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Kate, William, and George Fly into Aberdeen for Scottish Escape

Tuesday, October 28, 2014



So, today's first post dealt with Kate and George's visit to Bucklebury Farm Park, but meanwhile...what are the Cambridges up to right now, you ask? You can't break a royal routine...well not usually. A royal baby can break royal routine, as we have seen these past 11 weeks thanks to Baby Cambridge le Deux. Not only did the future HRH force Kate to cancel a slew of public engagements, but the annual September visit to Balmoral Estate was also off the table. William made it up for a weekend shoot with his father just before the Scottish Referendum, but George and Kate remained ensconced at home.



It was just last week that the Middletons flew from Inverness back home to Gatwick, but yesterday the Cambridges flew from Heathrow to Aberdeen--many passengers entirely unaware they were sharing a plane with royalty. Aberdeen is the airport that services Balmoral, so that is a very likely destination, although it is always possible the couple have made other plans. The Cambridges usually head north in September to visit with Charles, Camilla, the Queen, and Duke of Edinburgh, but...




Prince Charles and Camilla are just beginning the first full-scale royal tour that Colombia has ever hosted, so they obviously won't be on hand for the Cambridges visit, and Great-Grandmother Elizabeth and Prince Philip have both returned to London. So... perhaps William has the run of Birkhall in his father's absence? Maybe the Cambridges are having friends up for a Scottish house party, or it is even possible the Middletons will return to keep the Cambridges company.  Kate and William could be sneaking away to the estate--the ultimate royal treat for privacy--just to spend time together as a little family after the weeks and weeks of Kate's debilitating illness. Of course, they could be going somewhere entirely different... Hard to say without more details. Whatever they are up to, if they are spending time at Balmoral, they are assured of having a wonderful time. 


We know from their engagement story that the two like to try their hand at fishing, and Balmoral affords plenty of opportunity to try their luck since the River Dee flows through the estate. They may even be planning to let George play with his own little pole...in a less boisterous location:


With a little over 50,000 acres, Balmoral is also a fantastic place for William and Kate to take long walks along well-loved forest paths and hikes up into the woods.  


Again, if you missed the post on Kate's visit to the Bucklebury Farm Park, that is here. More details may emerge on Scotland, but for the moment...you are up-to-date on Kate. ;)


36 comments:

  1. Interesting since there is no family there, and they have been spending a lot of time in the country lately. But that doesn't mean they can't get away to somewhere that offers different pursuits, or that they won't enjoy the quiet of no family LOL. Just makes me wonder how much they (especially William, since Kate is still recovering) have actually been working lately.

    Speaking of habits, I wonder if they'll go to Mystique this year. Her pregnancy with George, or George being a baby, didn't interfere with the last two years. While she'll be further along in January, I think she'd still be within the window to safely fly.

    ...I guess this makes more sense the more I think about it. They tend to do a couples vacation before a royal tour, and this may be there getaway before all the Remembrance Day events (I assume) they have scheduled. Then you get into the busyness of the holiday season...

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    1. Well, William has been working quite a bit, since he has been working getting certified in Norfolk and fitting in a number of royal engagements as well. If you consider one a relatively full-time job and then you add in his royal responsibilities, he is a pretty busy guy.

      If Kate is safe to fly I think she will certainly go with George and if William can, I would imagine he will go as well. It is also possible that the Middletons would move it earlier in January, if that helped Kate's schedule. It would be too bad if she missed it...

      I think this get-a-away is more a relaxing refocus after her tough sickness. Obviously she has been a little out of life for almost two months and I am sure that put added strain on William and probably was hard on George, too. They could likely use some carefree family time about now, and as you say, perfect right before the busy holiday season.

      Thanks for reading!! Appreciate the input! :)

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  2. "Up to Kate" you might say - or is that too much of a Dad pun?!

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  3. I'll indulge my royal imagination here and suggest that perhaps Pippa has been secretly planning a wedding hidden away in the Scottish highlands and that accounts for the Middleton's trip last week and the Cambridge's current visit?

