Tuesday, 10 September 2019

"It Takes A Village To Raise A Child": The Duchess Marks The Culmination Of Back To Nature

The Duchess of Cambridge began her September schedule today with a previously unannounced visit to RHS Wisley for the fun-filled Back To Nature festival.


It marks Kate's official return to duties following summer break. The engagement was the culmination of Kate's garden project which aimed to highlight the importance of children spending as much time as possible outdoors enjoying nature.


Kensington Palace said: "As part of her longstanding work on Early Years, the Duchess of Cambridge believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children’s future health and happiness, building foundations that last through childhood and over a lifetime. Through her Back to Nature gardens, which were displayed earlier this year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, Her Royal Highness has aimed to highlight how spending time outdoors can enrich a child’s early development by providing an environment that encourages active exploration and the opportunity to form and strengthen positive relationships."


The Duchess officially opened a new play garden at Wisley, which was inspired by Back To Nature. Designed by landscape architects Davies White with support from RHS horticultural teams, it includes a number of features from the original garden at RHS Chelsea such as the hollow log and boulders from the waterfall and the hidden burrow and rolling hill from Hampton Court Garden. 


New features include a bouncing forest where visitors can jump on trampolines, a living willow pod and two linked treehouses.

It's a permanent installation which children will enjoy for many years to come.


The Duchess enjoyed a chat with the Queen of Baking and RHS Wisley patron Mary Berry. 


Kate has met Mary on a number of occasions over the years. She was once revealed she is "a big fan of her cookbooks and cakes".


To celebrate the Back To Nature festival will run throughout this week at Wisley. 


It includes circus acts, maypole dancing, a coconut shy and a host of gardening activities. 


Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “We are grateful to The Duchess for the incredible impact that this ‘Back to Nature’ collaboration has had. There is no doubt that this project, through her passion and vision, has highlighted that access to natural environments and green spaces isn’t just a nice to have, it’s vital to have. This is something that the RHS also strongly believes in and will continue to champion through our Greening Great Britain Campaign and charitable work.”


A number of representatives, families and children from charities and organisations Kate has met over the course of her early years work were invited today. 


Hannah Furness reports: "The Duchess was equally impressed by three-year-old Dylan Corbin from Woking, Surrey, who was dressed as an animal. “Are you a tiger?” she asked. “No," he said. "It’s face paint."


Kate was particularly taken by fifteen-month-old Matilda Griffiths. She chatted with mum Sarah about Louis and said "he loves to smell flowers" and spend time in the garden. 


More from The Telegraph:

"Sarah Griffiths, 25, from Southend, Essex, who has been helped by the charity Family Action and brought her 15-month-old daughter Matilda with her, said: “The experience was a bit overwhelming, it’s still a bit of a daze, but really exciting. “She asked me how Family Action have helped me. They’ve helped me lots getting me out socialising.”

A very sweet video of Kate dancing with Matilda.



The group travelled via tractor and trailer before Kate's speech. 


During a very nicely delivered speech, Kate spoke of the importance of laying the foundation blocks from the earliest years, her work in the area and how much she has enjoyed the process of creating the garden. "There is a well-known proverb – that it takes a village to raise a child – everyone here represents an integral part of that very village. By coming together, having fun, learning and experiencing new things, we can all impart life-long benefits on our children."



Kate's full speech from The Mail:

