Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Kate Talks Christmas and Cousins During Day in Leicester

It was a poignant visit to Leicester for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today, as they paid tribute to those who were tragically killed in the helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium.


Ahead of the engagement Kensington Palace said: "Their Royal Highnesses knew the club’s chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and wanted to visit the city to recognise the warmth and compassion that the people of Leicester and fans of Leicester City Football Club have shown in reaction to the accident." In a statement issued after the crash in his capacity as president of the Football Association, William described Mr Srivaddhanaprabha as "a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes. He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City's magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world. He will be missed by all fans of the sport and everyone lucky enough to have known him."


The Duchess laid a floral tribute.


The card read: "To Vichai and all those who died in this terrible tragedy, you will be dearly missed. Our sincere condolences to the city of Leicester."


Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a Thai billionaire businessman and the founder, owner and chairman of King Power Duty Free. He was also the owner of Premier League football club Leicester City from 2010. He was awarded an honorary doctorate as a Doctor of Laws by the University of Leicester in 2016. Throughout his time in Leciester, he was described as a man "whose acts of generosity knew no limits". The Mirror reports: "Supporters were treated to free breakfasts, food, scarves, clappers, flags, free away travel and even free beer. he did anything he could to help enhance their experience. He celebrated his 60th birthday this year and marked it by giving away 60 free season tickets to dedicated fans and throwing a party for young hospital patients at Leicester Royal Infirmary, whom he is also believed to have donated £1m to - that on top of another £1m donation to Leicester University’s medical department and a £2m injection towards a new children’s hospital. Srivaddhanaprabha quite simply changed Leicester for the better."


On Saturday, 27 October, Mr Srivaddhanaprabha and four others tragically lost their lives when their helicopter came down outside the King Power Stadium after a match against West Ham United.


Tributes poured in from all over the world.


William and Kate met with Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's son Aiyawatt.


Speaking about his father, Aiyawatt (known as "Top") said: "I’m extremely proud to have such an extraordinary father. From him, I have received a very big mission and legacy to pass on and I intend to do just that. I know that I will receive the support I need to make this happen and I am so grateful for all your messages and kind words. For a long time, my father taught me to be strong and to take care of my family. He loved his family. He made Leicester City into a family. And nothing would make him prouder than to see how the Leicester City family that he built is supporting each other through a time of such sadness."


The Duke and Duchess met with a group of players and members of the club’s management team.


The Duke and Duchess chatting with locals.


William and Kate met volunteers and club supporters who helped to relocate the thousands of tributes which were left outside the front of the stadium to the site.


The Mail reports:

Kev Butler, 51, said: 'We came to pay our respects to the best person that could happen to our city and our club. 'I've been a supporter since 1961. It's my club and for the last five years the dream has come true.'
He and former colleague Paul Groves, 67, showed the Duchess their commemorative black and white scarves, which read Mr Chairman. He said: 'She was just sharing the compassion with everyone. She seemed to feel it, she looked quite emotional, she felt what we were feeling.'
Millie Carter, 17, who was with her mother Anne Marie, said of the Duchess: 'She's very caring. She genuinely wanted to talk to us. The fact that they took the time out to visit us, they didn't have to talk to us at all. It was a fantastic surprise.'

A 25 minute video from The Sun.


Afterwards, William and Kate visited King Power Stadium itself where they met with representatives from local charities who were supported by Mr. Srivaddhanaprabha. William and Kate heard how his support enabled the charities to better the lives of people in the wider Leicester community.


An overview.


Kate hugged Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's daughter Aroonroong.


The couple were given gifts for George, Charlotte and Louis.


The Leicester City Football Club Foxes Foundation has been renamed The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation in honour of the Club’s Chairman. Since its formation in 2011, the Foundation has raised almost £2M for local charities, helping fund a renovation of Leicester Royal Infirmary’s Children’s Outpatient Ward and life-saving equipment desperately needed by the Children’s Intensive Care Unit. Under its new name, The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation will continue to build on that life-changing work in a way that reflects the generosity, care and love of a man who made over £4M in personal donations to the city’s universities, hospitals and charities in recent years. An online auction held earlier this month raised over £20,000 for the Foundation.


William and Kate's next port of call was the University of Leicester. The Duchess was greeted with kisses by twin brothers Sai and Taran Gokani.


The Mail Online reports: "As the duchess met the twins, who spent months in hospital after they were born prematurely, she asked them: 'What do you boys like doing? Do you like playing football?' The answer gave her a taste of what was to come. 'I like headbutting,' said Sai, who with his brother promptly proceeded to give the duchess a demonstration.'They are very excited to see you!' said their mother Kal."


They heard about some of the educational programmes that Leicester City Football Club has helped to support. This includes a £1m donation made by Mr. Srivaddhanaprabha in May 2018, which will be used to help fund medical research and training at the University through the creation of a Professorship in Child Health.


William delivered a poignant speech.


