Sunday, 20 January 2013

Kate Starbucks Sighting, Official Gift List From Tour Released, Kate's Portrait Blouse Available For Pre-Order + More

Hello Duchess Kate readers, I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

I have a number of tidbits to share with you tonight beginning with a Kate sighting at Starbucks in Kensington last Friday, January 11. Following a walk with Lupo in Kensington Gardens the Duchess popped into her local Starbucks for a grande decaf skinny latte and a cookie.

Starbucks Instagram

I expect Kate may have had one of Starbucks Ginger Molasses Cookie, as many of you probably know ginger is believed to be effective for treating nausea, one of the main symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum. The cookie is described as 'Chewy, sweet and with just the right amount of zing to give your afternoon a little kick'.


An onlooker told US Weekly:

"Her hair was done nicely and she had a scarf, lovely long coat and boots on. She was wrapped up warm so I couldn't see the bump. Kate was smiling and paid with a Starbucks card, which she swiped herself."

Kate was accompanied by a security guard and continued on her walk with Lupo who the onlooker described as "so cute and well-behaved." Nice to hear Kate has been out and about and hopefully is feeling well.


It has emerged the royal family were showered with baby gifts from around the world weeks before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were expecting. William and Kate were given an array of teddy bears, soft toys and even a bag of paper stars from people they met in Singapore. Prince Charles and Camilla received a pair of booties during their trip to Australia in November which were expressly intended to be passed on to William and Kate.

  • Three handbags
  • Children's drawing
  • Handmade greeting card
  • Shawl
  • Bag of produce
  • Chocolates and a piece of rose quartz
  • Two soft toys
  • Traditional children's games
  • Sheet of music
  • Two dressing gown robes
  • Ceramic tea service
  • Framed batik painting and two lengths of batik textile
  • Six pairs of shoes, two clutch bags and a traditional dress
  • Make-up
  • Twin set of South Sea pearls
  • Doll
  • Cufflinks
  • Model war canoe
  • Pair of bamboo flutes
  • Woven palm floor mat

French Connection has confirmed their Sub Silky Tie Top is the blouse Kate wore in her first official portrait and they are now taking pre-orders via their UK Website. They also revealed they will soon be offering the blouse in some stunning spring colours. For those of you interested in ordering the blouse a couple of ladies from What Kate Wore Facebook who purchased it said the sizing runs quite large so a size smaller would be recommended.

The blouse is currently on sale reduced from £57 to £28.50. By using the discount code extra20 you will save an additional 20% on sale items for a limited time. 


Kate graces the cover of Hello! Magazine this week.



  1. Interesting that the Hello magazine cover notes that Kate is making a steady recovery. Good news!

  2. Ana B. from Brazil20 January 2013 at 02:21

    I'm very pleased to hear Catherine is doing better! Best wishes to her :)
    I'm so in love with that blouse...
    Thank you for the update, Charlotte!
    I've been studying a lot this weekend, so I certainly hope your weekend is way better than mine!!!
    Hugs and a great Sunday to you all!

    1. Ana B.- Happy studying. I rememeber when I was in college and I thought the studying would never end. But hop eyou are having a nice weekend anyway.

    2. Sarah from Calif.21 January 2013 at 02:19

      Ana B.
      I had to take a test on Sat. for my job and I'm to old for this. (52) Urg.. but you are young and have wonderful goals. So many of us are cheering for you, so don't be discouraged. Maybe I can set you up with my son, he will be finished with college next winter break! I thought of Charlotte but she's engaged. Ha ha. Best wishes to you!

    3. Good luck to everyone taking exams and tests. I'm doing copious amounts of study myself but it will all be worth it in the end.

      Sarah - What does your son think of your attempts to find him a wife? :) I think it's *adorable*!

    4. Ana B. from Brazil21 January 2013 at 02:53

      Thank you, Pauline! You are very sweet! I am afraid the studying will not end until at least November, because that is when my exams will begin. I am trying a scholarship for medical residency in dermatology, which is the hardest one over here.
      Thank you again for your support!
      A lovely week to you :)

    5. I remember when I was in college. I went back to school when I was in my early 50's. I went on to get my BS and then two master degrees and a law degree. I have no idea how I did that.

      I take my hat off to any one who makes the time to return to school or continue right out of high school. It takes alot of time but it is well worth it in the long run.

