Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Countess Kate Brings Back Tartan McQueen for Dundee Visit

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn visited Dundee, Scotland today to officially open the V&A Dundee and to meet with employees and their families from the Dundee Michelin factory, to hear first-hand how the factory’s planned closure is affecting them.


In March 2017, Kate became the first Royal Patron of the Victoria & Albert Museum. It seemed entirely fitting for her to attend today's opening. Kensington Palace said: "The visit builds on Her Royal Highness’s keen interest in promoting the visual arts, and highlighting the value that public institutions like V&A Dundee can offer local communities, particularly in terms of increased accessibility to world-class art and design."


Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee told the Evening Telegraph: "We are honoured to be welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to officially open V&A Dundee. This official opening marks the beginning of a very exciting year for V&A Dundee, with upcoming exhibitions on videogames, robots and the future of design. Through an eclectic programme, we aim to inspire people and provoke discussion about the role of design in everyone’s lives."


Readers might recall William and Kate visited Dundee in 2015 for a day of engagements. The coastal city is a short drive from St Andrews University, where the couple met, and the night before their first official visit they stayed there. It was a fantastic opportunity to reminisce and revisit the place they called home during the first years of their relationship.


The establishment of Scotland’s first design museum, V&A Dundee, was made possible because of the unique collaboration between V&A, the University of Dundee, Abertay University, Dundee City Council, the UK and Scottish governments, the National Lottery and Scottish Enterprise. The museum, which is at the heart of a £1 billion waterfront regeneration plan, is already bringing significant economic and social benefits to the local area, helping to reshape the city’s future as a hub for the creative industries.


Following a global search, renowned Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, were chosen to design V&A. Considered by many as the quintessential Japanese architect of today, Kuma is also designing the stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


Kuma’s vision for V&A Dundee is that it would be "a welcoming space for everyone to visit, enjoy and socialise in - a 'living room for the city' - and a way of reconnecting the city to its historic River Tay waterfront. Curving concrete walls (there are no straight external walls) hold 2,500 pre-cast rough stone panels, weighing up to 3000 kg each and spanning up to 4m wide, to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face. There are 21 separate wall sections."


It really is a breathtaking piece of architecture. Below, a video on the building process.


William and Kate met architect Kengo Kuma today.


Earlier this month, the museum was named the world's best public building. The Scotsman reports:

'Dundee's V&A museum has been named the world's best new public building - ahead of flagship cultural projects in Qatar, Beijing and Taiwan, as well as a visitor centre at Apple's California headquarters. The £80 million project on Dundee's waterfront was recognised by international architecture and design bible Wallpaper along with Milan, which was crowned the world's best city, a hotel perched on the edge of cliff in South Korea and a restaurant in Copenhagen.
The verdict from Wallpaper* on V&A Dundee, which is the centrepiece of a £1 billion waterfront regeneration project, described it as resembling "a moored ship." It stated: "The highly sculptural V&A Dundee is Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s first UK building – and Scotland’s first dedicated design museum. "The ragged cliffs of north eastern Scotland inspired the composition’s distinct shape, clad in some 2,500 sheets of layered horizontal cast stone panelling. "Yet the concrete structure appears light, bearing an abstracted resemblance to the prow of a moored ship. Kuma wanted this building to welcome visitors with a strong design gesture.'

Countess Kate was immediately impressed and told guests she had "never seen a museum like this".


The couple met representatives from the Young Peoples Collective, who design programmes, and lead activities and tours of the Museum.


V&A Dundee has welcomed over 380,000 visitors since opening its doors in September.


In her role as patron, the Countess delivered a speech and said she has been "captivated by the breath-taking architecture, and the sheer range of design on display." She added: "But most of all I’ve been moved by the passion of the people who work here, and the dedication of all those who have helped make this important project to succeed." The video below includes the full speech.


Kate's full speech:

'William and I are so pleased to be back here in Dundee to celebrate the opening of this wonderful museum today.  Thank you so much for inviting us. Last February, I was delighted to become Patron of The V&Ain London. Now, nearly a year later, I’m thrilled to be standing in a brand new V&A: one which has been built for the city of Dundee and for Scotland, and which is already picking up international awards.  In its first four months alone, it welcomed over three-hundred and sixty-thousand visitors – a truly remarkable feat.
Walking around this world-class space, it’s easy to see how Scotland’s first dedicated design museum is already inspiring the next generation, by providing a new learning space for discovery. I have been captivated by the breath-taking architecture, and the sheer range of design on display. But most of all I’ve been moved by the passion of the people who work here, and the dedication of all those who have helped make this important project to succeed.
I believe we should celebrate all our leading galleries, museums, and cultural centres playing a greater role in communities, not just in London, but up and down the countrytoo. The cultural riches of the UK belong to all people of the UK. This is what V&A Dundee has achieved.  The partners involved in this project from the local area, Scotland, and the UK more broadly all deserve enormous credit for the way you have collaborated to make this happen.
I hope that this Museum will serve as an inspiration to others, by showing how great things can be achieved when different communities all pull together. With this thought in mind, I am pleased to declare V&A Dundee ‘officially’ open. I wish you all every success for the future.'

Then it was time to meet and greet locals on the waterfront.


You can see Kate's private secretary Catherine Quinn behind her as she greets the crowds.


People reports: "Photographer Mark Stewart, who was among those capturing the visit, says that Kate told a woman that “Louis is a fast crawler.” Kate also had 5-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte on her mind. Stewart adds, “She told another woman that she hopes to bring her children here."


How adorable is this?


William and Kate with a group of children. Take a look at the paper crowns on display :)


One little girl stroked Kate's hair much to her amusement.


A video of the moment.


A great shot of Kate laughing with William during the walkabout.


Afterwards, the Earl and Countess met with employees and their families from the Dundee Michelin factory, and heard about the impact the factory's closure is having on the area.


The 2020 closure of the factory has dealt a devastating blow to Dundee. 850 employees are set to lose their jobs. I think it's incredibly important for members of the royal family to carry out visits like this and highlight economic and employment struggles in areas across the UK. When I saw the full itinerary for the day, I was delighted this was included.


Lizzie Robinson reports William said: "The factory has been a huge part of Dundee’s very fabric. It has been a key employer for generations, and has helped sustain the local economy for nearly 50 years. For everyone affected, the hope is that all of you sat in this room can find a positive way forward."


The Courier reports:

'Ms Marra, a North-East MSP, said: “We need a much wider economic plan for Dundee where, I hesitate to say this presiding officer, but work is fast becoming a privilege rather than an expectation. We need a proper economic strategy, one particularly for Dundee. We have terrible employment figures. We have one of the lowest male employment rates in Scotland and the highest proportion of males in part-time work.”
Shona Robison, the Dundee East MSP, said the city’s SNP council is “working extremely hard to avoid compulsory redundancies”. The former minister called on the Scottish Government to deliver strategic investment in Dundee in renewable energy and oil and gas decommissioning. The SNP MSP added: “Dundee is a city transforming itself, building on its own already strong performance in life sciences, gaming and now as a cultural centre with the V&A. “A strong manufacturing base is equally as important for the city.
“The port has huge importance in that vision and of course this alongside the redevelopment and repurposing of the Michelin site can ensure that Dundee not only retains a strong manufacturing base but indeed expands and diversifies that base.'

They joined a meeting of the Michelin Action Group that is working to repurpose the site and ensure new employment opportunities for the local area.


Chris Ship reports the visit marks a new royal approach for the couple:

'Kensington Palace wants to do this sort of visit more often, particularly as William and Kate, along with Harry and Meghan, have campaigned for better understanding of the variety of causes of mental health problems. There is much to commend Dundee to visitors but whatever steps forward this city took with the opening of V&A Dundee and the regeneration of its waterfront, the prospect of losing so many good jobs will set this place back.
That two senior royals should want to hear about tough times facing a group of workers - as well as celebrate British success - is a welcome step. Lessons from history show us that the better the Royals connect with all citizens, in all walks of life, facing good times and bad - the better they will understand the people of the UK, on whose support the institution of Monarchy ultimately relies.'

Kate brought back her much loved Alexander McQueen Black Watch Tartan coatdress. The choice of tartan is a very nice touch and the perfect sartorial nod to Scotland.


The popular garment has been in Kate's closet since 2012. She first wore it for a visit to her old prep school, St Andrews, shortly before it was announced she was expecting George. The Duchess sported it again on Christmas Day 2013.


The coat dress incorporates many elements from the Alexander McQueen Black Watch Coat. The McQ Fall/Winter 2012 piece is available via special order at Net-A-Porter for $7200. Cut from swatches of Black Watch Plaid, the mohair-blend coat "marries the romantic and theatrical influences of the collection."


Kate wore her favourite Tod's suede block heel pumps.


Kate's gorgeous new green bag is the Manu Atelier Green Micro Bold Leather Shoulder Bag (with thanks to UFO No More). The green leather/suede combination is currently sold out, however the bag is available in green leather on the Manu Atelier website for $565.


The bag is described as:

'This green Manu Atelier Micro Bold leather shoulder bag has been handcrafted with vegetable tanned leather, features a suede body, textured lining and interior zipped pocket. This one will be handy for our work trip in business class, as Winston Churchill once said, "Keep calm and carry on." More tranquilising than Valium, this green Manu Atelier Micro Bold leather shoulder bag will send us to our happy place.'

Manu Atelier was founded by sisters Beste and Merve Manastir in 2014. Inspired by their father's work as one of the oldest handcraftsman and leather goods manufacturers in Turkey, the pair were determined to a create a brand which stays loyal to classic designs.


Kate accessorised with a green scarf. Tweeter Heaven Hale suggests it may be a piece Kate's had since 2006. Click here to see the photo. It is believed the scarf is an older Pickett London style.


Kate wore her Cornelia James Imogen gloves in black.


And the look was completed with Diana's sapphire and diamond earrings.


