Sunday, 5 January 2020

Family & Friends Gather For Sunday Service Ahead Of Kate's Birthday

As they come to the end of their Christmas break and prepare to return to London ahead of term commencing at Thomas's Battersea on Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen for Sunday service at St Mary's this morning.


Of course, the Duchess celebrates her 38th birthday on Thursday.


To mark the occasion, the couple have continued their tradition of inviting family and close friends for a weekend at Anmer Hall.


The close-knit group includes James and Laura Meade. James is Charlotte's godfather and Laura was chosen as one of Louis' godparents. They were accompanied by George's godmother Emilia Jardine-Paterson and her husband David. Other godparents and friends in attendance were Oliver Baker and neighbours the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley.


Michael and Carole Middleton were also in attendance. Carole's wearing a coat she's sported on several occasions including Christmas Day in Bucklebury 2012. They enjoyed a sun soaked holiday over Christmas with Pippa and her husband James Matthews, and James Middleton and his fiancรฉe Alizee Thevenet in St Barts. No doubt over dinners and drinks at Anmer, there's been plenty of discussion about the upcoming wedding which is due to take place this year.


James Middleton's upcoming nuptials are not the only ones on the cards among the set. One of William's closest friends Thomas van Straubenzee will marry Lucy Lanigan O Keefe, a teacher at Thomas's Battersea, later this year (Was there any royal matchmaking involved?) After Thomas' short lived marriage to 'Hogwarts Heiress' Melissa Percy, there were rumours he had rekindled his romance with Kate's friend and Charlotte's godmother Sophie Carter. However, that was evidently not the case as Sophie married Robert Snuggs in 2018 and Thomas found love again with Lucy. The Times reports George, Charlotte and perhaps Louis will be page boys and flower girls at the wedding.


The Queen arriving in purple.

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Kate greeting well-wishers with Laura Meade after the service.


The group making their way back to Anmer.


Kate wrapped up in a new printed coat for the service.


The designer of the coat was a mystery until a reader (thank you Anonymous) discovered it's from a past Roksanda collection. The deep blue and rusty orange print Denton coat is from 2016 and has been sold out for some time. It retailed for roughly £2,500.


Emily identified Kate's stylish hat as the £95 Hicks & Brown Suffolk Fedora.


Kate accessorised with her sapphire and diamond earrings earrings and carried her quilted Jaeger clutch.


Kate wore her brown suede Stuart Weitzman Zipkin boots. They have been in her closet since shortly after the wedding.


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In other news, to mark the start of a new decade Buckingham Palace shared a new photo of the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George taken on the day of the Queen's pre-Christmas luncheon. I love the posing of Charles and George and the future King's tartan trousers :)


Before I sign off, my thoughts have very much been with readers of Duchess Kate and Mad About Meghan living in Australia. I know so many of you feel the same. If you wish to donate to help in the incredible effort underway to tackle the ferocious fires, please click here for a list of options.

98 comments:

  1. What a fabulous look!

    There's something so reassuring about seeing the Royal Family heading into church as the year begins. I'm sure they sometimes feel the responsibility that comes with their role as a burden. To be able seek God's help in a place of quiet contemplation, as well as to be able to pray for the world in the beautiful words of the Prayer Book must feel like such a grace. I'd like to think they are praying for Australia today. The bushfire situation is so devastatingly awful here just now.

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    1. I agree. Apart from the serious issues; just love the hat!

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    2. Tammy from California5 January 2020 at 17:30

      I loved your comment Judy.

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    3. Zora from Prague5 January 2020 at 17:36

      +1, Tammy!

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    4. What a very nice comment Judy. cc

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    5. Thoughtful comment, Judy.

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  2. I think I said it last year as well but I love this habit of seeing the Cambridges with their personal friends (I don’t suppose you get personal family ๐Ÿ˜‰) attend church on the first weekend of the year. It gives a little peek into their private life without being intrusive or putting their friends in the spotlight. (I can imagine that some friends who was there for the weekend might choose not to do the church walk)

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  3. its nice too see the Duchess of Cambridge again she is slaying it the queen and Duchesss Cambridge are matching colors its good too see situation in Australia today my cousin says she a rain showers for almost 3 months

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  4. Omg!! Love her, love her in the fedora! She looks gorgeous! George’s pants on the other hand...;)!

