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William Marks 32 Years at Anmer Hall With The Middletons

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Saturday was June 21st, the first day of a summer, and a certain person's 32nd birthday! For better or for worse, William doesn't get a lot of attention on this blog, but since it was his special day, I thought it might be appropriate to briefly pay tribute to Kate's prince charming.  In a lot of ways, I think that Kate has made William a more impressive man. He has really shone, in my opinion, in the past few years since his marriage to Kate. Of course, that is what good relationships do--make people better people. At the same time, I don't want to short-change William, who also clearly plays a massively important role for Kate. Relatively quiet and very private, it can be hard sometimes to see past his public persona to the man he is to Kate, but we have been able to observe them enough over the years in different situations that we can now get a kind of picture.  In no particular order and with varying degrees of gravitas, I present some of the ways  I think we have seen William's character and loved him because of it:


Usually the far more reserved half of the Cambridge couple, from the moment that William announced his engagement to Kate he looked lit from within. On his wedding day William was absolutely exuberant, and after the traditional balcony kiss amounted to a pretty short peck from Kate, it was William who coaxed a second and longer smooch from his lovely bride. The Daily Mail lip readers translated their dialogue as follows:
‘Let’s give them another one. I love you,’ said William, as a spectacular flypast of Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft swept into view. ‘One more kiss, one more kiss. OK?’
Kate acquiesced and gave him a smacker that detonated a tidal wave of cheering, prompting William to echo the crowds, and say with them: ‘Come on! Come on! More! More! More!’
Lip reading is notorious for being entirely wrong at times...there is usually more than one reasonable interpretation, but I thought this was a plausible scenario, and it was a breath of fresh air to see William shed his usually fairly somber exterior on such a personal and joyful day. 



We love how he is always helping Kate to get from point A to B. He seems to love it, too...


Or how he charmingly tries to to prevent wardrobe malfunctions... 





The way he beats Kate in competition:



The way he loses to her:


The way he takes care of her when she is sick:


The way he gets angry when she has been hurt:


While on tour in South East Asia, the Cambridges were informed that grossly invasive photos of the Duchess were being published by French tabloid Closer. The timing made the situation even more painful, as the couple had to paste smiles on their faces and go greet their fans. The stress of the day was palpable, with William often unable to keep a scowl off his face. One sweet moment occurred when William jokingly presented his wife with a single rose, despite the fact she already had a handful. He created a moment of levity for the public, but also managed to ever so briefly create a personal moment to support his lovely wife.



And of course, we now love him as he takes on a new, but seemingly well-suited, role as not just husband, but father. 


We love him, and it seems so does Kate...


As William marks his 32nd year, the obvious question lingers...what next? Will he undertake full-time royal status, or will be continue to balance both a private and a public life? It seems that answer will be revealed very soon, and the whispers are that earlier rumors will be confirmed: William will take a job as an air ambulance pilot in Norfolk. Norfolk is, of course, the location of the Queen's Sandringham Estate and of Anmer Hall, the country home on which William and Kate are currently completing renovation. 


I predict that William and Kate will finish the renovations and will move to Anmer Hall using it for some years as their primary residence, although their official residence will remain their Kensington Palace apartment. Kate was raised in a leafy countryside town, and I think she will want to give her children a similar upbringing.  Furthermore, as the Cambridges fight to protect their children's privacy, Anmer Hall's more removed setting will afford greater protection from prying eyes. 


It was reported that William spent his birthday weekend with Kate and George, and Carole and Mike Middleton at Anmer Hall, so it must be fairly close to being done. Carole and Mike were celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary together, in addition to Mike's birthday, so it certainly made sense that they would all come together to mark these special events. 

The announcement on William's job should be imminent, and I am excited for it.  The final point that needs to be made is that William is not the Prince of Wales. He isn't the next in line, and I think we are seeing him continue to hold back, and continue to maintain a private life with a "real" job both because it is his preference to stay as low-key as possible for as long as he can, but also because I am sure the Palace and the PR people are advising this course of action. Prince Charles is sandwiched between two very popular and dynamic couples, and the Palace must carve out some room for him to breathe. William and Kate will continue to slowly increase their workload as they inevitably creep closer to stepping up a run in the ladder. I think it is a wise and measured move, and one that will benefit William and Kate's family life in the process, which can only ever be a good thing.  

A very Happy Birthday, Prince William!  Many more years of joy...