'As many of you know, I was invited by the RHS to co-design a garden for families and children for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. It’s been the most amazing experience and I can’t thank the RHS enough for giving me this wonderful opportunity. 
'I am delighted that many of those features that first appeared in those gardens, have found a permanent home here at Wisley in the new children’s play garden. I hope it will enable thousands of children to discover and explore the natural world around them. 
'I am not as green fingered as many of you here, but I was passionate about creating a garden that inspired children and adults alike to get back to nature and reap the positive mental and physical health benefits that it can bring. The gardens were, I suppose, a manifestation of some of the work I have been focusing on around how best we can support our children in the earliest years. 
'The physical benefits of being outdoors and in nature are well documented. More recently, however, I have learnt that these often safe and supportive environments can also bring significant benefits to the cognitive, social and emotional development of our children too. 
'The experiences we gain during our earliest years influence who we become as people. They influence how we interact in school, in work and in society and, ultimately how we bring up our own children. 
'Whether it is planting, exploring, digging, creating, or playing; quality time spent outside provides children with the perfect environment to form those positive relationships with the people in their lives and the world around them. As a parent, I have learnt just how important it is to foster our children’s development, in all areas, not just physical, as soon as they are born. 
'We build the blocks, the foundations, for future success and happiness later in their lives. These relationships, however, stretch far beyond the crucial one that a parent or carer has with its child.  Like in the animal kingdom, whether a pod, a pack, or a pride, the interactions we have with the broader community – be it with our grandparent, teachers or neighbours – play a crucial role in the growth and learning of our young. 
'There is a well-known proverb – that it takes a village to raise a child – everyone here represents an integral part of that very village. By coming together, having fun, learning and experiencing new things, we can all impart life-long benefits on our children. 
'That is why I wanted to invite you here today – many of whom I have met in my pursuit to learn more about the early years - to celebrate the work that you are doing, thank you personally and to continue working with you to inspire even more people to follow your lead. I hope you all have a wonderful day.'

Time for arts and crafts.


The Duchess continued her trend of wearing floral dresses for her garden visits by choosing the Emilia Wickstead Aurora dress (with thanks to Middleton Maven).


The $2,255 piece is described as: "This 'Aurora' shirt dress is made from light and breathable seersucker and decorated with her signature 'Rosewood' florals. Use the buckled belt to define your waist." It's available in limited sizing at Net-A-Porter.


Kate wore her Monsoon Fleur wedges.


A closer look at Kate's new earrings. They were initially identified as an Accessorize pair, however the eagle-eyed What Kate Wore correctly noted several differences. I'll update when/if they are definitively ID'd.


The Back To Nature garden is a lovely addition to Wisley. It was terrific to see so many children from various charities supported by the Duchess having fun and exploring with their loved ones - exactly what the project was all about. 

98 comments:

  1. I find that I rarely like Emilia Wickstead... and again this dress is not great. It reminds me of my grandma’s bedspread. Nice to see Kate at an engagement though and one she likely loves.

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    1. I agree, and it looks so springy! But she looks pretty, and it fits well with a garden/nature theme.

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    2. The dress reminds me of Grandma's nightgown! lol However, Kate looks happy and relaxed, and what a treat to see her with Mary Berry. I like Mary's dress, too.

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  2. It's Tuesday and I was waiting for an engagement from Catherine. Thanks Charlotte for the fast posting. I love her dress.

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    1. Just what I thought! Tuesday, Kate day...

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  3. What a nice event! It looks like the kids are having a blast, and no doubt because of the amazing play structure Kate designed. It is so cool that she is so in tune with what kids like these days!

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  4. I think she's settling into the maxi floral dress as a look that's conservative, feminine, and a bit on trend (for now, Reformation etc.).

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  5. Although I'm not as excited about this dress, I find in general I like the style that she's been wearing recently is so nice compared to the stiff starched other type. These are flowy, summery, relaxed, and fit in better with what other people are wearing.

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  6. Kate looks lovely, although this dress seems a bit more suited to spring than fall. Love seeing her with Mary Berry!! Too cute

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    1. They are adorable together! :D

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    2. Totally agree - she looks great as always, but that’s a spring dress. The shoes look clunky with it.

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    3. Although Mary was also in a very "springy dress". I am not a big floral fan but it looks pretty and appropriate for the event.

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    4. Well, it's still summer. Late summer, but summer.