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    1. I like his tartans. I think the shirt does not "go" with them very well. But he's a cutey, nonetheless!

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  5. Kate really rocks that hat!!!

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  6. I love this outfit, it's so very Kate and suits her so well.

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  7. Kate looks stunning! Love the hat & coat! It's so stylish & really suits her. The hat lends kind of a playful air as it's all about a fun weekend with friends for her birthday. Lovely to see them on their walk to attend church.

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  8. I think your right that the boots are Stuart Weitzman, style ZIPKIN” HEELED BOOTS and Kate wore them in 2013 & 2011 you know how she will repeat items many years later and you think they are new. If not they are new, but I still don’t think so because of how high the heel is with a slit platform and that style was years ago, just a thought.๐ŸŽ‚

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    1. I don't think these are the same boots. No platform and the heel is much higher.

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  9. W&K must be so proud of their friends and her family, so many years together and they have always been discreet. It says a lot about them all that they have been together for so many years.

    I like the unusual combination of colors on Kate.

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  10. Love your blog Charlotte and Happy 2020!

    Her boots are the Stuart Weitzman "Zipkins" that she wore in Denmark with a red coat. She was also seen in them at a Christmas market around the time she was in the early stages of pregnancy with George.

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  11. I also think this is a very nice "tradition" that Kate is establishing- house party on her birthday weekend, and attending church with everyone. It's also a nice nod to the sovereign as head of the church. Love eveything about her outfit this morning: jaunty fedora, stunning colour combination and textured coat, and wonderfully stylish boots. Kate looks wonderful!

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  12. Yes, it's great to see the family and friends. And I LOVE Kate's hat and coat; she looks lovely and stylish. Honestly I think it's my favorite coat and hat from the past several years. Happy Birthday to Kate coming up. Happy New Year, Charlotte. Thank you for the wonderful blogs.

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  13. I have a feeling this outfit is going to be very popular or it won’t be like at all. I’m in the latter. The shape of the Coat is nice. And the gold bars on it. The print looks tie dyed to me, boots are nice. Don’t like the hat either looks like a really casual hat for going to church. I know some people will love it but it just isn’t for me! I really like Lucy’s hat! Does anyone know how old Laura Meade is? She looks co considerably older than the group. Just an observation. She looks closer to Thomas’ age so I’m assuming he’s older than Lucy? Just curious !

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    1. From Wikipedia: Laura Meade, formerly, Lady Laura Clare Marsham, born 18 March 1984. James Meade was born in 1981.

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    2. So she’s actually a couple of years younger than Catherine and William.

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    3. I am in your camp Anonymous. I don’t like the coat nor the pairing with that particular hat. So many better options already in her closet. Better hats for this coat, better coats for this hat. Still, very poised.

      From the rest of her group of friends, clearly Lucy tried to be appropriate for a church service that her majesty also attended. The others are a mixed bag. I admire Carole for her decision to resist the temptation of wearing a new coat for the occasion. Hers is a great coat (possibly more than 10 years old, but still so elegant!) that endures beyond trends.

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    4. I agree that the hat is too casual for church. Sophie Wessex wore a fedora to church recently, and I thought the same thing. It's a nice hat; I just don't think it's right for the occasion. I do like the coat, though. The unusual color is a welcome change from the standard navy or grey, and it fits Kate beautifully.

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    5. Im just wondering: how formal do church hats have to be in the UK? Because in the US hats are not a requirement for most churches. They are for special occasions and holidays. And for special occasions fedoras are certainly formal enough. I’m kind of lost with the business of “hats for everything.”

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  14. Just when I think that Kate can’t top herself, she does. What a gorgeous outfit, she looks every inch a queen.
    The tragedy that has been raging in Australia is just catastrophic. I am praying for all the people and animals.

