Sunday, 29 December 2013

Year in Review: 2013

It's that time of year again. We're rounding up the Christmas festivities and looking forward to ringing in another year. I always look forward to taking a look back at William and Kate's year - what it brought for them as royals, and of course their personal lives, too. I think you'll agree, for royal watchers, 2013 will always be remembered for the birth of Prince George.

Following a quiet Christmas with the Middletons, the Cambridges were first publicly seen sitting in the audience of Cirque Du Soleil, which they attended with the Middletons and friends for Kate's 31st birthday. The night offered an opportunity for Kate to not only celebrate her birthday, but to unwind and enjoy a relaxing evening with family and friends.

E! Online

William and Kate's first engagement of the year was a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, where they viewed Kate's first official portrait, by artist Paul Emsley. The divisive portrait received very harsh criticism with many stating it made the Duchess look older and failed to capture her sparkle.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

Kate wore the French Connection Katherine Plains Top for her portrait sittings and the very pretty Whistles 'Sofia' dress for the viewing. Almost a year on, has your opinion of the portrait changed? Has it grown on you?

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

Kate was first candidly spotted out and about in 2013 shopping and grabbing lunch in Pret A Manger in a Zara Checked Print Cape and her Really Wild Seville Boots.


In February, the Cambridges holidayed with the Middletons in Mustique before Kate returned to engagements later that month with a visit to Action on Addiction's Hope House. The Duchess looked tanned and rested in a grey Max Mara Studio wrap dress.

In March, William, Kate and Harry travelled to Switzerland for the wedding of Mark Tomlinson and Laura Bechtolsheimer. Kate looked great in her ever-popular unidentified cream coat and the royal trio were all smiles on the day. Before flying home, William and Harry enjoyed a spot of skiing, however, pregnant Kate refrained and took in a quiet walk instead.

Upon their return, Kate paid a solo visit to the seaside town of Grimsby where she revealed the baby was kicking. There were many memorable moments from the visit most notably when Kate made an unscheduled stop at St Andrew's Hospice where she met ten patients. One of the elderly patients said, "I'm waiting for you to be Queen." Kate laughed and said, "You might be waiting a long time!" Also on this visit, a local thought the Duchess had accidentally let slip she was expecting a girl. Of course, we now know with certainty the onlooker was mistaken :)

The townspeople of Grimsby were incredibly excited and Kate looked lovely in her Hobbs 'Celeste' coat and Great Plains 'Cezanne' Dress.

In March, William and Kate made an unexpected appearance at Cheltenham. It marked the couple's first appearance at the racing festival in five years. They arrived just in time to cheer on Mike Tindall's horse, Monbeg Dude, participating in the Gold Cup Steeple Chase.

At the St Patrick's Day Aldershot Parade Kate revealed "she'd like a boy" and William would like a girl (despite the outcome, I don't think doting dad William was one bit disappointed to discover his first born was a boy :)).

Kate had a slightly sticky situation when her heel caught in the grate (all of us ladies can attest to the perils of wearing heels) but her Prince came to the rescue!

On March 19, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the offices of Child Bereavement UK, at the charity's headquarters in The Clare Charity Centre in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire. During a walkabout the couple were given two teddy bears for Baby Cambridge. It was the first time I thought Kate was beginning to show and the Goat Redgrave Coat and Topshop Contrast Collar Dress were stellar choices for her.

Whilst William and Kate were talking with bereaved parents William said, "I feel like I should give you all a hug". Each of the mothers and fathers in the group then took it in turns to hug the couple. A very touching visit for the Duke and Duchess! There were some very cute photos shared via twitter from the event, such as this one of the Cambridges popping bubble wrap with a group of children.

The next day, Kate joined The Queen and Prince Philip at Baker Street station to mark 150 years of the London Underground. When Kate heard The Queen and Prince Philip had planned to undertake the engagement she asked if she could be part of the visit and Her Majesty formally invited her. A senior royal aide said, "she just fancied it, she asked if she could come along." It showed an interest on Kate's part, in learning more about her role by accompanying senior royals on engagements.