If you're just joining us, we've started the 'Best of 2018' polls. To vote for Kate's Best Day Dress please click here (you can choose more than one). There's nothing announced for Kate's calendar at present, I expect we'll see an engagement next week to mark Children's Mental Health Week. Given the recent increase in embargoed events, it's quite possible we'll see her before that.

201 comments:

  1. Wonderful! I love this outfit. They both look great!

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  2. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2019 at 13:03

    I love away days. This day is quintessential royal work with visiting the people and buissinesses and a walkabout! The bread and butter of royal life!

    Whoah, kind of surreal to see Kate in this coat again! Brings back so many memories. Wasn't this the last look she wore before being admitted to hospital when expecting George? It's a very pretty coat so nice to see it again!

    Looking forward to see more from today.

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    1. I was thinking of that--she played hockey in stiletto heels.
      They always look so happy together

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    2. Rhonda - Wisconsin29 January 2019 at 15:49

      Rebecca - you have a great memory and I believe you are correct! I love this coat and she looks amazing as always!

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    3. Anglophile (in Ohio)29 January 2019 at 15:59

      I think her outfit for her last official engagement before going on maternity leave with George was the dalmatian coat.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2019 at 17:21

      Oh, yes, that's true Anglophile. I was talking about when she had to be admitted early on with her HG. Maybe that wasn't clear!

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    5. I remember that .I love the coat and most of her clothes from that era.

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  3. This is my favourite coatdress of Kate’s 🙌🏻 William’s looking sharp, too 👌🏻

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  4. I’m excited to see this McQueen piece again, it’s my favorite tartan pattern. And I also love her handbag. Looking forward to your later post, Charlotte! ☺️

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  5. Hmm i. Love the duchess of cambridges On her repeated day will looking forward to more update .

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  6. I've always heard that Scots take umbrage at people wearing tartans of clans to which the wearer doesn't belong. What are the guidelines for royals wearing various tartans?

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    1. Since all the members of the Royal Family also hold Scottish tiles and have their own tartan clan I'm not sure its given much of a second thought. That specific pattern is the Black Watch Tartan, which also encompasses St Andrew.

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    2. Virginia, this tartan was associated many centuries ago with the Grant Clan. The Black Watch then became a military or regimental tartan, worn by the six watches that patrolled the highlands. Today it is worn by several regiments to include the Black Watch and The Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2019 at 14:51

      The only Scottish person I know thinks it's kind of cringey. Not wrong, but a bit like appropriating their culture. Especially since the connection between the royal family and Scotland really didn't have a great start.

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    4. I was wondering if Scottish people who currently live in Scotland would find it a bit too cutesy, but maybe most do not really care and figure it is good to show off traditional Scottish goods.

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    5. I remember researching tartans once and learning that if you don't have a tartan of your own, there are several tartans available to be used by anyone, and Black Watch is one of those. I love this tartan, so this was good news to me!

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2019 at 20:35

      Ali: Possible. But the one I heard made the point that the royals of the past banned the scots from wearing kilts to show their clans and their country. And considering the royals are not really Scottish, them wearing tartan to Scotland all the time kind of feels a bit weird since royals were the ones who prohibited the Scots themselves from doing it.

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    7. But then you can also argue, Rebecca, that the fact that the royals now wear tartan, is their way of signalling that tartan is no longer seen as “dangerous” but rather an important part of Scotish culture.
      I am of course only speculation. Hopefully more of our Scottish readers will weigh in.

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    8. As a first generation Scot-American I think Catherine's choice of the Black Watch tartan is very appropriate.

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    9. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2019 at 22:03

      Fair point. I personally have no thoughts either way, just wanted to share what I had seen.

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    10. William's great grandmother, the QM, was a proud native-born Scot. Not to mention James VI of Scotland, James I of England in the Stuart lineage.. I think there are those who advocate for complete independence from the UK or are bitter about Brexit might object. I think most of the residents William and Catherine met.With today would take her attire as respectfully meant. I think the phrase "Cultural appropriation" is a buzzword, sometimes mis-applied.

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    11. Annette New Zealand29 January 2019 at 22:08

      It was the Hanovarian branch of the Royal family who replaced the Scottish Stuarts and caused the blacklisting of clans and Scots wearing tartans etc. The Prince Regent later reversed this policy and Queen Victoria and Albert actively promoted Scotland by building Balmoral and spending so much time there. Also remember the Duke of Cambridge is descended from both the Stuart monarchs Charles 11 and his brother the deposed King James through his mother. (Admittedly from illegitimate offspring.) So it could be claimed that the Stuarts finally have rejoined the mainline of the royal family. As someone of Scots descent I think it is a happy outcome.

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    12. Thank you Rebecca and everyone who chimed in with information. I happen to love tartan and had a black watch skirt, simple A line, and a scarf several years ago, currently I have a pair of flannel pjs in the black watch pattern:):)

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    13. Annette is right William is a descendant of the Stuart clan which then reminded me of the red plaid Catherine wore at Christmas that looked like Bonnie Prince Charlie's tartan. One thing about the DoC is that she's a very thoughtful person which is why she probably chose the BW tartan because it along with the Isle of Skye tartan is one that can be worn by a non-Scot. Also as someone mentioned above it's associated with St. Andrews which I believe Catherine has found memories of....don't ya think?

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    14. Darn auto correct.....fond memories

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    15. Zora from Prague30 January 2019 at 06:31

      I loved reading this thread - so informative! And hearing from commenters of Scottish descent makes it even more fascinating.

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    16. Today anyone can buy lovely tartan clothes around Scotland. It is today still a symbol, but anyone can wear it - and this is not a kilt, but a coat. It.s just the fabric, which is sold in many designs to anyone.
      Also, Charles wore kilts on occasions.

      Camilla

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    17. Rebecca - Sweden30 January 2019 at 14:11

      Yeah, I don't think anyone is saying it's not appropriate or right or that she can't do it. Just if the Scots themselves see it as a homage to them or if it's not revived the way it might look on the outside. I like having these kinds of discussions. They're not critique, but they look from different points on an issue and I find that so interesting!

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    18. I agree, Rebecca. Most interesting! I also think it allows us to let out pent-up feelings surrounding the royals in a constructive, informative manner. It puts the focus on pertinent issues instead of personalities and petty remarks. The bigger picture.

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  7. I've always loved this dress coat! So glad to see it back. She looks amazing. Of course, she always looks amazing. ;)

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  8. So happy to see this repeat! It's one of my absolute favorites!

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  9. I love this look and the green handbag (love!).

    William's dark navy suit looks fab with the tartan coatdress too. Nice coordination between the two :-)

    Border Terrier lover :-)

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  10. Kate looks stunning! I love this coatdress so much! I'm glad to see it again!

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  11. Why oh why is she wearing those terrbible and clunky Tod’s shoes again? However the coat and the handbag look lovely.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden29 January 2019 at 14:52

      They seem to have great grip underneath that is generally not present in high heels so considering the cold place she's going to, a bit of extra grip is a wise choice!

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    2. I'll admit they aren't my favorite either. But maybe she's just being more practical. I'm sure they feel better than her other thinner heels. And to wear them all day, I'm sure these feel better.

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    3. Ha! I like them. I think the block heel is more in fashion than the classic court now.

      From the Sunshine State

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    4. Anglophile (in Ohio)29 January 2019 at 15:52

      The shoes look practical and better with the tights than stilettos IMO.

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    5. My guess is because they are far more comfortable and sturdy than thin heels. Suede is also more comfortable than leather. I’ve switched to wearing only block heels because it’s so much more comfortable. I’m not sure what I’ll do when they go out of style. I also like the look with the black tights. Eventually, like wedges, they will be out of style.

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    6. I love those shoes - I had a similar pair years ago and found them way more comfortable than regular heels

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    7. I quite like the Todds with the opaque tights. It looks much better than the patent courts she wore with tights to the Royal Opera a couple of weeks ago.

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  12. Silvia from Tuscany29 January 2019 at 14:18

    Kate looks so lovely in this tartan coatdress. One of my favourites. And I love the handbag too!

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  13. Wonderful! Kate looks so happy and this is a favorite - not sure who isn't going to say that in their post. The fabric is so beautiful and the style is simply classic. Glad to see a new handbag.

    What a fabulous closet Kate has - so happy to see her recycling. So many lovely coats, coat dresses, day dresses, etc. So great to be seeing so many fabulous re-wears over the last four months.

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    1. Becca H in Colorado29 January 2019 at 15:53

      I agree, I think she's wise for recycling her clothes. She has so many! I always thought it was a silly idea to not re-wear perfectly good outfits. I understand spacing them out, but it's nice to see them come back into play.

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  14. I love this coatdress, have always been a fan of Black Watch tartan.

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  15. she's always pulled together....very neat looking

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  16. I can't help thinking that the small green bag that both Meghan and Camilla own would have looked fantastic with this outfit, although three royal women with the same bag is probably overkill.

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  17. SierrafromMontana29 January 2019 at 15:13

    Cute bag! But I like this coat with her rumba boots just a wee bit better.

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  18. Nice coatdress, horrid bag!

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    1. I always find such extreme opinions interesting. I can see why you might not like the bag, maybe the shape or the size or the colour put you off, but is that enough to take it to horrid level? Not so sure. Impractical maybe, boring if you want, but horrid?
      Except for some extreme bags made to look like sculls or dead animals I can’t imagine ever thinking a bag is horrid.
      So what makes this bag horrid in your eyes?

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  19. Love this look, and I love that she wears so many repeats. The clothing is lovely and deserves to be recycled. I may be in the minority on this one, but I've always been a huge fan of Kate's affinity for black tights with those Tod's shoes. Seriously it's a fan favorite for me, maybe because it encompasses my own personal style.

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    1. Upvote the Todds with black opaque tights.

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    2. ITA, love the tights with those shoes. She looks great!

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  20. Caroline in Montana29 January 2019 at 15:34

    She looks fabulous from head to toe. I love how happy they look together. A true queen in waiting!

