Saturday, 19 November 2016

Kate Loves: The Arts

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." Thomas Merton's famous words sprang to mind in the planning for today's post. Continuing on with our Kate Loves series we're taking a look at one of Kate's great passions - art. It's been a constant in the Duchess' life from her school days, to her choice of university course and charitable patronages as a member of the Royal family. A love of photography, gallery and theatre has offered a creative outlet to the Duchess in the years since the royal wedding and a unique avenue of self expression in what can be a restrictive public role.


Since childhood, Kate held a keen interest in arts, crafts and painting. An interest that saw her leave Marlbrough College with an A level in art achieving a grade A result. 18-year-old Kate had done herself proud and her well above average results meant she could choose from a number of prestigious universities. At that stage, she knew she wanted to study history of art and was seriously considering new university Oxford Brookes (originally founded in Victorian times as the Oxford School of Art). The course had an excellent reputation and was a mere 40 minute drive from the Middleton family home in Bucklebury. Edinburgh University (which Pippa and James Middleton would later attend) also caught Kate's eye and she successfully secured a spot there, however, she elected to take a gap year instead.


Undoubtedly, Kate's love of art formed a large part of her decision to spend several months of her gap year in Florence where she undertook a twelve-week course at the British Institute. Renaissance lectures were held daily and many an afternoon was spent exploring the magnificent sights and scenic squares, camera in hand.


In 2001, 19-year-old Kate Middleton accepted a place at Scotland's St Andrew's University, known for its school of art history and in September of that year she began the next chapter of her life. Not only was she thrilled to be studying in her chosen area, but her wish to pursue art would also see her meet a certain prince :) Studious Kate is said to have immersed herself in the course where modules included art history, modern languages, history, classics, philosophy and social anthropology. For her final year dissertation, a growing interest in photography led her to write about the photography of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, entitled 'Angels from Heaven: Lewis Carroll's Photographic Interpretation of Childhood'. Kate graduated with an upper second-class degree in history of art in 2005.


Irish artist Gemma Billington was a neighbour of the Middletons; her children went to the same school as Kate, and Gemma and Carole forged a strong friendship that remains today.  Kate is said to have thoroughly enjoyed speaking to Gemma about the creative process behind her work, and in 2007 travelled to Dublin to attend the artist's first solo exhibition at the Urban Retreat Gallery (with thanks to talented photographer Angela Halpin for the kind permission to use her photo of Kate at the event; you can view the full set here).


Smiling for the camera, enjoying the paintings and sipping champagne, little did anyone know Kate was actually going through one of the most difficult periods of her life. Just a week or so before Prince William had called time on their romance; the brief break allowed Kate to gather her thoughts before returning to London where news of their split would soon break and a media frenzy was about to erupt. Below, Kate and Carole leaving their hotel in Dublin.


Gemma Billington shared the following quote in 2007 describing the Middleton family as "very close" and Kate as a "lovely girl", adding: "Kate is a lovely girl who is just one of our kids who just happens to be going out with a boy called William who happens to be a prince. He's just a normal boy, really. Whoever you happen to be going out with, you have to take the rough with the smooth." Gemma was a guest at the royal wedding and remains a very close friend of Carole and Mike, joining the Middletons in Mustique for holidays. Below we see Carole and Gemma, pictured March 2016, at the opening of 'Beyond The Beyond' at the Hay Hill Gallery in London.


I'm always interested to know the inspiration behind paintings and was keen to read more on Billington's earthy yet ethereal works. More from Hay Hill Gallery: 'Her paintings of dark and light eschew traditional painting techniques - she uses her bare hands to apply raw pigment to canvas, and the result is, to say the least, fascinating – I was certainly mesmerised when I learned she does not uses brushes at all. Gemma draws inspiration from the timelessness of nature and its ever changing patterns; her paintings feel like Baroque versions of Turner, where dramatic chiaroscuro meets abstract sublimity. They are imposing, yet serene. A raw intensity is conveyed through bold marks of textured colours and abstract imagery, which is both contemplative and meditative. "When I am in my studio I am untethered by position or possibility," explains Gemma.'


By late 2007, William and Kate were firmly back together and having recently left her job as an accessories buyer for Jigsaw, Kate was delighted to have the opportunity to indulge her passion for art when she was asked to curate an exhibition by celebrity portrait photographer Alistair Morrison at the Shop at Bluebird on Kings Road (the Bluebird is owned by Belle Robinson, who also owns Jigsaw). Kate had known the photographer since her days at St Andrews when she contacted him to ask his advice about a photography project she was working on as part of her degree. She visited his studio in Windsor and they have kept in touch since.


Speaking about Kate at the exhibition, Alistair Morrison said:
"She is very, very good, and it shows. She takes very beautiful detailed photographs. She has a huge talent and a great eye. I'm sure she will go far. She approached me when she was at university to come and do a little bit of work with her and we've kept in touch. She came to my gallery (in Windsor, Berkshire) and we talked through some of her work. She was looking to get a little help. She's very excited about the show. It's great that most of her family and friends came to support her."

Kate chatting to the photographer at the official launch.


The exhibition, 'The Time to Reflect', featured a host of celebrities including Tom Cruise, Joan Collins and Hillary Clinton. Many were taken in a special photobooth installed at the Dorchester Hotel in London and at venues in Los Angeles and New York, as part of a project to raise money for the United Nations' children's fund, UNICEF. The idea behind the project came from the notion that everyone, however famous or glamorous, was equal in the eyes of the passport camera.

Alistair Morrison

Kate had penty of support support on the night with the Middleton family in attendance, Prince William's friend Guy Pelly, the Duchess of Cornwall's daughter Laura, and family friend Gemma Billington. Prince William arrived later through a rear entrance to avoid the photographers.


Kate and Pippa chatting at the launch.


At the time it was reported "Miss Middleton [was] planning the exhibition to be the first in a series at the Shop". Despite the success of the event - and Kate being hailed as "a future star of the art world" - she didn't curate another exhibition at the Bluebird. Soon after it was revealed Kate had started working for the family business, Party Pieces, and completed a technology course to learn how to compile digital catalogues and photographing catalogues.


It wasn't long before headlines of Kate getting involved in another exhibition began to surface - this time curating her own photographs. Set on a career in photography, she reportedly took several lessons with Princess Diana's favourite photographer, Mario Testino. Sources said Kate had chosen the pieces for the exhibit - including pictures of a hazy sunset and a wild seascape - which she hoped would support a charitable organisation, and had spent months preparing her portfolio. In 2010, Richard Palmer reported the project had been put on the backburner. Several factors were cited at the time, including reports Kate had cold feet and the press had intervened, not to mention the engagement was in the offing.