The text:

'Catherine and I wanted to visit Leicester to pay tribute to a man that we knew, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and those who died alongside him in October. We knew Vichai as a man who cared deeply about his family and also his community. He of course was a man of wealth, but that wealth did not leave him disconnected from those around him. He believed in giving back. Catherine and I also wanted to come to Leicester because of what the people of this city, and fans of this club, have shown us all over the last few weeks.
In 2016, this football club did something that should have been impossible. Against odds that are now the stuff of legend, you took on the Goliaths and superstars of the world's most famous football league. In powering past them all to win the title, you wrote the best underdog story in the history of modern sport. And when the man that led this club to victory died so tragically, the people of this city revealed with their outpouring of admiration, that they too shared much of the character that was so central to who Vichai was. In a time when our football clubs have become huge global enterprises, you came out to thank Vichai for making the fans the true owners of this club. And you thanked him for investing the rewards of success in the future of Leicester City.
You showed that community mattered to him and to you all. You showed us that the losses experienced by other families need to be felt keenly by our own. You were paying tribute to Vichai, Kaveporn, Nusara, Izabela, and a man I had the privilege to fly with in the past, Eric Swaffer. But you were also paying tribute to the fact that sport - when played with passion, but also with humility and respect - can bring us all together.
Thank you for the example you have provided us. And thank you for welcoming us here today.'

They met locals during a walkabout in the university's Centenary Square.


Kate noted how "cold and wintry the weather has become whilst chatting with well-wishers.


The Duchess was asked about Christmas with the children and the news Baby Sussex is on the way.



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"When asked if she was excited about the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan's baby, Kate replied: "Yeah, absolutely," before excitedly continuing: "It's such a special time to have little kiddies. And now a cousin for George, Charlotte and Louis as well! It's really, really special."
She then talked about her three children and how much they're looking forward to Christmas, adding: "They're doing well, thank you. They're getting excited for Christmas time, because they've started all their Christmas songs and the Christmas trees are going up. And Louis's getting bigger, I can't believe he's like seven months, he's getting to be a big boy."

Prince William greets the crowds.


William and Kate departing.


The Duchess selected her grey tweed Catherine Walker coatdress with black trim for the sombre visit.


Readers will recall we first saw Kate wear the coat for Sunday service with the Queen at Crathie Kirk in August.

The Duchess carried the black deep shine croc Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair bag. Kate also owns the bag in lilac.


The piece is described as: "Encapsulating timeless vintage-inspired styling, our Midi Mayfair Bag is hand-crafted from the finest deep shine black croc print Italian calf leather. Both versatile and luxurious, the structured boxy design features three inner compartments secured with our enduring shield lock clasp. What's more, sumptuous black leather complements any outfit, and makes an exquisite transitional piece from day to night. The flawless finish of the leather's rich, glassy shine and the shimmering grosgrain lining give this accessory a truly elegant feel."


Kate wore her Tod's black suede pumps.


The Duchess accessorised with her Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs. The £4,360 pair are described as "set with seven pearls set with diamonds (0.3cts). Inspired by the clusters of young flower stalks of the cauliflower (cavolfiore) in the market. From the Journey to Sicily".


The Duchess wore her J Crew black velvet bow. It remains in stock for $22.50.


A closer look.


And completed the look with her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.


On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess will host a Christmas party supported by the Poppy Legion in London for families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham serving in Cyprus. That night, it's the annual Diplomatic Rception. The following day, Wednesday 5 December, William and Kate will fly to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to meet with Serving personnel, families living on the base, wider station personnel and members of the local community.

96 comments:

  1. What a personal engagement for them today! Must be really hard but also comforting being able to show their support!


    What a lovely repeat look once again! Very pretty coat that will function in her working life for years to come! And great styling as well! Love to see the bow once more and the black tights is great at this time of year! A very elegant, pretty and dignified look perfect for a somber but not funeral event.

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    1. It is a memorial really - the funeral was in Thailand. The scenes of grief have been amazing especially all the shirts - I hope this link works or perhaps Charlotte will post some of the very moving photos. It was a blessing more weren't killed than the helicopter's occupants = it could have been so much worse.

      https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/gallery/leicester-city-pay-emotional-tributes-2205626

      Looking more closely at Kate's coat, I wish there had been a popper or fastener of some sort at the bottom. It is gaping in some of the photos which I wouldn't expect from a Walker coat. She might have thought to pin it. But it is a beautiful coat and colour on her.

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    2. Julia thanks for sharing this link. The 2nd photo in the set is searing and impressive. Sounds like he was a really great man. "For of those to whom much is given, much is required." Appears that he took that sentiment to heart, and executed sincerely on that.

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    3. It still astounds me that William's statement regarding the tragedy was buried under ----something--- in KP Twitter. There was evidently a reaction because the next day I noticed his statement had moved to the top--somewhat belatedly, however. Terrible oversight and I commented on it at the time, here or somewhere.

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  2. The death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was such a shocking thing to Leicester.

    Kate looks very appropriate for this event - I really like this coatdress although it might have been a tad longer. I'm glad she and William have come for this.

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    1. Yes, a tad longer. Kate looks lovely. She did have a bit of problem with the open coatdress, which could have been avoided with a straight black skirt under it. I would also like a broad black suede belt to give definition to the waist, which looks a bit unfinished. But this is a very appropriate and graceful look.

      William and Catherine have a way with people and with sober occasions. They have grown into their role, and it is nice to see.

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    2. She has a short black skirt underneath.

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    3. If so, the black skirt needs to be longer!

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    4. Of course she is wearing a black dress under her coat - who would go out with just a coat on?

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    5. It’s a coat dress, rather than a coat. Made like a hybrid and intended to be worn like a dress. Kate’s coat dresses often are fastened to the hem.

