Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge Views Letters from Relatives Who Died During WW1

Ahead of Armistice Day, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Imperial War Museum in London to view letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War.


The embargoed engagement was kept under wraps until the Duchess arrived this afternoon.


The visit provided an opportunity to learn more about Kate's family history and to gain a closer insight into the role several of her relatives played, and gave their lives for, during the war. I thought the personal connection added another dimension to this engagement - it's a very appropriate time to highlight the museum with ongoing centenary commemorations taking place.


The Duchess viewed the ‘Weeping Window’ installation at the Imperial War Museum.


Comprised of several thousand ceramic poppies, the work was originally created as part of part of the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London in 2014, with each poppy representing a life lost in WWI.


William, Kate and Harry visited the installation at the Tower of London in 2014.


Before looking at the letters Kate took a short tour of the First World War Galleries, where she was shown elements that relate to the experience of her relatives.


The Daily Mail reports: "The IWM's director-general Diane Lees said: 'We are delighted that these documents are now part of IWM's documents archive. They provide a truly fascinating insight into what life was like in the trenches, and show the sacrifice that so many families made during the First World War. Our documents archive remains one of the world's foremost archives covering the personal experience of warfare since 1914. This latest acquisition will only enhance our collection and will be an invaluable resource to research into a conflict that still has relevance and impact today.'"


The letters and documents provide a fascinating and poignant account of life and death in the trenches. The letters are part of IWM’s Documents Archive, which allows a means to research, reflect and remember the extraordinary contribution and sacrifice made by so many families during the First World War.


The Duchess views several documents relating to her relatives’ experiences.


Kate was shown her great-grandmother Olive’s registration card. Olive and her younger sister Anne were both VAD nurses with the Red Cross during the war.


Olive Middleton and her VAD registration card.

People reports:

The mother of three, 36, spoke about her great-grandmother’s experience working as a nurse during WWI, caring for wounded servicemen in a field hospital, during a February visit to St. Thomas’ Hospital in London.
“This campaign means a lot to me personally. My great-grandmother and grandmother were both volunteer nurses,” she said in a speech. “They would have learned first-hand from working with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and the Red Cross about the care and compassion that sometimes only nurses can provide.”

Francis Martineau Lupton, the Duchess's great-great-grandfather, had five children. His three sons Francis, Maurice and Lionel were all killed in action while serving during the First World War. Their sister Olive (pictured above), who worked as a nurse in the Voluntary Aid Detachment, is the Duchess of Cambridge's great-grandmother. She married Lieutenant Richard Noel Middleton, who also corresponded with the family during the war. The eldest brother, Major Francis Lupton, served with 8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and was killed by a bomb on 19 February 1917 aged 31. His brother Lieutenant Lionel Lupton, youngest of the three, had been killed in action only a year earlier aged 24. Lionel served with 28th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, spending significant time in the front-line trenches in France. Captain Maurice Lupton served with 7th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and also spent time in the trenches, occasionally meeting with his younger brother, Lionel. Maurice was the first family casualty of the war and was killed by a sniper in 1915, aged 28.


The war brought devastating loss and tragedy to the Lupton family, who like so many others, endured the ultimate sacrifice. This telegram from Noel Middleton to the family, informed that Francis's body had been found: "Bad News Francis Body Found Near Taylors Killed Instantaneously Bomb Saw Norman Yesterday And Grave In Churchyard Writing Middleton".


The items include this field service postcard from Lionel dated 16 July 1916, where he notes that he is "quite well". Sadly, Lionel was killed in action on the same day, aged just 24.


"The King realises that this is the third beloved son you have given to your Country’s cause, and His Majesty trusts that you may be granted strength and comfort in the further sorrow which you have been called upon to bear." – a Letter of condolence sent on behalf of George V


The Mail Online reports:

'Despite the sombre nature of the visit, the duchess and her hosts were keen to touch on some of the lighter moments contained in the letters. In one of them, Maurice wrote about a soldier adopting a magpie as a pet. In another, he wrote home requesting a consignment of vegetable seeds.
‘A very Middleton thing,’ the duchess noted brightly. ‘My grandmother loved gardening. I’ve got a lot to live up to.’ Results have been mixed in the Kensington Palace vegetable patch, by all accounts. ‘You shouldn’t see my cauliflowers,’ the duchess added.
The duchess had never seen photographs of her three great great uncles – Francis, Maurice and Lionel Lupton – until yesterday afternoon. She was particularly struck by the family resemblance in young Maurice. The boys’ mother Harriet had died in 1892.Nor had she seen family heirlooms like the standard issue postcard from Lionel on July 16, 1916, telling his family: ‘I am quite well.’ Just hours later, he was killed by enemy shell fire.
 ‘It’s all so sad,’ said the duchess, her words tailing off.'

The Imperial War Museum was founded in the midst of the First World War with a mission to preserve and tell the stories of all kinds of people, not only from Britain but from the countries of its empire. They continue to do this work right up to present day conflicts, covering 100 years of experience throughout the Commonwealth. As well as permanent displays, they have a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, events and educational activities to help our visitors to get close to the lives of those affected by war and to develop a deeper understanding of its effect on the world.


A video from the engagement.


The Duchess wore her bespoke blue fitted dress by go-to designer Jenny Packham, first worn for the Cambridges' arrival in Canada during their 2016 tour. It's a beautifully crafted, tailored garment with gathered shoulders, a belt, and detailing at the collar and back.


A photo of the back of the dress taken in Canada in 2016.


Kate wore her trusty Gianvito Rossi praline pumps.


Kate carried the £495 Mulberry Amberley clutch (with thanks to the UFO No More team).


The Duchess accessorised with her diamond and sapphire earrings.


And Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.


Kate's Royal British Legion poppy brooch is the Women of the First World War Poppy Brooch (with thanks to Lauren). The £29.99 piece is described: "Designed exclusively for the Centenary year, this stunning brooch adds a vintage feel to the classic two petal enamel poppy. Plated with a gold tone and hand finished with brilliant baguette crystals, this charming brooch is the perfect way to support the Royal British Legion."

The brooch is beautifully packaged in a floral design box. Each brooch comes with a certificate commemorating the life of a woman who lost her life as a direct result of the First World War. These names are recognised by CWGC as women serving in the auxiliary units during the First World War.


Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess will attend the attend the Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House on Thursday, 8 November.

