Friday, 17 November 2017

New Dates for Kate's November Calendar, a Visit from Tennis Royalty, William's Cyberbullying Taskforce & a Royal Family Celebration!

Happy Friday!

We're back with an assortment of updates from the past couple of days beginning with news of three additions to Kate's Calendar for November. Next Wednesday, 22 November, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will carry out a day of engagements in Birmingham. Richard Palmer reported last week we could see Kate undertaking several engagements outside of London in the coming weeks. If you're a longtime royal watcher, you'll likely remember William and Kate visited Birmingham just months after the royal wedding in 2011 to support riot-affected areas. Kate debuted her nautical McQueen ensemble that day, and it remains a popular choices in her wardrobe over six years later.


The couple will begin the day at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull Manufacturing Plant. William and Kate will then visit the Jaguar Land Rover Experience Centre, where they will meet mountain rescue volunteers participating in a vehicle familiarisation exercise. The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to drive a vehicle in the off-road driving area. Afterwards, they will meet local children and volunteers who support projects focusing on regeneration, education, young people, charity work and the environment.

Kensington Palace

From there, an engagement William will be particularly excited about as a Villa fan - a visit to Aston Villa Football Club to see the work of the Coach Core programme taking place in Birmingham. Finally, the Duke and Duchess will visit Acme Whistles, creators of the first police whistle and the original Acme Thunderer. During the visit, they will hear about the history of the company and see past and present products. They will enjoy a tour of the workshop seeing the production process, including the press work, plating, moulding, welding and polishing of the 115,000 whistles that are made and tested every week.

Aston Villa

On Friday, 24 November, the Cambridges will make their second appearance at the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in London. The Royal Variety Performance takes place every year, either in London or in a theatre around the United Kingdom. The event is in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, formally the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, of which the Queen is patron. The glamorous evening promises a night of entertainment with performances by the Killers, Paloma Faith, Louis Tomlinson and the Script. William and Kate made their debut in 2014 when Kate first wore her DVF Zarita gown. Looking forward to seeing them attend again!


And on Tuesday, 28 November, the Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Foundling Museum. Kate will learn more about the museum's history and the way it continues to focus on its founding principles to use art and creativity as a means to support and engage children and vulnerable families. The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Kate will meet families and children who have benefited from the museum's education and outreach programmes, including preschool children from a local nursery who regularly visit the museum and young care leavers who are being trained to run their own creative workshops.


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Last night, William, Kate and Harry attended the annual 'Autumn Dinner' for the Royal Foundation at Sunbeam Studios in London.


The stunning venue is an enormously popular wedding and events venue. With its unique blend of Edwardian elegance and modern aesthetic, it's not difficult to see why.


More on the venue:

'The venue is made up of three large halls and two meeting rooms along with extensive gardens. Talbot Hall, Main Hall, Rootes Hall and the Shrewsbury Room all connect via the mezzanine level, with grand staircases descending in to Main and Rootes Halls, both of which open on to our beautiful private gardens. The Board Room is available on its own or in combination with the other spaces adding more versatility.'

Whilst a photographer was on hand for the evening, it's highly unlikely we'll see any photos. No doubt a fabulous evening was had by all!

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I want to briefly switch gears to discuss important work William has been doing. Yesterday, he attended a meeting of the Royal Foundation's Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying at Google's headquarters and unveiled the Taskforce's action plan. Convened in May 2016, William brought together the UK's leading tech and media companies for the first time, as well as children's charities, parents, and a panel of young people. He believes that the largest social media, tech, gaming and media companies have a positive opportunity to create the solution to support children online, and to help children feel empowered to question online behaviour, speak out and support their friends. Organisations including Google, Apple, EE and Twitter have all been involved.


Shortly after George was born, William heard the tragic story of a young boy "who had killed himself following a vicious campaign of online bullying", a Kensington Palace statement said. "As he looked into the issue further it was soon clear there were many similar stories from the UK and around the world." Last year, Lucy Alexander started her own campaign to raise awareness of the issue after her son Felix took his own life. After hearing her story, William asked to participate in the taskforce to help others gain an understanding of the impact of cyberbullying. In the moving video below, William talks with Lucy and Chloe Hine, a young girl who contemplated suicide because of the bullying she endured online from her peers.