In late March, Kate volunteered with the scouts in the snow and appeared to have a wonderful time outdoor cooking and fire-lighting with the group despite the cold climate. The Duchess's support of the organisation saw a surge in the number of volunteers applying to join.

Great Tower Activity Scout Centre

William and Kate made a two-day trip to Scotland and began the visit with a tour of the Emirates Arena, one of the venues for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (there's a very cute video of Kate talking to a baby from a walkabout afterwards). The couple also accompanied Prince Charles, known as The Duke of Rothsay in Scotland, in opening the new Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre at Dumfries House and toured BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines.

Kate enjoyed some retail therapy in Holt, Norfolk in April near the couple's reported new country home Anmer Hall. Renovations remain ongoing, however, it is envisaged it will be ready for the Cambridge family in 2014.

ITV/Anmer Hall

On April 19th, the Palace announced the Duchess had decided to lend her patronage to three new causes, The Natural History MuseumPlace2Be and SportsAid. Three excellent choices combining Kate's love of working with children and sports.


Kate and Carole were photographed shopping for a Moses basket.

Hello! Magazine

Kate chose a mint Mulberry coat for The Queen's Scouts Parade at Windsor.

Kate chose the Erdem Sophia dress for her first public visit to patronage Place2Be where she launched a counselling programme and took part in a tree planting ceremony.

Place2Be Facebook Page

Next we look at Kate's best maternity look, in my opinion - a beautiful bespoke Emilia Wickstead creation for an Art Room reception at the National Portrait Gallery. We had been hoping to see the Duchess in a custom-made piece and the empire line garment accommodated her bump perfectly. The sleeveless garment featured a round neckline in front and the pale blue colour was very pretty on Kate.

William, Kate and Harry had a magical time at the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden where they indulged their love of Harry Potter :)

To mark Children's Hospice Week, Kate recorded her first video message speaking about the "inspirational" work carried out by hospices. She also paid a visit to hospice Naomi House where she spent time with staff and patients.

The Duchess brought back her Topshop Florence Maternity Style for the wedding of close friends William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene in Ewelme, South Oxfordshire.

Tily Pudwell Twitter Feed/Topshop

And brightened up The Queen's Garden Party in Emilia Wickstead.


A radiant Kate joined the rest of the Royal Family for The Queen's Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey in a bespoke Jenny Packham outfit. The Duchess was very much blooming at the service and enjoyed talking with the younger royals outside afterwards.

In her final solo engagement before taking maternity leave, godmother Kate christened Royal Princess in Southampton wearing a Dalmation Print Coat by Hobbs. The print was an unexpected choice, but it's always interesting for anyone to change things up and she looked radiant.

Kate was pretty in pink McQueen for this year's Trooping The Colour.

I will never forget July 2013, and neither will the world's media who waited day in, day out at the Lindo Wing throughout the 'Great Kate Wait'. Naturally, the Palace never revealed Kate's due date and royal fans all over the world waited on tenterhooks for the big news. The atmosphere was palpable and people all over the world awaited the joyous news that William and Kate's first baby, the heir to the throne, had been born.

It was bright and early on July 22 when news broke Kate had been admitted to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London in the early stages of labour (to relive the day check out our Live Blog chronicling the day Kate went into labour).

Clarence House Twitter Feed

Excitement was at fever pitch.

David Wilkinson CNN Twitter Feed

At 8.30 p.m, we heard the joyous news that The Duchess of Cambridge had safely delivered a healthy baby boy weighting 8 lb 6 oz. Prince William released a brief statement which summed up the feelings of any new parent beautifully: "We couldn't be happier."

Kensington Palace

The announcement was placed on the easel at Buckingham Palace by The Queen's press secretary Alisa Anderson.