      Camilla

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    5. Good thing it's not fall yet

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  7. I think this dress is gorgeous on Kate - I love the fabric, the style and the way it fits her. It's relaxed and pretty and a perfect choice for this engagement. And so great to see her with Mary Berry... they are both such warm and friendly people and I think would get on fabulously!!

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  8. Oh also the belt! I like the belt but with it being printed, it doesn’t break up the print at all! I guess not a winner in my books! The colors are really pretty and springy! Even though it’s coming fall lol! Just joking, I know it’s becayse it’s a flower show haha

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    1. Totally agree about the belt. Kate often puts awkward belts on clothing that splits the eye when admiring a coat or dress. The matching pattern gives the dress a more finished look.

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  9. oh i love the outfit hmm the kids having enjoying rm the outdoor activities i love duchess doing she loves

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  10. Between William's engagement yesterday and Kate's today, I'm glad to see that their work with mental health continues to be a primary focus (being outdoors can be beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing).
    This is Suicide Prevention week and month in the United States and today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a always a good opportunity to reach out to family, friends and colleagues and check in - have a conversation to make sure everything is going okay. I'm currently pursuing a graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling, so my investment in mental health education and advocacy is both a passionate and personal one. I was proud to hear William say yesterday that he wants to find time to train and volunteer with the UK's new crisis textline, Shout. It is obvious how deeply committed and invested he, Kate, Harry, and Meghan are in mental health advocacy.

    Since it is World Suicide Prevention Day, I felt it was a good opportunity to post these numbers again:

    UK:
    Shout - text SHOUT to 85258 for 24/7 crisis support
    Samaritans - 116 123 (Helpline)

    US:
    Crisis Text Line - Text TWT to 741741 (24/7 crisis support)
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

    Dialogue and actions are taking place to offer a 3-digit suicide prevention lifeline for the United States (similar to the 911 emergency services number). The goal is to offer a number that would be easy to remember. This process is moving in a good direction.

    For further information about suicide warning signs, how to have a conversation, and suicide prevention, visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/)
    The language we use to talk about suicide matters heavily: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mental-health-language-committed-suicide_l_5aeb53ffe4b0ab5c3d6344ab


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    1. Sarah from NC, Thank you for taking the time to add this important information. We'll never know, but you may have saved a life by doing so. Bless you in the work you are doing and best wishes as you pursue the credentials to become a mental health clinician.

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  11. Royal πŸ‘‘ Watcher10 September 2019 at 14:40

    Only Kate could pull this dress off, I would look like I was wearing my grandmother’s dressing gown. I love Kate’s garden passion, she is my favourite royal!

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  12. Love the dress and style on her that I think works well with her body type, though the fabric is more suited to spring rather than fall, but cheery for the venue. Also, I'm loving her foregoing the dark, dark eye shadow and instead using light taupe; same as the great lack of dark makeup around her eye lids on Charlotte's first day of school. She is so beautiful and it just radiates when her eyes are kept lighter as well.

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  13. For everyone commenting that it's fall and this looks like a spring dress-- it's not fall. It's summer. And the dress is completely appropriate for summer.

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    1. I completely agree azaluckyj. These are the waning days of summer when everything is still green, the dress works! cc

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    2. azaluckyj10 September 2019 at 14:58...Thank you

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  14. I am not a fan of the print especially as we come to the end of the Summer season. It is more Spring for me. I do love that she is on trend wearing the maxi length shirtdress style that is currently so popular. Is it my imagination or has she had her hair corrected from the kiss of the summer sun and now back to her normal color?

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    1. May be a coloring shampoo...

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    2. @ USA Granny: Hair colour back to normal? Look at the last photo. To my eye the colour is lighter than I've ever seen it. It actually looks auburn with blonde highlights...at least on my screen.

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  15. I like the style of the dress and the material seems interesting, but I am not 100 percent loving the print. I do agree that it looks very springy, but it works for this event as she is getting down to the kids level, climbing on the wagon, etc. She looks beautiful, as always, especially being so genuine. I love events where there are children, as she really is a natural. I look forward to the day when she can bring one her kids with her to an event like this -- not wish time away!