27 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to William! I hope he does get this new job, I dont think its far for him to give up his dreams just yet especially because its going to be a while before he becomes King. He doesnt have too many royal duties at the moment either so he might has well use his time wisely and earn a living.

    Its important for him to be able to live his own life as much as he can because so much of it isnt his own. In a way he belongs to the people of the UK. He needs to have something of his own.

    Bless him

    I dont understand why they are not given more royal duties. I had a look at the overall calender for the royal family and so much happens everyday. Sometimes each of the working royals host 2-3 events a day. There is definitely no shortage of work for William, Kate, Harry and even Eugenie and Beatrice.

    Although Harry does a ot. he is always up and about doing royal duties.

    Side note: Ive been going through old posts and I just realised how many gorgeous outfits Kate has. I dont get why she doesnt repeat her outfits more often. She has so many wonderful dresses tha we just haven't see again. I feel like she repeats the wrong dresses.

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    1. I think there is a sense that they can't over-saturate the market. If diamonds were as common as pebbles on the road, none of us would pay for them.

      As a royal Kate really has to wear a lot of new items. Charities expect it, the British fashion industry expects it, it is just part of the game. Certainly there are pieces I wish she would recycle, and every now and again she recycles something that I didn't love, but in general, I think she does a pretty good job re-using pieces from her closet. Naturally, she is a pretty thrifty woman.

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  2. What a sweet post!:) Love seeing their cutesy moments:) I agree, Kate has definitely wrought a happy change in the pensive prince:)

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    1. She has! He seems a very happy and contented man these days. :)

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  3. I'm sure he had a happy B-day with his in laws As a private person at least what the media coverage reflects for us he is a nice person, loving husband.
    I'm a bit disappointed in his decision not taking bigger role in the royal family. I know he is not next in line but to be honest it is so disturbing to see two elderly people who are in their eighties and nineties to do more than the young royals. He feels pretty reluctant to me to accept his future role, it comes down to me he tries everything to avoid his duty. He likes the perks right and he wants normal life far from the media and everything, I am not sure how the public will take this. Their fans (Kate and William) are pretty divided on this too.A.

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    1. Well, it is the way of monarchies. Unless the Queen wants to step down, which I would be very much against, the hierarchy must be respected for the system to work. That means more senior royals take more high-profile roles.

      I think William was reluctant at one time, and I think now he is simply following the path that is best for the monarchy as an institution and for his family. William and Kate have the right to pursue a more relaxed royal schedule while they remain third tier in precedence and they should, because otherwise they risk overshadowing Charles and Camilla, which would be inappropriate and should be avoided. It is perfect. They are right at the point where they should focus on their family and thankfully the situation within the BRF is exactly where they have the ability to do that.

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    2. Dear Anon,

      I agree, it is difficult to see the Queen and Prince Phillip attend engagement after engagement at their age. It just doesn't feel right somehow that they work so hard but the youngest generation doesn't. I think Edward, Sophie and of course Anne attend quite a number of engagements but don't receive the press coverage that W&K and Harry do.

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    3. William and Kate are in a very difficult situation. They are extremely popular, not just in UK but all over the world, that's why their every action or decision is intensely scrutinized (I see DM even prying now into how they spend their private money. Nasty) However, monarchy is not a popularity contest. Like Jane mentioned, it is the way of monarchies, the system of hierarchy that has been followed for years must be followed. The seniors seem to have vowed to be active until they are able to do so, I think the younger ones should not be blamed for that. I kind of agree with Jane's theory that this is really Charles and Camilla's time to shine. How I wish the British press would concentrate on Charles and Camilla instead of nitpicking on William and Kate on just about everything whenever they are out of the spotlight.

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    4. To be fair to the media, the duchess gives them enough topic if you know what I mean!;))))A.

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    5. Hi Lauri! I recognise your name and post from other blog!:)) Agree with you about Edward and Sophie I respect them more and more even they dont get thatmuch media coverage which is a pity!:))Anett

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  4. I don't believe it is the young ones who won't step forward--but rather that the older ones do not wish to retire.
    Obviously the Queen feels she cannot---but there are others well past retiring age and so far from the throne as to be out of sight.

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    1. Certainly the Queen has no intention of stepping down. I think there is a strong push to allow Charles to hold the spotlight a little more strongly, too.

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  5. Very touching and insightful write up Jane. Thank you for your thoughts. Always a pleasure :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it and appreciate your kind comment!!