In 2011, William and Kate married and Kate Middleton became Duchess of Cambridge. One of the most important initial decisions a member of the Royal family has to make is determining the sort of causes they want to lend their royal patronage to. In late 2011, Kate attended a series of meetings with directors and curators at museums and galleries to learn more about the arts world. At the time a royal aide told royal reporter Roya Nikkhah: "The Duchess has a keen interest in the visual arts and has her own strong links in that world, so she wants to see where she can lend her support to the arts going forward. She is meeting people at all levels in arts institutions to learn more about the workings of a gallery, how exhibitions are put together and how works of art come together, before deciding which organisations she will support." When Kate's first patronages were announced in 2012 it came as no surprise to see the National Portrait Gallery included.


Another related choice was the Art Room - a charity aimed at 5 to 16-year-olds who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. Many of the children who go to the Art Room are disengaged from mainstream education, disruptive or withdrawn, and all have been identified as needing special time away from their classrooms. The results have proven that in a caring and creative environment the most challenging children can 'learn to achieve through art'. During a 2013 speech Kate said: "As patron of the Art Room, I feel immense pride seeing the amazing work that they are doing, but I also feel hugely excited to look to a future with more Art Rooms, where many more challenging and vulnerable children will be helped."


Kate's fondness for photography continued and on royal tours she is rarely without her trusty Canon camera in hand. In late 2012, Kensington Palace released several photographs Kate took during the Cambridges' tour of Southeast Asia.


It's clear to see the Duchess has a great eye and the release of the photos was an excellent move allowing us to get to know Kate and her interests better. The photos showcased Kate's personal memories form her second royal tour, and included this memorable shot of an orangutan.


Another milestone for a member of the Royal family is their first official portrait. There's an enormous amount of planning and thought in terms of selecting the right artist and how one wishes to present oneself for a portrait that will be looked back on for generations. Kate was very much involved in the selection process for hers, choosing artist Paul Emsley.


Kate attended two sittings for the portrait, in May 2012 and June 2012 at the artist's studio and Kensington Palace respectively. The Duchess wore a bottle-green pussybow blouse by French Connection and Diana's sapphire and diamond earrings. Emsley made use of a series of photographs produced during the sittings. After three and a half months painting, the portrait was presented to the National Portrait Gallery's trustees at their November 2012 meeting.


The portrait garnered mixed reviews with many feeling it made the Duchess look older whilst others were disappointed with the informality of it. The Duchess had considerable input throughout the whole process stipulating she wanted to be "portrayed naturally" as her "natural self rather than her official self". I've always thought the quote to be of the most interesting and insightful we've seen about Kate. As a member of the Royal family we hear very little from Kate, and we've yet to see much in terms of interviews. So it was incredibly interesting to hear her views and her wish to have her private self rather than her official self portrayed. Paul Emsley added: "She struck me as an enormously open and generous and a very warm person. After initially feeling it would be an unsmiling portrait I think it was the right choice in the end to have her smiling - that is really who she is."

The Duchess added a creative touch to a mural at the Goring Hotel - where she spent the night before her wedding - to mark the hotel's 150th birthday.


We know the Duchess is a keen photographer, but how does she feel about being on the other side of the lens? As one of the most photographed women in the world HRH is used to the glare of the camera. Kate has been asked to do a shoot for countless publications and British Vogue was no exception. I think we were all quite surprised when the Duchess was unveiled as British Vogue's centenary issue cover star in June 2016.


Kate's patronage the National Portrait Gallery collaborated with the magazine on the series of portraits of the Duchess, shot by photographer Josh Olins at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk countryside in January, and styled by Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers. The Duchess used professional make-up artist Sally Branka, who persuaded her to forego her usual black eyeliner in favour of a fresher look.


Much like Kate's portrait, we saw a very informal Kate which was something she wanted. Vogue reported: "Having participated in choosing not only the clothes worn in the shoot and the locations used as a backdrop, but also the photographer who captured the images, the Duchess was pleased with the resulting feeling of informality in the final shots." Kensington Palace said: "The Duchess had never taken part in a photography shoot like this before. She hopes that people appreciate the portraits with the sense of relaxed fun with which they were taken." Kate worked closely with Josh Olins to convey a casual look opting to eschew a glamorous photo shoot at the Palace with gowns and jewels in favour of an outdoorsy spread at Anmer Hall, with her favourite stripey tops and jeans. Again, this is another stellar example of Kate using art to convey a message.


The Duchess viewing the photos at the National Portrait Gallery.


I think we'll all agree it's been wonderful to see Kate's photos of George and Charlotte. The Duchess has elected to take many of the official photos of her children, and much like her own portrait, it offers an informal, relaxed look at the little Prince and Princess growing up. The children are much more relaxed being photographed by their mother at home.


A couple of my favourites include Prince George's first day of school. What parent doesn't have snaps identical to this one in their photo album?


And from Princess Charlotte's adorable first birthday photographs, I love this shot of Charlotte looking at her mum. No doubt many of Kate's photos of the children take pride of place at Anmer Hall and Kensnington Palace.


The arts continue to play a strong part in Kate's public role. On her first official overseas visit to the Netherlands the itinerary was planned around a visit to the Mauritshuis art museum in the Hague for the exhibition, 'At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection'. Kate was particularly interested in 'Girl with a pearl earring' by Johannes Vermeer.


It's been most enjoyable and interesting to take a look at the role art has played in Kate's life and how it has influenced her through the years. It plays an important role in her public life and I imagine will continue to do so throughout her life. On a personal level, it remains a much-loved interest, with a royal source noting: "Photography is a great passion for the Duchess and she continues to pursue it avidly. It is a real release for her and she takes her work very seriously." There is still talk of Kate staging an exhibition in aid of one of her patronages; I very much hope to see her do that one day. In the meantime, we continue to see Kate "speak" through artistic works, portraits and photographs; telling us that, while she's proud to be a member of the Royal family, she is, in her own words during a pre-wedding engagement in Belfast, "still very much Kate".

142 comments:

  1. A fascinating post -- thank you so much. Brilliantly put together!

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    1. Very sweet article Charllote. Insightful.

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    2. I agree! Great read. I hope Kate shows her work someday. If not, her work could be published in a book with proceeds going to her charities. I would buy it!