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  15. Zora from Prague5 January 2020 at 17:40

    Kate looks fantastic! Both the coat and the hat suit her so well, and the feather decoration on the hat matches the coat's colours perfectly! She doesn't wear this type of hat very often but it's a great look.
    I hope she has a lovely day on Tuesday! ๐ŸŽ‚
    The portrait of HM+the male trio is also great. I love how the photographer worked with their body heights and the steps; in this way, George looks almost as tall as HM and William doesn't stick out but looks even slightly shorter than his father! Clever and unique.
    Thank you for the post, Charlotte!

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    1. What struck me about this photo, is George's expression looks just like Grandpa Charles. He strikes me as a sensitive, thoughtful, reserved kid probably just like Charles. Watching him walk to Church, I also thought he moved like Grandpa. He's more Windsor than I originally thought, but I also think he looks like Grandpa Middleton. Lovely photo and the Queen looks particularly happy and beautiful. She must really enjoy having the extended family around her even if it's a bit tiring!

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    2. Zora from Prague6 January 2020 at 15:48

      HoosierLori, I agree! George might have more in common with Grandpa Charles than one would think. (Btw, I'm not a huge Charles fan but I'm sure he is a loving grandfather.) And HM who usually only smiles a little is really beaming in this picture.

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    3. I think young George looks very much like George VI and Uncle Edward VIII, his brother. He seems happy and confident along with his seniors in the order of succession.

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  16. Well, I've changed my mind again! The outfit from the Christmas service was my all time favorite, but this one tops even that! I love the colors of the coat, and the fedora knocks it out of the ballpark! This is going to be a great year of fashion for Kate as she gets better all the time. Good to see family and friends surrounding the Cambridges.

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    1. LOL, I do believe we will all change our minds through the coming years as to our favorite look on Kate as she continues to evolve. It would be fun to be able to pick ONE working fashion statement each year that represented her look for each of the years since her marriage. I love to see old photos of HM and notice what a stylish women she was and continues to be as she has grown into her golden years.

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  17. IT IS COAT BY ROKSANDA.

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    1. Well done, I believe you have it. Thank you for letting me know :)

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  18. LOVE that hat, the hue of blue is wonderful! Lovely ensemble overall, but the fedora takes it to another level. Beautiful. :)

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  19. Wow! Stunning! I think this is my favorite look yet on her from head to toe! So pretty. Thank you Charlotte for a great post as always. My heart goes out to those in Australia ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›

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  20. This is a beautiful classic country look for Kate. Love the muted, watercolor tones of the coat with the fedora hat and its pop of color, its such a smart style!! I covet Kate's boot wardrobe, she has a style for every occasion! Love the casual feel of this with Kate's mother, father, and her and William's friends, its feels warm and friendly. The photo of the Queen with the heirs to the throne is great, and aside from the historical significance of it, its a great generational family photo, love Charles grandfatherly hand on George's shoulder. Seems like a great start to the new year for the Cambridge's.

    On a more somber side, praying for Australia and all those involved in the tragic fires. Thank you Charlotte for posting ways to help. cc

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  21. Kate is looking spot on! Is it possible the coat is mohair? it is difficult to tell from the photography but the fabric appears to have great texture while remaining soft in appearance, beautiful. I don't recall seeing Kate in a fedora since her Vogue cover and a couple of candid private photos when she would watch William play football. The style of the hat truly suits her. Her birthdays tradition of spending the weekend with family and friends is the ideal.

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    1. I like a fedora on Kate, but I have to admit that I don’t like it for church. I did not like Sophie’s fedora last week either.

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  22. Love the hat, not a fan of the coat. Does anyone know who attends St. Mary’s? Is it just for the Royal Family and their friends or is it open to the public if from they’re from surrounding area. Thanks for any insight.

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  23. That generational photo is incredible!! They all look so handsome and well. I can’t help but wonder how this is explained to George....does he have a sense at his age he is a bit different.

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  24. Rose from Montreal5 January 2020 at 19:31

    Wow what a good surprise post to check in and find this fantastic post. Thank you Charlotte you are truly amazing.
    Happy Birthday to our favorite royal Kate. I hope she have a very wonderful blessed birthday

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  25. I really love the fedora. It's not something we'd associate with Kate but it's quirky and I love the slightly bohemian/hipster-ish vibe. Then again I'm not really a fan of the big fascinators that are a part of royal fashion so I like it when royals wear a hat that doesn't look so royal if that makes sense.