In his speech, William said:

'For me, the issue of cyberbullying and its consequences are personal. My work as a HEMS pilot has exposed me to the tragedy of suicide and the despair felt by those who have been subjected to cruelty and abuse. Through my work on mental health, I have spent time getting to know parents and children for whom the impact of online bullying has been devastating.
And as a parent myself, I understand the sense of loss and anger of those particular families who have lost children after they were the targets of campaigns of harassment. I feel a responsibility to do what I can to help. I began work on the issue of cyberbullying a few years ago and as I explored it in more detail, I felt a growing sense of alarm. I came to realise what it meant for bullying – an age old problem – to be supercharged by the power of social media. New, exciting platforms that at their heart, want to help people make and maintain friendships, were allowing bullies to take their abuse beyond the traditional theatres of classrooms and playgrounds. They could now follow their targets home.
A new generation of young people – tech savvy, connected, and optimistic about the future – were encountering new social spaces without established standards of behaviour to guide them. And many parents and carers, who seek to make their homes a haven of safety, felt powerless to protect their children. And even worse, some had no idea about the suffering their children were experiencing from bullying that was coming through their phone or their laptop. My overall sense was that social media was in many ways an ungoverned space, where our children were fending for themselves.
But as I looked into this issue more, I also gained a sense of optimism. I saw the example of Lucy Alexander, who is with us today. Sadly Lucy lost her son Felix after he experienced terrible bullying online. In her grief she felt compelled to take action. She spoke out and challenged the technology sector to work together to help protect other children from experiencing what Felix had.
And I also realised that while we were encountering new forms of bullying, technology was also openly revealing behaviour that had often been hidden from view in the past. I came to believe that if the tech sector was willing to work together, their powerful tools could actually help children to put respect and support for each other at the heart of the way they interact with their peers.
My hope was that internet companies would see the potential to pool their knowledge and resources to create spaces online that were much safer for our children. So I established the Cyberbullying Taskforce – through The Royal Foundation – to seize the opportunity that collaboration could bring. The Taskforce has brought together social media platforms and internet service providers with those organisations and individuals who strive to protect and support children and young people.  And after a year and a half of hard work and frank discussions, we can today unveil a plan of action to protect children and encourage a new standard of behaviour online.
 There are four major planks to our plan.
First, the technology company members of the Taskforce have agreed to adopt new guidelines to improve the process for reporting bullying online, and to create clearer consequences for those who behave unacceptably. 
Second, the Taskforce is launching today a new, national campaign to educate children on how to behave with respect and kindness online. The campaign is being driven by the powerful reach of the industry members of the Taskforce.
Third, a new programme will be piloted through Facebook and Snapchat which will see the NSPCC providing emotional support to children in need, as a result of online bullying.
And finally, the companies and charities that have been part of the Taskforce, will continue to work together to provide consistent advice to parents and to continue to take feedback from children and young people as they develop their policies.
Through this process we have all been honest with each other. And of course I have been honest that I had hoped we might be able to go further. I hoped, for example, that the social media companies would agree to a form of standardisation around reporting and clear timelines for handling complaints. I also hoped that the tech companies might create a single, universal tool for children to report bullying when they see it or experience it regardless of which platform it happens on.
I am, however, encouraged that the BBC is looking at the potential for a tech solution along these lines and all I ask is that everyone keeps an open mind as the outcome of the BBC’s work, and other options, emerge in the coming months. There is a lot more that can be done. I am proud that the Taskforce has generated a plan of action with some practical, industry-driven initiatives and I hope all of you are too. It is a big, important step in the right direction. It is my view that if this plan is implemented, the U.K. can become a world leader on tackling cyberbullying. Nowhere else has the sector come together and voluntarily agreed to take collective responsibility for tackling an issue like this rather than just promoting your own individual initiatives.
And I am proud that listening to children and parents has been at the heart of our work. It has been their advice which has led us to this ambitious plan of action today. Now the onus is on the people in this room and the organisations you are a part of. We have been working together for many months, but today is only the beginning. In implementing these plans, you have a chance to show that something special has happened here in the U.K., that the rest of the world can learn from. You have a chance to show what I know you all believe – that technology companies are serious about their social responsibilities. You have a chance to win the trust of today's generation of parents, and to help them feel confident about the positive experience their children will have online. And, you have the opportunity to help children lead the way with respect and positivity to build the vibrant, exciting future that you all believe in. To the children and young people here today, I want you to know that it is this hope for a positive future that has motivated everything we have done. I am always amazed by the savviness and creativity of your generation. I am excited about the world you are going to create and then lead in decades to come. And I hope the action plan we are announcing today can help you, in at least a small way, to embrace technology with confidence and optimism.'

