Friday, 2 February 2018

Snowballs & Skiing: A Fitting End to William and Kate's Scandinavian Tour!

For their final engagements of the tour, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Holmenkollen's most iconic landmark – the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.


Following four days which saw them undertake an array of engagements across snowy Sweden and Norway, it was a fitting end to the trip.


The photos from today take me back to the early days of their relationship. Some of the first images we saw of William and Kate as a couple came from their skiing holidays. They both adore skiing and took George and Charlotte to the French Alps in 2016.


Kensington Palace said "In the beautiful setting of Holmenkollen, the snowy hills that overlook the city of Oslo. Here, Their Royal Highnesses, accompanied by The Crown Prince and Princess, saw how Norwegians embrace the outdoors in the coldest of temperatures, and champion the importance of exercise and wellbeing."


With panoramic views over the city, the ski jump is truly impressive in its size, and has capacity for more than 70,000 spectators.


William, Kate, Haakon and Mette-Marit posed for photos.



A highlight of the tour has been seeing William and Kate with their royal counterparts.


Victoria, Daniel, Haakon and Mette-Marit were wonderful hosts.


William and Kate met local children.


UK and Norway flags on display.


Simon Perry reports "Kate receives some flowers and chats about how good it is to be outside as Prince William says he will leave the ski jump to the professionals".


The royals walked through the Holmenkollen ski museum and watched a demonstration from some of Norway's top under-18 ski jumpers.


Taking in the magnificent view.


People reports:

'Standing on a balcony 210 feet above the ground, they watched Norwegian ski jumper Anniken Mork race down the track at 56 mph before taking a leap towards the ground 194 feet below and landing gracefully more than 120 yards later near the bottom of the course.
“Good luck. You’ve got this,” Prince William told her as she set off. As she disappeared into the distance in mid-air, Kate clapped and William said: “Wow. That was amazing.”

Afterwards, they met ski jumpers.


No country has won more Winter Olympics medals than Norway, and as excitement builds around the forthcoming Games in South Korea, William and Kate found out more about Norway's sporting achievements.


The Telegraph reports:

'The Duchess was certain that the couple’s children, Prince George, four, and two-year-old Princess Charlotte, would have delighted in the stunning surroundings.
“She said their children would love to be here and that it is a nice place,” said Line Hansen, manager of the kindergarten at Ovresetertjern, near Oslo. “She said that George tried skiing last year but he was just two and a half so was just starting.”
Asked whether they skied themselves, the Duke confirmed they tended to visit the Alps while Duchess admitted they had never tried cross country skiing. They also ski in Scotland, she added, “through the heather".

In a lighthearted moment, Kate threw a snowball at William “It’s too cold for snowballs,” he said, smiling.


A short video of the moment here.


Next, the foursome attended an event organised by the Norwegian Ski Federation.


They met a group of local nursery children taking part in an afternoon ski school session on the slopes.


The Duke and Duchess joined children taking part in a number of outdoors activities, including roasting sausages on an open fire. They baked a simple bread mixture - called pinnebrod - wrapped around a stick and sausages.


Kate helped a little girl who slipped on the snow. As she came to her aid, a second girl took a tumble. Kate exclaimed "Oh no" before checking if she was OK and giving her a thumbs up when she got back on her feet.


A video from Simon Perry.


They also spoke to some of the ski instructors that deliver sessions throughout the year to keep children active and engaged with sport as well as visit the adjoining nursery.


The Mail Online reports: "Posing for a group picture, William complimented Norwegian photographer Krister Sorbo on his long ginger beard. 'Wow, what a beard!' William said. 'Me and your brother,' the photographer flashed back."


And with that, William and Kate's Norway visit came to a close.


The Duchess was suitably attired for the snow in the KJUS Duana two-tone quilted shell down jacket. It's available at Net-A-Porter (with thanks to Giulia). Norwegian founded Lasse Kjus is a former World Cup alpine ski racer. His combined career total of 16 Olympic and World Championship medals ranks second all-time behind fellow Norwegian Kjetil André Aamodt. A nice touch of sartorial diplomacy for the Duchess.


The £650 jacket has a figure-hugging silhouette made from shell that's filled with warm down. The piece has a neck gaiter for extra coverage, a detachable hood and 3D-mesh shoulder inserts to keep your body at a comfortable temperature. The four-way stretch lining provides unrestricted movement on the slopes.

Net-A-Porter

The hue is described as 'spicy orange'.


Kate wore the Barts Jasmin Beanie (with thanks to Sophia). The women's knitted beanie is hand knitted in thick, soft acrylic wool. The £27 hat is on sale at Urban Surfer. It's also available at Cotswold Outdoor, Amazon, Tesco Direct and the Barts website.