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  21. I love LOVE love this coatdress! It always makes her eyes greener! They look lovely! She is just exuding confidence since her return after the birth of Louis. I think she was focused on her family. Still is of course but I think she is now settled on the homefront and can turn some of her attention to the job at hand. I think she will be a wonderful Queen. I hope I live long enough to see that day.

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    1. One of my favorites in Kate's wardrobe as well
      In reviewing the year's outfits I noted the joy and confidence she exuded during the Scandinavian tour, when she was still pregnant with Louis. I don't think the confidence only appeared after his birth. I think she has steadily gained in assurance and comfort in her role supporting William, as well as in her own increasingly defined charity and official work. She gave us a hint of what was to come with her leadership in the mental health and early childhood development areas. She has the long view in mind. Her goals are ambitious, involving !multiple fields and areas of focus with the goal of reducing mental illness and family breakdown.

      It is an endeavor worthy of a Queen.
      I would also hope to live to see that day, aware that two of William'family will be lost on the way.

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  22. Becca H in Colorado29 January 2019 at 15:52

    This is one of my favorite "working" looks on Kate in quite awhile! I love the pattern and fit of the dress. The colors look great on her, and she's nicely coordinated with William (who looks good in that suit)! I think it's wise that Kate is recycling so many outfits right now. She has so many (and was wearing so many new clothes for awhile), that I think it's smart for her to reach back into that fantastic closet of hers and pull out some older pieces that are still perfectly wearable.

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  23. Kate looks amazing. I love this coat dress and I love that she is repeating. The handbag is beautiful. I think the shoes are perfect for a work day. Is Kate giving more speeches these days?

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    1. Not really. I think it just feels like more because we are seeing her more now she is a full time. She's done 3 at my count since returning from maternity leave. She did 2 or 3 at the beginning of 2018 pre-maternity leave too.

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    2. Kate has definitely increased the number of speeches she does. In the first couple of years she hardly ever spoke in public, I think she really found it daunting. But slowly as she got more comfortable with it, she has upped the number.

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    3. She had 4 real engagements in January, 3 in December (I wouldnt count going to church and luncheons etc as engagements). I know, there was Christmas, but nevertheless, I sincerely hope that one or occasionally two engagements per week is not considered "full time". But maybe it is? Im not a very experienced royal watcher.
      However I do agree that many of her engagements are more serious and she is more involved.
      I liked the coatdress best this time. She fills it out much nicer, it just fits better. I miss a bit her boots from previous years though.

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    4. @QotS: Sorry, I thought Kelly meant recently. If we are talking about since the beginning, then definitely she is doing more. She obviously was very shy and struggled a lot with public speaking in the past. I'm sure it is still not easy but I feel so proud of her to see how much she has improved over the years :)

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    5. @Anonymous: If it is listed in the Court Circular it is an engagement. Going to Church is just going to Church like anyone else unless the service and Royals attending are listed in the Court Circular for instance the Remembrance Day Service in November. Christmas luncheon is just a family lunch so obviously is not an engagement.

      Yes, Catherine is considered a full time Royal now as she has regular weekly engagements. January and December are usually slow months so they are not great examples for you as even the formidable Princess Royal slows down during those months!

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    6. Ok, sorry Sunny. I know that going to church is officially an engagement. But I find it hard to account such things as "increase" when there is basically no way around, and that I also tried to indicate already in my first post. It is not something she thought about, and then decided it is a nice or good thing to do. And these types of engagements she has anyway been doing for years now - it cannot be accounted for any increase.
      But if you say that December and January are anyway supposed to be slow - Im fine with that! I do not want not dig and compare the numbers for these two months for the last couple of years :)
      I just didnt sense this increase yet - only the seriousness of engagements. Which in my eyes is clearly there!

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    7. 20:38 I can see why you don’t want to count the non-negotiables, but then each job had their non-negotiatables, but doing them is still considered part of the job. So yeah if it is in CC it is part of the job.
      Then taking into account that a lot of their work happens behind the scenes I think having a steady flow of one or two public engagements per week is basically on par for a fulltime royal, or at least as much as we will see them until they become P&P of Wales. With bursts of more activity thrown inbetween, like in the early summer or with royal tours.
      Something that is definitely different is Kate used to group her activities together a lot. While they were based at Anmer she would do 3 or 4 in quick succession and then disappear for a couple of weeks. Since they are in London fulltime, it seems to be more evenly spread - which makes sense.

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    8. Anon 20:38 here again:)
      I just want to add that it is not that I would not count these types of engagements as real obligations. Only that in my book, its hard to account them to any increase of numbers. They have been there for many years now. This has confused me a bit.

      I would imagine that at some point she would increase also the number of self-initiated engagements. To me, excluding baby-related breaks, there is little difference in numbers since she came back from the leave after having had Charlotte. But as I said - I am far from being an expert. And it seems that I should revise my expectations, considering what you are saying. Im happy to learn!

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  24. Love the repeat. It's a difficult dressing situation -- dedicating a new building which requires something more formal and visiting with people facing a plant closure which requires nothing pretentious. Picking something cheerful, reflective of the people and a repeat is brilliant. Hope she continues to recycle her professional wardrobe. Her clothes are secondary to the work being done!

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    1. Anon 15.59, while I agree with you, that this coat is not pretentious, it stll is priced at $7,200. So I am not sure, that she is wearing something reflective of the people.

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    2. I believe the $7,200 version is not the same as Catherine's which is probably bespoke and looks to be a different wool plaid.

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  25. I really like this tartan outfit, though I did prefer the boots to the block heels from today.
    I’m glad they attended the meeting of the folks that will be losing their jobs with the plant closure. I come from a place that was heavily manufacture based and the closure of many factories devastated the area. It’s good that they aren’t just doing visits where everything is happy and sparkly.

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    1. @Anon23: So agree with your comments about meeting the people who will be affected. It's The loss of manufacturing jobs is a big problem here in the UK too.

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  26. I love it
    I do just wish she left the original cut/tailoring

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    1. Agree. She's wearing the watered down version.

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  27. She looks beautiful and I really love her bag!!! I think I'm going to repeat myself but what a prince charming William is OMG! LOL :) He is a wonderful man and they make a wonderful couple

    Silvia

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  28. Wow Kate just looks fabulous as always And very practical for the weather and 2 diverse events Will & Kate always seem in tune with each other and genuine x

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  29. Approachability. I think that is the great differentiator of William and Kate from that of their predecessors. It struck me today reading this post.

    I adore this outfit - every inch future queen.

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  30. William and Kate's engagement today reminded me of some American history. On November 13, 1963, the bagpipes and drums of Scotland's Black Watch regiment performed on the South Lawn of the White House for the Kennedy family. John, Jackie, Caroline, and John Jr. were in attendance. There are some adorable pictures of Caroline and John Jr. climbing all over their father before the regiment began playing. And, there is a poignant picture a photographer took from behind the family that shows Caroline sitting next to her dad with her arm tucked around his shoulders. Nine days later the president would be assassinated in Dallas.

    But, on the day the Black Watch regiment came to play, President Kennedy caught up with them on their bus as they were preparing to leave. Duties of state had kept him from being able to join the regiment inside the White House (after they played), but on the bus he walked around and shook each of their hands. The regiment heard about President Kennedy's death swiftly, as they were still in the United States on November 22nd. On the express wishes of Jackie Kennedy, the Black Watch regiment was asked to take part in the president's funeral and they did.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah,for sharing that bittersweet story. I am old enough to remember the very thoughtful and charismatic JFK, and the overwhelming tragedy of his death.

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    2. @Sarh from NC: That's fascinating. thanks for sharing.

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    3. It was a very bittersweet story and event for many reasons, not the least of which two children lost their father and a wife, her husband, nine days after a happy family event.

      Also, Jackie invited 1,700 underprivileged children to come and hear the regiment play. It was primarily an audience of children, which made it that much more special. And, the event took place just a few months after John and Jackie had lost their newborn son, Patrick.
      Jackie would comment later that their time watching the Black Watch regimental pipers and drummers was one of the happiest days they had experienced in the White House. She would say that on that day, her husband was relaxed, excited to hear the regiment, and relishing time spent with his family. While bittersweet, it is wonderful they had that special day together.

      On a different note, I was especially touched and proud to see William and Kate meet with those whose jobs are very much uncertain right now. I hope they continue to meet with those in similar circumstances as they do engagements (publically and privately).

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  31. I'm weirdly obsessed with that green scarf. Anyone have any idea on who made it?

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  32. Ava Pittman, Australia29 January 2019 at 19:03

    Always loved this coat dress on the Duchess, She looks lovely. The bag, I LOVE, chic, but smart. The scarf sealed the deal for me!

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  33. First I must say I hope she noticed how loose the stud was in her ear wearing Diana's earrings. I imagined her running her hand through her hair and knocking it out. Goodness! I love this repeat coat dress. Even though it is very youthful it still has presence for me. I would have liked the bag in black rathe then green. The Royal Ladies seem to be taken with green handbags this month. I am happy to see her leaving the clutch for evenings and being more current in her choice of day bags. Love William in a scarf. I first noticed him wearing one on Christmas. It really adds style to his overcoats. They are common place in the USA but I have not noticed them much on the royals. I thought Kate is improving greatly in her speech delivery. I know it is not easy for some. She now just needs to work on her eye contact rather then giving the feeling of reading off a script.

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    1. The earrings are lever-back not posts.

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    2. Thank you Mel. I have never heard that expression before. I will have to ask my jeweler to show me an example. In any case I do not recall seeing them worn that way before when she first had them changed to a drop.

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    3. A little quick research, silly me! They are drop earrings. Serves me right for not putting on my reading glasses. Research tells me that lever=back is often the choice for more expensive drop earrings as extra security.

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  34. Eriq from Bayside29 January 2019 at 19:22

    She looks stunning

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  35. What an amazing museum! Great engagement! And I always loved this coat too 😊

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  36. Very proud of Kate's speech today. She's come so far and worked hard to overcome her natural shyness and struggle with public speaking.