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  16. Caroline in Montana10 September 2019 at 15:51

    She looks really great! I like way the hem of the dress moves when she walks. I like the fit of the dress, even those breast pockets, the fabric also seems nice. I do not however like the actual flower print on the dress but I think the DOC could almost carry off wearing a paper sack so?! lol. and somehow I just knew those wedges would be on her feet before I even scrolled down:) her hair has been looking spectacular and im liking those earing. she is just so at ease when in nature. this event is right up her alley. she is so comfortably set in herself and just seems to be so secure, I wonder, it seems to me a lot of self care - the good kind!! I wonder if she does therapy? seriously if I were her id need it to stay grounded! well maybe I need it now:) lol will be curious to get everyone else's take on the dress.

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    1. I agree with you Caroline, Kate can pretty much wear anything, but would love to have a peek into her day to see what it is like, how she keeps herself grounded, and finds her balance! Seeing Kate always makes me want to be a better version of me, genuine and more kind in general, if that makes sense. cc

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    2. It does make sense, CeCe, and I have similar feelings, I'd call it inspiration.
      I love the look, and I love this whole occasion. Kate's speech is spot on and she delivers it very well. She will probably never be a "professional enthusiastic orator" (she has more important things to do!) but she has walked a long way!
      The best dialogue of the day must be "Are you a tiger?" - "No, it's face paint" 🐯😁!!!

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  17. She looks stunning in this dress, and it is a good fit for the engagement being playful and relaxed. But the print reminds me of my grandmothers curtains. It’s too old lady for me. Other than the print, I love it!

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  18. She looks great The dress fits her wonderfully. What a lovely event.

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  19. It's a very pretty print -- a bit wallpaperish but the texture adds to its appeal. This is a great dress for Kate -- she can obviously wear anything but I like the slight flare of the skirt and the slight bulkiness. It's a very pretty "in-the-garden" print! And Mary's dress is really lovely, too.

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  20. Maria from Austria10 September 2019 at 16:25

    What a lovely occasion. She looks lovely in that dress and seemed at ease speaking publicly.

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  21. Her speech is excellent.

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    1. I agree, she has improved a lot.

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  22. The earrings appear to be Accessorize brand Simple Filgree style and retailed for $10.

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  23. The Duchess of Cambridge looks confident and happy. It is obvious that she enjoys being out in nature. This is good work and I hope it is long-standing in its efforts to benefit the early development of children. Thanks, Charlotte.

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  24. I am wondering if her earrings weren't bought/given to her when she went on tour to India and Bhutan. Given that she is heading to Pakistan soon, I smiled to think that maybe she is already experimenting with her jewelry

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    1. I'm always taken back by the amount of jewelry (earrings) that Kate purchases several times a year with little if any comment from those who follow her. It certainly makes the term "unlimited budget" extremely real and questionable for me considering the very extensive beautiful collection she has already acquired not to mention what is at her disposal.

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    2. I have a fairly large collection of earrings amassed over 30-odd years. Some I hardly wear at all and, when I do wear them, my husband thinks they are new because I haven't worn them in such a long time. Some cost as little as $12 some are a couple of hundred dollars. Those are the most expensive earrings I have; I bought them at Birks in Canada after I saw the Duchess of Sussex wear them (they are the least expensive of her Birks collection but I thought they were beautiful.) As far as the Duchesses go, I see they usually wear the same pairs over and over so that, when they do wear a pair they haven't before, people seem to think it's extravagant. I don't.

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    3. On another site, it was said that Kate's earrings cost $10. So that would fit most budgets, although it can't be said for many of her jewels.

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    4. USA Granny, I agree. Personally, I feel that the equally extensive collection of similar looking floral dresses this summer has gone under the radar.

      Is it really necessary to fill up your closet and jewelry box at that pace, simply because you can afford it?

