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A Royal Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday, May 15, 2014

We are back on track at From Berkshire to Buckingham, and it feels good! Many apologies for briefly going AWOL. Most of you have probably seen these photos, but I was super swamped when they initially surfaced and never got around to posting them. They are too, too cute not to post, though. Easter Sunday in Australia, William and Kate slipped in some family time by challenging their precocious little guy to an egg hunt. In the middle of all the craziness they didn't let the important things slip by. I love that Kate is there on her knees in the grass in a custom Alexander McQueen. It's perfect. :) 




Meanwhile, back at the ranch...nothing's doin'. Seriously, I feel like Kate hasn't so much as wandered to her local Starbucks. We are paying the piper for those three weeks of fantastic, non-stop Kate time. William, however, has been pretty active since returning from his weekend in Memphis. Just last night, he hosted a gorgeous gala at Windsor for The Royal Marsden to honor Ralph Lauren for his work in cancer research.  William is the president of The Royal Marsden and although Kate has visited Royal Marsden with William, (wearing that gorgeous, oatmeal Amanda Wakeley) she was not at the Windsor gala. 



Of all the events to go to, this seems like a big one to miss. Ralph Lauren and Windsor Castle? So awesome--it is almost as fabulous as Ralph Lauren and Downton Abbey. Kate is quite the RL aficionado. I was happy to see that she continued to patronize the brand even after her marriage when it was expected she would largely eschew foreign labels in deference to Britain. That figure hugging green knit was Ralph Lauren. I am not crazy for turtle necks, as you are aware, but I made an exception for that dress. Wow.


Although not an exhaustive list, she also loves his jackets, including the green tweed and, I believe, the black one she has worn for years now. Ralph Lauren is classically Kate style: preppy and country, but sophisticated and sometimes...sexy.  



The French newspaper that reported that Kate and William would be in Normandy for the D-Day commemorative services appears to be justified. Our princess will cross the Channel in June--Kate and France...what a treat. :) I am still hoping that we will see her in Scotland at the end of this month. On verra...











30 comments:

  1. Hope you have been ok. Nice to see you active again even if absence was short. Great post. Beautiful closing photo. xx

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  2. Interested CanadianMay 15, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Regarding Kates nonappearance at the Ralph Lauren gala, the sharp-tongued Sebastian Shakespeare of The Daily Mail has written an article stating that Kate stayed away because William was keen not to be overshadowed by her. Shades of Charles and Diana, if true, and I am rather inclined to think it could be. Anyone who watched the short video clips produced by the Aussies during the recent tour knows that at least some of the time the crowds shouted out only for Kate; and Max Foster of CNN has pointed out, in an American video, that in terms of popularity on the tour Down Under, William came in a distant third, well behind his wife and son. Add to that the well-known fact that each and every member of the Royal Family, particularly those who work for the Firm, is a prima dona and that Williams sense of entitlement, as a future king, would run very deep and, yes, it is possible that William is jealous of Kate.

    I watched hours of footage of the Cambridges, during their Canadian tour, and at that time, the crowds cried out equally for both William and Kate. So perhaps there has been something of a sea change of late, in public perception, or perhaps this is peculiar to Australia, where male members of the Windsor family tend not to be regarded very favourably. But I think theres been a change; not long ago, William was the one male Windsor Aussies seemed to like--Harry blew it during his Gap Year antics in Australia, and, of course Charles....

    At any rate, it seems obvious to me that some members of the Royal Family would like nothing better than to put a bag over Kate's head and keep it there, for at least a decade. Someone is responsible for Kate's nonappearance at the Ralph Lauren gala; the same someone who was also responsible for her surprise nonappearance at a Centrepoint gala, not too long ago, and I don't think that someone was Kate. That leaves the Queen, Charles or William, or any combination thereof and it leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.

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    1. I am inclined to think it is more Charles than William. With all the separate PR departments moving to BP under the control of one of Charles' people, seems like someone is tired of being overshadowed. I really don't get the impression that William gives a fig that his wife seems more popular than he is. I actually think he likes it that way as he is not under so much pressure and/or scrutiny.

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    2. I think you and many other crazies out there, will always find that nothing can be spun into something. If you had been paying attention since George was born, all of their gala appearances benefitting causes they support have been solo appearances. I think it has been quite clear until now that William dictates his path and his support of Kate has been very clear. They would have jointly decided to make these solo ventures so the focus of the evening is the charity and not their "celebrity".

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    3. I agree. I do not think William is jealous of Kate, more I think he is very proud of her. But again she was a no show at his polo match on Sunday. She always is there watching him. So is there something going on???? As other peole say why have we not seen her since the tour, very strange.

