Saturday, 29 May 2021

Duchess Kate Gets First Covid-19 Jab

Following the Cambridges' return from Scotland, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed she had her first Covid-19 jab. Kate shared: "Yesterday I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at London’s Science Museum. I’m hugely grateful to everyone who is playing a part in the rollout - thank you for everything you are doing."


It follows a similar post from William who shared he was vaccinated on 20 May. On social media, he wrote: "To all those working on the vaccine rollout - thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do."


'It came after numerous reports stated that William had tested positive for COVID in April 2020 – around the same time as his father, Prince Charles.

Kensington Palace chose not to comment – but it's thought that William wanted to keep his diagnosis private to avoid causing alarm. He was said to have been treated by palace doctors and followed government guidelines by isolating at the Cambridge family home in Norfolk, Amner Hall.

Prince Charles, meanwhile, self-isolated for seven days at his Birkhall home on the royal Balmoral estate after displaying mild symptoms. At the time, his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, tested negative for the virus.'

The Duchess was stylish in an off-duty look with a fitted top and jeans. Kate wore her H&M off-the-shoulder top. It comes in rib-knit fabric with short sleeves.


Kate debuted the piece during an Isles of Scilly visit in 2016.


It is quite difficult to ID jeans, so I was extremely impressed when Christine from Kate's Royal Closet identified the £65 Favourite Cut Jeans from & Other Stories. The light blue pair are created from organic cotton and feature comfort stretch, a high waist and slim leg. They are available in limited sizes here.


Finally, the Duke and Duchess had a special message for those they met in Scotland. "To the people, communities and organisations we visited and heard from; and those who stopped to wave and make our return to Scotland so special - thank you!"


The beautiful sketch on the front was drawn by Kate when she was a student at St Andrews nineteen years ago.


Hope you're all having a great weekend!

81 comments:

  1. Hi Charlotte

    I’m finishing up getting a pedicure (I’m vaxxed so it’s a nice return to normalcy), reading your post.

    I decided to get a bubblegum pink nail polish (varnish) because it reminds me of that cute Mila and her smile. As a cancer survivor myself, it’s so special for me to see that little girl getting her wish to meet her beautiful princess in person. Hopefully, Kate is aware of the magic she brought to Mila and her family, and to those who were touched by the sweet photos.

    When I shared the photos (via text) with a friend (who’s not a Kate watcher) and told her about my Mila pink toes, we decided it would be great if a nail polish company would produce a “Mila Pink” color and set aside proceeds to fighting children’s cancer.

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    1. That is a great idea! I would absolutely buy that color!

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    2. What a really great idea!!! I would buy it too!!

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    3. Fantastic idea

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    4. You must send this suggestion to the major make-up companies! It’s such a great idea!

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  2. Nice vaxxie! Wearing a plain white t-shirt and mom jeans.

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    1. I've been MIA. But charlotte is always a server !! Really glad to see that someone we are are accustomed to seeing on blog every so often, is now on her way to beating this monster :) What energy i feel by seeing this. . ! Thanks to the world-wide iniatives that encourage all to have their their jabs.

      Have you had you yours Charlotte?

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    2. Hello!

      Very shortly thankfully. I was so grateful when my parents got their jabs and I'm very much looking forward to getting mine.

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    3. Hello. Trooping of the Colour is just round the corner; are the grounds of the Horse Guards Road and Parade expecting to feature activity at all?

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  3. What a beautiful sketch and a lovely idea for a postcard. There is so much depth more to Kate than meets the eye, and it's the subtleness in her demeanor and her actions that sets her apart. This is a very nice gesture and apparently this visit to Scotland, aside from being a 'working tour' seems to have been very personal to William and Kate.

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    1. Zora from Prague31 May 2021 at 12:08

      I agree a 100%. Well said!

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  4. Mila Pink is a lovely idea! And it's very nice to see Kate in "regular" clothes, in which she looks spectacular! I do like her painting -- I especially like the clouds. Very nice.

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  5. I love this ribbed top-she can wear most anything and look absolutely fabulous. I didn’t know she could draw so well! Very talented!!

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  6. Nice to see. I'm a bit surprised the docs (or whoever it is giving the shots) are not wearing gloves.