William also launched the first ever online code of conduct, 'Stop, Speak, Support', to empower all young people to take a stand against bullying. The website offers support, guidelines and advice on how to act when "banter turns bad". From telling an adult or clicking the report button, to contact information for Childline, it is the early stages of a resource aimed at young people.


I think it's very encouraging to see tech giants coming together to work on a solution for a problem that is well and truly out of control. Most of you who may be active on social media will have witnessed the atrocious, abusive conduct which is so commonplace there's almost a blasé attitude to it. For young people of school age in particular, cyberbullying means the bullies are not only in the schoolyard but come home with their victims to their living rooms and bedrooms. Growing up and the formative teenage years can be challenging enough without the very real concerns the online sphere present. There are obviously numerous advantages to accessing such technologies, yet I've often pondered if users should be of adult age before they have to navigate it. A core issue is the anonymity. Keyboard warriors type before they think, without thought or consequence, certainly without consideration for the person they are aiming their vitriol at. There is so much that needs to be done to stop tragedies like Felix's occurring. It's not going to be fixed with one campaign, or in a year, but this is a positive step. William's role and status meant he was in a unique position to gather tech giants and create a taskforce to enable cohesive developments. I'm very glad to see him using his role to tackle issues like this.

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Also tonight, the Cambridges played host to the Prince of Tennis Roger Federer and his family on Wednesday night. The tennis star is in London for the ATP Finals and took the opportunity to drop in on the royals with his wife Mirka and their children. The couple have been friends of the Middletons for some time and recently attended Pippa's wedding. In an interview for a documentary on Wimbledon, Kate jokingly noted Roger is Carole's crush. Wouldn't you have loved to be a fly on the wall for the playdate between George, Charlotte and the little Federers? :)


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Finally, On Monday, 20 November an incredibly special milestone occurs. The Queen and Prince Philip's 70th wedding anniversary will be celebrated with a family dinner at the State Apartment at Windsor Castle, as reported by Majesty Magazine's Joe Little. The anniversary is being marked privately, although it is hoped a family photo, like this one released for the 60th wedding anniversary (with thanks to our very own Rebecca) will be released. A family photograph would certainly be a treat!

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Wishing you all a great weekend! :)

61 comments:

  1. Nice to see that they managed to reschedule some of her (probably) missed engagements from when she was ill to fill up the void from the tour! Great engagements all around but am looking forward to see them on the Variety show again!

    Thank you for covering some of Williams stuff! He has really stepped up after going full time. Both in amount of engagements and in the kind of event he's done. He's getting some real traction in the issues he's tackling! I'm especially happy to see they involved young people in this taskforce. The "older generations" that didn't grow up with technology has a tendency to only see the bad and put up alot of rules. And while cyber bullying is a real issue, I know quite a few people online who are alive by having the refuge of an anonomous online presence. So the things that makes the internet such a breading ground for bad behaviour is the same parts that open up to honest and difficult conversations being had in a safe space and distance and for the "odd kids out" finding a group and community that might not be present in their "physical lives".

    Nice to hear about the play date! (Would have been nicer not to hear about it though! I hope they have people over and do things that are not reported on!)

    I was about to write that I really hope we get a picture but I see you already wrote that for me :P

    Hope everyone has a great week!

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis18 November 2017 at 01:30

      It's nice to see young people for sure....now if only there were some (or any) people of color...