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  26. Thank you for the post Charlotte. For anyone interested htttps://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au has a map showing the current fires and the extent of the burnout. This site is part of the warning system of the rural fire service. This is a one in a millennial event. In my mind as catastropic as the Great Fire of London.
    I really liked Kate's look today. She has become so calmly confident. Also nice to see the group of family and friends with her.
    Thought the generational family photo was lovely and liked that George was in tartan emphasising the Royal family links to Scotland.

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  27. I love this hat!!! she looks so chic in it . happy bday to the duchess! thanks for your hard work charlotte

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  28. I just love what Kate wore today. It reminds me of her look, which seemed very personal, when she was in Vogue. The coat is so beautiful and the hat is great. Is this a "country" look? I'm glad to see her special friends around her.

    George looked splendid -- he seems like a very happy boy, as long as he isn't rushed by crowds of strangers, which seems reasonable. The pants are great; don't like the shirt but someday the little stripes will be gone. :) He looked so terrific, as did his siblings, in the "after swimming" photo taken by Kate.

    I admit that the fire and its effects on the people and the wildlife seems overwhelming. What a horrible thing to happen to such a special place.

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  29. I hope this comment will be taken in the spirit I mean it, but one of the things I live about William and Kate is that they have the most ordinary looking group of friends. I am not referring to the cost of their clothes which is probably more than I earn in a year. But I am talking about their faces. I would pass any of them in the street without recognizing them at all. And for some reason that appeals to me.

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    1. I understand what you are saying RachelZA. But I don't know that their faces are so ordinary, but rather that Kate and William's friends live their lives under the radar so to speak. They aren't flashy, don't draw attention to themselves, and while they have money they don't dress like they are on the red carpet. I am sure they are known in their social circles, and are are probably acutely aware of social status,etc., but they come across as a warm group of people who despite their royal status, view Kate and William as one of them. There is a down to earth appeal that shows in their faces.

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    2. I agree with all of you.Anonymous, perhaps the word here is simply discretion. And I believe it is the quality Kate and William value the most.

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    3. I guess when you're "royal," it's a great comfort to have friends who like you for yourself, assuming most of these these friends were made during school days. They stand out for me against the well-wishers, but only because of their impeccable grooming and, as you say, understated but expensive clothes. Kinda reminds me of the show "Friends." And reminds me of Meghan's college friends -- good to have people you have truly trust.

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    4. Yes Natacha, that's the perfect word, discretion!

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  30. My dear Charlotte and our TDK family, thank you to all of you who are thinking of us at this incredibly tragic time for our country. We are entirely heartbroken, becoming more so as each day passes. The enormity of our losses feels so surreal, we mourn the growing number of our countrymen who have lost their lives, their homes, national parks, vineyards, farm animals, infrastructure and our precious wildlife of kangaroos, wallabies, native birds, marsupials and most tragically our Koala’s who are now functionally extinct. Over half a billion native animals have been lost across our vast country. Our temperatures have been hard to live with, peaking at 48.9 Celsius last Friday. It was the most horrific day, the fire-front is 450 kilometres long, and for many people their only refuge was at the beach, with anything they could find to make masks so they could breathe. As New Years Eve was celebrated around the world ... we were in tears for the enormity of this heartbreaking time in our history. On Friday night on Kangaroo Island, a huge wild-Fire decimated half of the Island, with 2 people sadly losing their life. As Saturday dawned, the tragedy touched me personally, as I learnt
    that my Surgeon was one of the fatalities. He was not only my doctor, but also a friend ... I was utterly devastated that my much loved Doctor had passed away as he and his Dad were trying valiantly to fight the inferno that engulfed the Island. Sadly they both lost their lives. ���� Yesterday we had the tiniest bit of rain, but the temperatures are going to soar again at weeks end. They estimate these fires could rage for another 2 - 3 months. It’s truly heartbreaking and we feel so helpless.
    Your beautiful blog has been a rare moment of happy thoughts on both TDK & MAM. I adored Catherine’s coat & particularly her hat, a very different style for her, and she looked entirely fabulous! Wishing you all a Happy New Year ...and thank you so much for thinking of our country. With my love to you all, Dee - Adelaide South Australia

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      Dee, I'm so sorry about your doctor and my heart hurts for Australia. I've never been there but my friends have and they said what a fantastic country it is. I hope the situation gets better. At the moment, it's hard to imagine what you all are going through.