118 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden31 October 2018 at 21:48

    Unnannounced engagement, was so fun seeing this pop up earlier today! A great engagement at that. Wonderful and clever to connect todays living people to the people of the past to move history from being something fictional-adjacent events revolving around real people!

    Nice to see a repeat of this dress. She, as always, looks slendid in blue. And this is a great "uniform" for her, and fitting for the event!

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    1. Rebecca - the way this engagement was done made you feel a real connection to those who lost their lives during that terrible war. Kate must be sad & proud at the same time.

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  2. Courtney, MD USA31 October 2018 at 21:52

    I was so excited when I saw the pictures come out of Kate in this dress today because I had just ordered a dress that reminds me of this look to wear for my son’s baptism!

    https://bananarepublicfactory.gapfactory.com/browse/product.do?cid=1077831&pcid=1045225&vid=1&pid=387541001


    To be honest, I had not remembered it from the Canada tour, but it certainly is a great look. Interesting that she removed the collar.

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    1. The collar is still there, its just very well hidden by her hair. Can see bits of it in some of the pictures

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    2. The collar is still there. Just under her hair.

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    3. Courtney I do not believe she removed the collar. I saw a photo from today of the back of the dress and you could see the collar on the dress and if you look very closely at some of the front pictures from today I believe you can see the collar under her hair.

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    4. I think the collar is still there, but hidden by her hair at the front.

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    5. Collar still there—just barely visible under her hair.

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    6. I don't think the collar is removed, just hidden by her hair. In close ups you can see the line

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    7. Courtney, I love the BR dress you ordered! Kate looks great, as always. It's nice having her back on the scene.

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    8. Collar is still there. Her hair just hides it.

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    9. Anglophile in Ohio31 October 2018 at 23:49

      The collar is still there-you can see the edge of it in one of the photos. Her hair is covering the collar.

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  3. Just as we all are telling Charlotte to take a well deserved rest, Kate pops up. No rest for the weary!. This particular dress on Kate has been my favorite since its first appearance I believe getting off the plane in Canada.

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  4. I can’t imagine the tragedy on such a mass scale as WWI. All the lives lost. I’m glad that Remembrance is still such a big part of the UK.
    Kate looked lovely in her repeat. I liked it from the Canadian tour and I like it now.

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  5. Thank you for this very informative post. A really wonderful engagement today and lovely to see Kate.

    The important: A very poignant and moving visit. So many lives were destroyed during the Great War. Not just those who died but those who survived and those who were left behind at home. It’s so interesting to see Catherine’s links to this history and what an interesting family tree she has. Remembrance is so important and this was a wonderful, educational visit to highlight that.

    The good: I loved this beautiful dress in Canada so I’m thrilled to see it again. The pretty clutch, stunning sapphire and diamond earrings, her hair looks great, that gorgeous Poppy brooch celebrating the remarkable Women of WW1 is the cherry on top.

    The bad: THOSE shoes. I hated them with this dress in Canada. I hate them with this dress in London.

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  6. I love this dress!!! Wonderful to see it again. I think this silhouette flatters Kate the best.

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  7. Hmm Unannounced engagement was good and all seeing her is earlier pop up to my sccreen was nicd and beautiful everybody should be resting all the blog she pop Charlotte i hope take a sleep ans rest up i love the outfit since she wearing and what locely repeat. I lks before canadiab tour ans inlove. It noe hmm i love they are taking remembering the tragedy as WW1 and bedbn big part of remembrance day

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  8. What a moving engagement. There is an installation of 18, 277 crosses in “The Field of Remembrance” in front of the Auckland War Memorial Museum that Harry & Meghan visited a couple of days ago. Each white cross is for a life lost in WWI. It was very moving & sad to be amongst all those crosses :( We will never forget their sacrifice.
    I like that Kate chose this JP again; it suits her nicely & the colour is lovely. I also like the new clutch; it matches the GR pumps very well. And the poppy brooch is beautiful.

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  9. Fun engagement. I think this is also a very timely engagement. The Sussex tour and all eyes being in AU/NZ is done and this engagement does. A great job reorienting back to England and the upcoming events for the century mark for the end of WWI. It’s a serious engagement but not super heavy with a nice personal touch to add additional interest and scope.

    Love the dress. I loved it in Canada and love it now. I think it’s a great color on her and the color itself allows her to pop among the poppies but also for the poppies to pop around her and from her broach to shine. I will be interested to see how engagements go for her, if she starts picking up additional ones moving forward.

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  10. So so pretty. Love this dress and the whole look I Ike that she repeats some looks.
    . So many people died in WWI. Europe lost a generation. My great grandfather also died a very young man in a battle in France. He was a Scotsman. Can’t wait to check out the imperial war museum so interesting she got to see those letters. Fascinating. Thanks Charlotte.

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  11. I love this dress even more as I got to see her in it in Victoria! So cool.
    Happy to see her out and about, Im a little jealous of this event its so nice that she can see the history of her family. Im so grateful for the little history we have but would love more and so many people dont have much. The Weeping Window display is beautiful & sad. Hope you get some rest Charlotte as always great job!

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  12. I take credit for this look - lol! A few years ago for the very first “choose your dream look for Kate” challenge, I chose the Betty Ottoman dress by Biden which featured a similar silhouette and the same “backwards” collar.

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    1. I meant to say "Boden", not "Biden".

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  13. What a wonderful engagement for Kate. And this was one of her best dresses from the Canada tour. I wonder Charlotte, was this the tour favorite? Happy to see Kate out and about and I love a good (no great) repeat!

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  14. We didn't have to wait long to Kate her again. :-)

    As much as I like her dress (the color is beautiful!), I wonder how surreal a day like this is for Kate.

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    1. Zora from Prague1 November 2018 at 21:47

      True, royalfan... I believe (and I'm glad) that Kate feels family history is important. To know where we belong, where our roots are... Very important for a woman who's going to be Queen Consort one day.

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  15. Thoughtful appearance to honor and remember those, including some of Kate's relatives, who lost their lives during WWl.

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  16. I love that Britain and Australia keep alive the memory of all those who served during the two WWs. The US doesn't do enough and those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

    Kate looks fantastic!

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  17. I loved the dress in Canada and love it now. The Duchess looks terrific. Love her hair, makeup and earrings really nicely done. Does anyone have an idea as to why this visit was kept under wraps? Wow! how moving this must have been amazing story. Thank you for a fantastic blog, I learned so much from this today.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden1 November 2018 at 15:05

      I've heard that the museum was still open to the public mostly so that's probably the reason for it being embargoed. To keep down the security that would have been needed to handle the extra people and to disrupt the regular activities as little as possible.

