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No Harm, No Foul from Kate Over Mustique Pictures & Has Kate Been Ordered to Lower Her Hemline?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I am a little backed up with stories here. I wanted to give Mustique its own post, but now I want to update on a few random stories.

A Lose Lose Position, Apparently: Kate and the Paps



Kate is back in London after her tropical holiday. The paparazzi photos we all enjoyed so much, and you may view here in great detail, if you have not already done so, were published, it has been noted, without a peep of complaint form Kensington Palace. (P.S. That links to new photos provided from PopSugar, more than were in Hello!) Apparently, the royals can never be right. You would think that we would be happy that they didn't complain, but no. No people are complaining that Kate didn't complain. I am not joking. You can't make this stuff up. The Telegraph reports:
The Duchess's silence appeared to be at odds with past objections to "private" photographs of her taken in public places, and raised the question of whether she is exercising "image control" rather than protecting her privacy, legal experts said.
Basically, the royals aren't going to go to bat over over paparazzi photo published. That is a good thing! No one wants that! Rather than image control, I think this is a simply a situation where they fully expect the shots to be taken. If they complained it would be ludicrous! It isn't image control, it is where is the very wavy line. If someone had snuck into the bushes and taken long lenses into the private gardens in Bucklebury, I think KP would be squealing pretty loudly, even if the photos were gorgeously bucolic and full of family love. The Telegraph article notes:
Yet only last week, the Palace had asked newspapers not to print photographs of a grumpy-looking Duke of Cambridge getting off a train at Cambridge station.
Kate doesn't jet to Mustique every week, contrary to what many naysayers would have you believe. If they can stop the photos of William commuting to Cambridge, or at least lessen them, they put a damper on those very frequent opportunities. Not to drag this entire argument out for too long, as most of you know, I have a pretty lenient view of pap shots, but I can understand that the palace will selectively and strategically complain about the photos they deem overly intrusive or that they feel could set a damaging precedent. That seems fair. This is a cold-war. A friendly one I hope, but the  paps push a little, (and don't kid yourself, you are with the paparazzi 90% of the time) and the palace pushes back a little, and the line keeps moving back and forth while pretty much staying in the same spot. Not every foul they call I have agreed with, but certainly I can see a logical pattern. One thing I will not be complaining about is any time the palace chooses not to complain about pap photos. Gosh. 

Now, the bigger question...were Mustique beach photos taken?? Those I think would garner complaints from the palace. We haven't seen them yet, but those shadier shots usually take a little longer to surface, but historically always have. That is the far bigger battle, and may be one reason the royals are presently keeping their powder dry. So, we wait... 

Is the Queen Demanding Kate Dress On the Older Side? 


This one is fun! The Mail reported that the Queen has ordered Kate to lower her hemlines and perhaps add a little more jewelry jazz to her repertoire this upcoming tour. To this end, the Queen has purportedly assigned Angela Kelly to help Kate curate her wardrobe for the tour.  The big question: is this true? It has been my experience that although many of these stories are elaborated upon, there is often a little truth somewhere. The headline is a waaay dramatic, but a lot of the content probably has some merit.

We have heard the "lower your hem" line before. Remember the Epsom Derby? And...Kate kept wearing her preferred length. Phew.  It is quite likely that the Queen mentioned to Kate that a few of the wind's blustery intentions can be thwarted with well-placed weights, but given how those weights wouldn't really blend well with the lighter fabrics, I think it is more likely Kate will just think ahead and wear something more structured for potentially windy tarmacs. 