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    3. Charlotte, this is a very well written post with lots of lovely pictures and insightful information. Thank You for this lovely post!XOXO

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    4. It's hard to put your work out there for public consumption. I remember when Kate released the SE Asia photos I felt badly for her as there were a lot of "meh" remarks about her skills. So what if she's not a world class photographer. If she enjoys it and gets fulfillment from it, that's what counts. And even better that she could use it to raise money for a good cause.

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  2. Sarah Maryland USA19 November 2016 at 02:55

    This was a very interesting post! Although I am not a huge art fan myself I can appreciate Kate's passion. The only time I willingly went to look at art was when I was in Paris and went to see the Mona Lisa. I figured if I was in Paris and didn't see it it would be almost like committing a crime
    I am completely unartistic but my sister, like Kate, is a keen photographer and I have many of her photos displayed at my place

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    1. When I first saw the Mona Lisa I was underwhelmed. You likely were also. It is so small, that except for the usual crowd around it, one might walk right by and not even notice it. If you go to Paris again, go to the d'Orsay. Most people like the art of the Impressionists.

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    2. Sarah Maryland USA21 November 2016 at 04:24

      I was totally underwhelmed! I pictured it to be much larger than it actually was! as soon as I saw it I was like "this is it? All this fuss over this little painting?" Lol

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    3. There are SO many more beautiful and significant paintings. I have no idea why that painting has been so lauded unless there were/are political situations we don't know about.

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    4. That's how I felt when I saw Stonehenge. My inner Druid priestess was all googly over going and thought she'd be surrounded by mystery and it was just a bunch of rocks. I've been trying to talk her into seeing some of the other henges, and she's not enthusiastic.

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    5. Are you becoming "un-henged," bluhare? :+)

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    6. I agree - both Mona Lisa and Stonehenge are smaller than expected, Mona Lisa is rather plain, and Stonehenge sits on unexpectedly slanted ground. There is a portrait of a Lady with an Ermine that is much more beautiful than Mona Lisa. I am intrigued by the henges, though, because they are so mysterious. I don't think their nature has yet been guessed at.

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    7. I think that has been studied and now understood. The are many documentaries on Stonehenge, on further archeological digs and infrared scanning locally and from space, and computer analysis. They know quite a lot about that now.

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  3. This is lovely,Charlotte. Thank you!

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  4. Alejandra Ramirez19 November 2016 at 05:03

    Excellent post! So many insights and points of view!
    Mega Congratulations! :)

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  5. Fascinating. I had not realized that Kate had been accepted to two Universities before her Gap year and must have applied to St Andrews while on her break. I am assuming Edinburgh University is the same as University of Edinburgh. Does anyone on this list know the relative prestige of the three different schools? My quick search shows U of Edinburgh being much higher ranked than the other two schools?

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  6. My favourite post of yours Charlotte. Thank you! Really interesting. I found it a little poignant that Catherine changed directions when she started working for the family business. Sounds like she was on the brink of a successful career path. Lovely to see how she has incorporated her passion into her charitable works.
    Cara, Australia

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    1. She has a successful career, and art is part of her career.

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    2. Yes, quite right! I should have specified 'a different kind of successful career path' and one I was unaware of until Charlotte's lovely and detailed post. Cara, Australia

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    3. No problem Cara. Thanks.

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  7. Loving Art is like Loving Nature & its so amazing to know that Kate also admires Art & has a passion for it..Thank u so much Charlotte for this beautiful post

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  8. Thank you so much Charlotte, for your great work and the great information you put together. You can imagine how much I appreciate this post about art, being an art history teacher. Great indeed.

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    1. have you been to the Sistine Chapel, Paola?

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    2. Yes I did, Anon 17:14, why are you asking, did you go to see Michelangelo's large fresco? It is so huge, it makes really a lot of brushstrokes :)

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    3. No, I have yet to see it. I was just curious (and hopeful) that you had taken advantage of your location and had taken that in. It is definitely on my travel itinerary. Glad you got to see it.

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  9. Well thank you for such lovely im a big fan art too hmm i visit some the art galaries and we cant see that she has fashion for a photography she can freelance photographer loving snaps of on her second royal tour in Asia i heard some many news that they will renovate the buckingham palace

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  10. Great post. Really fascinating.

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  11. This is a lovely piece well done Charlotte! I don't think Kate ever flew to New York to meet Mario Testino. When the couple visited California a big deal was made about it being Kate's first visit to the USA. I also believe the same was said when W&K visited New York in 2014 that it was both their first visit to New York.

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  12. Thank you so much for this Charlotte! I enjoyed reading so many little-known (at least to me) tidbits about Kate and her life before the Palace. Yes, it seems she is "still Kate" and such a lovely person. It also inspires me to continue, at 65, my interests in photography. I hope she will continue to share herself and her passions through any medium. A note on the Art Room--as a substitute teacher here in rural Arizona where money isn't allocated in schools for Art, I wish we had the Art Room. We have so many children who could benefit it from it.

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    1. sweet comments, Valerie.

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  13. Beautiful post, thank you Charlotte!

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  14. This post is an example of why I love reading this blog! Positive, well written, excellent details, and insightful. Thank you Charlotte!❤️

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    1. Well said Shirley... I thoroughly agree with all your comments. Thank you Charlotte

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    2. That it is Shirley. It is the very best.

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  15. Wonderful post. I hope that the Duchess has an exhibition of her photos one day. That would be awesome.

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    1. "E news" has published some comments about his children, Kate, and their marriage that William made while in Vietnam. More insight. yay.

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  16. Charlotte-"Kate loves-arts" is also the header for another blog story. I haven't read it
    yet (I don't want to give it attention it doesn't deserve)-this sounds strange and a
    little weird to make an issue, but I'm fairly certain your blog was published before that one.
    If it is a copy-cat, what can you do? Your presentation looks like you put a great deal of time and effort into it.
    Perhaps you write the other blog as well?

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    1. Hello,

      Unfortunately, a number of sites 'swipe content' from blogs. I've had issues with three in particular. I've tried to contact the owners of these sites to no avail. Thank you very much for letting me know :)

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    2. Charlotte, can you copyright the blog or contents of the blog? Your blog is the platinum standard. I pray you find a way to protect all your excellent hard work. Your husband can help you find protection, yes?

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    3. I think it is actionable.anon 15:32

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  17. Quite right--Danish Queen Margrethe has been an active participant in the arts, why not The Duchess of Cambridge?