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    1. Woah, go big or go home, eh? Haha that's a pretty fun hypothesis. Truth is stranger than fiction, so you could be right. That would be soon fun... Wait...maybe not that fun. I expect a second (albeit smaller) royal wedding... Pippa will be in trouble with her public if she has done this to us. :)

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  4. It is not hard to see why William and Kate would want to spend a few days at Balmoral. Wow! It is gorgeous. Thanks for the update, Jane!

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  5. Jane, not to rain on your parade, but what are your sources for this story? Without pics,tweets, or indeed any references, I am skeptical.

    I also noted that in your reply to another poster you seemed to think that William was studying for the theoretical air ambulance exams in Norfolk, which I would translate to mean that the theory part of his prep for his new job is not being undertaken in either London or Cambridge, either of which would put him closer to his primary family (Kate and George). What do you base this supposition on? I am quite curious, given the reluctance of the Royal press to inform us as to Williams whereabouts most of the time...a bad PR move, IMO.

    JC

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    1. I was wondering that too. Especially in regards to William's studying. I have read a few different stories that said he had to put it on hold since William had to go to Malta in Kate's place. I was curious Jane where you got your info from.

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    2. Voices in my head... It's a blessing and curse. Kidding, obviously. :) I felt that the source was reasonably reliable and then it came down to adding up all the known factors and making a gut call. I am reasonably confident that the source was solid and the story is true. Obviously, if details come to light that suggest something else, I would definitely note that in a future post, for sure! Thus far, my gut has not been wrong often on these things.

      As to William, that is just facts and logic. William said he had 14 tests to pass before Christmas, and the press release when he took the job detailed in a little more precision the various work he has to complete to be fully functioning. Since he is training on a new piece of "equipment" a new helicopter, that is going to demand some time in Norfolk.

      While there are doubtless theoretical elements to his training that he can study from anywhere-- London, Bucklebury, Scotland...wherever-- there is a significant practical aspect to flying a piece of machinery that big. Physically, he MUST be in Norfolk to fly the helicopter and complete that training. The Palace does need to press release about that beyond what they already have. He must be getting out to Norfolk at times to pass exams and qualify as co-pilot and ultimately commander.

      I don't think we need to be told constantly where he is. As the third in line to the throne, holding a job in the private sector, he doesn't need that level of surveillance, in my mind. I think Malta would have not been a terribly interruption. Obviously, the air ambulance folks are being quite flexible with their royal employee. :)

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  6. Hi Jane!
    I'm dreaming spending some days of relax while I'm watching enchanted the beautiful photos of the Balmoral surroundings! I wish her the best recovery..The weather seems to be very chilly in Scotland right now ( no direct experience!), so I hope for them it's not snowing..but maybe they are more use than me to the cold weather and they can make healthy walks in any situation!
    I hope to visit that beautiful place next time I'll be in the UK, even if I'll not be in a castle! hihi It's a shame it's a little bit difficult to reach Aberdeen in a direct way from abroad!
    Thanks for showing us these wonderful images so inspiring! hihi
    Have a good week!
    p.s. I love the new design of the blog..you always make perfect jobs!

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  7. I was actually right about them taking a vacation after the photos from the doctors office were released. Hmmm...

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  8. Seems eminently reasonable for some time at Balmoral---give Catherine time to recuperate and spend time with George.
    Never expected engagements this week, as The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are in South America---nothing of the trip would be reported, if Catherine were to be out and about.
    The South American trip is on behalf of the Government, obviously cementing friendships in that part of the world.

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  9. The new look of your blog is just great Jane! I love the acorn detail ;-)

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  10. I agree with Maggie. No upstaging the South America tour, so no Kate and probably no William until C&C are back. Glad they are using the time in such beautiful surroundings. Scotland really is an amazing place.

