Saturday, 18 March 2017

It's Red Carolina Herrera for Wales v France Rugby Match!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge concluded their two-day visit to Paris with an appearance at the Six Nations Rugby match between Wales and France.


Leaving the embassy where they stayed with the British Ambassador to France, Lord Llewelyn and his wife, the couple received a warm send off and flowers from local children.


The Duke and Duchess arriving at the Stade de France for the match.


It was reported the trip was actually planned around the rugby match with the Foreign Office asking Kensington Palace to plan a short visit. Today marks the first Wales match Prince William has attended since becoming Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.


William and Kate singing the Welsh National Anthem.


The Duke and Duchess enjoying the match.


Prince William chats with rugby union coach and former French secretary of sport Bernard Laporte.


It was an incredibly tense match which saw the game run into twenty minutes overtime before France clinched a victory scoring in the 100th minute.


The match ended with a final score of 20-18.


A great photo of Kate which no doubt captures one of the tense moments in the match.


Prince William was visibly disappointed.


The Telegraph reports: "It was the 100-minute match which finally consented to reach its conclusion. Wales were deservedly beaten in the game in which time stood still, in which 20 minutes injury time took place, which became so interminable that officials in Dublin were forced to delay the kick-off of Ireland versus England, the Six Nations finale which was supposed to end a full 20 minutes after the match in Paris had finished. France versus Wales in 2017, threatened never to end. But it did and for France it gave them rich hope of finishing runner-up the Championship table, their best placing in six years. For Wales, it killed the ambition of leapfrogging Ireland into fourth place in the rankings, before the World Cup draw in May."


The Duchess wore her red Carolina Herrera coat, first seen in Canada last year. The double-breasted red coat features a peter pan collar and is made of a double-faced wool and a cashmere mix blend. It retails for $1,915 and is only available in store.


The coat was a very good choice with red featuring in both the Welsh and French flags. Underneath Kate wore a turtleneck sweater and skirt (or perhaps one of her turtleneck dresses).


It is very much thought Kate's black ankle boots are the same pair she wore in New York in 2014.


 Kate's has had them for years, but they remain unidentified.


The Duchess was wearing her Cartier jewellery from this morning.

Cartier

And carried her very chic Chanel bag.


William and Kate headed back to London after the match. It's been a very interesting two days. I enjoyed the itinerary and the mixture of events. From celebrating UK and French links, to meeting victims of the Paris attacks, viewing art, posing against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower to a glittering gala, it encompassed quite a bit in little more than a 24 hour period. The Duke and Duchess are excellent ambassadors for the United Kingdom, and with Brexit, the Paris trip gave us a taste of what we can expect in the future, with a visit to Germany and Poland scheduled for July. On the fashion front, I was impressed with Kate's wardrobe which included Catherine Walker, McQueen, Jenny Packham, Carolina Herrera and, of course, Chanel. I thought it a very good show of sartorial diplomacy to support the Iconic French brand whilst largely sporting British labels. What were your highlights of the visit? Which look is your favourite? Chanel and McQueen are clear winners for me.


Paris Blog Posts:

  • The Cambridges arrival, meeting with President Hollande and their appearance at a reception celebrating UK-French cultural ties can be viewed here.
  • The glittering black-tie dinner where Kate wore Jenny Packham can be viewed here.
  • Kate in Chanel for day two in Paris can be viewed here.

Finally, a reminder, Merci Maman are offering readers a special 15% discount to mark Mother's Day. Simply enter duchess15 at the checkout to avail. Kate's Duchess Necklace remains available here.


We'll next see the Duchess on Thursday when she will attend the launch of a series of educational films created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together campaign, to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges and start conversations about the well-being of parents and their children.

Thank you for reading and commenting throughout the trip. It was a very enjoyable one to cover :)

226 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 15:00

    So far, so good :) She looks warm, cozy, elegant and like she's rooting for Wales :)

    Can't belive I'm watching rugby again. What are the Cambridges doing to me?! :P

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    1. Rebecca, have you been converted to rugby again because of the Cambridges? :P Is rugby popular in Sweden? I have Swedish heritage myself, but I don't know a lot about the culture, unfortunately. In NZ, we are rugby-mad! What is the national sport of Sweden, if you don't mind me asking?

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden22 March 2017 at 13:32

      Hahah, nah. I just watch because of them :P But I'm not as bored by sports as I thought I would be.

      I don't think rugby is really a thing in Sweden. I mean... it exists, but it's not "a thing".

      I honestly don't know if we have a national sport but "everyone" plays football. (Soccer :P)

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    3. Ah, I see, interesting...that's good you didn't find it as boring as you thought it would be! :P I thought it might be football (stupid question) LOL

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  2. First impression is great, and I prefer her hair down and full. ;)

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  3. Nicole from France18 March 2017 at 15:22

    red for Wales !!! great look, far better than Chanel, ahahahaha sorry, I have to go and watch the match, now ! good luck Wales !

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  4. This is the red coat I was hoping to see Kate wear on this trip. It honors the red color of France's flag, and looks fabulous on her. I loved it on the Canadian trip, and I love it here.

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    1. The red works for Wales as well. :-)

      And I love the way she completely "changed" the coat with the black accessories. Beautiful! I admit to being a huge fan of this look...all black with the suit or coat being a different color.

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    1. So disappointed...in the game result, not the fashion :) Such a close game! I don't like the button placement on this coat, as Erika pointed out below, but the colour is what makes it great. The black turtleneck and gloves really set off the red & the black booties are so cute/chic! Glad to see W&K back to their engaging selves...they look like me when I'm watching an All Blacks match :)

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    2. I would have loved it if when Kate momentarily rested her head on his shoulder, he had given her a light kiss on her head. That would have at least gotten a half point from me. :)

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    3. surfer girl, that would have been the icing on the cake for me too :) But alas, we don't get many PDA opportunities like that, the 2012 Olympics being the exception.

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  6. It is a beautiful trip.I am so very stunned her looks.She are looking lovely and very elegant today.But yesterday she looked as princess from fairy tale in blue gown and style icon in black lace dress.
    This trip is a big sucess,I think.

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  7. Thank you Charlotte for your outstanding coverage!

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  8. McQueen #1 and Chanel #2

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    1. Laura, I'm with you on the vote. Catherine Walker #3 (because it fits better IMHO than the Carolina Herrera) and Jenny Packham #4. The Carolina Herrera was a repeat :-) and it the only reason I place it last. I enjoy the new styles.

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    2. Elle - I agree.

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  9. A short but very successful mini-tour, IMO. Those in the media looking for signs of tension in the body language of W&K were sure to be disappointed. The two seemed very comfortable and at ease with each other, as they always are in public ;)

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    1. I'll jump at the bait here. Although I wasn't looking for any difference between them, I thought something was off yesterday. Not in a big way but things were subtly more subdued between them than usual. Today things seem more back to normal.

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  10. Im surprised to see this regrettably placed button coat again. I understand the color choice but that's about it. For a Carolina Herrera, it is very forgettable and oddly executed. So many other mouthwatering CH designs to choose from.

    Great tour though. They certainly packed a lot into such a short span of time. A little disappointed about the clothes but today's Chanel may have made up for it.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 19:59

      I happen to think this coat is absolutley wonderful. The vibrant colour. Retro silouette without looking costumey. The "flippy" skirt-feel. The vibrant colour. The covered buttons (even the placement doesn't bother me). It's one of my favourites. I have a dream of maybe one day seeing it together with her red pillbox hat!

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    2. It seemed to fit her better this time. I thought it was new! It wasn't until I read the info that I realized it was her CH from The Canada Trip that gapped. I don't know if they altered it or if her body has changed with these apparent new workouts?

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    3. I know. A lot of people like this coat. I just can't unsee the buttons and I don't think the fit is great. I do like how it is styled today with the all black and the color is vibrant.

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    4. Rebecca, I agree with Erika. The button placement is bad. No small-to-average sized busted woman should have anything pull in the chest area the way this coat does. It's Carolina Herrera, for goodness sake. It cheapens the whole look when a garment fits like this.

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    5. I agree Beth. I think its an uncharacteristic design execution for the brand. If I didn't know better, I would have thought this coat was an imperfect bought for a huge discount.

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    6. Agree with you Beth and Erika - I stared at the buttons the first time and found myself doing it again. Also the skirt of the coat flairs out a little too much on Kate - hence I thought the skirt of the Catherine Walker worked so much better on her. But the fabric and color of this coat is beautiful. And I imagine it's warm which is what she needed for the event.

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    7. I'm another who agrees with Erika, Beth and Elle on this coat. I didn't really like it on the Canada trip and I still feel the same way on second viewing. The buttons really do look too far apart to me and the bodice always looks bulky on her somehow, especially on the front views. The Catherine Walker suit on Day 1 was definitely a much better fit, but that was a bespoke piece and I think the Herrera is off the peg - shows the difference it can sometimes make. I do love the colour though and, as you say Elle, it does look warm.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden20 March 2017 at 00:13

      I can see all those points. And I agree that it shouldn't pucker like that on the cheast. But I just seem to like the general style of it so much that it overrules the issues :P

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  11. Charlotte, this trip has gone by so fast, it feels like a blur! I'm going through all your posts and I thank you for your superfast coverage. This blog is such a delight to read :-)XOXO

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 20:00

      Tours usually just swoop by so re-reading posts or having some summary talk afterwards is usually necessary, especially for longer tours :P

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    2. It has been a blur. I feel that Im not reading everything or responding back to others like I usually do.