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  6. I agree with Jane. I really believe that the engagements are well scheduled to promote Charles and Camilla right now. When C married C, it was agreed she would not become Queen, but Charles gave an interview a few years ago. The interviewer asked him if he would make Camilla his Queen and he said "you never know". I think the firm is trying to promote Camilla so that she and Charles can garner support for their coming role. Will and Kate are extremely popular and it would not do for them to upstage C and C. Sophie and Edward had time and space to raise their two young ones and now Sophie is taking on significantly more engagements. Harry is taking on more as well. I believe the firm is spreading the work around with the younger ones and specifically not giving Will and Kate too much so that Charles and Camilla can step up in their own right. This is just my opinion, but if the firm were to ask for my opinion :), that's what I would advise them to do. Give Will and Kate these years, because there will be plenty for them to do in the not so distant future.

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    1. Completely agree, Jane! This is definitely the right thing to do, both for Charles and Camilla and for William and Kate. :)

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  7. I agree, its definitely a case of the older generaionn not wanting to move on. They dont even need to retire as yet. There is always smeone in need and many more charities need help. They can create more work for the younger royals.

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  8. Hi Jane what a lovely reflective post! I think William has grown into a wonderful young man and it is clear how much he adores and loves kate. I think Diana would have been so proud of him.
    I Also love that he chose to spend it with the Middleton family as well this shows how much he values them in his life. Good to hear of what they've been up to as we wait for the next appearance! :)

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  9. Just my opinion, but I don't think that William and Kate are in charge of their lives; the Queen, the Prince of Wales and their advisors are. Very recently, an opinion poll taken in the U.K. showed that William had an approval rating of 63%, marginally higher than the Queen, and much higher--by 25%age points--than Prince Charles. This would pretty much guarantee William and Kate"s banishment to Sandringham since the Queen is devoted to the notion of an orderly progression re the Crown, and since Charles is devoted to promoting himself and his second wife, neither of whom are particularly well-liked.

    Nevertheless, this seclusion might well suit William, since he loves flying and hates media prying.But will it suit Kate and George? For one, Kate will be living twice as far away from her parents than if she were living in London, and much farther away from her sister and brother, who lve in London. That aside, if William takes a job as a pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance service, he will be working 10 hour shifts, 5 days a week, followed by 3 days off, during which he, and possibly Kate, will no doubt be expected to put in some time on Royal Duties. This strikes me as a recipe for disaster; William will become a father-in-absentia, given travel time to and from his job, and he won't be much of a husband either. Its all about those 3 days off; other pilots will be able to devote this time to their families, but not William.

    I was a military spouse for 27 years, and I can assure people, in general, that the more time a husband and wife spend apart, the greater the risk of unhappy marriages resulting in divorce. This job in Air Ambulance, combined with Royal Duties, is no different.

    I wish Kate all the best; as for William, he strikes me as selfish and too weak to buck the system in order to protect the best interests of his family. Maybe he should consider opting out of the Royal Family entirely and going to work flying supplies into refuge camps. That way, he would stand a decent chance of enjoying a happy family life, and it would be an honourable life. I would admire such a choice...and Royals always have choices, although the opposite has no doubt been drummed into their heads, from birth.

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    1. I think William IS bucking the system by taking on this job. He could spend years of his life performing royal duties and struggling to find his place in life whilst he waits to become King, as his father is doing and as his ancestors have done for years. Instead, he has chosen to do a very important and meaningful job which makes a much more valuable contribution to his country, in my opinion, and to provide his wife and child with a life that is closer to normal than is usual for the RF. I have also heard that he isn't taking a salary for this job, do you know if that's true Jane?

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  10. I'm a little confused, $6 million was spent to prepare KP as the "one and only official residence" of the Cambridges but now it seems that they are decamping to Anmer Hall for some years? William left the RAF to focus on public service and his charities but is going to be taking a paying job that could be filled by another pilot with a family to support? It may be that the Palace is pushing them in these directions but it is making them look as though they aren't capable of making a decision and sticking with it.

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    1. KP is their official royal residence in London, it is a publicly-owned building and will be their London home for years to come (presumably until William becomes King). Anmer Hall is privately-owned as it is in the Queen's private estate so taxpayers had nothing to do with it. Having a country home is normal for the Royals, HMQ has Balmoral and Sandringham while Prince Charles has Highgrove. As for William leaving RAF, he left RAF Angelesey because his term there has already ended as originally planned, and the palace did mention after that ended that he was looking at his options, so the idea of him going into public service after his military service was always present. I just think the press/media played too much on the idea of him becoming a full-time royal hence many thought that was really the intention. Like what mentioned, he is not yet PoW. Whether the media likes it or not, the Queen, DoE, PoW and DoC should be the main focus in the BRF. Richard Palmer (royal reporter) also talked about the budget constraints in having the younger royals (William, Kate and Harry) take up more engagements. Their funds come from Prince Charles so I suppose it very much depends on how much he's willing to fund.