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    2. Oh that makes sense thankyou

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  18. The Poppy Brooch appears to be a very well made piece of costume jewelry. I hope it sells well. I think it is very pretty.

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  19. A touching engagement, thank you Charlotte for all your work, I read with interest everything you write, what a great loss of liveas for so many families :(
    Catherine looks spot on in this beautiful dress, I loved it in Canada and I love it now, and that poppy brooch is really beautiful.


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  20. Silvia from Tuscany1 November 2018 at 08:55

    Love seeing Kate in an unannounced and such moving occasion. It's important to see how the war affects the lives of single families. It brings it to a more personal and intimistic dimension.
    Kate looks lovely in her bleu JP dress. It's a nice choice and suits perfectly the occasion and her shape and beautiful hair.

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  21. Royal 👑 Watcher1 November 2018 at 09:46

    I get “goosebumps” just reading about this. So interesting and moving for Kate. I love her outfit as well.

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  22. This highlights the scope of losses so many family suffered in the Great War - the Lupton experience wasn't unique - it's common to see multiple names from families on memorials. It's hard today to get our minds around the magnitude of the numbers who died - and it seems so pointless.

    I have my ceramic poppy from when they were selling them - believe I got the idea from this site - how time does pass - four years. The weeping window exhibit is a lovely continued use of them.

    Kate looks very nice - I like the reuse of the dress. My quibble is that I wish she would make certain her hair doesn't cover her poppy brooch (something I always do when I wearing the poppy.) It just seems more respectful - it would have been a good day to wear it pulled back. It's happened before to Kate - I wish she would take note. Especially with this special brooch.

    Enjoyed the Coach Core visit too - lots of sweet interactions.

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    1. The loss of life is unfathomable, isn't it, Julia, with some families losing all of their sons. I did a paper in college about the sociological effects of basically a whole generation of men being lost in Britain during WWII and the consequences it had for that generation of women. It was sobering to say the least.

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    2. Zora from Prague1 November 2018 at 21:45

      Do you happen to still have the paper, Erika, or is it available somewhere? I'd love to read it!

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    3. I’d also be interested in reading about that, Erika. The most I’ve been exposed to consequences for women has been via Downton Abbey. My family is Irish and American so the losses more, um, distributed?

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    4. I have the paper somewhere in my attic or my mother's. It was undergrade, so 23 years ago before papers were submitted or posted online, and because it wasn't a graduate thesis, it was never published. I woukd think there must be books or research about the subject matter out there now since the interest in the World Wars is high. I'll poke around.

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    5. I hope you do find it Erika - we'd all enjoy it.

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  23. Thank you, Charlotte for the hard work with this blog!
    I was sad nobody was talking about this event, I guess now everyone is too busy with Meghan. For me that I'm first of all a Kate's fan, that's a bit disappointing.
    I'm happy about an unannounced engagement! The Duchess looked lovely, this kind of event must have been sad for her. That dress! Really well tailored, I like that. You can obviously see that's a bespoke dress.

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  24. What a surprise and very moving engagement this must have been for Kate apparently it was at her request it would have been rather nice if her father Michael could have been with her for this visit being the blood relation I wonder whether he will have seen all these letters there has been an extremely good article in the mail by Robert Hardman featuring Kate's visit and apparently all these letters etc. were only presented to the IWM by a relation a month ago. For once no mention was made of what she was wearing it was entirely about the various documents and history. But for WW1 Kate would never have been where she is now it must be a sobering thought for her. I thought the dress was very appropriate for the occasion and I the wearing of the special poppy brooch was excellent and thoughtful. I am sure there will be many families viewing the increbible archive display in the IWM.
    I look froward to seeing her with William at the Tusk Awards function and I hope we have a few more surprise engagements between now and then.

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  25. She looks beautiful - healthy even. I can't help but to say that during their 2014 visit, Harry looked lonely walking behind them...thin too...what a difference 4 years make

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  26. Sigh not this again. One of my favorite day-dresses of hers paired with those ubiquitous awful "praline" pumps. As I said it looks like she's wearing brown socks. The ugly color of those shoes always wipes out whatever pop of color she has in her dress.

    Otherwise nice engagement.

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    1. At first I didn’t mind the praline shoes, but I’m starting to hate them now.

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    2. @Ivy Lin: I always remember your "brown socks" when I see these ugly shoes. Maybe for this type of daytime engagements I will only scroll down to her ankles from now on !

      I have long realised Kate is not a shoe girl. They are clearly the aspect of her wardrobe she puts the least thought into. I get the feeling she's one of those people who has a pair of shoes by the door and just puts them on whatever the occasion. I often feel there are so many of her looks (today included) which would be amazing with one last detail of great pair of shoes to pull everything together rather than these same old pumps which she pairs with nearly everything and tend to bring her outfits down a notch. This is where a good stylist should really step in and provide alternatives. I'm not expecting anything outrageous but even if it’s just alternating with some black shoes which could also be paired with a variety of outfits or if she loves this model of Rossi so much she could buy or dye in a variety of colours to match different outfits. It really seems like when it comes to non-casual daytime engagements they plan her whole outfit in great detail down to her ankles but ankle down it’s just like “eh…the nude pumps will go with anything”.

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    3. Mostly I love Kate's style, with the exception of her nude shoes. These Rossi ones she seems to wear more than all the others put together. They must be super comfortable or something, because they are her go to shoes for just about everything. They have to be getting old and so we can only hope that one day soon she tosses them out. It will be good riddance for many of us!

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    4. The strange thing is she has these Rossi pumps in a variety of colors.
      https://katemiddletonstyle.org/item/gianvito-rossi-105-pumps/
      She has them in praline, black, plum, and red. However we see the other colors once in a blue moon and we see the "praline" pumps in maybe 3/4 of all her engagements.
      I have mentioned this before but in addition to making it look like she's wearing brown socks the "praline" pumps means she matches these pumps with tan hose that's way off from her actual skin tone. So after convincing a whole generation of women (myself included) that nude stockings did not necessarily have to be unnaturally colored, thick, clumpy, and old-fashioned, she now pairs those praline pumps with stockings that are unnaturally colored, thick, clumpy and old-fashioned. If you see her in other engagements she does have the clearer, thinner elegant hose ... but only with shoes that are not these "praline" pumps. So these shoes actually drag down her entire outfit.

