Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Vote for Kate's Best Tour Looks, Diana: Our Mother, Her Legacy & More

Once tours have concluded, it's always enjoyable to recap Kate's tour wardrobe and see which looks proved most successful and remain most memorable afterwards. It was a notable tour, different to any we've seen the Cambridges previously undertake - the use of royals as envoys deploying soft diplomacy amidst the harsh background noise surrounding Brexit offered an entirely different scenario to the goodwill Commonwealth tours the Duke and Duchess have carried out thus far. These demands extended to Kate's style on tour with clothing not only sending messages, be it the colour paying tribute to the host country or the designer Polish or German, but specific pieces had to carry Kate from a concentration camp and memorials to vibrant street parties and walkabouts meeting children. It was a challenge that was met with an uptick in bespoke pieces and largely, a reliance on tried and trusted designers. Tonight, in the first of our post-tour polls, we're asking you to choose your favourite Day and Evening look.



Best Day Look

The tour began in Warsaw with the Duchess arriving in a familiar silhouette by Alexander McQueen. The ivory wool and silk blend twill coat bore instantly noticeable similarities to previous styles worn by the Duchess (quite a few readers thought it a repeat). We all have specific styles which work best for us and we feel comfortable in and that was very much the case with this look for Kate. The impeccably tailored look was complemented with the addition of a distinctive belt. The Duchess styled the look with Gianvito Rossi praline pumps, her red Casa clutch and ruby and diamond jewellery.


For Day Two of the tour, the Duchess wore a bespoke top and midi skirt in 'Hurst Rose Print' by Erdem. The outfit proved by far the most divisive choice from the tour with incredibly heated opinion expressed. What I will say on the matter is: everything I remember about the visit to Stutthof has absolutely nothing to do with the clothes; it was the stand out engagement where such matters seemed almost too trivial to write about. I personally thought Kate looked appropriate, the itinerary of the day meant the Cambridges were taken straight from Stutthof to a street party, drink tasting and a theatre visit. Kate teamed the dress with her Stuart Weitzman Nearly Nude Sandals, Etui clutch and Milk Amber jewellery.


It was a cornflower blue Catherine Walker as the Cambridges arrived in Berlin for the second leg of the tour. Walker designs tend to offer a level of no frills classic sophistication and professionalism which is exactly what this look did. Kate wore the coat with a light blue dress with a scalloped hem (hopefully we'll see it in its entirety at a later date), Gianvito Rossi pumps, a Jimmy Choo clutch and Kiki topaz jewellery.


Does anyone design pretty dresses better than Jenny Packham? Kate paid tribute to the gold in the German flag in a bespoke Packham jacquard dress with a fit-and-flare silhouette, a set-in waistband and floral motif. The dress was styled with Monsoon Fleur Wedges, a McQueen clutch and new Oscar de la Renta earrings.


The rowing trip meant a quick change of clothes. Kate chose her go-to casual attire of a Breton top and jeans. The blue top is by German luxury brand Hugo Boss. Kate also wore her Superga Cotu trainers. Note: This look is clearly very different in terms of informality compared to the other options in this category, however, as it's the only "casual daywear" look worn, it merits inclusion in this particular poll.


Finally, the Duchess was colourful in a bespoke lavender Emilia Wickstead dress for the final day of the tour. The long sleeve dress has a fitted bodice and flared skirt. Kate teamed it with a distinctive red Anya Hindmarch clutch, Kiki McDonough Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings and Praline pumps.


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Best Evening Look

Kate's edgiest choice of the tour came when the Cambridges attended a birthday party for the Queen in Warsaw. HRH chose a monochrome cocktail dress with architectural black detailing and a deep v neckline by one of Poland's best-known designers, Gosia Baczynska. The designer later told the Telegraph: "Until the last moment, I didn’t know which outfit the Duchess was going to wear. I had some expectation that she would wear it but I couldn’t be sure so was extremely happy and excited when I saw her in my dress. The most important thing for me is quality which means really good fabric and realisation," she says. "I would like women who wear my outfits to feel special and modern. Classy and a little bit rebellious." Kate styled the dress with black Gianvito Rossi D'orsay Pumps and statement pearls.


Lady in red Kate donned a flowing, off-the-shoulder McQueen maxi dress for the Queen's Birthday Party at the ambassador's residence in Berlin. The dress is from Alexander McQueen's Spring '17 collection which captures the beautiful landscapes and folkloric history of the Shetland Islands. The dress was worn with Prada sandals and statement earrings by Simone Rocha.


For a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus, Kate selected a sparrow print dress by German designer Markus Lupfer. The teal jacquard dress is from the Pre Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection; it was quite an unusual choice for Kate and different to her usual style of 'cocktail' dress choices. The dress was teamed with a Jenny Packham belt, a clutch by Anne Grand-Clement, Prada sandals, Soru Pearl earrings and Diana's triple strand pearl bracelet.


Looking forward to seeing your choices :)

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Whilst we're recapping the tour, at the Queen's birthday party in Berlin, official photos of the Cambridges and the team who accompanied them were published on UK in Germany's Flickr feed (they were later removed). The images show William and Kate with their staff who played a vital role in ensuring the tour ran smoothly.


There are quite a few unfamiliar faces in the photo. The ones I do recognise include Senior Communications Officer Katrina McKeever, William and Kate's private secretaries Rebecca Priestley and Miguel Head. Their press secretary Jason Knauf, Nanny Maria Teresa, and longtime adviser David Manning. The man beside David Maninng has worked for the Cambridges for several years as an orderly, but I do not know his name. Kate's stylist/PA Natasha Archer and hair stylist Amanda Cook-Tucker are also pictured.


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The long-awaited Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy documentary aired on ITV last night, and I suspect, like me, many of you were curled up on the sofa watching intently. Over the years since her passing so much has been written, from the factually correct to the insanely untrue. We've heard perspectives and opinions from countless people who knew her as a royal, a friend, a sister. Until last night we had never so openly heard from the people who knew and loved her most, her sons. It's a very emotional watch, as William and Harry lay bare their grief and share treasured memories of Diana whom they miss more than words can explain. They discussed the fun times, their last phone call with her and how they still feel her presence. The brief was to make a film that, in years to come, the princes' could show to their children, and one day, George, Charlotte (and any future siblings and cousins) will all sit down and get to know 'Granny Diana'. Ultimately, it's a true representation of who Diana was and still is to William and Harry, the woman they knew and how they remember their mother. I thought it a fantastic, moving piece of television and a fitting tribute to the People's Princess from her sons. I won't say too much more as I know many of you haven't seen it yet. Luckily, it's now available on YouTube, click here to view!


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Finally, we have additional information to share on the programme for William and Kate's visit to Belgium on Sunday and Monday. More from the press release:

'On behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, the Prince of Wales will attend commemorations marking the centenary of the first day of Passchendaele, the third Battle of Ypres. His Royal Highness will be accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. On Sunday 30th July, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Last Post ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Two hundred descendants whose ancestors are named on the gate will attend alongside representatives from nations who fought on the Salient. The King and Queen of the Belgians will be present. Later that evening, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Market Square in Ypres for an event that will tell the story of the four years of war on the Salient with performances and music set to a backdrop of light projections onto the historic Cloth Hall.
On Monday 31st July, the Prince of Wales will be accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for commemorations at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Tyne Cot Cemetery to mark the centenary of the first day of Passchendaele, the third Battle of Ypres. The King and Queen of the Belgians will be present.'

Before then, we'll be back with our remaining tour polls.

159 comments:

  1. Thanks for the polls! I voted for the Lavender Emilia Wickstead, only be we don't see her that color often. I also voted for Markus Lupfer teal Jacquard dress. It is something different and I like that she is getting more edgy.
    I love the picture with all the people who work for them, that is quite a team.

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  2. I always love the after tour polls. Thank you Charlotte for putting them together especially on the eve of the Belgium visit! My favorite day look was the Emilia Wickstead lavender dress. I thought it was classic Kate and loved the pairing with the Kiki McDonough Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings (could have done without the red clutch). My favorite evening look was the sparrow print dress by German designer Markus Lupfer. I loved that Kate incorporated some of her go-to designers on this tour, but also branched out and tried new local designers in both Poland and Germany. I think this a great example of how the Duchess employs fashion for diplomatic purposes. Fashion-wise my only critique of the tour is the accessorizing. I loved all of the dresses/separates on their own, but personally would have styled them with different accessories (except for the Gosia Baczynska cocktail dress - I thought the tailoring was a bit off, but loved how Kate styled the look with the bold pearl necklace from Paris- and the white Alexander McQueen with the ruby jewelry and red clutch).

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  3. Love the polls and always interesting to see the results as compared to the comments! The picture of William and Kate with their staff is a very welcomed added bonus....especially nice!! A great mix of styles from Kate this tour, hard to choose, but opted for the White Alexander McQueen with the ruby jewelry and red clutch and for the Gosia Baczynska cocktail dress which was a nice nod to the host country. The pairing of the cocktail dress with the shoes and her unique pearl necklace just added to the edgy artistic design of the dress and was a nice look for Kate. Also Charlotte, many thanks for this blog and your wonderful work! cc

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  4. If I was a judge in a fashion show, I will vote for The Polish designer including how Kate wore it. The chest area is not unusual to have that indiscretion even by some top designers. It is different, edgy, and classic while looking original, unique and creative in unexpected way. Yet, it tempts you to experiment cutting out doll paper clothes. Also, it can easily catch on as a millennia’s time reminder, cutting clothes in certain ways (as in torn genes was a fad, and now back). Go zig-zag / where are the scissors?
    If I am asked which set you want to keep in your house, I will go for the Erdem. It has a certain artistic and thought provoking quality to it.
    The red McQueen seemed to have paid tribute to certain times, places and people. In the universal sense, it has its own audiences.
    The German designer’s dress has an artistic bent to it which some people might find meaning and delight in. It is the accessories which Kate chose that won. Many people like that dress. It is good to know peoples’ taste, interestingly.
    Jenny Packham’s dress, the cut and color is delightful, but the embossed part, well?
    The violet dress, a color which Kate hardly frequents, was a refreshing change especially how it was coordinated with the rest of the family. (Berries, yet out of blue, red and white, violet can be the result?). That was a very interesting color scheme.
    The white suit looked familiar of what Kate wears. It was a nicely sharp, modern, and professional look.
    Well, then I will vote for The Polish designer’s evening dress.
    Kate looked best in The German designer’s dress / over all, it could be the make-up, hair, mood or whatever. Some best part of her was glowing.
    Next, she looked best in the Catherine Walker blue.