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    1. Jay - nice observation. I also wondered how they had been w/o masks off and on, yet only getting vaccine now. The image/story of the vaccination seems current, or was this some time back?

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    2. They’ve made frequent appearances throughout this pandemic with questionable safety if you ask me. But I usually get shouted down when I point that out as not understanding the specific UK rules. An unmasked train tour right as the winter wave was peaking, various unmasked personal outings in crowds, bringing their children to a red carpet event. All egregious missteps for symbolic leaders. They should have been masked until vaccinated. End of story.

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    3. She looks great & I am happy that she got the vaccine, but I am also wondering why not get it before heading to Scotland like William? Either that or just not publicize that you did it right after? I’m also not in U.K., but her age group is the same as William so she could have gotten it then? Right now their PR needs to be top notch.

      Love the thank you card. Thoughtful touch and lovely drawing. So meaningful.

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    4. Anon 22:11 I think we have to understand the different rulings in different countries re COVID protocols and as long as they are doing as per current protocols in the UK that’s where we can expect the example to be set. I believe the Royal Family would have been very mindful to set the right example on all occasions they have been seen throughout the pandemic.
      Kate’s painting is fantastic she really is multi talented!

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    5. The card was a lovely touch & Kate is a very talented artist. I, too, wondered why she has only been given her first dose now & not before the Scotland tour.

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    6. Anon 22:11, I agree, while they always made sure they stayed within the UK regulations, there has been plenty of times where I was surprised at the risks they were willing to take.
      And something like getting vaccinated before spending a week meeting lots of people, just makes sense

      Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Cambridge supporter, but that doesn’t mean I always agree with their choices.

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  7. What a lovely thought to send a card with Kate’s painting. She surely has a lot of creative talent. Loved the off duty look today. Everything has a meaning so wondering if her choice was to appeal to the masses wearing very casual clothes.

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    1. I think her outfit was perfect. It would have looked rather silly to turn up in a ball gown or suit. She does wear casual clothes all the time.

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  8. Your readers may love to know that the day William posted his picture his arm was trending on twitter all day long.

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    1. Haha yes, his “guns” definitely made an impression.

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    2. William is looking better than ever, lately!

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    3. Zora from Prague31 May 2021 at 12:07

      This is so funny! 😁

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  9. It is such a great feeling when one gets vaccinated! I could not believe how excited I was. Love the picture Catherine
    drew as a student and lovely to use as a thank you note. She looks great in that shirt, not a neck style I can wear.

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  10. This is proof that Kate looks great in anything!

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  11. Robin in Ontario30 May 2021 at 01:41

    I cannot believe how much I am loving Kate looking like just another mom rocking her mom jeans.

    ...cuz she can wear jeans and a t shirt, minimal jewellery, needle in her arm, blue medical mask and still look so fabulous!

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    1. Yup, I sure am jealous! She always looks great.

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  12. Didn't Catherine draw the church for Pippa's wedding invite?

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    1. Yes she did, and it was beautiful as well!

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    2. Mary from Nebraska30 May 2021 at 20:06

      Yes! Thanks for remembering! But I think the drawing may have been used on the wedding program.

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    3. Mary from Nebraska30 May 2021 at 20:16

      You can find the sketch by googling Pippa's wedding program or Kates sketch of church for Pippa's wedding. I could download it but couldn't share it here.

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    4. I think you are right LauraT. I had forgotten that

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  13. Caroline in montana30 May 2021 at 04:34

    I really wish I could have seen her standing up in these jeans!! Glad to know she owns them:) they are both so physically fit!!

    I find myself sort of shocked that she was not vaccinated yet. Especially after they just went on a tour?! Is it just me that is disturbed by this?

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    1. No it’s not just you. They’ve made such inexplicable choices for the entirety of Covid. As a healthcare worker I really struggled with them s oing a train tour involving crowds of people coming to see them right as the worst of the waves to hit Britain was gaining speed. And somehow seem to escape scrutiny or criticism. Kate also attended a public crowded vigil mask free, and unvaccinated as we now know, and was strangely lauded for it, but later the same day at the same event were arrested for violating Covid rules? I’m really struggling with the Royal family’s appalling pr/symbolic missteps, their actual missteps (Andrew etc...) and the fact that their never seems to be a question or consequence ever.