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    2. Ofc Maggie, there is always room for improvement! I did spot one of the higher ups from Diana Awards in the meeting pictures and such! It's obviously important to have a wide representation in groups like these, and as you say there can always be improvement. They seem to have a good women/men and young/old balance. I'm sure they could do more to have POC represented as well, but we don't know how the representation of POC in these kind of charity "higher ups" and the tech companies are so it might not really be the taskforce "fault".

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    3. There were adults and children of color at the children's center, including the beaming girl who handed the pretty flowers to Kate. There is a young man of color in the picture of William at the cyberbullying event. That leaves the royal family; maybe Meghan will join them. I'm not sure what group you mean, Maggie.

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    4. Then I guess you really haven't looked at any photos from William and Catherine's visits. You wouldn't have written that otherwise.

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    5. Maggie what in the world are you talking about? There’s a black boy right there in the photo greeting William.

      There are many things I don’t like about how things are planed, but I have noticed that they always take special care to have different races and religions represented at their engagements, especially with children. There will be white people, but also black, Asian, Indian, Pakistani, girls in hijabs, etc.

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    6. I think Maggie was talking about the actual taskforce (the ones who have sat down for conferance meetings during these 18 months) an not the people from today. But I agree that they are generally quite diverse in their engagements.

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  2. Thank you thank you Charlotte for spotlighting William's so very important work on cyberbullying. I cried when I watched the video of William speaking with Lucy Alexander and Chloe Hind. As a mum, grandmum, teacher and friend to young people, I know how important it is to get this message out. I especially zeroed in on his quite specific comments in his speech "....And I also realised that while we were encountering new forms of bullying, technology was also openly revealing behaviour that had often been hidden in the past.... My hope was that the internet companies would see the potential to pool their knowledge and resources to create spaces online that were much safer for children...." And I would add not only for children. I empathized in the video when both Chloe and Lucy said how easy it is to fixate on what is written about [you] on the Net. Golly how I wish sometimes I could just ignore it. I tell myself not to even look but it is almost compulsive--maybe I hope that it has changed, that somehow something nice and supportive is there instead of the criticism and snarks. Luckily I have pretty well schooled myself to do just that--NOT go somewhere where I know that the comments will hurt or else just skip those commenters or conversations I feel aren't "safe"--but it is a pretty hard, painful lesson to learn.

    Anyway, Charlotte, if you get criticism for writing about William on here, would you consider creating a William blog? You would be so awesome with it. I like Kate, and it is fun to see her engagements but her interests are focusing, right now, on the very young and on mothers. My interests are on older children, teens and I find lately my interest really revolves around William.

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    1. Jo, I have pondered how best to cover William's work since he began full-time duties. I have been genuinely impressed with the causes and mixture of engagements he's supporting. I'll do a bit more thinking on it and time permitting, come up with a plan.

      I also really enjoyed your take on cyberbullying. It is completely out of control.

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  3. I was bored today, so decided to plan Kate’s clothes for the next three engagements, using her closet:

    22 November - visit to Birmingham
    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/d2/bc/7c/d2bc7ce03d7571f1836f3a83fdf15941--catherine-cambridge-duchess-of-cambridge.jpg

    24 November - Royal Variety Performance
    This was hard because of the pregnancy, but I think these would work:
    http://cdn.skim.gs/image/upload/v1456338529/msi/Kate-Middleton-Tusk-Trust_p0fuve.jpg
    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/ed/85/68/ed8568ac05eab98aec3ed3a4e0290878--kate-middleton-style-gala-dinner.jpg -without the belt

    28 November - visit to the Foundling Museum
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LN4PUL-XObA/UsGsn77O1-I/AAAAAAAABbo/_gn3XGSOdUw/s640/Kate-middleton-baby-girl-pregnant-royal-baby-birth.jpg - this coat
    http://cdn.skim.gs/image/upload/v1456339845/msi/kate-middleton-brown-dress_dpzsng.jpg - this dress

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    1. Tammy from California18 November 2017 at 15:53

      GEMMA! I LOVE IT WHEN YOU ARE BORED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job!