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  5. Julia from Leominster26 July 2017 at 00:10

    My feelings about fashion - I try to look at it two ways - what's appropriate and what I personally like.
    The Macqueen white suit - It was an attempt at picking up the colours of Poland but somehow the pendent and bag didn't provide enough red - I thought it made for a bland start. A hat or - a brooch (Julia says eagerly) - would have given a bit more spark.
    The Gosia cocktail dress - I loved this -tribute dressing at its best - daring but a great and sexy shape on Kate. It reminded me of that fantastic orchid purple dress she wore in Malaysia.
    The Erdam - Tastes differ here but personally I feel, after looking at other royal visits to camps - that it should have been arranged that Kate wear something more formal and quieter and then changed - this was appropriate for the street party but with the sandals looked like something I'd wear as a tourist - not quite the right impression and bound to cause feelings.
    The blue coat - loved this - (ignoring any possible symbolism) If Kate had been hot, she could have taken the coat off since she had a dress underneath. It's a lovely colour on her and she should get much use from it.
    The red Macqueen - not a boho fan and it was less formal than what other women were wearing. My least favourite and one of the few times I counted the cost, although Kate makes most things look good. I don't mind royal ladies wearing expensive clothes but I like them to look worth the money - not crinkle cotton high street. (Over at OSS - I just had my rant on Mathilde's seams.)
    The yellow dress - I loved this - very festive. Kate's lucky - she wears yellow well.
    The green bird print - I loved this too - Kate wears this length successfully - especially with her sandals - and finding a German designer trained in Britain was perfect. It also seemed just right for the wonderful space where the event took place.
    The lavender - my favourite - it was simple but very Kate - a look she does well and such a lovely colour on her. I think colour and mood run together and Kate seemed wonderfully happy that day (of course, she was finishing up too - tours are stressful!)
    Overall, I thought it a very successful tour fashion-wise. I never expect to love everything but her use of designers from the countries visited was hugely successful.

    On the television programme - I've been shocked at so many people criticising William and Harry for speaking out, even as they accept books and articles from less reliable sources. There have been so many books filled with rubbish and opinions from unnamed sources that it's lovely they're honouring their mum and her work and showing everyone what THEY think. They did it tactfully, not hurting anyone - and it's a lovely show for a lady who did so much more for the royal family than she will ever receive credit for.
    Looking forward to the serious engagements coming.

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    1. " on the television programme"-Julia at 00:10
      Opinions on social media or on some sites can be deliberately manipulated in an organized volume most likely. It could be coming from different sources that have a stake in not facing the truth in such a moving tribute from her very own sons who never discussed it in public. The tabloid paparazzi community, latest authors with motives who hoped to sell their products/books around her anniversary, land mine / controversy, known and unknown enemies can be among unknown sources. For those who worry Prince Charles will hurt, is just assumption. I believe he is an intelligent man with some humane and fatherly instinct and reasoning. The film not only introduced their mother to the generation who were born the last two decades, it also related the brothers, their individuality, on a personal level as well as the roles they take with in the family, and much more.

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    2. Julia - I agree with much of what you've said. I'd love to see Kate wear brooches as the Queen does (I'm 30, but I think they add the finishing touch to an outfit). I'd also like to see her wear more scarves, she sometimes looks a bit plain/bare.
      Thank you for mentioning the beautiful orchid dress that Kate wore in Malaysia. I thought it was quite an edgy look for her & a departure from her usual choices at the time. I loved it & I think Kate really pulls off edgier styles such as the Gosia Baczynska & Markus Lupfer dresses that she wore on this tour.

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    3. Oh wow Julia, not for the first time I read your post and found myself agreeing with absolutely all of it. As they say on Twitter: This!

      I would only add a couple more thoughts:

      I thought the Polish leg of the tour was pretty bland all round really. White followed by white followed by white with a print just seemed really repetitive for a two-day visit. I definitely think the arrival outfit should have been predominantly red with some white accents.

      I think the lavender Wickstead piece would have worked really well for Day 2 in Poland. As purple is one of the royal colours of mourning, it would have worked for the Stutthof visit while still being colourful enough for all the walkabouts later.

      I wish we could have seen the Jenny Packham dress for a whole day and with something other than the Monsoon wedges. I'm not a massive fan of dressed-down events like sailing on tours (I like my royals to look glam!), however, I did chuckle at Kate wearing the light blue of Cambridge for her 'boat race'.

      I, too, thought the TV programme was spot on. I thought they struck just the right balance, giving an insight but without probing too far. A lovely, heartfelt tribute to someone who was such a force for good and is still sorely missed.

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    4. I don't know where you got those comments from but if it was on the Daily Mail or another paper's online site, I wouldn't take them too seriously. Most people on these sites only comment to be rude and hurtful but I don't think they necessarily represent the general population. At least I don't like to think so because if they did, we'd all be in a lot of trouble anyhow. I think a lot of people use online sites to vent anger and frustration about their own lives and all too often it doesn't have all that much to do with the actual subject of the article. I don't find that to be true for this blog, however, which might be because it's moderated.

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    5. Julia and Kiwi Gal - I also in the camp of more brooches. I just wonder if Kate is still getting comfortable with wearing more 'bling'. Her earrings are a statement in themselves.

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    6. I think some of the plain/bare look comes from not wearing or carrying gloves. And yes brooches are a trademark of royal ladies. In looking back at pictures of Diana and other royal ladies they often carried gloves or wore them. Especially state affairs.

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    7. Julia from Leominster27 July 2017 at 16:53

      Caroline it's out there, in the papers, not just DM, even though they reported on the Junor book (I have to say the Guardian had an hilarious synopsis of it!) and on other blogs. The usual bash 'William and Kate' blog is of course the worst -although I hadn't the heart to wade through all the comments. William and Harry said specifically that they were doing this interview so that a generation that didn't know Diana could appreciate who she was and her work - a way of saying that what's out there now is full of exaggerations and lies. One person on that blog repeated a rumour by their (the person's) own admission that William fought with Diana on that last phone call and said William was doing this interview out of guilt. It seemed not to have occurred to them that William and Harry described that last phone call and what they did feel guilty about (not talking long enough) to specifically refute that false rumour. One even took issue with Harry saying - 'of course we thought she was the best mum in the world', even though he qualified it by saying everyone thinks that. (Julia's been saying that about her own mum forever!) There was comments on the fact Charles was such a wonderful father and that didn't get mentioned - but apart from the fact there was no reason to mention him on a programme about Diana - it never seems to occur to people that the people who say Charles was a wonderful father are his supporters. Possibly, his sons don't agree with that - and there are more hints towards that than otherwise - William's talk about how he wouldn't want to be overworked like his father. I'll leave it there so I don't indulge in gossip - and just say about their mother and father - William and Harry are the most authoritative - and I believe the reason they spoke out was to counter all the negative talk about their mother - much of which, as they are undoubtedly aware - comes from those close to their father and step-mother and possibly from those people themselves - as shown in the Junor book. But people prefer salacious gossip over the views of those who were there and knew.
      As for Kate's clothes - I'm glad my favourites are all doing well in the polls - I was hard to choose between the two cocktail dresses both of which I love - Kate does edgy brilliantly and just in the right way - like a seasoning - with tribute designers. I don't think she is a glove wearer - I know Diana didn't care for them except in winter because they put a distance between people when shaking hands. (Julia agrees.) A hat on that first visit might have added some finish but I still believe it's time for the young to embrace brooches again - in their own way of course - there are fabulous modern designs for brooches out there - it just seems a shame to cut off one whole area of jewellery wearing for being stuffy. It you can revive the seventies -God save us - you can revive brooches. (I wish the same would be true of silk scarves too - my mum had a lovely collection including some Hermes.)

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    8. Julia, somehow I doubt that William and Harry were raised to "fight" with their parents. Fighting with one's parents happens when you share a degree of emotional dependence and intimacy, which I don't really think they had with either of them. They love their parents but they also admit that they didn't have a conventional family in the sense of relying on parents for love and support. If they had the kind of frank intimacy you need to fight with someone I don't think they would be having the kinds of issues they have with Charles today. They wage wars through the media instead of fighting with each other. I think that while they appreciate Diana more than Charles, they would maintain the same distance with her as children. Diana was sort of the fun aunt -someone who is a joker, who laughs and takes them on trips and gives them treats, but not really a person who is present for the nitty gritty of childhood - the tantrums, the bad behavior, the unreasonableness of early childhood. The nannies dealt with the unpleasant part of childrearing, not Diana. Just like you don't fight with your fun aunt (you are only around for the fun ride), you wouldn't fight with Diana. You look forward to the good times with her because you know that they are precious. So I agree with you that the rumor about William having a fight with Diana on the phone is just a rumor and nothing else.