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    4. The first thing William said to Ralph Lauren and his wife when he arrived at the charity dinner was "Sorry, my wife is not here. I'm sure you far rather see my wife". That doesn't sound like a jealous husband to me. I think people should remember that William and Kate are not "celebrities" first and foremost. Yes, they enjoy celebrity status and fame but they are public servants to the British people first and foremost. The reason they try not to attend as a couple in this high-profile events is to ensure that the causes they are championing is the one that's being highlighted by the media rather than what they wear, what they do as a couple and other trivial things. I think it's a wise strategy and I'd like to think both William and Kate prefer it this way since I've never seen them as fame-whore. They should really be careful in using their status in fame vis-a-vis their real duties/roles as representative of the British people.

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  3. Hadn't seen the Easter egg hunt pictures before--Love the fact that Catherine didn't even stop long enough to take off the Easter bonnet, before they rushed to their son.
    Note they are both going on an "away day" to Strathearn and Perth on May 29th.
    Catherine cannot win---last year when she accompanied William to some evening events, she was criticized for having a "freebie night out".
    In my opinion William seems very proud of Catherine and very happy to see how popular she is. He had to do the two Investitures and the private meetings with the Prime Ministers, but is perfectly happy for her to take centre stage at walkabouts.
    In my opinion, the two of them together works so well.

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  4. I am wondering too why Kate was a no show at the Windsor gala. She has attended these types of events with William in the past. Now I do not thin k it is William's doings, it is Charles IMO. He hates the idea of Williams wife being the more popular figure in their marriage. William on the other hand I believe loves the fact she is so loved. Charles hated the idea of Diana being more loved them him. And I have noticed that we are seeing more of Charles & Camilla together then Kate & William.
    I would hope there is nothing going on as far as trouble in the marriage and I am only saing this is because we have not seen Kate at all since the tour. She was not eve there for his polo game on Sunday. They seemed so in love during their tour and now nothing from Kate. Hope everything is good for them. And that Kate is healthy and George is doing good too.

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    1. Or maybe Kate is just taking some time to be with her son full time after the tour?

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  5. I don't believe it is jealousy on anyone's part. I believe it is simply rank. Kate and William are not (yet) the Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles and Camilla are. I also suspect that Kate found the tour draining and is pulling herself together. William is more used to royal life, so he recovered faster. That is my theory.
    Leah

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    1. I agree with you completely, Leah. William and Kate are only the future Prince and Princess of Wales and cannot be compared to Charles and Diana's first few years of marriage at all. When they married Charles was 33 years old and already the Prince of Wales with full on royal duties. Diana was expected to (and did) jump fully into the mass of engagements. As history now tells us, it was the worst thing for Diana and their marriage for her to constantly be in the limelight instead of being a wife and mother first. While it's fun to see Kate out and about it is also wonderful that William supports her in the role of wife and mother first. I honestly believe that Diana never had that opportunity. I think William is the wonderful, supportive husband he is because he experienced first hand what happened to his mother and would never do that to Kate.

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  6. I’m just making the same hypotheses in my mind but I think we can’t know the truth..so I write only to speculate! I also think it is the very same reason of her absence at the Centre Point gala. My first thought was that the PR people don’t want her to be seen as a celebrity in a glamorous context (even if Diana attended similar situations, but it was a different time) but want her to be associated with a different imagine at this point. Moreover they probably don’t want to overexpose her and prefer to underline William’s patronage . (In my opinion, if so, I don’t think it’s a great plan as you can see all the critics!) On the other hand my second thought was that William doesn’t want to add pressure on her and so he tries to give her the chance to recuperate after the long tour and to spend time with their son without other concerns! So, in my opinion, the two reasons could be connected! She is more relaxed and the Palace follows its strategy..
    I absolutely don’t believe in a jealousy of William! His behaviour seems to be different from his father!
    The photos of the Easter egg hunt are very sweet! Next year baby George can look for the eggs walking and running!
    (It’s not easy for me to express my thoughts in English but it’s fun..I would have expressed my thoughts better in my language! Hihi Sorry me!!! I just try..)

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    1. I just wish I could express myself half as well in Italian! I agree with you! She's just laying low and recuperating, with William's blessing! :-)

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    2. Wait, is it lying low? I never could keep that straight! :-(

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    3. Hi Cinzia, I'm Gabriella, I' m italian too : it's funny meeting in an american blog about an english princess!