The Duchess wore her £120 Sorel Torino boots.

Net-A-Porter

And her John Lewis Suede Faux Fur Trim Thermal Gloves.


Before I sign off, I want to express my gratitude to all of you who visited the blog and commented on the events and fashion throughout the trip. It was a whirlwind four days filled with a mixture of meeting Swedish and Norwegian royals, glittering evening events, engagements focused on causes close to William and Kate's heart, creative industries and the arts in both countries. Thank you so much for following it here on the blog, each of your kind and supportive comments on the coverage were read and greatly appreciated. I expect these two are excited to get back to London to give George and Charlotte a big hug. :)


Which events and looks did you enjoy the most? How did the tour compare to William and Kate's other Brexit trips in your opinion?

101 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden2 February 2018 at 13:37

    Adorable! Perfect way to see the way of life here in the north! I love how the tour begun and ended in bundled up winter activities. Nice bookends to a nice tour! Cannot belive it's already gonna be over!

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    1. Good Point Rebecca! I never thought about how the Tour was book ended in such a way! :)

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  2. William and Kate have made the Norwegian flag with their ski coats! Love it.

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    1. Or the British flag? :)

      - Jessica, US

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    2. Diplomatic dressing at its finest here!

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  3. Why do tours always pass so quickly? 😢 Guess they will be happy to come back home to the kids.

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  4. Those ever green trees with natural snow flake in a dawn or early evening time period look like post card quality. The world needs to be traveled in; nature can be amazing and different from one country to another. I am so glad to have read William’s speech in Norway. UK had been getting its Christmas trees from Norway the last 70 years according to his speech.

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    1. Anon, your expressed it all so well! Agreed! I have Truly Enjoyed The Natural Beauty of The 2 Scandinavian Countries! I never thought about this before, but I suppose these Tours also provide great Travel Publicity for the Host Countries too! I know I'll now go sooner rather than later for sure! :)

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    2. Becca, Norway looks like a snow happy country as if it is also a part of its peoples culture. Natural surroundings creat the people's tradition too, sometimes out of practicality. I hope you will go.

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  5. Yeah i love they wrap up would such nice winter activities

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  6. They are lucky that they have occasion to visit the most famous ski jump.I dream about that :)
    Perfect Norwegian flag -William and Kate looks beautiful together.

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  7. Where is the busy traveling baby? She does not look pregnant at all in this snow outfit, what an illusion for the eyes.

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    1. I know!Including in this morning's coat

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    2. I know! I commented about just that in Charlotte's Post from earlier today! :)

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    3. The weather so cold, I imagine there's a few layers of padding underneath that coat. She looks amazing.

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  8. OOOH I love that beanie that Kate is wearing. And the ski jacket. I hope they get to take George and Charlotte for a quick ski trip this winter...

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    1. That would be so adorable, wouldn't it? I bet Princess Charlotte would be a real little daredevil! I'm not sure it will happen at either end of this year though, with Number 3 to factor in.

      I dream of the day when maybe William and Harry can take their kids on a combined skiing holiday like the royals used to do (without all the terrible intrusion after the photocalls, of course). That would be mega!

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    2. That would be so lovely, Helen! Maybe they could meet up with their new Scandinavian friends too!

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  9. They both look fabulous and I laughed out loud at William's comment about leaving the ski jump for the professionals.

    Border Terrier Lover :-)

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  10. Favorite look of the trip!!! Normally prefer princess-wear, but Kate is actually STUNNING in this! M&M is gorgeous as well!!! Girls rock!!!

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  11. I am Soooo Excited About This Visit To The Ski Jump! Disclaimer, I am a Huge Ski Buff & The Winter Olympics are My Super Bowl!!! We are a big Skiing Family ( I not only taught all my kids to ski, but I did so while pregnant! Seemed when it came time to put one of my kids on skis, I was already pregnant & 2x I was heavily pregnant with my next children.) I have a funny memory of picking one of my sons up off the snow & then dragging him over to the rope tow & thinking "Ok, This Is Nuts!" I came home & blew up at my Hubby saying, "Ok, I said it didn't matter, but You Have To Learn To Ski!!!!!" lol :) He did when the kids were a bit older & we started visiting family in The Alps! It's wonderful, He really enjoys it & is way more aggressive, joining the older kids as they grew up on the Severely Black Diamonds in The Alps or Anywhere we skied over here in The Rockies. I always knew I'd have a limit as to how adventurous I'd be as a skier & that my kids would eventually go where I would not follow. I love hearing about there adventures skiing "off piste". But to me, anytime you need to ski with an Avalanche Detector & shovel? Yeah, that's pretty much a "No Go" for me! lol :) My kids are grown & I like hearing about their adventures, especially if they are with Hubby or My brothers. But when they were in College & Skiing off Piste without Guides, just their buddies? Yeah, I would pretty much put my fingers in my ears & say "lalalalala" lol :) We have an Olympic Channel over here, & Hubby knows when he comes in & I'm watching Skiing, that it's My "Sacred Time" & to not interrupt me! lol :) My kids also love to ruin it for me, during the olympics by calling me to tell me how the skiers did, if they know I hadn't seen it yet! lol :) Now I'll be able to watch it all real time this year so I'm Soooo Excited! Also, we live right by a Ski Jump, where past Olympic Teams have practiced! So Ski Jumping is a sport that I really enjoy!