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  11. Why do we think they are so deserving of another getaway? Honestly. So many women who work, have children and are pregnant and cannot do this because of cost, time away from work ( the Cambridges have one of the best vacation allowances I've seen for supposedly hard workers). I love them but feel they'll be the least liked monarchs in a while with their entitlements. Many women are sick & sore while pregnant and they're cleaning and cooking and maybe having one babymoon. I wish we'd look at this more objectively and not just gush over them constantly.

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    1. I guess I can't understand the argument that because others have less, the Cambridges can't live a reasonable lifestyle as afforded by their wealth. While I agree that if they were throwing raves in KP and offensively lavishing money in very public and gratuitous manners, then there would be much for the public to complain about. I can think of American celebs who fit this bill.. But, that we should fault them for enjoying their flexibility simply because not everyone has the same flexibility? It's not a good argument to me. Do you deny your children food because there are families in the world who cannot provide daily nourishment? Don't we all live the lives we are dealt and enjoy the perks or blessings associated, within reason? In any event...if you have more questions on this topic, this post is pretty thorough in laying out my position. I hope it is helpful. http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2013/11/does-kate-really-workenough.html

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    2. I think they are lucky, blessed, fortunate or whatever you want to call it. I am commenting on how there seems to be an opinion that they "deserve" a trip like this.
      You say disagreements are welcome, but I feel you don't allow people to love Kate but see things differently sometimes. I don't care if they travel a lot, but I think it's just how we view it or frame it.

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    3. Well, gosh, I am not sure that is entirely fair. You disagreed, your comment went live, we are having a discussion about it. Other than agreeing with your position, I cannot facilitate your ability to speak your mind anymore than I already have. I will say, and I think it is noted in the About page of this blog, that discussion about Kate's work ethic is a bit of a no-no here, so we are just borderline in this chat. We don’t get many, but there are a lot of reasons that I suppress the few comments of that nature that do come in… 1. Because they often come from people who very much dislike Kate and/or are consumed with jealousy. I don't owe these sorts of people this platform to vent their ugliness. 2. Even among fans, we covered the topic in depth and I do not want every post about a vacation or a break to always come back to a WWIII on that issue. And, I think that is fair. To allow that would be unfair to me and unfair to thousands of my readers who are happy fans of Kate and don't want to wade through it all every time. My personal position is that there are many articles, forums, and blogs that have those chats. It is hardly a loss if this is one place that doesn't deal with that. This is just a general caveat, and not directed at you. I didn’t get a sense you were a Kate-Hater at all. ☺ So, moving to your comment more particularly…


      Here is I guess what I think about your point... I just reread the post and comments and I didn’t see the word deserve anywhere. I don't think anyone is saying they deserve a break so much as people saying it's nice to see they are taking one, because they could use it. That’s a little bit of a different flavor from entitled. You seem to translate “could use” to mean “deserve” and I just don’t see that as a fair translation. Whether I think they deserve it or not simply isn’t stated.

      I am still pretty confused about your position. Your initial comment stated: “I love them but feel they'll be the least liked monarchs in a while with their entitlements.” But, then you said you didn’t care if they traveled.

      Either you object to them taking vacations or not.
      Once that is established, then you can explain why you object or approve of them vacationing.
      Then, we can make some headway.

      I am not trying to be combative here, I just genuinely cannot take up a discussion if I can’t grasp the argument. I read mixed signals from you. I do welcome your disagreement, but possibly you could make your position clearer.

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  12. Sorry but I must jump in for the last time, I think the thing here is the way you approach Kate. Everything she does, wears for YOU is great. Objectivity is far from you. But it is fine it is your fan page alrthough I would rename it to love page. The above Anon complains about this partly I think. A.

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  13. I am always astonished that some people complain so vociferously about the Duke and Duchess's holidays Catherine had a week with her family; then a week with William and they are now having a few days in Scotland--certainly far fewer hols than we took when my son was young and I suspect less than many people take.
    This week is the schools' half term and I suspect many people are on holidays and as their children go to school most likely the Duke and Duchess will take the opportunity for a few days away with them. I seem to remember that William and Harry were given the use of a cottage on the Balmoral estate.
    I suspect the time they were not seen in August was because they hoped her sickness would be over by the end of the month --as it was with George, allowing them to keep the pregnancy secret a little longer,but it didn't work out like that.