      I agree with you when you say Will is not jealous of Kate. Let's face it, we love Maxima Mathilde Charlene Letizia and others glamourous princess in european courts, but we barely know their husbands' names, so why kill the duchess's visibility (which is also the Firm visibility)? If she is going to upgrade her status in the future she can't hide in KP!

      Lover the pictures, I've never seen them before

      Gabriella, Italy

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  7. From William and Kate's wedding day:

    Prince Charles movingly described Kate Middleton as the daughter he had never had yesterday and admitted: ‘We are lucky to have her.’

    In a touching speech, the clearly emotional prince paid tribute to his new daughter-in-law – but still found time to crack jokes about his eldest son and his famously thinning hairline.

    Charles chose to say a few off-the-cuff words as he toasted the newlyweds at a Buckingham Palace champagne reception thrown by the Queen for 650 guests and wished the couple a long and happy life together.

    Perhaps Kate or George were not feeling well. How long does it take a baby to adjust back to a new time zone? I would not read anything more into this. Just think how exciting it will be when we see Kate again. I just love the pictures you posted on this entry, Jane. Keep up the good work. -Joan M.

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  8. Thank you for sharing the Easter egg photos. I had NOT seen them.

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  9. Hi Jane,

    Thanks for sharing these great Easter photos. Can't believe Kate is kneeling in the grass in a custom McQueen outfit, too sweet!! I was glad to see them spend some one-on-one time with George, then I saw the nanny and attendant standing right there, it must be so difficult to have someone else always there and never truly be alone.

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  10. I had not seen them either. Thank you Jane.

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  11. These Easter photos are so cute. I wonder if they were taken before or after the service. If before, Kate would have been very courageous regarding grassy plots on her McQueen :-). Seeing the three together in these pictures makes me think of Kensington Palace when they play together in their private garden ;-). That must also be absolutely sweet!

    Well, who knows why she really didn't attend the Windsor Gala. To be honest, I think the official reason is embarrassing. Everyone knows that George has his nanny and they must get along with each other quite well otherwise William and Kate wouldn't have left George alone with her over night during the tour. So why coudn't work it on that evening?! Mmhhh....
    I hope it is not because of any jealousy.... that would be embarrassing, too.

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  12. The monarchy doesn't just pull bags over people's heads because they are jealous of them. It also doesn't explain her workshy behaviour the last 12 years. I am interested in Kate and have been for years because of her fashion, but have stopped expecting her to work hard long ago. That's not her appeal to me. Normally, I wouldn't speak up, but when the Queen is on a list of who to blame for Kate not showing up to work, I have to say my two cents.
    This explains very well, for me.

    http://heavyarethecrowns.tumblr.com/post/85924619829/europeanroyalfan-for-anyone-who-wants-to-make

    * No, I am not a "Hater". I am a critical thinker. If I hate anyone, it is those like Hitler, or Ariel Castro. Yes, I do like some aspects of Kate, and yes, I do appreciate the hard work that goes into this site.

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    1. Stephanie, I think I know how you feel. I too follow Kate bc of her style and really don't have any other expectations. I think she seems fun and nice but I don't have her on a pedestal. I don't think she is perfect nor that she is rotten.
      I also left another blog bc I was such a *hater* whenever I disliked an outfit it was just terrible (quite the amount of hate from all the "Kate lovers" :P I remember when Prince William disliked the green Erdem coat and then called her "banana" in the yellow dress, I just thought, "Watch out PW, those Kate lovers will come after you with a vengeance :P"
      So I am happy here where Jane isn't afraid to voice her dislike for an outfit or an accessory :) and where I don't feel I will be stoned)

      In regards to involvement or "royal work" I am more intrigued by other royals (who sadly don't receive as much attention) but are more active. I recently read an article on how Queen Maxima continues to be involved in economic matters and how her background allows her to take on certain positions (at her home country and the UN). I was fascinated by it all bc I simply assumed most women marrying into a royal family left their careers to be involved in more humanitarian and "ribbon cutting" activities and this is not the case with her.

      I also recently read the following I wanted to share with you all: http://racked.com/archives/2014/05/05/royal-reporter-qa.php?mobile=false
      An interesting take on royal reporting from someone who has been working on it since childhood :p ;)

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  13. I don't know... I think "the firm" is being careful to not be "bought" by business interests like Ralph Lauren. He put up 2 million for a hospital, the royal family chipped in William and Windsor Castle and a ball in support of the cause. If Kate shows up in Ralph Lauren it amounts to a huge kick back to his business. Her presence at the event did not have an effect on the amount of money raised, nor was it her patronage. They have to be careful not to trot her out as a prize for being a generous donor. In Australia she was "working for the monarchy" and promoting the family to a people who can vote them out of their "royal status" in their country. They are very purposeful in her appearances. I believe that all her next engagements are not for charity - but in her role as the wife of an heir - things to do with being royal and meeting countrymen as well as representing the Queen abroad to honor military milestones. Also, as Kate hasn't done anything for her charities, it doesn't look good for her to be out spending time supporting William's.