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    1. We too taught our kids to ski very early, putting the first one one skis before she was three, and while I was pregnant with the second. My husband is a black diamond skier and insisted that they all learn. The kids are grown now, but it started them off on a lifetime of enjoying sports, even all winter long.

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    2. Eelady, oh isn't it fun & such a wonderful bond within the family? It's this wonderful thing to share with them & to pass down to future generations! We always seem to have 3 generations ski trips. Now with my Dad gone & my Mom aging, we go to a wonderful resort we found in Utah that is like a little alpine village. So everyone can easily come back in to meet for lunch with my Mom or any of the females that are too pregnant or with new babies. In fact this year we'll be 4 generations & we'll be teaching our little grandchildren to ski! I too put all mine on skis at 3. You were lucky to have your husband to help pick them up. That's the part that got hard the bigger I got! lol :) I loved teaching them the austrian way first with no poles & then I would ski with them between my legs with them holding onto my pole as I held it horizontally across the front of us. By the time my Brothers were teaching their kids they had & used the holster, so we'll probably do a bit of both this year with the 2 little ones. There's nothing like being all cozy around a fire at night after a day of skiing & playing board games, then up again early in the am. I loved seeing the little kiddos roasting sausages! :) It reminded me about how when we are in the alps we pack sausage & fresh cheese & baguettes in our backpacks & eat it up on the alpine "beaches" on top of the mountains. Too far to come down for lunch! :)

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  12. Oh, almost forgot! I love Kate's ski jacket! I hope she can wear it again on a future ski trip!? Such fun to see them at any sport visit, especially ones that they already enjoy themselves! :)

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  13. Rebecca - Sweden2 February 2018 at 15:32

    With all those little kiddos at the last event they reeeeeeally must be itching to get home and hug their own little ones! I expect 2 very happy kids will great them when coming home! Or they get the same reaction my parents got when I had stayed a week with grandma and grandpa: "Have you missed us?" "No."

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    1. LoL. You were a cheeky youngster, Rebecca. I've got a feeling though that George and Charlotte are doing absolutely fine, and might actually be enjoying themselves if they are with Grandpa and Grandma. How lucky are they to have very involved grandparents in the Middletons?

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  14. I love love love Norway!!! It's an Absolute Winter Wonderland! I love seeing them all at the top of the ski jump, I love seeing them joining the little children, I love Everything About This Event! I'm sure W&K would love to bring George & Charlotte & Baby #3 back for a future Ski Vacation! :) I'm obsessed with Kate's look, it's just like something I would wear. I also really like William's look! :) Now that I think about it, it really would be nice if W&K were to bring their little family back to Scandinavia for some future ski trips, in lieu of going to their regular continental locals! I think it would be fun for them to have more time in 2 countries they seem to really have enjoyed & they could then see the 2 Royal Couples & their Families. :)

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  15. As someone who loves to ski, this is an exciting engagement for me :) I love Kate's ski jacket and I appreciate that it's by a Norwegian brand. I also love how the four of them look so coordinated with Kate and Mette-Marit in red and Haakon and William in blue!

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  16. So adorable! I don't know if you have access to them/can find them but there is an *adorable* video of Kate throwing a snowball at Wills! It's an unguarded moment and totally cute. What a great tour this was!

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  17. What a fun trip and what a great couple! Makes me want to visit Norway. Seriously a beautiful country by the looks of it. Thank you, Charlotte, for your hard work. Enjoyed this tour immensely!

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  18. Loved this tour. Hope that Daniel and Victoria and Haakon and Mette-Marit pay the Cambridge's a visit in the near future, and keep the friendship going.In an ever changing world, it's good to have strong bonds of friendship. One day, William will wear the crown, so it will be good for him, to be part of an exclusive group that know the 'burden' of duty.
    It's been lovely popping in here every day, and seeing the tour updates.
    Thank You Charlotte for all your hard work, upto the minute tour updates.
    Really enjoyed reading all the comments too. We'll be back for more on the 7th !