    I'm glad that they took lots of time at each engagement and especially met with the workers who will be affected by the loss of the Michelin factory. As the future King and Queen the British economy will be an important area of focus for them so it's important to see them engaging with people in areas like this.

    As others have said this required some sartorial diplomacy: a formal, celebratory engagement and then a formal but more sombre engagement. The repeated tartan outfit was a great pick and I'm happy to see the return of this lovely coat dress. The bag, gloves and scarf accessories accompanied her coat dress perfectly. I prefer the boots but the TODs have great grip and a block heel so make sense for the day on her feet and the damp weather.

    Like LilyBart in the previous comment I am also obsessed with her green scarf and I hope it can be identified.

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    1. She needs to keep giving speeches as she will get better and more confident the more she speaks. No fear Kate.

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    2. I agree with both your comments that Kate has come such a long way since her first speeches and she should be very proud of herself.
      But while I agree that as she do more speeches her confidence will grow, I think it also OK if she is never this great orator, holding a huge crowd in the palm of her hand, saying things that will quoted for generations. I don’t think public speaking will ever come naturally for her, and that is OK. (It actually makes me even more proud of how much effort she has put into working on it)

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    3. Well said QotS!! I couldn't agree with you more. I don't expect or mind that Kate may not be a "great orator", I appreciate her efforts to do better but I admire her quiet strengths.

      Also Sunny, somebody may have already posted, but it appears that her scarf is by Pickett of London. cc

      https://www.pickett.co.uk/pashmina-stole.html

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    4. Aldpo, with "great orators" we tend to remember the speaker more than the words.

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    5. @QotS: I agree!

      @CeCe USA: Thanks so much for pointing that out. And it's on sale! It shall be mine :D

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    6. Kate does not have to a great orator but she could rely on notes a bit less. Everything improves with practice.

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  37. Charlotte, you said at the end of the post "Given the increase in embargoed engagements..." any reason for that increase?

    Kate looked gorgeous. Love that she's speaking more often. Can only imagine how intimidating that must be!

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  38. Thanks for the picture of Catherine Quinn. She always looks amazing. Hiring her was one of the best decisions Duchess Catherine has made. You can tell having Ms Quinn as her right hand woman has had an incredibly positive impact on Kate.

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    1. Love this outfit. I think Catherine looked wonderful, both in the coat dress and with her hair and make up. It looks like she had a skirt on underneath, a black slim skirt. It appeared to be a lovely day of engagements and a real mix. She and William did a nice job at all the stops. Love the purse.

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    2. A very successful trip on all counts. Kate looked lovely as always,, its such fun to wake up to a new post from our dear Charlotte!!XOXO
      Siddhii

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  39. I am loving the box purse!!! Not in my budget but I would love a box purse from Pop and Suki. Princess Bea wore one.

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  40. Hmm i kove the repeat of the hmm the purse i want it but but its just necessary to buy that because is not on my budget hmm the darl outfit of. The duke combine with the duchess repeat the duchess cambridge and i love the little lady playing the duchess hair

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  41. The Duchess looks wonderful, especially love the addition of the scarf.
    A bit OT but I have always been one who thought Prince George was Michael Middleton with William's coloring...until I saw the photo here of William and Kate with the architect...oh my! A real Prince George look!!

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    1. William looks good here as well as Kate. I really like his general demeanor. Natural and not overly smiley. Appears comfortable and sincere.

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  42. I don't know if anyone else will agree, & I've said it before....... but especially on a day like today..... Will & Kate sometimes make me think of Victoria & Albert! How they would be touched to know one of their descendants (& future King) met his wife in Scotland & that it was a love match. That they too are so focused on their love of & devotion to their children & their family life. Also, their values, that they hold in high esteem to live a good clean life & have the priority of serving others at the center of their life & their jobs as Royals! I suppose it's because I'm in the thick of watching S3 of "Victoria" over her on PBS!

    Amazing building & how wonderful to have a V&A Museum now in Scotland! One of my favorite ensembles! I have always loved this coat dress & I love how she pulled it all together today with her hair, accessories & jewelry & especially her lovely smile & joyful personality!! :) xoxo

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  43. I love this outfit. I actually love the Tod pumps with black tights just because that's totally my winter outfit as well. One thing I have noticed about Kate since returning from maternity leave is that for daytime engagements she is deliberately avoiding a super-princessy look. This tartan coat dress, black tights and plain practical block pumps are something any working woman might wear. I don't know if she's just more confident in her role, or whether the crisis with Brexit has made the royals more mindful of optics but I definitely notice the trend.

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  44. I know that this is not going to be a popular comment and yes, there is SO much positive about this visit but....I just can't find it distasteful that someone would wear a coat costing seven THOUSAND dollars to a place that is facing such economic hardship. I know she's worn it before, I know she's a princess so has to keep up a certain standard but seven thousand!! It's just not necessary. She's beautiful, she has tons of clothes that don't cost anything like that an she could have given a sartorial nod without it being Alexander McQueen. I mean, would something costing one thousand have been enough?!

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    1. If it was purchased brand new for this engagement I would totally agree it was insensitive but it is a 6 year old investment piece she has worn a number of times so don't see any issue with wearing it to these two engagements. I think it struck a very good balance between the two very different engagements

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    2. I try not too think to much of the cost of the clothing, because while you raise a valid point about wearing a £7500 coat to workers that are being laid of, I am still struggling with the concept of wearing a coat, that is worth more than my annual income, anywhere.
      Having said that I think the combination of the two events made it tough. If they were just going to the Michelin factory some High Street would have been more appropriate. But at the museum she was very much the guest of honour/show piece as the patron of the V&A. So that called for a different look.
      Compromising with a very expensive but much loved coat that she has been wearing for more than 5 years.

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    3. First, I doubt Kate's coat cost that much. Her bespoke version is much more simple with less fabric than the runway version.

      Second, its a rewear! A rewear for the third time to be specific.

      Third, she needed to wear something appropriate for a museum opening as well as the factory visit. I think she struck all the right notes with this coat.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden30 January 2019 at 14:21

      This is a fair and valid point. I do think it not being new has weight on the issue. But I think this is a bigger question that isn't engagement specific. The high prices of designer clothing, does it go to creating the clothes right? Does it go to paying fair wages and god working conditions? Does it go to the local economy etc? Without people spending huge amounts of money on things, factories and such that give good jobs would not exist. But there is a balance. For an economy to thrive, money has to be spent and go around so stopping the rich from spending money would impact badly on the economy. But there is a balance point to that with rich spending money that could go to other things. It's not a small "should she have worn this coat to this engagement?" question. It's rather a question that makes us think on how money is spent, what it's spent on and many big questions around politics. For example, everything around a visit like that could be said to not be right with these people loosing their job. The city they're visiting are the ones who finance the visit. Is that right when the money could go to help these people who lost their job? Does the royals visiting highlight the issue enough to outweigh the spending? Etc etc. I'm not gonna answer those questions because I'm not qualified and it's a question with no answer. But again, it's not really about a coat.

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    5. It was custom made(Not the same fabric pattern design or price to the mohair-blend coat ) as a nod to her Primary school uniform's worn to an engagement to that school and at her first Christmas as a mom so it's a piece that hold sentimental value for Kate and that is already in her garde-robe since 2012.

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    6. I would think that a bespoke piece would cost more rather than less. I was blown away by the cost, too, and had the same thought. I seriously don't understand the necessity for such costly clothes (and I complain now and then on MaM, too). But would it help to wear a $700 coat, which is still too much? Everyone knows the RF wears designer clothes, and I am very happy that Kate is rewearing clothes. Instead of buying a new $700 coat, she can wear this beauty 10 or 20 times in her lifetime. I hope she continues this trend -- she still looks terrific and it's a good token in the current situation. Hopefully, future royals will dress more affordably. But as long as Kate is rewearing, that feels like a step in the right direction. And she'll still always look beautiful.

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    7. I don't understand why wealthy people need to pretend that they aren't. Everyone knows Kate lives in luxury. Are we really surprised and offended when she wears expensive clothing?

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    8. I think the cost should be looked at as cost per wear. This makes the cost of the coat with three public appearances about £2400 taking the cost at time of purchase.

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    9. And Judith I admire you for not coming in as anonymous, but I don't think you had the correct information before you made your criticism.

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    10. I don't understand why "re-wearing" a coat makes it any different though. And she only wore it three times! I mean, would anyone seriously expect someone to wear a seven thousand dollar item of clothing only once and then pass it on? I think my point is, she could have brought exactly the same amount of joy to those people, the same amount of publicity to the cause and so on by wearing a coat that was not thousands of dollars and being a little more accessible and human instead - to people who probably can't afford a coat that is seventy pounds.

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    11. Because the coat currently for sale is $7200, not the version which is very different from the coat Catherine has had for almost a decade.

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    12. There is no way that coat cost $7000.
      Perhaps $2000.

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  45. Zora from Prague30 January 2019 at 06:37

    I love everything about this engagement! From W&K's looks to the obvious interest they take not only in the museum and its staff but also in the people whose future is uncertain due to the closing of the factory. The more they care, the more they learn from people, the more they hear about people's problems, the more people will respect them and the more comfort and hope they can bring to those who are in trouble.
    I loved their interactions with kids, especially William's with those tiny little ones, and what a cute moment it was when the little girl stroked Kate's hair! I suppose a lot of kids (and not just kids...? 😉) would like to do that but not many are brave enough! 😀

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  46. Like many I would like to see Catherine more, however, she really focussed on the children and for someone who is raising the profile of mental health and how important the early year are for children. Going trying to rack up the number of events just to get a high score at the end of the year defeats her mission and example she is trying to set. We have know idea how many meetings and planning goes into what we see. I think over time we will see Catherine more, look how far she has come with public speaking, excellent today. We all know Catherine is a beautiful dresser and recycles well. In the aged of consumerism its good to see how well she repeats her cloths. Most are beautiful and I am never disappointed about what Catherine wears and William always looks smart. Its nice with the Queen still alive giving them both a little space to have family time. William will take on more as his father become king and that will directly impact upon Catherine as well. Take the time while they can for their children. I would not be surprised at all that the Queen hands over more of her patronages to other Members of the royal family. We are seeing the king and queen that William and Catherine will be, more hands on, trying to support and make a difference. The Queen has done a marvellous job and William and Catherine will need to crave out their own way of running the royal family. Anyway Catherine as always look wonderful, love the outfit and handbag. Nice to see them both relaxed and focussing on the events and they always look so connected when they look at each other. They dont need to hang on to each other for us all to know how much they are in love. You can see it in the way they look at each other.