      One thing that impresses me about William is how far he has come with regards to his understanding of relationships and emotional intimacy. Of course he observes the Middletons, who, despite their aspirational ways seem quite emotionally healthy and happy. Given the way he was raised it would be normal for him to be distant from others. I think that he still does maintain a degree of distance with everyone, except, possibly Kate and his children. There is an element of tenderness in the way he talked with Harry in the short clip of the documentary I watched.. something quite protective and mature, that I had not noticed before. But if he had a problem with Harry would he reach out and speak to him about it ? I doubt it. I think he would choose to have his office talk with Harry's office.
      If you really think about it, the BRF as an institution has to be one of the most cruel and emotionally abusive places there could be, to raise children.. It sounds absolutely appalling. And while I don't sanction William's workshy ways, I do understand his desire to overcompensate with his own children.

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    9. As for people condoning Charles and Camilla, I have read comments quite a bit .. here and there.. And I have come to the conclusion that there are some Dianas and some Camillas and some Neither among us. Unfortunately, there seem to be more Charles and Camillas among us than we realize. Hence the quick to condone and pardon and the effusive sympathy for the "hatred" they face and the readiness to excuse the "mistakes" they made. I am not saying EVERYONE is coming from that place, but some people probably are coming from there.

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  6. I learned a lot on this tour: Polish and German history, soft diplomacy, international fashion and-of course-how the commenting section works best on this blog! :) Thanks Charlotte for such thoughtful posts that allow for a variety of reflections and impressions from us, your devoted readers!

    In terms of the polls, Kate's new ruby jewelry along with the striped detail on her Casa clutch won me over for the McQueen daytime look. For evening, I went with my "classy and a little bit rebellious" side and voted on the Baczynska!

    I know we don't vote on "funniest events" (and I'm sure that's for the best!) but if we did, mine would have to go to the pretzel-twisting in Heidelburg. It made for priceless videos on YouTube featuring William's good humor and surefire proof that Kate is no stranger to the art of the pretzel!

    Cheers to you, Charlotte!

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    1. "Funniest moment" would be so cool, Lacy. :)

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    2. Julia from Leominster27 July 2017 at 16:53

      I would agree on the pretzel making!

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    3. Right?! Though I think there'd have to be a section for "just parents" and "just children", seeing as G and C would always steal the show. ;)

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  7. I voted for the Wickstead Lavender, although both the McQueen Ivory, and the Walker Corn Flower Blue were close favorites. As for the evening dress, I chose the Teal Jacquard. I personally thought her outfits, with maybe one or two exceptions, were just lovely.
    I really enjoyed watching the documentary last evening. It was so refreshing to see Diana's sons recall so many personal memories of their mother. It was tasteful, and very moving to me. I have read some negative remarks about it, however I feel that this was a beautiful tribute to their beloved mother. Diana was a special lady. Did she have faults? Of course, as we all do, but her attributes far outweighed anything negative, and she did so much good in her all too brief life.

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  8. For all the aching June, between P. Junior’s book with a paint brush which attempted to portray Diana in certain ways, and the excerpts from A. Morton’s book, also tape to be released, the tribute to Princess Diana by her sons could not have been released at a better time. In June, I was thinking, can’t her sons release a book the way they knew her? This is even better. Now that the full video is released, it is time to watch it.

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    1. Anon 15- I always enjoy and appreciate your comments. Your comments on this post seem even more insightful and meaningful than your usual. You are a respected, valuable part of this community. You seem to be able to filter the wheat from the chaff, without an obvious agenda.

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    2. Dear Anonymous at 18:29

      I truly appreciate your support, encouragement and kindness. It meant a lot to me.
      May you have a wonderful life

      Thank you very much

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    3. You are most welcome. For awhile we didn't see you as much and I missed your comments. Sometimes when I read your remarks I get a sort of "wait for it" feeling. Then your point hits me. An "Ah ha" moment.

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      Aha! Now this is my "Aha moment". I appreciate very much your caring.

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  9. On vacation with my family and me time is limited, so will keep this brief. Voted for the lavender Emilia Wickstead which is my favorite dress of the entire tour. The color of this dress is everything! So gorgeous on the DoC.

    My favorite evening dress is the very unpopular red McQueen. She has beautiful shoulders and neckline, so I think she looked amazing that night. It was the only time I loved her new hairstyle. The dress was unexpected yet perfect for a summer party outside at night.

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    1. Erika-on the red McQueen-I had a thought that she may have considered the planned staff group photo in her choice of gown for that evening. I am sure it will be a meaningful keepsake for them. The red certainly did glam up the photo. I thought the style also might represent the back-stage Kate the staff is familiar with-the Kate of the Vogue shoot and the family photos outdoors in the grass under the tree. A different side to her personality, reflecting her different roles.

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    2. That never crossed my mind anon 18:12. You might be on to something.

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  10. The man behind María Teresa is WIlliam's aide de camp. I don't remember his name, but believe he is of Maori descent.

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    1. Thanks for that! I thought he looked of Maori descent...I was wondering what his role was. Nice to see a Kiwi in the team :)

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    2. Carry on..., Erika. lol 😎

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    3. If aide de camp means jack of all trades...I believe I remember there was some publicity with his hiring several years ago. I think his role was questioned. Did some say security, others chauffeur? I can't recall the context but I think it was after the Aus./NZ tour and he may have been assigned to them during the tour and later hired .. (I'm not a big Google fan and rely on memory, unfortunately)

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    4. Yes he is from good old NZ ! Dy from good old NZ

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    5. Anon 18:21, I assumed he was some sort of security person...I'd be interested to know his name.
      Dy, :)

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    6. Lol carrying on surfer girl 🌴🍹

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    7. Julia from Leominster27 July 2017 at 16:57

      I understood he was their chauffeur -a not unimportant role - chauffeurs undergo extensive security and defensive driving training so in a sense he is a security person. Aide de camp are usually there more as interfaces between the royals and others than a jack of all trades - they often have a military background.

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    8. I think he is their orderly/driver/and looks after William’s wardrobe, if needed. He’s from the Fiji Islands and he was in an elite parachute regiment before he went to work for the Cambridges. Apparently he cannot be named for security reasons, which I find a little odd, if he can appear in posed photographs like this.

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    9. Ah, so that's who he is...not a Kiwi after all! Strange how they won't give his name.

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  11. Charlotte, thank you for the link to the YouTube video. I remember the day she died, where I was when I heard the news, the tears that began to brim over, and did once again as I watched William and Harry share their memories of her. She would be so proud of her two boys! Her legacy lives on through them.

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  12. I just finished watching the video, and I am numbed. I almost cried with the man from Bosnia about land mines. The amazing turning point was a treaty was signed to ban land mines three months after her visit to that country. She did not live long enough after that. William and Harry did the absolute right thing. Like him or not, it was very nice to hear from Diana's brother, C. Spencer. The rest, later.

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  13. Charlotte, what a great post as always. Thank you so much for posting the documentary. What a lovely job they did remembering their mother....so wonderful to see them share about her. I can only imagine how proud she is. Enjoyed the voting on the clothes. Excited for the next engagement on their calendar.

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  14. hmm i love all the polls i cant choose in these three evening wear im torn between these gowns i love them all thank you for the history and culture of the germany and poland I really learn i lot on these tour Hmm I love the fact the documentary its so sweet and to remember lady diana as mother and as. Princess in very candid way

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  15. I voted for the monochrome cocktail dress and the Catherine Walker coat.

    Now I am off to watch Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy on YouTube.... :-)))

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  16. In the picture of their staff, on William's right side sitting next to him, isn't that Kate's bodyguard? Emma something? Forgive me, her last name escapes me. Thank you Charlotte! Brilliant as always!

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    1. Emma Probert? Nope, Lydia. That isn't Emma. From the other photos, that seems to be Kate's PPO assigned to her for that day. I haven't seen the shirt-haired lady before.

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    2. I don't think an assigned employee for the that day only would have been included in a commemorative staff photo. I think she may be Emma's replacement. I believe she is also in photos other than just that day.
      There seems to have been a significant staff turnover in the run-up to the planned Fall changes. There is an advertisement for a new director of communications for their Foundation, who will apparently assist in general KP communications. Interesting to see if there will be further changes in KP staff.

      Side-note: wasn't it nice to see a big smile on Maria Teresa's face?
      And thank-you, Charlotte for those photos as well as the video. I probably would not have seen it otherwise.

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    3. I'm wondering who is with the children seeing as Maria obviously isn't!

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    4. I can bet my bottom dollar that those two young women on the left (beside the security officer in the front row), three away from William - they are babysitters/nannies who work under Maria.

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    5. Maybe that's why she is smiling...:) I vaguely remember reading an assistant nanny being considered. That person could have been included as a unit in the Nanny listing on the staff accompanying list. It is difficult to believe that Maria Teresa would be on duty 24/7, even allowing for the times W&C were free-which seems mostly late evening and early morning on this tour. I believe this was at the British Embassy; I'm sure there would be vetted child-care persons available to them wherever the children were at that point. ( I need to go back and read the post. I have completely forgotten some of the details).

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    6. Julia from Leominster29 July 2017 at 14:17

      It shouldn't take that long to take a photo and it looked like William and Kate stepped in after the others were arranged - so Kate may have been watching them herself. For the brief time all were in there - most likely somebody from where they were staying were watching the children - or it's even possible the children were on the far side behind the camera.

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  17. Enjoyed the fashion poll and I, too, learned a lot of history as I followed the tour. Thank you, Charlotte.

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  18. Alejandra Campos26 July 2017 at 05:08

    This tour was so interesting and unique!
    I love your take on Catherine´s Erdem separates. I thought it looked sublime, the print was so adequate as to not say mourning or party up! It was perfect!
    Thank you for all your hard work!

    P.S. Love the photograph although it is weird not seeing Sophie since she is rumored to become Catherine´s private secretary or maybe Tash will be?
    What is your take on this? :D

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    1. You are right. We haven't seen Sophie for awhile, Alejandra. She hasn't been seen with Becca at other times recently like she had been before kind of tagging along in training.