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    5. Ladies, I have these ugly, awful, "brown socks" Praline Pumps and I love them. Well...I used to. LOL

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    6. BethNY,
      I’m sorry you feel bad about your shoes now! For me, it’s not the shoes themselves, but it’s that she wears them all the time. It’s like Sledge fatigue all over again. Lol. Too much of a good thing.

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    7. Maybe the un-matched pumps represent having one element of one's look slightly "off" to prevent a perfect, matchy-matchy look. Such as a messy hair-do or mis-matched accessories.I understand other women in fashion news employ this fashion approach and are called clever for it.

      Beth, I think those shoes are attractive and versatile. Kate is a world-wide fashion maven--replicated and imitated. She must have some fashion sense.

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    8. I think it's in keeping with Kate's approach to not make it about fashion. I'd be shocked if she entertained us with a new pair of shoes for every outfit.

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    9. Anonymous at 21:39 Kate has dozens of other nude/beige pumps that are IMO more flattering than this one. I'd love to see those get some regular rotation too.

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  27. I hope this isn't too off-topic, but one thing I really enjoy about these types of engagements is seeing what the hosts wear when they know the Duchess will be coming to visit. I like to think about what I would choose if I were to be walking next to the most-fashionable woman in the world (at least IMO!). I think everyone always does such a nice job looking their spiffy-est!

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    1. CeeCee - Same here, I always look at what hosts are wearing. I wonder if they bought the outfit specifically for the event or already owned it. Why they chose that particular outfit and how long it took to settle on what to wear. That sort of thing.

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  28. Kate looks beautiful like always. :) The event is very interesting and sobering. It is so good to not let people forget. It is very surreal that Kate's relatives received a note from King George, when she will someday be Queen and her son will be King George. And, yes, Harry was such a lonely guy then!

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  29. November is always a somber month for me so what a pleasant surprise to find to start the month!! First of all, Kate looks very statuesque and I will echo what Erika said above that this is a beautiful silhouette for her. An excellent choice for a repeat. It's funny how subtle changes can give a different perspective; when I first saw this dress I noticed the collar and didn't realize the bell of the sleeve; this time with the collar hidden the bell sleeve is more noticeable and it appeared to me to be a new or different dress. Secondly, what a touching engagement. I am always impressed by Kate's poise and composure, especially when this engagement had such personal meaning. Just looking at the "Weeping Window" I am full of emotion at the beauty and the remembrance. I love the poppy brooch and did not realize its particular significance for the women who lost their lives in WWI...really a very striking brooch. A very lovely engagement and as always an informative post, Lastly, I hope that sometime in the next two months, what with holidays and all, we can see pictures of Kate with her sister Pippa and their children...would love to see them in candid shots together as a family. cc

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    1. The Weeping Window creates a very viseral and emotional display. Visually, it appears that the window is weeping the blood of the fallen. Beautiful and devastating at the same time.

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    2. Nicely stated Erika, it is truly very viseral....."an act of commemoration that captured the public imagination like no other." cc

      https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/the-history-of-the-weeping-window/

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    3. I had the same experience with the dress. During the Canada arrival I only noticed the collar detail but didn't notice the bell sleeves at all. This time the bell sleeves caught my attention straight away.

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    4. Me too Sunny, I had not noticed the shelves at all!

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  30. Wonder if her dad has seen the documents. It would have been interesting if he could have accompanied her since they are his ancestors as well.

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    1. Hi Patricia, you made an interesting point. It would've been great if Mr. Middleton would've gone to this engagement as well. I think he's a nice man, and commend him for keeping a low-profile.

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    2. I'm sure they have or will see them at a private visit where they would have more privacy and ample time to look at things without the tight schedule or media glare. Mr Middleton seems to be very low-key gentlemen so I don't think he would be comfortable in this environment in front of the cameras anyway.

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    3. The Middletons are, admirably private and low-profile. Michael Middleton seems to be such a kind, classy, gentlemanly type. I would hate to see him subject to any criticism for accompanying his daughter on an official visit. The haters were out when Doria accompanied Meghan and Harry to the event celebrating the launch of the Grenfell Tower cookbook.

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  31. I first saw the announcement of the visit on KP's Twitter so was sure Charlotte would post it and of course she did. Thank you Charlotte!

    All three sons killed. How sad. Two years ago when I was living in Waterford, Ireland I saw a beautiful crystal carving of a scene from World Ward 1: an etching on a glass pane of six Irish brothers, the Collins, walking in their uniforms, hands on each other. In front of them on the horizontal slab of glass are several glass crosses and some barbed wire. (photo of the carving is on this website: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/5133). Turns out that only two brothers came home; the other four were all killed, one being only 16. You can read the story here: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/band-of-brothers-one-family-s-story-of-the-first-world-war-1.1885281
    My grandfather didn't fight in World War 1, he was a ship's carpenter who had immigrated to Montreal by the time the war began. He worked on the ships. But his three brothers all joined and one died less than a month before the end of the war. He died in France at a military hospital of bronchopneumonia October 20, 1918 and I have always found it so terribly sad that he had made it through the entire war and then died before he could get home. His devastated young wife never married again nor did her only child, a daughter, who was 2 when her father died. My relatives said that they remained very close to my great uncle's family and very attached to one another.

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    1. Thank you for sharing both stories Jo. It is hard to fathom this level of loss and devastation and even harder to imagine how anybody endured such heartache and loss....I only think I am strong. It is important to remember these stories... cc

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    2. Jo in AZ, thank you so much for sharing this with us. The story of the six Collins brothers is so poignant and sad. I am sorry for the loss of your great uncle, another horrific story from WWI. War is so senseless. It cuts down young men in their prime and leaves their loved ones in pain for the rest of their lives. May the leaders of our various countries realize the need for peace. May we never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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    3. One of the great things about this blog is the stories posters bring to us - this is a sad one so represent of the millions of losses. My Nana lost the young man she'd hoped to marry in the war - so a few years after the war, she married an older man, my grandfather (who had also served) So many of the young men were gone. But I don't think she ever forgot her first love.

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  32. A classic Kate look. I especially like the brooch honoring women who gave their lives in this terrible conflict, along with millions of young men. What a dreadful loss for Kate's family to bear, as for the thousands of other British families, and people all over the world. My farming grandfather fought in this war, and so did one of our finest presidents, Harry Truman. It's good to remember.