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    1. I am respectfully disagree with many things you wrote. What kind of example can one set behind the close door meetings and having an engagement per week? They are public servants who work for their people. They have to be out and about.

      Kate has 2 kids at school, one at home with help. I really look forward to her February engagements.

      She only will be Queen Consort but I stand corrected.

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    2. The exemple of humility. An example that being useful is not only to be out and about. In a world that focuses on apparences, an example of steady deep commitment. An example of studying hard. Of seeking advice, of using her position to bring people together to make a difference.Of willingness to learn. All of this behind closed doors but it shows...

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    3. This is my opinion on this topic. Kate married a job when she married William. That being said, if a woman really wants to stay home with her children and she can do it, she should be able to without being criticized. The time when children are small is short and goes by fast. It would be a travesty if women feel shamed into working more during those years if it will cause them regret later on. Parents need to parent how they want without others telling them what they should do. If working more and being away from her children will cause Kate sadness and regret then she shouldn't do it. Why can't she be the kind of mother she wants to be? Honestly, I think this criticism of Kate comes from women who are not mothers. I would have said the same thing before I had children but now that I am a mom, I get it.

      From the Sunshine State

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    4. Will and Kate are a lovely couple who are very in tune with each other. It's such a treat when we get to see them in action on joint engagements. However, it's not fair to make comparisons, even subtle ones. The Cambridges have their own unique dynamic as do others.

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    5. For what it's worth, Anon, I am not a mother and I agree with you.

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    6. I do have three small children myself. I obtained a doctoral degree while having had the babies. I work fulltime – which is 42h a week where I live – or sometimes even more. Without a nanny. People wonder how we can do that much – work and take care of the kids. The answer is simple, full commitment to everything (and basically no social life :) ).
      I do not mind if Kates chooses another path than I did. Everyone has his own preference. However I feel that I should bring in my voice here, since the claim has been made that everyone with children would understand her choice. I do not – in fact, personally I would be quite unsatisfied with my “outcome” after nearly ten years. But I also don’t blame her for her choice – she has her own way, which I hope she feel satisfied about. She probably also would not understand my way of working and arranging everything.
      But claiming that she is working hard is not understandable form my perspective. Whatever is going on in private meetings cannot consume 8h a day – if it indeed does consume that much time, then the time is not well spent, and not reflected by what we actually see.
      I do not mean to be negative, but I think we are all allowed to think critically, and still let everyone live their own life.

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    7. Anon 20:13, do you by any chance work from home? In counseling, for example. I know that is a solution for some.

      I don't believe we should go hungry because there are some who don't have enough food. Neither should some work 8 hours a day away from their children only because there are some who don't have this option --if there is the desire and opportunity to stay home with them.
      I don't recall Kate ever calling herself a "full-time royal." She apparently does consider herself a full-time mother. I am not aware of any BRF member who uses that term. There don't appear to be any written standards or rules. The issue becomes even more cloudy when one considers duties of royal spouses.
      Since there are no known royal rules for spouses, a comparison to comparable roles in private business is helpful. Being the spouse of a senior BRF member is not comparable to being a typical 9-5 employee. It is equivalent to being spouses of those holding prestigious or influential positions. The spouses are always brought into the interview process, usually toward the end. My Mom was always interviewed when my Dad was being considered for a position .

      There are usually certain supportive functions expected of a spouse, such as appearing at social occasions and entertaining business associates. The wives of executives are expected to groom themselves well. They are expected to maintain the home and supervise the children in order to allow the employee to focus on the job. Some spouses choose to do community or charity work. This can be good PR for the business.
      Giving example.. of the various activities of other royal spouses is not useful. Camilla and Sophie's circumstances vary from Autumn's. Anne is a royal, not a royal spouse.
      There are likely no rules because each situation must be handled appropriately and allow for individual needs and goals. I do believe HM has a voice or input in the process, how or how much is not clear.






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    8. Anon 20:13. I would hope that women can understand or at least appreciate a path other than their own. You say you can't understand why Kate would want to be home with the children and not work full time. I understand you don't want to do it but am somewhat shocked that you can't understand that this is what some women want to do. I said I thought all moms whether they work or not might understand why some moms want to be SAHMS because they understand the bond between a mother and a child. Often, people who aren't parents don't. I didn't say that all moms would want to be SAHMS but I think working moms can understand why a woman might want to be home with her children even if that is not the path she chose. Just like you would have regrets about not working, some women have regrets about working. Neither is right or wrong- just different.

      hrhdhd. 😊

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    9. FWIW, I think her life of extreme privilege (that could only be possible because Carole Middleton did make those sacrifices and worked hard while raising three kids) might account for why it's only now after child #3 and many years on the job that she seems comfortable with public speaking in different places, why she looks at home in engagements that go beyond the ceremonial meet and greets. Because her previous initiatives and attempts at public speaking often seemed awkward and out of touch. Can she really identify with mother struggling with post-partum depression who also have bills to pay and have to worry about things that simply don't concern Catherine? Can Catherine really speak with conviction about kids struggling psychologically when she seems so determined to cocoon her own kids from any harsh realities?

      Again, no one can force Kate to do anything. However as future queen she will have to be a leader/role model for ALL of England. Queen Elizabeth at 92 is still tirelessly traveling the country, meeting people, addressing issues that might have been out of her comfort zone when she first took the crown. She is regal but she never seems out of touch. OTOH when I see Catherine and William I often think "lovely couple, but would they understand anyone outside their extremely privileged social sphere?" They seem like a lovely couple, but a bit far away and out of touch.

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    10. Sorry Sunshine State - I’m a mother of two young kids and at times I’m baffled by some of Kate’s choices. She’s basically a stay at home mom who has help (and by the way, staying at home raising kids is an absolutely valid choice). She is not what I consider a working mom/royal (a handful of engagements or behind closed door meetings a month does not make her a working parent). She’s a good mom and a good wife to William. However as the mother to a little girl myself, I would want my daughter to look at strong and independent minded women as role models (and in case anyone is wondering, I follow Kate for her fashion). Anon CA

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    11. Thank you, Anonymous 20:13! Furthermore, I completely see your point of an "outcome" after nearly ten years. Even if Kate increased her workload by a few per cent, she would be working less than most women, as she leads an incredibly cushioned life, as does the rest of the royal family.

      Society's affording her a closet filled with McQueen and Tod's. She doesn't have to pick high-end designer, and if she does, should we keep quiet, simply because others are shaming us for being critical? Should we not talk about Kate's role as mother, simply because we're not mothers?

      Gee, I don't think so! Women who are mothers, frequently have men who are fathers. Or are we excusing Wills? Personally, I would much prefer him staying at home with the kids, and her going out there more often.

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    12. Here is what I think about this ever returning question. She married a job. And she carefully read the job description. Supporting William, the BRF and the monarchy. IMO she excels in giving William assurance strength and support. He truly shines with her ( very important part of the job description after the D&C years) Keeping carefully the traditions and neutrality of the RF. To the point of not revealing her own opinions, not easy to do. Dressing appropriately, and downplaying the fashion icon she was. Being cautious of public opinion, and of the RF wishes. Providing an heir. ( Spare and another baby ) Minding her children happiness and welfare. IMO she has perfectly succeeded in the job that was imposed on her. All of this without loosing herself and her values. I call that a successful job, right woman in the right place. And I admire her common sense and hindsight.

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    13. O I guess I should indeed start using a name…

      Just to make a few things clear. I indeed do not understand Kates choice. But as I said, I do not think that she would understand mine. However, and I am sorry that was not clear through by first post, this is a huge misunderstanding (I am anon 20:13): Even if not understanding her choice, I do RESPECT her choice, as I do respect the choice of all other women. As I said in my last sentence: "… I think we are all allowed to think critically, and still let everyone live their own life". I meant this in a positive way.

      Whether or not she considers herself a fulltime royal we probably can hardly know. I just feel like there have been many comments since she came back from maternity leave about her having increased the number of engagements, working a lot, etc. This is why I raised the point that much more is necessary to call someone hard-working – at least from my point of view. I personally doubt she would consider herself as hard-working. I guess she is aware of the fact that she had the privilege and took the choice to be at home a large amount of her time. I do not think she is naive. But this is only my assumptions of course.

      By the way, I do not work from home, however my husband has the possibility to work from home if the kids are sick for example. Which is really helpful! But yes, usually we dont get lots of sleep :)

      For the moment, let me just sign as anon 20:13

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    14. Anonymous 31 January 2019 at 12:20

      perhaps instead of 'I think we are all allowed to think critically', maybe start thinking constructively

      Signed, not anonymous:)

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    15. Will someone please define "work?" Raising three small children (one 40 hour a week Nanny) running a household which includes a skeleton staff which must be supervised, and supporting a high profile husband--not work? Must one "tote that bar and lift that bale" to be hard- working? Is sitting at a computer eight hours a day more difficult than digging ditches? If not, does that mean the desk job isn't work? Intellectual efforts--planning, organizing, supervising--not work? We rightly praise our blog admin. for her "hard work" in producing this forum.

      What constitutes "hard work?"

      Parts of this discussion remind me more of class comparisons than work comparisons. A touch of "them versus us" --which is, I believe, what is behind the bulk of online acrimony and is at the root of some of the Meghan/Catherine fan dispute---not the racism reportedly displayed, possibly by only a relative hand-ful of persistent agitators. In fact, is there a possibility that some of this is promoted if not actually written by tabloid interests? If so, how will a "kindness crusade" effect them?