On July 23, proud parents William and Kate introduced their son to the world.

A thrilled William and Kate walked over to the press pen and spoke about their son:

'The Duchess said: "It's been very emotional. It's very special. Any parent will know what this feeling is like." While Prince William revealed: "He's a big boy, quite heavy. We're still working on a name. He has a pair of lungs on him that's for sure."
Confirming the Prince was overdue the new father said: "I will remind him of his tardiness when he's older." And with a broad smile William added, "He's got her looks thankfully" to which the Duchess replied, "No, no, no, I'm not sure about that." The Prince also jokingly said, "He has more hair than me."

His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

The family returned to Kensington Palace for the night. Her Majesty and Prince Harry met little George the following morning before the Cambridges travelled to the Middleton family home in Bucklebury where they remained for weeks. It offered new parents William and Kate a chance to spend those first precious weeks with their son away from the media glare.

Mc Fadden/Mail Online

On August 20, the Palace released official photos of William, Kate, George and Lupo. The candid images were taken by Kate's father, Michael Middleton, at the family home in Bucklebury and offered an informal look at the Cambridge family. From a technical perspective they were far from perfect but in many ways that's what I loved about them. They were the type of photos one would see in any family album. William and Kate hoped to achieve a "natural look" and it is very much evident in the pictures.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

Kate and George joined William in Anglesey in late August where the family spent their final weeks on the Island before departing. Kate was photographed grocery shopping at her local Waitrose in a Ralph Lauren top, Paige Denim 'Skyline' Skinny Jeans and Sebago 'Bala' Boat Shoes.


At the end of August, Kate returned to public engagements to bid farewell to Anglesey with William at the Ring O' Fire Marathon. It was a poignant day for the couple who loved their time on the Island, where they enjoyed privacy and normality. It was undoubtedly a difficult decision for Prince William to leave his role as a search and rescue pilot with the RAF to take on a greater royal role.

September brought a full-time move to the Cambridges' Kensington Palace home, Apartment 1A and an appearance at the Tusk Trust Awards.

The Times Twitter Feed

William and Kate brought Prince George to Balmoral, Scotland in late September to enjoy a family break in the Scottish highlands. It provided an opportunity for Prince Philip to meet his great-grandson. Prince William took part in a shoot with close friend Thomas van Straubenzee while Kate enjoyed down time with Thomas's wife Melissa and little George.

The Cambridges also attended a Sunday service with The Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall whilst there.

The Duchess made a sporty return to solo engagements in October with a visit to a SportsAid athlete workshop at Olympic Park. Kate found out more about the charity during chats with athletes, attended a mock sports conference and displayed her fabulous post baby figure during a volleyball game.

The Christening of Prince George took place on October 23 at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace. Archbishop Justin Welby baptised the future King by splashing his head three times with water from the River Jordan. William and Kate chose seven godparents for their son - Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Zara Tindall, Julia Samuel, Hugh Grosvenor, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, William van Cutsem and Oliver Baker.

Kate looked elegant in bespoke Alexander McQueen.


And little George was superbly well behaved :)


The following night Kate supported her patronage Action on Addiction at the 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala at Kensington Palace. Kate spoke of little George's christening: "He was such a good boy actually, he's not always like that, but the people there, lots going on, it's slightly distracting." The Duchess looked beautiful in a Jenny Packham gown (yes, yes it needed a necklace to complete the look but it was a splendid choice).

In late October, Kate was photographed enjoying a spot of retail therapy at Zara Home.


William and Kate met London Poppy Day supporters as part of the annual Poppy Appeal on November 7. Following a reception at Kensington Palace, the Cambridges took the Routemaster bus to High Street Kensington station where they surprised commuters.


Kate was solemn in Temperley London for Remembrance Sunday.

