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[Updated] Kate Wears Kors for Airport Farewell & Sydney Transfer Back to London

Friday, April 25, 2014

Farewell sure is bittersweet. The plane was readied on the tarmac...

 ...the press pack was out in force.




Time to say goodbye to the Cambridges. The convoy was a little late, but shortly after 2pm the royal family arrived. The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were on hand to bid farewell:



William, Kate, and grumpy George made their way down the line:


Kate hadn't changed, although obviously she was no longer wearing her hat from the morning.  She looked stunning; her hair in particular was fabulous:



[Update] I am dumbfounded to discover this coat is by American label Michael Kors. Being so surprised sounds insulting, but it shouldn't be. I am quite a Michael Kors fan. He announced the news via press release, which was very appreciated, and indeed there is a pretty exact match for Kate's coat in his Spring 2014 line. Wow. I am going to have to reflect on this... 


George looked oh so darling as usual, but a little fussy. It is amazing, given the opportunities he had over the past three weeks to act out or have a public meltdown, that he never did! Well done, little guy! Kate mentioned that he gets irritable on the long hauls, even adults do, and this boy is looking at something like 25 hours! 





"When are we going to gooo, Dad?"



George gave one last classic twist: "Is all my stuff packed, Mom? Did you remember my wombat?"  


Reader Caroline from NZ emailed me to point out that between the three of them, they covered all the colors of the Australian flag; a thoughtful gesture. A picture perfect family. They waved and then they were gone...




The trio flew in the military jet to Sydney where they transferred to a commercial airline for the overseas flight home to London. Poor George already looked pretty tired. Hopefully he will sleep some of the way:


P.S. The Wombat made it.

I spent three weeks in France last summer and you all know how much I love France, nevertheless, when the time came to head to CDG I was excited. I landed in the United States and faced the custom officer. The usual questioning, are you carrying cocaine for a drug cartel, etc, and then that stamp came down with a thud on my passport and as he returned it to me his words struck me with joy, "welcome home."  It is good to go home. William and Kate, and indeed the entire entourage from Mr. Security, to Rebecca Deacon, to our photographers fast and slow, must be thrilled to be back on their native soil. It was good tour, all y'all. Much to be congratulated!

And a goodbye from a lot of happy press heading back home, too:


The schedule got a little crazy these past few days, in case you missed anything:

Today
Dawn Service 
Mid-day at the Australia War Memorial
And you are currently viewing the Farewell post.

Yesterday
Green Catherine Walker at the Arboretum
Kate Debuts American Label Lela Rose for Evening Reception

Speaking of sleepy George, I am off to bed.  What a fun tour!  Thank you for joining me these past three weeks! And don't be too down, we have so much more royal watching ahead!








41 comments:

  1. Thanks for hard work Jane its been amazing! I'm looking forward to the next chapter for the Cambridge family! :)

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    1. Thank you Simmy! It has been a delight to have you reading and commenting this tour. I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to lots more royal watching with you. )

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  2. Why do they put PINK shorts on George???It's a BOY...

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    1. Oh come on! It's the 21st century, girls can wear blue, boys can wear pink, or any shade in between. I think the shorts were actually a fine red stripe from another picture I saw so would look pink from a distance but so what if they were pink.

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    2. Thanks for all your hard work Jane, I've loved reading every one of your fabulous posts. x

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    3. Those are red pin strip overalls. The camera make them look pink.

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    4. As pointed out, George was wearing red and white stripes, although I will say my brother wears pink polos with some regularity. :) But, I don't think a boy should not be dressed in pink until he can make the conscious choice. ;)

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  3. .. and they left with such cute photos. I also recognized the colours of the Australian flag. It really is a nice gesture but I think quite typical for them. I didn't surprise me.
    Thank you for your "France story". I like it when you incorporate personal experiences. And it's true. Home is best!


    Thank you all for sharing your opinions. It has been so interesting and fun reading your comments and made this whole thing perfect.

    Thank you so so so much, Jane, for all your hard work. I appreciate it so much. You're a genius. It has been so much fun!! I can't believe these three weeks passed so quickly but I will live on all the great stories and pictures for a while. Now be inspired by our favourite family and get some downtime (or whatever ;-) ) to recover. You do such a great job. I will stay tuned...

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    1. Thank yo so much, Vicky. I do appreciate your kind words!! I am thrilled you enjoyed the coverage and just as grateful you weighed in so often throughout. Everyone's participation mad sit all the more fun. We have an awesome summer with the Cambridges to look forward to! Looking forward to hearing from you... :)

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  4. Your "welcome home" story made me tear up a little, how sappy am I? You're right though, traveling is wonderful but it always feels good to come home again. Thanks for all your coverage of the tour! It made following the events so much more fun.

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    1. Sappy is allowed. :) I am happy it moved you. The joy of homecoming is like the icing on the cake of travel! I appreciate you following the tour here at the blog. Hope you com back as we move forward!

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  5. Fantastic coverage Jane. Thanks for all your hard work and positive coverage.

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    1. Thank you, Kate. Hey...great name. ;)

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  6. Thank you for the awesome coverage! It has been wonderful.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Zoe. What a fun tour, eh?

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  7. Loved the press' selfie, so fun!

    Thank for your fab work of updating and the precious infos you shared with us

    Gabriella , italy

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    1. They are a cheerful lot, aren't they. They looked so happy to be going, home, though. :) Thanks for reading, Gabriella!

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  8. Thank you for everything you've done!

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  9. Jane thank you for all your hard work. You do a great job. I have to say and laugh at myself I am already having Duchess withdrawals. Who knows when we will see this beautiful coule again and the baby.
    Thanks again.