      And to our Ms. Charlotte. Thank you for all the time you take to bring us fans this great blog. You work so hard in your schooling and then the time for us. All I can say is "You Rock MS. Charlotte." Good luck to all of you who are in college and doing all the studying.

    6. Sarah from Calif.21 January 2013 at 03:11

      Charlotte, I tried to show him pictures of Pippa when he was here at Christmas and he ignored me. If he knew I said all that I do on line he would not be to happy. Oh well. Really he's a great guy with good goals. :)

    7. Ana B. from Brazil21 January 2013 at 04:07

      Thank you, Charlotte and Sarah, for your support!
      And Sarah, I hope you did great on your exam! You are lovely and I think it is very sweet your attempt to find a daughter-in-law! I have a boyfriend (7 years!) but I'm sure every girl would be thrilled to have you as mother-in-law!
      Charlotte, good luck on your studies! It really is worthy!
      I must say... I love the community we have built in this blog! Feels like I've known you for years! I wish, someday, we could meet each other... A gathering in London! I would certainly love it!
      A good week you all!

    8. Kate, Texas, USA21 January 2013 at 04:54

      Ana, I am all for a gathering in London! How fun! Sarah, if I wasn't married with 4 sweet kiddos I would totally head out to sunny CA and meet your son! I think you would be the coolest (and most fun) mother in law!!! :)

    9. Sarah from Calif.22 January 2013 at 01:35

      Kate I saw the Highclere special last night, it was wonderful. Honestly my son would not be happy with me. Truely it is all in good fun but, you never know what may come from it.

  3. I love how you are so quick to post the newest stories! Thank you!

  4. Thanks so much for the update, Charlotte.

    I'm missing the Duchess's public appearances of late but certainly wish her all the best in recovering and maintaining her health.

    I think the photo on the cover of HELLO may be the first bad picture I've ever seen of her. She looks fatigued and puffy. This isn't meant to be critical; just acknowledging the tremendous scrutiny she undergoes while very rarely showing stress or strain, even when ill.

    I hope the Royal Family appreciates her tremendous spirit!

  5. It's brilliant to be able to get all the "Kate" news so quickly here in the States! We wish she were out a d about a bit more!

    It is nice to see the Duchess feeling better and getting a chance to walk Lupo in the park. She probably getting cabin fever being inside all of the time. Best wishes to a speedy recovery.

    Charlotte, hope you are having a wonderful wkend. Mine is extra long due to Semester Break. School back in session Tuesday.

  8. If she had hyperemesis gravidarum , or a nausea she wouldn't be able to go for a walk. Women who suffer from this illness can just lie down and unable to walk as far as bathroom. So please let's not pretend she is still suffering and oh, so strong that she could go for a walk and have a coffee. She is obviously feeling fine and never had hyperemesis gravidarum (instead it was just normal sickness at 8 weeks pregnancy).

    1. @Emily- Just one question, have you ever had a baby and suffered from HG. If not you can't know how it effects different people. I have had two children and suffered alot during my first 3 months (which the HG usually is the worst). But every woman is different. So we don't know what the doctors have told her and William. Just because she went for a walk & coffee does not mean she did not have HG. And normal sickness also can last longer than 8 weeks.

    2. Racheal from Washington21 January 2013 at 04:25

      Are you a doctor? If not then how would you know if she had hg. Or have you had children of your own. Nobody knows what Catherine has been through except her husband and her doctors. By what I underatand that this hg is nothing to play with. It sounds like Catherine had a lite case of hg but we will never know.

      It is nice to hear she is feeling better and is able to go for walks and have a decaf coffee. The walks are good excerise and any pregnant woman needs to excerise.

    3. What does it mean "little case of HG"? It is either HG or not. Well, any pregnant woman then has a "little case of HG" as any woman has some sickness during the pregnancy.
      I had two pregnancies myself. I didn't run to see doctor just because I felt unwell (although I had a private doctor and could see her anytime). All I could do is to lie down on the bed and wait hoping it will pass. I was sick from 6 weeks until week 12-13.

      Also I was a witness to a terrible case of HG. A friend of mine has been extremly sick, she turned into skeleton unable to drink or eat, she had to stay on drips during the whole time.
      If Kate had HG she would be still in hospital with doctors around her and not taking a stroll with coffee and cookies.
      I'm surprised she had a coffee at all. If I had coffee during preganacy I would bring it up straight away. I could drink sparkling mineral water, no tea, juice, ordinary water or any other drink. I couldn't even look at those drinks not to mention to drink them.