Kate brought back her Orla Kiely 'Birdie' dress for a visit to ex-offenders charity Only Connect with Prince William on November 19. It was an interesting choice for William and Kate; it is important to see them supporting a diverse range of organisations and raising awareness in different fields. According to the Palace, the couple wanted to learn more about the organisation and the people it benefits. Possible research for new patronages too, perhaps?

The Duchess attended a forum for her patronage Place2Be on November 20. In a short navy skirt, Kate narrowly avoided a 'Marilyn Moment' before she stepped inside. The real story of the day was the interest Kate showed in the charity. This is evidenced by members of the organisations and members of the media who were present, not to mention her decision to stay an hour later to listen to two sessions on addiction and self-harm. Comments from others present at the forum included, "She was so interested", "She's very bright" and "You can see this means something to her".

Kate chose an elegant Temperley London dress for the SportsBall, the annual gala dinner of her patronage SportsAid.

December 3 proved an interesting night for royal watchers. Not only did The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend their first white-tie event - the annual Diplomatic Reception, but it marked the first time Kate has worn a tiara since her wedding day. The Duchess looked regal in The Queen Mother's Papyrus tiara - a piece we are all hoping to see again very soon.

William and Kate graced the red carpet on December 5, for the UK première of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela passed away during the screening of the movie, and as the Cambridges left the screening, William made a brief statement: "I just wanted to say it's incredibly sad and tragic news. We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. It's very sad." Both the Duke and Duchess looked visibly moved by the tragic news. You can watch a video of William's statement at ITV News.

The movie's star Idris Elba later spoke about hearing the sad news: "The Duchess, Kate sort of turned to me and looked at me as she had her phone and I wondered what was wrong with her because she looked quite emotional. And my girlfriend looked at me and handed the phone and I looked down and there it was, Mandela had passed. I looked back at Prince William and Kate and they were just in tears with me."

The next day offered one of my favourite engagements of the year: Kate's visit to Shooting Star Hospice. Her Royal Highness threw herself into the visit, playing with puppet frogs, singing well-known children's songs and hugging one very adorable little girl. Dressed in the Reiss 'Delaney' jacket and navy cords, Kate was comfortably dressed for an afternoon of fun!

Shooting Star Hospice

On December 11, the Cambridges began the day by signing the book of condolences for Nelson Mandela at South Africa House.


That evening, the couple carried out their final joint engagement for 2013. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended an advance screening of David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London. They both appeared to have had a wonderful time and I loved their accessories for the night - 3D glasses!

Christmas festivities began on December 18 with Her Majesty's pre-Christmas luncheon.

William and Kate spent Prince George's first Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family. They began the day with communion at St. Mary Magdalene's Church on the estate before making the annual walk to the 11 a.m. church service and meeting well-wishers. Kate revealed George opened his presents but was more interested in the wrapping paper!

Alan Davison

William and Kate held hands as they made the church walk. They both looked very happy and content, no doubt looking forward to the coming year, too. I cannot think of a better photo to round up the post.


2013 was a fantastic royal year and 2014 looks to be another wonderful one. In the New Year, we will see the Duchess taking on more engagements; the Cambridges' Australia/New Zealand tour in April promises to be their best one yet and perhaps Prince George could get a little brother or sister, too? What are your highlights of the year? Which of Kate's looks are your favourite?

As for the blog, we have many exciting posts planned that we hope you'll enjoy, and we'll also be adding new features to the site to make it more user friendly and easy to navigate. We want to sincerely thank each and every one of you who took the time to visit the blog and comment in 2013 and hope you'll join us throughout 2014. Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year!


  1. Sarah from Calif.29 December 2013 at 01:36

    Wow Charlotte! What a wonderful post. A very busy year it has been. As for my favorite Royal moment it would have to be the day George was born! The incredible amount of excitement and anxiety was priceless. Then the moment they walked out of the hospital with George. Pure bliss and joy. I don't think any tiarra or exspensive gown could top that.
    Your last picture of them walking hand in hand is perfect. Happy couple. Loving families. Nothing can really top that :)
    A very Happy New Year to you Charlotte and all Duchess Kate fans!