      Charlotte. Do you know if Sophie is still on their team?

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    2. The group photo is a treat. They look like a happy team. The ratio of women and men is almost well balanced by coincidence, or plan. It is nice to see the people behind the work.

      Claudia,
      I thought of you since you mentioned David Manning in previous posts for international advice. He is in this group photo.

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  19. The lavender dress may be one of my favorite day dresses Kate has ever worn. I'd love it for myself!

    The tribute to Diana was lovely and well done. It was touching to see W&H talk about her as a mother, how they remember her and honor her now. Diana's greatest legacy is those two boys.

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  20. Thank you, Charlotte, (as always) for everything that you do! I'm happy that both of my fave fashion choices are in the lead :)
    I cried throughout a lot of the Diana documentary. I have read some criticism about the piece, but I thought it was a loving & touching tribute from the boys to their mother. My mum & I watched it together & we couldn't get over how much her sons are like her.
    I'd almost forgotten the legacy that Diana had left, as I was only ten ears old when she died. This documentary refreshed my memory of her being a kind, charismatic & courageous person. I didn't realise she'd touched so many people so personally. She had a genuine love for people.

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    1. *years, not ears :P

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    2. That she did, Kiwi Gal. And all that love, and reaching out was existent and flourished in the midst of intense personal and public turmoil and not just a little political intrigue.
      Did anyone notice just how many men in the grieving crowds were sobbing, not just crying.
      I don't think I had noticed just how many there were and that was just one section of a huge, huge crowd.
      I also noticed that as her casket rolled along the route, the crowds were so subdued and quiet that I doubt that any security would have been needed that day (except maybe for Charles). It was truly phenomenal. And Diana is still touching lives. :)

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    3. Yes, surfer girl, I was taken aback by the scenes of men openly sobbing in the crowd. I've never seen such an outpouring of emotion...& the silence, it was surreal.

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  21. I voted for the Erdem and of course for the sparrow print. Loved both of those looks and they were outfits that I would have worn as well.

    I commented on the interview on the last blog post. I was reading this morning that the producers of the show said that at first W & H said they didn't remember much but once they got going, the memories flowed. A mental health commentator said that wasn't unusual, when a death is especially traumatic, memories are often repressed. I know that from personal experience.

    I'm feeling somewhat shattered this week. The interview and my personal reactions, ongoing "discussions" with Mr Jo about moving back to the States have worn me down.

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    2. Eve from Germany26 July 2017 at 16:12

      Oh Jo, might a big hug from your German friend help a little bit?
      I admit I had tears more than once during that film... So I feel with you...
      And I pray for you and Mr. Jo (if I may) that you will find the right solution for you both!
      Lots of hugs & lots of love from Germany!

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    3. Thank you so much Eve! I cheered myself up tonight by going down to the pub and singing myself silly along with a trad Irish band. A rousing chorus of "I'll play the wild rover no never no more" made me feel much better ;) But your hugs, and Surfer Girl's, were much appreciated!!

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    4. I am in Arizona, Jo in Ireland, and would welcome you here anytime!!

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    5. Julia from Leominster27 July 2017 at 17:02

      There have been recent articles about how memories are often suppressed in young people where there has been a loss - especially if the parents or other adults don't talk about it. As I understand it, William's school Eton addressed the loss - but Harry's did not - everyone was told to ignore it.

      Good luck to you Jo and may you make the correct decision for you both - and be happy with it. Lots of hugs to you. How did you find Dunkirk?

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    6. Hugs to you, Jo. You're welcome here any time too!

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    7. Julia, I was very moved by Dunkirk. Amazing movie and an amazing story.

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    8. Yes. How did you like the movie, Jo? :)

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    9. Julia from Leominster29 July 2017 at 14:18

      I won't say I'm looking forward to seeing it but I believe I should.

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  22. For the first time I wish that there was a "none of the above" option on a poll, the evening look poll. Honestly I didn't like any of the evening looks this time around: the first night I didnt like the pointy darts and bodice shape nor the shoes and the hairstyle didnt match, the second night it looked like a $10 beach cover up from target and the third night the dress was ok but the shoes and accessories didnt match. I think that back in 2011-2012 Catherine had a stylist but then got rid of her, how I wish that stylist would come back.

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  23. For the first time I wish that there was a "none of the above" option on a poll, the evening look poll. Honestly I didn't like any of the evening looks this time around: the first night I didnt like the pointy darts and bodice shape nor the shoes and the hairstyle didnt match, the second night it looked like a $10 beach cover up from target and the third night the dress was ok but the shoes and accessories didnt match. I think that back in 2011-2012 Catherine had a stylist but then got rid of her, how I wish that stylist would come back.

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    1. Nancy. Same here about the option of "none of the above". I admit, that in a moment of mischievous weakness, I voted for the green dress solely to take a vote away from the "white and black Edward Scissorhands cone bra thing". Who knew that that dress would lead me to such lows? lol
      (No offense to those who like it.) I did not like any of those evening dresses.

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    2. Agree 100% with both of you. I didn't like any of the evening dresses at all. I'm so glad Kate's experimenting with textures and colors, but the darts of the black and white dress were awful, I didn't like that necklace when she wore it in Paris and I still don't like it, and her hair looked dowdy. The red was better, but too cheap looking and didn't match the feel of the event. The teal dress was just meh for me. There was something about the print that I just didn't like at all. I was kind of disappointed, because her evening looks are usually my favorite -- but the day looks were so much more chic, flattering, and fun this tour!

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    3. I didn't vote for a favorite evening dress, either. I intensely disliked all of them. The lavender dress was my top day dress, although it could have been improved with better accessories. Overall, I thought the wardrobe selections for this trip were....gently speaking, not great. I get it. Fashion is subjective. However, I feel there have too many misses. She's a beautiful woman with a perfect figure and a big budget. How hard can this be? Okay my helmet is fastened. You can start chucking those bread rolls.

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  24. I watched 10 minutes of the Diana YouTube video. I went through about 1 tissue per minute, it is so heartfelt and emotional. I need to find a few tissue boxes, then I will prepare myself for the biggest emotional release in a long time!
    I get a feeling that William and Harry have a need to heal publicly, and I understand why. They grew up with the media, it is a part of their life. The media may annoy the living daylights out of them sometimes, but it is still their communication channel with the world, and they know it. Maybe this is their way of making peace with the media, who knows.
    I think it is good that they have approached the topic of their mother from such a positive angle. This will be watched by their children growing up, and they want Diana to be remembered the way they knew her. It is beautiful. William and Harry are both being so brave to share this personal information with the world. Over time, the things about people that hurt you, will fade. It is one of the most amazing things about being a human being. We forgive, forget and move on. Remember only the good things.
    I also wanted to say that I thought Kate's more edgy wardrobe was really exciting and inspiring. She is growing with her role, and it shows.

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    1. That's a really astute observation about healing publicly, Royal Watcher. So many stories and impressions were projected on to them the moment they walked in her funeral procession. Now they are taking the opportunity to speak out. The "Heads Together" initiative was the perfect precursor for this.

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    2. I could not agree more, Lacy in L.A. Can I also say that watching the Diana You Tube video, it was really noticeable how she connected instantly with people that she met. I think that can be something that we can all learn from. Be interested and supportive of people that we meet, and the world will be a better place :-)

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    3. And look at her sons, both of whom are extraordinarily able to connect with ordinary people, especially those in need. Diana's legacy lives on in them.

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    4. I loved the special on Diana. A few random observations:
      1) Loved the home videos of Diana as a child. She was so tall and leggy, even as a little kid.
      2) Diana listened to Enya? Heh. Didn't expect that.
      3) I loved the footage of Diana comforting those most in need. Since she's passed there's been a bunch of books that focus more on her issues -- the bulimia, the mood-swings, her volatile love life. Seeing that footage reminded me that Diana might have had those issues but she was also genuinely compassionate and loving and that was why she was so loved.

      It chilled me to hear W&H say they sort of blew Diana off in the final phone conversation. Especially Harry who said that he resented having to talk to his parents on the phone so much so he tended to be very curt on the phone. It's classic adolescent acting out but I'm sad Diana's last interaction with her sons was so brief. Also teared up as William said he talks to his children about her constantly and shows them her pictures.

      The best part of the documentary was W&H laughing at their mom's more eccentric side. In a royal family that honors discretion and sensibility above all it's clear W&H have some very happy memories of Diana acting really far out and I'm glad they have those memories as their lives become more steeped in royal duty.

      Overall, incredibly well done.

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    5. Julia from Leominster27 July 2017 at 17:08

      My guess is Harry said that to someone - and it later got turned into those ghastly rumours that the boys were rowing with their mum and even not speaking - that's how rumours work - they exaggerate out of all proportion to the truth.

      But it is a strong lesson in always leaving your parents/spouse/family/ with kind words - one I try to remember myself because it is so easy to be caught in the moment and forget something could happen. I remember reading one woman had a bad row with her husband - the sort of thing that happens - and then he was killed at 9-11.

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    6. When William remarked that Catherine had not known Diana and therefore could not talk to the children about her....(paraphrased) it was a brief aside remark but the thought keeps coming back to me as a counter-point to William's narrative. Catherine wears Diana's ring ,is the mother of Diana's grandchildren, married her son, and is a partner in William's efforts to carry out what Diana had started. I was surprised she was not more a part of the film. It may be a result of editing and that William and Harry meant her to be included more. The fact remains,however,that those interviewed did personally and intimately know Diana and Catherine did not. That explains the focus of the film.
      However, the fact that William seems to indicate that he has the primary responsibility at home for
      keeping Diana's memory alive in their children...there is something off about that to me. It is not so much what he said but the off hand, matter of fact way in which he said it. It makes me wonder whether Catherine's dressing the children in clothing from Diana's time might be her way of keeping Diana fresh in her children's minds, given William's apparent attitude.
      The second thought I had on hearing that was...if Catherine is not qualified to talk about Diana--how much less so others who write about her.