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  14. Although Kate probably knew this before marrying William, the expectation that one should make a certain number of public appearances would grate on me if I were in her position. Did she sign an employment contract or a marriage certificate? Maybe she is doing what William and she decided is best for them at this point in time. She is being a wife to him and a mom to their child. What public appearance is more important than that? I don't for an instant feel that William is jealous. From all appearances he seems to adore her and knowing his rocky relationship with the media, I seriously doubt that he wants more attention. Of course I'd love to see her more frequently, however, I don't think she owes the public anything. And as far as her working (or not) after university and before marriage, why should anyone care? She came from a wealthy family and from what I've read, helped out with their family business. Since it is an online business, we wouldn't see her going to the office every day. Plus, if she did work, someone would probably criticize her for taking a job away from someone who really needed it. This girl will never win no matter what she does.

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    1. That is so true. I really get tired of all the remarks of her poor work ethic. What business is it of anyone but Catherine and William. Thank you for pointing this out for once.

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    2. Very well said. Joan M.

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    3. She married into a job. Being a part of the royal family requires work.
      What business is it of anyone? The people who pay the RF to represent them. And so yes, they do owe the public something. Professional representation and philanthropy.

      I implore some of you to please become familiar with the nature and purpose of the monarchy.

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    4. I would say it's the business of the British people. William & Kate are who they are, and there are things the public expect if W&K are to remain popular. It feels to me like W&K like to play hot and cold, they want things both ways and it's just not reality.

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    5. Yes but william is not the next in line. When the Queen married Prince Philip they spent almost 5 years living in Malta with Prince Philip working in the royal navy and Elizabeth as a serving navy man's wife. The only appearances were royal tours and as Elizabeth's father got more and more sick she would fill in for him. This is one of the very reasons why the Queen wants them to have as normal of a life out of the public in order to build a strong marriage and be as much as possible parents.
      Also when Diana married Charles it wasn't until after the birth of Prince Harry that she began to do more charity work and not until the late 80s did she then start to build a path for herself with the more controversial charities such as AIDS and landmines. But until then she was mostly doing only royal tours and royal duty appearences.
      Lastly the problem isn't really Kate not doing that much but the fact that the media decides to focus on her fashion and trying to make her into Diana by either building her up then to tear her down again when she doesn't give them what they want. But if you look up the places she visits they will go into detail about what she did and what she has been doing for the charities she is involved in. Factual evidence is that on 2012 her first full year as a royal she did 111 engagements then due to her pregnancy and it's complications early in the pregnancy did only 44 engagements and because of that the media is making it seem like she is not doing enough but this year alone if you look over this past years engagements along with upcoming ones will amount to more than 2011. Every time just this past few months there has been nonstop engagements along with working on her charities.
      The media just needs to start doing their job and report on those engagements and stop focusing it fully on her fashions especially since most bloggers who aren't paid to report on Kate's day to day engagements actually do give information on what Kate did at that engagement along with talking about her fashion.
      Lastly if the Duke and Duchess of cambridge does not receive their funds from the civil list but from the help of the Prince of Wales and their own private money from William's inheritance and most likely kate has a trust fund as well why then would the public be upset. I know that there remodeling of KP came from the tax payers but since it is a royal resident it would have had to have been done and better sooner instead of later when it could very much costed alot more. I know they also cost when it comes to security but that seems a bit not fair as in their is no actual guidebook that says in order to justify the tax payers paying for sercuity and etc. You have to do a required amount of engagements. But then doesn't that not seem unfair for those that do 500+ engagements a year such as Prince Charles would then be able to say we'll since it's only required for me to do 250 a year but since I did more it's not like he can say count it towards Kate.
      But I sometimes think their will always be some people that no matter how much she does of engagements or how much she does for charities it will never be enough. Especially the diehard Diana fans who really do not like kate being seen to take away from Diana. When at the time of her death was only involved with 6 or 10 charities after dropping over 100 charities after her divorce and in her will left nothing to charity. But is seen as a saint and can do no wrong.

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  15. Jane, I also wanted to add that I sincerely enjoy your posts on this site. They are always well thought out and written and in much more depth than the brief comments on the Facebook pages. Thank you for a very nice product.

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