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  12. I wasn't sure initially how I felt about a dress at a sporting match but in the end, I think it was a great choice. She looked warm and cozy and festively supportive. Both William and Kate looked to have a great time at all of their emacheduldd events this weekend.

    Side note, does anyone else think Kate would look great in/love to wear the black dress with the white collar the ambassador's wife wore last night to the reception? It seems just up her alley.

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    1. She has a similar one. She wore it when she gave her first taped video message. It was black with short sleeves & had a white peter pan collar. She did wear it well, but got a lot of flack for the peter pan collar, if I remember correctly?

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    2. I thought that dress look very juvenile. Agreed though, it does look like something Kate would wear. In fact, she has something very similar that she has worn 3 times from Topshop of all places:
      http://www.katesclothes.com/dress/contrast-collar-sheath-dress/

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    3. Caroline in Montana22 March 2017 at 17:12

      Becca USA, I thought that she wore it very well. And yes, she did get pretty trashed for wearing it, a lot of mean comments as i recall. I myself thought it looked really good on her!

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  13. I love this coat! So lovely and she looks so warm! And she switched it up beautifully with black this time although I did love it with the burgundy accessories in Canada too.

    Personally I love seeig Kate wear her clothes more than once because she changes up the look so beautifully every time.

    Avee in SA

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  14. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 20:01

    I have noticed that when they sit "with the public" at games, it's usually a sportier look. When they sit with the other "suit peope" (:P) it's coat and a more worklike look for her. Seems appropriate :)

    Haha, she kind of already has a similar dress.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 20:20

      This one was supposed to be under Kate C.H. 19.49 post.

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    2. As much as high heels at at a rugby game is a pet peeve of mine, she can't really wear jeans and a hoody when everybody around her is wearing suits.
      Although I would have preferred proper boots with a coat if she had to wear heels.

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    3. Rebecca-haha! I totally followed it even though it was a separate thread.

      Maybe I have seen pics of her in her dress, which is why I thought It was her style.

      Also, what the heck did I type/auto-correct in my original post?! It should say scheduled.

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    4. Nicole from France19 March 2017 at 15:12

      I do agree with you Q of the South, boots would have looked a lot better, especially with this kind of coat, and with the rather freezing temperature of yesterday , having to sit still for 2 hours !
      I have noted that somebody (I do not remember who ???) said something about Catherine's body who did not quite look the same, I had that feeling too, although when wearing the JP gown she looks as slim as usual ....

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  15. The Telegraph had an interesting piece with Patrick Jephson, remembering fondly his trips to Paris with Diana. He said for may reasons, including the fantastic hospitality of the French and the British Embassy, William and Kate will find out that "an official royal trip to Paris is one of the more enviable aspects of life in that cage."

    However, he said there is a "special challenge" - and here's his paragraph which I quite liked:

    "They may have proved their royal ambassadorial credentials with other successful high profile tours, but Paris is the big time. As Diana knew, success in the capital of Frenchness requires every ounce of royal charisma and all the resources of the royal dress-up box. It was one reason she loved the place: it demanded that she be at the top of her game."

    I think this was a solid mini-tour, but frankly no great achievement, and I don't think they were at the top of their game. Now, the security was a big issue, and that was beyond their control. But it left things a bit flat for me. No one seemed to have a sense where they were going to be. I didn't see any great crowds, even as they arrived - which was a published time.

    I think William seemed a little off and stiff, particularly in the beginning with Hollande. Surely you've got endless small talk prepared for these things? To leave awkward silence for Hollande to fill the gap with "How was Verbier?" Honestly.
    I've already said what I think about Kate's arrival coat and last night just felt a little "going through the motions" for me.

    The early engagements today were very meaningful and had a different feel, the opportunity with the children was good, and I think it was great for them to be at the match.

    But do you think they did anything to make a big impact on the French? Granted this was a fast tour, and I've come to the conclusion that's not their strong suit. They appear as if they're just checking off a list, I feel these two need room to breathe on tour and don't do well in compressed schedules.

    Maybe they don't understand the magnitude of this, that it's not just a visit for today, it's for history and the fabric of time. They still come across as the junior set to me, when they are very much senior royals and need to assume that mantle more, particularly on these kind of diplomatic trips. And unfortunately they either don't have staff who are aware of this either, or they aren't doing a very good job communicating that. It just seems a command of the occasion is missing.

    I understand I may be in the minority and am prepared for incoming ;)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 20:23

      I wonder if the "impact" during a tour like this is less for us and more behind doors. They were only shown a few minutes out of 20 or so with the President, they were smoozing at the ambassadors place etc. I think yasterday might have been more geared towards that and today a more traditional "tour day". I do see your points, and the non-released scheduel and fast pace does make it less easy to follow.

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    2. Do you think it comes down to charisma, Claudia?

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    3. French security was very tight according to Richard Palmer. Probably necesssry in light of further events today.Therefore we don't know if they allowed crowds to gather or not. That is also why no events were announced ahead of time. So not meeting the general public was beyond their control. The question to ask is did they impact the people they were able to meet? They probably did and if so , I would say mission accomplished.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 21:10

      Something else that usually is not seen by us is that royals often "open doors" to people that regular diplomats can't. So while the royals and celebrities were at the black tie event, so was the ambassador. And probably other more politically involved guests. The royals bringing these people to an event together is one way that royals impact. When they travel for state visits and such, so do generally some diplomatically connected people. And the meetings that happen in the "waves" behind a royal visit is also one of the points of royal visits. Maybe this visit opened a door for the ambassador to schmooze an influential frenchman that he generaally doesn't get access to? Just some other thoughts :)

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    5. Considering the terrorist attacks that France has suffered, I'd be shocked if security wasn't tight. It's a sad, but necessary consideration these days. ANYWHERE.

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    6. I can image William's response to the visit was, "I was only going to Paris to support the Welsh team." And, really, that's what it was supposed to be about. Last week the Scottish Rugby Patron (Princess Royal) and English Rugby Patron (Prince Harry) attended their teams' game; this was to be the Welsh Rugby Patron's attendance for his team. I assume as he has done in the past when he visited France in 2015, to fly in, perhaps talk to Holland briefly, and then go to the stadium.

      The visit was taken over by the foreign office, which constructed an attempt to boost British-French relations post-Brexit. I think William and Kate accomplished this general goal.

      They spent most of their time on their mission: to promote the closeness between Britain and France by the visit to the Les Voisins reception and rugby activity, the dinner with notable French and British artists, the visit to terrorist victims, the visit to the museum (which is lending art to the Tate in London-I'm fairly certain this will be a Kate engagement when it arrives).

      There will be additional visits through the years by the Cambridges and other royals to continue to reassure the French (and other nations that will be visited) of Britain's ties to the continent despite Brexit.

      Also, Jephson didn't mention it, but the gold standard for the worst royal tour or visit ever (by almost any standard), was Charles and Diana's tour of South Korea in 1992 a few weeks before their separation was announced. Absolutely dreadful and everyone felt sorry for the South Koreans. Charles was morose, Diana sulked, and their body language screamed they wanted to be anywhere but near each other. It was painful to watch.

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    7. Also want to add that these days tours and visits receive coverage on real time which makes it all the more difficult for those involved. As Rebecca said we only got a glimpse of the meeting with the President. Media was not present for further discussion, Will and Kate have met this Ptesident on a number of occasions so they must be quite familiar with each other. Even though they are senior royals this is learning territory for them and one cannot expect them to be perfect. There are many instances of imperfection from the more senior royals in past years as well.

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    8. I agree with you Claudia, and Christen from New York, below. I love Kate and I am fine with William usually, but I get the vibe you mention. I think that they are satisfactory. But the impact factor is missing. I think it comes down to inexperience, and frankly, immaturity. After the little display William put on, and the fact that Kate is apparently fine with that display - I think they just need a few more years of parenthood to grow up and really come into their own. They need to be able to hold their own in the presence of statesmen and women.. William simply can't. It was obvious with the PM of Singapore, then when William had the little photoshoot with President Obama, and here again. He will need a few more years of growing up before he can impress the most discerning of us.

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    9. By photoshoot with President Obama - I mean when William went to visit him at the White House. There was an incredibly ridiculous and awkward conversation when the press was taking pictures, and some sniggering about it, afterwards, by what I hear.

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    10. I think that maybe, and this is just a theory, that the French weren't willing to fund/provide security for William and Kate for just attending a public rugby match. Therefore the trip was built out to offer the upperclass of France an opportunity to mingle with royalty (President visit, Cocktail Party, Gala - where will Kate met more folks of sport and entertainment!) and for France to get some PR for their city (Les Invalides, Musee d'Orsey, Trocadero) - which can bring revenue through tourist attractions and offset the cost to host them. After which, they then they can go sit it a stadium and watch sport. Again, maybe, just possibly, not cool with democratic nations to throw tax payer money on security for folks who are "royalty" and not necessarily contributing to the economic engine of a country. Same way Australia and Canada approach hosting. In this way, Hollande can justify the expense of royal security at a sporting match.

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    11. Rosman, I agree about William & I don't know if I took Kate's graciousness as much as that it was all swept under the rug.... but rather that she had made the decision to move forward & make it all a success! For Her Family, Her Marriage, Her Country & Her Queen. I'm truly quite shocked at the extent of William's lack of preparedness & his discomfort! I suppose had he been a more enthusiastic student at his Grandmother's knee, he'd be more prepared. The cost of His stubbornness is beginning to show. Now it would appear (to me) that he needs to decide whether he wants to be taken seriously or not? Kate has obviously made her decision. She can't make it for William. For His sake, their sake & The Crown.... I hope he chooses it's time to commit & Honor the Legacy that's been laid out before him & to be Worthy of it!