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    1. Theresa, New York2 November 2018 at 20:14

      My husband's father and my father both fought in WWI. My father was gassed and suffered the effects the rest of his life dying from them in 1959 the month before I entered college. The government paid for my college under the "War Orphans' act. I am immensely grateful to my government for their recognition of those who gave their lives and for the generosity shown me.

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  33. How very sad to lose 3 children to war...
    Kate looked lovely and chic as always

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  34. I highly respect these memorials and events, and like it when the Duchess visits them. I have observed her over the years to be genuinely interested and touched, regardless of whether she's paying tribute to her relatives or other fallen people in general. This look or outfit is the first that I truly like since her return to official duties from maternity leave. I like the color and style, and the look as a whole. Very nice, classy, and suitable for this engagement. Thank you, Charlotte, for sharing this.

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  35. I agree Anonymous @ 22:02. The Duchess of Cambridge looks lovely. Thanks, Charlotte.

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  36. I've given this some thought throughout the day and I would like to very briefly address an issue I was alerted to by several readers.

    On another royal blog, several current and former posters vented their frustrations about both of the blogs and about me personally. I contemplated addressing each accusation, each factually incorrect assertion, and each remark which claimed to speak to my personal views. It's obviously painful to have your integrity and motives questioned publicly and to feel powerless to respond. I was reminded of this Michelle Obama quote today by a fellow blogger: "When they go low. We go high."

    Coming off an exhausting sixteen-day tour, it was saddening on a personal level. It's a shame the posters in question decided to air their angst elsewhere.

    I merely want to say, we are incredibly fortunate to have a royal community filled with talented and insightful writers. I very much hope those who no longer enjoy my blogs will explore and enjoy others without using them as a vehicle to disparage DKB and MAM. Life's too short and time too precious to waste on blogs you derive negative feelings from, and certainly when you feel the writer is doing such a poor job. I have made every effort from day one to ensure neither blog is about me nor my opinions. I hope that can remain.

    I have no desire to open a discussion on this, nor in naming the other blog involved. I sincerely hope this brings the matter to a close.

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    1. I'm so so sorry, you are the last person who deserved this. God knows we disagreed many times, but we could always settle our differences, even if I was fuming for a few days:)I realised you did your best! I'm actually shocked but not absolutely surprised. I keep enjoying your blogs, though I only comment on MAM because this is the right thing to do. Keep up your good work!!xoxo

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    2. Im so sorry Charlotte. I had a look and what is being said is unprecedated, unnecessary and untrue.

      Should they be so unhappy and find the other blog suits them better, all the power to them to say goodbye to this place - and perhaps they could find some maturity within them so as not to drag yours down.

      As it is said - when they go low, we go high.

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    3. Charlotte - I'm so dreadfully sorry to hear this. You've always been so supportive of your readers - especially including me at difficult and painful times when I felt unfairly attacked. Your talent and generosity of spirit shines through everything you do. Where other blogs have censored, you've always permitted an openness of discussion that I feel is tremendously valuable whether I agree with what's said or not. I've not seen the comments in question but am certain they're unjust.

      These are challenging royal times - and I sometimes don't know how I feel by the hour about the direction the family is taking - but I have never once doubted your integrity, your conscientiousness or your kindness. That is why after seven years of posting I'm still here, in spite of difficulties along the way.

      I've not seen the comments made, but they sound completely unfair and wrong - and I'm so sorry you suffered from them. I know this isn't the first rough time you've been through - but what you're doing is tremendously valuable and we don't have to agree with everything to appreciate that.

      I had some great concerns about how this tour was handled. Over on Mad about Meghan, you invited people to comment on the tour and I almost did. But then I looked at the joy of the posters, and I thought - you know - if this is making them happy, why should I interfere. I'll stick with Kate - it's enough for me. And when I've had doubts about whether I'm still a royalist, something usually happens to moderate my perspective. None of us can know the future - so I'll wait and see.

      But I always know when I come here, that you'll have the latest news - beautifully presented and graciously written up. How anyone can fault that is beyond me and I can only say how sorry I am. Here and there, I've tried other blogs, but in the end other than OSS, stay with you because you are the best! Always remember that.

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    4. I can’t speak for anyone because I didn’t participate in the discussion on the other blog where some posters were discussing MAM and DKB, but I kind of understand some of the frustration, though not the way it is being handled. I know I have felt frustrated over comments at MAM because it feels like people can’t have discussions without being labeled as a “hater” or whatever, but it is what it is. It does have a fan club feel to it, which some of us don’t necessarily go along with, but it’s the way it is right now. I hope nobody feels like this is an attack, because it truly isn’t. I don’t blame you, Charlotte, because I don’t envy your job trying to moderate comments. It has to be rough.

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    5. Charlotte, your blogs are the best! I come here to look at your wonderful posts, which are so professionally done. I come here to rest after a busy day and enjoy a warm atmosphere, that you have created. There are always people, who hate something or someone, but remember how many love what you do. Thank you for everything!

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    6. As I have been in a position of leadership for many years, I can say that there will always be someone who doesn't agree with you. Big problems occur when people violate the most logical and simple principles given in Matthew 18 where it says to go directly to the person you have a grievance with the talk to them directly. There's a progression but it is never okay to tell your grievances on a public forum with no beneficial discussion or resolution. I hope and pray you are not too hurt by the hurtful words.

      I think I have a unbiased opinion that you keep your blogs professional and keep your own feelings out of the articles for the most part except for small portions where you are very clear that it is your opinion. How you add that gives such depth to the blog and makes us relate to you as a writer. Please know that most of us who read your blog do so because we enjoy the royals you are covering and especially enjoy how you write to inform us so beautifully.

      Not sure if you want to post this because of the Christian truths spoken but if not I hope it is an encouragement to you!

      I have learned after many difficult trials, that we need to seek the Lord and know that if we are pleasing to Him, He will work out the details by protecting our reputation and guiding us. He knows that truth and He is the ultimate one we want to please not "man/humans". There's no way we can please everyone so if we please the One in charge, He will guide, protect and ultimately use it for our good if we are His children.

      Please keep up your blog exactly as you have been doing it! You bring such sunshine in our lives with these uplifting blogs!