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    2. Dee, you have my heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your friend and his father as well as for your country. Will be praying for some relief to this heartbreaking devastation. So glad that you have been able to find some happy moments on Charlotte's blog, it's true it is a positive safe haven. Our thoughts are with you and your country. cc

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    3. Caroline in Montana6 January 2020 at 19:18

      Heartbroken for you and all in Australia. you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    4. So sorry for your lost and for Australia.

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    5. I'm so sorry for your personal loss and the entire devastation in Australia. You are all in my prayers.

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    6. Heatbreaking. So, so sorry for each Australian, for mankind, for Mother Nature.

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    7. Dee, I am absolutely heart broken for you! Such loss for you personally & the loss for your nation is hard to even comprehend! Praying that you all have the strength you need to get through this! May this turn for the better soon! Though far away... you have so many people here that care about all of you & your suffering! xx

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  31. Beautiful photos. I want to walk in the same road! Happy Birthday! xoxox

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  32. Happy New Year hrhdk’ers!

    For my first comment of 2020, I’m going to stress the positive. I like that Kate’s wearing a slightly funky patterned coat and an offbeat hat (but I’m not sure they look great together, very different blues). Also, she looks tanned. Is it possible that they slipped away to enjoy some sun?

    And, a question about her Christmas outfit, and maybe today’s: she seems quite bundled up on both occasion. Does she leave on her coat and hat when she is in church? On Christmas, she looked especially bundled up. I guess there’s an assumption that she her body temperature runs a little on the cooler side, given her fondness for coats and coatdress outfits, but I would have been sweltering inside in that (beautiful) gray coat she wore on Christmas. Are the services really brief? The chapels not heated?

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    1. I have no personal knowledge but I've heard the church doesn't have central heating.

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    2. Norfolk in winter can be a very cold place and the old church are probably drafty. So yes I would expect that Kate kept her coat on.
      Kate favours the type of coats that you would keep on, you very seldom see her take her coat off at an official event, where Meghan’s coats are often, shall we call them overcoats, the type that you would wear outside but take off when you get inside.

      As for her hat, women keep their hats on during church services. So even though this is a more informal hat, she would still keep it on. I don’t think anyone would attend church with the queen without a hat.

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    3. I am sure she keeps her coat on. In winter, everyone keeps it on at church, at least where I live, and our climate is not worse.

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  33. Just the ticket! Loved it all.

    George is a dead ringer to his grandad Middleton... loved his trousers too. Go George!

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  34. The Duchess looks lovely in this coat, very elegant and the perfect fit, boots are gorgeous. The Queen looked radiant, wonderful in purple, her Amethyst and diamond brooch is superb.
    Thank you for posting the Australian Relief list, a wonderful help. Its devastating what's happening to our country at present, though our spirit remains high. We now have 3000 ADF reservists assisting on the ground. Australian Navy has been in the forefront, it's comforting to know we are in their safe hands. A third ship travelling to Victoria mid week with much needs supplies, equipment. Sea is the only option right now, flying is impossible. Drought's been ongoing for so long. Heat has been relentless. Lives have been lost, homes, wildlife and animals destroyed. We lost 3 RFS Volunteers in the space of 10 days. Wishing and praying rain will come soon. Sincerely N.S.W Australia. xx

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  35. So chic! I love those boots!!!!

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  36. Catherine amazes me yet again. I don't like fedoras at all, yet she looks beautiful, fun and chic wearing it.
    Love to those in Australia. The news is terrifying and my heart hurts for them.

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  37. Indeed the news from Australia eclipses anything, so much worse than the California fires that i thought could not be any worse. I would feel terrible for one person who had to go through the fires, but the enormity of the losses and losses to come are hard to fathom. It's just so heartbreaking.

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  38. Charlotte,
    Do you have any idea when Catherine will resume her royal duties this year?

