!!

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  32. I admire their commitment to this cause, it's something that needs momentum and I hope W&K keep it up! Kate looks lovely in red but it's so similar to her LK Bennett Cayla dress, why didn't she just wear that?! I don't get why she continues to buy similar looking dresses. Seems a little wasteful.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 August 2016 at 15:43

      I think they are different enough :) I mean, the Cayla was much longer and have different sleeves. And this one is more "flirty" in the skirt with some nice detailing on the skirt. I like both dresses but they are very differnt to me.

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    2. Yes, the two dresses are similar but also different. I often buy clothes I like which are similar to other things I already own because most people have a certain 'style' that suits them or that they really like. Kate really can't win because people complain when she re-wears things and when she doesn't, and when she wears high street or when she wears designer. She's not hard up herself and her working wardrobe is paid for from the multi-million pound annual income of the duchy of Cornwall. I'm not really sure what the problem is. Kate still wears things she's had since her single, London days so she's not exactly throwing things out once she's worn them once.

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    3. Julia from Leominster26 August 2016 at 18:18

      This has often puzzled me too - there have been a number of instances. In a few cases, the dress was available in other colours that would have looked wonderful on Kate - but she chose one the same to what she already had.

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    4. Look back at some of Jacqueline Kennedy's photos from her White House days. She definitely had a few firm favorites (in suits, dresses, and gowns) and I see nothing wrong with this. I think it is a reflection of knowing who you are and what works best for you. AND having the confidence to go with it rather than following the latest trend that may or may not be flattering.

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  33. Her hair looks so much better today than it did yesterday when it was so unruly. She really looks so much nicer with it either all up or partly up -- I am waiting for her to cut her hair to just above shoulder length sometime.

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  34. I enjoyed reading the interview--well done, Charlotte!

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  35. what a surprise I really love joint engagement like these super good the duke has a personal and diplomat aspect are real its the practice to our future king someday I don't think his emotion really have to relate for some kids tackling mental health issue its good and positive way I don't see problem hmm charlotte I love your interview very post and direct to the point

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  36. Loved the interview! You are so classy and humble. This blog is my escape from the stress of the day- thank you for your work!

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  37. Charlotte,
    What a sweet, precise and thoughtful interview you gave to Moon project/UK. It is good for the interviewer's web site too, which gets some readers familiar to that sight. Your caution about the future blogging by the time Kate is queen; and your response, one may not know everything, is a real reflection of the balance of the person you have been as a blogger of your site.

    The interviewer's site flew highlighting your quote on the Kardashians, there is truth in that. In fact an irony that the very antithesis making an odd parallel of the millennium's reality TV "Hollywood royalty" and centuries old one in modern times.

    Oh how nice to know how you started the blog and which area of study/interest inspired you. The generational influence in your family was very interesting. One more thing, you as a teenager reading on Kate, aha! cool? can imagine. The interview was a treat for me. Happy to have discovered your blog.

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  38. Alejandra Ramírez26 August 2016 at 04:38

    Great post and great surprise!
    I'm so happy that there is a service like this in the UK, hopefully one day it will be applied and used in many countries around the globe!

    Great job Charlotte! :)

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  39. Your interview was an enjoyable read, Charlotte! Your blog has become a very trustworthy and factual source of information and has opened my eyes to the tremendous amount of focus the Duke and Duchess put on mental health and children. The fashion facts add a fun element to your posts too. Congratulations on your continuing success!

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  40. i am so impressed with what they are doing and so many people they help. i am so happy to here william share his feelings today it really shows what kind of a person he really is. his job can not be an easy one i know alot of people who could never do a job like that and i know the burn out rate is high.i loved kates dress color style everything and i agree it should not be about fashion today. i would however like to know what kind of material it is made from. thank you charlotte for such a wonderfull blog.

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  41. Thanks for another interesting and informative post from Kate and William's engagement today. It was really interesting to hear about the depth they are highlighting the charities that do so much for mental health. I believe their interest is so important in bringing awareness to this subject.