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  11. @Annie HelloPurpleClouds Replying to your response to my post. It is certainly possible to view things this--your--way, but at what expense to his family? If he chooses to work full-time for Air Ambulance and part-time for the Firm, he will have virtually no time for Kate and George. I think he knows that, hence, his innate sense of entitlement/selfishness comes into play. He would be, in effect, isolating/quasi-deserting them so that can indulge his love of flying.--Sarah, Duchess of York, wrote an autobiography of her life, as a Royal wife, soon after her divorce, and she blamed the marital breakdown on the fact that she and Andrew spent so little time together; he worked full-time in the Navy and part-time for the Firm. This is exactly what William would be doing, substituting Air Ambulance for the Navy.So much for learning from the past.

    I fully recognize that William is caught between a rock/the Queen and a hard place/Prince Charles, but that doesn't mean that he has to go along with their wishes/demands, and perhaps with his own wish to fly. If he wants a stable marriage, maybe he should rethink all of his options.

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    1. I guess one can take a negative view or a positive view. I prefer the latter. Both Kate & William have described their time on Anglesey when he was in the RAF as pretty much the happiest time of their life together. I know Kate wrote that book foreword where she expressed her occasional worry for William's safety when he was flying but that is only natural. I don't think I have seen anything in the small glimpses we get of the Cambriges' marriage that there is anything worrying there. They seem stable, very happy and in love. I think they will have as much time together and maybe more as any other couple. I also can't see William taking on this or any other role without Kate's blessing - they seem to have a solid, respectful marriage, so good luck to them.

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  12. Hmmm. Interesting. Kate doesn't have a full schedule of royal engagements recently, presumably because they decided she should spend a lot of time with George while he's growing up (which as a mother I fully understand), yet some are easy to call her "lazy". Now, that William is planning to take on a job in public service, presumably so he can do something more meaningful while at the same time learning more about his future role, and now he's being "selfish" for doing so? They just can't win, can't they?

    Sarah and Andrew's case should not be compared to Kate and William, they're different people and Andrew worked far far away from the family. Being away from each other may have contributed to the failure of Sarah and Andrew's marriage but it doesn't mean it happens to everyone in the same situation. Lest we forget, Kate has been a military girlfriend since they graduated from university and a military wife for the first 3 years of their marriage. William was a full-time serving helicopter pilot when George was born and somehow they managed it (just like millions and billions of military families all over the world). He's obviously at ease with his son, and I've seen no sign that he's a distant father. I just think it's stretching too far to say William is being selfish on the basis of that. Neither does being a full-time member of the Firm guarantee that he will have more time with his wife and son, and that they will have a stable marriage.

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  13. One of my favourite moments between W & K was on their wedding day as they were riding in the carriage through a building as they turned off whitechapel - I think it is the 'horse guards' or something. Anyway, there were no crowds around them, and they obviously thought they had a moment of privacy, and they held hands on will's knee. When they emerged from the building, they let go of their hands and started waving again. It was such a beautiful private moment, and it really showed how much they live each other, even though they aren't demonstrative in public.

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  14. @ mslex Everyone has their breaking point; what worked before, might not work now. Stress is cumulative, and IF Kate was left out of the decision-making re what William does next--and this is not uncommon in the military, and unlikely to be uncommon in the BRF--then stress and resentment build.

    The Queen has always put duty first; 3 of her 4 children divorced their first spouse. No sensible person, including those who greatly admire her, would ever vote the Queen for Mother of the Year; she was a mother in-name-onlly, often physically absent from her children, and, if you believe what Prince Charles had to say in his Dimbleby authorized biography, even when she was at home, she was emotionally distant.

    My fear is that William will be little different; he has never been part of a family that works as a whole, and people tend to repeat what they have seen and know. The only hope he's got, in order to achieve a happy marriage, is Kate. She has seen and known a happy marriage, one that lasts.--And before you come back with: Well, so did the Queens, I would suggest that you do a bit of reading. Elizabeth was raised to put up--with your husbands affairs--and to keep your mouth shut; divorce was a serious social no-no, not to be contemplated in Philips heyday.--William would be wise to listen to his wife and not to his grandmother and father who know squat on this issue.

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