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    1. I was pretty exhausted by the end of this tour and felt so relieved to have reached the end, but even so, when the time came that I would normally be sitting down to follow the days fun I felt a little sad and out of place. I thought of your comment. :) Thankfully, Kate is going to be very active this summer, so we will see her soon!

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  10. Theresa, from ParisApril 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Just to say THANK YOU, dear Jane, for your brilliant, funny, witty, intelligent, inspired coverage of the tour ! As I said in my first commentary, I have been following your blog for ages but I had never yet commented. In my opinion, you are clearly one of the best blogs out there on the Duchess... Well done ! All your efforts are greatly appreciated. Merci mille fois !

    When you are next in Paris, please let me know, I would really love to invite you for lunch or drinks or dinner ;)

    And of course will keep following and commenting in the months ahead :-)

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    1. Oh Theresa! Thank you so much! You are very sweet to say all those nice things. As it happens, Paris is whispering to my heart and I will be back in your beautiful city before the summer runs its course. You may be on summer holidays, though. La Bretagne? Côte d'Azur? if not, we may be able to bump into each other. :) Shoot me an email and we will be in touch! Bisous! ~Jane

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  11. I think that is Mr Security 5 rows down,,,,glaring at the camera! bet he is pleased to be heading home.

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    1. Haha, wow, that man does look rather serious, doesn't he? I don't think it is Mr. Security, unfortunately, Mr. Security would shave flown home with William and Kate as a primary member of their team. I am sure he is enjoying a well-deserved rest with his family now!

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  12. Thank you Jane, it's been three wonderful weeks and you've made a great job. Your articles are always interesting and funny.

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    1. Thank you, Rosaline! I am so happy you followed the tour with me!! Appreciated all your great input, too!

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  13. Did Michaels Kors say it was bespoke? Weird that she wore two American designers on this tour, but nothing local other than a hat & clutch...disappointed about that.

    I agree, it's always good to be home and they're probably looking forward to returning to routine with George. I love how when Kate holds him FACING her he's always twisting away. Haha, babies!

    Great job on the coverage ~ enjoyed your take on things :-)

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    1. No, it was off the runway. Over $1,000, so one of his high end pieces. She wore THREE Americans. Certainly not expected, I will say. :) So happy you read along. It was great fun, and wonderful hearing from everyone who commented!

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  14. Interested CanadianApril 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Like many, I was astonished that Kate chose to wear two American designers in the last two days of her tour Down Under. However, I liked both. The ivory Lela Rose dress was astounding, IMO. Just gorgeous. And, if Michael Kors--who is he?--had not identified himself as the designer of her going-away coat, I would have assumed that it was another McQueen simply because the two designers share certain elements in common.

    In an odd way, these choices were both diplomatic and practical. I mean, if you're Kate, who do you choose: a Brit or an Aussie designer to close out a tour? Maybe you take a leaf out of the greatest queen England has ever had--Elizabeth 1--and find a third way, American. Bold and brave, and in practical terms, probably less expensive than some of the alternatives.

    Bravo, Kate.

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    1. Michael Kors is an American label that is quite popular here. I as very surprised she chose him, though, I must say. It threw everyone, I think. None of us identified it because we simply never considered looking at the MK line. His press release caught since the coat was, as you say, very in keeping with other classic British labels.

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  15. Thanks so much for sharing all this! I'm a bit new to this kate watching thing and I've really enjoyed your posts... I have a quick question... The press pack... Who decides which journalists are in it? The palace? And do they travel on the same planes as the royals? Sorry, that was more than one question, but I thought you might have some insight on the subject. Thanks!

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    1. Papers, news outlets, etc send the journalists of their choice. The press does not usually travel with the royals. They all arrived on their own, departed on their own, and for the most part traveled to the various locations on their own. There were a few times when they hitched a ride with the royals, which was obviously quite fun for us all, as we got behind the scenes shots, etc.
      Glad to welcome a new royal watcher. This is quite fun, and not a little bit addictive. Hope you come back often! :)

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  16. Thank you Jane! You've put in so much time; please know how much we appreciate it!

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    1. Thanks, Tina! I have been very moved by everyone's sweet comments! Much appreciated! :)

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  17. I love the picture where George is looking at William with that expression on his face. What a funny little dude, he reminds me off prince Harry I think they will have similar personalities!

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    1. There was a picture I did not use in which he looked exactly like Harry as a baby! I usually think he looks very much like a Middleton, but in these photos I agree the resemblance is striking!

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  18. With all the talk about Australian designers, it would be so nice if someone would post a few pictures of clothes by Aussie designers that they think would have been suitable. I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't believe I know a single one and would love to see what they produce, especially in terms of what Kate might wear.

    Anyway, great coverage. Love your extensive commentary.

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    1. Kathy, I will see what I can do. :) Aussies certainly have fashion talent. :)
      Thank you so much for reading the blog! :)

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  19. Jane, thanks for all your work. I loved coming to this blog to read your witty reporting :)
    I didn't comment much bc more than a post per day was more than I could handle/follow up on... but I sure enjoyed reading it all :)

    That grumpy George is too cute. I see Prince Harry in the picture where he is all fussy showing his 2 front lower teeth (for the most part I think he is more Middleton, but I see the Windsor right there).

    Fun reading you all. I always enjoy reading the comments too.

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    1. You and me both! It was very hard for me to keep up with the comments, although I read and loved every one. The tours are such busy, busy times. I agree with you on George! He is usually Middleton to me, too, but this photo set was very much Uncle Harry. :)

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