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    1. Julia from Leominster20 November 2016 at 12:33

      Margrethe is wonderfully talented in decoupage - some of her work is just amazing and she has also done theatre design. Truly an artistic royal.

      Charles also paints pleasing if not exceptional watercolours and sells reproductions to support his various causes. Kate could do the same with her photographs.

      Quite honestly, I was always surprised Kate didn't go to work for a gallery or an auction house during her years of free time. It would have seemed a natural fit.

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    2. She couldn't find the time probably back in those days, she could hardly work, let alone take up a new hobby or a charity. As well all know, she needed the time to serve one's person best interest, her future hubby.

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    3. Julia,
      I think she had no choice but to work for her parents at that time. She was being hounded by the press, co-workers were being questioned and the media was always camped outside her door. I maintain that I believe that it was William's idea that she have a work situation whereby he could see her at his discretion, and also not be as hounded by the media.

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    4. It may have been a natural fit, Julia, but there would have been issues over the use of her royal connection. I recall the fuss over Princess themed items for a children's party being offered by Party Pieces. Nothing new or remarkable about the theme, but because it was KATE's family, there was a lot of unfair criticism over it.

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    5. "Free time?"
      You were surprised because you were aware at the time of her artistic talent and interests?
      I think Charlotte explained what was going on during those years, as well as other sources.Depends on what sources you read and their basic political/social
      stance, I suppose.

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    6. So what if there would be unfair criticism over it royalfan? There is a lot of criticism over Kate's choices today but that does not stop her from doing what she wants because she believes it to be correct. Kate has always had been true to what she wants. If she had thought it would be the right thing to do Kate would have done it.
      My belief that William asked her explicitly not to work. And Kate gave in, as besotted as she was with him. There was one quote during the 2007 charity rowing saga when one of the girls in her boat said "Kate has always put William first and this is the first time she is doing something for herself". Well, we know how that ended.
      I think that William was Kate's first love. We all know how passionate one's first love is, and she was head over heels with him and she sort of lost herself in the relationship. She herself has confessed as much during the engagement interview. She let go of her own interests and any prospect of an independent identity. I don't know whether she regrets it or not.

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    7. Julia from Leominster21 November 2016 at 10:15

      From the start of our knowledge of her, we were made aware of Kate's connections to art; that she had spent part of her gap year in Florence, read art history at university where she achieved a respectable degree and that she had encouraged William with an interest in art history when he faltered at university. We observed her dabbling with the photography project (and yes, that term is being used here with thought since she did not carry on with it as expected.) So those of us who followed royals did know about her interest in art.

      There would always be a risk that Kate would have been accused of using royal influence to obtain a post, but if she was talented and keen that could have been answered. It didn't stop her from taking on the the project she did. That sort of job is one so often linked with influence that few eyebrows would have been raised - certainly no more than the questions raised about her working for her family when she was so often photographed in London.

      I will go so far as to say, while as with so many others, I was caught up with the excitement of the engagement and first year; before the marriage, I felt unease that Kate didn't take on some type of work connected with her degree - that she seemed to be marking time, quite a long time actually. I was pleased to see her get back together with William, but would have liked to see them apart longer, so that Kate might have focused her goals outside an expected marriage more and perhaps found a suitable post using her art history or photography background. Because today a royal wife is expected to function as a professional woman, not just a partner to her husband.
      During the time she was working for her parents, Kate was hardly hidden away. She was photographed repeatedly, shopping, partying, clubbing, holidaying, showing she had ample free time at her disposal. I have never understood why a photograph of her going into work - say, at a galley and auction house or photography studio, and leaving at the end of a working day would somehow be more burdensome, than pictures of her exiting clubs and parties and on London shopping sprees. I also don't believe that there weren't galleries and auction houses who would have been happy to have her, especially with the talents enumerated here.

      I think Anett does have the answer - Kate made William her work project and any job would conflict with being at his beck and call. What her real calling would have been is unknown and always will be - Kate has given conflicting remarks - saying at one point she would have liked to have been a teacher, and more recently that she thought country life was to her taste. She has never suggested she had any specific goals when it came to using her degree.

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    8. FWIW I have plenty of friends who spent many years after college exploring their work options, into their early 30's and even then sometimes changing directions after 4 or 5 years. Also some of us decided being a full time wife and mother is where we wanted our energies to go and did not need to work so did that for our career. Most of my family did not pursue work related to our college degrees. She may have loved studying art history and doing some photography but realized she did not want a career in it. My passion is my family, I have done work I enjoyed but none of it has come close to the joy of being a full time parent. That is my passion and it does not make me one dimensional. I have a Masters degree and am fully involved in all sorts of activities but do not pursue a career outside of my "family career". That is my "calling".

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    9. I think William made Kate his "work project" not the other way around.

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    10. "Kate made William her work project"
      So nicely put Julia. I was thinking about the same question as Anon 21.47, whether she regrets giving up herself for all this.
      I am also with you about the early excitement of their engagement. Back then it was a fairy tale, nowadays I am so sure anymore.

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    11. Kate really did the same as other spouses marrying into the royal family. Phillip gave up his career and so did Sophie. The only difference is the timing of the relationships. Phillip and Sophie already had careers and Kate met William before she could start her career. All three are talented individuals and their choice seems to have been good for their marriages. Kate's career decisions are pointless historically, as history will show her as the wife and mother of future kings and maybe queen. We may criticize, praise, speculate and profess to have extreme knowledge of Kate's goals and aspirations before and after her marriage, but really we know nothing.

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    12. If Kate made William "her work project" she did so at his request.

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    13. Well, we will never know. But it's not unusual to not know what you want to do. Maybe Kate wanted to be a teacher, working with art, like country life etc. Most people in their early/mid twenties are just trying around. Many go to a collage education that they think they might like. Alot change direction during or after. Many people don't work in what they studied. It's called life. Someone here and there might know they want to be a doctor from age eight, but that is the exception.

      I think this is what happened. Kate was trying out jobs and finding what sshe likes until 2007. After the breakup, there is rumored that they got kind of pre-engaged, or rather decided that they were going to get engaged when William was done with his military studies. This theory to me have always sounded very legit, because alot of changes in Kate's life was done after that time. Maybe she was in a sort of crossroads at that point. Should she pursue these gallery options and try to form a career, or not. And William seem to have been rather flip-floppy up to that point. But after getting to the point where they were kind of engaged, moving in together more etc, that was the time when she worked at the family firm. To me, it seems like she then decided that she would not try to start pursuing a career when she knew that within a few years she was going to have to give it up. She still took some course and worked so it wasn't like she would have been hung out to dry if they hadn't gotten married, but I can understand the point of not trying to form a career if you know you're not going to stay on that path.