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    12. Rebecca - Sweden18 March 2017 at 23:16

      Possible Moxie. But I think big games like that are one of the already most secure kinds of events with or without royals so I doubt much added security would be needed on top of RPOs for the game.

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    13. I wrote a lengthy reply here and when I hit preview it just vanished! So I'm waiting to see if it still made it through before I retype! I'll see if this goes through first...

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    14. Also, for anyone interested, a link to a French blog Noblesse & Royautés, which covers royalty and nobility past and present. A reader of the blog attended the Les Voisins reception and provided thoughts about the encounter. It's interesting to read a French person's response (using Google translate as my French is incredibly rusty). http://www.noblesseetroyautes.com/lectrice-de-noblesse-royautes-cocktail-a-lambassade-britannique-a-paris-impressions/

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    15. The comparison to Diana is a bit unfair. The world is a different place than it was then. Security is a lot more important, especially in a place like Paris. Also, there is far less deference to royalty these days than in the Diana days. As far as bringing her A-game, the cream and gold dress Diana wore on that Paris visit cost $50,000. I remember in an interview about the sale of her dresses, she was reluctant to let that one go because it was so expensive. Can you imagine the uproar if Kate wore a single garment that cost that much??? Finally, Diana was coquettish and a flirt. I don't mean any criticism, it quite endeared her to many, especially male world leaders. Kate is neither of these things. In fact, she seems quite a bit shyer than Shy Di, however, I think that she has grace and dignity and William better cut the crap and realize what an asset she is!

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    16. Beth,
      Her earrings she wore with the Blue Mouret (awesome) gown retail for $50,000 I think and the necklace the she wore during the olympics cost the same if I remember correctly and no one made a peep about it as I recall. Not saying she doesn't deserve awesome bling. I think she does, definitely, HalleluYah and amen. :) And I understand what you are saying and I agree. We have heard the astonishment about the a lot less than $50,000 cost of the Chanel coat Kate wore.
      Perhaps when she is Princess of Wales and Queen we will see her in more expensive pieces, hopefully chosen and pulled together with the help of a trained stylist or "dresser" (as someone said), who knows what they are doing.

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    17. So, Claudia, I am not the only that happens to. I am so relieved. lol

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    18. Amen Becca. Even if he needs to seek professional help as Jo so bravely and graciously explained.

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    19. Moxie. I think that is more than a hypothesis. :)
      I think planners have been doing those very things for years. It is how it works so to speak.
      The necessary framework for those things.

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    20. That's a very interesting account - thank you, PurpleFields!

      I translated the parts that I thought were most interesting, in case anyone is interested but doesn't read French:
      The ambassador handed out a short guide on protocol. It said that traditionally, when one first meets a member of the royal family, men incline their heads and women curtsey. When presented to their HRHs, one should address them as ‘your Royal Highness’ first and as Sir or Ma’am afterwards. Excepted from this are military women in uniform; they do not have to curtsey.
      The Duke and Duchess' entrance was announced by Rebecca Deacon, who was smiling and charming. The Duke & Duchess then separated in order to be able to talk to a greater number of people.
      People were divided into groups according to their function (ministry employees, business people, people working in arts & culture etc.) and the Duke and Duchess went to talk to each group. Some people were presented to the Duke and Duchess by embassy staff but others still had the opportunity to talk to them in the group setting.
      The Duke and Duchess appeared very professional: they had an honest smile and gave their full attention to the person they were talking to at the moment, even though it was obvious that the questions had been planned in advance (What is your exact position? How are your relations to the UK?)
      The Duchess is very tall, which is further accentuated by her high heels, and very thin and muscular. Her make-up was a bit too pronounced to look natural. She is very charming, has a beautiful smile and seemed very much at ease. Pictures don’t do her justice; her face is prettier in person than it is in magazines.
      After about twenty minutes, the ambassador and the Duke each gave a speech in order to launch ‘les voisins.’ After the speeches, the Duke and Duchess left immediately in order to prepare for their dinner.

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    21. Thank you for that translation, Caroline, I would have struggled with the French! That's an interesting insight into the way they handle these diplomatic events. I always hear that Kate is more stunning in person...I wish I could've got a clearer view of her when they visited NZ, but all I could see was William's smiling face through the crowd, lucky he's so tall! :)

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    22. I'll join you in the minority. This was a charm offensive ahead of the Brexit negotiations and nothing more.
      If Will and Kate still appear inexperienced, it's because they are. This is not their full time job (or even half time). One would hope that they both soon develop a more natural manner but that also comes from within, as we've seen with Diana and Harry (and even Charles and Camilla). Some have it, some do not. Neither Will nor Kate appears particularly comfortable with touching or being touched by people although they handle it graciously when that happens.
      Time will tell whether they get better at royal engagements, we can only hope they do. They are hit or miss and that's a concern, even given the small number of engagements, compared to other royals, they've done. Sometimes they are wonderful and natural and warm and friendly. Other times both appear stiff, bored, annoyed and ice-cold.
      I would expect that the Palace didn't expect that the visit would come directly in the wake of William's very public partying in Verbier with two stunning blondes and with his guy pals and without his wife.
      Certainly the shadow of Verbier was hanging over both the couple and the visit itself. There seemed to be a sort of expectant, holding-your-breath atmosphere pervading the various events, combined with disappointment, that this, again, isn't the fairy tale that the Palace press machine spun to the world, that these two are humans, just like everybody else.
      Will and Kate's staff (obviously after Verbier!) aren't there to advise the pair, they're people who are of an age with their employers, whose job it is to flatter and agree with their employers. It's clear there is nobody on either staff who has the authority or the nerve to say "Sir (or ma'am), you really shouldn't, this is going to be a disaster when it gets out to the media."
      I would wager that the rest of the royals, with the exception of Harry, have one person who is not family or friends, on their staff, that they trust implicitly to tell them the brutal truth, whether they like it or not.
      Of course Will and Kate were polite and professional and put a good face on this tour. At some point, they both seem to understand that this is and will be their job and their duty for the rest of their lives. I'd expect there was some sort of come-to-Jesus talk with them from either the queen or Charles or their advisers after Verbier and before this trip. Their certainly was about Kate's plans to skip the Aldershot shamrock ceremony. Traditionally that engagement is a standing one, repeated year after year and expected of the royal who does it. This year, the engagement was announced only a week or so before it happened.
      It's interesting that the same day the Verbier photos and video broke, there was also a flurry of announcements from the palace of engagements for the two, mostly for Kate but some for Will. If neither Will nor Kate care how their lack of work, combined with Will's skip to Verbier, look in a time of uncertainty and austerity in the UK, then the Palace certainly does, as evidenced by the onslaught of engagements announced last week.
      Kate waited seven years for this, remember. She's not going to give it all up over a couple of blondes in a Swiss resort. She certainly knew what William was like as they dated and when they married so she's in this for the long haul.

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    23. Prince William as patron would have attended the game irrespective of security been provided by the French. Same as Princess Royal who crosses the countryside to attend all Scottish games. Horror of horrors she arrived by helicopter to the last game. William would have to inform the foreign office that he would be going and this is probably when the foreign office jumped on the chance for them to extend the visit.

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    24. Well my prose was lost apparently ;) so I will just say that yes Erika it may be charisma, which may be unfair since some people just have more than others, and have different personalities better suited to these things.

      And Rebecca and others make great points, that the work comes after them. I mentioned I was looking forward to Chris Ship becoming a royal reporter, and in his post "Verdict on my first royal tour" he feels it was "mission accomplished" - He asks "Are they just smiling, waving, crowd magnets, or something more?" And he acknowledged that many were critical that the trip was "to justify an afternoon at the Stade de France." But, he said, the point is to soften relations, the first of six EU countries getting a royal visit in the next few months. He felt William and Kate did what they were supposed to do.

      So if they did, that is to their credit. I suppose I just feel there is still a bit of rustiness to them in these situations, and I have always said this "downtime" before they are Prince and Princess of Wales, should be more about apprenticeship, not just relaxed country life.

      Every aide who has ever written about royal life says one constant thing, you need to do a lot of work, a lot of preparation, a lot of studying, to make this look easy. You can not just show up and expect to "wing it", you even have to have your spontaneous remarks prepared in advance ;)

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    25. Not true, JN. If William is going to attend a public event on foreign soil - it involves that country's security forces. This is a bit different from a private trip for relaxation. Anne didn't leave the UK. Being a "patron" of a sports team means nothing in the world of sports. It's an honorary title -- he is not an integral member of that organization. He's not advising them or coaching them on play. Further, William is 2nd in line to the throne, Anne is 11th - he has a much higher profile then she does -- though they would both be a coup for anyone trying to cause harm to the institution. So I disagree that William can just show up in any country for a public event without involving national security forces.

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    26. Caroline-in your reading of the first-hand account, which I found extremely interesting, by the way, was there a report of whether or not Catherine was overheard speaking French? This would certainly be one of the most credible sources on that subject. The person seemed to have been close enough to the Duchess to hear her, although much of her information may have been gleaned from other guest's conversations. Do we even know if this informant was a guest-or perhaps wait staff?It might also depend on whom Catherine was seated next to, as far as language is concerned. I noticed Kristen Scott-Thomas to William's left. Not sure about who was seated next to Kate.

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    27. Obviously, I thought the event was the dinner, not the reception. I do still think the question about her speaking to some of the French guests in their language would still apply. I realize that most if not all of the guests were likely fluent in English.