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    2. Thank you Tammy, glad you found it entertaining. I’ve mentioned my wish for repeats, so thought I’d put my money where my mouth is, lol. I was also reminded of some great maternity clothes I’ve forgotten about, so my desire for many repeats this pregnancy has only grown.

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    3. I would love to see the hot pink coat and the peach coat/dress again, also. I reviewed the blogs when we were styling Kate when I read about the Variety Show. But, we were not taking a baby bump into account with our choices. It will be interesting to see what Kate chooses.

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    4. IMO, a large brimmed black hat (from last Sunday??) would look great with the hot pink coat. The color is bold and an equally bold hat would balance the look.

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  4. I was really hoping that they'd go again to the RVP, so I was excited to see the announcement today! Can't wait to see what she wears this time.

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  5. I would like to see the McQueen outfit again... with an updo. How sleep with that be!?

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  6. Tammy from California18 November 2017 at 15:55

    I really liked the cyber bullying campaign. I have a young son who is an old soul and sensitive. I think about his future often in terms of technology and I have worried about this. I really don't want him to even be online on things like Facebook and other social media forums for this reason. I like this campaign and will probably use it although I am an American.

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    1. I can understand the impulse, and I don't want to tell you how to parent. But as a person who grew up with technology I just want to share that online friends can be a wonderful way to "keep sane" if you have it difficult in other aspects. So while ofc having a moderate control over what places they visit, allowing them to hang out on forums (with rules and such as how you never give out your phone number, if someone wants to talk privately they have to show you as the parents the messages etc) with people that have similar interest (especially if those interests are ones that are not readily liked in their other social circle can actually be great for mental health. (This is all depending on age. A 6 year old should not do it. But I remember having alot of fun friends as a 10 year old on a Swedish Harry Potter forum, as a 12-14 year old having friends at a forum about a local singer etc. Helped me alot as a bit of an outsider in my everyday life to have contact with like minded people!

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    2. Tammy, I was just about to post a comment saying pretty much what you just said. I worry about my 10 almost 11 year old who is the same, and already experiencing a bit of cyber bullying. I can keep her off social media but I can't keep the other kids in her school off of it. If she doesn't see what's being said, that won't keep her from hearing about it at school. I often wish the parents in my town would come together and make a pact and not allow our children to get online and/or use social media. I am really glad that William is getting involved and we don't have enough public figures here in the US doing the same.

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    3. Cyber bullying *is* a very important issue and I'm glad it's being addressed. Once upon a time, bullying was limited to one-on-one contact in school; today, a child can experience it in his/her own home.

      Rebecca, I understand your point, but I think boundaries set by parents and monitoring are a crucial part of the mix.

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    4. Absolutely (as I said!). And it also has to be age appropriate. I'm just showing another side of it since a lot of people that didn't grow up with it has a bit of a "knee jerk" reaction.

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  7. I am so excited for the upcoming events. I just wish that Royalty still wore tiaras to the Variety performance like they used to. Does anyone know when this wearing of tiaras to this stopped and why?

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    1. Nicole from france18 November 2017 at 18:44

      Rachel I too would dream of tiaras and blings ! Looking at photos of the Queen years ago, when she was younger, she had glittering dresses , tiaras, bracelets and necklaces, she was glowing bright ! And that was beautiful ! How comes Catherine hardly wears jewels ?

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    2. IT used to be a white tie event - hence the tiaras. That ceased in the early 1990s I think.

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    3. I would assume the tiara usage has decreased due to optics. In a world that is increasingly hostile to the 1%'ers, wearing tiaras and jewels to random fancy but not diplomatic events becomes ostentatious. I think the tiaras are being reserved for events like weddings and diplomatic dinners and receptions where whoever is there in the role of royalty as a world leader.

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    4. I can see your point, Katie. There was mega, mega watt bling at Queen Elizabeth's wedding.
      The flash bulbs bringing the diamonds into supernova sparkle. Even William commented on it with a chuckle of male amusement. I love it of course and am happy we have that sparkle, (to celebrate the marriage and end of the war), recorded for history.