      I appreciate the explanation, 20:13. Perhaps you should call yourself "Catalyst." ;) By the way, I need to emphacise--"full-time royal" is just not a term any of the BRF use. It literally has no defined meaning yet it is constantly being used as a weapon against Kate. No body can say where or with whom the term originated but I would guess some journalist used it and it became a handy buzz-word.

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    16. No one has issues with staying at home raising children. However, when your home renovations and wardrobe are funded by taxpayers, people will have opinions. At the end of the day, Kate not only married William, she also married a job. I don’t see why she can’t balance raising kids with doing more engagements. It’s not zero sum, the choice is not either raise your kids full time or work full time. She can choose a balance if she wants to. Anon in CA

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    17. The arguments raised against my previous comment implicate that I would think that all these obligations are not a lot of commitment. But I never said anything in that direction, so I don’t see way the argument has been even made. I do actually agree on most of the argument. I know very well that having a house, laundry and many small kids is a lot to do, and often very exhausting. Sometimes, a small part in me is relieved when the weekend is over and I can flee to «work».

      I do not think that we could ever define «work» in a way that everyone would agree on the term. But I also believe that we all know what it traditionally means. I think it is a wide stretch to define work as everything that serves a certain purpose and is not always great fun and that we do because we have responsibilities. Ooo dear, many, including myself, would be working 19h a day by that definition. I don’t even want to think about life from that perspective! Is this really a useful basis for a discussion? We would basically be discussion whether Kate is lazy or not. But we would probably pretty quickly agree that she is far from being lazy!

      Here I am, defeating my view:) I initially mainly wanted to make the point that there are women that are not happy with mostly being at home and that are ambitions to achieve something outside the house. Again, staying at home is also fine for me, just to be clear. But all those who do not agree with my points: You really do not have to agree, and I am not trying to convince anyone to think differently. But please just appreciate that not everyone thinks that staying at home is the jackpot, and that people that have another perspective on that matter maaaayyybe also have the feeling that also Kate would be able to do much more, without neglecting anyone. Since many of us manage.

      Other than that, I realize that there seems to be quite some misunderstanding when writing arguments in a forum. I didn’t mean to be provocative, sorry if anyone feels that I was not polite, or is offended.
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    18. Zora from Prague31 January 2019 at 22:29

      Good points ("work"), Anon 16:37.
      I'm not going to get deep in this discussion (have done so in the past); I'd just like to say that a mother of 3 children of the Cambridge kids' age simply has a lot on her hands, with or without a nanny. A LOT. I respect Kate for what she does, both inside and outside her family. I think it's a job well done, on many fronts.

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    19. Anonymous 5:02, a lot of SAHMS are strong independent women who would be great role models for young children. I don't know where you got the idea they are weak and dependent and bad examples. Just wow.

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    20. Natacha, I feel like that's a VERY backward view of Kate's "job." It's essentially "look pretty, have babies, and shut up." That hasn't actually been the role of a royal consort/wife since the days of Princess Alexandra, who with her kindness and empathy reached people in a way that Queen Victoria could and would not. Alexandra unlike Kate did not have a happy marriage and she was plagued with health problems. She was beloved by England despite being foreign (and having very strong political views) because she was pro-active and became the people's princess. She worked hard. She raised money for causes that today seem surprising -- the down-trodden, the poor, the ill, the lame. She personally sent checks to people in distress. This was in the 1800's.

      Since then the role of the BRF consorts has always hovered in that vague space of "people's princess." The expectation is that they do things that are perhaps out of the Queen/King's sphere. They're royal ... but also approachable. They are NOT expected to be Marie Antoinette's, who was personally a good wife and mother but frittered away any goodwill with excessive spending and hauteur.

      I guess I feel like Kate is very "good" in her role but she has the potential to be extraordinary and it frustrates me that she just isn't. She has so many good qualities (tact, beauty, warmth) that doing that typical "work once every two weeks" thing sje's done since she's been married is disappointing. She could be another Princess Alexandra, stepping up to the plate as it's clear Camila will never connect with the regular people. But for whatever reason she can't/won't.

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    21. My comment wasn't posted, I will try again. Like many of you, I think Kate married a job. But I also think the job came with a definite description. Her job is to support William, the BRF and the monarchy. I think we can all agree she has succeeded in supporting William, and that she brings him assurance stability and strength. As for the BRF. Again, support, not outshining anyone, know your place, follow the traditions, be careful of the wishes. She has downplayed her starpower, has been very careful, hasn't put a foot wrong. Supporting the monarchy: archaic as it may seem, providing an heir was essential. I think taking care of the children is not only a personal wish of her. It is also William's aim, as a father and a future King, not to repeat the past and give his children, including the future monarch a stability he lacked. In short, it is not an usual job, and the most important part of it isn't making public apparences/having engagements/boosting her numbers. Or rather the public apparences are only a consequence of the core business which is being a support. IMO, she had perfectly succeeded in it.

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    22. My comment wasn't posted, I will try again. Like many of you, I think Kate married a job. But I also think the job came with a definite description. Her job is to support William, the BRF and the monarchy. I think we can all agree she has succeeded in supporting William, and that she brings him assurance stability and strength. As for the BRF. Again, support, not outshining anyone, know your place, follow the traditions, be careful of the wishes. She has downplayed her starpower, has been very careful, hasn't put a foot wrong. Supporting the monarchy: archaic as it may seem, providing an heir was essential. I think taking care of the children is not only a personal wish of her. It is also William's aim, as a father and a future King, not to repeat the past and give his children, including the future monarch a stability he lacked. In short, it is not an usual job, and the most important part of it isn't making public apparences/having engagements/boosting her numbers. Or rather the public apparences are only a consequence of the core business which is being a support. IMO, she has perfectly succeeded in it.

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    23. You seem to be making the debate about semantics in a way that isn't really relevant to the actual issues being debated.

      It's not that work going into someone's own personal life isn't hard work. It's that most people are expected to also work hard at something outside their own family if they want a salary they need for affording life. Most of the world doesn't let you receive a salary for a job you don't do. So when Kate (and william ofc) uses millions in taxpayer money for home renovations or security on lavish private trips or indirectly to fund most of the rest of their life, those benefits are justified by idea that in return for those public benefits the royals will do duties that further the public good. Ie if she accepts the benefits, or "salary", then she should do the "job"

      And we don't have to use the term full time royal. People use the term bc it's a kind of catch all term to describe what we are saying without requiring a lot of words. The point has never been that there is actually a defitnion of full time she isn't meeting. It's that she doesn't do nearly as much work as other working royals, full time or not. Call it or don't call it whatever you like but that doesn't change. So let's ignore semantics that distract from what ppl are saying. Why should a future queen (who has now been in the brf for 8 years!) do far less work than many elderly royals who enjoy far less taxpayer funrd benefits and such. Sophie is married to the monarchs third son and only married after the first son already had multiple heirs. She doesn't even have taxpayer funded security except at engagements and while taxpayer money indirectly helped pay for her country home, at least she doesn't also have a huge expensively public money renovated London home as well like the Cambridges. Even after she almost died giving birth she did more engagements than Kate. Kate doesn't have to match Charles or even Anne. But for God's sakes even people like the Gloucesters have always out worked her.

      If all kate ever wanted to do was raise a family and enjoy much privilege and wealth without anyone expecting any work at all from her, then she should married like her sister. After a decade with William before marriage, it's not like she didn't know what she was marrying into.

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    24. Anon, you write "If all Kate ever wanted to do was raise a family and enjoy much privilege and wealth without anyone expecting any work at all from her, then she should married like her sister. After a decade with William before marriage, it's not like she didn't know what she was marrying into." I think, that that is just the point, Kate knew perfectly what she was marrying into and acted accordingly.
      Ivy Linn, I agree it is a backwards view of the job, but also reality. It is what was expected of her. And I feel Kate qualities of quick understanding, wishing to learn, perfectionism, caution, led her to do her best and succeed in doing what was expected of her. On the other hand, those same qualities may have been holding her back. She didn't fulfill her potential? Let's see what the future brings. For now, she is seen as trusty and reliable, which is exactly what the public needs nowadays.

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    25. Anon 9:35, everything you are saying is true. Kate did know what she was getting into but when she agreed to marry William she wasn't a mother. Probably she thought, sure, I can be a mom and work as a royal most of the week. But maybe when she became a mom, that changed for her and she wanted to be with her baby more than not. People are allowed to change.

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    26. I think the comparison with Princess Alexandra is really good, Ivy Lin. But I also think that there will be no room for just that kind of supporting role in our century, furthermore, its not a role she should pursue.

      I keep nagging about her getting into a pair of tailored trousers and a pair of loafers, but its simply symbolic; I would actually enjoy seeing Kate stepping up, leaving the towering heels at home, and lean forward a bit more (and if she so wants, manage to also be at home doing the dishes). Kate has a platform, an unbelievable opportunity to reach out, and almost 10 years of experience!

      Well, I'm still hoping!

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    27. I have dipped into this thread but haven’t had time to read all of it. Comparing Kate with employed women is a recurring theme on this blog. This thread is a virtual repeat of many previous discussions. My feeling is that Kate is in a unique position from which she is developing strong influence. Her appearances being spaced out actually makes her more attractive. And she is becoming a leader in mental health and cultural fields. Her appearances are carefully chosen, as are her public concerns. Michelle Obama in her memoir said that as first lady she finally found the way to do the things she really cared about. Her twenty year career in law and work for city and university had not given her the same level of opportunity to influence her country. That is what Kate has and is using wisely.

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    28. My point about Princess Alexandra was that in a time when views about women were much more old-fashioned she carved out a place for herself as the "people's princess" with her kindness, empathy and willingness to tackle issues that were thought to be outside the royal sphere. She visited the sick in hospitals, she formed a friendship with the "Elephant Man," she personally sent checks to people in need, she raised funds for nurses and orphanages and whatever else.