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    28. Yes, it was the reception, Anonymousa. Unfortunately, the account doesn't say whether Kate spoke French but I'd assume that the writer didn't hear her speak French (which of course doesn't mean that she didn't). The writer does mention that William said some things in French at the beginning and end of his speech, so I assume that she'd have mentioned it, if she had heard either one of them speak French to guests.
      It says that she was invited and had been invited to the British embassy a number of times before for professional reasons.

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    29. Thank-you, Caroline. I think the perspective of an invited guest would differ somewhat, literally and figuratively, from that of a serving person. I do wonder how the authorities at the Embassy might view her story. It may be that she heard William's official comments in French as they were likely amplified. The fact that possible private conversations were not mentioned may indicate she was not privy to them. Of course, if I were lucky enough to attend a function along with the Cambridges, the last thing on my mind would be whether or not they were speaking French privately.

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  16. I haven't read the replies yet, but I HAD to say I was So Happy to see Will & Kate interacting at The Match, like they were back to their old selves. Complete with laughing, leaning in, & Kate snuggling into Will to hide during tense moments in the game. For a married couple I think This Trip was Just what The Dr. ordered! Marriage is complicated, but we didn't just get a curious window into Will's head this week, we saw what stuff Kate is made of! I think The Student has become The Teacher! I feel she is capable of keeping the train on track & to pull Will along if/when necessary! Hopefully he'll learn a thing or two, after getting whatever that was out of his system. She has her hand steady on the rudder & I think she is a True Gem to The Crown & The UK! She is little common Kate Middleton No More! She Came, She Saw, She Conquered & She exuded Grace & Enthusiasm All The Way Through! Thanks again Charlotte for Such Magnificent Coverage of This Tour! Merci :)

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      Very well said. I think as the days went on things between them got back to normal. I think it was the unknown at first how things would be handled after William embraced Kate and the Queen. After looking at Kate and how beautiful and stunning she was then how she carried out the engagements. I hope William knows and loves what he has as a wife and life partner.

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  17. I do see where you are coming from, Claudia. Maybe it had to do in part with the relatively last-minute timing of the tour.

    After reading Julia's comment in a prior post about Diana's white-and-gold gown from a Paris diplomatic trip, I looked at some of Diana's clothing from her 1988 diplomatic Paris trip (including another white-and-gold gown--one by Victor Edelstein and one by David and Emmanuel, as well as a burgundy velvet Catherine Walker gown). I decided I don't think it's quite fair for me to compare Kate's choice of clothing here to Diana's choices, because of the short and relatively last-minute nature of the trip, which was after all originally intended to be only to see the rugby match.

    I do think that William seemed a bit uncomfortable when speaking with President Hollande, and there was maybe some sense to me that he was going through the motions of diplomatic obligation but not fully engaged in it. That said, I think Kate is possibly William's greatest ally when it comes to royal duties, because I thought she carried all engagements off in Paris with such elegance, grace, and aplomb. It is quite impressive to me, especially in overcoming all the Verbier media.

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    1. Kate has all the hallmarks of a great diplomat. Her smile yesterday - golly. You could sense the strain between them, but that smile can carry the royal burden if anything can. She was truly impressive.

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    2. Yes, Our Kate has grown up! I Believe after Verbier & Her Enthusiastic Gracious Elegance throughout This Paris Trip..... She can get them through Anything & even help William do the growing up he needs to fulfill his role. She is a Tribute to her Country, Her Family & The Crown! Magnifique!

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    3. Amen, Becca. Kind of like the true grit of the present Queen, wouldn't you say? :)

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    4. Amen, Becca. Kind of like the true grit of the present Queen, wouldn't you say? :)

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    5. Florida Moxie, that only makes good sense. If they had done it any other way there surely would be at least double the amount of comments comments here for sure. :)

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    6. Florida Moxie, that only makes good sense. If they had done it any other way there surely would be at least double the amount of comments comments here for sure. :)

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    7. More thoughts on William's acting out and Kate's grace under pressure : Becca, you commented on an earlier post that William may be dreading the anniversary of Diana's death. When my daughter was 13 I suddenly became quite ill with depression, drinking too much at home, barely managing a smile, giving all I could but it wasn't much. Could not shake the feeling that I wanted to be dead. I tried to soldier on but one day at work my director complimented me on something and I suddenly burst into tears. He was completely flummoxed and asked me what was wrong. "I don't know," I said, "but I need to get help." So I walked over to the university hospital and went into my family practice centre. The doc on call asked me what was wrong and I said "Look, don't take this wrong, I am not suicidal but I just am tired of living." Well, she freaked out and prescribed a course of tricyclics that turned me into a zombie. Long story short a loving friend saw that I was walking in a daze, loaded me into her car and drove me to her doctor who, listening to me, explaining what tricyclics do and then asking questions about my family life, discovered that my mother had died suddenly when I was 13. She asked me how old my daughter was. 13. She carefully explained to me the the brain stores things in its unconscious but it doesn't mean it forgets them. And sometimes it tries to make sense of them years later. She said (and I have never forgotten these words): "I don't mean to scare you but if you don't recognize this and work through it, you could very well be dead this year." You might think "wow that was insensitive!" but I needed to hear it, to make a decision about where I was headed. I chose to get help so that I could give my daughter a strong, loving mother (and have some fun back in my life of course.) Now, someone watching me all those years ago could have had two reactions to my behavior. One, not knowing about my mother or about "anniversaries" they could have wondered what on earth was wrong with me, judged me and told me to smarten up. Or given me pills (or as in William's "pals" case, a "good time") The other would have been to love me but to still encourage me to get help and to be there beside me while I got it. My director didn't judge me, he said that I was a great employee, a great friend and he knew I could get through it and anything he could do, let him know. I was lucky enough to have friends who were the same.
      Okay, so, what does that have to do with William and Kate? Well, there was one small video clip when they were at the Irish Guards that, for me, told it all. William was standing back quite rigidly as Kate walked forward and accepted flowers from a small girl with her parents standing behind. William kept back and Kate kept talking to the little girl. Eventually William gingerly moved forward and started talking to the dad and in less than a minute you can hear laughter from the group. And that scene was repeated over and over throughout this weekend. Even when the little group sang "Happy" and the Press made hay, William went over to the group and complimented them. How was he able to do it? Well, maybe I am projecting but he was able to do it because he and Kate had talked it all through.
      To me, that is what Kate is all about--she is that loving friend who stands by you when you are in trouble. Who brings you into things when you feel on the outside. And that is good for the future of the monarchy.

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    8. Thank you Jo, what a touching story is yours, and how well did you tell it and how clever are your remarks about William and Kate's relationship. Thank you very much.

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    9. Jo @ 9:20, your comment made me want to cry! Thank you for sharing your own story of grief of losing your mother at 13...I'm so glad you found the help that you needed & that your boss & friends were so supportive.
      I now have utmost love & empathy for William, in light of your comment/experience. I, too, noticed that bit in the video at the Irish Guards, of William standing back then gently coming forward to engage with the little girl's family. That moment struck me at the time, but I wasn't sure why until now.
      I guess I got so caught up in the media drama over William's Verbier trip, that I overlooked the pain & emotion he would be feeling in the buildup to their first official visit to France & also the upcoming anniversary of Diana's death. He did seem subdued at first, but Kate's strength pulled him through. I think William is lucky to have such a loving & supportive wife, & most importantly, a best friend that he lean on emotionally to carry him through the tough times. Thank you, Jo, for bringing that realisation to light for me.

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    10. Jo, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing everything you shared. I am so thankful for your friend and to the the doctor who miraculously probably saved your life. It amazes me sometimes the diversity and depth of experience we have from everyone in this very sweet community at DKB. Sharing helps in so many ways. I personally wonder if Harry's "aloofness" to displays of affection might have some of the same roots that you explained, along with William's. Even the photos that were supposed to be lovey-dovey had Meghan doing the initiating and many of those show Harry still looking off in the distance with Meghan in his lap. One did show him looking at her then but not with much expression. Anyway, thank you again so much for sharing. I am thankful you are alive :) and thriving (and sharing). :)

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    11. Oh Jo, You have choked up by your keen observations, moving eloquent expression of your thoughts & touching sharing of such a raw time in your life. I got everything you said on every level. Thank you for sharing your story & your rich wisdom! xo Becca

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    12. & I couldn't agree more about what you said about Kate! Such a Gem!

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    13. Jo, thank you for sharing your story. You are both courageous and insightful.

      SG, hmmm....... I'm not sure this was the case with Harry; we have seen him interact very warmly and easily in other situations. IMO, if he was "into her a degree of protectiveness would have kicked in.

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  18. The stilted manner of Williams interaction with Hollande was perhaps because the media was in the room and they had to "chat". Then they had time together without the media nd I think its fair to say that it went well if you look at the pix when Hollande took them into the garden afterwards. Laugh, jokes, very relaxed.

    Also worth remembering that William has not got masses of experience in leading a royal visit, esp one which is so high profile.

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  19. This was such a quick tour and it went by in a flash. All of the varied engagements were interesting and I learned about a few more places in Paris. I think both W/K did a great job on the tour. I think it was a smart idea to plan a tour around the game. I just hope that they will plan a longer tour to the country soon.

    I think it is still an emotional place for William. It may have stirred up a lot of emotions that maybe he didn't expect which may have him appear disengaged. But honestly I didn't get that impression. I think they both did a great job.

    The fashion Kate chose was wonderful and she looked great for each engagement. Their chemistry was still present and let's hope it will squash any unnecessary and unfounded rumors. I also appreciate we get to see Kate in a few days after this whirlwind.