Although the Queen may like to see a tad more glitz, it isn't so much Kate's wardrobe that would need the upgrade, it would be the event. Kate always rises to the occasion for a fancy event, and although her personal style is more low-key, we have plenty of examples of the princess looking quite regal. Hello, Royal Glamazon:



I highly doubt the Queen has asked Kate to change her style, since Kate already hits the perfect middle ground between young and hip and classic royal. I believe that Kate did get "princess lessons." I think she was taught how to walk, how to keep better posture in tall heels, how to enter and exit a car, etc, etc. She may be planning to step up her game a little for "down under," and she probably will bring a little more help. Remember when she wore the wrong dress to that island party because someone switched out the dresses at the last minute? Ouch, bad headlines. It also remains to be seen if she will change anywhere near as much as The Mail reports. Last tour it was more along the lines of twice a day, not four... we shall see. Lots of questions, all of which will be answered in April.

Speaking of, William's reps are touring New Zealand now doing some advance recon as they prepare the tour, itinerary, and no doubt, security. This show is coming fast!


23 comments:

  1. Interested CanadianFebruary 5, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    Re the article in THE MAIL, suggesting that the Queen wants Kate to lower her hemlines and wear more jewelry...where to start? Unless the Queen and/or her/now-Charles press office have deliberately leaked these details, how did the paper come by them? Its more likely that this is just another concocted tabloid story.

    Further, unless either the Queen or Charles is prepared to finance this wardrobe overhaul, which I doubt, it aint happening.

    Lastly, if the Queen wants Kate to wear bling, she will have to open the door to her jewellery vault, something she is loathe to do; it took years, after all, before Sophie was given access to much in the way of decent jewels--she used to look like the poor cousin at European royal weddings, etc.

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    1. Well, papers do have their sources from time to time. Heck, some people just hacked away for their stories. ;) I agree, it seems far-fetched that the Queen would want Kate to change her style.
      I think the Queen will lend Kate needed jewels when necessary, but frankly, Kate just doesn't seem to go for them that often. And when she does, she has some pretty pricey options of her own as gifted by Charles for sure, and presumably William as well.
      It will be interesting to see what she goes with for the tour!

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  2. What a load of crap! The Queen "ordered" Kate?...Just more sensationalist headlines showing to seel papers and dumbing down of the reading population.
    Linda C.

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    1. Hmm, well, paper headlines are supposed to be attention grabbing. :) Hopefully, people learn to separate the fact from the fiction. One thing is certain, the Daily Mail always has awesome pictures!

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  3. Hi Jane,

    Do you think there will be more pictures of George and Kate ? Maybe when they are walking on the beach ? I saw yesterday a picture of Kate walking in the park .
    Alexa, the netherlands

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    1. Yes, I do think that somewhere a paparazzi has a photo set of Kate and George on the beach. Unless the royals could patrol and control the waters all around, which is essentially impossible, I believe there are pictures and I believe they will surface. These kind always take a little longer to surface. They are harder to get, far more exclusive, and are worth a small fortune. The photographer is doubtless scouting his options amongst foreign tabloids as we discuss this. I really believe there are photos. Think about it. The future king's first holiday? the first photos of him playing in the sand, etc? Someone had to have wanted those shots pretty badly. BUT, there is no telling how long it will be before they surface. Remember the honeymoon photos? William and Kate went on honeymoon in the Seychelles shortly after their wedding in 2011. The pictures weren't published until July of 2012. About a year later! That was partially because there was a press agreement not to publish the photos, partly because it probably took the photog a while to decide the best price, and partly because it took the publication a while to get up the guts, if you will. They knew they would take heat from the palace. These pictures of Kate and George--which I believe exist--will be even more volatile because they deal with a child. The negations could be protracted and I am sure whichever paper ultimately uses them will process it all through legal, etc, before they are printed. It will probably be Chi, or Closer, or Women's Day, or something... That's all speculation on my part, but that is what I think. :)

      I did see the photos of Kate in KPark! She sure loves to walk!

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    2. They're on HRH Duchess Kate. A reader sent them in.

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    3. Yes, there are snaps of Kate walking in Kensington Park, but I guess I am saying there will be photos of Kate and George in Mustique. That's what I believe, anyway. We shall see.