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  19. Love that gorgeous jacket but a down jacket is not much different from using real fur.

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    1. She also wears leather, wool, and eats meat. So what? She isn't claiming to be a vegan superhero.

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    2. I wasn't thinking of her claims. :) I don't know if people who object to part of a fox being on a hat (which of course it wasn't but quite a few people were upset over that possibility a few days ago) realize that geese don't just shed their down naturally. It's something to think about. (I don't wear leather or wool or eat meat, though.) Not a superhero but just not wanting to inflict unnecessary pain.

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    3. Well I eat meat, love my leather shoes and bags, and can't live without my down comforter in the winter. Just like majority in the world. So I see nothing wrong with it.

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  20. Looks like they are having soooo much fun. Norway is really beautiful. Thanks, Charlotte.

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  21. Perfect! What a fun way to end the trip (and that ski jump is seriously impressive)! Thank you for all the hard work keeping us informed on goings-on 💕 I really enjoy the blog.

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  22. Wow! This tour was great in my opinion. It was filled with great fashion, beautiful scenery and now I need to plan a trip to Sweden and Norway. They're both such beautiful countries! Also, kudos to Catherine for number one going on tour while 6/7 months pregnant and number 2 managing to look fabulous every day! She took fashion risks this time and I think it turned out great for the most part. [(I won't mention the gold Erdem dress. ;) ]

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  23. Thank you Charlotte, for your superior coverage of the tour! The best part for me was seeing what wonderful hosts the Swedish and Norwegian royals were.

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    1. I agree with your comments. I also admire how natural their hosts are, perhaps with less intense/critical media coverage than William and Kate endure. I’d love to see Kate promote more high street fashion for her regular engagements and save the designer frocks for evening events.

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  24. Love this engagement! She looks so cute! All her more casual looks have been knockouts for me this tour. Love this jacket, and also loved the Swedish hockey outfit. I grew up in the Canadian Rockies and spend a lotof time on the ski hill. Love the pics of the snowy landscape against the blue sky :)

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  25. It does not look like William had on ski or snow pants. Brrr even if he had on long underwear underneath his cords or khakis. Can anyone else tell?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 February 2018 at 20:41

      I saw that as well! Brrrrr!

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    2. I believe William was wearing jeans with his ski jacket. If he had actually intended to ski, I'm sure he would have worn ski pants. He probably wanted to be in jeans for the flight back home too, so it was practical to go that route.

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  26. Intrigued By Royals2 February 2018 at 20:25

    What a successful tour! Charlotte, you have been amazing with this in your usual well researched and prompt style! Kuddo's to you! On the style front I think Kate did an outstanding job, except that mustard colored gown the first night. That is the only thing Kate has ever worn that I gasped in horror when I first saw it. There have been others that wouldn't have been my choice, but this one just struck me all wrong. And it was just the color. I didn't mind the high neckline or the ruffles. I so wish she had chosen the one with the black background. And I am one that complains when she wears too much black. But, after last night all is "forgiven." That dress was so princessy and breathtaking and my favorite color on top of all that. I gasped in delight and approval. Her coats were all top notch. The dresses underneath were all fine. None of them were spectacular, but they were all good day looks. I would have to see her wearing the last one, but I don't think it would particularly wow me. What amazed me as a short endo-mesomorph body type was that from the front it did not even hit me that Kate was 6 months pregnant sometimes. The side views always gave it away. How nice to have a tall, slender and in shape body and to be able to look like that at 6 months pregnant. Good job, Kate and her team! (P.S. I thought Kate's hair looked especially nice at the ski jump with her cute, white hat and curls laying nicely beneath!

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    1. Entirely agree with these comments, though not a fan of any of the evening looks. Kate looks fantastic in this jacket--there's no "side on" photos but from the front you would never know she was pregnant. Well done. The daywear has been great throughout the tour, I think, both casual and more formal. Shame about the gowns....
      And the blog has been toatally amazing. it was so exciting to look out for what was happening each day--even managed a quick glimpse through the mania of my working day. So sad it's all over--and probably nothing similar until autumn at soonest. Thanks, Charlotte. What a fantastic job you do

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  27. Thank you, Charlotte, for another fabulous tour blog. Your Kate and Meghan pages are my "go to" sources for all things Kate and Meghan. You do an incredible job with these sites! Thank you so much.

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  28. Emmaline in the US2 February 2018 at 20:56

    This really has been a fun mini-tour to follow with great variety in engagements and sartorial choices. Charlotte, thanks for your wonderful work in sharing such detailed information and pictures! (PS: The view from the top of the ski jump is breathtaking, even though my knees would probably shake in real life.)