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    2. A few things. They both may have had Covid, and they may not have wanted to look like they were jumping any lines due to their status.

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    3. I feel the same way Caroline. I admire the way the Cambridges go about their roles, but as an RN in acute care I was puzzled/disturbed a bit by this too. It seems as if it was conveniently glossed over as well.

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    4. Anonymous, I think they are following exactly what rules the government is imposing. Thus the inconsistency, as it seems the UK like many other countries had to change policies over time. Rules on masks distance exterior interior have kept changing and I for one don't know anymore what is allowed or not!
      Depend upon it, the RF is not making decisions on this, and does as it is told. Go to a theatre to boost the entrainment industry in December, then go into lockdown again, wear a mask inside, not outside, go to a pub to support pubs, have a 30 persons funeral in a huge church, go on tour, do zoom, get vaccinated... They are doing their jobs as figureheads but they don't get a personal choice. And what's more, they do have to answer for what they do, and do not escape criticism at all. I do not think it is fair to put the blame on them.

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    5. Anonymous, people were arrested at the event because the gathering of people had been forbidden. Kate attendees the vigil, which was allowed by the authorities. You may agree or disagree with UK guidelines but they’ve always followed them.

      The Andrew topic is becoming tiresome. Most people everywhere agree that he’s a disgrace. He’s retired from public life. What else do you want?

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    6. Every country and in some cases part of the country has its own rules. One needs to be cognisant of the rules pertaining to time and place before commenting. Where I live no mask, social distancing and qr code required on entry. In some places temperature required but it could change in a blink of an eye. It is a viscious unpredictable virus.

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    7. Well said Natacha!

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    8. I want Andrew to be made available for questioning by the law enforcement authorities that have repeatedly asked. Protecting him is an insult to the people he hurt or was complicit to their harm. And you’re going to have to explain to me the difference between a “vigil” and a “gathering of people.” No one is arrested until the Duchess makes her PR appearance and then leaves? Please. It’s an appalling lack of consistency in who is subject to what rules.

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    9. Anonymous 3:14 Easy to explain. When the number of people gatered got out of hand, police interfered. Kate was there earlier in the day, when the situation was under control. Nobody was arrested when she was there, so not inconsistent. I don't think the police failed to act because she was there, are you implying that?
      I don't understand what Andrew has to do with it. If you are suggesting that because he is a member of the RF he is being treated differently, actually, he has the same protection as any UK citizen. He is not being charged of anything.
      Compare that to the US diplomat's wife that killed a child by reckless driving, fled to the US and never answered for her actions in the UK. I don't think a member of the RF could go away with that.
      Andrew has lost all his patronages, his job, he wasn't pictured at his daughter wedding. As Anonymous said, everyone agrees he is a disgrace. By all accounts, Epstein had a lot of VIP friends, he was very good at manipulation and had the money. Have they all faced the same consequences? I am not defending Andrew ( I also think he is a disgrace) but if you are looking for inconsistencies, there you have.
      In short I am convinced that the RF is submitted to greater scrutiny than the average citizen and that they cannot afford not to follow the rules. More than that, their behavior has to be perfect. When it isn't the consequences are huge.
      They even have to follow exactly contradictory Covid rules, which must be exhausting...

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    10. So what you’re saying is that Andrew has been formally asked to be questioned and the RF is not making him available? You’re saying that the US authorities want to question him but the UK and the RF together are hiding a man?


      About Kate, you may want to check what happened that day. There was a planned memorial for the evening that authorities prohibited to prevent masses of people. Kate did not attend it. Women who were arrested did. We can discuss if we agree with what happened with the police and those women, but that happened hours later Kate and other hundreds of people had visited the memorial and left their flowers, candles and prayers.

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    11. Yes that's what I'm saying. It has been widely reported in reputable US papers including the New York Times and the Washington Post that Prince Andrew is sought for questioning by the FBI and Interpol and the RF is not making him available. That is EXACTLY what I'm saying. It's a fact. And it's disgusting. So correct the UK and the RF are hiding and protecting a man. But because he "retired from royal duties" it's ok and punishment enough? They are not above international law. Is this news to you? Perhaps you should read some not UK flattering coverage of the royal family.