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    5. Julia from Leominster19 November 2017 at 02:26

      It depended on the particular royal lady for Royal Variety as best I can tell. Diana never wore a tiara even in the eighties but the queen mum did - I suspect she never stopped. The queen may have stopped in the eighties or nineties. As much as I would love tiaras and think many old-timers would, it's not going to happen.

      Sadly there is a very low key mood at the moment - and with even Tatler which does have an ear to feelings of the nation, talking revolution albeit jokingly, I'm not surprised. Once gone, glamour will likely never increase again. I'm just hoping formal dress remains for the opening of Parliament.

      I don't think it's quite as true for the European royals though where there seems a willingness to wear more jewellery amongst some of the royal ladies there. Perhaps they feel more secure, although should one major monarchy go, I think more would fall like a house of cards.

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  8. Go, William, go!

    So proud of you.

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    1. Yes, very proud :) I've been waiting to hear the outcome/plan of action for his Cyberbullying Taskforce. Pleased to see that Charlotte has included it in this post. I do hope that it goes from strength to strength & makes a positive impact.

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    2. Kiwi Gal, I so agree with you.

      Go, William, go!
      So proud of you.
      stopspeaksupport
      STOPSPEAKSUPPORT

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    3. William's knowledge is impressive, and his characteristic empathy for the women he spoke with. He makes it clear that his involvement and leadership is based on his own experience as an ambulance pilot. I am impressed with his maturity.

      Nice to see you, Francis. Kate has been so active that we haven't needed the 200 warning for awhile. :-)

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  9. Really looking forward to the engagements this coming week. It would appear that Kate is continuing to improve and is gaining in overall strength. Referring back to the last engagement I must admit that I was somewhat surprised that Sophie Agnew was there as well Three members of staff does seem rather a lot. I am pleased that Kate was able to reschedule that engagement it is an area she should support
    Delighted W & K will be at the RVF on the rota system that the RF appear to have adopted it is their turn looking ahead assuming that rota is still in place for next year it should be Harry that could be interesting!!
    I admire Prince William for the very wholehearted way he supports his charitable interests and how very passionately he feels about Cyber bullying, youth homelessness and the slaughter of animals for ivory I wish Kate would show the same passion although I think she cares just as much for child welfare in many ways.
    I very much hope that a photo is published of the RF at the Queen's & DOE 70th wedding anniversary party as was done for their 60th
    Nice to see the visit of the Federer family to KP I bet G & C enjoyed meeting the Federer children.
    Last week a photo that had appeared in a German magazine of Kate collecting George from school was shown on another Kate supporting site she appeared to have collected him after the LTA event I know quite rightly Charlotte doesn't show such photos and I totally agree with her policy and I wasn't looking for any such photos but was just reading a write up on one of Kate's engagements not the LTA one and the photo was just included. I must admit if it was a pap one safety comes to mind.

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    1. Sarah Maryland USA19 November 2017 at 05:20

      I wouldn’t mind if Charlotte shared the photos. They were taken in a public place. It astonishes me the British media play along with the Cambridge’s and don’t publish these type of photos despite being treated so badly by KP on tours and official events.

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    2. I have seen that photo of Kate, she looked very upset being photographed, you can tell, but this fact did not bother her biggest fan to publish that image.

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    3. Anett's, I think it's wonderful that you're expressing this compassion and empathy on behalf of the Duchess.

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  10. where is the photo of Sophie Agnew?

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  11. Cool. Glad to see some engagements coming up. It will be fun to see what Kate wears to the Variety Show.

    I am impressed with William's campaign. I appreciate that there is a strategy and a plan. Who knows how it will work but I really appreciate that he has intentional steps in place.

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    1. I agree. There is no simple solution to a thing like that, but at least they are takeing steps and even getting the giant companies involved. Williams task forces in general (especially the trafficking one) are really impressive.

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  12. I love the new portrait of the Queen & the DOE released for their 70th wedding anniversary. What an incredible milestone!

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    1. Yes.... :-)

      http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/photo-released-mark-70th-wedding-anniversary-queen-elizabeth/story?id=51249810

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    2. I agree Kiwi. That is one lovely portrait!