    A tremendous thank you Charlotte for the quick posts, the fun first looks, the more informative posts later. You're as awesome as ever and truly make following Kate enjoyable!



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  20. For those who like the numbers....
    We are celebrating The Big Six O - over at Watching Kate Watching Sports!
    This is Kate's 60th appearance at a sporting engagement as a Duchess! Go Team!
    We were going to do a "look back" and feature all the Duchesses looks at sporting engagements but felt Charlotte is really the master when it comes to recaps. How about it Charlotte?! In so far as April is pretty quiet on the calendar and it's right before Kate's first appearance as Wimbledon Patron and the run up to the London Marathon -- that might make a fun feature. :-)

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    1. 60! That's a lot...she's definitely a sports fan :)

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    2. Moxie,

      That's good. Sports are healthful pursuits and a healthful passtime that can take the place of not so healthful things and passtimes. A good way to spend one's energy and time, often as part of a team. Not a bad thing to endorse, support and be a role model for. I applaud Kate for that. :)

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  21. Zora from Prague18 March 2017 at 22:50

    Thank you so much, Charlotte, for the wonderful coverage! My feeling is: how can such a short visit be so packed with different interesting visits and engagements?! Very intense 2 days. My favourite looks are McQueen's black dress (somehow it seems to me the most elegant and "Frenchy") and Chanel. My favourite photo is the one with the kids in front of the Eiffel Tower. My favourite "cultural" moment is the visit to Musée d'Orsay, especially with regard to Monet's painting of the Houses of Parliament (one of the many exaples of how the histories of GB and FR are intertwined). My favourite "human/social" moment is when W+K met the patients of Les Invalides.
    I can't imagine how tired Kate must be now. She deserves a good rest, I think. Deep inside I think that all the elegance and all the smiles we have seen cost her a little more than usually. I sincerely applaud her.

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    1. Agreed! Thanks Zora for sharing your insights. Mine are the same.

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    2. I love your comment, Zora, about Monet's Houses of Parliament. It added another dimension of meaning for me to their Musee d'Orsay visit. That visit was my favorite cultural moment as well, except I think probably also the rugby with the kids by the Eiffel Tower. And my favorite "human" moment was probably their meeting with the Bataclan victims. It is so inspiring in a way that 2 countries with cultures as different, in many ways, as France and Britian can still maintain close ties.

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  22. I think they cost her a little more than usual also, Zora.
    Kate's grace saves the day. :)

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  23. The Paris airport was closed due to a shooting.
    William and Kate got to fly out anyway, thank heaven.

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    1. The shooting was at Orly airport. W&K were flying from Charles de Gaulle. (Paris has more than one airport.)

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    2. Oh. Thank you Cath. I had read an article that made it sound like it was the same airport.

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  24. Many many thanks Charlotte for your superb covering of this mini tour. I loved all her outfits and think they did a smashing job on relatively short notice. There is usually so much to read there is hardly time to comment. We get to see some very interesting places following this informative blog.

    Your hard work is more appreciated than you will ever know. I get more detailed, informed information here than anywhere else.

    Thank you thank you so very much.

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    1. I will add that your blog has given me such an additional education on so many things. It has also piqued my interest in further research into all things British, lol. Thank you. And, additionally, you have been quite an ambassador not only for the Royal family but for Great Britain in general. I think you deserve an honorary PhD and a Royal title, Lady Charlotte, although you may already have one, as Bluhare mentioned. We don't know. :)

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  25. According to American Entertainment TV Meghan Markle has told producers this will be her last season on her tv show... :)

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    1. Yes, I heard the news and wondered ... and wondered some more. ;-)

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    2. Aahh royalfan, what discussions some of us could have! Hours and hours would pass in the blink of an eye and we'd barely scratch the surface :) Would be such fun.

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    3. Not such a surprise, as this is the last season of Suits. Perhaps people expected her to have a role on the likely sequel, starring Gina Torrez.

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    4. :-) definitely....

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    5. Okaaaaaay, I just took a look at the latest DM articles and wonder if anyone else believes that Meghan is determined to keep her name in the headlines at this particular point in time? After the pictures from that wedding, I do wonder. Also cannot help but wonder if/when the next date will be.... Any thoughts?? :-)

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    6. I think she will be at the May garden party-officially, if the romance survives the current publicity. Or even the London marathon, more discreetly.-if that is possible. Two things: I don't believe she has worked since before Christmas-I had thought I read at the time that the show was on hiatus, as it is presented in two seasons a year. I doubted she would return anytime soon-if ever. It looks as though my suspicions may be accurate-that she is ensconced at KP cottage and not likely to give it up, except for short trips back to Toronto or the US. On the other hand, although I have no intention of reading her blog, which may soon undergo a face-lift or disappear all-together, I have watched "Suits." Her role has progressively expanded-this pre-Harry-and is, in my opinion, a very effective actress. She has hypnotically-expressive eyes. Almost Rasputin-ish in their intensity. However, her eyes are soft and soulful. It is easy to understand Harry's apparent fascination. She isn't just a body and a clothes horse, as she appears on first glance. Not even just a do-gooder, as she appears on second glance. Those eyes don't lie. Harry is no besotted fool. (in my opinion, of course)

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    7. Anonymousa, I agree about Meghan's eyes. There is a fiery intensity there, as well as a softness...I can see why Harry is captivated.

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  26. And as usual my manners are lacking! I should have started with - Thank you so much for the posts Charlotte and for facilitating the conversation :)

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    1. ditto on my manners also or lack thereof, Charlotte.
      It is amazing how one can come to take even excellence for granted. My apologies. A huge Thank You, Charlotte. 🌷

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  27. I think the trip seems to have gone very well. Catherine was so dignified and beautiful for every event. I loved every single item she wore except for last night's Packham dress which seemed...almost cheap looking, but I did like the color and Catherine wore it well. The McQueen dress was a knockout, and the Chanel - ooh la la. I loved today's red coat also; it was a splendid color on her. Thanks Charlotte for keeping us informed and for providing us with such lovely photos of this trip. And I agree with what Zora from Prague wrote above.

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    1. I wanted to love the JP because I do like ice blue and Im a sucker for lovely beading and embroidery work( silver on ice blue!) but it did not photograph well. It did look inexpensive compared to the other dresses at the event. I think the odd hairstyle didn't help to elevate the dress either.

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  28. This has to have been considered a great success. From start to finish, Kate proved herself not only an asset to the Crown, but the UK in general. She has a grace and charm few possess, and she carries herself as a queen. Bravo to William and Kate.

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    1. She does have natural grace and charm and she does carry herself as a queen. I agree Tedi.

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  29. I love the tour its finally ending but its all good my. Favorite. Moment when the visit Musee d 'orsay the rich in arts and deep culture i love the fashion and i sincerley. Love. The duchess and duke when the visit the patient. At les invalides they way they intract. Patients. Is wonderful. Ilove the Eifel tower and. Musee d'orsary is so beautiful the picture. Of elegance and nice scenery. Is good

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  30. Tammy from California19 March 2017 at 00:25

    One of the things I love about Kate the most is that even when she is disappointed (like the rugby pictures) she always has the itty-bittiest smirk on her face: the true tell of a happy soul. Love her!

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  31. Charlotte:

    Thank you so very much for your coverage of the Duke and Duchess Paris visit. Of course, I love the Duchess and enjoyed the new clothes, loved that she wore her hair down quite a bit this trip. I really do miss seeing her beautiful hair down which has not been the case of late. I think this was in part due to do the type of engagements she has had this year, thus far. The photo of her in the black McQueen dress and her silky, shiny hair flowing over her shoulders, and her best accessory,her megawatt smile, apart from her prince, to me was vintage Kate! The history buff that I am, I especially enjoyed your post this trip because of the history you included in your posts especially as it relates to French architecture and French art and artists--I really loose myself reading that post in particular.

    I am so looking forward to the upcoming trip to Poland. I think that Poland is such a beautiful country with just as interesting a history and culture as France. I can't wait!

    Thank you so much for the great work you do on this blog.

    Best wishes and stay safe.

    RW.

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  32. Thank you, Charlotte, for the comprehensive and prompt posts, you're amazing!! Enjoyed every minute of their Paris visit :)

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  33. After this Trip to Paris & all that happened with William. I decided to rewatch "The Crown". The music is so beautifully powerful, regal & haunting. It's really something, to think of all that HM & Phillip have traversed, over their many years together. To me there is such gravitas watching them today in their 90's, honoring the weight & majesty of The Legacy they have grown & tended! I paused after ep.3 as QE leveled the news of their reality to Phillip.... seeing little Charles & Anne move into Buckingham Palace..... as the powerful music soared! What a Transition they had to go through! We can all be reminded of the same for Victoria & Albert, finding their way as a couple within the boundaries & constraints of their Royal positions. Then we have George VI & Queen Elizabeth, reeling from the abdication & being thrust into Royal positions they never wanted to have. I watched the scene in "The Crown" when QE tells The Duke of Windsor that he never apologized to her for abdicating... & then she revealed how greatly she would have wanted a more simple English Country Life! It appears that he can see how much her new reality is weighing on her, as she is preparing to be Crowned. It's as if he can flash back, to his own feelings of wanting to flee that life & destiny. I believe when we now look at William & Catherine, we are seeing growing pains. Their deadline approaches, to leave their lives, up to now, & commence the reality of their new Full Time Royal Roles, that they will have for the rest of their lives. It will only grow more intense & rigorous as the years pass. We can argue until we are blue in the face, that this should all be coming as no surprise to William, he was born into it. Who knows what the exact reasons are, but it's always been some sort of dread for him. Then I thought.... how would it have been from Victoria onward, if they all had lived their lives during the time of paps & social media? In the end, we are all human beings, even Royalty. I can't comment as to their relevance, as I am not a citizen. However, I can have a bit more empathy for this young couple, that are obviously going through growing pains & wish them well.