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  29. Thank you Charlotte. Fantastic posts, so fast and lots of interesting extras. I really appreciate all your hard work!!

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  30. Thanks Charlotte for the coverage. I always come here to see what Kate has been up to. Greatly appreciate all your hard work that you do for us and our enjoyment.

    I personally have really enjoyed this tour. Its a bit different and Ive seen some new places that I would love to visit myself.

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  31. Amy, North Carolina2 February 2018 at 21:57

    Wonderful post, as always! My favorite activity is the one from today with the children’s ski school. The Duchess and Duke both look quite relaxed, happy and in their element. My favorite gown is definitely the pink one from last night but I liked the blue velvet Erdem gown, as well. I think it added some depth to the DoC that we do not often see. I love her blue coat! That has to be the outfit of the trip for me! The daytime dresses were reasonable in their function but my favorite was the white one under the blue coat. The texture and sewing were beautiful. If anyone knows where to get a similar dress, please let me know. I am amazed at the DoC’s English Rose skin - I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of her with any break outs, even during pregnancy. Her hair has been styled lovely throughout the tour. Thank you, Charlotte, for your hard work! May I suggest a poll of favorite day dress, coat and gown for this tour?

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  32. I have loved just about every look on this tour. I think its been great. I am even in the minority and think both Erdem dresses were great. But the only think that bothers me about the fashion is, what is with the necklines? Every single look was a high rounded neckline or mock neck or ruffle stand. There wasn't a single V-neck or other type. Ever since the low V neck and back of the dress at the Spanish State visit, it felt like she was trying to be more contemporary. But jeez my grandma wears lower necklines.

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    1. LOL, Rachel, I was thinking the same thing! I thought Kate was taking us back to the Victorian era with the high necklines! Would like to see a bit of variation sometimes...ever since the Marchesa, it’s like she’s gone shy. I liked both Erdems, too. At least they were different from her normal choices & not lace!

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  33. Think it was terrific to see William and Kate spend so much time with their royal peers. Your coverage was fantastic - detailed, great video and photos. I kept checking back throughout the day and always enjoyed reading the updates. Thank you!

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  34. Charlotte, your tour blog was wonderful, yet again! Reading this blog has brought such bright moments each day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  35. I agree, Anonymous; “GO TO CHARLOTTE”. Thanks again, Charlotte. Excellent coverage.

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  36. I loved the tour and your blog is done so perfectly! I loved seeing so many engagements and the other royal families! The clothes are always so much fun and Catherine goes to such great detail to make it all perfect and her job was even harder this time being 6 months pregnant. It does appear this baby is carrying larger than the others which has to make dressing that much harder. She's stunning and lovely and this was a fantastic tour! I will admit, I do miss seeing the kids on the tour!

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  37. Thank you so much for the amazing tour blog!
    What happens to Kate’s clothes once she has worn them? We have seen quite a few repeats over the years, but many things only once.
    Are the clothes catalogued, packed away? Donated?
    Just curious, as one reader said Kate must have hundreds of coats, dresses, etc.
    Thank you again for your hard work!

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  38. Thank you for another amazing blog!
    Just curious...what happens to Kate’s clothes once she has worn them? We have seen many repeats over the years, but also lots of no repeats.
    Do you suppose once they are cleaned, then the items are packed away never to be seen again? Donated?
    She must have hundreds of coats, day dresses, etc...
    Must be huge storage closets?

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    1. I think she has enough coats for the rest of her life!

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    2. Keep in mind that Kate only has 1-2 public engagements per week and sometimes we don’t see her for weeks at a time.
      She does wear clothes even when we don’t see her, not only casual things at home, but also for visiting friends and family, going to church, etc. We sometimes get photos from her private time and she wears clothes we’ve seen on official engagements.

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  39. This was my favourite engagement of the whole tour! I loved Kate's beanie & snow jacket. That ski jump is amazing! Haakon & MM seem like such a warm couple. Sweden & Norway are so beautiful & the people are down to earth & welcoming. I've really enjoyed this tour & thank you for your consistently thorough coverage, Charlotte. You, Willliam and Kate deserve a good rest now! :)

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    1. There's a "replikate" of the Kate's beanie available on Etsy and eBay for about half the price. Google "white pompom replikate" and it should show up via Google Shopping :)

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  40. This is the most beautiful kate has looked all week! She is in her element when outdoors. How I wish we could get a gander of her skiing in Scotland. Thank you Charlotte for the terrific coverage. Total joy to read you blog! 😊 NJ kathy

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    1. So that quote threw me, did she actually mean they ski in Scotland in the snow over the Heather, would that not be basically cross country skiing? Or was she just being funny? Sorry not being snarky, but does Scotland have mountains with downhill skiing? Clearly I am not from the UK. I am from the part of the US with the Cascade Mountains with big mountains and big skiing. Would love anyone to fill me in, sorry for my poor geography. I thought she meant at the BRF estate in Scotland they went out and did a bit of skiing when there was some snow, which to me would mean basically cross-country skiing:).