    I also read your interview with Peter Balkus and I thought it was about time I wrote a comment on your blog to let you know how much I enjoy it and how it has become a major part of my life. I have been an admirer of Kates since her and William's engagement which was what brought me to your blog at the time of their wedding. I have to say I haven't missed a post since then and regularly log and check for updates, feeling a bit sad at quiet times when little is going on. I admire the tone you set in your blog highlighting the importance of the subject of the engagement before going on to informing us what Kate is wearing. But above all I respect the positive way in which you address each post. I don't want to read harsh criticism of the royal family and have been shocked at the absolute undeserved "slating" that I have occasionally read in daily newspapers.

    Thank you Charlotte for what you do xx

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  42. Vasiliki Nousiou Greece26 August 2016 at 10:35

    So nice to see them out and about again but would like to make one comment about what you wrote today!
    Concerning the length of the dress - it falls just above the knee and not 'just below the knee'!!!

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  43. I think William and Kare are doing their bit superbly.
    They have been methodically and steadily building a sure foundation for their private and public lives over the past five years.

    The fact that they were genuinely involved in the visits this week is something to be admired not condemned.
    The fickle and critical press and public are no doubt the hardest part of their existence. I thank God for William and Kate's unwavering resolve to just keep calm and carry on. With all the bizarre and unsettled celebrity, etc. in the world, William and Kate are doing their best to not be part of that but instead to remain stable and constant and shine a light in the darkness. Criticize them if you will but their legacy will speak for itself.

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    1. Anon 10:57..well said! cc

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    2. Thank you Anon 10:57 for Expressing Yourself So Well & I Couldn't Agree More Whole Heartedly! Slow & Steady Wins The Race! What an Amazing, Grounded & Balanced Young Couple & What a Gift They Are To The UK! Clearly they have worked for years on their own relationship, having grown & evolved together! They have consistently seemed to know what their goals have been & the direction they wanted to & thought best to move in! Thank goodness they have the steady support of Kate's Family, Harry, longtime friends & Clearly The Queen! As you referenced "Celebrities", with Will & Kate (to the distress of some) They have never seemed to Jump into Anything? Everything seems Very Thought out & Put into action at a Balanced, sometimes Slow Pace! The Result is a Thurough Sense of Purpose & Destination. They have Grown With Their Causes & Charities, So that They are Already Educated about Them All & Their Purposes & Logistical Functions, along with learning How They Can Serve & Assist Best! Most Importantly to me is They are Continuing To Grow in Their Knowledge & Involvement with No Sign of slowing down! They have built Solid Foundations that They will Grow Upon over The Many Years To Come! I find Their Interests & Concerns To Be So Genuine, That I Feel that (Heaven Forbid) There wasn't a Monarchy by the time William would Ascend, that As A Couple They Would Continue with This Work As a Charitable Mission, as They Clearly Feel So Strongly About The Issues of Mental Health & How They Can Help Offer Support & Bring Awareness To These Groups! What I found most touching & telling were their authentic comments about how they have their own worries as Parents, along with William opening up about Thinking of Diana Everyday & just how Important it is to Talk about one's feeling of grief & missing your loved one! (A bit of an Echo to Harry's recent sharing) I'm sensing that as Will & Harry help others, they are helping themselves! I also thought it So Wonderful that Will commented about having had his hands full at The Air Ambulance & asking if he could listen in on some easier calls? My Husband is a Dr & deals in Trama Cases. Far too often These Drs, Nurses, Techs & First Resonders (like William) put on such a Brave Face & Do Their Best to Compartmentalize the Best They Can, but They do need to take care & pace themselves as it does take its toll! The Familes & loved ones of These Dedicated Trama Workers will know of the experience (such as Kate will) of "knowing" the signs that your loved one has had a rough go of it & to give them what they need...whether it be love, space, or TLC. Sadly they don't often want to talk about it, but rather have their own Coping Skills that we loved ones need to be sensitive to & respect! I thought that was one of The Most Important Thing We've heard William Say & an Important Insight & Reminder! He's Not Just out there Flying Around for Fun! He's A First Responder as part of A Trauma Team! It Doesn't Get More Real & Intense Than That! The Fact that He's "Chosen" To Serve The People of The UK in This Way, I Believe has been Greatly Overlooked, in light of the fact that he could have Easily Chosen to Cut Ribbons & Not Put Himself or His Family Through "Daddy working on a Trauma Team"! He is Much To Be Admired for Choosing a Such a Noble & Thankless Cause! All of this adds to my Respect for Them as A Couple, All The More!