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  3. Royal πŸ‘‘ Watcher28 November 2018 at 13:21

    A very emotional and sad day. It is reflected in both Kate and William's faces I think. Kate's outfit is lovely and sombre.
    I wonder if they worry about the rumours about a rift between the two couples. How do you avoid the gossip columns in their position? How do they not get affected if/when they do read it?
    Maybe they are just used to laughing it off, whilst sharing a bottle of Champagne with Harry and Meghan, eating something amazing that Meghan cooked up, followed by a fruit or berry pie or something that Kate just whipped out of the oven... I can only hope!

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    1. I think it's like when "normal" people have problems and have to go to work. Try thier best to have a "good" face. Gossip must be annoing but it's not the end of the world.

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    2. For decades the British Royal Family have adopted the slogan, "Never complain, never explain." I think that is exactly how they will handle the tabloid articles of a split between the two couples. The majority of the population realize, that the story is greatly exaggerated. Those who believe the tabloids are not worth worrying about. I predict that sometime soon we will see Will and Kate, Harry and Meghan at a joint event, having a great time together.

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    3. Your last sentence is exactly what I have been hoping for the whole time...let's just believe it!
      Ella from Europe

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    4. I wouldn't say it's just tabloids - unless you call the Telegraph a tabloid which some do these days - we're talking about established royal reporters (I often use the byline to judge because these reporters are the ones with connections in royal circles.) After Charles and Diana in the eighties - I came to realise that what many of us took as mindless gossip at that time had a great deal of truth in it.

      So I would see this as a warning to both couples. If there is anything to mend - they'd best do it - at least in public. I'll just say I'm in my Cassandra role again and some of what's being said doesn't surprise me at all - I'll leave it at that. The couples' advisers surely are the ones to pay heed to such articles.

      I do think there will be a pragmatic, natural and important separation between the couples - it is vital for William and Kate to embody royal dignity and continuity where Harry and Meghan are choosing a very different style. So it will be important for the couple to take separate paths - I didn't think it needed to be as blatant as it has been made, but it's how it has played out and perhaps was inevitable.

      As for the house - there has been so many connections with Frogmore with Harry and Meghan perhaps it was always to be what was chosen for them. There could be a second-son connection too - Andrew settled at Windsor although he keeps rooms at the palace.

      We first heard about the possibility of the Gloucester flat from Princess Michael some years back - long before Harry married. She suggested that would be a good choice and was hoping no one would claim her flat! I thought it presumptuous at the time in the way she spoke about the Gloucesters - she's never been a soul of discretion. That seems to be where the idea of the Gloucester's flat began - whether there was ever more truth in the suggestion is hard to say at the moment.

      The most important thing for me is - with everything so difficult and uncertain in the nation at the moment - that the cost to the public is kept at a minimum.

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    5. I hate to believe that there is any substance to the rumors, but have found that even with the tabloids, there is always some kernel of truth hidden that starts the narrative. I would definitely agree with Julia's statement that "it is vital for William and Kate to embody royal dignity and continuity", especially at this time. I watched on television the other day, Britain's Prime Minister Teresa May present at the House of Commons and was very concerned to see that there are such opposing views on the direction of Brexit and its effect on the country. There does seem to be much uncertainty. But I have to say, while the topic is definitely polarizing, the British do argue and debate so politely!! I think it is clear that the two couples are diversely different and a separation would seem the right decision for many reasons. I do not however, think that this is a split that will alienate the two brothers or their wives, I have more faith in them as people to think that they can't carve out their own paths at this pivotal point and be respectful of each other. Change is hard and growing pains are painful, but sometimes you have to get through it to come out on the other end whole. It is also important for the royals to be aware of their cost to the public, and in that regard I will repeat again, that Kate is wise at this time to be recycling clothes from her wardrobe. Which by the way, she looks very sophisticated and appropriate for the occasion. cc

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    6. What else has been said besides the fact that their households are separating? I know the outlets have been making it seem hostile, but I just assumed that was inevitable gossip when in truth, both William and Harry are simply preparing for the future in their roles. Has something more sinister happened? I've never understood the disconnect and fighting between the royal households. I know that disagreements and annoyances arise when working with family members, but if Charles and his sons are close, then what on earth could there be to fight about?

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    7. That's the problem, CeCe. The forums that play on sensation to build readership take that "kernel" and apply some heat, a little salt, and soon you have something that does not even resemble the original form. I'd call it "popped corn."

      Hindsight is 20/20. If we make dire pronouncements about the future based on the worst-case scenarios of history, we become Chicken Littles: at the least hint of a similarity in circumstances-real or imagined-prophecies of doom are pronounced.

      I lost track of the number of times I've read stories of W&C's marriage failing. The trouble is- if one facet of a prediction comes true, the doomsday fans will cite it as proof that other predictions will come true. If one keeps saying, "She's pregnant" and we are talking about a married female of child-bearing age-sooner or later, the chances are good, it will come true.
      I also can't count the number of times hints and rumors surrounding every downward fluctuion of Kate's weight have her incapacitated both physically and mentally.

      Rarely does anyone step up honestly and say," I was wrong. William and Kate are obviously happily married." Or" I was wrong. Kate is healthy, glowing, and active with her family and work." It seems to me, instead of owning up to error, the writers drop the subject for a time. Sometimes after some hasty back-tracking, a new/old favorite rumor replaces it.

      The thing is--it appears the same people who publicized the break-up and weight-loss stories are promoting the "feud" stories. Shouldn't that tell us something?