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    3. Thank you so much, Kiwi Gal and royalfan! I love the portrait. I love seeing behind - or rather in - those old faces their younger selves: the girl who had fallen in love once and for all her life and the dashing young man. I love how their relationship evolved over the years, over undoubtedly difficult times, far from an idyll. Seeing them still together after incredible 70 years... what an inspiration! Happy anniversary to the Royal Couple.

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    4. :-))

      Happy Anniversary to HM and PP!

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    5. Yes.

      💐🔔Happy Anniversary Your Majesties🔔💐

      Thank you for keeping the institution of marriage strong by example.

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    6. The Telegraph today brings an article about HM granting PP a new honour - Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order:
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/20/queen-grants-new-honour-prince-philip-70th-wedding-anniversary/
      There is also a beautiful photo gallery - pictures of their marriage through the years:
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/20/queen-duke-edinburghs-marriage-years/
      I suppose many of you have seen these but I just enjoyed them so much I thought I'd share the links.

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  13. Julia from Leominster19 November 2017 at 02:29

    Being of an older generation not involved with social media outside a couple of blogs, I find Rebecca's comments most interesting and see the points she's making.

    William's heart is very much in the right place and I hope good comes of it - sadly bullying is hard to stop. I know many here including myself faced incidents in varying degrees in school. Still, a royal bringing attention to it is a positive thing.

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    1. Yes, bullying is almost impossible to "irradicate". Both among kids and adults. That doesn't mean one shouldn't try! And since online interaction is a relatively new medium people and countries are still trying to find a balance in how to handle such a globalized medium. As I said above, the online worlds greatest weaknesses (anonymity, global reach, instant contact) is both it's strength and weakness so for some kind of action plans to be lined out is very clever!

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  14. Thanks, Charlotte. Enjoyed the updates.

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  15. Thank you, thank you for including the update on William's work with cyber-bullying. What a good cause that needs a high profile person to lead the way. This is a wonderful project and I hope and pray childline becomes as common as 911 in the US as a place to report problems or call if you are having problems. I understand your concerns, also, Rebecca. And, as an American one of the things that came to my minds was what about freedom of speech? My answer to that is that with freedom comes responsibility. I believe kids need to educated about the way to "talk" online and to realize it has consequences. Employers check social media sites before they hire people today. So, it is not as anonymous as it appears. On another note, HM and the DOE's 70th wedding anniversary is an amazing achievement! I will celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary next year and am in awe of a 70th anniversary celebration. My parents celebrated their 60th anniversary last year with a party boat around Newport Beach inlet. It was such a special time! I am not sure if my mother will make it another 9 years as she is suffering from dementia. HM and the DOE are incredible for their good health,commitment to each other and their commitment to their country. I am looking forward to seeing more of Kate this week!

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  16. I had submitted quite a long post about the importance of the cause (cyber bullying) but it looks like it got lost. That's okay, I just want to say thank you thank you Charlotte for the post about William and all of the work he is doing.

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    1. Jo, I just found it in Spam, my apologies for the delay and thank you for taking the time to comment :)

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  17. This is going to be "another long one in two parts", so beware:
    I admire greatly what William is doing here. The way this is handled, is modern and spot-on. I would show this film to children as early as possible. You cannot work against ANY bullying – whether „in person“ or „in cyberspace“ early enough in a human being´s life, believe me.
    Which is exactly what brings me to my main point – as someone who was bullied at school, as someone who was bullied at work and as someone who had to find out – surprise, surprise? – that her daughter was bullied at school as well.
    It´s for many a very uncomfortable truth, but it IS the truth: Bullying needs – as so many things in life – someone who bullies AND someone who is being bullied. Bullies seem to be very powerful people – well, THEY´RE NOT. The bully needs the bullIED almost like air to breathe. He needs bullying in order to feel powerful – because inside, he feels THE EXACT OPPOSITE! As soon as you need something "like the air to breathe", this is your weakness, this makes you the opposite of strong.