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    1. Well said, Becca. I agree. If one really stands far back and takes the long historical view but also is close-up to the humanity of each individual, flaws and all, one can't help but have empathy and compassion for the persistence and fortitude with which William and Kate are going forward, facing life's challenges, a sort of trial by fire, as they take their places in History, so to speak.

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    2. Indeed Becca! Their story is like a tapestry being weaved right before our eyes. I have said before, its not how and when we fall but how we rise to that defines us. Both William and Kate rose to the occasion. I think Jo said it well below, "Kate is my new hero" and I think I agree. cc

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    3. Great comment, Becca. I agree, especially, with your reference to paps and social media; it's a very different world and not always for the better!

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  34. William looks so handsome in his glasses!

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      He really does. Especially this pair that he changed to a few years ago I think!

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    2. Yes, the glasses and the darker suit are very nice! cc

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    3. caroline in montana22 March 2017 at 20:51

      I think that every time he wears them! he should wear them more often and the darker suits, he is much more handsome!

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  35. Very pleased with all of Kates outfits on this tour! All very high quality, perfectly fitted, appropriate for each occasion. No "misses" this time! My favorites in order are 1) Black cocktail dress-every detail was perfect. 2)Chanel coat dress, and especially the Chanel bag. 3) Red coat, liked the black tights and shoes. 4) Green arrival coat 5) Packham gown, not wild about this gown, although very pretty, it's just a little matronly and lacked a wow factor. And William gets a grade of "D" for showing up in that blue suit.

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  36. Loved all the looks. Agreed w McQueen
    #1 and Chanel #2. They stood out and were terrific choices. I bet the Chanel was stunning in person/ that fabric is probably losing a lot in photos. Same could be said of the fabric in McQueen dress though now that I think of it. I wish they could have another day in Paris. It was too short a trip!

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  37. Ryan from Texas19 March 2017 at 04:05

    I hope they do more of these short "tours" -- the shorter time away from Charlotte and George seem to suit them well. I felt like they were engaged at each event, maybe because they knew they wouldn't be away for several days. This is my favorite trip they've ever had...including all of Kate's outfits which I just loved!

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  38. I love all those outfits, only the sequin's shower does not get along with my taste, but the cut and the colour are fine. The green and the red coats are super, I would steal the little black dress and would touch the Chanel's fabric, it seems both soft and solid. Not a fan of the belt. The small bag was a true meraviglia (Italian for amazement)!

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  39. Regarding her ankle boots, i think its a really close match to the Stuart Weitzman for Scoop NYC "Uncovered" ankle boots. Google to see an image and its a really close match.

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  40. google “stuart weitzman for scoop” and there a few good images to use for comparison

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  41. Claudia [passing a teacup and a plate of shortbread cookies] how do we know Kate was "okay with" William's behavior at Verbier? Because she accompanied him to Paris and gave the Press (and everyone else) the example of a dignified and gracious--not to say friendly and engaged--woman who happens to have a husband who makes mistakes--more than once? What ought she to have done? Got a case of the "blue flu"? She is married to a man who was deeply traumatized by his parents' marriage, and his mother's death. Well, you say, time for him to get over it. I don't know how many traumatic events you have experienced but it is not something you ever get over however much you try. For Kate to have married him knowing just what he is like (and unlike Diana with Charles and he with her, she did, having been with him for so many years) shows what kind of mettle she has and the depth of her love for him. Sometimes we know someone is flawed but we also see that (1) we love him and (2) we know he needs us and (3) he has many other wonderful qualities. And now for her to have embraced the duties that go along with loving a Royal, well bravo for her. She did her very best. As others have commented, it was a short trip on short notice. My husband and I have just decided to go on a short break to Mallorca in ten days and oh the arguments we have had over when and where to go, the dog, lack of clothes, etc. They didn't really get to choose where to go and Kate certainly had the burden of clothing (I DID loathe William's blue suit at the meet n greet but then I loathe blue suits period.)
    Anyway, [taking a long sip of tea and gently setting the teacup down] we are entitled to our opinions but as someone who has seen many marriages survive or implode over the space of 50 years, and seen all kinds of behavior in the public sphere, I say Kate is my new hero. I had had great fears over the generation that is to follow us but if there were more of her then I would rest easy.

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    1. Beautifully and creatively written, Jo. Empathy and understanding cost nothing and can reap great rewards. It may not extend to William's blue suits, however. : )

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    2. I totally agree!!! I think of Charles and Diana's trip to China in 1992 and how they could barely contain their disdain for each other. The expressions on their faces said it all. I am not suggesting the same is true of William and Kate. In fact, I believe it is just the opposite. I believe they love and respect each other and that the both knew each other well before marrying each other. However, I can't imagine that Kate wasn't at least a little ticked off at William, but you never saw it on her face. She was the consummate professional.

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    3. Jo you are great. Your cup of tea is delicious and your empathy so deep. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with us.

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    4. Cara, Australia20 March 2017 at 09:01

      Jo, you bought tears to my eyes. Thank you for your tea and wisdom.

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    5. This trip made it clear that Kate gets what being a royal is all about. We have no idea what she was thinking about Verbier - and that's just fine! She was cheery, supportive, engaged - everything she should be. Believe me I loved Diana and felt her pain, but For the long-term success of the monarchy, HM's way of going about things is the better path, and Kate clearly agrees. Loved all the looks except the Jenny Packham...too sweet for Paris, should have gone more sophisticated with bigger jewels!

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    6. Hello Jo and thank you for the tea and shortbread, my weakness! It also indicates you understand the nature of polite discussion which I very much appreciate :)

      However, I am a little confused why your comment was directed at me. I'm not sure I ever said "Kate was ok" with William, and certainly would never suggest someone just "get over" a loss. I'm referring to your "Well, you say, time for him to get over it. I don't know how many traumatic events you have experienced but it is not something you ever get over" which you are attributing to me. So I really am a little taken aback.

      I am hoping you meant a more general sense, as in "one may say you need to get over it" or "some may say you need to".

      If you are speaking in general terms I understand there are always things going on behind the scenes. But more than 60 years ago a young girl lost her beloved father suddenly in his sleep, and hours later had to face her country and the world as the new monarch. More than 20 years ago a young woman had to smile and be on top of her game for an adoring public, even though she was going through a terrible time personally and her private life was crumbling.

      Many of us have to go to work even in difficult circumstances, and the boss doesn't care who broke up with you or what you're going through at home. So in my opinion some things are reasons, but they are not excuses.

      I don't know if you read Camilla Long's column in the Sunday Times yesterday. The headline "Look, William, you're a royal, and the deal is you act like one." She wrote that she personally feels there is an "arcane awfulness" about monarchy, "Royals must perform the part; we play our part by suspending our disbelief" and when on to say "It is unfair of course that the royals are made to behave like performing animals when all they want to do is feel the beatz in a Verbier nightclub. But it is also unfair that they have vast palaces and huge wealth and we don't. If they want to hang on to the latter, they need to sign up for the former. It's unfair, but that's what being a royal is."

      I said in my first comment that I think they did a solid job. I'm not sure it was their best. I think they are paying the price for spending too much of this "waiting in the wings" time as play time, holiday, and not as apprenticeship, which it really should be. Just my opinion of course.

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    7. Agree with you Claudia. Jo - I'm not sure what you mean to imply by referencing William's parents marriage problems and his mother's death. Of course those are traumatizing events. But you know what, most of us have had traumatizing events in our life that we deal with everyday That doesn't give us a free pass to do what we like, whenever we like. I'm not saying that this is what William does all the time (I actually think he's an okay guy), but I do think it's time for some people to act like he's somehow more fragile or more deserving of our sympathy.

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    8. I have twice tried to reply to you but as I attempted to check for grammar in Preview, my replies were vaporized. So I will keep it simple -- I thought you were the one who said Kate appeared to be okay with William's behavior and yes I meant "one may say you need to get over it." For the rest, please see my reply to Becca somewhere higher up in the comment chain.

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    9. Claudia, the difference between losing a parent at 15 and at 26 is unbelievable. You cannot compare the loss of Elizabeth with the loss of William and Harry, it is rather incorrect. Being 15 is a very special, difficult time, when the boundaries between childhood and adulthood are uncertain and life is an open wound itself, so that anything breaks an unstable balance can really cause an unimaginable damage. Such a loss can really give a terrible stroke, a wound that will never be recovered. At 26 a human being is well built, the loss of a parent, also if really beloved, cannot generate such a devastating earthquakes in a personality.

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    10. Paola, again, I welcome discussion on things I *actually* said, but it's tiresome to respond to things I never said that are somehow still directed to me, so this is the last. I *never* equated or compared William and Harry's loss of their mother to the Queen losing her father. I said, quote "there are always things going on behind the scenes"... whether that is a feeding frenzy press storm, or the King just died and his young daughter has to step on to the world stage, or any number of things.

      And I am a grown woman with grown children. I assure you I do not need any lectures or explanations on the pain of loss from you, Jo, or anyone else. Please don't make those assumptions about me, or any other readers here. You have no idea what my life experience is.

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    11. I do understand the point Jo is trying to make in reference to William's situation.


