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Will the Cambridges Take August Off?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

As is almost always the case with Kate, her engagements are bundled. She opened this week with back to back appearances at the Commonwealth Games and she will open next week with a WWI centenary commemoration in Belgium on Monday and a poppy installation ceremony at the Tower of London on Tuesday. Both with William of course. After that, though, Kate's calendar is empty until her visit to Malta in late September. While her schedule is rarely released very far in advance, so undoubtedly the calendar will be filled-in a little, some are speculating that the young family will take holiday time in August.

The Cambridges in Scotland in September of Last Year

Vanity Fair ran a piece claiming that the Cambridges will spend the majority of the month at Anmer Hall, while also fitting in a brief break with the Queen in Scotland. This is entirely possible. The Cambridges visit Scotland to see William's grandparents as well as Charles and Camilla every year, and Kate's parents have joined William and Kate in the past. That being said, the royals are creatures of habit--as are we all--and Kate and William have travelled to Scotland in September most years, not August. I suspect they will spend time transforming Anmer from a house to a home, and go to Scotland in September. Of course, George does change the dynamic, and they can always go both months...

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The Queen has already kicked this year's break off to an unusual start. When she appeared at the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games she was so close to the start of her holiday that she stayed in Scotland rather than trekking back to London. The problem presented was that Balmoral is open to the public during the summer and her early arrival caused a conflict with the tourists still wandering the estate. Instead of heading straight to Balmoral, the Queen spent the greater part of the week at Craigowan Lodge waiting for the tourist season to close and for Balmoral to be readied for her arrival. 

Kate and the Queen view her bridal gown on display at BP in 2011
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With the Queen away in Scotland for two months, the doors to Buckingham Palace are in turn thrown open to welcome the tourists. In 2011, after the Royal Wedding, Buckingham Palace displayed Kate's bridal own and accessories in the ballroom of BP. While not exclusively focused on Prince George, this summer you can see his christening gown on display, in addition to other paraphernalia of royal childhoods. 

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24 comments:

  1. Heave help William ad Kate if they take a trip. They'll be criticized to the max by those who seem to think they should be in public or "working" every day.

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    1. :) It is inevitable. Even people you think are fans just reveal the claws when vacation is mentioned. I think it is one of those times in life you have to let it roll of your back. Not everyone is negative and you have to focus on the positive. C'est la vie. :)

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  2. Kate is probably looking forward to spending more time settling things at Anmer Hall. I wonder if they will spend Christmas there this year? thanks for the update, Jane. Hopefully the crazies don't descend complaining about the work ethic again.

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    1. Well, there are three options for Christmas, two of which include Anmer. 1) They are at Anmer for christmas and attend services with the Queen at Sandringham. 2) They are Anmer, attend services with the Queen, but the Middletons join them at Anmer. 3) They go to Bucklebury to be with the Middleton. Should be interesting to see what happens. :)

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    2. Hi Anon,

      Just because someone might have a different opinion of how much Kate should/should not do, doesn't mean that you should stoop to name calling. It's just not nice or respectful.

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    3. Lauri-yes the name-callers are everywhere-showing the world how little respect they have for themselves by the way they treat others!

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  3. Smart for them to follow Granny's historical traditions and establish this as their annual summer time off.
    It's only natural they would want to spend family time in their new country retreat.

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    1. Agree. Start now and never give an inch. That's what I would do. :)

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  4. Why shouldn't they take August off? Half of Europe does, and the Queen habitually takes off both August and September. I view it as no big deal, no matter where they choose to spend it, in or out of Great Britain, as long as Will and Kate spend it together, and not all of it with his family.

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    1. Excellent point! They can go back to the regular schedule after la rentrée. :)
      Thus far the Middletons are certainly holding their own, not that I think they have to fight for it. Kate is clearly closer than ever to her family and William obviously loves them. Good to see a happy family.

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  5. Thanks for the post Jane. Your writings always brighten up my day. I too fear we will have to endure all the complaining about the Cambridge's work ethic if they take a few weeks off. I like to see them as much as anyone, but I understand they have a life. Keep up the good work Jane!

    Nancy in Alabama

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    1. So very happy to hear it, Nancy! I am with you, but I also enjoy the occasional candid vacation shot, so I am not heartbroken when they leave for holiday. :) They are allowed to live their lives according to their lifestyle, which is a generous one. Good on them.

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    2. Hi Nancy,
      totally agree with you. The last weeks were so great with a lot of engagements and photos, so I will miss them. But I grant them a break and a great time whatever they do. I'm sure they will partly stay at Anmer Hall. There's nothing greater than building a home. I hope for nice holiday , shopping or maybe wedding snapshots. Fingers crossed ;-)

      Hey Jane,
      you're the best! Nice post as alyways with that interesting extra information. Hope you can shortly enjoy YOUR holiday!
      Best wishes!

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  6. Jane, after reading your previous post and seeing the photos I have to say this: whatever she happens to be doing (making "funny" at Wimbledon, playing volleyball, jumping over tins, etc), the Duchess looks effortlessly gorgeous every time!

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    1. She is the loveliest of the lovelies. :) Thanks for reading, Lantana!