      So when they say Kate had HG I just smile.

      p.s. You or me will never know what was in reality when she went to doctor. She could've have bleeding, heart attack or anything. The doctors will say what the Palace want them to say. Do not forget that.

  9. Why people are in love with that blouse? 100% polyester what can be nice about that?

  10. Sarah from Calif.20 January 2013 at 07:53

    Starbucks yummy hard to resist:) So glad Kate is feeling better!
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  11. Jean from Lancs.20 January 2013 at 08:42

    Since I saw the list of gifts given to HRH I've wondered about. "Twin set of South Sea pearls". Could they be the pearl pins she wore in her hair on the tour?

    1. it probably means a double row of pearls

    2. Any gifts received by BRF can be used in their lifetime but ultimately belong to the nation. So if Catherine received (say) a pearl necklace she can wear it but she cannot give it away or bequeath it to someone in her will. It would go into the royal collection.

  12. Dear Charlotte,

    Thank you SO much for another lovely post. I am TOTALLY FED UP and BORED at home with the snow - I haven't been anywhere since Tuesday and it's snowing like mad again at the moment...the TV's not up to much and that's with having 100's of channels on Sky too :-(

    I wonder what they do with all the gifts? I wonder if the Palace has ethics and taxable BIK policies like companies? It would be great if they photographed them all so we could ID them if Kate wore/used the shoes/handbags etc.

    I do hope she's feeling better - she hasn't looked her usual self of late.

    Hope you're having a good weekend.


  13. Happy to hear that she is feeling well enough to be out and about with Lupo. Thank you for the post. :)

    Sidenote: yesterday I saw a blouse with an identical cut in a Tommy Hilfiger store. It made me think of Kate!

  14. Kate looks gorgeous on the cover of Hello!!Charlotte, does the Royalty actually use the gifts given to them on tours? Or are they just kept as souvenirs?I can imagine the Starbucks employees our favorite customer strolled in..The Duchess of Cambridge! :))
    Thanks chica!xoxo
    btw Im totally ordering the grande decaf skinny latte at Starbucks today :)

  15. Thank you Charlotte for keeping us going with litttle bits on the Duchess during this very dry time. I am really having Duchess withdrawals that I pulled out the DVD of their wedding and watched it. I am glad the Duchess is getting better and is out & about.

    And I am very happy that these people that are seeing her in Starbucks have the respect not to take her picture. Yes I woudl love to see a recent photo but at the same time she need's her privacy. And I am a little taken back that she only had one protection officer with her. I read where now that she is pregnant she would have one ofr herself & one for the unborn child. I know tht sounds a little funny but I am sure William will pull out all the stops to make sure his Duchess & unborn baby is well protected.

  16. Canadian Friend - interesting observation. I thought the cover photo has her looking healthy and natural.
    Also, let's keep in mind that Kate is not the first royal to ever be pregnant and have a schedule of public duties. Every single report I've read about Princess Diana mentions that she suffered enormously from morning sickness throughout her pregnancy (not to mention emotional strain due to the issues with her marriage) and maintained quite a busy schedule while she was pregnant with William and with Harry.
    The Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex also went about their duties while expecting as did Queen Elizabeth II. Again, not a criticism but just an observation, it seems that Kate has been given much more leeway by the Palace than her predecessors, especially considering her royal rank and what would be expected of her.

    1. Sarah from Calif.20 January 2013 at 19:55

      The funny thing about being pregnant, giving birth, having children, raising teenagers etc... is that you never know what someone else has gone through unless you have been in their exact shoes and, to minimize their pain doesn't help the situation at all, neither does comparing one person to another.
      I think Queen Elizabeth is very protective of Kate. I would be the same .

    2. @Sarah from California- I totally agree with you. I also believe William is very protective of his Duchess. And we as fans do not know everything that is going on with her. If you have never had children and been through the morning sickness then you really can't comment on someone else. Everyone is very different.

    3. I read somewhere that she will be resuming duties next month.

  17. I hope Kate knows how much caffeine is in a decaf Starbucks coffee. It's a lot.

  18. Seriously she should be out doing charity work or something! My mom worked in an er until she gave birth to me! She never had hg she was under weight to begin with and prob wasnt used to eating normal amounts of food! Lets get out there and do something kate! I knw ur not a full time working royal but what else is she doing?