  2. Enjoyable post and blog. Keep up the great work and have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

  3. Lovely Post!! Happy New Year and thanks for all your hard work!! :)

  4. Thank you so much for the great post. Am truly impressed by your works and the website. Happy holidays!

  5. Interesting that the expression in the portrait is almost identical to the one in the photo (in the Whistles dress) below it. I am one of those who loves the portrait, but realize I'm in the minority. I think it is an excellent likeness. I'm sure that as a painting (rather than a photo of a painting) it must be quite striking.

  6. What a wonderful year it was! Thank you so much for your efforts Charlotte, that is a fabulous summary of the highlights. I would like to make one comment about the Duchess' necklines. I thought the McQueen dress for the christening was lovely, but I really didn't care for the neckline. I think it could have been cut a little lower and still look suitably demure for the occasion. Kate may be the mother of a future king, but she is a stunning 31 year old, so I was delighted to see the Jenny Packham dress with that gorgeous decolletage. I would love to see Kate in more Jenny Packham in 2014!

  7. Lovely--thank you! Looking forward to 2014.

  8. Awesome post!! What a great year its been for Kate and for us Royal Watchers!! The birth of Georgie has been my favorite thing. I cant wait for next year and the Royal tour.
    As always, I hope they add new days to their schdules soon.
    Have a great new year everyone!!

  9. Love this post! Thank you for all your hard work, Charlotte! I was married just two days before baby George was born, I remember wishing he would hurry up! :) I check your blog daily and LOVE seeing new posts! Happy New Year, everyone!

  10. Robin Indiana USA
    Fantastic read Charlotte!!! My favorite was glued to my computer watching sky news live when Kate went to the hospital and the long wait finally over a baby boy!!! And of course when William and Kate with baby for the first pictures. Wonderful watching history something I'll never forget!!! William and Kate are such a positive role model and they are going to be wonderful parents to George and hopefully give George a brother or sister when the time is right. Happy New Year Charlotte may 2014 bring joy and happiness to you and your family.

  11. Thank you so much for your great blog! You're doing such an amazing job and I just love your style of writing. In the German media I hate the reporting about the Cambridges but always follow your blog and really enjoy it. To you, your loved ones and everyone being a Cambridges fan I am wishing all the best for a sparkling and healthy New Year.

  12. Charlotte, I don't post much anymore as my life appears to have become exponentially busier by the day but this seems like a perfect time to let you know I still visit regularly and think your efforts are amazing. This blog and the community you have helped form is truly a warm, welcoming place and your hard work is evident in the quality and regularity of the posts.
    Thank you so much for keeping this going, you are a marvel :)
    Happy new year to everyone - let's make 2014 even better than 2013!!
    Louise, Bath UK

  13. Marion from Germany29 December 2013 at 10:18

    Dear Charlotte,

    what a wonderful post to round off the year. I want to thank you for this wonderful blog which I check every single day for new posts. You pick wonderful pictures, provide me with lots of information and all this is done in such an empathetic and thoughtful way. I wholeheartedly appreciate your work and am so happy that I found your blog.

    Best wishes to you, Charlotte, and to all the other Duchess Kate-fans from all over the world. Have a happy and healthy year 2014.

  14. Wonderful post of an historic year.
    Of course no clothes or jewellery can beat the birth of Prince George--I'll always remember the little hand appearing out of the shawl, and the beautiful Christening photos.
    I think that throughout the year Catherine always dressed to suit the occasion----the evening dress I liked best was the Jenny Packham ink blue gown---just perfect, but the blue dress she wore when she left the hospital was lovely--she wasn't afraid to show that a woman's body doesn't immediately return to its former shape on day one---I suspect the whole world now knows that.
    Charlotte has given us a great year--at midnight on New Year's Eve let us all raise our glasses to her and hope for lots of information in 2014.
    Happy New Year to you all

  15. Great Post. NIce to remember all the the things that went on in her life. My favorite dress was the navy Jenny Packham, even without a necklace it was gorgeous! Are you doing a most favourite dress of the year poll? Would be fun. And do you know are there any plans for Mustique?