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    5. I’m with you Valerie. I also have a large earring collection. I feel like Kate’s is actually fairly small. She has some fun pieces but I feel like her Mappin and Webb, a few of the Kiki’s, several pearl drop earrings(hoops, Diana’s and HM), her sapphires, and the gold hoop leaf ones, oh and those stupid drop heart ones( I hate those) are her go-to ones. But all these have been in regular rotation for years. Other than the 22 paid of Kiki look alikea in every color, the rest are varied enough to cover a variety of engagements.....hmmm, I seem to be WAY more interested in her earrings than in any of her dresses.

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    6. I haven't thought much about the jewelry, but I did gasp when I saw that the print Emilia Wickstead dress was over 2,000 pounds (or dollars?). When I went back to check the exact price, the price had been removed because the dress is sold out! Geez!

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  25. I love everything about this day & about Kate's look! :) Several have mentioned it reminding them of their grandmother's dressing gown or bedspread... well I embrace that!:) It's just the type of print that screams English Gardening to me! It's lovely & I do really like the matching belt! Such a delight to see this post! :)

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    1. So well said, Becca - "it screams English Gardening"!! Yes, exactly!! πŸ˜€πŸŒΉπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

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    2. The dress looks very "English" to me. At first, I thought it was Cath Kidston, her dresses are whimsical, and floral. Love the look! Thanks for the wonderful blog, Charlotte. Parthenia

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    3. I haven 't heard of Cath Kidston before; there is such a wide selection of beautiful things! Thank you, Parthenia!

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    4. I love it as well. The color is pretty, the flower print perfect for the occasion. The wide matching belt and "shirt dress" style in contrast with the fabric is whimsical. And she just looks so happy and animated.

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    5. You are welcome Zora! Parthenia

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  26. Love this event, love Kate! The print of the dress is very 'English rose' which suits Kate very well, and fitting for the occasion. I like the material and think that it makes it seem less 'old' IMO and gives a modern twist to the garden dress. I like the belt with this dress and that it is in the same material. This look is certainly on trend with the maxi/floral dresses that are popular right now. They are great work dresses, yet feminine. The dress photographs well against the backdrop of the green and flowers of the garden. I agree with others that Kate is in her element and seems so confident these days, she looks beautiful as always. Love the interaction with the young girl who seemed very comfortable in Kate's presence. Great event and happy that the garden has found a forever home. Love that Mary Berry is there!! She and Kate seem like they get on quite well with each other, but then I think Kate pretty much seems to have a good time most all of the time! I could see Kate partnering with Mary Berry on some baking event for children! What a happy surprise for today!! cc

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  27. Kate looks beautiful, but I too would have liked to see her in more of a “getting into fall” colored dress than the spring colors. Something like a flowing light dress with more yellow, green, orange type colors.

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  28. Wow Kate really loves the floral maxi dresses. I think this dress is cute and I'm glad she's bringing the wedges back. I love wedges. Most of all I like that shes dressing in a way that kids wouldn't find forbidding and remote. She looks like she could be a grade school teacher.

    Still not sold on the blond highlights though.

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  29. Oh my gosh! Little Dylan's comment to the question "Are you a lion?"
    "No. It's face paint." Kids are hilarious.

    I've loved watching the comfort level change throughout the years when Kate gives a speech. It's gone from shy and choppy to smooth and confident. She's grown into her role beatifully.

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    1. Kids really are funny! Reminds me of a young trick or treater who was the grandson of a friend. He was dressed like either Peter Pan or Robin Hood, so I asked him, "are you Peter Pan"? He dead panned back to me "No, I'm Liam". :)

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  30. Lovely look. Not something I would pick out for myself, but she wears it well. And I can't help myself - when I saw these pics and the ones of Charlotte's first day of school, I couldn't help but wonder if another Cambridge is on the way. She just looked very fresh and happy and just somehow a little different. That quality you can't put your finger on. Sorry for speculating but it was just something I noticed.