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  37. Charlotte This is a comment for you. No need to post. I am saddened that this has happened. As many people have commented before both your blogs are outstanding and,in a world of increasing polarised comment and views, both factual and third person presented, for us the readers to take and make with the narative what each of us choose. A very rare oportunity in this increasing hostile and aggressive new world of social media. You are not alone in this type of aggressive attack where if your comment is not my view you must be taken down. Increasingly in your field royal reporters are closing down their social media comment. I was appalled to read comment on Jools Oliver’S personal instagram account the agressive and calling out she received after simply posted a thank you picture of herself in a piece of clothing friends had sent her post having her last baby. According to the aggressors she was using her wealth to fat shame people who had not lost post baby weight. And then James Redbank aka Herdy Shepherd has ceased using his twitter account. James has done so much to promote small farms particularly in the North to be both financially and environmentally sustainable. He came under attack from the environmental lobby that wants natural habitat alone no farms.

    At the end of the day you all who write for us do so with generosity. You give your time and energy to us. We can choose to read or not read but it is totally unacceptable for us readers to take your gift and treat you as punching balls. The world will become a much poorer place as more and more views are stiffled.

    Personally I hope you continued to write. I enjoy your blogs and thank you for the gift you have given us.

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  38. A very moving event. The Imperial War Museum is one of our favorite destinations when we are in London. Churchill’s Underground War Rooms are a fascinating birds eye view into the chaotic and frightening times of World War II. It must have been an emotionally charged afternoon for the Duchess, reading about her ancestors.
    Your thoroughness covering these events, and the background you supply is unparalleled Charlotte. No wonder we all love you.
    P.S. I thought Kate looked lovely.

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  39. No discussion---just directly to you. You are the kindest person I know! You always add some nice thing and you NEVER add an unpleasant comment or stoop to showing unflattering photos. We don't personally know these ladies, and if we are going to scrutinize them, they should be treated kindly, as you always do. I haven't seen the other blogs because I don't like the others, except I do look at Meghan's Mirror sometimes. Some of them are so immature. I sounds like the haters who post such awful things about Kate and Meghan --- and Michelle Obama ---have put you in their scopes, but you have good company on the high road!! It must be how Meghan feels with attacks from even her father played out for the world to see. You are such a lovely person---I'm sure others will succumb to write you even though you asked us not to do so.

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  40. Sorry, so sorry Charlotte for your hurt and disappointment. You have done the right thing: “when they (whoever they may be) go low, we go high”. My parents and life experiences have taught me to take the “high road”. Get some rest because I’m looking forward to the next DKB and MAM engagement😊.

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  41. I think people forget that blogs evolve over time. This one has. Some people may not have been around since the beginning but Charlotte moderated much more tightly then. She did not want haters taking over the place and turning it into a free for all. I think I was one of the first posters here who wasnt enamored with kate, but it was on constructive issues, not her looks, clothes or ethnicity. In fact if my memory serves I hardly ever commented on either. But that's the rub with the Meghan blog. So much of the criticism isnt about things she can change. It's about her ethnicity, her marital status before harry or her career, none of which she can change. She also has women of color more interested in the monarchy now, or at least Meghan, and I think their concerns need 5o be voiced as well. So until the Meghan blog finds its level as this one did, I think we deal with tighter moderating. And I am totally ok with that. I too saw a couple of things about the tour Julia. I didnt say them either for the same reason. Let Meghan find her stride as everyone allowed kate. And let the blog find its stride too.

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    1. It's a difficult situation Bluhare, it's taken the enjoyment out of the blog for me. I've looked at the comments in question now - and some of what they're saying that's not about this blog or Charlotte - I find myself agreeing with! I'd like to see a sort of amnesty - if that's the correct word - encouraging comments from people who have participated respectfully for years - as opposed to some - well, we know who we're talking about...who have nothing worth saying. Because it's the intelligence of this blog is what has always attracted me and without thoughtful criticism, that is lost. I miss you on this side - and those of us who don't comment on both sides are contributing to this bifurcation.

      Many of us long time royalists - myself included - are wondering if we even are royalists anymore - if that means embracing this new celebrity world that this tour seemed to forcefully represent - but I'll stop there being on the wrong side of the blog. I respectfully don't agree with you - or I suppose with Charlotte - I feel Meghan has moved so quickly forward for a newcomer in an unprecedented and might I say - not British way - over on OSS one commentator referred to it as the Americanization of the royal family - that it is worth discussing and critiquing things that ARE within her control. Because destroying your base in order to gain nebulous new support is dodgy logic at best.

      I don't think pulling back from issues that are troubling to old-time royalists would end the new support - I feel we could have both but for rushing with too much speed - too little understanding. I wrote a comment articulating issues but decided not to publish it because it's hard to know what's acceptable and what isn't, and its a waste of time not to have things published. It's like dancing on a tightrope posting which is why at the end of the day - I mostly don't. The one thing I can say with confidence is that if William and Kate's first tour had looked like this one - I'd be saying the exact same things.

      To me, the villains are the royal press - who sense the restless feeling of the public and are dealing with it coyly - seeming to praise whilst they actually criticise - their way I suppose of having the best of both worlds. I'm starting to sound like William!

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    2. Those two posters violated what i consider a sacred internet commandment. Thou shalt not foul a blogs nest with another blog's crap. Because of that I have no time for their point of view. It should have been addressed here or on MAM.

      I think there is an interesting conversation to be had; however I agree with claudia. These are Charlotte's blogs and her rules. 8f she wants to moderate MAM like she did during the early days of this blog it's her prerogative.

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    3. Ok this is something I've noticed comparing both MAM and HRHDuchess compared to other royal blogs: this blog's core commenters seem more politically liberal. I think it's a reflection of Charlotte's kindness and tolerance and empathy that the extremely rigid "a duchess can never cross her legs at anywhere other than the ankles" type posters are not going to gravitate towards this blog. That's the exact reason I love both of Charlotte's blogs -- there are not endless discussions about protocols. As an American I quite frankly find a lot of that stuff tedious. I want to know what the royals are doing, rather than which rules they are breaking or not breaking.

      Anyway that's my two cents. I hope this blog always has this tone of empathy and respect for both royal ladies.

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    4. It's worth remembering that for every little rule, there's a reason - it's part of diplomacy and international business - not just part of being royal but royals, at the end of the day, are diplomats. For instance, crossing your legs can be seen as being very rude in certain countries - so you don't do it. When I was travelling, I read whole books about these little differences and tried to remember and observe them. Personally, I find them rather interesting - but interesting or not, they are important to avoid offense. I still think about crossing my legs even though it no longer matters. When it can be a concern - you get in the habit of not doing it.