    1. Sarah from Calif.20 January 2013 at 20:18

      Oh my gosh I am going to bite my tongue.

    2. @Anonymous- You have no idea what the Duchess has been through or is going through right now. JUST because she looks good one day does not mean she feels the same the next. Unless you have been pregnant and gone through all the morning sickness then you really can't say what the Duchess should be doing. I have been through two pregnancies and been really sick both times and it is not fun.

      Just remember everyone is very different.

    3. @Sarah- Since when do you bite your This anonymous person sure want's to start a war on here. I just hope Charlotte will watch and make sure not to post anymore of these. Charlote has in the pass made it VERY clear that this subject is a dead issue. So I have not idea why it is here.

      Charlotte I hope you watch and make sure no more of this type of comments regarding the work the Duchess does or does not do. It is just opening a can of worms. And you already know how I and many more fans feel about people making nasty comments regarding the work the Duchess does or does not do.

      It get's very hard not comment on this kind of stuff but most of us will not because you have asked us to leave this subject alone.

    4. Anonymous is just giving out her opinion and, frankly, she is not alone.

      However, I think that if they have an opinion, they should put their name to it.

    5. Pauline- please be aware of your comment's implications. Charlotte is always mindful of her blog and works tirelessly for all Kate fans (even those that wonder what she does in private).

      Sometimes I am very put off by your comments as they come across (to me) as very demanding and controlling. I assure you- most readers know how you feel about this topic. Please be respectful of other readers, and more importantly Charlotte.

      Sarah, TN

    6. @Ms. Sarah from TN- I am very aware of my comments. And I do respect Charlotte for her great work she does for all of us fans. I do not like people questioning my loyality to charlotte. People who read this great blog on a daily basis know's that Chralotte has made it very clear that she does not what the subject of the Duchess work brought up again. But peole continue to do so. So Sarah why don't you address the people who continue to bring up the subject, these people do not respect charlottes wishes to drop the subject.

    7. Racheal from Washington21 January 2013 at 04:17

      Sarah- I have been a silent reader of this blog for a long time now and I have never responed to any comments but I think I will this time. I think you are way off base telling Pauline that she disrespected Charlotte and her blog. Yes Pauline does have some way off comments but that is what this platform is about. You don't have to agree with everyone but to call someone dispectful is wrong.

      And I don't understand how you can call Pauline's comments as demanding or controlling. Please explain. Charlotte is the one who controls this blog and what is posted and not posted. So if Charlotte thought her comments were what your calling them then Charlotte would not post them. And I am sure that Pauline know's how hard Charlotte works on this blog.

    8. Pauline- I've been a loyal reader and commenter for over a year. Because I comment from my iPhone, it shows up as anonymous. I decided to start signing my name. I have read Charlotte's stance on the topic and your opinions (repeatedly).

      My intentions for saying what I did are simple. Please leave the moderating to Charlotte. She sees every comment posted. She has kept up a wonderful blog and your demands for what she should or shouldn't publish are tiresome and distracting.

      Obviously this is all my opinion, but as another avid reader I thought you would like to know how your comments are received. You have some great insight and support for the royals but when you venture into how Charlotte runs the blog, it is very frustrating.

      Sarah, TN

    9. @Sarah TN- I have never "demanded" Charlotte to run her blog. My comment that got you all upset was just to understand why she posted the comment regarding the work the Duchess does or does not do. She has been very adament on the subject.

      But for you to tell me that I don't respect Charlotte was way off base. You have no idea who I am nor what kind of relastionship charlotte and I have. Or what kind of relationship she has with other readers.

      If I upset Charlotte I am sure she would have sent me a peraonal note or posted something her as she has done in the past. And again for the last time I have never told Charlotte how to run this great blog. But I guess you think I have.

    10. I do feel that way based on your comments. But it is just my opinion.

      Please know that I was not assuming you upset Charlotte. But you did upset me which is why I commented.

      No need to beat a dead horse. I voiced my opinion, you voiced yours. Lets be done with it.

      Sarah, TN

    11. Pauline California22 January 2013 at 03:30


  19. I feel so sorry for Kate she can't even go into Starbucks without it hitting the press.
    Please let's not repeat what we did to Diana.