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    7. ^I think Catherine might have seen all the Diana videos and heard all the Diana stories but the fact is she didn't know Diana at all. And it's not unusual that when a child goes through a loss of a parent at an early age that they feel somewhat possessive of their memories of that parents. It's not a bad thing, but William might think "I'm the one who really knew her." Also the tabloids and books that have come out about Diana since her death might have made William even more protective of her memory, and afraid that a third party who never met her would not really "get" Diana.

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    8. Whether or not Charlotte's red shoes once belonged to either Diana or Harry, they may have been a Kate reference to William and Harry's video conversation, since both Diana and Harry have been pictured wearing very similar little shoes.

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  25. My daytime vote goes to Erdem despite the controversy because it's the look I personally like the most.
    Second place goes to the yellow Jenny Peakham dress. Lovely and there has yet to be a Jenny Packham dress of Kate's that I do not love.
    As for the evening look, I knew since seeing the Gozia Baczynska dress that this would be it. That dress is a piece of art! Both of her mottos of 'classy and a little bit rebellious' and 'good fabric and realisation' are wonderfully reflected in the dress.

    My one nitpick is that summer fashion is my favourite of all and I would have loved to have seen more of it here, during what is a very hot summer in Europe. I'm a big fan of lavender but would have loved the dress much more had it been worn for spring or autumn.

    Voting on Kate's best fashion choices is always so much fun! Thank you, Charlotte!

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  26. I have been watching the Diana documentary. Any chance that the red shoes of Harry's that Charlotte wore in Poland were also once Diana's as a child? She is wearing similar shoes in the documentary.

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  27. A little middle-of-the-week treat :-)

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BWz2_7zjtyy/

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      That was very good. I have always wondered what Kate chats about when she walked through crowds. The links you provide are good contribution. If the comment section is at max 99 comments, it is easier to open the link directly and be able to return to the comment section of same page. If comments are over 100, “load more” has to be reactivated all over again. Now I remember just to copy and paste the link in the address bar in a new window w/o losing the comment section.

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    2. It's a short video, taken by a member of the public, of Catherine talking to some wellwishers in Hamburg.

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    3. Thank you for this, Francis! I really really enjoyed it!

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    4. Someone asked about Emma Probart (sp?). She is visible at the end of that clip.

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  28. Sara from Canada26 July 2017 at 19:50

    As Julia said, there's a difference between appropriate and personal taste.
    1. As I sift through this, the only inappropriate sartorial wearing was her open toed sandals (her red toe nails augmenting them) at the holocaust museum. As open toed shoes are not Kate's standard. . .this jarred many people. It's a great oversight. So many formal places (e.g., court) require closed shoes. . .This oversight makes me think either a) she is tone deaf in some elements, or b)has a poor advisory team. I honestly don't believe she wants to be centre of attention; her gentle heart and other-centric approach come across so well in her engagements. So it really makes me wonder about why this happened.

    2. Two things I really didn't like:
    a)the fit of the Catherine walker coat--I rarely ever think she is dowdy, or dressing-old, but rather I would call her a classic dresser. And I like that. It has a more timeless appeal. But this coat looks like it was made for Camilla. This style is not befitting (IMO) for a young mother. Because of her long bodice, the cinch at the waist does not fit well at all. I know she has a red coat like this as well. . .
    b)the red maxi McQueen dress. . .it looks like it is from "Old Navy," and I feel I should be addressing her as "Contessa" due to it's Spanish flair. It's confusing to the mind. She's a British princess in Germany wearing a Spanish style. . .I actually did a double take in my mind, wondering which European country she was in. Lol

    3. The two things I really liked:
    a)Her white Mcqueen suit. Classic but loaded with flair. She looked very confident in it.
    b) I also liked the colour of cornflower blue on her. . .keep that colour going!

    4. The rest of the outfits are either neutrals, or not much to write about, i.e. they didn't stimulate much emotion for me (even the floral outfit in Poland) So maybe the neutral feelings with so many of her outfits in itself is either a good thing or not . . .:)

    Thanks Charlotte for all your efforts.

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    1. The white suit is nice. Still, I voted for the Erdem for many reasons including its memorable presence for the occasion it was used. Even more interesting, was how it turned into street party outfit. The Warsaw memorial might have recalled sad times; people expected to dress in somber outfits. At the same time, descendants of that very people including Germany’s concentration camp had overcome and turned their lives for the better. It can’t always be limited as endless sorrows and grieves. Kate’s pink coat at 911 memorials had similar feedback. The advantage of being in the caliber of Kate is being able to take initiative creatively and set something different and be accepted. That seems to be “the right” of a different kind, high fashion designers also have.

      Some people have complaints with the open toes sandals. There are some employers who list acceptable and unsuitable outfit for their employees. One of the items on the list is no open toe shoes. These are the same kinds of employers who expect women to wear pantyhose/stockings all year round even in summer, and men to shave their beards. I am not sure even if all courts are that strict. To be honest, for people who experienced degrading sufferings by their fellow men and their primary concern was not etiquette in clothing, the genuine feelings, acknowledgement and respect matters the most. The somber emotion of the couple spoke better than open or closed toes shoes.

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    2. The yellow dress has a merry and festive impression about it. If the embossed part took after Kate’s white floral dress she wore for Wimbledon, curious about the result. Make a part of the yellow dress solid yellow, or white, and have distinctive embossed floral just in some parts of the dress even in yellow as in the following Kate’s dress.

      http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2017/07/first-look-kate-in-white-for-wimbledon.html

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    3. I can't for the life of me understand why so many people were opposed to wearing sandals to the concentration camp. It's the middle of summer-- Open toed shoes are worn for EVERYTHING, even funerals. Exactly what is it about the human foot that is so objectionable?

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    4. Barbara, I can not understand the issue either.

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    5. Agree with you, Barbara, I don't find open toes at all offensive.

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    6. Julia from Leominster27 July 2017 at 17:26

      There has in the past been a bar on wearing open shoes in a graveyard and at funerals and I have been told specifically they should not be worn to Jewish funerals - bearing in mind that there are many traditions within every faith - so I just assumed it is safer not to. Personally, I wouldn't wear sandals to any serious place or event.

      Kate may have had different advisers but it is wise always to remember that there are many cultural differences in the world that may or may not make sense outside that culture but must be respected. Chrysanthemums are for funerals only - why? But I would never send someone a bouquet of them for that reason. Royals and even businesses have to be particularly attuned to these cultural differences - we used to be given training. Some of it didn't make a lot of sense to us but that's how it was.

      I almost served lamb with a cream sauce once to Jewish guests until I learned they would not find that acceptable and quickly changed the menu. it is not for us to judge whether these things are rational or not. In houses of Indian and Muslim friends, I expect to have to take my shoes off, the same can be true in Scandinavian countries - in my house, I would be taken aback if guests did. Traditions vary and they are just that traditions - but they are respected as such.

      My personal feeling is that tourists are apt to wear sandals like Kate wore - and she was there as a representative of her nation - not as a tourist. That's an event, given the ground that formal looking wedges or low heels would have seemed appropriate.

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    7. Julia, I will check with some of my Jewish friends, but the open toe shoe may only apply to an Orthodox ceremony. I assume but could be wrong that William and Kate's team does check out all the clothing guidelines with their hosts.

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    8. The visit to the concentration camp was not a funeral though, so the sandals are appropriate. I think people 65 and older will be offended by them. Younger people will be ok with them. Dress codes are more relaxed now and open toe shoes are seen everywhere even in more conservative places.

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    9. Julia,
      Now I refocus after you said no open toes for funerals. I can not think of open toes for funerals at all. The concept of this visit, I thought was a historical memorial place. It might have been over six decades, still it is a place of death. One of the best parts of this community is triggered awareness. Even better is when some one explains why something is not suitable.

      As far as lamb with cream sauce, it might have to do with diary based cream sauce except unless it is kosher. Another reason could be Pass Over time fast. Over all lamb with mint jelly is one of the popular food items in Middle Eastern areas.

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    10. Julia from Leominster29 July 2017 at 14:28

      There's a restriction on mingling meat with milk apparently - I was very surprised to find it was observed by these guests though as they aren't orthodox. Lesson learnt. I always do ask these days but left this rather late.

      I still think closed shoes would have been better even if it is a mostly elderly thing. I would hope there are checking on guidelines - but errors should be on the cautious side - I have a feeling (given the blue symbolism too) that this didn't get done as carefully as it might have.

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  29. Always enjoy voting on her outfits--Cant wait to see which are the winners! Just finished the documentary--- i cried. I remember so vividly watching the news and hearing about her car accident and then hearing the news with my mother that Princess Diana had passed. It is wonderful to see Diana's legacy in her sons. Thanks for the link Charlotte! Great job as usual!

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  30. Erdem Hurst Rose Print was chosen as one of the most interesting choice of the week by the biggest gossip website in Poland. Gosia Baczyńska's dress gathered rather poor reviews. I think it was an interesting choice and really nice nod but not the most fortunate.

    Guardian's article about the visit made me really sad.

    I'm very glad that this documentary about Diana saw the daylight. I find that rather disturbing that recently in some books and articles she is depicted not as a real person with feelings and emotions but like a scapegoat, a person with mental health problems who made impossible to live happily with her, someone who stand in the way of true love. I think that William and Harry's activities on the field of mental health problems is the real testament to what Diana had to suffer.


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    1. The fact that Diana continued to not just function, but to function as a trail-blazer and advocate amazes me, considering what was going on in her life. I just saw a recent interview with Kim Novak, a 50's-60's film star. She said she was bipolar in the days before the medications available today. She cited ability to lose herself in painting
      as the saving factor in the Hollywood years. After viewing the Diana film, I get the impression that Diana had turned the corner on her struggles by then, but I do think her efforts for causes redirected some pent-up emotions, such as painting or music can do. I think it unfortunate that music and art are the first subjects to go when schools are forced to economize.