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    2. They do ski in Scotland. Here's a webpage with photos of some of the ski centres: https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/active/skiing-snowsports/ Of course the snow pack is not as deep as it is on the Rockies or Cascades, but people enjoy it.

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    3. Yes - if you dowhill ski off-piste you can find yourself skiing through the heather. She didn't mean cross country

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    4. Yes, there is skiing in Scotland.
      https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/active/skiing-snowsports/

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    5. Charles and Camilla’s Christmas card in 2010 was taken during their stay at Birkhall on the Queen’s Balmoral Estate in Scotland
      http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/12/18/00/0C5F394F000005DC-3365107-image-m-35_1450400227246.jpg

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  41. Thank you very much for the excellent coverage. Greatly appreciated from the Summery Southern Hemisphere.

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  42. Great end to a great tour! Charlotte, You rock! Thank you for your superb coverage of both Catherine and Meghan. Your impartial coverage is commendable!

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  43. Charlotte, your dedication is unparalleled. I check your blog every day for news and info! Thank you for being so thorough. We all appreciate it!

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  44. Thanks Charlotte. This tour was particularly interesting, perhaps because the Crown princes and princesses spent so much of the tour in the company of William and Kate. I imagine forging relationships with those that are going to understand each other's unique positions is very important. The King of Norway pointed out that they are in fact family. He is a second cousin of Queen Elizabeth. Both the kings of Norway and Sweden are apparently close to Queen Elizabeth; it must be comforting on a professional and personal level to have friendships with those who can truly understand the challenges of being a monarch. The connection between William and Victoria was obvious. Victoria, being a little older, and one step closer to the Crown, will possibly be able to provide William with valuable insight in years to come. Both Daniel and Mette- Marit appear to be very grounded and personable - just like kate. It will be interesting to watch the relationships develop over the years. I think Crown Princess Mary of Denmark would be another source of support.

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  45. What a fun end to a brilliant tour! Kate looks so gorgeous today. Her outfit choices don't even make her look pregnant. Cheers to her for going on this and bringing her A game despite being heavily pregnant - I imagine it's terribly exhausting.

    Lastly, thank you Charlotte for your unparalleled coverage. Now you too can get some rest.

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  46. What a fabulous tour and great post Charlotte. Thanks for all your hard work. I am half Norwegian and go to my fathers country a lot and I love the people and the royal family. So glad to see them featured. I think Kate looks so cute and stylish in the toque and red and white jacket and she and William look very in love! Do you still do the royal families of Europe blog Charlotte?

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  47. Thank you so much for this amazing blog, I love checking here and seeing if there's Snyder we this tour has been so much fun and I'm looking forward to seeing how the friendships that have been started here develop. Thank you to everyone here for sharing your thoughts and opinions that's half the fun of this blog is having you lovely people to share it with.

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  48. I'm joining all the others: Charlotte, thank you for your excellent work!

    I thought today was the best day of the tour. I tried to think about why. And I have decided that although the Swedish Royals and Victoria and Daniel may be lovely, the activities that were jointly undertaken in Sweden were more familiar; a walk about, visiting a program, formal photos of receptions and dinners. Some of that happened in Norway, but the young cohort Royals joined in today's activities. And we were able to see children, teasing, snowballs, etc. Crown Prince H even held hands with CP MM. Great spirit.

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  49. Fantastic pictures- just got home to Australia in late January after 3 wonderful weeks in Norway- would have adjusted my travel dates had I known about this visit. You have done an amazing job bringing us these updates and commentary. Thankyou

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  50. Charlotte your blogs are excellent. Thank you for creating such a positive forum for royal watchers. I would also like to thank the regular posters for their contributions. I am always looking out for Julia (my age), Rebecca (so positive), Surfer Girl (tongue in cheek), Mr D (another perspective) and many more. Social media often lead to cruel, subversive and plain nasty comments but these blogs highlights how a positive community can be created. Thank you all.

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  51. Charlotte - thank you so very much for such objective and comprehensive coverage of this tour! You are amazing...hope you can have a restful weekend to recoup!

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  52. Lynn in SC - anti flowered dresses3 February 2018 at 05:19

    Finally! An outfit I think is perfect in every way - one I might even be able to wear.