      I am well aware of what happened the day of the memorial. You can split hairs all you want, but the police don't show up until a high profile figure leaves? And when they do show up it's under the guise of violating covid protocols? When the same number of people were there during the day time hours? Do you really not see how hypocritical and inconsistent this was? I just don't know if it's worth continuing this conversation if you don't see that.

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    12. International law? Under international law, the UK is a sovereign state whose prerogative and duty it is to protect its citizens.
      The FBI is an US service, competent in the US. Interpol is a multilateral organization for police cooperation and the UK is part of it. So are the US. Interpol itself doesn't "seek people for questioning". There are mechanisms and agreements under which the US and the UK police forces can collaborate. The British police would be competent for questioning Andrew. The US aren't above international law.

      On the other subject, I don't know what you want to prove? That the police shouldn't have shown up at all at the memorial? Many people agree about that but it has nothing to do with Kate.

      I agree it is not worth continuing this conversation.

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    13. Just goes to show you that we can all watch the same news and walk away with different perspectives. On the day of the memorial, the high profile figure didn't even announce her presence and it was only through other sources that it was revealed, AFTER the fact. The police were not there waiting for Kate to leave, they weren't there because the 'vigil' was held hours later and after many others had gathered to visit the memorial during the day to pay their respects, that means that somebody at the vigil, where there were many more people, complained to the police about Covid violations. Not seeing where this is a 'guise'??? It's unfortunate that a small few taint an otherwise meaningful memorial and the perspective gets skewed so that the entire memorial is judged on a minimized time frame and a specific unfortunate occurrence. But then that's the problem with those people who focus on the snippet of the news that plays up the negative and discounts the rest of the story. So for what it's worth, no it isn't worth continuing the conversation if you don't see that, but fortunately there are many who can see the forest for the trees.

      As to Andrew, there is a big difference in 'sought' which is a voluntary action, and a formal request which is a formal action. Nobody is hiding him, his whereabouts are known, and while I think he is a disgrace and should voluntarily help, the RF has pulled him from all responsibilities and he is no longer representing either the UK or the RF, which was the right thing to do. And I would agree with Natacha that there are many high profile individuals in the US who are not being held to account either voluntarily or involuntarily in this whole sordid Epstein affair, and if all are to be admonished and held accountable, regardless of wealth and status,then they should be included as well, and then we will see what and who the New York Times and Washington Post call out, that's the hypocrisy.

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    14. The New York TImes and the WaPo HAVE called out everyone involved who has evaded responsibility. Andrew is on a list, they aren’t articles about him only. The reporting on this has been quite detailed. You should read it. But the reporting HAS ALSO pointed out Andrew has declined repeatedly to make himself available to law enforcement seeking him. Despite saying in his disaster of an interview that he would. And reporting has repeatedly pointed out his role in an prominent royal family with a diplomatic role. I mean I can lead you to water but at some point you have to drink. The splitting of hairs here is so disappointing. People were hurt and not enough people have taken responsibility. Andrew is one of them and the dots are easy to connect. And yes I do think there are some issues with the perception of, rightly or wrongly, a different set of rules for the royal family. Whether it be Covid protocols, spontaneous public appearances (you have a more generous view of Kates presence at the vigil if you genuinely think that wasn’t strategic PR), heck even their own HIRING has just this week been proven to be exempt from anti discrimination laws. That’s what I’m saying.

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    15. Anonymous 22:59, exactly!

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    16. Last comment, the New York Times and Washington Post HAVE NOT CALLED OUT EVERYONE INVOLVED. They are cherry picking who they choose to go after in print. Without naming other names, I will concede that there are issues with rightly or wrongly, a different set of rules for the wealthy, and that includes all wealthy, I just think we disagree on WHO those people may be and WHY some are left alone. I too am tired of the Andrew argument, he is a disgrace and his name is forever tainted, his role in all of it is not for me to judge and someday there may be an accounting, but I don't think the public will be happy unless its a blood bath. However, I will not concede, under any circumstance, that Kate is pulling 'strategic PR' stunts. She was there quietly, without announcement, to pay her respects. Again, a memorial meant to take a moment to acknowledge a beautiful life unnecessarily lost is what we should be be talking about, myself included. Anon 22:59.