      Should we really be able to predict tomorrow's headlines about the new senior royal couple by visiting stories popular with the previous couple? It does seem to me that the royal news media operate on the basis of "What's old is new again."

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    8. Great post anon 17.22! Splendid all around!

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    9. So true Anon 17:22 and very well stated. cc

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  4. Oh i love the enagement she looks amazing i love her outfit she shine even. More she really looks like queen consort

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    1. Thank-you for your kind words Rebecca and CeCe! I rally look forward to both your comments so your words are especially meaningful to me. 17:22

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  5. I love this coat dress and I love her hair pulled back. She looks very appropriate and lovely- she really has a new look about her. I can't quite put my finger on it- more confidence or something. Don't love the earrings, but minor quibble.

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  6. Such a poignant visit and a lovely tribute for those who died on that day!
    Thank you for your post dear Charlotte and for the beautiful photos of William and Kate honouring the victims.

    Elisabeth, Carcassonne, France

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  7. The outfit is serviceable. It does its job by being apt for the occasion. I’m glad they’ve gone to pay their respects. It was such a tragedy.

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  8. Kate looks amazing, especially her hair today. I find it refreshing that she has been wearing a lot of repeats lately.

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    1. Yes! She finally started wearing a different updo and I think it suits her so much better. The outfit repeats are a good idea, too, given the current economic upheaval.

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  9. I still marvel at the transformation that seems to have occurred with Kate & William. They just look so regal & clearly have the gravitas to step into the positions waiting for them in the future! My hunch is that they don't read what ever gossip is out there. I mean, they know what their relationships are & who needs to have such negativity inserted into their life. I think, like with everything else over the years, that things will play out as they will.

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    1. Totally agree, Becca!

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    2. I agree Becca, very regal and dignified. cc

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    3. I've noticed that as well. It's almost as if she is finally confident in her role.

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    4. I agree as well Becca. Perhaps, both have a greater understanding of the role/job. Maybe there were conversations with HM and/or PC? There must be 'planning' underway - a transition is inevitable after all. I find it all so fascinating - who wouldn't want to be a fly on a wall within the palace walls.

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    5. I find it so strange, just within myself... while I'm excited for Will & Kate to step into their future roles... that would mean The Queen wasn't here & I Don't Want That!!! I Simply Can Not Imagine Life & The World Without Her!!!! :(

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  10. I usually love a good ponytail on Kate, especially with a bow, but this ponytail is kind of puffy and strange.

    I know that's not the point of today's engagement but I couldn't help but notice!

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    1. Yes! I thought the same thing. It just looks like one of my plain ponytails, not done by a professional. But love the dress.

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    2. Oh to me it looks like a rather elaborate ponytail. It is puffy but I like that softness on the top and front and then they twisted the hair into the ponytail in the back. I

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  11. I think they are amazing, so regal and appropriate. Nice repeat I like everything about Catherine outfit, very classy.

    Silvia

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  12. Thanks, Charlotte. I’m glad the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came out to show their support and bring comfort. I remember reading an article about this tragedy. Prayers for the families, the athletes and the community of Leicester. πŸ™πŸ½

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  13. Thank you Charlotte for including that wonderful photo of all the shirts - you've done a lovely write-up for Vichai - his loss will be enormous but hopefully his family will continue with all he has done, especially the medical donations.

    I also loved the photos of the fans holding the banners that has been published - so moving.

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  14. Love this dress. Kate looks really good. I like the ponytail not as fond of the velvet bow, I would prefer her own hair wrapped around or a clip.

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    1. Agreed ali, I’m not a fan of the recent bow appearances, much prefer when Kate wears a hair-wrapped ponytail. Her coatdress is lovely and in an appropriate length, very nice to see it repeated.

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    2. Agreed about the bow. Seems too girlish to me and doesn't gel with the regal, mature look she has been rocking lately.

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    3. Oh, and I also must say how much I love her handbag! 😍

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    4. I also love the handbag.

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  15. Poignant story! Sad! Nice tribute.
    Loved the outfit and pony tail with the bow! I love bows.
    XOXOXOXOXO

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  16. Kate has in my opinion elevated her entire look since returning from maternity leave. It is working! Love the entire look today with the exception of the bow. I have always had a preference for her hair worn off the face. Unfortunately, the bow is very much in vogue currently so I suspect we will see it appear again and again. Little school girl look and ramps down the appeal of a great ponytail. Happy to see her using a "lady bag" rather then a clutch.

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  17. If someone can teach me how to do my hair like that, I would be forever grateful. My ponytails always look sad.

    -AZ

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  18. Doesn’t she look lovely πŸ˜€

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  19. Very appropriate...shows us that we don't have to totally wear black for a somber event...instead of these big earrings she could've worn something smaller and that goes with anything, like a pair of diamond studs she hasn't worn in a while.

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    1. Agree with your comment about larger earrings that make everything too busy---bow, buttons, collar. I'd preferred smaller earrings with pearls; if Kate wanted to match the gold elements on the purse, I'd recommend her Kiki 18k gold diamond loops with the detachable pearl. Otherwise, I love this coat dress as it's tailored so well for her. Beautiful design. Beautiful Kate! Katherine USA

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  20. Such a classy lady! Her smile at a somber occasion doesn't bother me at all. Perhaps a special memory was shared and the laugh was 100% appropriate. As for a repetitive smile -- my snaps all have the same smile, although not nearly as nice as Catherine's.