    Thanks Charlotte for the wonderful week even though my retinas are still somewhat in shock. ;-(

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  53. Zora from Prague3 February 2018 at 12:58

    I'm sure W+K were happy to close the tour with this fun engagement - outdoors, in the fresh air and beautiful nature. They both look great and I love Kate's jacket and beanie! I think the whole tour was wonderful - a mixture of great engagements. The fact that they were hosted by co-royals and distant relatives added a special quality to the tour for me (compared to the tour of Poland and Germany which I also enjoyed enormously). Thank you so much for the fantastic coverage, Charlotte! I checked DKB several times a day and was looking forward to every single new post. 🌹

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  54. Thank you, Charlotte for such wonderful coverage of the last few days. What a fun and energetic tour. While not everyone may have loved all of her fashion choices, I commend the duchess for getting out of her comfort zone and maintaining her love of floral and flounces and femininity. In a world that pushes us toward androngeny, I love her femininity, even if I don’t always love the cut or color choice.

    And kudos to the duchess! Being seven months pregnant can really make you feel slow and tired some days, but she just glowed the entire tour. Warmth and kindness and enthusiasm and fellowship seemed to overflow from her, and that is always beautiful. She is a wonderful representative of her country, and I hope that can be appreciated beyond any fashion disagreements. I hope they get to warm up, rest a little, and enjoy some family time together.

    T in TX

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  55. I really enjoyed all the interior views, especially at the dinner in Norway. I know nothing about royalty in Scandinavia and it was fun to learn something about them and their history. Thanks!!

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  56. Charlotte,
    You don't need to publish this comment. I just wanted to let you know that this coming week is Children's Mental Health Week and the theme is "Being Ourselves". (Of course, you may already know this.) I don't know if Kate will write a letter or do a small video presentation as she has done in the past, but I would expect some kind of statement (since this topic is very important to her).

    Thanks for all of your hard work on the tour! I rarely comment, but I appreciate all you do.

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  57. -What the Norway tour had done for me is rekindle a past time thriller, watching The Winter Olympics cross country skiing and figure skating on TV years ago.
    “His combined career total of 16 Olympic and World Championship medals ranks second all-time behind fellow Norwegian Kjetil André Aamodt”. HRHDK / Charlottes’ post. I look forward to get back watching The Winter Olympics, and look forward to see Norwegian competitors.
    -Another is, the Norway speech is one of three given by William in less than a month which I have liked. (UK, Sweden, Norway). The one in UK, I listened, and he delivered it very well. The latter two, I read. I will be looking forward to his speeches. His distinctly settled bolding image is agreeing him as he also takes up more work responsibility and fatherhood.
    -Kate is most memorable in this trip in her white Alexander McQueen Gown with a cape, and another white day dress by the same name, in that order.
    -The Norway royal family’s coffee table got me curious and I ended up skimming on some history of Scandinavian countries and their connection to UK. You can't underestimate the power of somewhat different furnishing. My search was for Norwegian traditional furniture. It seems the medieval vintage Scandinavian coffee tables used to be large. One of them was almost a twin bed size.
    -The view in Norway in its natural element / big time snow and the evergreen trees are memorable. Norwegian royals seem like a gentle clan of family members. I believe they are distant relatives with their BRF counterparts
    Charlotte, when it comes to tours, I can’t think of visiting any other site. It is always nice to know you are there with informative and well updated posts which you also make enjoyable and interactive. I wish you and Mr. Charlotte all the best and a long future with both blogs.