    1. I agree with you. But at least there is no photos. So she did have some privacy.

  20. Dear Charlotte, thanks for keen, observant and sensitive way you report/ blog on Duchess Kate! Always lovely and respectful! It would be refreshing if the critical and judgmental folks would quit judging her work or lack thereof! We see so little of what she does! I get the feeling /sense she is very busy behind the scenes! God bless Catherine , their baby, both mom and childs health along with her endeavors or work! What she does to prepare before she is in the public eye is probably amazing to be informed and knowledgable! No easy task! God bless from Denver CO. USA.

  21. Hi Charlotte, thank you SO much for the info on the FCUK blouse. I just ordered one! I was wondering if you will be doing more fashion related posts, they are my favorite because I'm obsessed with Kate's style. You're always the first to know about sales or replikates!

    1. Hello!

      I will of of course be continuing with the 'Fashionably Kate' section and the next one will include information on sales and a Repli-Kate or two :)

  22. I read an article on DM (no judgement. It's cold and I'm bored) that said Kate cancelled her spray tans when she got pregnant. Maybe that's why she hasn't looked 100% the last few times she has been out. I know nausea could be a big part of it, but I bet she looks more worn out without a little color in her skin. Just a thought.

    I also love how classic the FCUK top is. Nothing too trendy or loud. Very Kate!

    I hope she is out and about again soon. She does so much good for morale, the economy, and her various charities when she is working. The telegraph reported recently that Kate's time in the US during their tour brought in an impressive amount of donations for their Trust. I imagine that is just the beginning for how she can turn people's attentions to charity.

    -Sarah, TN

  23. While I don't want to second guess doctors, I agree with Emily that if it was H.G. the Duchess had a mild (by H.G. standards) and fairly quickly resolved bout of it. Unfortunately, this is a double-eged sword for other sufferers. On one hand Kate has brought attention to this illness, something long overdue. On the other, the fact she has been seen out in public, going to the Cirque performance and traveling to a shoot and going out for coffee, all things that most H.G. sufferers couldn't begin to consider even at three months, will lead employers not to take this illness as seriously and suspect employees are malingering. H.G. is a huge problem for working women who suffer from it and don't have the luxury of taking a few more weeks off like Kate is doing, and I hope she considers becoming a spokesperson for the illness to help women in a less fortunate situation than she is.

    1. Racheal from Washington21 January 2013 at 04:09

      So what you are saying is that because Catherine is feeling better and out doing somethings it is her fault that employers will not take HG seriously. Give me a break! What your saying in my opinion is that Catherine never had the HG and her doctors were wrong. You & Emily must be better doctors then the ones that Catherine had.

      Just because she was seen on her birthday enjoying an evening with her husband & family does not prove anything. If you have never had children and been sick you don;t know how this illness works on different women, It is a nasty illness. So cut this poor woman a break.

    2. To Anonymus 01:17
      You are right!

    3. Actually, her doctors never publicly said anything. St. James Palace (their office) did.

  24. Sarah from Calif.21 January 2013 at 03:02

    There's a fun personality quiz on PBS for Downtown Abbey watchers. The responces are (out there) but the results were pretty good. I would be Matthew. Crowleys mom Isobel according to the quiz and that's fine with me! Did you notice Ladies Mary and Edith's wedding gowns? If so which one do you prefer?

    1. How interesting, Isobel is such a protective mother, one of my favourite characters. I just love the witty exchanges between Isoel and Maggie Smith!

      I've actually seen Series 3 twice, I don't know if the finale has been aired in the US? but it's a heartbreaker. Both wedding gowns were exquisite but I thought Mary's had the edge and captured the era a little more. Perhaps it's because the romance of Mary and Matthew has been one of the strongest points of the show and Edith's wedding turned out to be terrible misfortunate for her.

    2. Kate, Texas, USA21 January 2013 at 05:29

      The third show of season 3 aired tonight, so no finale yet. My husband wanted to watch football, so I had to record it. :) Sarah, I'm heading to take the quiz now! How fun!

    3. Sarah from Calif.21 January 2013 at 06:20

      Where I live we are on season 3., 3rd show I think on the East coast they are ahead of us.
      Oh dear a heartbreaker finale :'''(

    4. I won't divulge anything but I was in tears following the finale (it was aired as a Christmas special on Christmas Day here).