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    1. Caroline in Montana28 November 2018 at 20:36

      I agree, and especially as all those around her were smiling too, even his son!

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  21. Love this coatdress, feminine and smart, The duchess looks appropriately dress for the day's events. Thank you for a great blog

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  22. Tammy from California28 November 2018 at 19:56

    Love it. Beautiful KATE!!!!

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  23. I’m from the US but went to graduate school at Leicester. So bizarre to see Will & Kate there. Very nice of them to make time to visit the uni on what I’m sure was a difficult day. A beautiful tribute to a man who clearly did so much for Leicester.

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  24. I'm glad the Cambridges went to Leicester to pay their respects. I'm sure it meant a lot to the people.
    I watched pieces of the video and one can see how different it is from other times when people just take pictures of them.
    Thank you, Charlotte!

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    1. I'll just say the Midlands are a special area for me and it's been wonderful to have two visits from William and Kate - Coventry and now Leicester in the last year. The link between Vichai and Leicester was a wonderful thing shattered by this tragedy although hopefully the family will continue it. William's speech was outstanding in pointing out the connection between the owner of the club and the community.

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  25. Kate looks lovely. Glad we got to see this coat dress. The cut and tailoring is beautiful. I particularly like how the shoulders are shaped. Also, the trim on the sleeves is lovely. The purse is beautiful. And while some didn't like the style of the ponytail, I too enjoy seeing Kate's hair back and think it looks lovely. While we're calling this a repeat, given we didn't see much of it, it's new to me. :-)

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    1. I NEED THAT HAND-BAG! She does look lovely....well said.

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  26. If you like Kate’s Jcrew bow, and live near a J.Crew Factory Outlet store, they sell them there! I got one last week. They don’t have the black velvet bow online but they do have a cute red plaid for $6.50! https://factory.jcrew.com/p/womens-clothing/bags_accessories/hairaccessories/tartan-bow-hair-tie/K5064?color_name=red-green-multi

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    1. I bought the bow for my daughter for Christmas, on the website. Everything was 50% off this past weekend! I stocked up on quite a few pieces for myself and my daughters.

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    2. I love this coatdress and Kate's hair today, and the bow! I bought it this past weekend for my daughter for a Christmas stocking stuffer.

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  27. I'm glad we got to see the entire outfit this time! I like everything about her look today. It is appropriate for the occasion and while I'm not 100 percent sure about the bow, they do seem to be the "it" thing right now. Since she leans more on classic styles, I like that she added something a little more trendy to her styling today.

    I love the video that the person in the crowd took. I think that gives a better sense of her natural personality, and I love how she tells about George and Charlotte getting excited for Christmas.

    Hope from USA

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  28. Love the handbag. This dress is a miss for me, it seems a little dated. The front rides up somehow, and from some angles, it seems too large for her. Not her best color either. It's time to retire the 2012 coat dresses or get the silhouette restyled.

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  29. I thought Kate looked really good, although I agree that was not the point of the event. I appreciate all of her re-wears, and I think she looks as terrific in them the second time as she did the first! I also appreciate the excuse for her to say something nice about H7M---I'm sure it was planned in that she could be sure someone would ask and then report what she said, and I'm sure it was meant! I don't believe Kate to be anything but kind. I don't read of any difficulties that she has getting along with people, although at first there was a lot of gossip about her not getting along with Eugenie and Beatrice. I think we have seen that to not be true with Eugenie, and it probably isn't true with Beatrice. She is good friends with Zara and, it seems, Autumn. I'm glad to see the crowd welcoming her and William. In situations like this, I'm sure Harry and Meghan would act appropriately, too.

    Now that the reports have put Meghan against Kate, and William against Harry, I hope things will die down until a new topic emerges.

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    1. I don't think it was planned unless you think they are planting questions with the random locals in the crowd lol!

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    2. No, but if you mingle with the crowd, you kinda know what questions come up. No one asks about Brexit or climate change or the Ukraine---they ask about the royal's children and then any new baby-related news. I think it was really nice of her to say so much, as now this is being run with as showing the nonexistence of a "feud." And hopefully the old news that Eugenie and Beatrice grew up at Windsor and loved it and that Harry needs open spaces will calm things down a bit.

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    3. If the question was planted and Kate knew that person was going to ask it...oh! my goodness! Her acting prowess rials Meryl Streeps, Sarah Bernhardt, and Katherine Hepburn's rolled into one. I have never seen a more genuine smile or more enthusiastic response.

      I see the "tension" rumor is dying a slow death. Beating the bushes to keep it going. I wonder what's next?





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  30. This is a nice engagement but this coat dress just about hits all the points of what I dislike on Kate. I hate the high, fussy, doll-like collar (she seems to love those), along with the overly prominent buttons (why does she love buttons SO much?), along with the pleated skirt that looks very schoolgirl uniform, along with the awkward length (I don't know how a hem can be both too long and too short at the same time, but this coat manages to do it), and to top it off, the Dynasty-era shoulder pads! The gray pattern is nice as is the ponytail but the coat dress is a huge fail for me.

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    1. Haha! Too long and too short at the same time! But, I also agree!! I think it’s because the top is so structured, I expect a knee length, structured bottom. I mentioned in my original post, I don’t like that the pleats are not sharply creased. I think if they lay flat, the length might seem better. But with the looser pleats, the dress seems shorter than it should be, even though I think the length is actually fine....if all of that made sense!