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    2. Julia from Leominster27 July 2017 at 17:27

      The Guardian is the Guardian and my comments from the previous post stand - but it made me sad too - especially considering the dancing around they have done with certain issues within the Labour party - much closer to home.

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  31. I started to watch the documentary and had to stop. So much emotion!

    On February 24th, 1981, my uncle was buried after committing suicide. So I was home from school and heard the news that a prince was marrying a lady. I didn't know then that there were real princesses!

    I followed Diana her whole life and I loved her for her grace and smile, her deep love of her children, and her kindness. She had another side, sure. Any attempt to villanize her, though, is as ridiculous as any attempt to anglicize her.

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  32. I really enjoy this tour - albeit seemed to short for us followers. My selections were the wonderful Lavender Emilia Wickstead and the Markus Lupfer dress for the evening. I'm not into 'matchy-matchy' and especially liked that shoes/clutch/accessories gave us some additional flair.

    Great job Charlotte on the coverage.

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    1. My sentiments exactly, Elle! I has a hard time deciding between the two evening dresses( I don't even consider that red number an evening dress, bah). The Polish designers dress was fabulous, so edgy and Unexpected, and styled beautifully. But something about the print Lupfer dress was just so RIGHT, in every way. Kate looked so comfortable in it, and the belt, bracelet and shoes were all just perfect.
      Charlotte, I'd like to add that you are a wonderful writer. Thank you for your insightful commentary and photos.

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  33. Fun poles, but honestly, that's not the story here! Let me be honest, I am stunned by the size of their staff, especially considering the amount engagements they attend as compared to other Royals. I see why these photos were removed! These would only serve to reinforce their workshy personas. I read the comments on DM regarding William and Catherine, and I can only imagine the reactions to these photos. I just hope that this is the amount of staffing requirwd for the tour. I hope this is not the size of their regular staff! I'm American, and let me tell you, in my country, we'd be asking for our money back!

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    1. SDR. How does one determine, exactly, what William and Kate need as far as number of employees? How could we possibly know that?

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    2. I believe the advance team alone for an earlier POW trip to Australia was some 20- 30 staff. The actual trip entourage a good deal more. I am sure it is googlible. It is amazing the types of staff members who accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall who catered to their personal needs and interests. I believe there was an artist painting favorite scenes for Charles. Kate had a Nanny and a hairdresser, both paid for personally. The secretaries and PAs were part of tour expenses and necessary for smooth diplomatic and logistic facilitation.
      There are a myriad of details and contacts necessary to make things happen. A tour requires much more logistics manipulation than the day to day functions so I would imagine it is about half that size or less..
      The photo was likely removed to protect the identities of those staffers who do not work in the public. Also, it was a commemorative photograph and meant as a private trip souvenir, not for mass publication.

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    3. Only Sir David Manning, Miguel Head, Rebecca Priestley and Jason Knauf were in Germany in their official capacity. Only their expenses are paid by the state.
      Nanny, Natasha Archer, Amanda Cook-Tucker's expenses are private and paid by Cambridges themselves (or Prince Charles).
      Most other people are British embassy's staff or people from the Foreign office. They don't work for Cambridges.

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    4. Natasha Archer Jackson was not listed among those the Cambridges were responsible for paying. By process of elimination, I concluded that Natasha was the PA listed as official staff. That indicates to me that Natasha is not considered Kate's personal stylist. She is listed on KP roster as "of the Royal Household."
      The source I read said there were eleven staff members with them, including press officers, security, and trip managers, but not the ones paid for by the Cambridges. The persons you listed would not be responsible for trip logistics specifically.
      I think
      By the way, it occurs to me that at least one of my sources could be this blog. I note that sometimes happens with me and perhaps others-credit where due, Charlotte. :)
      Just an aside, ideas that don't keep me awake at night ..does anyone know if Rebecca is actually calling herself Rebecca Priestley professionally, or a hyphenated form? I wondered why Natasha is still called Natasha Archer and not Natasha Jackson-did she choose to maintain her pre-marriage name?

      Milestones: Prince Phillip-has performed his last scheduled engagement. Prince William has flown his last flight with the air ambulance. Signs of things to come.

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    5. Those are definitely milestones.

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    6. SDR, considering your presidents never travel abroad with a less than 500 staff, I hope you feel your money is well spent. I think 18 persons isn't that much for a tour, security and embassy staff included. Quite the opposite IMO.

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    7. Phillip does have a military review type function for one of his patronages August second, but he won't even be leaving BP Palace grounds.

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  34. Oh my gosh the staff photo. 18! Do you think they all work full time in London for William and Kate? Did they all travel with William and Kate for the entire tour? Wow the logistics are crazy. This is the only time I saw a photo of Nanny Maria. Can not believe that nobly got a picture of her getting on and off planes or doing something with the kids etc.

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    1. Hard working group of sweet people no doubt. Perhaps some insight to Kate's daily milieu. And, fashion choices.

      Some of the ladies could use some fashion help. Not fond of Amanda's shoes or the hairstyle of the woman who was actually wearing moccasins? If this is Kate's world the questionable fashion choices have a reason perhaps. Natasha wears those little girl sleeves often. Not surprising then that Kate wears that silohouette. A silhouette on Kate that isn't my favorite. Hopefully, Natasha will fill Rebecca's position and a real stylist will come onboard to replace Natasha. It is nice to see Maria Teresa smile.

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  35. Thank you Charlotte for all your hard work during the tour and always. I voted for the lavender Emilia Wickstead dress for the day look, the green Markus Lupfer dress for the evening.

    The Diana tribute as you say was heart breakingly emotional for me. You know how much I love Diana. I just cried I loved the watch and miss her so much. I know how much she is missed by her beloved sons and friends. I wish Diana could have met Kate and her kids and Meghan. She lives on in her sons and grandchildren. She will always be HRH Princess of Wales to me and the rightful Queen of our Hearts.

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  36. Hmm i love. Diana mother and her legacy hmm i quite to young when she died hmm its a great tribute to her when she smile its so pure i think his presence will be remain with princes i somehow think when she was a lived now she should proud of her sons and she should've great fun grandma to princess George and Princess Charlotte i think thr red shoes she wore. In poland Its remainder that she with het

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  37. Great polls - thanks! Happy to see the white McQueen take the honours in day wear - such a stunning piece of tailoring and beautifully accessorised.

    I thought all three evening looks were winners so very happy to see Lupfer come out top and my own fave Braczinskya come runner-up. I went with that for the sheer originality of design, sooo arty! The Lupfer is by far the most successful midi-print dress Kate has worn - hope we see it again lots!

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  38. Side Note. Someone had noticed in a video of Diana as a toddler that she had on a pair of red shoes like the ones Harry had worn at that age and like those recently worn by Princess Charlotte. The question was, were they possibly the same shoes? I would really like to think so. And, given that the Royals and Aristocracy preserve and steward homes, dishes, clothing, art, furniture, etc. with such sense of continuity and history, it might be more of a possibility than with the population in general. Diana was born on the Sandringham estate and then moved into their museum quality family estate, Althorp. So, maybe those shoes made the transfer to the family estate with all their other Sandringham belongings.

    It might seem a little more plausible to some that Princess Charlotte's little red shoes only hail from the clothing archive of Prince Harry and not all the way to Diana's. I do so hope it is one or the other.

    There are some cute video clips in the article listed here. :)


    Diana Pearl, People, "Why Princess Diana Feared She Would Lose Prince William and Prince Harry.....",
    7/27/17.

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  39. I voted for the Gozia dress for evening looks. I think it is brilliantly done and her styling was totally on point for once. I might have had a high pony tail instead of the chignon, which I felt aged her, but that's just me.
    For the daytime looks I couldn't decide between three so I voted for all three.. LOL. Look, she's been putting a lot more effort into her looks, branching out, taking risks, cutting hair.. she's obviously been reading here and taking our feedback. .. ha ha.. She even put on weight because we asked her to ha ha.. So that counts for a lot in my book. Three votes it was.

    About the documentary - I haven't gotten time to watch it. I watched the first ten minutes of it before having to shut it off and felt it was .. fine. I still can't get over how simple their sentences are, how colloquial their english is and how limited their vocabulary, despite those posh British accents. So honestly, don't kill me for this, I wasn't really all that impressed with how Harry was expressing himself and wouldn't be with William either, I suppose. It's all really trite and cliched - their way of speaking, their sentence construction and their verbiage. But maybe that was done on purpose - they wanted to be relatable and easy to understand.

    Having said that, I totally applaud their making this documentary. I felt very very sad for them. I hope my children never have to go through the loss of a parent. About comments and such like: I find it funny that some think it's okay for a bunch of outsiders painting a picture of her but not okay for Diana's SONS to take control of the narrative about their mother. That's just ridiculous. The whole world has been out their projecting their own nonsense on this dead woman, and their SONS can't actually tell them their side ? I think it was absolutely the right thing to do.

    About Charles and his lady. I was struck that they had Charles Spencer speaking about Diana. Did any of her sisters speak? And no matter what, omitting an ex-husband - the only real relationship Diana had.. that is a deliberate omission. It was as if she got married to Charles and then he disappeared .. if you watch it. They didn't even utter his name, it seems. He is removed for everything other than the wedding videos in the first few minutes. You can see a leg sitting at the piano and an arm here or there, but no Charles in any of the home videos. When you make a movie about a person you obviously talk about their relationships/marriage. You don't pretend she never had one. So yes, I would tend to interpret this very much as a line in the sand. don't know if he appears later on but it did feel deliberate to me in the first few minutes.