    1. Ana B. from Brazil29 December 2013 at 17:14

      I think that's an amazing idea for a poll, Sandra!

    2. The navy ink Jenny Packham is my favorite, too, closely followed by the cream christening suit, which so perfectly matched the color of the lace of little George's christening gown. What beautiful pictures!
      P.S. I would enjoy seeing the results of a favorite (I know, favourite in UK!) dress poll, too!

  16. Simone from Germany29 December 2013 at 12:35

    Thank you for this post Charlotte. You did a great job in 2013 :) I hope you go on next year. I wish everyone a happy new Year!!!

  17. Thank you for your wonderful blog! It's a lovely escape from everyday life. I can't wait to see what will come in 2014.

    Happy New Year! Xx

  18. I saw Kate's portrait at the NPG shortly after its unveiling--I thought it was lovely.

  19. Thank you for such a lovely post! Whew - what a year!! I'm so looking forward to seeing the royals in 2014 - and I totally agree with your comment about hoping for an announcement for baby #2! :)

  20. I hope that she will have much more engagements in 2014 !!
    Thank you for your posts :)

  21. Charlotte, when do you sleep? :)

    1. :) interesting question...

      Happy New Year to Charlotte and all blog's followers! Paola Delfina

  22. Marci from Salt Lake29 December 2013 at 16:11

    Charlotte, your blog is truly wonderful. Thank you so much for creating it and continuing to set such a high standard of reporting and discussing all the interesting topics. This post is a great wrap-up of the past year.

  23. Thank you, Charlotte, for doing a lovely job of reporting on Kate so speedy all year. To answer your questions:

    No, I still do not like the official portrait - she looks ghostly and ghastly. Not her fault; I'm shocked they allowed it and didn't ask for a second attempt.

    As for my favorite moment, I think it would be any loving moment between William and Kate. It proves their relationship and place within the royal family is very different than past ones, and that underneath all the official-ness they are rooted in love and friendship - these two things are a great foundation for a family (e.g. Prince George) and a future monarch.

    As for 2014, I think it will be very busy and exciting (for us Kate/royal watchers) now that William has left RAF and they are both full-time working royals. I'd also go out on a limb to predict that by the end of 2014 there will be another pregnancy announcement....we had Prince George's announcement late 2012. Let's see if I'm right ;-)

  24. Ana B. from Brazil29 December 2013 at 17:12

    What a great post, Charlotte! Thank you! 2013 was an amazing year for us, Royal fans, and here's hoping for an even better 2014!
    Hope you all have a great 2014!
    Hugs from Brazil!

  25. Thank you for your blog and the great posts. I always look forward to reading it.
    Mel, Ontario

  26. Charlotte, thank you so much for this fantastic summary of 2013.

    George's birth was *the* most special and significant event of the year. I'll never forget the sheer joy on William and Kate's faces when they left the hospital.

    An early Happy New Year to everyone !! :)

  27. Thank you so much for your comments! We will indeed have polls next :)

    1. Can I make a couple suggestions. 1. Have a survy of ur readers. get a demagraphic of who we are.
      another thing, when you post new comments can they say they r new? It makes it eaiser to read them.

    2. And if I would also be easier to identify people (and sometimes continue a "conversation") if everyone posted under a user name rather than just "Anonymous".