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    2. It's called a Peter Pan collar which the Duchess obviously wears very often. She looks well established, beautiful, confident and classic. Apart from the Queen she is sartorial and in every other way The Royal's family's best asset.

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    3. @Kate CH I also think that coat dresses like these need to be either shorter (say, clearly above the knee) or longer (below the knee). The way Kate's coat dress looks it's as if the pleats fall in the weird space of being either slightly above at knee level. And as I said the pleats make it look like a schoolgirl uniform, while the Peter Pan collar makes her look like a governess. It's a real "more is less" look, as simpler lines and less fussiness overall would have made this a great look.

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    4. Although I think the colour and formality of the coat was perfect for the occasion - capturing the sense of mourning without wearing full black which would not have seemed right for a walkabout - I agree with Ivy Lin's too-long-too-short comment and would go for more length. It not just would be a better length for Kate who looks girlish and not quite polished - like Colette's mention of a 'young colt' in the Gigi novella, but would avoid awkward moments.

      Many of us have commented on how Kate's assurance has increased of late - but making sure there are these fashion moments continues to be my biggest fashion grumble with her - in one photo, the coat almost flies open- in the otherwise charming one with the little boy, she's having to hold her coat to keep it shut. An interior button would take care of that -and it couldn't hurt the flow of the skirt which wasn't that great anyway.

      Looking at the Catherine Walker clothes of Diana's in Kensington Palace - I was so impressed by their beautiful structure. Their site still shows that attention to detail but this isn't the first miss of their's for Kate - I'm thinking of that crumpled suit she wore in the Netherlands. There's a responsibility of the designer to suggest an additional inch, or a button, or think about a fabric that won't crease - that's part of royal dressing. I think that house has lost that attention to detail now Catherine is gone.

      The fad for hair bows can't end too fast for me. It reminds me of a confirmation snap of myself looking very coltish too, scrawny legs sticking out, fluffy dress, that same-as-Kate's Peter Pan collar and most of all with a massive hair bow almost glued to my head (I keep it around because I'm posing with a very beloved spaniel!) Come to think of it, I believe I had a grey coat similar to Kate's - everything comes back I suppose.

      That's my fashion whinging for the day.

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    5. Julia, you are so right about the skirt flying open. I actually can't believe that most of the skirt is open---could it be by design to wear with opaque tights? All that is needed is a slight wind though---even bending down with the wrath was a bit iffy. And the back of the skirt did not lay very well at times. I can't imagine why this would not be fixed by the designer or even Kate.

      The whole design does make her look a bit coltish but I would love to look coltish again!

      I'm just happy that the still-high heels don't have to be pencil thin---nothing wrong with your shoes being something you can count on. It will be interesting to see what she continues to rewear---over the years she must have a ton of beautiful dresses that are dying to be reworn. I think it is a very responsible thing to do.

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    6. Over at OSS about a week ago - there was a chance for readers to choose what they would like to see Kate repeat - there was an enormous response - which also highlighted just how many choices there are. It came down more to the very few things nobody wanted to see repeated - that mustardy Erdem seemed top of that list - although I would cut the bottom off to make a skirt and pair it with a more flattering shade for a top.

      With the huge economic uncertainty of the moment - it's a very good time for repeats.

      I agree I love those shoes too. And that I wouldn't mind being a bit coltish again too!

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    7. Hi Julia - you frequently mention OSS and each time I always wonder what you are referencing. Could you please let me know?. I googled OSS and that certainly didn't give me any insight. Thank you kindly.

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    8. I also wondered and could not find it.

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    9. Order of Sartorial Spendour - it's a royal fashion site - limiting itself to royal fashion topics. On Mondays or Tuesdays there's a general posting - the rest of the time the moderator posts the outfit(s) of one or two royal ladies for discussion. (Yesterday it was Maxima of the Netherlands wearing - in my eyes - a ghastly dress although it had its supporters.) The photos aren't abundant - for more photos of all royal ladies' fashions there's Newmyroyals which covers almost all royal fashions worn. The archives of both OSS - particularly for tiaras and jewels - and Newmyroyals to look back at engagements - can be useful for research. (Charlotte had her own site for a time The Royal Digest which was brilliant - but it got too overwhelming for her time. There was a lovely feature she did on royal portraits of Diana amongst others.)

      The companion site to Order of Sartorial Splendour is 'From her Majesty's Jewel Vault' which was used by a lot of us for research for Kate's fashion feature last August. It covers the jewellery of the queen and Camilla and by doing that is a good source for what the queen has been doing - including royal audiences rarely mentioned elsewhere. I believe the moderator is American. Charlotte has spoken favourably of her sites as well.

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    10. Order of Satorial Splendor :) It's a royal blog!

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    11. Thank you for this information. Sounds like another wonderful blog to get immersed into. :)

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  31. Kate is just a vision. She looks so well! Love the smart dress, color, her look is spot on for the occasion. I too may have preferred it a smidge shorter, but I think when there are children and a lot of bending down/forward, etc., a little length is probably preferred. She looks great and I enjoy seeing how her genuine friendship with William on public display.

    My only objection is that dreadful bow. No grown woman should have a bow in her hair. Period. Scarf yes. Bow no.

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  32. This was a very nice engagement. Mr Srivaddhanaprabha loss and the loss of all the victims of this tragedy was keenly felt. Really happy the Cambridges took the time to visit and the Cambridges visiting was clearly appreciated.