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  40. Have just looked at the numbers. Wow the lurkers on the bog far outweigh the commentators - thousands of votes to at most hundreds of comments. The readers in such numbers are a testament to Charlotte's impeccable presentation. Thank you Charlotte.

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  41. I actually ended up selecting the blue top and jeans,, and the white McQueen as a second choice.. For the evening wear, I picked the red off shoulder McQueen maxi dress because it was so unlike Kate has ever worn, and so boho and hippie :) As for the jewelry,,my favorite was the earrings and necklace set she wore-the Milk Amber jewelry. Thank You Charlotte, you are the best!!XOXO

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  42. I was going to vote for the white McQueen, but I ended up voting for the Erdem outfit because I thought the colors and florals struck exactly the right note for both the concentration camp visit and the street party afterward. I would have gone with closed shoes though, for the camp, and changed them for the street party.

    My favorite evening look was the Polish designer dress that was so polarizing--I loved it! Julia expresses the reasons exactly the way I want. (See Julia above!)

    I really enjoyed watching the video of Diana. When she was alive I didn't appreciate her as much as other people did, because that terrible 1995 (? was that the right year?) interview really, really put me off her. I had liked her before that. Was up at some unearthly hour for the royal wedding in 1981. But I strongly believe in not taking revenge, and especially not the way she did it. I thought she was going to end up hurting her sons by her actions, as well as Charles and the monarchy (sometime in the 80s I had changed from being an anti-monarchist to being pro), and it seemed to me to be unnecessary to the healing process Diana needed. Anyway, this video seemed to me to be a wonderfully loving tribute from her sons, whose resilience I believe in. I don't believe Charles will suffer for it. He already knows fully how much his sons love their mother.

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  43. Charlotte, I can’t thank you enough for giving us the link to the Princess Diana documentary. What an incredible person she was - and I’m sure we don’t know even a smidgeon of what she accomplished during her short life. I can’t jump immediately from that deeply emotional film to considering fashion choices, but will be back tomorrow to do so. Thank you so much again for this blog.

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  44. Thanks for sharing the documentary...it's incredibly moving and I must admit I can't even think about dresses after watching that. What a lovely human being Diana was and what two, wonderful sons she brought up. It makes me think that Kate must be very special to have won William's heart - both because she had so much to live up to and because he himself is such a genuinely warm and special person.

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  45. Hello, everyone! I voted for the lovely Wickstead dress (surprise surprise as I'm not really into Emilia Wickstead) and the red McQueen evening dress. It was nice to see Kate out and about in Poland and Germany. Their little family have definitely enchanted German and Polish hearts.

    I read on Tumblr that the possible replacement of Rebecca will be Katrina McKeever. It seems possible as they're looking for a new Senior Communications Officer for the Foundation and posted about it on LinkedIn. I had my money on Sophie for a long time but it seems possible that Kat will take over.

    I hope that everyone has a lovely weekend and I look forward to a new blog post about Charles, Kate and William in Belgium. Another royal visit with Philippe and Mathilde!

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  46. Eve from Germany28 July 2017 at 10:05

    Ladies (and gents, of course!) - what is the matter with you? I thought the comments section would EXPLODE after most of you certainly had the opportunity to watch the documentary (or maybe you didn´t?) - or am I missing here something?
    I´m just kidding - well, a little bit, at least, because in all honesty, I was REALLY surprised that so little has been said about it so far. I admit I even had to go over to another blog to read about some rather healthy discussion (shame on me, haha!)!!
    As I´ve briefly mentioned, I did have tears in my eyes more than once while watching it (even the second time around!), mainly when I saw that William or Harry were struggling with their feelings....
    I must admit I almost "gasped" when both William and Harry talked about that last phone call.... Apparently at least Harry had some kind of counselling - and I´m surprised that this last phone call is still something that he feels almost guilty about... One of the main tasks of a therapist/counsellor is, to put things in perspective and help the client through all the conflicted emotions, especially guilt (where none should be, really). After 20 years, as adults, after counselling/therapy, you see that it was actually such a wonderful sign of a healthy relationship with your mom, that, as a teenager, you felt you had "better things to do" than talking to your mum on the phone... You k n o w, BECAUSE you have a healthy relationship, that you will see her soon anyway. Today, you see you couldn´t possibly have known what was going to happen, so you made your peace with it...
    I´m not "blaming" the two of them, I was just surprised how guilty both still feel where there should be NO "guilt feelings" whatsoever....
    Part 2 to follow...

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  47. Eve from Germany28 July 2017 at 10:05

    I "gasped" again when Harry said that Diana told him: "You can be as naughty as you want, just don´t get caught". It might seem like a very funny thing - but it isn´t really... As mother of "an heir and a spare" you teach your children that they live in very privileged circumstances, but that those come with "strings attached". Being "naughty" is part of growing up - you have to test and push boundaries - but being who both her children are, she should have taught them that it has consequences - especially in their case where paparazzi and journalists just WAIT for ANY opportunity to create headlines (besides, I wouldn´t want any mother to say "you can be as naughty as you want, just don´t get caught". That´s what an older friend might say, but not your mum). I often wondered whether both children were many times just some "fellow comrades" in her war against the house of Windsor.... family therapists certainly will be having a "field day" with all this "boundaries and role blurring"....
    The documentary got me thinking... How would I portrait my mother - who died 16 years ago? Whom I loved dearly - despite so much parentification and role reversal and what not I could easily write a book about it? How do I talk about her with my daughter who was only three when she died? The answer is: I tell her the truth. I talk about the many happy memories - but I don´t sugarcoat ANYTHING. I don´t badmouth my mother, but I talk openly about what happened. And in a documentary, no matter whether someone somewhere else was really badmouthing my mother or not, I would talk about "both sides".... Diana did great things, but she was NO saint. Wouldn´t it be much healthier to talk about "the good AND the bad" - because that shows how HUMAN she was - which made her so endearing to all of us!! - instead of trying once again to "glorify" her?
    I understand their fears that with the anniversary of her death coming up and everyone trying to cash in on that, that they feel the need to "counterbalance" the narrative they fear. Once again, the children feel the need to "protect" her mother - even 20 years after her death. Talk about "parentification".....
    The "sex talk tapes" or however they call it, are nothing new AT ALL, by the way. The NBC docu about the tapes Peter Settelen recorded can be easily found on youtube. And it´s nothing spectacular, although quite revealing in how Diana felt the urge to "please" and "flirt with" that man while talking about really serious things from her life. She sometimes talked about her life as if it was a really well rehearsed play. For me as a therapist, it was VERY interesting and a lot of things I have said about Diana so far, mainly stems from watching and listening to HER - rather than watching and listening to other people talking ABOUT her... (You can also listen to at least part of the tapes she recorded for Andrew Morton due to the documentaries made about them).
    I hope for their own sake (and especially their marriages, hopeful, that Harry also finds his "right one"...) that one day William and Harry can let "both sides of Diana" (if I may call it like that) just be - because they really made their peace with it..

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  48. Words can mean entirely something else when heard and seen. A teasing or serious tone. A laugh. A wink or a scowl. A smile or a frown. Context? What naughtiness was being discussed-spilled milk, a pilfered cookie, writing on the walls, shooting brother with a sling-shot, painting Queen Victoria's statue pink? Had Harry just been severely scolded by Nanny or Charles for a small mis-deed and Diana was trying to help Harry smile again. From photos I've seen and from her son's words, Diana liked to make them smile.
    And Harry's remark...the context? I think it was to illustrate that Diana was funny. I'm not sure what Harry meant by calling Diana "naughty," but I think it was more mischievous than wicked.
    At any rate, I hate to hear people seizing on that phrase to criticize Diana. We have to first understand the meaning of "naughty" as Harry used it. He may even have been paraphrasing Diana. It is difficult to quote exactly twenty-five or thirty years later.

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    1. Julia from Leominster29 July 2017 at 14:14

      I agree - I think Harry was emphasising her playful side and that shouldn't be taken too seriously. She did a lot to introduce the boy's to her work and if she was still living, I believe they would be more involved. No, she was no saint, but few of us are. There are so many speaking about negative things with her - that I believe her sons wanted to balance the narrative and protect a well-earned legacy. Sadly, a lot of the negative comes from supporters of their father - and that is what should concern us. I thought the boys comments were very well balanced - given they don't wish to speak about their father and step-mother. They made it clear how difficult the divorce was for them.

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    2. "balance the narrative and protect a well-earned legacy" 🌷

      Julia, I think you summed that up very nicely. :)

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  49. Very good points, Eve, said from your professional training and experience but also from personal experience. I do think though that the boys were peddling as fast as they can given where they are now in terms of their healing process. They admit this is all new to them. Even just thinking about the past and their mum is new to them let alone starting to verbalized and dialogue about it and doing an anniversary video.
    I do agree that perhaps a part of their motivation in accepting the invitation to do the video, also was to protect their mum against the other opinions being published about her yet again. I think William actually said that in his own way.
    I hope that they will continue to pursue wholeness in a positive way. Undergirding them with our prayers can certainly help. :)

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    1. Eve from Germany29 July 2017 at 17:01

      Thanks, surfer girl, and I agree with you. As I´ve said, I don´t want to blame or criticize them, and grief follows a certain pattern, but there are loops and standstills and the circumstances with it all being so public a n d complicated (Charles, Camilla, the Royal Family, the Spencer family) certainly doesn´t make it any easier either.....
      And including them in our prayers is a wonderful idea... :))

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  50. Meghan is back in london! And her mother's with her I wonder why - JK I have a good idea! Not a moment too soon we need some real fashion!

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  51. Pre-Tour, On Tour, Post Tour :-)

    "Is everyone aware of the Load More button below the comments? You need to keep clicking it until it disappears, in order to see all of the messages. It appears when there are 200 comments, and continues in 50 message increments until the current number is reached."