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    14. Just curious Anett. do you have children? toddlers?

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    15. First, we don't know what Kate did while working at Party Pieces. Second, both W&K were fully aware that Kate's life would never be the same once she married into the RF so, if she was able to follow her heart for a few years out of a lifetime, good for her.

      And for all the complaints I've read over the years about how Mike and Carole enabled her to be with William, well, if other parents were given the same opportunity, I think it would be the equivalent of a department store opening its doors on Black Friday. Look out!

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    16. Kate didn't have a career. She had a few jobs -- one of which she got after the Queen was said to muse she should get one. But she only worked part time, and then quit, because she wanted to be at William's beck and call. Not the actions of someone who is career driven. More the actions of someone who wanted to make sure she didn't lose her man.

      No one is saying that being a wife and mother is one dimensional. The only person who can decide what it means to her is the actual wife and mother. But let's not say Kate had a career. She didn't, unless you count waiting for William as one.

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    17. Thank you, 17:39. You described my life as well as your own, in some detail. I have often thought of the birth order expert who said that oldest born women are the great nesters of the world, while their next younger sisters tend to be professionals and entrepreneurs. Kate fits into that pattern. She may well have made the choice that suited her character best, without in any way giving up her various interests.

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    18. I think Kate certainly had a career before and she certainly has one now. Rebecca, I really liked your synopsis on Kate's years before the marriage.

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    19. HalleluYah 17:39. Great clarity on careers and full time parenting. The militant careerists will not even understand your perspectives, but I do.

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    20. Rebecca, I do agree with your take on it. I have always believed that W&K discussed and had an understanding about the future long before their engagement in 2010. The unwillingness to consider this is just another way of dismissing Kate and her significance in William's life.

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    21. I agree with what you said above, RF and Rebecca. Very much.

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    22. "First, we don't know what Kate did while working at Party Pieces."

      Well, we know it wasn't photographing for the catalogue, as told. The photos were all credited, and it was not Kate's name.
      Pippa certainly didn't know what her sister did for the company either. When asked, she ummed and erred and changed the subject.

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    23. I would ummm and err too if I was respecting and protecting my sister's privacy while not wanting to be rude. It was a no win scenario. It was Kate's business;nothing to defend or explain IMO.

      And may I suggest that there's a lot more to running a successful business like PP than taking photos

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      She did take a digital imaging class to learn how to help with the catalogs. And we don't know that she didn't assist their primary photographer and not get mentioned so as to not hurt their tenured employee's feelings. why surmise the worst?

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    25. Really. I agree RF, and 17:13.

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    26. Stephanie-what was the stated purpose of the interview? Was it one of those she gave to promote one of her charity efforts? (bike race, for example) If so, a
      question about her sister was completely inappropriate. Some interviewees have walked off sets for such tactics.

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  18. Charlotte,
    Thank you. You have consistently provided excellent coverage of Kate over the past gives years, earning yours the title, The Bentley of Blogs". Today's coverage, I think, is my favorite of all so far. Number one, because I love art. Number two because through your narratives and photos often supported by her words and supported by her choices you show that Kate "is still very much Kate" and provide more insight as to who that Kate is. I have been following Kate for years and a lot of this information and a lot of the photos are new to me. And this is all very important stuff. So happy you got those photos from Angela Halpin. Don't know how you did that, but thanks. Kate surely did not look like she had just lost the love of her life in the photos immediately after the break up. Strong lady. Very, very insightful piece Charlotte. Excellent. Thank you.

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  19. Looks like Gemma perhaps has picked up some inspiration from the Hubble telescope photos. That is what her painting reminded me of right away.

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    1. The Hubble telescope has taken some spectacular photos and that does remind me of some of them.
      Watched a very good documentary on the Hubble telescope. It has quite a dramatic history. 28 astronauts, so far, at very times, have shuttled up to do repairs and updates on the Hubble. (and they didn't even get dizzy either, or perhaps they didn't look down. lol)

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  20. Gemma and Carole look a lot alike. Like sisters.

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    1. Don't they? I thought the same thing. Lovely post Charlotte. Always love seeing those pictures of George and Charlotte.

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  21. I love Kate's choice of the backdrop in George's first day at school. very artfully done.

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  22. Many thanks for your very kind comments, I hope you're all having a great weekend!

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    1. Kate also continues her art in her sartorial choices with her "Kate things". We have all noticed her eye for detail, as the photographer mentioned, even in her clothing choices. And, again, given this new information here today, I am reminded of her beautiful and detailed wedding cake design and how she did an exhibition of that artwork in the portrait gallery.

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  23. Thank you so much for this fantastic post! Extremely interesting& insightful. Isn't it eloquent that the subject of her dissertation was connected with childhood? Many readers of this blog have noted that she is in her element among children. I hope that she will be able to develop her devotion to photography, both in and outside her family, "finding and losing herself" in this sphere of art. And I believe her patronage of Art Room is also very important as it is closely related to the topic of mental health.

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  24. P.S. This is actually my very first comment on any blog ever. I have been reading ever since HRH Catherine's first tour of Canada, when my interest in her was first sparked, and when I fell in love with your blog as it is paramount to all others. Thank you again for this lovely distraction in times of such uncertainty! --Lyla <3

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    1. It is "paramount to all others". nicely put.

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  25. Actually, it may have been at the time of the release of Charlotte's Christening photos (also taken by Testino) that I saw one of the Royal reporters post that the rumours about their collaboration were inaccurate. I know I can't be the only person who follows their tweets on this blog. Maybe someone else on here recalls? I also realize that there are varying levels of accuracy associated with different reporters. --Lyla

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  26. Thank you so much for this greatly researched and well written post! As always! What is so great with these Kate Loves posts is that they serve as a kind of overview.

    Art must be a great outlet for her, and nowdays she's painting at home and with the kids.

    I would love her to do an exhibition or sell some pictures for charities. Maybe even pictures of the royal family. I would love a picture of William natural or something.

    Speaking of art, while I love and see why Kate have choosen natural portraits (both painted and photographed) so far, I would love a full on regal gown and tiara painting of her (and William?). It would just be so great! One day...