    I don't want to talk too much about fashion as it isn't the point of the visit. Glad we finally see the coat dress but from the Balmoral picture I assumed it was straight cut so I was surprised it was flared. As others have said the cut looks a bit awkward. I do like black trim, buttons and collar. Good colour and very appropriate colour for the event without going for standard black.

    Very happy to see the Aspinal bag in black. The shoes are great too are much safer and comfortable in the damp and rainy weather than the slim heel pumps.

    I've greatly enjoyed the videos from the walkabout posted on social media too. William and Catherine are so good with the crowds.

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  33. Solid day of engagements. The dress was a great choice for today. The grey is neutral enough to be somber In terms of showing respect and laying flowers but not so formal and ‘funeral-esque’ that she looked odd later, meeting with what looks like younger people. While I like the top half, I am not sure I like the bottom. I think it’s the pleats. They aren’t a sharp crease so I feel like the top is too structured for the bottom. I like the slight twist in the ponytail!

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  34. Silvia from Tuscany29 November 2018 at 07:15

    Kate is lovely, always appropriate, self confident and polite. It emerges particularly in events side by side with William. I love her manners and the way she behaves as much as I love her look.

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  35. I hadn't heard of the accident -- what a sad thing, and a nice moment for William and Kate to be there to show support.

    William has seemed more serious about his role recently. It's hard to put my finger on when that happened, but it's just a feeling I get, like he's finally accepted and embraced it more, perhaps. I haven't noticed a huge difference in Kate, other than that she seems more relaxed. If anything, I think this has to do with Meghan's incredible addition to the royal family. There's less pressure and spotlight on Kate, now. Other than that, I can't say I've noticed any extra regal touches.

    Love Kate's look today. I think the massive earrings make the whole ensemble too fussy, but the coatdress is cute (I love Peter Pan collars) and I'm glad to see a little hair bow instead of those hideous hat crown things.

    Judging by what I've seen of and read about both Kate and Meghan, I don't really think they're the kind to fight with each other. They seem too mature for that, especially since William and Harry are close. Of course, quibbles will always arise among families (especially those that work together), but I would be really surprised if there was actually any animosity behind the decision to separate royal offices. To me, it just makes sense as both men continue to forge ahead in their roles.

    I'd love to know -- those of you who live in England and well remember Charles/Diana and who say there is usually a kernel of truth at the base of such rumors: do you really think William, Kate, Harry and Meghan are fighting or have any kind of animosity towards one another?

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    1. I think that any transition as sudden as Meghan into Harry's life (engagement, marriage, pregnancy within less than a year) is bound to cause some tension. It's not anybody's fault. No one is a bad person. But we have to remember that Harry himself had years to get used to Kate. By the time Kate and William got marriaged/engaged, I think Kate had become "Just Kate" to Harry. William didn't have anywhere near the amount of time to process the whole Meghan engagement/marriage. Add to that the public scrutiny, as well as the changing roles of the younger royals (Phillip in poor health, HM indefatigable but also 92) and I wouldn't be surprised if there were some frayed nerves.

      Also after Diana's death William as the older brother probably became protective of Harry, as many older brothers tend to be. His ideas about what's best for Harry might not square up 100% with Meghan's ideas. As I said, all this takes time to process. I also mentioned this in another post at MAM but William and Kate are at this point old marrieds. They can give each other plenty of space. While this occasionally looks weird (taking separate ski trips) Harry and William probably got used to spending lots of time together.

      Now there's Meghan, and Harry's #1 priority is her (as it should be) but if a big part of William's life was his bond with Harry it's human to feel left out or upset or just flummoxed that the little brother is now preoccupied. But when all is said and done they are brothers who love each other, and Meghan and Kate are mature women. So there will be a new normal. I have faith.

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    2. I am not British, but I can imagine that living so close creates some social awkwardness when wishing to entertain. Will and Kate may be having supper with the Middletons while Harry and Meghan have invited over Serena Williams and her partner to dine and guests from both dinners may ask -- where's the brother and sister-in-law? Because they only live 100 or so yards away. It would constantly come off as snubbing the other or not seeming as if they were interested in seeing you, the guest. How much you want to bet that has happened?