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    1. I think she looks happy because she was happy to be there. Woman don’t have to be pregnant to be happy.

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    2. I had the same feeling.
      Maybe her contentness doesn't come from having finished her family, but rather from knowing that it is not yet finished?
      She has been very athletic, but seems much softer laterly, I already noticed that at Wimbledon.
      I do not think she is expecting already, especially with the upcoming tour, but maybe "preparing", also in order to get ready for the usually hard beginning of her pregnancies.

      So, that was already quite a bit of speculation from my side!

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    3. What is different is that she had her hair touch-up on the top since the first day of school for her children Charlotte
      and George. Review those pictures and you will see a line on top where there is some grow out, but now it is touch-up and looks great. πŸ’›

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    4. I really don't think so. There are women with pregnancy glow but Kate is not one of those women. Her HG makes her look drawn and tired during pregnancy. Are we not forgetting that two years ago she couldn't even make it to George's first day of school? If Kate starts looking tired and sallow then I'll think yeah, maybe she's pregnant. But she looks happy and healthy and also (this is delicate but important) a more realistic weight for a mom of three kids.

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    5. While I would love to see more little Cambridges, I feel like they might be done for good. And she definiteliy looks too healthy and happy. Every pregnancy announcement had several weeks of more gaunt appearances and headlines about her being way too thin (which was spot on due to her HG) beforhand.
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    6. I’ve wondered too! She’s been wearing belts, and her hairstyle has changed which she always does when an announcement is on the way. She’s does look a little tired. No engagements have been announced which is odd too. If she does have hyper gravaperiam, maybe she’s just does embargoed engagements whenever she feels up to it? Upcoming tour too.,.

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  31. I love appearances by Kate. This one slipped up on me so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it. I think anything looks good on Kate and this dress is not exception. I love her very ladylike style. Also, I want to play in that garden and jump on those trampolines.

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  32. That video of Kate dancing with the little girl is to die for. I don’t think I have ever seen Kate so unselfconscious and happy.

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  33. You guys know how much I love the DOC and her patronages/projects. I know this is not going to be popular....I do not like the hair color and I do not like the dress!!

    I think she wanted to warm it up a bit with some caramel highlights and it was just done too heavy. 50% less would have been perfect.

    I love the pattern of the dress but not the shirt dress style - the style slams against the floral pattern. I would have preferred a boat neck without the pockets or something. And that matchy matchy belt is a no go for me.

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    1. I agree on all pounts. Notging wrong with her look, I just don’t like it.

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  34. It was a perfect,lovely finish of procjet but I 'm sure that it still brings benefits for children.
    Floral dress fits perfectly to flowers which we can see in photos with Mary Baker before speech.

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  35. I detest dresses with pocket flaps over the breast! otherwise, very pretty!

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  36. A great outing highlighting the importance of the outdoors and the benefit it has on child development something I am totally on board with. The dress I’m not such a fan of.... another floral print dress for a garden visit is becoming a bit costume like for me so maybe a mix like a plain shirt with a floral skirt would have been a new combination she could have tried. Wickstead is also one of my least favourite designers the royal ladies wear.

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  37. I would like Kate to explore other areas of life (not just the early years) in more depth, too.

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    1. I believe she will, perhaps later on, as her own kids grow too. Her primary interest may be in the very young ones though.

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    2. It is a fine line they need to navigate. I love seeing the royals involved in things they are passionate about but if you only focus on things you are interested in then it becomes all about YOU. And that is not what royal work is all about.
      I think it is something all 4 young royals are struggling with at the moment. Everytime I read that a royal tour is planned around the interests of the couple I feel like it is the wrong way around, it should focus on what the country/area offer or need and not on what the royals are interested in.
      So yes I would love to see Kate get involved in maybe the elderly or a literacy project for teenagers l, and Meghan maybe championing a boys’ sport.

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      Really excellent points. I agree with you.