      To me, that is one of the things that separates royals from celebrities. Celebrities are representing themselves. If they upset local values - that's their problem. Royals are representing a nation. There is a world of difference. It's not a case of being liberal or conservative - it's a case of respect for others and their ways - and not being slapdash - even if you find it silly.

      So if Kate's hair covers her poppy, that's an issue because the poppy carries great meaning to many people. If Philip says something tactless - it's become a bit of a joke as he has aged, but we would have very much preferred he not do it - it reflects on him and the nation. And if Harry and Meghan break rules of traditional etiquette, those of us who have worked hard to follow rules because it's important to our firm or our client or our nation, wonder why they should be so indifferent to opinion.

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    5. I completely agree Ivy Lin. I love the community here at HRHKate. Charlotte, I'm so sorry about the situation regarding the other blog (I unfortunately saw those comments). I couldn't believe those comments were allowed. I have always admired your work ethic, writing, detailed research, and the way everything comes together. In addition, you really come off as a lovely person! Please don't let those rude commentators get to you, like you said - when they go low, you (we) go high. We are behind you Charlotte!! - Anon in LA

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    6. I agree with you bluhare - it would have been better addressed here - at the same time, I hear Anon23 too.

      And I wish the term 'Hater' would be forever banished - I've said this before with regards to Kate - critical thought, even discouragement, is not hate. There have been times I've honestly felt commenting here had a positive effect - we'll never know for sure of course.

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    7. I is a interesting discussion, and as many have said should be addressed here or on MAM. I have written a comment just for Charlotte's eyes, about the comments on MAM, but Julia said it much better, and in a much nicer way. I understand that it is very difficult for Charlotte. Allison, you said it "on MAM when some unpleasant people showed up, and they all seem to be gone now." Well, some unpleasant, or rather some dissenting opinions are a healthy thing, and keep the discussion from being just swooning and amazing. Ivy Lin, I am one of those who think a (royal) lady should NIR cross her legs. Does it mean my opinion is worthless and there is no room for me here?

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    8. Bluhare

      You made an excellent point on those "constructive issues", and Claudia on how it is Charlotte's right what she allows into her "house."

      For Julia

      I am pretty much interested in what you wanna say about the tour, so if you find the right words, it would be nice to read it, and let's prove it, we can be civil and disagree at the same time.

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    9. Perhaps I will. I have much positive I can say too - because none of these royal events are ever black and white for me.

      I was waiting to see if there was a fashion review too because there were things I liked and things I didn't.

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    10. Natacha, I think if you want to see how ugly things can get, go to DailyMail or the Kensington instagram. The blog owner (Charlotte) sets the tone. She has been very consistent on keeping both blogs classy, with no tolerance for racist remarks, microaggressions, slut-shaming, body-shaming, etc. I've seen other royal blogs turn into a free-for-all with way below the belt comments about bodies, hair, race, skin tone, and what not. There ARE plenty of royal blogs where the tone is very different from this blog and MAM. I'm just saying that Charlotte's blog is not the place where those opinions are the majority opinion.

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    11. Hi Charlotte, you may choose to post this comment or not, completely up to you, but I believe this may be the reason why you don't allow certain comments to be posted - because of where this discussion may lead. I rarely comment on DKB, mostly on MAM, because that's who I choose to follow. I understand many of the older (not in age of course) royal followers may find MAM not their cup of tea and find how she presents herself and her work dis-satisfactory since it is very different from how other royals have presented themselves.That being said I believe both couples are very much the "hollywood" type because let's be honest whether we like it or not, they are celebrities of a different kind. If they didn't have that "celebrity" factor neither of them would be able to bring in the kind of attention that they do. I also agree with bluhare in that it will take a bit of time before comments of civil discourse/disagreement will flourish on MAM and a big reason for this is the large amount of vitriolic Meghan received in the beginning (and to some degree still does) that leads Charlotte to be a bit more tight on what she can and cannot allow. After all this vitriolic really brings out some strong defensive comments from people who believe she is still being judged unfairly. Like I said, I am new to this royal following family, so I do apologize if I am being ignorant, but I think Kate also probably received a lot of negative comments directed at her in the beginning (so perhaps Charlotte may have also been tighter in moderation then) and don't get me wrong, there are still some comments that do not make it in DKB either that we could possible argue are part of civil discourse/disagreement (and for good reason - e.g. when discussing her weight. I did not mean this in any negative way because we were just genuinely worried if Kate was okay, she just seemed thinner than usual - I am not at all judging her for being too thin or too big. As long as she is happy with herself and her weight then power to her.) So I understand why Charlotte allows some comments and does not post others - simply because the discussion itself may lead to a toxic environment. I honestly prefer Charlotte's blog because she takes this into consideration, the other blog in question should not have allowed those comments in the first place but if that's how that blogger chooses to run it then that's fine, we all have the power to choose which form of discussion/blog we prefer and I can proudly say that Charlotte's is one of the best out there (IMO) and is the one I choose to follow =)

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    12. One more thing ... I myself run a blog and have run it for about 8 years now. It's a performance arts blog. I too have commenters (although not nearly as much as Charlotte) and have to make decisions about which comments to allow and which ones to delete. I also "know" a lot of stuff but don't post it because it's gossip or below the belt. Last year I had an issue where some people were making very personal comments about my ethnicity and I contemplated shutting down the blog altogether. I ultimately decided to change the URL and keep blogging. But it's not easy and I just run a stupid little performance arts blog that covers mostly dance and theater. I can't imagine the job Charlotte has to do. So Charlotte has my empathy for her determination to keep this blog classy.

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    13. I would like to reply to Julia.
      It's a fashion blog and how people cross legs is not important, imho. There can be another blog about etiquette for example.

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    14. I've never seen this as just a fashion blog - but we can agree to disagree.

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  42. Charlotte you know how I feel about your superb blogs and high standards. I'd say it's how all your long time readers feel, who have been following you much longer than I!

    I've said this before, but people seem to forget that you're not some media outlet or corporation. You're a human being, a young woman writing a blog with your own time, energy and money! (Photos are expensive!)

    It's your house. You make the rules. You don't charge anyone to be here. So run your blogs how you see fit and within your comfort level. Whatever you decide, have at it!

    You produce excellent, factual diaries of what these two royal women are doing. What a historic product to be able to look back on in years to come!