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    1. Hello,

      George and Charlotte return to school tomorrow, so we might see an embargoed engagement during the week. If not, we'll almost certainly see engagements next week. A couple of reporters said there will be a strong focus on Kate's early years work, leading up to the launch of her project.

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      Any news in the works about any tours for W&K

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    3. Hello,

      Yes, we can expect two tours this year. The first is expected to be a post-Brexit European visit :)

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    4. Hopefully the first tour would be to Spain and Portugal. I would love to see Catherine and the queen of Spain together again.

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  39. So very sorry for the situation in Australia. Praying for rain.

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  40. Can anybody tell me who the guy wearing a navy coat standing next to David Cholmondelay is?

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  41. Caroline in Montana6 January 2020 at 23:29

    I wasn't so sure at first but the more I look at this the more I like it. I love love the hat, I think its the best style for her. I like the jacket the more I look at it and the boots are awesome. I think the pop of color with the hat is good but im not a super fan of the clutch. since I'm a fashion chicken I would have worn a brown fedora and brown clutch, but that's what makes her way more stylish than I:) so nice to see them with their friends and her folks, Carole truly ages beautifully. really enjoyed the 4 generational heir to the throne pic, laughed when I saw that shirt with those pants on PG, they do not really go together in my mind, lol

    Praying for all people and animals in Australia.

    Thank you charlotte, awesome as always!

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  42. I love the photos we've gotten over the years of Catherine's birthday weekend. She always looks great, yet very happy and relaxed. I've also noticed that her hairstyles are simple on these church mornings. I can imaging her going home, taking her hat off, and throwing it up in a ponytail!

    The photo of the 4 generations is wonderful. The queen in particular looks so relaxed, happy, and beautiful. Hard to believe she is 93.

    Thought and prayers for Australia. I've never been, but my husband used to work there...he loves Australia! It's a dream of mine to make it there sometime.

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  43. This is Kate’s weekend celebrations with friends & family for her birthday where Kate wore a coat with a beautiful combo of colors that brings out her artistic taste with a country chic fedora blue hat that looks great on her and love the whole look ๐Ÿ’™. This new sheik coat was created in 2016 and presume purchased, that means Kate finally had the right opportunity to wear a outfit that reflected the occasion. I believe we are going to see a lot more outfits previously made, because I have read somewhere you need 5 or so different outfits changes a day when attending Sandringham Christmas weekend festivities. I know if I was attending, I would have a few extra outfits/coats just in case the weather change or other factors. This modern look is a win!๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‚

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  44. I absolutely love the last photo of Kate, she looks just like herself years back in her dating days when she sported some similar hats! It just really hit me how all these years later.... just what an amazing job she's done navigating & forging her role as The Duchess of Cambridge (& future Princess of Wales.... then Queen Consort) while still being her authentic self! She really has hit her stride & I know we've all talked about it a lot this year! So excited to see Kate, Will & the family as they move forward into 2020!

    Prayers & Blessings to everyone in all areas of Australia suffering or being effected by this overwhelming fires! Please know you have so many friends here thinking of you! xx

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    1. Becca USA, I have been missing Kate's cute dimply smile that we saw so much at the beginning of their marriage, and I think I see her dimples again in the photos above. To me, that represented her sense of humor.

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    2. I agree Allison & it was cute to see them! :) xx

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  45. Firstly I have to say that my heart is broken for Australia. I can’t imagine facing a disaster on such a scale and there is so little one can do.

    But the from a completely PR point of view I wish the royal family would cease this recent practice of releasing separate statements on disasters. I think it started with Clarence House releasing a separate statement a couple of years ago and KP followed on from there and when Sussexroyal split off, they continued the practice.

    And while I am sure Australia can do with all the thoughts and prayers coming their way, it just feels like the message gets lost between stories of who send theirs first and who said it better. And having 4 separate statements don’t seem to amplify the message but rather dilute it.

    Maybe have 2 statements one from HM (and Phillip) as Head of State, that is formal and official and one on behalf of the Royal Family, that they can all repost on their social media, maybe changing the photos or adding a personal paragraph at the end. To me it jus feels like it will both be more on brand and on message, than having 4 seperate statements.