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    3. As has been mentioned previously, from all the need they have seen and learned about, they thankfully have come to the realization that to help their other charities carry less burden in the future they need to focus on nipping problems in the bud by spearheading the campaign to provide help and intervention at an early age and create a movement of mental health initiatives and environments to help circumvent future problems. They are going to the root of the problems. Brilliant.

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    4. Well Said Anon 12:43 & Amen To That!

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  44. Charlotte, you say that the dress falls below the knee ... it doesn't on Kate nor on any of the other pictures. I only wish it did. Perhaps I'm missing something?

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  45. I just want to say a really big thank you for your extremely kind and generous comments on the Peter Balkus piece. It's greatly appreciated and it never ceases to surprise me how many lovely and supportive readers there are here. It's hard to believe it's been over five years since the blog has started; so much has changed in my own life, but the blog has been a constant outlet for me to share my interest in the Royal family with a fantastic community, so thank you sincerely for 'stopping by'. X

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    1. You're awesome Charlotte! Thanks for all you do for us Kate fans!

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    2. Is it possible to have a post 'Duchess Kate's fans love: Charlotte'? :)

      M.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden26 August 2016 at 23:48

      No. Thank YOU! Thank you for all your hard work, your fact gathering, your sleepless nights, your comment checking, your kindness and for this platform for us!

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    4. Cute, 1906. Great Idea. :)

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  46. I read your blog religiously but have never commented! I think you do a fantastic job and I'm always looking forward to your next post. Congratulations on your interview feature with Peter Balkus. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 August 2016 at 23:49

      Yay! A new poster :) Welcome to the commentfield and hope to see you again :)

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  47. Rhonda - Wisconsin26 August 2016 at 18:27

    Charlotte - congratulations on the article with Peter Balkus. It was a wonderful piece and your comments and thoughts were awesome. I really love the way that William and Kate (and Harry too) are picking up the mental health gauntlet trying to break into small pieces the stigma surrounding it. I have a husband and a daughter that both suffer from depression and anxiety and let me tell you it's not easy some days to deal with them and their issues!!! Anyway - loved the post and Kate as always was just beautiful. I do love how William is also shaking up his wardrobe and trying different sports coats. He's still a very handsome guy!!

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    1. Rhonda, I can relate. God help us both and our families. (And He is.) My heart goes out to you. I know how hard it can be. X

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    2. Best of luck to you, your husband and daughter. Stay strong and don't let others put you down.

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  48. Hi Charlotte,

    Thank you, as always, for this post. Congrats on the Balkus piece about your blog. You are such a source of information, intelligent commentary and a sense of community for all of us-many thanks!

    The continuing work in mental health is a great cause. It's wonderful to see the Cambridges supporting it.

    Kate looks very pretty in red. This is a lovely dress; although, a bit short for my tastes. In a professional/work setting, I think its shorter length would make me feel self-conscious. I would never claim to have the Duchess's amazing poise. She is able to pull it off admirably.

    I'm afraid I don't like this particular hairstyle on Kate. I find it unflattering. There's something "flat" about it that doesn't compliment the shape of her head and face. It ends up looking very harsh. I don't know if more hair needs to be pulled back or if it somehow needs to be fuller-just my opinion.

    I hope everyone has a good weekend.

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      I agree about the hairstyle exactly like you said. I admire and support Kate and thank God they were there for both days but the sleeves on the dress look a little wonky and the dress dress doesn't exactly fit properly. Small potatoes though. What counts is that they were there and bring very supportive and interactive.

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  49. Great Interview Charlotte! I'm so grateful you began this blog, as it continues to get more interesting & educational all the time:)

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    1. Becca I certainly agree with you about that. :)

      This blog has been such a joy to me also and, like others, it has helped me through some tough times.

      It is quite a nice oasis. I follow the blog because is positive, upbeat, informative, pretty and perfectly presented and it is about the life and style of a woman I admire. I can stand behind Kate in support because of her actions and also, for me, because of her mission statement read at her wedding. The officiant asked that we undergird she and William in their marriage and in that mission statement and I think this blog does that in an excellent way.

      I am very thankful for this blog. Thank you Charlotte.

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    2. You are right. This blog does "undergird their marriage and marriage statement" just like that reverend beseeched us to do. I thought that was very earnest and sweet of him btw. Pertaining to all that, what an affirmative blog and ongoing blessing to them and so expertly done. Kudos Charlotte and many thanks.