      Yes, other people suffer traumatic events, but my goodness, can we stop to consider all the ADDITIONAL factors involved with Diana's death? For starters, W&H would have been aware of tabloid coverage of their parents' marriage and the treatment of their mother at the hands of the press. Then consider the factors involved on that fateful night...and the theories that are rehashed to this day. Now, imagine the climate within the Firm after Diana died. Do you think W&H were encouraged to talk about their mother, or the emotions they were coping with? Fresh air and a "get on with it" approach is wonderful if it is PART of the healing process...but it doesn't suffice as THE healing process. Now consider Charles' priorities when his sons needed him most, and the ongoing campaign to have Camilla accepted while their mother's role in the Firm was undermined and attempts were made to sweep her memory under the royal rugs.


      When this subject comes up, there is a tendency to minimize the situation but, honestly, who would want to walk in William or Harry's shoes ... then or now? And who could deny the impact it had/has on them to this day? I'm certainly not suggesting that they are fragile or that they should be pitied for the rest of their lives, but I do think the circumstances, and the impact, should be recognized as being THEIR REALITY.

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    12. Charles & Diana's marriage is a generation and world apart from William's and Kate's. Day and night to say the least. Thank goodness. :-)

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    13. Claudia, I would appreciate your not including me in the "lecturer" categories. I have simply been honestly sharing my own opinions, and my own life experiences so that people know where I am coming from. Most people so far seem to understand that. I hope that you can too without saying that I am lecturing. I have already apologized for wrongly attributing a comment to you. From now on I will be careful not to mention you by name and keep the conversation more pointedly of a "general" nature. Said with, I hope, sensitivity for both our feelings.

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    14. Claudia it's true that we don't know each other and it's true that my English is not perfect and sometimes I can happen to misunderstand something. However, you wrote: "But more than 60 years ago a young girl lost her beloved father suddenly in his sleep, and hours later had to face her country and the world as the new monarch. More than 20 years ago a young woman had to smile and be on top of her game for an adoring public, even though she was going through a terrible time personally and her private life was crumbling". Tell me why I don't have to assume that you are comparing William's loss with Elizabeth's loss. I am confused.

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    15. Jo, how else should I take, "I don't know how many traumatic events you have experienced but it is not something you ever get over however much you try" ???

      You started this entire thread with a comment directed to me, attributing two rather off-putting remarks about William and Kate to me, remarks I never made. You followed up saying that the second remark was meant in a more general term. So yes, if I'm responding rather sharply it's because I'm not sure why I was brought into any of this!

      If you're going to single someone out and challenge their comments, take an extra minute to make sure it's accurate first. And yes, I do find it a bit audacious to specifically address someone you don't know and tell them what losing someone is like, when you have no idea what that person's life has looked like. That is not expressing an opinion, that is preaching. And in this case I might add, preaching to the choir.

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    16. Oh seriously Claudia, let it go. I have apologized what more do you want? (And this is certainly the last time I will address you directly.)

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    17. When we write in a blog online we do write and nothing else. We are reading written statements and we are answering by means of written statements as well. Therefore each of us is preaching, and it cannot be anything else but preaching. We try to do our best, we know that behind each nickname there is a true human being but here we are dealing just with words.

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    18. Claudia I've been reading this blog and the comments a LONG time and this happens every so often. Someone comes in with "new" name or handle and quietly picks little random arguments with the regulars, then they act outraged when called on it, lol.
      Don't take the bait. Trust me, just ignore it.
      This comment section still has challenges which is why I just read anymore.
      And I'm still Anon for that reason too

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  42. The visit was a success but too short in my opinion.
    Did you know that William and Kate are both distant cousins of President Hollande?

    Here is the link:

    http://geneanjou.blog.lemonde.fr/2017/03/17/le-president-hollande-cousin-du-prince-william-et-de-kate/

    Can you confirm Charlotte? Thank you and have a beautiful weekend you all!

    Monica, Carcassonne

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    1. Very interesting. Thanks Monica.

      Did you know that there is a website where you can see at a glance the family tree that shows the geneolgies of all the U.S. Presidents up to second and third cousins. Amazingly they are all fairly closely related to one another. And, the hereditary links to the British Royal family are pretty amazing too.

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    2. Because they are all so closely related it is all on one simple to read genealogy list.

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    3. P.S. Quora, "Are all American Presidents Related?", and also Daily Mail, Snejana Farberov, 8/5/12,
      "Yes, every President is related, except one, and it may not be who most people would guess. It started with a 12 year old American girl's desire to trace back her own heritage to France. Along the way she discovered that every single U.S. President (except one) are relatively closely related to just one man."
      Genie.com, "Look Who is Related To George Washington", 2/2/11, The chart here showing President Obama's lineage and relation to George Washington is clear and direct.
      Very interesting for those who are interested in our leaders and history. :)

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    4. And to any Anglophiles here at DKB, you might find this of particular interest. :) (be prepared to be amazed) :)

      New York Times, Steve Lohr, 7/5/88,
      "(President) Bush is 13th cousin to Queen Elizabeth II and is related to all members of the Royal family according to Burke's Peerage. Moreover, he is related to all those who have married into the British Royal family, like the Queen Mother, the Princess of Wales (Diana) and the Duchess of York. Bush is also related to all current (1988) European monarchs on or off the throne, including the King of Albania."
      Very detailed article and definitely read worthy. :)

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  43. Wow, what a whirlwind of a tour! I felt like if I blinked I might have missed half of it! I really don't know how you managed to find time to research the details of all the places in between the engagements Charlotte. You are a star; many thanks again for all your hard work on our behalf.

    My favourite part of the tour by far was the first part of the second day - the children, the survivors of the terrorist attacks, the tourist sites and Kate in Chanel! Those engagements might not be the most important diplomatically, but they are what people love most about royal tours I think.

    On the clothes front, things weren't quite as mind-blowing as I'd hoped. I guess I was secretly hoping for another big wow moment like Diana in that embroidered Victor Edelstein evening gown with the bolero, which is probably hopelessly unrealistic given that Kate (as wife of the second in line) probably doesn't have quite the same budget that Diana had (as wife of the heir).

    I loved the Catherine Walker coat, didn't like the McQueen at all (still looks like a nightdress or an underskirt to me), quite liked the Jenny Packham (although not as much as some of her other designs), really liked the Chanel and didn't like the Carolina Herrera. So a real mixed bag for me. I think the most frustrating thing for me was that all three of her daywear pieces were fit and flare coats. I know it's a very Kate silhouette and I don't have anything against it per se, but I can't help thinking that if just one of them (any one) had been replaced by a fitted suit, it would have added some variety and interest.

    Most of all, I'm glad that she managed to keep that beautiful smile throughout and not let recent events get to her. What a trooper!

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  44. We were in China and then traveling back so I didn't get to see the dresses as they came. Looking at all of the photos at once, I am struck by the beauty and expense of the clothing -- and the disappointing hairstyles.

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    1. I've been wishing to no avail, that Kate would cut her hair to shoulder length or just below. She just has too much hair and that leads to disappointing hair styles.

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    2. Barbara, I admit to feeling the same way.

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    3. Barbara, I agree, as many of us do, lol. AMANDA, are you listening??????
      If so, please research updos, like Zara's for instance, to give Kate some amazing updos that compliment the designs of her outfits and her and don't look like a thrown together jumbled-up mess or a severe architecturally intricate paste-up endeavor, truly no offense Amanda, just some public feedback from a supporter of Kate.

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    4. Gals, I just have to disagree. Catherine looks best in her long hair. It gives her a unique look. When her hair was at it's shortest it was bland. An occasional up do is fine, but to expect that at every outing is both confining for her and exudes a formal affect on the audience.

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    5. LauraT, I'm not suggesting that Kate should walk around with an updo seven days a week, but I do believe that a shorter style would be more versatile and give her a lift. Different strokes, eh? 😊

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    6. People forget that we aren't looking at her "normal" hair. She doesn't actually have straight hair. Perhaps a shorter do would make it harder to hide that fact?

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  45. I would like to see the entire outfit of the little girl who presented the flowers. She seemed quite stylish.

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    1. I would also, Anonymousa. That is the second little girl that the media has noticed as "stylish". See, rightly or wrongly, the media (even Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal, etc., etc.) notice and comment on sartorial choices. That is why I maintain that Kate needs a trained, level-headed stylist to help her be the most polished and consistently put together properly Kate. :)

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    2. I found another picture-she was beautifully attired. The little boy was snappy, too.I have no idea what the "media" is saying about her. I just saw her classic haircut and went from there. British royal women, other than HM, don't go in for stylists. If you've seen HM at her leisure at Windsor and Balmoral, the stylist look isn't her favored one, either.I think some of them, perhaps most, pride themselves on their uniqueness. Need I name them? ; } It may be a British aristocratic thing. It may be a matter of not wanting to appear as though one is trying too hard. A small inperfection here and there. No cookie-cutter look.

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  46. Balbina - Austria20 March 2017 at 00:35

    Thanks Charlotte for the speedy and thorough coverage. As always, it was utter pleasure to see the events unfold.
    I have to say that I am most impressed with the style of Anne, the Ambassadors wife. I liked her outfits the best.
    From the LBD in the afternoon and the pastel green gown in the evening to the nude outfit the following day. Très chic!
    Kate's Chanel outfit was beautiful and perfectly accessorised in my opinion. Although I would have styled it with a ponytail, like the one she wore in NZ with the cornflower blue MacQueen coat. As some mentioned before, it's a very Kate-esque interpretation of Chanel and I think that's perfectly charming. It doesn't always have to be the classic tweed suit.
    I also very much liked the black MacQueen midi dress. Gorgeous silhouette. To me, the fabric doesn't look like lace. More like typical Chanel boucle and I saw it as a nod to french couture.
    However, I didn't care about the other outfits. I thought them rather uninspired and unfinished. In my opinion, the beautiful green military coat didn't work without updo and some hat. I would have switched to black pumps and a little black hat. Small change, interesting impact.
    Jenny Packham: Can you please give the sequins a rest. Or at least, please don't create floral ornaments with them.... on pastel blue! This doesn't say princess, it says rainbows and unicorns. But I do like the statuesque silhouette. Perfect for Kate.