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    3. All I can say is back in the Charles and Diana days, there were articles about eating disorders, marital discords, Charles' perceived closeness with older women - Kanga and one Camilla Parker-Bowles and feuding between Sarah and Diana. All proved to be not only true but worse than anything that had been published.
      It's just something to remember. These current reports are coming from royal reporters. We have to assume the reporters are either making these things up - not likely, or have been fed something completely false - and if so why and by whom, or have gotten a leak and the royals are notoriously as leaky as their palaces, which then gets distorted as other reporters pick it up - Agatha Christie in The Labours of Heracles, used the analogy of gossip to the many-headed hydra - you have to find the original source for the truth.
      These rumours of discord seemed to start with the prospective move of the Sussex pair - Charlotte did an excellent as usual write-up on the other blog. I was surprised Charles was thought to be settling at Windsor - I thought he was considering staying at Clarence House - and as someone who has watched Charles for decades now - I would be cautious at the idea he is unbelievably close to Harry and Meghan - I think he's found them very useful at a time when he was faced with rumours of estrangement - and they have found him useful - and that he is a devoted father and grandfather in his way - but I wouldn't move house on the basis that closeness will continue when he's king.
      Camilla Tominey - generally a respected reporter has a good if slightly gossipy article on her take in the Telegraph - unfortunately, I'm told links don't work. But there also is an article on the attractions of a Frogmore home including celebrities who live near by (not appealing to Julia who likes to keep celebrities and royals at a safe distance but probably an attraction to Harry and Meghan) as well as polo and more. That seems a good enough reason for the move to me. I'm not sure I agree that Meghan's likely to be a great lover of the country as we know it - but Windsor isn't country in that sense.
      I do think conflict between Meghan and royal staff may have a strong basis in truth - just observing her very American ways, I could predict that. There may be tension between the couples too, but outright rowing is another matter. It does make sense for them to go their separate ways - their styles are hugely different and Kate especially has been a beneficiary of that - what once was seen as work-shy by many now seems a very becoming restraint. I suspect the offices will split because of differing ways and futures but even when that's going to happen isn't clear.
      Frankly, what concerns me the most is the expense of putting this new home right. It is an extraordinarily bad time for royal spending - hence Kate's many repeats. That seems to me to have the potential for being a worse problem - the public is going to be much more concerned about expense and even private expenditure than who's getting on with who.

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    4. Well said, Ivy Lin; I agree. The family dynamics just can't be the same after a series of major changes - and why should it be? It surely changes every time the family grows, with every single child or marriage. Everybody needs time. I'm sure the families of most of us have undergone similar shifts and we can agree it wasn't always easy. Add to that the constant public scrutiny and the need of the media to satisfy the public's thirst for sensation ... who could expect that the result would be an ideal picture of omnipresent love and harmony?

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  36. I agree with the most recent posters. (But I thought those separate ski trips turned out to be related to "bachelor/ette" parties for Pippa and her husband.)

    I have read, which means little, I know, that it would cost more to fix up KP for H&M than Frogmore. Julia, if you're suggesting that H&M just make do with the rental in the Cotwolds and the Nott Cott in town, then that's, unfortunately, a good idea--certainly a very privileged situation--but Charles is treating Harry nearly as well as he treats the heir. I have read that the couple will pay privately for interior decor, so that is no doubt meant to soothe.

    I agree that William has been the ultimate "guide," for lack of a better word, for Harry all these years. It was reported that Kate had to approve of Meghan; I doubt that requirement still holds. Meghan has completely taken over Harry's affections and focus and that may be harder for William than for Charles. She is smart, beautiful, loving, and self-sufficient. She knows how to treat people. My belief is that Harry and Meghan could be pushed out of royal life if things were made difficult for them, and that may be why Charles and the Queen seem to be doing all they can to welcome them as a couple. Harry wanted so much to have a devoted wife and children, and having them provided in Meghan is sure to be his sole priority.

    Re their Hollywood friends, etc., I admit to being irritated over the friends of the York sisters. :) Hypocritically, though, I find no issue with Meghan's friends. Meghan has such an abysmal bio-family and I believe her friends are her new family (the family you make rather than the family you were given). They became her friends before she was famous so they must be sincere. And they are more than just a glamour squad---Serena is a strong person, and Amal Clooney is an enviable friend to have. Her friends seemed to have worked hard for their positions in life.

    Back to Kate's repeats---there are so many wonderful outfits. I think she could wait another years before buying anything new.

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    1. Really? I read that Frogmore Cottage was quite dilapidated. But who knows what to trust in the media anymore.

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    2. That's the point, Anon23

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    3. Allison-I believe you are correct. Not only was the ski trip event-related, but also both William and Catherine, along with their friends flew together to and from on a chartered flight.. Of course, this information wasn't provided until the media had run with the William dancing story--and played it to be proof of marital difficulties. Sold a lot of papers with that story line. People tend to remember the initial story and forget the traveled together part.

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  37. Julia, I don't live in the UK so I appreciate your views. Do you feel that the activities of other royals, whether full-time or not, adds to resentment regarding spending by Charles' heirs? I'm not trying to talk about the other royals but just wondered if everyone's activities add to the general concern.

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    1. I think all royal expenditures are at issue - it's just that right now Harry's moving house is what's getting all the attention.

      Charles is known to be very expensive - whilst the queen has a reputation - deservedly or not - for frugality. Andrew's travel expenses as Trade Representative were heavily questioned in the past - although business people I knew actually spoke favourably of his work. It's all optics - a word I'm seeming to use often of late - especially since most people don't have a clear picture of royal finances (if such a thing were possible) and there's a always perception of public expense whether accurate or not.

      Buckingham Palace is about to have much needed updating and renovations - my feeling is there's an acceptance of that at least by royal supporters. But it's worth remembering the public mood matters - as the queen discovered at the time of the Windsor fire.

      It would probably have been better not to undertake a major renovation of Frogmore Cottage right now - since it sounds like extensive work will be needed since it was divided into flats. I recall the fuss and bother of Anmer House and Kensington Palace expenses - and things weren't nearly so uncertain then. I don't think - at least amongst royalists - there's any feeling that Harry shouldn't be given a home - it's just unfortunate timing. I would have thought it better to stay at Kensington along with the Cotswold home which I believe is rented - until the next few months play out - but that's just my feeling.

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  38. It was special to heat Kate talk of her excitement for her kids to have a new cousin in Harry and Meg’s baby. Speaking of cousins anyone seen a pic or hear the name of Pippa’s baby?

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