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  14. Awwww I forgot about those trousers in 2016. It was such a cool look. Whitish she would bring that one out again.
    I am very happy she got her vaccine. The UK is working much faster in that regard then my country. I have been registered for over a month now (and I am in a prioritised group) and haven’t even gotten a date yet. So I am always looking full of envy at their general numbers. It’s also nice to see that the campaigns and media coverage supported on average a very pro-vaccine mindset. Cheers to the UK

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    1. Zora from Prague31 May 2021 at 12:10

      Yes, Anon, the UK is ahead of my country too. I got my first jab last Wednesday (the same week as Kate - yay! 😀) and I'm 10 years older than her. It's my age group's turn now.

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  15. Dang!! I didn't realize William had such nice defined arms! He needs to wear short sleeve t-shirts more😉

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  16. Hi Charlotte
    It looks like Kate has a very fine gold hoop earring in. Any idea what they might be?

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    1. Hello!

      The amazing Susan from What Kate Wore suggests these as a possibility https://livthurlwell.com/product/bobble-hoops/?

      We'll hopefully see them again soon.

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  17. Maybe they had vaccines on different weeks so if they had a reaction or symptoms one of them would still be good.
    As for Covid safety throughout the last year and half they would have had heaps of Medical advice and date I say approval from Chief Medical Experts. Someone had to step up and keep peoples spirits up.

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    1. I agree Anon 14:17, the scheduling of the vaccines may have been the issue, and have to believe that they do have at their disposal medical advice and precaution protocols. If vaccination were a prerequisite, then everybody attending should have been wearing their vaccination record for all to see. I think they are trying to be as transparent as possible by even sharing these photos.

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    2. I also assumed they may have staggered to be careful about reactions:)

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  18. Dang, how does she make a white top and jeans look so good?!?

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    1. My thoughts exactly! She's an absolutely beautiful woman.

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  19. Kate has many talents that we are discovering along the way. Her art work is interesting. I especially loved the cover she sketched for her sisters wedding service book. I must say that I was surprised W&K returned to public work prior to getting their two vaccine shots. Most of us in the USA are not traveling or venturing out until the complete time line is complete. I must say that I LOVE casual Kate. It has always been my favorite.

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    1. Many, but not all USA Granny. In our state, the wearing of masks is not required if you have been vaccinated and each city, business, are free to make their own protocols. It is somewhat of an honor system, that you can go without wearing a mask if you have completed the process. Social distancing is still being observed even in those instances, and it looked like throughout the tour W&K pretty much kept their distance and wore their masks when the situation warranted, i.e. Kate wore her mask when she saw Mila and kept her distance from her, including at the final ceremony when they were seated well apart.

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  20. She looks INCREDIBLE. Absolutely love seeing her wearing normal clothes.

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  21. LOVE that post card!

    I can’t believe they’re just now getting shot; glad they finally did it though.

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  22. Good example, Kate, getting that shot and following safety protocols for your country.

    I was surprised to hear that William may have had Covid-19 as well as Charles. Glad we did NOT know at the time. But it means, doesn't it? that William has been somewhat immune since last year. I wonder if Kate also had it and has been immune to whatever degree having the disease makes you immune.

    Love Kate's painting on the post card.

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  23. I don't think it is strange that both got their vaccines on different days IF they both were treated like everyone else. You don't get to choose your initial date (you can reschedule though). I think the BRF wanted to make a point in very publicly not skipping the line and therefore had to deal with different appointment for people in the same household like everyone else.

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    1. I agree Anon, I think sometimes we miss the message and shoot the messenger. I think its exactly that they want to show that they are taking their turns just like everybody else. As to the tour, I also believe that they are careful to observe necessary protocols, many of the people on the tour were without masks, so since not sure of the practices in place, going to trust that it was all done accordingly.

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    2. If you look carefully at photographs you will see them wearing masks inside and sometimes outside, but mostly using distancing outside. Not all countries have the same rules and in UK as elsewhere the rules change from time to time. In New Zealand we wear masks only on public transport, but don't need to do that elsewhere as the rules were relaxed once community transmission ceased. As we don't have an international airport in Wellington there were no deaths in our region of the country and only 26 altogether in the rest of New Zealand. However that doesn't mean we are not still at risk and we are still restricting entry through our airports and isolating visitors with symptoms. Otherwise everything is relatively normal, although we are still washing hands and signing in when visiting shops and public places. Testing is still taking place and the PM has said that it is important for the majority of our population to get vaccinated so we can open up our borders again. Our Health Ministry has announced everyone over 16 can get the pfizer vaccine free and New Zealand has ordered enough vaccines to be able to offer free vaccination to some of our Polynesian neighbours as well as contributing to Covax which is helping other developing countries. No country will be really safe while covid19 is still rife somewhere in the world so hoarding vaccines is against everyone's interests.