      As I said, I just feel like Kate could be the extraordinary princess Alexandra was. She just has to perhaps not be so cautious and view her role in such a limited sense.

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    29. Anon 2:20 - read my comment again. I didn’t say anything about SAHMs. My own mother was one and a strong one at that. I’m specifically referring to Kate. And I stand by my opinion - I wouldn’t want my little girl to look to her as a role model per se. Marry a prince, be his support, and put a hold on your own dreams? No, I definitely don’t want my daughter to be like that. Kate has good qualities - but role model to young girls who want to accomplish and be strong? She’s not that. Anon in CA

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    30. Anon in CA 17:55, very well said! Kate should not be compared to working women, but even less to normal SAHMs.
      How can her choice be so wise if a large fraction of the public does not agree with it? Being a servant to the public one has to say that something is fishy here - even as a supporter.

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    31. How can we intelligently discuss a subject when there is no agreed upon definition of the meaning of the subject? "Everybody knows..." is simply not adequate or even true. There are vast differences in thought amongst the commenters.
      .-I think some here take up an argument without really being that familiar with the subject. That is fine as long as one sticks to areas within one's store of knowledge.


      Again, no matter how we personally define work and hard work, the fact remains that being a royal spouse is not comparable to being a secretary, teacher, or factory worker. It IS somewhat comparable to being the spouse of the president of that secretary's company of employment; the spouse of the Governor of the State where the teacher is employed; the spouse of the owner/CEO of the business that runs the factory.
      In addition, some commenters seem to base their comparisons of royal "work" on numbers from a yearly survey that is complied by a private citizen who is neither an employee of the government or some poll-gathering business nor even a trained statistician. He does it as a hobby. I won't again discuss how numbers alone are meaningless.

      I think some of the comments in these "Does Kate work enough" conversations emphacise my opinion about the classist, "them versus us" viewpoint upon which some of these arguments are based. Some of the grievances are favorite themes of the usual republican talking points. Other comments reflect the idealism of those attracted to or loyal to royalty.
      In conclusion, MY POINT IS:

      To effectively discuss these themes one needs to fully understand not only the words used and how they are used but also the history of the monarchy, the institution to which the royals belong. I think it is possible to accomplish this understanding in part as a non-British citizen if one has educated oneself beyond reading social media. I don't, however, think any of us who grew up outside this environment can fully understand what it is like to grow up as a British subject. There are complicated feelings. Love, respect, and deference for both the traditions and symbolism of the royal family on the one hand with resentment and anger at the embedded classism and expense countering these feelings.
      I think the entry of the internet and instant communication--although often on a superficial level-has allowed these conflicting feelings to emerge in the safety of anonymity. Feelings one may not have openly expressed 50 years ago. The media have exploited this conflict for various reasons with participants aligning themselves on one side or the other, often without understanding the core of the issues. I think Catherine and Meghan have become symbols for these conflicting feelings. Unfortunately, they have become symbols instead of being seen as individual humans. Emotions properly associated with the institutions each has come to represent are now directed toward Catherine and Meghan.

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    32. Sigh....Natacha...I am in agreement with everything you said. This topic periodically comes up. I just think that if this was a problem with Kate 'not doing her part' as has been said by many - don't you think that HM the Queen would have something to say about it? I would. I feel that she is quite busy working behind the scenes, along with Catherine Quinn, and I would think Catherine Quinn would not be satisfied with sporadic work either.

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    33. Anon 19:47: this might all be true, but is it really relevant? What does it matter whether this situation might not have been possible 50 years ago, or who is allowed to define that it was better 50 years ago? Looking at things pragmatically; if the (complex feelings) of the majority of the public are not happy with the performance of a public servant, then the public servant should revise its performence. Why is the opinion of one british citizen less worth, only because he does not have the education or historical insight or whatever? I still believe it is all about the average citizens.

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    34. That's the big question in politics. Is the average citizen the one that should make decisions or rather its informed and hopefully competent representative? Direct democracy or Parliament ? Is public opinion always right? What is public opinion? How can you be sure the public is answering to the right question, for the right reasons? Is the opinion of the minority less worth than that of the majority? What is the average citizen? When does average end? Should popularity guide decisions? And so on...
      In the present case, one indicator, not perfect, but more reliable than perceived citizen feeling are the Yougov surveys. They regularly confirm the popularity of Kate. In the last one, she was ranked much higher than Charles and Camilla, next monarchs, and much higher than Meghan, glamorous newcomer . She must be doing something right.

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    35. "...majority of the public?" If the majority of the British public truly disapproved of the monarchy and wanted it out the LP and republicans would be cheering and start the wheels turning toward the end of the monarchy. They have neither the votes in Parliament nor the majority of the voting public and they know it.
      There are even royal reporters who gripe about the monarchy on their private social media accounts. People gripe about their leaders in the USA, too. That doesn't mean they want to overturn the government and create a monarchy. The difference is the BRF is a package deal. One can't simply vote a BRF member off the island. ;) In the USA if one feels a "public servant" is not performing as desired, that person is voted out (ideally)--but the system remains. Throughout the 1000 year history of the monarchy there have been unpopular royals and a few short-lived attempts to end the monarchy. They are no longer kept in place through fear and intimidation. The monarchy is still there because it has become a part of the DNA, so to speak. It works for them.

      Where did I say the opinion of one British citizen was less valuable than that of another? I did state I felt those who had grown up as British citizens have a more complete understanding of the monarchy/BRF than some commenters who rely upon social media for their information -which is often driven by non-Brits who have no understanding of the complexities of the British system. It doesn't take a college education--just someone whose personal past and future are interwoven with the BRF.

      I'm not saying non Brits have no right to an opinion. I AM saying base your opinion on reliable sources, not internet gossip and conjecture. Anyone who can read can do this.

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    36. It's important to remember that William is not the next King of England and the Cambridge's work load reflects that fact. They have a young family and should be allowed to care for that family in the way they see fit, in my opinion.

      This denigration of women by other women frustrates me to no end. Being a "role model" has nothing to do with whether you work or not, whether you are wealthy, whether you have help....it's about the kind of woman you are - SAHM, work full-time, wealthy, whatever. It's about who you are, not what you do.

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  47. Yes, Catherine’s official title will be Queen Consort, but for all intents and purposes she will be referred to at Queen Catherine, much like all the other Queen consorts in history, eg King William and Queen Mary. Also, much like how Diana was referred to as Princess Diana, even though as nit having been born the daughter or granddaughter of the monarch, she was nit infact a princess, but as a commoner married to a Princece, meaning her official title was Duchess.

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  48. When William and Kate become the prince and princess of Wales. Will George, Charlotte and Louis’s title also change to wales?

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  49. Queen Mary was a Queen regnant as well as a Consort. William and Mary shared the throne as equals. Catherine will probably be an anointed queen as Queen Elizabeth the QM and George V's wife Mary were. They were not, however, queens regnant.

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  50. As usual this couple continues to be amazing. Can I say I'm proud that Catherine's public speaking has been approving because she sounds much more confident now. Hopefully she can travel back and forth to do more engagements at this art museum in the future. I found the engagement where they went to the factory very interesting and I think we will see more visits like this for William and Catherine in the future because since they will be monarchs one day , they have to focus on the economy. Now on to the fashion, I absolutely love this coat dress, its so elegant and classic. Usually I'm not a fan of these Tod's pumps but they work well with this outfit and the green scarf made the outfit even more chic. I'm really looking forward for February with more appearances, Catherine's Chelsea Flower Show Design reveal, and as well I pray that The Cambridges go to the BAFTAS on February 10th. More exciting times to come can't wait. Fantastic post Charlotte.

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  51. Such a strange pairing of events. On the one hand honoring a Japanese man who was paid millions to design a building in Scotland and then moving on to how the economy for the Dundee population has crashed. Where does the billion dollar investment go? Does no one else find it odd they didn't employ a Scot to design it? Does Scotland not have architects? It's not Will and Kate who picked the designer, so I'm not putting it on them... rather the UK government or whoever oversaw the project. It just seems so odd to employ a foreigner to design your community's museum about design. It's a beautiful design and will draw tourism.
    Signed, a Confused Florida Moxie

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    1. A question for the ages Florida Moxie. It's interesting because Glasgow has a reputation for design and many talented designers. I don't much about the process, but there must of been a competition for the project and the Japanese guy won.

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    2. Moxie, I think art is not about frontiers and nationalism, it never was( or when it was, it became propaganda). The fact that a Japanese was chosen shows the aim was to choose the best project. ( Of course maybe the Japanese architect is the brother in law of the PM, but I hope not) As for the money. The cost is not only the architect's fee. I guess the building of the museum has given the region work. Now it is opened, it is an attraction point for the town. Economy is changing and fabrics are closing. Services are the alternative. I think this visit highlights the inevitable end of an era and the beginning of an other. Will the new museum compensate for the loss of the factory? Maybe not, but it is a sign the region is looking into the future.

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  52. Wonderful love her outfit, I had a dress of the same tartan...years ago and still love this fabric today. Bless her heart she is just not in Her element during speeches, but boy she sure is with children.... I believe she would have a whole house full if she was allowed, not so sure she is though. Love this whole post!!

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  53. Here we go again with these people criticizing Kate. Honestly it really does bother me that many women on here are triggered over a grown woman's decisions with her and her children's life. Yes some of you are mothers I understand that but that doesn't mean you need sound so full of yourself to make a point. If Kate did do more like some of you want her to her do then some of you will say she's neglecting her own kids . Yes Kate is rich we all know that but at the end of day what she does in her private life is none of our business and we should respect that.