  28. Rose from Montreal, Canada30 December 2013 at 00:41

    Thank you Charlotte for the wonderful job that you do keeping us informed on everything Duchess Kate. We are truly blessed to have you and your information. My most favorite moment is when they came out of the hospital with Prince George. Nothing beats that. Her charities and outfits were good but Prince George's birth takes top billing in my book. His christening took second place since we really saw him for the first time.
    To all my fellow Duchess Kate blogger fans I wish you all the very best in 2014. Charlotte I wish you health and strength and blessings in 2014.

  29. Thank you for this lovely year in review post Dear Charlotte. I am grateful for all you do and look forward to more of your great posts in the new year! Happy New Year my dear and God bless.

  30. Great post! I really, really enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for all the awesome posts.

  31. I only started reading your blog this year, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it. Thank you, Charlotte! I look forward to keeping up with Kate with you in 2014!

    - Justine in California

  32. You are so great Charlotte! What fun to see all of that together! Thanks so much for all you do! Looking forward to your posts in 2014!

  33. Nice write up Charlotte, as always. It's like traveling in 2013 with Kate in a Capsule. LOL What a year for the young family!
    Happy New Year everyone.

  34. This is an awesome recap of 2013! The best highlight IMO is the arrival of Prince George. Thank You Charlotte for all of the hard work you have done for your loyal readers!!!Its been a delightful experience following and commenting on your blog and I look forward to what you have in store for us in 2014. I wish you and all your readers a very Happy New Year 2014!!!

  35. Wow it seems like the year went by so fast. My favorite moment of course was the birth of prince George. I was glued to the television watching every second of it. I actually gasped with joy when it was announced that Kate had delivered a boy. Favorite outfit was definitely the McQueen ensemble she wore for George's christening. So many awesome Kate moments this year.
    Looking forward to see what next year has in store.
    Thank you so much Charlotte for this wonderful blog.

  36. bluhare in Washington State30 December 2013 at 04:47

    Please let me join the love fest, Charlotte. You deserve it for all the work you do. Either that or we're all a bunch of suck ups. (I vote for the first one.)

  37. I love the royals and it is most enjoyable following all the posts. This one was excellent. Thank you for sharing

  38. This blog is amazing and informative. Hoping for a pregnancy announcement would be nice to see their little family grow, as well as for Kate to put a little more weight on. It scares me sometimes how thin she looks in pictures. She must look much thinner in person. I don't know, maybe its stress. Wishing everyone a happy New Year!!!

  39. Hello, congratulations for the great job this year 2013 ... all my best wishes for the blog and for you this year 2014, received a warm greeting. Rosalia

  40. dear charlotte, happy 2014 to you n thanks for the great blog!
    as for hrh's appearance, i like the one at the hospital steps with prince george. her post natal bump is a great thing.

    faw fr kl, malaysia

  41. Thanks charlotte for your hard work i really enjoy these blog it was may stress free when i read this blog there lot memorable moments to look back in 2013 as we pass the year im looking forward spending my 2014 here the blog that i love thank you hardwork even busy on studies and planning wedding i wish you all a happy new year and 2014

  42. The portrait has grown on me, actually. I do think she appears somewhat older, but it does capture something very true, an expression, of the DoC. I did not like the picture AT ALL when it was first revealed but, again, I have to say that I'm drawn to it nowadays. I think that, as a timeless piece, it will be a great retrospective portrait of the DoC twenty years down the line–at that point, the portrait will reflect a combination of youth/older wisdom (I know it sounds weird) of the DoC. I asked myself: why was I upset it made her look older? There's plenty of photographs to show the contrary and the function of a painted portrait is entirely different now than it was a couple of centuries ago. i think this is a painting that will really stand on its own over time, people will like it and it will be written "when first revealed this painting caused a controversy, but it has now established a place in..." Silvia

  43. I agree with Silvia that the portrait grew on me, too. The photo you've posted immediately below it shows it is very lifelike on occasion. What struck me in your photo montage is how genuine and natural the Duchess looks in her public appearances. William chose a woman his mother would have loved. And Kate looks so fantastic in red, I wish she'd choose that color more often. My favorite day look is her ruffled christening suit. For evening I'd pick the tried and true black lace but I hope we get to see the mysterious "tiara" gown in full for 2014. My best guess for a sibling for George is early 2015, because I do not think Kate will risk violent morning sickness while on the Australia tour - unless she's already pregnant again and will be past that stage before they leave, which I doubt.
    Charlotte, you out-did yourself this year, thanks again. Super job!