    Somehow it feels like this visit has been a major task, very challenging and demanding. My guess is that Kate has worked her heart out to create the effortless, warm and charming appearance we actually saw. A trouper if ever there was one and a real credit to the BRF.

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  47. Balbina - Austria20 March 2017 at 00:36

    Trooper! : )

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  48. Seems like this would have been a great opportunity to don a chic pair of slim wool trousers and a red blazer and those booties. I like the red coat but this would have been good for some nice long black wool trousers.
    The booties look like the Aquatalia "Dina" booties, I think Aquatalia had them a few years ago.
    At least, whatever happened inside the walls of Anmer and KP, they do manage to present a united front in public.
    Kate seems to have really grown up, fashion-wise, in this jaunt. Her style seemed more adult, more consistent, less befuddled and more streamlined than in past trips, even short trips. She sported that really gorgeous and modern big statement pearl suite with the black gown, the ice-blue gown was stunning, the green coat on Friday for the flight over was chic and appropriate for both engagements.
    This harkens back to the kind of dressing she did all those years they were dating and in the run up to the marriage and in her first months in the marriage. Chic, appropriate to her age and the event, stylish and consistent. And her hair and makeup were as well, not too heavy a hand with the eye makeup or the brows, she didn't look as pale and haggard as she has in past weeks.
    Let's hope she keeps this up.

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  49. LOVED both the black dress and that incredible ice blue formal gown. I adore Catherine's fabulous hair. I really wish I could get mine to look as fine as hers. I have a question over some rag rumors I heard. That Catherine was very angry with William because he went off on a retreat with some of his guy pals. Any truth to that????

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  50. A note. Even Michael and Carole Middleton hold their hands in front of them (as do many people you see who are photographed) and Carole holds her purse in front of her as Kate does. Clearly shown in the photos of them attending church services on Sandringham when Carole wore the beautiful coat, fur scarf and pillbox hat. :) Don't think that holding your hands in front is an indication of insecurity on Kate's part (or William's) at all. It is a very common thing to do. :)

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    1. Exactly, SG. And not to blow any theories here, but I've seen photos of other women, including Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, with their hands clasped. No insecurity issues there! ;-)

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    2. 1. Others are constantly clasping their hands in front? As Kate does?

      2. It isn't about insecurity.

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    7. Paola, EXCELLENT. 👏

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    8. Thank you, Paola!

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    9. Zora from Prague22 March 2017 at 19:56

      These are really nice pictures, thank you, Paola! And I also agree about what you said above about our using words. If we could talk to each other directly, we would use an occasional gentle touch, smile, tone of voice, even a hug, which all add a lot of meaning to the words and make mutual understanding easier.

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  51. I really liked the varied/tactile nature of the garments Kate wore on this trip. My favorites were the McQueen and Chanel ... I'm a very tactile person and when I go to a fabric store, I typically walk around feeling all the fabric. I would love to see how both of those garments feel to the touch. I love the woven multi-color textile for the Chanel garment, color-wise too. My least favorite was the ice blue gown. Possibly more for Kate's posture than anything (although that color is not a favorite of mine), although the embroidery and embellishments did add to the overall appearance.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing the Poland/Germany trip with the wonderful embroidery and colorful traditional clothing of both countries.

    -- btchili

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  52. Love this Carolina Herrera coat!! It fits her so well and the color was absolutely perfect. I also really enjoy seeing the Duchess at sporting events; she's always very animated and you can tell she really likes being there!

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  53. Maggie - Minneapolis21 March 2017 at 00:18

    Now my fashion thoughts!
    1. LOVED the green Catherine Walker coat, although I kind of wish she had repeated for the Irish Guard and then debuted a new dress that would work for both theFrance arrival/Hollande meet but also the reception afterwards. She seemed a bit overdressed at the reception anyways so I feel like she could have worn something that would have worked for both. The dress she wore to meet Modi (India's PM) would have been fine for a reception too imo, so I think that would have been a nice way (with a different dress of course) to debut new to start without having to change any more than she already did. I also thought it looked a little strange for her to be in a coat while meeting with Hollande inside. But the coat itself was great, and in general I think my favorite daytime designer for Kate is Catherine Walker. Her clothes have all been impeccably tailored and always seem to suit Kate's body well. The only one I haven't liked is that Trooping coat from right after Charlotte's birth that looked a little like it was made from curtains. The material for the Dutch visit suit could have been better too but that's it.

    2. The McQueen might have worked if not for the excessive and poor accessorizing. As for the ice blue gown...I don't even know exactly how to explain my dislike. The velvety material appeared like a child's Halloween princess costume, while the design felt very similar to the Queen's gowns these days. And I don't know why Kate likes this color so much (Bond premiere, knee-length dress while pregnant with George, Packham on her first day back from HG while pregnant with Charlotte, multiple Walker coats, and on and on and then all the coats too lol). I think the color washes her out and think she looks better in bolder hues.

    3. I thought Kate looked wonderful in the Chanel. Only two quibbles are the obvious Chanel logo on the belt, especially bc it's separate from the buckle, and disappointment that her debut Chanel looked (aside from the material) like 90% of her coat dresses...I was hoping for something that felt more "Chanel", like one of their classic tweed suits. It just feels like she wore Chanel because she felt like she had to but didn't actually champion the brand much aside from in name (much like much of her McQueen clothing).

    4. I just can't get on board with the button placement on the Herrera coat. But the color is gorgeous. Still don't get the red-burgundy matching she likes to do so much though.

    5. It looks like she got her hair cut a bit, and at times on the tour I thought it looked better than it has in a while, but I still think she needs to cut it more. I liked it a lot in India just past her shoulders. It makes her look younger and more professional. The long hair, esp on day 2, still drags her down. I did like the straighter styling on day 2 and prefer it that way to those bouncy curls she so loves. The bouncy wavy/curly hair is not unattractive by any means - just seems more celebrity-esque than professional and royal. Like while I agreed with the general consensus that her hair looked great at that Heads Together briefing earlier this year, I didn't necessarily think it was appropriate for giving a major speech on mental health.

    6. I loveeee all her makeup changes lately. I've noticed the difference for a while now but thought it looked even better than the usual recently on the tour.

    Whew that was a lot! Sorry! Just caught up on the whole tour at once haha :)

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    1. I enjoyed your super-long post, Maggie :P I agree with some of the points you made, especially regarding her hair & recent changes in makeup. I loved the length of hair in India, it did look more professional. I like the straighter look she wore on the 2nd day in Paris, but I felt it looked heavy & dragged her down too. I hope she does cut her again a little shorter, like she had it in India.

      P.S. Catherine Walker is lovely, but I did not like that 'curtain' coat she wore at Trooping after Charlotte's birth, either. The hat she wore with it was a miss too.

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  54. Hi Charlotte, I've been trying with great frustration to comment & respond while reading all the comments, but it just won't work? I thought it was me, but then when I got down to the bottom here, it is now taking my comment... or so I think? Just thought I'd let you know & we'll see if this posts.
    Most Importantly..... Charlotte I wanted to Thank You So Much for Your Amazing Posts during This Paris Trip & For The Gift of This DKBlog! We all really enjoy being here & I grown so fond of you all! :)

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      Thank you for your comment. There are definitely issues with both the comments section and the feed. My apologies for any inconvenience caused. It should be sorted before the next post.

      I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for their very kind comments, they are very much appreciated. It's been lovely to see so much respectful, enjoyable conversation :)

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      I believe a comment or two of mine disappeared as well. Nothing important but I had wondered if it was something I was doing. Many thanks as always, Charlotte.

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  55. Thank you Charlotte for the interesting and informative coverage.
    It seemed to be a well balanced tour providing oppotunities for people to meet and talk in the diplomatic setting and charity visits that tied in with their interests.
    The clothing was all appropriate to the occassion and Kate looked good. The Jenny Packham although heavily critqued certainly had a princess feel to it and perhaps that was the intent. I really liked the ambassador's wife's little back dress but am equally pleased Kate did not choose to got down that road as I expect she would have been seen to be yet again a school girl.
    My favourite photograph has to be the silhouette in front of the clock. Truly iconic. Photos in front of the Eiffel Tower are a bit meh for me for the most part.
    I have just read through all the comments from the entire tour and St Patrick's and am again forcibly reminded why we need so much more understanding of mental health.

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  56. Great tour thanks for all your coverage Charlotte. I love this red coat and wills looks so handsome in glasses.

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  57. Zora from Prague22 March 2017 at 17:39

    I've just heard about the attack at Westminster, what a terrible shock. I think of you all in London and the UK. Many feared that London might be next... Terrorism is the hell of modern times.

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  58. My thoughts are in London, what a terrible moment. No words can help.

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  59. I don't comment much but wanted to say how sad I am about what's happening in Westminster. I know we have a diverse group here so thinking of anyone who might be affected, even indirectly.
    Also wondering what it will mean for upcoming royal engagements, especially the Queen tomorrow.

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  60. Echoing the words of several commenters, thoughts and prayers with those affected by the horrific events in Westminster today. There seems to be no place, no landmark, too big for these terrorists to attack.

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