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    1. I also think it isn't premature for a beautiful oil painting of Kate in a gown and tiara. The one of Eugenie in that beautiful gown in their estate home was very, very nicely done. Something like that would be good, although I would prefer an even more formal one. She is young and beautiful. Why wait?

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    2. She knows her place and stays firmly planted within its boundaries, Rebecca.
      Only way to survive the BRF, or any family, for that matter. Don't step on toes.
      I can't imagine what reaction a magazine spread such as Princess Eugenie's recent coverage-complete with formal gown-would elicit from several of the more royal-status conscious members. I suspect one of the most vocal voices of outrage would
      be one who claims the least pretensions.
      I, too, await her time as Princess of Wales, with all the attendant tiaras and
      ballgowns.I selfishly wish that time would come sooner, rather than later. If only
      we could see it without the loss of HMTQ.

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    3. Julia from Leominster21 November 2016 at 16:06

      I do tend to think that Kate is wise not to pose in a gown and tiara until she is more fully involved in royal life - as much as I would like to see it. When she is regularly attending state banquets, (hopefully soon) that would be the natural time. It is an extremely delicate balance between looking too royal and not royal enough. The latter can be as much a problem as the former - there's no point in a royal family if they are too ordinary.
      I do feel it is the public not the palace, that should be her main concern and the concern of every royal. These are tricky times - the 'not my prince' business with Harry in the Caribbean concerns me, although I hope it comes to naught, because ideas like that can snowball. Royal support at this time, remains fairly strong but it is no time to be complacent - The most important task should be for every royal to show a dedication to royal work and duty - be seen as active as possible.

      The best way to keep family tensions from reaching the crisis point is to do what is best for the family as a whole - even if some toes get stepped on. A family under threat or strain is never a happy family. I think that is why Charles is making decisions that might not be the queen's (although he certainly did his share to damage the institution by marrying Camilla.)
      Kate should think very much of her children's future; making sure they don't grow up in royal life constantly having to defend their position or even finding it at risk - that they should inherit as strong and as popular institution as the times will allow. What better gift for the future can a child be offered.

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    4. Yeah, I know I know, and I agree with you guys. But a girl can dream :P

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    5. I think the time will come for these types of portraits. I agree Julia that when she becomes a full time royal would be more appropriate than now. She doesn't really do that many gown/tiara events at present so it seems a bit out of place to see her in this way.

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    6. Julia 16:06- there are some who view Charles' toe-stepping as self-serving, rather than family-oriented- both among the RF and the public (and on this blog, I might add)

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    7. "Full time royal" is not a term used by the BRF. There are "senior royals," which
      includes William and Catherine now and does not necessarily relate to how many events the royal's spouse attends. Anne would be a senior royal if her husband did no engagements at all.One is either a royal or not. You can't be a royal part-time.
      The Cambridges will continue to attend State events as required and
      at the invitation of the Queen.
      A formal portrait, if it depicts Catherine as lovely as she is, would be a welcomed and significant step and is unlikely to happen before she is Princess of Wales, as I stated earlier. I hope I am wrong.
      I do think that photo of her in the gorgeous, brilliant blue gown in India
      comes close, although-no tiara

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  27. Thank you Charlotte for a very interesting and enlightening post. Thoroughly enjoyable. Certainly gives substance to the Duchess and I hope she will have the time to continue to pursue her interests as a counterbalance to the intrusive public life she has.

    I am very sorry that other bloggers have seen fit to steal your intellectual property. Stealing is stealing whether it be physical property or illegal downloads on the internet. It is all wrong and we should all of us call it out. One of the photographers tweeted that some of his images had been used without payment or acknowlegement. Perhaps it was the same people.

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    1. The DM stole what I researched and wrote about Pippa's fiance, James, being near her side for 10 years prior to the engagement. That was so surprising to me.
      Charlotte, what recourses do you have to protect your work?

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    2. The DM has taken many of our praises and criticisms of Catherine and published them as their own opinions many many times. There have been many times one of us has said something novel - an opinion, usually. And then three weeks later one of the DM columnists echoes that in his or her own words. They constantly follow this blog, I just wish they would give Charlotte credit.

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    3. The Royal Jewels forum has often had research stolen. It is a problem the Internet has exacerbated, though of course it did not start with the ability to communicate so quickly and widely. I hope copyright laws and enforcement will eventually catch up with our amazing ability to share knowledge.

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    4. Very interesting input! Another level of it is certain media outlets using a couple of opinions expressed on Twitter as "royal sources" in the fabrication of stories. This has been particularly evident lately with Harry's new romance. I'm sorry to hear comments and opinions expressed here have fallen prey to this practice too.

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    5. Yeah, I've seen a discussion on a forum show up in an article almost word for word and cited as "sources close to the family"...

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    6. I believe the media and Kensington Palace follow this blog. If I were a journalist, I know I would. Although I would not plagiarize.

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    7. It's cyclical: a remark, opinion only and unsubstantiated is lifted from a blog or twitter,printed in a tabloid as fact from "royal sources" and subsequently quoted as fact in another (or the same blog comment section). This happens over and over. The stories get more detailed
      and more unfavorable as the process continues. Eventually, the story is picked up by other outlets. The appearance of the gossip in multiple sources provides readers with "proof" of authenticity of -the same
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  28. What a super blog so well put together and it has made me realise just how much Kate appreciates Art. I very much hope that at some time in the future she considers her photographs good enough for an exhibition in aid of one of her charities judging from the photographs she has shown of her children she is a very talented photographer and having a hobby of this nature will help her unwind from more serious aspects of her life. Both William & Harry are able to raise a lot of money for some of their charities through playing polo I expect Kate must wish there is more she could do for hers. William also has a considerable input into these big black tie fundraising events for Centre point, Tusk & Royal Marsden he is a stronger personality than Kate and gets the support. I notice that the Each Nook appeal appears to be struggling to raise the money for a new hospice they only have just over two and a half million towards ten million after nearly 3 years and have recently appointed a new fundraiser.
    Speaking of William the BBC showed a clip from his Talk Show chat where he talks of his family and his own problems with dealing with becoming a husband & father, it is the first time I had seen it and I cannot help but feel that Kate must have quite a hard time at home coping with William's mood swings. I think he has inherited rather too much of the emotional side of Diana's character we have seen William's emotional reaction on a number of occasions one which comes to mind is his reaction boarding a plane when in Malaya following the news of Kate's nude photographs looking absolutely furious fists clenched while Kate quietly calmed him down. I do also feel that William is a little too familiar with members of the public especially when on solo visits his closeness with the local community in Hanoi city on the first day was rather too much for someone in his position and the talk chat interview was also rather too personal I think he has now become too familiar with people to my mind I think Kate has got the approach just right since she has relaxed more and one sees a little more of the real Kate.
    I look forward to seeing Kate in a couple of days time & seeing photos of Harry in the Caribbean during the next two weeks

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    1. I like warmth and openess, and I appreciate William but I agree Mary, a first visit, and a diplomatic one at that, is not the time to get that personal. It isn't a counseling session. Starting a campaign on let's talk about mental health is excellent but their are still some social parameters that need to be respected. I hope William is okay.