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    4. I think it is all about what constitutes a reasonable expectation of privacy. So deboarding a plane at a public airport and someone taking photos...yeah, no one can expect privacy there. Now, if they were on a private plane and the stewardess takes unauthorized photos and then sells them, I bet the palace would not be all too pleased. But getting off a plane, there isn't much they can do about it and they cannot expect privacy there. Very different than the photos taken when Kate was tanning topless. There was a totally reasonable expectation of privacy there being a mile away from any road and such.

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  4. It makes some sense that Sophie is not sent all around the world with important royal jewels - there are issues with security and quite frankly as the wife of the queen's youngest son - she's a minor royal. I know she was 3rd female for awhile (or was it 2nd?), but never realistically in line for queen status. Wouldn't do for her to be seen with all the best bling. I will be curious to see what happens when Charles takes the throne and if she and Edward retain their duties or if Charles has other plans. Harry would make a great ambassador at these functions. Meanwhile I wouldn't be surprised to see some crown jewelry on Kate to make the point that she is a member of the royal family. It makes sense that the palace would want to brand Kate as royal and this is her first time in the country representing the family.

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    1. I expect she will very slowly incorporate more jewelry in. We have seen a little of that over the past year, I think, but I don't think we will see a major shift. I guess this tour will tell the tale. I am VERY interested to see how the monarchy changes when Charles becomes king. It will be a major shift, I think.

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  5. Interested CanadianFebruary 7, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    @ Anonymous February 6, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Although I agree that there must be security issues re toting jewels here and there, that has never stopped the Queen from carting a truckload to Canada and elsewhere, nor did it stop Camilla when she and Charles recently attended the coronation of King Willem-Alexander; Camilla was dripping with diamonds. Nor does it stop the European royals, who often attend weddings,etc. hosted by other continental royal families. And I agree that Sophie is a minor royal but even she, of late, has access to more of the royal jewels than Kate. This last, in particular, leaves a bad taste in my mouth, as Kate is clearly--or should be considered to be--the far more important royal in the grand scheme of things.

    Any sensible person would think that the Queen would, as you put it, want to brand Kate as royal, and jewellery is one way to do it, effectively. Yet, that was not done during William and Kates tour of Canada, when the Queen lent Kate a grand total of ONE piece, a diamond maple leaf brooch. And I might add that at least one Canadian T.V. commentator--correction, more the one--mentioned Kates inexpensive wardrobe, and the actual poverty of Williams, pointing out that he appeared to wear the same suit, day in, day out, and that he sometimes wore the same shirt two days in a row, despite the heat.

    My point is that neither the Queen nor Charles seems keen on upping the glam or status or popularity of William and Kate, the Queen because she wishes to see an orderly monarchical progression--first Charles, then William, as King, with a minimum of fuss; Charles because he wants/craves to be king so badly he can taste it. In my opinion, this is why Charles has just taken over William/Kate/Harrys press dept. It is why William and Kate have so few public engagements, and it is why we seldom see William and Kate undertake engagements together these days-- they make a striking couple, when not negatively photoshopped. In my opinion, all Charles wants to do is to put a brown bag over William and Kates heads, and to that end, has deprived them of the necessary funds to look royal. Fat chance that we will see Kate in quality couturier--and Angela Kelley is not a member of said group, by a long shot; one look at Zara Phillips wedding dress would suffice to prove my point--or using the hairdresser she had when single and continued to use until Kates usefulness had been served--to promote the Queens Diamond Jubilee--or see her dripping in diamonds.

    So if you are an Aussie or New Zealander, and are hoping for same, prepare to be disappointed.