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      Even with over 100 comments ( may be should be over 125 comments), on this one, there is not any "load more". Sometimes, I read starting from the bottom of the comments, and I left a Q in the bottom, only to find your direction here.

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  52. Does anyone know if the video will be available in Switzerland as well? I am getting an error message when trying to watch :(

    Thank you so much Charlotte for your great blog. I truly enjoy reading it, and appreciate you being always so positive and respectful. I tried other blogs, but none has your quality. This is also including the comment section I enjoy just as much like the blog posts :)

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  53. My own two cents after watching the tribute and following the "conversations" on the internet...

    I was quite impressed with the program. Without a doubt, "Diana's boys" are her legacy. Their approach to life, both public and private (certainly in William's case since he is married), has her fingerprints all over it. She would be so very proud of these fine young men. Kudos to them for putting together this lovely tribute and thank goodness they are old enough to take the reigns where Diana's legacy is concerned; just consider the countless attempts to re-write history since her death...

    And I find it significant that Charles Spencer was invited to contribute. Had the boys objected to his treatment of their mother, or his powerful eulogy, he would not have been included.

    I agree wholeheartedly that Charles was the main reason for the breakdown of the marriage; Diana was very much in love and wanted to create and enjoy a happy family life with her husband. He, on the other hand, got married out of a sense of duty and Camilla remained in the picture throughout Charles' relationship with Diana. The playing field was never level; different people with very characters and intentions.

    Sure, Diana had some insecurities based on her childhood, but did this make her so unique? Would someone with an idyllic childhood be better prepared to deal with the extraordinary circumstances Diana found herself in? And if someone *is* prepared to blame her, then I do wonder how you would have dealt with the reality of your husband's former girlfriend playing the role of confidante while he is courting/engaged/married to you? How would you deal with him giving her jewelry before he walks down the aisle with you? Imagine him bringing her photo on your honeymoon... How does ANY marriage survive a third party being readily available to provide a sympathetic shoulder and reassurance that you are correct and your spouse is wrong?

    The humiliation that Diana endured was extraordinary and, to add insult to injury, there was an ongoing campaign to make her out to be at fault in order to garner sympathy for Charles. Diana had quite a battle on her hands and throughout her marital difficulties she feared losing access to her boys. Don't take my word for it; all of this has been documented and I am not referring to tabloids.

    Continued...

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    1. Julia from Leominster30 July 2017 at 17:42

      So well put royalfan - bravo - I hope others come back and read. Humiliation has been Diana's lot and continues until this hour -people exposing things that were clearly meant to be kept private - there are few of us here who haven't said peculiar things we wouldn't want splashed over the world - she isn't here to answer what she truly meant. Yes, she had a playful flirtatious manner - that was part of her charm. And no, I don'y think any woman - certainly not a teenage one - would have coped well with what went on around the time of the wedding. Other women had decided Charles wasn't for them - look at Mountbatten's granddaughter - and she knew all about Camilla and I suspect that was the main part of the reason she said no to Charles.
      And now we get the suggestion that William and Harry ought to be pointing out the negative things even in a tribute to her. Personally, I think that would be horrible. I've been to funerals where children have let it all hang out about their deceased parents whilst the congregation shifted uncomfortably. That's something to be discussed in private - just as I don't expect William and Harry to talk about issues they have with Charles and Camilla - I thought they did a very good job on the programme - including pointing out important things like how hard divorce is on children.

      As for Charles and Camilla I believe the boys have done their best but things may be more strained at the moment because of the two biographies - we can't be certain but there has certainly been hints of that - but I believe there is an effort to keep an overall public front - for instance William and Kate being with Charles tomorrow. But there doesn't seem to be much private connection - in Camilla's interview (and no one seems to be criticising HER for speaking out all over the place - even to the DM - she
      speaks of Charles reading stories to her grandchildren.
      What I find curious though is the idea that the boys need to speak of the negative things about their mum but be discreet about their dad and step-mum. And it's obvious what Charles and Camilla are up to with these books - and what they want - hopefully obvious to most.
      Always worth remembering too that Camilla chose to marry Parker-Bowles whom she was in love with - Charles relationship with Camilla was more like a crazy infatuation than a two-way romance and I suspect it still is - infatuations thrive on difficulties and secrecy - but are very different from a mature, balanced relationship. Every time I hear Camilla talk about Charles she sounds less like a wife - more like lovie in chief.

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    2. Julia, no argument from me on this subject, as you know.

      I've also wondered whether the recent boost in Kate's confidence and some of her "out of the box" choices are not the result of a feeling of "enough is enough." I also sense something different about W&K as a couple. Perhaps they've had their fill of not stepping on toes only to find that it's been a one way street........if you get my drift.......

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    And if Diana was to blame, what about Charles? Do you think he was raised to be a supportive and nurturing husband and father? Or is it more likely that the world revolved around him from the moment he took his first breath and he fully expects it to continue until he takes his last? He may love his boys, but his priorities were elsewhere and I think the program confirms this without actually "going there".

    I'd also like to point out that if Diana was as flawed and fragile as some people have suggested, then how is it that she made a conscious decision to end the cycle (regarding her own childhood) by giving her sons all the love and encouragement that she had to offer? This required recognition and commitment on her part. And how did she accomplish all that she did in her short life? Did the world respond to her death as it did because she was pretty...or because she was an incredibly gifted and caring human being who wanted to do good in this world...and accomplished it?

    Regarding the boys' relationship with Camilla... I believe they have been diplomatic and accepted that which they cannot change, both for their father's sake and for the sake of their grandmother whom they love and respect. As far as Camilla's granddaughter being in the wedding party, well, I see it as more of the same; diplomacy for the sake of the family...and a desire to not turn a very special day into a source of speculation and gossip. Considering the ongoing efforts to make Diana out to be a disturbed human being, and the most recent attempts to rewrite history in C&C's favor (in addition to some of the Middleton bashing that I have my suspicions about), I seriously doubt that there is any warmth between the boys and Camilla. IMO, there's a reason William referred to two grandmothers and it isn't because he cannot count. The obvious omission speaks volumes.

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    1. royalfan, (I was just reading about The Belgium Trip & saw Surfer Girl's Reference to Your Piece on Diana by The Boys! So I had to come search it out!) Amazing... Absolutely Amazing! You Did Exactly what SG Said, You Put into Concise & Effective Words what I & So Many Have Been Thinking & Have Felt For Years! I Remember watching the boys (when Charles married Camilla) & feeling a pang, as in How Could Diana Be Tossed Away So Easily by Them? I Figured that it was because they wanted their Father to be happy, but something just seemed wrong about the apparent ease of it all for them?! As They have grown & Clearly Processed All That Happened With & To Their Mom..... (& I believe with Kate's Help & That of Their Involvement of "Heads Together") They Seem To Have Come Into Their Own About What They Feel About Losing Diana, as well as How Things Were Handled With Them During The Years Preceding Her Death! Now They Are Adults & Can Be The Sons She Raised Them To Be & They Have The Confidence To Speak Up & Say "NO" All This Negativity is Wrong & Unbalanced! Good For Them To Be Standing Up & Putting Forth The Balance & Perspective of Her Story! Bravo To Your Words & Thx for Saving Them to "Use" Them When/If Needed in The Future! :)
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    2. Becca, thank you! :-)

      I felt so sorry for the boys when Charles married Camilla and I wondered how they were processing all the emotions they had to be dealing with. On their own, is my guess!

      Thank goodness William found Kate (and her wonderful, loving family). Hopefully, Harry, too, is on his way to happily ever after....

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  55. WOW. royal fan. What a perfect treatise on Diana. 🌷

    All the culmination of all previous comments and salient features that have been scattered on past pages of the blog regarding Diana, have all come together logically, comprehensively and calmy in your 2 part message above. It will now be the standard for me when I speak of these things that pertain to Diana, and, I have referenced it in my personal notes as to today's date and blog page title, to keep on file, for future reference as I don't think anyone could possibly say all that better.
    I have experienced frustration in the past in trying to convey the "picture" that you have so simply painted.
    So thank you. I think Diana would thank you. I think the boys would thank you and I hope that somehow, someway they get to read what you have written. It is a hallmark piece in my opinion.

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    1. SG, thank you so very much for your kind words. I'm touched by your response. Beyond! I merely spoke from the heart on a subject I feel strongly about, but thank you for your support. :-)

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  56. Has anyone noticed how in William and Kate's (and, Harry's) "official" visits, etc. that people bowing their heads and curtsying to them seems to be becoming a thing of the past?

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    1. Well, they're not monarchs. But honestly, courtsying is down everywhere; even the Queen is amenable to a handshake instead, these days (although not, obviously, from other royals).

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    2. SG, I tend to go along with Juniper here.

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    3. I saw Teresa May curtsy to Kate. So, it's all good.
      And I saw Kate and William giving Charles kisses on the cheek, so that's even better. :)

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  57. Finally I have had time to watch the video, and I found it of course warm and moving. It says a great deal about the character of both princes. But it is told from the viewpoint of a couple of children. Harry mentions too much travel and too many phone calls, the results of one parent always being elsewhere, and thus the children's need to commute and to keep in touch. Otherwise, their account is of a loving and fun loving mother, their father appearing only to marry and be divorced from her.

    The video is also interesting from the standpoint of what it leaves out. William and Harry must have been aware of the extra-marital liaisons of both their parents, and of the resulting tapes, books, and articles. They must have known something of Diana's more bizarre behavior. But their purpose is to honor her as a mother and activist, and none of that is even hinted at.

    The rest of the materials that are appearing during the twentieth year after Diana's death certainly make full use of the negative side of her behavior. Her sons wanted to provide another story, and they have reminded us of what we knew when they were children - that she was a deeply loving parent who provided experience of life beyond the palace walls. Their account is one sided but fascinating.

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