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    2. I expect William was responding to the interviewer's questions. What he said was honest and rather sweet, and not really new - he has said much the same things previously. He has also commented about the emotional effects of his ambulance work. I am glad that he gives Kate credit for motivating him to accept adult transitions. Some of the above pictures are reminders that she has assumed that role ever since university. Obviously she is a steady and loving influence, even though she has no doubt had her own moments of uncertainty. Kate's has a long range viewpoint and assured grasp of what is important. William is a bit more mercurial and perhaps tends to be a loner. But he also likes people and apparently sees his role in more personal terms than the older members of his family. I think those traits will determine his mission in life, and I think Kate, like consorts before her, will keep the monarch in touch with the people.

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    3. Nicole from France21 November 2016 at 14:33

      thank you Charlotte for the way you find interesting subjects while Kate is not "on duty", so that we still have things to read and appreciate and comment !
      I must say I have been quite stunned by what I read about William's statements about beeing married and beeing a father .... it does not sound at all like love and hapiness, but rather like somebody having enroled in a function he did not really want ..... nothing like the youg father he is , I have met some who are at the same time extatic and really nervous but always talking about their happiness and joy , not a word of love for Katherine, just that she is a very good support, well I understand now why she looks so tired wometimes, if she has to deal with that ! that makes me think of Charles while beeing engaged, answering to a question by saying (approximately) that he did not really know what was love but yes you could say he was in love .....I do not really understand William's decision to keep his family completely out of sight most of the time while saying things such as Malaya .....

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    4. Nicole from France21 November 2016 at 14:34

      sorry I did not mean Malaya but Hanoi !

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    5. Just saw a video of William's interview and have to say I didn't come away with quite the same emotional take. In fact, the spin over here in the states was more upbeat and the comments were seen as even though he is a Prince, he has everyday problems like everybody else. I think the problem is with his use of the word "struggled" rather than saying he had to "adjust" to life with children. The comments were very positive otherwise and he said "Catharine was an amazing mother and a fantastic wife"! Did not take his comments as having shared some deep emotional or personal problem but rather a candid comment that gives some honest insight to him as a person and actually makes him more relatable IMHO. Also the comments were brief and need to be taken in context to the entire interview, which was about the diplomatic visit. I am sure it is hard for him to find a balance in what he can or cannot say, or when to say it, and agree that there are some social parameters that need to be considered. But with that being said, for the most part William does an excellent job and I for one would not like to see him lose his warmth and openess...its part of who he is and what he brings to the monarchy. cc

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    6. 0515, very nicely said. I think you are right about all that you said.

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    7. I think that Kate and William's relationship has always been about William. They are both focussed on William. Over the years there have been comments by Catherine - about putting William first, about William being in control, about being consumed by the relationship etc. that suggest that she is the giver in the relationship. Some people are happy in such relationships and I think that they are happy together. William just likes to whinge a bit from time to time.

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    8. I find that William being open and honest is a credit to his character and support of their mental health work. Haven't we seen both of them encouraging people to talk about their feelings and not being ashamed of them, hiding them from everyone?

      I am sure quite a few people struggle giving up their previous lives when they get married because it is a big transition. Then on top of that, having two small children and becoming a father/dad is another big transition. To quite a US Celebrity, Steve Harvey, any man can be a father, it takes a special individual to be a dad. I think William does this quite nicely. I hope that if someone is out there struggling with it that they find comfort that they are not alone. I think sometimes it's too easy to feel disengaged from the marriage/family if everything is not roses all the time which can lead to break up and divorce.

      I disagree that William didn't say anything loving about Kate. He said something like she is a wonderful mother and a fantastic wife. You can tell that they are very much in love with each out and this is a great comment about how he feels. I would be very happy if my husband told the world I was a fantastic wife. His comments don't have to be what you find in a greeting card to show a love for his family. He may chose to express his love in a different, more private ways. There are many different love language for people; speech, touch, love through actions, etc.

      Kate and William are a good compliment to each other. Her the steady influence, him the more explosive of the two with his feelings. My husband and I are like that as well. We have a good partnership and marriage because of our differences.

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    9. Nicole 14:33-...The BRF tends to not comment about personal feelings toward spouses. QEII has on several rare, historic moments (a significant anniversary, for example) acknowledged Phillip as a helpful companion, without a reference to love. There is Edward VIII's famous speech upon abdication-as though he had to wait until he was no longer king to openly speak of his love for WWS.
      I don't remember Anne ever speaking publicly of love or even affection for her husband; certainly not in an interview while in a foreign country. I recall Sophie speaking with affection of the Queen, but not of her husband.
      It is just not done casually.
      William is constantly criticised for his relationship with the press. He may feel pressure to reveal or speak of some family life (the children) as a way
      to appear spontaneous or forth-coming.He doesn't seem to have achieved that
      balance between too much and too little.

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    10. I agree with your comments 05:15. Kate's a great gal. William is truly blessed to have found her.

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    11. very nicely explained 20:48. I agree that William is trying to find that balance with the media. It is still a work in process. Perhaps with all the work he has been doing with talking about mental health, he somehow thought his comments would be appropriate. He will get it right. I think every parent can certainly relate. We love, love, love our children but infants and toddlers can test even the strongest among us. Just try taking them shopping, to the grocery store, etc. :)

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    12. Thank you, 18:04 and 20:53.

      Correction: Kate has. . .

      05:15

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    13. I have just listened to the interview Prince William gave as opposed to reading about what others have reported, interpreted and commented etc.

      Many males struggle with the transition into marriage and fatherhood and the resultant loss of freedom and big increase in responsibility. It was good to hear that articulated and to hear the respect and admiration for Catherine in her role as wife and mother. We often see comments that the royals don't reveal enough of their thoughts etc and then when they do they are criticised for the comments. Definitely a non win situation.