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    1. I think you are actually one of the rare and lucky ones. Actually most people, at least in America, are lucky to get 1-2 weeks vacation. Anything beyond that is just a luxury. I think people just feel like these two go on a lot of holidays (Kate went on holiday back to back in January and February). Which, let's be realistic, they go on way more than the average family-not less!! But they are not the average family. They have luxuries that allow them to take the whole month of August off and 4-5 more vacations on top of that (not including all the small weekend trips like skiing in the Alps). They are Royals and very rich so that is a perk for them. If I were in their position I would love to do the same. Though not being in their position, it can get tiring hearing about another trip they are on since they get so many. Sometimes they seem like they are on vacation more than working. So, I see why people get upset because working 50 weeks a year at a hard job, that doesn't pay close to what they make, makes it hard to understand a lifestyle that we cannot comprehend since most of us could only dream of it. It's part jealousy and part annoyance, I'm assuming. Sometimes it can come across as the Royals rubbing our faces in their wealth. It's not even just the amount of vacations they take, but the places they go which only about 1% of the population can afford. On top of that, a lot of people feel like they do not work that hard, so why do they need so many vacations (don't worry Jane, I'm not getting into a 'work' debate:))? The Queen is a great example, she works very hard, and that is why she takes the whole month of August off. She is not taking a vacation every month or couple months. Kate and William just seem to take advantage, while not really earning it, but being born into it. It can come across as vulgar by showing off how much privilege they have. That is where so much of the frustrations comes from.

      On a side note, they were not seen in August because Royals always take the whole month off. It didn't have anything to do with the pregnancy. Even if Kate had not been pregnant they would still take the whole month off. Which I don't think Kate was sick yet in August because she would not have been able to travel as much as she did. She was not sick until September, from what I have gathered.

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    2. **applause** for Renee! Well said; good points :-)

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    3. I admit that I do not follow the small details of the Cambridges' life as close as I might, but I only count two or three vacations this year. Mustique, this Scottish vacations, and... what else? I think that is it. Two holidays this year. I am reading a lot of envy here and not a lot of facts, and I say that as politely as I can.

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    4. Oh my Anon at 7:44, let's see if can prove my point with the facts you think are not there. Which Btw if you had read my above comment you would have seen is not just about jealousy. Let's just talk about the first 9 weeks of 2014. Kate went to Mustique with family. William then goes to Spain. William and Kate go to the Maldives. That's 3 right away and March had not even ended. Not to mention in Maldives they rented out the ENTIRE 45 Villa suites. Which goes back to its not just the number they take but the vulgarity of it. Yes they have money, but it's called class and not always flaunting it, especially when so many of their subjects are struggling.

      Anyway back to the count. The whole month of August was vacation. 4 weeks should count as more than one vacation but for this I will only count it as 1. Now this Scottish one makes 5 vacations or roughly 8 weeks of vacation. And again that's not even counting the quick 3-4 day trips they take all the time (mini vacations). Also the year is not even over yet. Will and Kate from years past tend to take about 2-3 weeks around Christmas/new years (minus the walk on Christmas morning). So that's another holiday, 6 now, about 10 weeks. That's assuming they keep their normal routine. And who knows what they may take in November as well. Or what other trips they took under the radar which they do for privacy and because the press criticizes them.

      Do you see my point? 10 weeks (which is low balling it) out of 52 weeks. So of course people are envious. You are crazy not to wish you were lucky enough to go on that many vacations. But again is more than envy (you can read what I wrote above). People feel like they tend to go on vacation more than work, which is in stark contrast to the Queen who works very hard. There is a reason these two get criticized so much for their amount of vacations. So there are the facts, which maybe next time time you should check before assuming something. And that is putting it politely:)!