  44. I've enjoyed a lovely, break with plenty of rest over Christmas :)

    Thank you so much for all your very, very kind comments, they are so greatly appreciated.

  45. Along with so many blessings it brought, I'll certainly remember 2013 as the year I found this delightful blog! Charlotte, your writing reflects the elegance of the Duchess, and in my humble opinion, there's no better source for respectful, intriguing, and immediate information on HRH Kate! Hope you have a wonderful start to 2014; I look forward to more excellent and tasteful content from you in the year to come!

  46. Thank you s o, s o much, dear Charlotte, for this wonderful post and this wonderful year with your blog - I´m really lost for words to describe your absolutely incredible work!!! It is so very much appreciated..... I think my favourite moment is Prince George´s birth, too. I don´t think I will ever forget the excitement during those days.... especially the waiting for "the" news! ;-)))) I was glued to my computer screen, following Sky news live coverage... absolutely amazing! I hope 2014 will bring a lot of wonderful moments - not only for the Cambridges, but especially for you, dear Charlotte!!! And, of course, for all readers and followers.... So, my very best wishes for 2014 to all of you!!
    And again, special thanks for all that hard work, Charlotte! I really enjoyed every single moment reading your blog!
    Lots of love, Eve from Germany

  47. Kate looks so pretty in the Christmas day photos. Looking at Charlotte's recap, I was struck by her tan in the Max Mara wrap dress photo. She looks so much better paler/natural, in my opinion! Natural and pretty!

    Happy New Year to all :)
    A from Boston

  48. Hellene from Washington, DC31 December 2013 at 04:52

    Thank you for this lovely and informative blog. Really one of the best-written and researched -- on any topic -- that I've come across. I'm sure you have professional engagements in the real world to keep up with, but I do selfishly hope that you continue with this hobby for years to come. Happy New Year to you and yours Charlotte.

  49. Well, it certainly has been quite a year for the Cambridges and a year for us royal fans! I would just like to thank you, Charlotte, for keeping us all well informed and entertained with your blog! You certainly put in a lot of work and it is deeply appreciated =) I'm really looking forward to the new year and to see what it will have in store for Kate, William and George, and of course the other royals. I just hope you have a Happy New Year Charlotte and Happy New Year to all DK readers!

  50. Another great post! Thank you so much for this and your posts throughout the year. I truly feel like I have been kept "in the loop" almost in real time whenever there is an important event or a Kate sighting. Will anything ever top the moment they stepped out of the hospital with Baby George?:) It's been such a pleasure reading your blog and I look forward to more Cambridges in 2014! Well done!

  51. Thank you, Charlotte - this was fun! Certainly appreciate the tremendous amount of work you put into this lovely blog. All the best to you and fellow readers in 2014. Lee from Canada

  52. Elizabeth from Pennsylvania, USA8 February 2014 at 20:59

    Loved the entire article and, of course, the pictures. I am from the states and we have been hearing that the Queen is criticizing Duchess Kate for her wardrobe and she must wear tiaras to Australia and New Zealand. Since when would something like this be announced without an official verification from Buckingham Palace? I also don't think the Queen is so insensitive to publically criticize through the news instead of doing it privately.
    I can't wait to see more close up pictures of dear, sweet Prince George.

  53. I LOVE "Duchess Kate" blog. I have been following since the Royal Tour of 2014. Am now going over all that I have missed. Your coverage is outstanding Charlotte. On to 2012 to see what I missed that year!!! :).


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