      I found the comments about the simpler life interesting. Perhaps one of the strongest statements of where William sees his stewardship of the monarchy heading and I doubt that it will be to live in Buckingham Palace . I can see Buckingham Palace becoming the place for official functions, like visits of Heads of State, a place for tourists to visit and view the architecture, art and the many collections that have been part of the life work of successive generations of the Royal Family but not the family home of the monarch. It is probably a timely transition, buildings like that belong to another age and if the monarchy is to survive it must be in step with its own time and peoples. So for the people calling for the Palace to be open all year round in exchange for the repairs their wish may well be granted. I don't see the money being spent as a donation to Royalty but as the preservation of buildings of historic importance. Surely if the Russians could keep their historic buildings and contents intact through nearly a century of turbulence we in Britain can preserve ours.

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    14. anon 22:24- Thank-you. I agree with your idea that his remarks could be an outgrowth of his shared work with children's and young adults'mental health issues. It may also be a case of the teacher learning with his pupils in that he may be
      practicing what he teaches, so to speak. He has had a lot to learn and absorb, between his royal duties, charities, and air ambulance work. anon 20:48

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    15. "Donation to royalty..." there's a republican statement if there ever was one.ha!
      Wise words and very well-written,alimai 11:52

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    16. I agree Julie from NC. very nicely put.

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  29. Thank you for a very informative and respectful piece. I admire Kate immensely, she is intelligent, compassionate and fun loving. She is a wonderful role model for girls and women. I'm 37 years old and have a son and daughter the same ages George and Charlotte, and I feel so grateful that they will grow up with W and K as I did with Princess Diana and the boys

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  30. Thanks for the new Kate loves! On the night of the election, I asked if you could write a new one bc I needed a good distraction and you came through! Kate Loves are my favorites posts from you! I learned some new things about Kate, which is always awesome. It would also be awesome of she did have another art show, it would really show a whole new side towards her! Or at least parts of her private life.

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  31. This may be a duplicate. Of the three Universities, which in the UK would be considered the most prestigious? I would have assumed Edinburgh when you listed her 3 choices, but maybe not in Art History?

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    1. From what I've heard, Edinburgh is the generally more prestigious but that St Adrews is known for Art History.

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    2. Thank you Rebecca.
      Ali

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    3. thanks Rebecca. There goes the theory that she changed enrollment to be near William. My guess is it was the curriculum not some highly unlikely marriage to William. There were a lot her friends from Marlborough at St. Andrews also. There were also lots of aristocratic bachelors at Edinburgh. I think she enrolled at St. Andrews for the curriculum, not William. That they were both put in the same dorm with rooms close to each other and that William took Art History at the same time as Kate are all coincidences. And divine providence, in my opinion.

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  32. Thank you so much for this fantastic post! So interesting and insightful. Isn't it eloquent that the subject of Kate's dissertation was connected with childhood? Many readers of this blog have noted how she is in her element among children. I suppose that being the oldest of 3, she has always been good with kids. I hope she can develop her dedication to photography and other forms of art so that she can keep "finding and losing herself" throughout her life.

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  33. Thank you Charlotte for a very well written and informative post. I really enjoyed learning about Kate's love for the arts. It would be great if she had the courage to share with the public an exhibition of her work in aid of one of her patronages.
    Charlotte beside art, Kate also loves sports. Could you do a similar post with Kate's love for sports?

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  34. Charlotte, was there a reason my first comment was not published?--Lyla

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      It was published. It's under Zora from Prague's comment :)

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    2. The comment published under Zora from Parague's comment is the post script to my original comment. I will try posting the comment again.

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  35. I love when I read one of your posts and learn something I don't know about Catherine. Thank you!

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  36. Or Kate Loves Children; Kate Loves Family; Kate Loves Fashion Diplomacy...
    She rarely actually plays sports herself. She mostly uses sports as part of charity work:
    yachting-associated organisation encouraging interest in boating to benefit a depressed area of a town, among other goals; polo-at charity sponsored events, watching William
    volunteer; tennis,football, sports competitions to promote national interests and
    organisations to assist athletes.
    The only sport I know of that she engaged in privately
    only was the swimming lessons for George. So yes- a Kate Loves Sports.

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  37. My original comment appears to have been eaten by cyber-goblins, so I will try to post it as best I can recollect. Hello Charlotte, I am a long time reader but first time poster. I love your blog and, both the detailed posts and that you allow such a diverse set of opinions to be voiced without allowing the comment section to descend into a swamp of hatred and vitriol. I cannot imagine how much hard work must go in to each post, and I especially appreciate that you take such care to explain insure the accuracy of the information you provide. I was curious to know what your source is for the information concerning Catherine's alleged time spent studying under Testino? My understanding was that these rumours had since proved false. I do not wish to be either a nuisance or contrarian, I would love for these rumours to turn out to be true! (1/2)

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      Your comments were very nice.

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  38. Thank you Charlotte for the wonderful post. I didn't realize how much I was missing a Kate Loves post until I read through this one. It is really fascinating to learn about her before I started following her after the wedding. I did feel a bit sad that that she seemed to give up so much of herself to be with William but clearly it has worked out. I do hope she is able to pursue her love of art more after the children are grown and they feel that they have stopped adding to the family. A Kate photography exhibit would be fantastic as a way to support the Art Room. But somehow I doubt she is ready to put herself out there like that.

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  39. Now that Meghan has finished the season's filming of
    Suits, will she be joining Harry in the Carribean? Maybe not on official stuff since he is the representing the Queen. Perhaps for the rest of the stuff? If so, that
    might indicate how close they are already.

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  40. It would be wonderful to see Kate "donate" some of her photographs to raise money for a charity where she is the patron. In a similar fashion to Diana auctioning off several of her gowns.

    It wouldn't surprise me in the least.

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  41. Thank you for another great blog post. There are many pictures I've never seen and I love to see how much Kate has changed physically over the years. It's amazing how much the dental work she has had done has made her even more attractive!

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  42. Brava! This is a new favorite post, Charlotte! Thank you for compiling it and for your careful attention to the history of Kate's interest in art. I had never seen some of these photographs! It's interesting to see the thread that art has woven throughout her life and in the various stages of her relationship with William. I expect we will see not only Kate's creative endeavors, but some from George and Charlotte as well as they follow in her artistic footsteps!

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  43. Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating. :)

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