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  58. Thank you so much Charlotte for your superb coverage of the tour. I have enjoyed reading all your blogs.
    I must admit I enjoyed the Norwegian visit far more than the Swedish one probably because of the lovely interaction they had with all the Norwegian Royals who were there. On the first day they were like one big happy family King Harold & Queen Sonja were so welcoming as were PH and MM and seeing them together at the events on that first day it was hard to believe that they had never met before and the interaction was the same between them as four young people all interacting with one another at the second day events. Through out the Norwegian tour Kate seemed to be totally relaxed and certainly enjoyed talking to the large crowd who were there to see them and she showed remarkable stamina on the final event. I was glad she attended the MESH event she clearly enjoyed it I believe when they first arrived in Sweden the press were briefed that she would not attend Mesh to give her a rest before the Dinner but apparently she changed her mind after the walk round the statue park.
    I am intrigued as to how King Harold referred to Kate in his speech at the dinner and on the card on her gift from the Royal family it was labelled Kate
    I thought the Swedish tour was not so relaxed the welcoming was a little more formal and I did not feel the young royals interacted with one another on an informal basis. At the events I felt CP Victoria stuck to W like a limpet to the exclusion of Kate she acknowledged her presence on occasions but W was clearly the important one I would have thought that when they met the young children she would have asked Kate to bend down and speak to the youngsters but no it was W who was invited while K was left standing with no interaction. Prince Daniel seemed a pleasant quiet man but had little presence I felt sorry for Kate though she remained her smiling self through out.
    I am still somewhat bemused at the type of attire that was worn by so many of the women at the Black Tie dinner where Kate wore that dreadful Erdem dress and I didn't think much of Victoria's somewhat suggestive dress either at the other function although I do not like erdem I thought that Kate looked nice in it and in the full length photo of the four of them I felt Kate looked classy compared to the once again slightly suggestive attire of Victoria the red blouse was nice but the tight skirt with high slit up one leg & booties were certainly not my taste.
    Fashion wise I felt Kate nailed it on the day wear selecting the right attire to cover the variety of day events the final evening dress saved the evening wear though only the first dress was a disaster I did see on the web that the blue erdem has sold out and her casual wear was excellent she also managed to wrap up warmly for the outside events and I think coped rather better than William who at times looked as if he was frozen .
    Overall I was a little disappointed but it is good that the young royals have met each other I much preferred the young Norwegian royals but I expect there will be more contact with the Swedish ones Norway does seem to be a little out of things.
    I think Kate has done remarkably well on an exhaustive tour especially as she undertook engagements the week before.
    I look forward to her engagement on Wednesday.


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    1. The answer is Sweden is part of the EU and the Brexit has been tough...
      Norway doesn't belong to the EU, it's independent...

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    2. Totally agree. Everyone takes about how great Kate and Vicoria were going to be, but I felt like Victoria was far more interested in William and just polite to Kate.

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    3. Victoria is the Crown Princess, so her rol is more important...
      She was speaking with William...

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  59. What spectacular views! William and Kate look wonderful, and the pictures of them with Mette-Marit and Haakon are terrific. What a fitting end to their trip. This is my favorite of the Brexit tours by far. The Norwegian Royal Family were so warm and inviting. And, the videos we saw highlighted Kate's charm and lovely demeanor. Her beauty comes from within. What an asset William and Kate are to the BRF, plus with Harry and Meghan, the four are the shining future.

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  60. I wanted to chime in and say how much I enjoyed this Scandinavian tour. For some reason I enjoyed it much more than Poland and Germany (except the bits with the kiddos). I think it's the connection with the other royals. I think they forged the beginning of strong ties with their counterparts. I have not seen such welcome and collaborative engagements with other royal visits.

    Kate and William are brilliant ambassadors of the UK and the Commonwealth. They really do us proud. Fashion wise, while I wasn't a fan of Erdem, I thought Kate nailed it with the other outfit choices. I hope she now has her feet up and has some fun time catching up with the kids at home. She deserves it!

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  61. There are so many highlights for me from this tour. I really enjoyed it. Norway went straight to the top 3 on my bucket list of places to see. I also love how Will and Kate, after 15 years together now, still genuinely seem to enjoy each other's company and have fun together. I hope their family will soon enjoy regular ski trips just like the past generations did.

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  62. This may be my favorite event of The Tour! I love to remember Will & Kate in College & when they were first officially spotted during that ski trip. Am I right that she was wearing a red ski jacket then? I just love having those looks back & how it gives such perspective to how far they've come, especially Our Royal Kate, The Mum of soon to be 3 kiddos!:) Just warms me inside! :) Thanks Charlotte for your Amazing Coverage! This has Definitely been My Favorite Tour Yet! :) Me thinks there may be some future family ski trips back to Scandinavia in the future & visits with their new Royal Friends! :) xo

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  63. Kate releases a video PSA for Children's Mental Health Week (February 5-11).
    See the link here:
    http://people.com/royals/kate-middleton-psa-childrens-mental-health-week/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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    1. Virginia, excellent spot! You were correct in your earlier prediction :)

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    2. I just watched the video--I thought it was very well done and as always, I wish we had something as visible as this here in the U.S. Especially after the past month with school shootings and suicide in our own town.

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    3. I completely agree. I too wish we had a Children's Mental Health Week here in the US. As a professional counselor/therapist, increasing mental health literacy and awareness is so important to me. That being said, I would be remiss not to mention that here in the US September is Suicide Prevention Month as well as Substance Use Recovery Month, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we join with our global neighborhood for World Mental Health Day in October. I just wish these topics could have appropriate focus all year, every year.

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  64. I just love the first picture of Kate with her white hat and red and white jacket. Gorgeous happy photo of her.
    Great posts and and fun tour to watch. Thanks...

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