    Bullies are like drug-sniffing dogs: they sniff „the drug“ from miles away. They „sniff“ any kind of insecurity on the part of their „victim“. They just KNOW „this one I can manipulate, this one I can put under pressure, this one WON´T STAND UP TO ME, this one is easily isolated!!“
    So what does that tell us? Us parents, us individuals, us as a society? We make sure our children are resilient, strong and PROUD OF THEMSELVES. We make sure we LISTEN TO THEM, we make sure, WE do not tolerate them being bullied. BY NO ONE.

    When my daughter was being bullied, I NOTICED IT and I sat her down. I didn´t know she was being bullied, but I KNEW that something was wrong with her. I must admit, I do not understand why a parent does not notice the „depth of the dispair“. During both stories that were told to William I wanted to scream: And WHERE were the parents???? WHERE? How can you NOT notice that your child is close to SUICIDE???
    Bullying requires IMMEDIATE action because it shows the parents that their child needs URGENT HELP – and above all, SUPPORT!! Your child being bullied says: „I have no-one to stand by me – not even myself“ – because if someone stood by the child, bullying would stop!!

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    1. I agree with all of your post except the part about people not noticing someone being suicidal. Close loved ones already blame themselves enough as it is without others judging. Most have probably seen that their kid/loved one are not feeling well but suicidal people can be extremely good at putting up facades. So I do not believe saying "How can you NOT notice that your child is close to SUICIDE???" is a helpful or even accurate statement.

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    2. Rebecca, agree even if the individual is not purposely putting up a show, it can be very difficult to assess the depths of someones despair, it can also very very rapidly progress from one level to another.

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  18. Part two:
    When I heard what was going on with my daughter, I made myself VERY clear to her: My daughter is NOT bullied.END OF. And i f apparently someone didn´t get the memo or didn´t care to read it, well, I WOULD MAKE SURE (S)HE DID. We then discussed and decided TOGETHER what we were going to do about it. She wanted to take action herself first (which I praised) and me only getting involved if that didn´t work. Well, it DID – and ever since, she has not been bullied again. Whenever somone tries, she follows the same steps: she rallies her friends around her and they stick together and stand up to the bully(ies). If that doesn´t work, they take the next step together and inform the teacher, or, in the forums she takes part in now, the administrator. So far, it´s always been enough.

    So let us all support William´s campaign by making sure we „tie up all loose ends“ on the „other“ side as well: By making sure our children know that we love and support them and giving them the self-esteem they need to become strong and proud individuals. It doesn´t matter whether it´s at school, at work, at home or in cyberspace: the best protection against bullying is YOURSELF knowing that you are a wonderful, worthy, human being. Our children learn this from US, through how WE reflect them, what WE tell them and SHOW them about who they are.
    Words and daily behaviour have to be as consistent as possible – if the worst comes to the worst, children believe what we DO much more than what we SAY.
    If our child is bullied, we know we have work to do in the „self-esteem department“ of our child. Don´t beat yourself up, but know you must take IMMEDIATE action!

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    1. It's wonderful that your daughter had such a luck with that. But you mention friends in that senario. I was lucky to have one close friend, many bullied people have no friends. It's not just to "stand up". Sometimes it's about surviving. I had the luck of having a supporting family, not all kids (both the bullied and the bullies) have that. I personally feel sorry about my bullies. When I look back at it, their home lives were way worse than mine. I don't believe it's as black and white as people make it out to be.

      I agree fully with your last paragraph. That is how I survived!

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    2. Julia from Leominster20 November 2017 at 18:04

      Whilst I was personally fortunate in having supportive parents and good self-esteem, I do know cases where there were loving and supportive parents but the child was still distressed and lonely and felt ostracised in school. It is a difficult and complex area to resolve, but a worthy one to make every effort possible. I'n glad William is embracing it. Royals are not exempt - I believe Charles felt teased and bullied when at Gordonstoun. The boundary between 'taking the mickey' out of someone and bullying them can be a shady one.

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  19. Hmm its great to have the duchess filled up with her lost public enagement me myself support prince william raised awarness in cyberbully and i myself i was been bully myself i was against cyberbullying and bullyimg itself its really. depressing makes I myself lost self esteem During the process but with help family and friends. I overcome it

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