  25. Kate, Texas, USA21 January 2013 at 05:10

    Love getting on and finding a new post during this dry period! Charlotte, you are the best! Happy to see that Kate is out and about some. LOVE that she went to Starbucks with her sweet Lupo. How cute is that?!?! I am a Starbucks junkie. I suppose next time I go I will order a grande decaf skinny latte instead of my usual just to see what Kate likes. :)

    I am so curious where all these lovely gifts go? Can you imagine what the Queen has racked up after 60 years?!?! I know some go to charity or their staff, but wonder how and what they decide to keep. I wonder if a photo log is made of the things that are given away just as a reminder. Also can't imagine all the baby gifts that will be pouring in!

    Yea for Kate being on the cover of Hello! Sure wish we had a way to get the magazine here in the States. When I in England this past summer, I would head down to the little store on the corner by my hotel and load up on all the magazines. It was great!

    1. Hi Kate (the other one!) You can get Hello! in the US, even if you don't want to get a subscroiption (which I have but it is expensive being a weekly.) A number of US bookstores carry it including Barnes and Noble most places. If you don't have a bookshop near you, eBay US often has issues avaailable and recent ones are reasonably priced, although there is the postage if they come from the UK. Try eBay UK too. They almost alway have issues cheap, as well as other royal issues on Kate, even with shipping not bad. Just make sure they will ship to States, most magazine dealers will. It can be fun to hunt for magazinnes with Kate, a lovely glossy special about Kate's first year is out there besides Hello! Just put in a search for Kate Middleton Magazine or Kate Middleton Hello!. (Duchess of Cambridge pulls up nothing!)

    2. Kate, Texas, USA22 January 2013 at 18:01

      Thanks for the info!!! I'll be heading to Banes and Noble to search!!! Have a great day!!!

  26. Kate, Texas, USA21 January 2013 at 05:26

    Wonder if Kate was shopping at Serephine when she popped in Starbucks for her latte? I know she had Lupo, but maybe she's started working on her maternity wardrobe? :)

  27. Great to hear that Kate is out and about! She certainly is feeling better now, and we'll get to see her more often. (Fingers crossed!)
    Dear Charlotte, this weekend I remembered some memorable "Kate loves" posts. Are we getting some new posts on this subject soon...? :) I would love to :)
    Hugs from a very sunny Portugal today!

    1. Hello Z,

      I will be writing more 'Kate Loves' posts very soon. I'm writing a post next on possibilities for the babies name but will have more Kate Loves posts published very soon :)

  28. Nice to read Kate was well enough for a walk. With HG you can't really plan anything because you can feel 1/2 OK one minute and not so OK the next. I had a hard time going anywhere and I didn't have to worry about people talking about how my hair and make-up was. I also don't think the occasional decaf coffee is bad and I doubt Kate would do anything to harm her baby.

    I too miss her appearances, but having suffered from HG myself I will happily let her move at her own pace. Soon enough we will have a new Royal to follow!

  29. As nice as it is to have a positive upbeat blog, I cannot help feel that it is now entirely justified to ask why DoC cannot work. She is drinking *decaf* for heavens' sake. Decaf used to make me want to throw up when I was pregnant. If she can tolerate the smell of coffee, chances are she is doing well.

    Why is it unreasonable to ask why she cannot work?

    I have to say: I really really want to continue liking her, but even I admit that she is stands a serious chance of doing major damage to her image with this particular work ethic. Nobody likes a lazy shirker especially in this economy.

    1. Laurie - New York22 January 2013 at 01:38

      I think it's kind of unreasonable to assume that just because you couldn't stand the smell of coffee while pregnant, that she shouldn't be able to tolerate it either. Each woman is an individual and has different triggers when it comes to morning sickness. For me, it was meat of any kind for my entire first trimester. She seems to be doing well now, but I used to work with a girl who had HG with each of her pregnancies. She would be perfectly fine one day, and be sick all day the next day.

      I really like Kate...I think her and William make a cute couple and I think they really love one another. She seems very genuine and approachable...particularly with children. That usually says a lot about a person. I too would love to see Kate work a bit more, but she'll be a royal for many more years, and I'm ok with giving her a break for now because honestly...if I had suffered from HG of any kind and was able to take it easy and experience the fun and wonder of my first pregnancy without having to work...I would have done it in a hot second. Kate has the luxury of doing that and lots of other things that we'll never get to experience. That's life. I'm just happy that I can run up to the deli in the morning in my jammies and not have to worry about someone taking my picture!! :-)

    2. Sarah from Calif.22 January 2013 at 01:49

      Mia maybe you can start a blog to take on the subject of Kate working or not. There seems to be many people who want to ( jump on the band wagon) of Kate's working or not.