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    4. RachelZA, that is a really good point. And it works into the idea of the duchesses attending to more causes, going to more events, "working" more days of the week. Each of them should be able to attend to a group that has nothing to do with their personal interests.

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  38. The Duchess looks lovely, but this is a rare miss for me. Not keen on the overwhelming pattern, way too much going on, and matchy belt just too much. Mary Berry looks fantastic.

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  39. It's curious: Kate's hair here looks quite different than the way it looked on Charlotte's first day at school, it now seems longer and darker, and appears to have reverted to her previous style!

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  40. Awww such a darling look for this occasion!! You can see how proud she is to be apart of this joyous cause! And the priceless moments with the children! How awesome would it be if Mary Berry and the Duchess teamed up for a one time episode of baking!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I would love that. Childhood Cookie Favorites would be fun.

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  41. Caroline in Montana11 September 2019 at 18:15

    Charlotte, do we know when the tour is yet or when the DOC will make her next appearance?

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    1. Hello Caroline,

      Nothing announced yet, although I do think we'll hear engagement announcements by the end of the week. I'm not entirely sure, but I think it's possible the full tour itinerary will not be released until the end of the month for security reasons.

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    2. Caroline in Montana11 September 2019 at 23:23

      Thank you Charlotte! missing the DoC on a regular basis:)

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  42. She looks lovely and so happy working with children

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  43. The first photo is extremely endearing! And it takes a lot of courage to be the center of the day's activity, and she seemed to really enjoy herself. I like the updated forest, and especially love the bouncing forest, although in the US, someone would cut through the pads and cause injuries. I do yearn for her beautiful dark hair, remembering her visit to Paris, but I'm glad she's happy with her pretty caramel hair.

    I read that the earrings may not be the very inexpensive version -- they have some subtle differences. I hope their origin is found; they are really pretty on a closeup.

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  44. I can't help but notice ... Kate's accent is decidedly less posh nowadays and more modern Brit. there was a time when she talked like she had marbles in her mouth.

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    1. Funnily enough, she actually sounds more genuinely posh than she used to, Her accent at first was tight and too careful. To a British person, she simply sounded as if she was trying too hard. Now that she has learned to breathe, and to find her own voice, she has the ease of manner which is the main characteristic of what you call "posh". It is now quite nice to hear her speak, and not the excruciating experience it used to be. Good for her. She may have worked hard to become so apparently relaxed.

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    2. To a Canadian/American who has lived in the UK and Ireland I regularly get my accents mixed up. But like Cecilia says, I DO know "posh" and she is definitely posh. Not affected posh but someone who has been to the best schools and mingles with the aristocracy and upper classes. Again I don't mean that to say she is snobby, people in the UK are "located" by their accents and when I lived there in the 1970s I counted myself luckily with my mid-Atlantic accent that I couldn't be "pegged." I do wish, however, that I could master the Irish lilt, that's my favorite accent :)

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    3. Thank you Cecilia for explaining so well! As a non-native speaker, it isn't easy to get all the subtilities of accents.

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  45. A bit too much print for my liking. Would be a stunning skirt with white blouse . Erin in nyc

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    1. Anon 23:15, have to agree, but I am the less is more person in my wardrobe and home furnishings:)

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  46. This is completely off-topic BUT I know there are Downton Abbey fans here too... so I have to share this: I'm just coming home from the cinema, having seen the Downton film- And I loved it!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) I'm a bit excited as you can imagine :-) Seeing all those characters that I'd been missing for so long! :-) Listening to the music! Seeing Downton on the big screen!!! :-) :-) :-) I wonder if the Cambridges get to see it soon!

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  47. She is so beautiful! I love the dress and her smile just lit up the day. That first pic you put up Charlotte said it all! Wonderful.

    Silvia

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  48. Are the kids going with them to Pakistan?

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    1. Hello,

      Not for this tour, George and Charlotte will have school. Nanny Maria Teresa and Kate's parents will look after them.

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