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    1. I think it’s hard for a lot of people to not judge someone else against what they themselves would do in any given situation. I don’t have kids myself, but I have many friends that do and amongst those friends some stay at home with their kids and some don’t. Amongst the stay at home set, many send their kids to school and one home schools her kids. Amongst those that work, some would love to stay home with their children but can’t afford to and some would go insane if they stayed at home with their kids all day. I don’t consider any of them to be better moms/worse moms/lazy/hardworking based on their choices surrounding their kids.
      The difference is that none of my friends are British royals lol.
      Personally, as an American, I’m not a UK taxpayer with some sense of ownership over the royals, so I just enjoy watching them. But I understand the folks in the UK that feel like Kate needs to start upping her numbers because when the end of year tallies come out, she is always at the bottom. I think many people don’t have her privileged home life and feel resentful that their tax dollars are funding her laziness as they see it. I don’t know exactly how the royals are funded so I can’t attest to the validity of the statement, but I have seen many many comments along those lines all over the internet, so even though it may not be factual it is how people feel.
      As a woman, I say let her do what she and William feel is best for their family. As a royal though, it adds that extra layer of complexity.

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    2. Except taxpayers directly and indirectly fund much of their private life. It's not "being triggered" to question whether a woman who does not hesitate to use all the benefits of royal life should perhaps also not hesitate then to earn those benefits through doing more royal duties. Frankly given that Britain ended child tax credits, universal credits, and housing benefits for any third children and beyond of low income families the very same year kate began carrying her own third child who will receive taxpayer money both directly and indirectly, I think it's a little insulting to say it's about "being triggered" by anything.
      And it's not like we expect a full time job equivalent effort. I don't think any of us expect her to ever even be close to that. She could triple her engagement numbers and still work less than most mothers I know with part time jobs.

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    3. Anon I think I'm aloud to voice out my own opinion and I have every right to defend Kate from trolls. Most ladies on here preach about how we should spread kindness or how women should stand up for each other but I see them criticizing Kate because they see something they don't like and they take their critical opinion to the next level. That seems hypocritical to me.

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    4. Davion - because someone questions or criticizes Kate’s work ethic, it doesn’t make them a troll. That is frankly insulting. This blog is not only for Kate’s fan club. Some of us enjoy following her fashion but question why she is so hesitant to take on royal duties beyond what she currently does. Anon in CA

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    5. Why does everyone have to be a troll who critisizes Kate??? I rather think that most comments that were critical rather root from a certain disappointment, since they like Kate in one way or another, or since they have hope that Kate could do great things. Not everything can be explained by trolls, even if it might make it easier for some. Sometimes there might be some truth and honesty behind the comments, or even deeper feelings.
      Tidefi

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    6. Once again Anon in CA I have my own opinion and you have yours. Also aren't you the same one that call Kate weak really what a wonderful way to empower women. That woman has been through hell for being with William . Paparazzi constantly stalking her in the past, the British media saying horrible things about her and her family, body shaming, sexist comments,and much more. After all that she always handle situations with class and I admire her for that because no one should go through that. I think she is a strong wise woman and if you don't think so then thats your problem.

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    7. Davion - I never called her weak. Stop putting words in my mouth. And please stop trolling me now. I’m also allowed to speak my opinions without being attacked you. Anon in CA

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      I fully agree with you. And I am puzzled at the same time, reading such comments here again. Hope it gets deleted, find it unfair. Calling anyone names or trolls, totally weakens one's argument.

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    9. Annet I am surprised by your reaction. Davion has a point, Anon in CA another one and has answered back. No need to add fuel to anything. No need to comment on the comments. I shouldn't I do it myself, but I dislike piling on a poster, which your comment is an invitation to do. Anon in CA is perfectly able to answer herself, has done so convincingly, the matter can rest here .

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      At least I can spell your name correctly. Secondly, I would never dare to tell you what you should write and think or where to comment. So I would appreciate if you extend the same courtesy to me.

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  54. I applaud Charlotte for giving us a platform to discuss all things royal. But,it saddens me to read so many comments, with what reads as an underlying negative tone towards Catherine. I wonder why that is ?
    It would be naive of us to think that the royal household isn't always ten steps ahead when decisions are released to the public. You can guarantee, that any choices William and Catherine have made, was vetted by HM, and with her approval W&C have reached a balance of being royal and having a parent ever present for the children. Something HM didn't have the option of doing, and as Prince Charles himself has stated, did impact on him and his siblings as children. Why would anyone wish to have that scenario repeated ?
    We should also be aware that Catherine is not yet the Princess of Wales and as such still has time to grow into the her forthcoming role,whilst at the same time giving her three children a loving and supportive home life. If her choice is to stay at home during these early and precious years with her children, and learn the ropes from behind close doors, then that seems a logical choice. With years of duty and service ahead, not just for William, but for George, I for one hope that Catherine is providing them with the groundwork they'll need to pick up the mantle when their time comes. Bel.

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    1. So was HM ten steps ahead and approving of the lengthy disaster that was the Charles and Diana marriage? Or for that matter each and every one of her childrens except Edward? Has she been pre approving Prince Andrew's friendships and get togethers with sex offenders, corrupt businessmen and dictators, and more-for a long while under the guise of representing Britain-all for his own personal financial gain?
      I don't mean to be rude and I hope this doesn't come off that way - I'm just honestly flabbergasted when people say of course HM has pre approved cambridge (or Sussex or any other brf) decisions especially when it comes to their personal/family lives. Just the fact that the Wales marriage had years and years of public cheating and drama that only got more and more public before she finally actually intervened makes me think otherwise at least. And if her own own children got that much rein, it seems only likely and typical for her as grandmother to give even more rein to her grandchildren.

      I think HM has maybe probably "pre approved" any cambridge (or any other brf) work and family decisions insofar as making sure the fate of the monarchy itself isn't affected by their choices. As long as there isn't enough backlash for that to be a possibility, it seems she let's her family do as it pleases (often even with much backlash)
      But because they can mostly get away with it- not because they're making the right choice.

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    2. Anon 8:48 - I think you’re correct. I don’t see how the Queen has time to be ten steps ahead of each family member’s personal lives. Or are people saying she only intervenes in William’s life? The queen is focused on being the monarch of her country, not on managing William and Kate’s life.

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    3. Anon 17:42, I agree I doubt she is managing in any detail the entire family. I do assume that the offices co-ordinate on who is going to do what and draw up most likely, 10 year, 5 year, 2 year, 1 year and six month plans and then have major re-evaluations on the objectives of the BRF etc every few years. As third in line, while some of the public might like to see more BRF related work on William and Catherines sides, I have no idea if that has ever been the norm, or perhaps it gets adjusted based on how many people in the family want to be taking on engagements etc. I also do not know exactly how the taxes and private incomes of everyone factor into their lives. Also do not know how much they contribute to the UK in terms of tourism and fundraising efforts etc. So I try not to wade into those areas:). I do enjoy the fashion watching however.:)

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  55. Hello, just popping in briefly for those not on social media.

    KP announced four engagements for Kate today. We have two red carpet events coming up and two visits on Tuesday in support of Children's Mental Health Week. We'll likely also see the second Royal Foundation Forum soon and the launch of Kate's project. February is shaping up to both busy and interesting.

    5 February - In support of Children's Mental Health Week, the Duchess of Cambridge will visit Lavender Primary School in support of Place2Be. Afterwards, Kate will visit Alperton Community School to meet the UK’s first winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, Andria Zafirakou.

    10 February - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the BAFTA Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

    13 February - The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the 100 Women in Finance Gala Dinner at the V&A Museum London in aid of Heads Together's legacy programme ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’

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    1. Zora from Prague31 January 2019 at 22:13

      Thank you Charlotte, so thoughtful of you! I'm one of those who are not on social media so I really appreciate your info. Looking forward to all the engagements! Today I thought of Heads Together as I went to an opening of the Festival called "On the Head" here in Prague which focuses on mental health. The aims are to help destigmatize mental illnesses and get the public more informed. And there was a mention of the BRF! when the organisers said they take inspiration from initiatives all around the world. A part of the evening was a Norwegian film "Elling" - I enjoyed it very much.

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    2. I’m really hoping we see the pink gown she wore for Prince Charles bday at the Baftas!

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden1 February 2019 at 11:11

      Oh, I forgot about that one Anon 23.05! I want to see that one properly at least once!!

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  56. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make for a lovely couple. I enjoy their together engagements. I agree with the Duchess, “I’ve not seen a museum like this one”😁. Awesome architecture. Charlotte, thanks for the interesting info. By the way, my comment is a re-submission. A similar comment never showed. The same thing happened on MAM blog. I’m not sure what went wrong. Thanks Charlotte for the heads-up on future engagements for the Duke and Duchess.

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  57. Did you see? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6658423/Kate-Middleton-celebrates-mother-Caroles-birthday-party-Pippas-house.html

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    1. Yes! Poor Kate looks in no mood for the press. Wants a break I think!

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    2. I wonder how the paps got this private info. And where is William?

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  58. These pictures of Catherine actually bother me. She looks very uncomfortable and borderline scared in them. This was private time and right outside her sisters house. Totally inappropriate. Considering there’s no other guest pics or any of them leaving I’ll bet that photographer was moved on pretty sharpish. Erininnyc

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    1. Orangae County Grandma2 February 2019 at 19:56

      These photos remind me of Princess Diana. Wonder where her security detail were. And where was was William. This would not have happened if she was with William. Wonder if there is trouble between William and his mother in law. They were to have Christmas with the Middleton’s but decided to have it with the royal family.
      Charlotte maybe you can shed some light on all this.

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    2. William may have had a bad cold or another engagement. I don’t think we should speculate about unknown family rifts. As for Christmas, it was said that Kate and William needed to show a positive relationship with Meghan and Harry, in order to counteract the media’s rumors of rifts.

      Kate does look blinded and bothered by the intrusive photographer. And a photographer also pestered her father the next day. Pippa’s place seems rather exposed, and this has happned before. I wonder if the paps stake it out on a regular basis.

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    3. Patricia I, thank you for saying what I was thinking about speculation.

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  59. The pictures were rather horrifying and I think the lights may have been keeping her from even seeing here she was going. I think that's why her hand was up, to shield her eyes. Very unfair and even dangerous.

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  60. The coat material in the advertising photos does not look like Kates coat at all. In fact most of the design elements are very different.

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