    3. Mia- We can all ask why the Duchess is not working. But we as fans do not know why nor will we ever find out. I guess we can write to the Palace and ask them but I feel we will never get an answer.

      And we really don't know what is going on with the Ducehss's health. I am sure there is a good reason for her not to be working. So I would suggest that we don't put all the blame on the Duchess. We need to look at her handlers.

    4. Pauline California22 January 2013 at 03:24

      Sarah from California- You are completely correct. These people who feel the Duchess should be working need to start their own blog so they can complain all they want. But I don't feel this great blog Charlotte has given us fans is a place to question the why or why not the Duchess is working.

    5. Sarah from Calif.22 January 2013 at 03:31

      Laurie-New York
      I've never heard that said before (I would have done it in a hot second) well said :)

    6. Jean from Lancs.22 January 2013 at 14:44

      The only thing I could drink was black coffee---the look of any other drink brought on the sickness. In the second trimester I could travel by car as long as we could find a loo every hour.
      Nipping out for a walk in the park is one thing, arranging royal visits another---they have to be planned ahead and she has to arrive ready to greet the crowds---not having to dash inside somewhere to throw up.
      Common sense should tell us that until Catherine and her doctors are confident that can carry out engagements with dignity, she is better staying at home

    7. Kate, Texas, USA22 January 2013 at 17:59

      Laurie in New York....great reply to Mia!!!! I think you're very right in saying each woman and each pregnancy if very different. I happened to crave coffee, yes crave it, in all four of my pregnancies. On the other hand, the smell and taste of lavender and ginger made me violently ill. Two things that are supposed to ease nausea and vomiting. Who knows when and how sick Kate gets. Who knows what triggers her sickness. Really none of us should say.

      As far as working, who knows what is done behind the scenes. I think there's much more going on that anyone in the public knows. Can you imagine if the press reported on every move Kate made or every time there was work done with her charities? Really. She is a military wife and not a full time working Royal yet. That day will come soon enough. I think William is fiercely protective of her and she is just following his lead. I think he is desperately trying not to repeat what happened to his mother and trying to take control of his family life before the life of a full time Royal hit. Why in the world are people so worked up over this? Let Kate enjoy this time. I think she has done and will do fabulous things for the UK. I think she will be a wonderful Queen consort one day.

      I wonder if the Queen was questioned on her royal duties from the time she married until her accession to the throne? She was a military wife and heir to the throne. Just a thought....

    8. Pauline California23 January 2013 at 01:53

      @Kate, Texas- I so totally agree with what you said. Well said.

  30. Sarah from Calif.22 January 2013 at 01:24

    Dear LKC in SC,
    In this crazy drama of life you have said a beautiful statement "I will happily let her move at her own pace " you have had experience so you know.
    Hopefully many others of us will follow your example of patience.

  31. Love that kate discovering form hg is beautiful im really up to her seing in maternity in late febuary

  32. Jessica strikes again, Folks. This time she says that the Duchess is having hypnotherapy to recover from morning sickness. There are those that say she is an unofficial mouthpiece for Kate but I find this hard to believe. She's just right so often, it's spooky, although the pregnancy may have been an educated guess. Royal babies often seem timed to be born in the summer and post-tour was a pretty likely time for a pregnancy. If Jessica's's wrong someday, we'll know she's a fake but I suspect she's pretty careful.

  33. Sarah from California? Thank you! My daughter is now 26 and I can still remember how horrible it was being so sick for so long. It isn't something you'd wish on anybody!

    Plus, and this is just a guess on my part, I think considering how much work and effort goes into planning Kate's "working" that it is best to not make a commitment knowing she might not be able to attend. It wouldn't seem fair to have so many people wanting to attend to get to see her and to be disappointed at the last minute. I know I would be bummed! I really feel it is a good idea to not get anyone's hopes up. I know we will be seeing more of her by the end of the summer and hopefully she will often have the baby with her.

    I love this blog! It is right up there with Pioneer Woman. Thanks, Charlotte.

  34. My admiration for Kate increases by the day. She's endured over the top criticism of everything from her family and work ethic to her eyeliner. And now she can't even buy a cup of decaf and the degree of her morning sickness is being questioned. O-M-G. God bless her for taking it all on and going about her business with a smile on her face and her head held high. If that isn't class, I don't know what is.


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