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    2. oops--I meant making "funny" faces.

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  7. So Mr Security can hang up his security robes and they can play with George. Perfect.

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  8. I hope the won't.. Too many holidays... Sorry....

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    1. What holidays have they taken this year? Kate went away in February which they always do for her mothers birthday and the week W&K took together before their tour. But those are the only times this year they have been gone. So that equals a two week vacation like most people get while working. Some even get up to 5 weeks.

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    2. Hi Pauline! It is nice to know you have not changed a single bit:-(

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  9. September could be difficult for them to be away. Prince Harry is organizing the games for the disabled ex-servicemen from Sept 10th to 14th and I would be surprised if William and Catherine didn't turn up to support his efforts. Prince Harry is 30 on the 15th and then Catherine goes to Malta for 20th and 21st.It is also suggested that William will be working for the Norfolk Air Ambulance from Sept.
    Hope they do get away in August, either to Anmer Hall---fairly near a beach for George or in Scotland,. If they go abroad--hope they manage to slip out of the country without anyone noticing.
    If they are in Norfolk or Scotland, there will be Church photos to keep us happy.

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  10. Can anyone clarify the dates of the Invictus Games for me? I am under the impression that they run for some nine days, (seems excessive, given the number of athletes involved) ending on September 20th, the day before Kate arrives in Malta.

    I am unconvinced that Will or Kate will attend these games; they seem to involve just Harry. In other words, THE FIRM seems to want Harry to shine; of late, Harry has not enjoyed the positive publicity he once did, except perhaps with the under-25 crowd; older people seem to view him as a louche aristocrat/Royal, who can't find a woman willing to marry him due to his poor behaviour (Vegas, nightclubs, other women) not to mention the poor choice of women he chooses to date on a long-time basis--both Chelsy and Cressida are essentially party animals, ambitious, and unwilling to tow the Royal line; i.e., they loved themselves more than they loved Harry, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but Harry needs to find a woman willing to put herself on the back burner, and he won't find that amongst the British aristocrats (Cressida) nor amongst the rich from anywhere else (Chelsy; Africa).

    Okay, this is way off topic; back to basics.

    It is, of course, possible that Will/Kate will attend the Invictus Games. It s equally possible that they will be otherwise occupied; Kate with moving into Anmer Hall, William with his new job. They might well view the upheaval in their own lives, and in that of George, as slightly more important, in the long run, than anything Harry might be getting up to, especially given the fact that the Queen/Charles are underwriting the Invictus Games via the backing of Jaguar/Land Rover, companies which supply the fleet of cars THE FIRM uses.

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  11. Dear Jane,

    It is only today that I realized the magnitude of the events William, Catherine and Harry will attend today (Monday, August 4). In case, anybody is interested in following the day’s various commemorations live on TV/internet, here are details from http://www.bbc.co.uk

    BBC ONE: 9:10 a.m. LOCAL TIME (GB) !!! World War One remembered across the commonwealth (with the Prince of Wales)
    with a service from Glasgow Cathedral attended by HRH the Prince of Wales, reflecting the contribution of the Commonwealth. Three million men from the farthest corners of the world left their homes and travelled thousands of miles to fight alongside Britain. Their little-known story will be told and honoured here.

    BBC TWO, 18:30 h LOCAL TIME (GB) !!! World War I remembered from the battlefield
    Huw Edwards in London with Sophie Raworth in Belgium, an evening of live coverage of commemorations marking the centenary of World War I.
    with HRH The Duke of Cambridge, accompanied by the HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and HRH Prince Henry of Wales attending a unique commemoration held in St Symphorien military cemetery in Belgium, where British, Commonwealth and German soldiers are buried alongside each other.
    Hosted by Dan Snow, the commemoration pays tribute to those on all sides who died. Among those taking part are Gareth Malone with a children's choir singing their own specially-written song, Eddie Redmayne and serving British and German soldiers reading poems and testimonies.
    For the first time ever, musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle come together to mark the occasion by performing British and German music.

    BBC TWO, 21:00 h from Westminster Abbey LOCAL TIME (BRITAIN) !!! (with the Duchess of Cornwall)
    a special candlelit service from Westminster Abbey that marks the moment the war began 100 years ago. The Abbey moves from light into darkness, until one candle remains at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, which is extinguished at 11.00pm, the exact time war was declared, reflecting Sir Edward Grey's famous remark that 'the lights are going out all over Europe'. Communities across the country join, as the nation comes together for an hour of reflection

    The BBC’s coverage might also be available for some days to watch later.

    French-speaking Belgian television “La Une” - www.rtbf.be - also reports during the whole day from VERY early in the morning (live reporting, documentaries, etc.) !!!

    I found this article particularly touching: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/11007634/A-musical-tribute-to-the-First-World-War-enemies-who-now-lie-at-peace.html

    If someone wants to participate in Monday evening’s lights out or spread the news, here is more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/take-part-in-lightsout

    Looking forward to your post :-)

    Rose

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    1. Rose, this was awesome! Thank you so much! I hope you do not mind that I have highlighted it to the whole blog community via a post. I am very excited for tomorrow's events! xoxo, Jane

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