    Keep up the excellent work. x

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  43. Bluhare, reading your post reminds me that I NEVER commented on the Kate post. I wanted to know what she/her clothes looked like, the truth of the event, and then I was thrilled to get history and geography lessons! I only started commenting on MAM when some unpleasant people showed up, and they all seem to be gone now. :) Thanks to Charlotte. I don't consider something a done deal until I read it here---there was talk of various houses being given to M&H but I cannot believe it unless Charlotte posts it. Today's gossip is that Doria is invited to Christmas by the Queen, but i have to wait for Charlotte to confirm it. It's just so nice to know that someone positive and friendly and kind will be posting information. I understand that there is the issue of whether there should be a monarchy, and I completely understand that!! I admire Charles for heading things into a slimmer version and one in which the public can have greater access to castles and palaces. I don't think anyone is better than anyone else and the idea of a hereditary rule is completely against what I believe. However the monarchy serves a purpose and the few at the top must trade their safety and privacy for the amazing perks they receive. Maybe by the time William is to "rule," there will be a change in how the process works.

    But Charlotte researches her heart out to bring us around the world the best in blogging and I thank her!!! Nothing wrong with disagreements, with saying, "I would have preferred that H&M did such and such but it's nice to see such and such." But I don't want a heated debate forum.

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    1. Allison I agree. I have not seen another blog run by just one person with as much research as Charlotte puts in her posts. It's one of the reasons I have kept reading too.

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    2. I agree, while I am interested in politics, this blog is not about it.

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  44. Charlotte, I know you don't want to have a discussion about this, so let me just thank you for your impeccably researched, carefully documented blog posts. You are much appreciated. —Tina

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  45. Julia and Ivy Lin---Thank you for providing some info on how some people feel---I DO find it very interesting and have no judgments at all. As an American, I grew up on the 1950s Royal Family, and find the current attitude of the Queen to be delightful. It seems like every generation changes, and as the Queen has ruled for so long, the changes from her grandparents' and parents' days to today and to the attitude of Charles are very dramatic. I think if Harry said this is what Meghan and I want to do and to be like, and the queen said no, then I believe they would leave. But the Queen seems to be more liberal than many fans, and perhaps that is scary to royalists. I see "articles" about the queen being upset that Meghan didn't wear a hat to their joint outing, but then the Queen and Guy the beagle are out together, so obviously she's not wasting time adhering to rules.

    I remember that it was quite different for Kate to continue her closeness with her family after she married. And to go on holiday with them after George was born, without William. I can imagine that one wants to hang onto tradition---I still watch "Upstairs Downstairs." But wasn't Princess Margaret into celebrities?

    Anyway, I do appreciate your viewpoint because it makes things a bit clearer. I still applaud Charlotte for bringing optimistic reporting---before I turn to my work on the computer each day I zero in on MAM and then the Kate site. And I LOVE her personal comments!!

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  46. Charlotte I realize I am a bit late to the party on this but I am so terribly sorry that this happened. Not shocked or surprised but sorry. You turn out a high quality, thoughtful, professional product that I have sincerely enjoyed for years. I also enjoy the comments of the readers. If others don’t like it, they can pound sand as we say in the U.S. Dont bend to those royalist who are hiding behind pithy remarks and discomfort. The monarchy is evolving. If Her Majesty is good with it, perhaps a reality check is in order.

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  47. Dear Charlotte I am disgusted people did this to you online and yes keep your head held high because you rock! I’m grateful for all you do as are many.! Haters act this way because they are jealous of your hard work and success and they are insecure.

    Regarding this post I have to say Catherine looks gorgeous and I love her dress and hair she looks a little too thin though hope she’s not too stressed.

    I want to buy that brooch it looks so beautiful and I love what it represents.

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  48. I hope they release a photo of prince Louis soon. I think Charlotte was almost 7 months olds when they released her photo.

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  49. Hi Natasha, I was referring to the endless "why can't Meghan's hair be perfectly smoothed" comments. I just hated he idea that she had to tame her hair to make the public happy.

    And Julia, I do understand you now. Indeed, why wear a poppy when you know how you will be wearing your hair?? I don't like change much---I went to a centuries-old girls' high school in Brooklyn and loved it so much. Later, they admitted boys. I still hate the idea and will never forgive them.

    Some etiquette just simply changes with time, like words do. The etiquette of other countries should be respected, but if those countries are trying to get tourists to come, perhaps there's a reason to make them seem friendly to outsiders. And Meghan has a ton of celebrity friends but they were her family. I was myself rather huffy at Eugenie's wedding as far as the guest list, and their antics, including that playground for adults the next day, while loving Meghan's. I am now understanding where you come from ---while still loving Harry and Meghan and Charlotte. :)

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    1. Things are never black and white for me - I didn't like the celebrity guest list at either wedding - I loved Eugenie's wedding dress - one of my favourites ever - disliked Meghan's but loved her second dress and didn't care at all for Eugenie's. I preferred Eugenie's more traditional wedding - it's more what I'm accustomed to and the royal family seemed happier too - and there were more of them present which made it fun for me. But I'm with you - I thought the playground for adults very silly and very bad optics - I'm with Country Life - one day for a wedding is enough - these extended festivities are excessive.

      I'm not bothered by Meghan's hair - as long as she keeps her hands out of it - the same for Kate! A pet peeve of mine. Nor is it any one small matter - it's more the tone of the royals changing to Meghan's style - rather than her following the ways of her new family. But I'm on the wrong side of the blog fence again...so will stop there.

      Having attended a girl's prep myself - I understand why you won't forgive them!

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    2. I didn't quite realize until later that the crowd outside Meghan/Harry's wedding gave off cheers at different times that were heard by the people inside, which resulted in many more smiles and some laughter. I read that Zara told Harry that his wedding was noisier than Eugenie's. I obsessed with some of the Queen's unhappy looks and perhaps this was a reason---or perhaps she was just relaxed and didn't need to be beaming for me. :)

      Yes, what is the point of having the first "female academy" in Brooklyn Heights with Tiffany stained-glassed windows in the chapel and Maypole dancing and a beautiful building with amazing wood everywhere and a top turret where students like me can spend time on a weaving loom if you're going to let in boys?? Probably just a money issue.

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  50. Charlotte, I think most of your readers are not venturing this far into an earlier post and don't know this happened; I think you would get a ton of additional support of they knew. Particularly the MAM-only viewers. :) Please don't let it damper your spirits! It's just more bullying.

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