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    5. Renee, are you an American? You seem to be stretching a lot of so called facts to fit your point. Most Americans are LUCKY to get 1-2 weeks of vacation? That just isn't true. Americans know their rights and they get two solid weeks of vacation. Some get more, and some thanks to a bad economy may have to work more than one job, but a single job gives vacation. This kind of fudging with the facts throws your entire point into question.

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    6. Renee, I just got back from vacation. I have 3 weeks left. I'm American

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    7. I only get 1 week... I'm American

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  14. @Anonymous 12:00Pm

    So what if that's the way she approaches Kate. This is a fashion blog, not a political one. No where does it say that the point is to debate the spending or work ethnic of Kate and William.

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  15. ....back to topic....

    Thank you, Jane, for these great pictures of Scotland! They are triggering wanderlust!
    I hope the Cambridges enjoy their time there! Maybe we'll get more information about that trip later...

    Grosses bises

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  16. Thank you, Jane, for addressing my queries-or perhaps those of another poster, but it sufficed.

    @ Renee. Get a grip, woman. William and Kate have had nothing approximating the number of vacations taken by Harry, Beatrice etc. In Royal terms, their vacations have been exceedingly short and sparse; the Queen, herself, takes just over two months of vacation at Balmoral (this has nothing to do with her age; she has always done so, to the best of my recollection), a further six weeks, more or less, at Sandringham, over Xmas, and regular long weekends--not in anyone else's working calendar.

    JC

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  17. Hi everyone. First time posting but have been following this great site for awhile. I really appreciate the upbeat presentations Jane. You are in love with the royals as many of us are and it's fun to read your posts. On the topic at hand, the royal family pretty much belong to the state. They live their lives in the public. Most people wouldn't want to trade places with them primarily for this reason. We think the perks are fun to think about living with but the fishbowl? Not so much. Surely any 2-3 week visit somewhere entails 16 hour days. Not to mention the enormous background prep beforehand. Any away day for royal outings would also acquire lots of prep time in advance. We may think we know how much these people are working but we really don't know much about what it really takes. I probably have dozens of royal videos some of which depict the Queen on 'vacation'. Unless we're being lied to, her red boxes continue to require daily attention not to mention the parade of gov't officials coming to call. Jane can speak authoritatively and objectively on who designs Catherine's garments but the rest of us are only speculating when we bicker about what their lived are really like. Seriously, getting away on what we want to label as vacations may be what is required for them just to breathe once in a while. Try to imagine basically being tied to your four walls if you want the public to be unaware of your activities. It's too facile to say the perks are worth it and that Catherine knew what she was walking into. These are real people under enormous, relentless pressure. Let them breathe once in a while. Jane, you do a great job. I admire your patience in the painstaking way you deal with complainers. Perhaps we should allow them to make their comments but refrain from picking apart their arguments.

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  18. PS Jane. I would have commented under my name which is Claudia but I just couldn't figure out how to do it. Not since the old days on Britishroyalwedding forum have I commented so this is a first in many years.

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  19. Jane I just read on Hello magazines website that Kate and Will are on holiday in Scotland. You reported this 4 days before anyone else! How did you know? You must have an amazing source! I'm pretty impressed right now! Thanks for keeping us informed:)

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  20. Love the new web page style, but the pale pink makes it hard to read.

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  21. There is quite a queue of comments relating to Kate's vacation time that I have held for review and am not currently posting to this blog. For a number of reasons, I am unable to address them at this time, but they will be dealt with in detail toward the end of this week. If you commented and have not seen your post appear, it is more than likely one of the many posts whose publishing has been delayed. While you are welcome to send a nasty-gram regarding this situation, the blogger would appreciate a brief respite on that score.

    If your comment is not related to the argument about Kate's vacation, it should have gone live and you are welcome to email princesskateblog@gmail.com to get the problem sorted.

    In brief: the vacation argument has been paused effective Thursday night; all posts since then have not been published. All other comments are welcome, and should be going live as they come in.

    Have a pleasant Sunday evening.

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