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    1. RachelZA, I know what you mean. When there is something so horrendous occurring, perhaps one statement from all of the RF and then perhaps including any suggestions for assistance and/or what is being done to help, even if it is something small. I've been reading about the Irwin family helping hurt animals -- there are several large GoFundMe sites -- or even a list of sources to send support would be good to add to general good wishes. I remember the horror of the fire that swept Paradise, California, and that was small and quick compared with what's happening now. I wasn't at all involved, so to be affected or vulnerable is something I cannot imagine. In addition to the lives and livelihoods affected, I remember the visit by H&M to the Koala rehab place and now those little darlings are being destroyed. It just makes me cry while I write this.

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    2. I agree with you RachelZA. At a time when there is a disaster of such magnitude within a Commonwealth country, it would make more sense to come together in a united voice. Whatever 'department' lines there may be internally do seem to dilute the message and make it a contest of sorts and detract from the message. From a PR perspective your idea of two official statements with personal messages on social media from the separate houses seems en pointe. At the very least the first statement should come from HM. cc

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    3. Charles has released a video, I thought it was heartfelt and genuine. What do Australians think?

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  46. Charlotte, I have read (and enjoyed) your blog since the year you started. The smoke here is thick and hurts my eyes, it's hard to breathe. My immediate family and I are safe but my extended family and many friends are not.
    Our paddocks and the state forests are so dry, every time the wind blows, we fear embers and worry about lightning strikes. It's only the start of January so we still have February and March to go before we can expect any fire-proofing rain. I am having trouble sleeping and am constantly close to tears as I listen to radio updates for places I love and consider a second home (and which are home to my loved ones). So many people I love have no power, no phone coverage and no fuel. Food supplies are low.
    Your blog is a welcome reprieve and one of the things helping to keep me sane. You have also entertained and educated me during other tough times. It's so nice to come here and escape for fifteen minutes. Much love and gratitude to you and the commentors and strength and comfort to Dee and others who have lost so much. Best wishes, Kate

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    1. Kate, I am so sorry, reading this hurts my heart to know what you and your family are facing. It is frightening to hear and I pray that you have the strength to endure and that your family members are safe. You are in my thoughts and prayers. cc

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    3. Dear CeCe,

      Apologies for my delayed reply – things were chaotic here then once things settled, Blogger wouldn’t work.

      Thank you for your kind-hearted reply and thoughts and prayers – they are greatly appreciated! The fire (with a 1500km front as reported by a trustworthy source) has now burnt away from my family and friends, thank goodness!
      Our tank water is smoke contaminated but after a few weeks, we have become accustomed to putting our water for drinking through a carbon filter jug and adding lemon juice to hide the remaining smoke taste. We are washing less and clothes washing is a pest (clothes come out worse than they go in!) but we are coping and feeling better about things. We have also had some rain which has made a world of difference to the paddocks.

      I am sorry you lost your partner 2 years ago. He sounded like a wonderful person who changed thousands of lives for the better. Such a loss for you, and the world at large! I’m sure his memory will live on a million times over because of his positive influence on so many children and their families.

      To Charlotte and the wider DK community, I would like to apologize for complaining here. The focus of the blog is the other Kate, not me and rightly so! DK is a break from everyday life for so many readers, myself included, not a place for me to pour out my woes. ;) I was just rattled when the content on one of my “escape sites” (for want of a better word) collided with my offline life and I reacted reflexively – sorry! It makes me admire Duchess Kate even more – she certainly wouldn’t react in such a way, she’s much too professional!

      Kate

      Addit: Thanks Charlotte for highlighting Australia’s plight.

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  47. Thank you, Charlotte. I enjoyed the post. I want what the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing๐Ÿ˜Š; my style.

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  48. This is a wonderful, cheeky look for her. I first thought the fedora was totally off the wall with the city boots and slim coat, but it has grown on me. It's a young, original choice on staid Kate, and I really like that.

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  49. Waiting impatiently for your post on Kate's actual birthday!

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  50. Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Cambridge!! A beautiful unseen photo of Kate has been posted on the Kensington Royal instagram account. I hope that in spite of everything that is going on, that Kate can enjoy her birthday and spend a wonderful day with her husband and her children!! cc

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