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    3. Anon 00:22 How Beautifully Put!:) Thank you for Reminding Us All of That Part of Their Wedding! It Is Important That They Receive Support in All Their Endeavors To Serve & Help Others. Especially in our world today when so much that is published is so negative & petty. Yes This Blog is a Positive & Balanced & Informative Oasis to Us All.

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  50. Rose from Montreal Canada26 August 2016 at 23:18

    Congratulations on that wonderful Balkus interview.. As usual you do a fantastic job with this blog.

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  51. Thank you Charlotte for not just an ordinary blog. I appreciate so much the TIME you spend researching the events, locations and history. It's incredible work and it's wonderful! You'd make an excellent Royal Historian! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    1. Anon 23:25 I agree Completely! As is said, this is truly The Bentley of Blogs!

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  52. Charlotte, your interview was delightful, and I enjoyed reading it very much. Your site is a wonderful respite for me. It's escapism at its finest! Thank you and your commenters for keeping this site friendly and informative.

    Now on to the Duchess. It would be nearly impossible to top yesterday's look. That snorkel blue dress is my all-time favorite in daytime wear. Kate looked great and so did her hair. Today's dress was very pretty. I would have liked a necklace with it, such as the gold one with the round hoops. (I can't think of the designer, but I remember she wore it with a blue dress, and it was expensive.)

    The causes Kate and William are championing are simply fantastic. They suit the couple perfectly and their passion and emotional connection appear very genuine. So much good can come from their involvement and it's to their credit that they have selected charitable causes that are less well-known to the public at large.




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    1. Rebecca - Sweden27 August 2016 at 19:13

      I think you are meaning the cartier trinity ring necklace. And I agree that it would have been pretty but considering how pepole seems to get their panties in a twist over that one I think it was wise not to wear it :P

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    2. Kim I believe you are speaking of Her Cartier Trinity Necklace? I know what you mean about adding a necklace, however as I looked at the photos with her listening in on the calls I was struck by how the simplicity of her look seemed to match the tenor of the day.

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  53. It is interesting to me that now that W & K have had a few successful engagements some of the papers (and BBC) have trotted out a poll that says a majority of English (British?) want W as King over Charles
    I do believe that is the very reason why W doesn't like to be too visible--it must be horribly awkward at home.

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    1. The poll was conducted earlier, before their engagements. They do polls every once in a while and nothing really changed. Support for William remains high. I am sure headlines like this are awkward for William as much as they are frustrating for Charles.

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    2. Valerie I very much agree. I also think this fact or dynamic has driven much of the decision making behind just how "Busy" W&K have been with Royal Duties!

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  54. Congratulations on your interview, Charlotte!

    There is a new poll out today saying more than half of Brits want William to be the next king and not Charles. Now, I think it will never happen and is extremely unfair for Prince Charles who is the best prepared heir and will be a fab king. But I just want to share it with you because it means one thing - that William is still very popular despite the unfair mud-slinging campaign the media had against him in the past months. His numbers are even slightly improved. I'm glad people are smart enough to see that he is a wonderful guy and a promising king when the time comes.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/make-william-next-king-say-8708800

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  55. Hi Chalotte,

    I enjoyed reading this post, as it is very insightful on both mental health and the worldview of the Duchess. It was also refreshing to see her in such a beautiful dress. The elegant simplicity of the designs she chooses inspires me so much. I have to say that HRHDuchessKate is one of my favourite websites.

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  56. I don't know about anyone else, but....

    I have my wine, cheeses, crackers, (whatever fruit my family hasn't gobbled up), and my best "company is coming" wine glass (so pretty) at the ready for our design presentations (my "Super Bowl"). My family knows that when they see me assemble those that will signal a "do not disturb" sign on my home office door for at least a couple of hours. I have instructed them in advance for this, lol. They now know the drill. Of course the bribe of my "famous" homemade turkey sandwiches, broccoli salad and cupcakes won't hurt either. Football is starting here so that will certainly help, thank heaven. I am SO anticipating this. What an amazing annual event to look forward to. Thank you Julia. Thank you Charlotte. yay

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  57. I am very moved by the Queen's gesture of giving an amount of money (from her own wallet) for the earthquake here in Italy. I would like to say her a great "thank you".

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