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  24. man she looks so great in tshirt and jeans!

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  25. also kate is very artistic beautiful card

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  26. God she looks pretty in white shirt and jeans hmm when I got my first jab I don't nolot look like thay hmm and also I love the very artistic photo card beautiful done well she really good in everything

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  27. Kate is a talented artist. Wish we could see more of her work

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    1. er, i'd differ there. Photogrphy and art not quite stem together.

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  28. A fantastic end to a great tour of Scotland. She even looks good in a simple vest and jeans. The highlight for me is still the glorious Dubai sapphires. Hopefully she got the full set. I'm only reading the comments here now. Regarding masks, two adults their call to keep themselves and others safe. Which I'm sure they do. As for comments about Prince Andrew, we all know that terrible story. Shocking as it is, this is not the place for it. Charlotte made it very clear recently. This blog is about The Duchess. Great news today, Lili Diana. Beautiful name. Please God she will bring healing to her family. S. ��

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  29. To the comments about Andrew, it’s best for royal supporters to drop Andrew. Andrew has continually shown bad judgement, not just in his friendship with Epstein, but in his business dealings and charities. His record as trade rep was one headache after another for the Home Office. Now the lack of cooperation accusation by the US DOJ. Does the Home Office really wants to get into a war of words with the US DOJ? Over Epstein and Andrew ? Trying to link this fiasco to the Sacoolas extradition as if it’s a tit for tat is foolish and the last thing the Home Office wants and what Buckingham Palace wants.

    While many of us who are royal fans may regard British princes and princesses a bit more sacrosanct than the general public, in real life, nations prioritize trade, treaties and security far more. Andrew will never be able to walk away from Epstein anymore than Leon Black, Les Wexner, Bill Clinton, and others. This will hang over his head. It’ll be Andrew’s big asterisk on his Wikipedia page. Sex trafficking is bad. Old, rich and powerful men having sex with poor teenagers, even if the teens were legal, is bad. That’s it. Andrew is very lucky he’s a prince. We who love the royals should be thankful there’s a wonderful PR machine and a cadre of British civil servants who will do their best to safeguard the reputation of the royal family.

    Now please let’s get back to our gorgeous Kate and her many talents.

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  30. Hello, Charlotte! Again I must express my thanks for your stellar work and amazing blog. Your work is hard, I am terribly saddened that it is necessary for you to moderate the discussion. I am one who hopes you might be able to halt the Andrew commentary. As you so aptly state, it does not belong here. Again, thanks for the pleasure you bring to so many of us and my sympathy as you navigate the difficult role of moderator. Stay strong, please continue to help us keep the faith that Kate is striving to serve not only the UK, but all people as a humanitarian.

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    1. I’m not offended by reading other people’s opinions about Andrew or Meghan and Harry or the Queen or Charles and Camila, or issues that Kate or the monarchy might champion like pay parity, female empowerment, children issues, gardening, the environment, racism, healthcare and mental health. It’s all inter-related anyway. Plus I learn things reading and find the comment section more engaging.

      You can’t champion mental health and ending:exploitation of people without addressing the trauma of those who were abused, ignored or exploited. Getting access and treatment to prompt mental healthcare mattes as much as access to good maternal health.

      It can’t be all happy talk and meet and greet and award ceremonies with pretty dresses and accessories. That would makes Kate a cloth hanger and an accessory. Kate is more than that. This woman has style AND substance. You can’t hide the bad and awkward stuff by pretending them all away.

      The family consists of real people and they all have good points and bad points. That includes the Queen. I love the royal family with all their imperfections. I think that’s ok and make them more relatable. Personally I fault the ineptitude and bad advice and actions of the Palace minders. They have made a mess of things and have regressed the family back a century or two.

      Just call me: a happy blog reader :)


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