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    1. Well, I appreciate some of the points you make, it isn't clear to me that the Queen refuses to lend Kate beautiful jewels. I think i we look for a pattern, which in some cases is the only way we can determine motives behind actions, Kate isn't a bling girl. She never has really gone in or much jewelry at all. We know she owns some stunning pieces of her own, yet she very rarely wears them. Everything about her usual jewelry is understated and has always been this way. I think the Queen likes Kate and if she had reason to borrow more, I think she probably would be allowed to do so. They are a more modern couple than the producing generations, and I think they are keen to highlight the more down to earth style. William and Kate certainly want to keep their life more low-key, and we know that is why we haven't seen as much as perhaps we would like. Although, I think no one is perfect and there may be nasty motives here or there from time to time, the Queen loves and wants to support W&K and see them succeed, she loves and wants her son Charles to do well, and I am sure that Charles loves and wants his son to do well. They all want the monarchy to succeed.

      Kate is her own woman. And William is very stubborn about living his life as he chooses. I think we are probably seeing them doing it there way more than any other outside forces making these decisions.

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  6. What do you mean by your reference to zara's wedding dress? Who is Angela Kelly? Curious from Down Under

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    1. Angela Kelly is the Queen's dressmaker. She custom makes much of the Queen's wardrobe and I think organizes it or tours, etc. She has a very busy job... :)

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  7. Interested CanadianFebruary 8, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    @ Anonymous February 7, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Hello there, Down Under. Well, tastes differ, but I, for one, was less than impressed by Zaras wedding gown and it was made by Angela Kelley/Kelly. Angela is the Queens in-house so-called couturier, and makes most of her outfits. Granted, Angela is a good seamstress/tailor, but original she is not; perhaps she tried to be, when commissioned to make Zaras wedding gown, and perhaps that is why she failed so spectacularly. She is rather good at making clothes for octogenarians.

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    1. Zara's wedding gown was designed by Stuart Parvin.

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  8. I think these pictures were taken at a public airport, so there really is no reason to complain since you dont have a reasonable expectation of privacy there. However, being on a secluded island or in the country side far away from anything and tanning topless and having a paparazzi a mile away shooting photos, that's a bit different.

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    1. Yes, massively so! The airport is to be expected, the French chateau was unbelievably invasive. BUT, partially because of what they photographed. I do think there needs to be discretionary judgement involved.

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  9. Interested Canadian makes some good points. Here's a discussion topic: Kate went from simply being married to an heir, to now also being a mother of one. Does that change her status within the royal family? That is the difference between the Canadian tour and the Australian one. I like the perspective that the "branded wealth" of the family is being reserved for the monarch and the next ruling couple. Prince William will actually become extremely wealthy when Charles becomes King and William takes over the Duchy of Cornwall. It's important to note that Kate does not "represent" the royal family very often - she has done two tours with William, but Sophie and Edward are sent to represent the RF at the other European royal events. Kate's charity work is her own patronage and she is not representing the Queen or the monarchy. It will be very interesting to observe if there are any changes in the way she is presented in Australia. It really is hard to think of Kate and William as poor, with their place in Kensington Palace and their country retreat at Sandringham.

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    1. You make an interesting point! I don't think that having George changed the way the royals will treat her, but, there was another shift between this tour and the last. William left the military and is making a transition to more active royalty. That is the key, I think, if we see some shift in the way these two are presented. William drives their royal activity, because being royal is more properly his job. If there is indeed a move to make them seem more regal than the hip vibe they have sort of gone with, I think it would be because of William's shift. Interesting, interesting point!
      And yes, I entirely agree, there is nothing poor about William and Kate. :)

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  10. A good comparison to the "jewels race" would be Queen Maxima. Since her husband became King, she's been able to really up her bling game. I would expect the same with Kate, and Camilla -other than some frequently repeated pieces, she really doesn't seem to have a great variety either.

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    1. As another great royal blogger pointed out, Kate will not out-jewel the wife of the first up to the throne. We shouldn't expect Kate to be more blinded out than Camilla. I honestly really don't expect an overwhelming rise in jewelry from Kate. She may have a few special pieces for the tour, but I think we have a while to wait before she really knocks our socks off with regularity.

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