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Have We Seen Fewer Kate Candids Since The Royal Wedding?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Kate was spotted shopping at Peter Jones on November 7th, and one reader emailed me and asked why we don't get as many shots of Kate shopping as we used to before she was married. I know more than a few of you have also bemoaned the drop in candids from the old days. I think there are a few reasons we don't see as many shopping shots, although in general, I am not sure we have had a real dip in the overall candids of Kate.

You probably recall in the weeks just before her wedding, Kate was photographed shopping (in a black Issa) for honeymoon clothes from Whistles, among others labels. I can't find the cover right now, but some magazine ran a photo of this shopping excursion with the headline "Last Few Weeks of Freedom"...or something like that. It has been almost four years, the "mind-palace" is getting dusty. The point, though, made in the piece was that once she married William, Kate wouldn't be able to do any of the normal things she once had.



Obviously, there were elements of truth to that, and at the time I wondered if Kate truly would not be seen shopping again. Kate's situation has changed, yes, but demand for photos has certainly not abated, and her life is carefully followed by millions of fans around the globe. So, why do we not get as many photos? Or, does Kate not shop publicly the way she used to?  Kate's routines haven't radically changed, but being raised to a royal did tweak a few key elements.



First, Kate's life has obviously evolved. We saw pictures of her shopping and partying because she was a young, single woman living in London--partying and shopping...as single women in their twenties are wont to do. So, there was significantly more opportunity to find Kate and photograph her.

Now, Kate is in her thirties, married, and raising a family. As a result, she parties less, and her shopping habits have changed. Where we may once have spent an afternoon browsing the racks, she doubtless shops online more now as she balances several homes, a husband, a child, and royal duties.


As royal, she also has the option for the clothes to come to her. More than one designer has described sending clothes top KP for Kate to try on. She decides what she likes, buys the pieces she wants, and returns the rest. This is not just some bizarre special treatment, it is quite practical given the scrutiny on her fashion choices.

Lastly, when Kate lived in a London apartment, there were frequent stakeouts. She walked often, or parked her car on the street, etc, and so quite a few of our favorite shots are of her coming and going near her apartment.



Now, as a royal, security is much tighter. Protection officers can keep any paparazzi at a certain distance, and Kate can get into a chaffered Range Rover within the palace grounds, be driven through the gates to the store of her choice, dropped curbside, and picked up in the same fashion with most of London none the wiser.



Just this past week, The Duchess was shopping at a London flower market, and afterward one fellow shopper was asked why she didn't take a snap. She said that the PPOs were there and while they were discreet, they kept gawkers at a distance and the vibe was most assuredly against a quick candid.

So, it is a mixture of shifts that we all experience as we move through life's phases, with the addition of her changed living arrangements, where she is far less accessible than she was in her curbside apartment, and finally, of course, that last little detail...she is a princess with an entourage of protection.


It can feel like we see fewer candids, because we see so much more of her officially. But, the actual number of candids is quite high, all things considered, just her activities have changed. There have been some fantastic pictures in the past year. A few of my favorites would be Kate's McDonald's stop on her way from Anglesey to London, or the snaps of her shopping for a Moses basket with Carole, and most of all, leaving Bunga Bunga with William after dinner with friends. 

I do miss the Boujis photos and I miss the casual walking to work shots, but the trade-off has obviously come with perks. The difference between following Kate now and following her in 2006...it is night and day in terms of exposure. The public engagements, the royal calendar events, the tours, etc. We get soo much more Kate today than we did when she was Miss Middleton dating a prince. All in all, I'll take it. 

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Both The Daily Mail and People Magazine are reporting that the Middletons will spend Christmas with the Cambridges at Anmer Hall. This makes a great deal of sense. It does not follow, however, that the Middletons will celebrate with the Royal Family; that would be extraordinary, indeed.  I suspect this has been worked out so that Kate and William can partake in the annual traditions with the Queen, and still celebrate with the Middletons. Just a few more days to Christmas... 




15 comments:

  1. I have felt that we haven't seen as many, but I think you are right about the kinds changing. Almost no nightclubs anymore, and there aren't those sidewalk shots, but we still get parks and London, etc, which we didn't really get before. I am with you and love the candids. I hope they continue to come in. Merry Christmas, Jane! Looking forward to the 25th. It would be fun if the Middletons were at church.

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  2. Common sense prevails as always Jane. Thank you so much for taking time to write these blogs, even in between Kate events. We all do appreciate it very much. Please have a wonderful holiday experience, get some rest, and be ready to be your awesome self for Kate and for us in 2015.

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  3. Any inklings yet as to whether Prince George will take part in the Christmas Day walkabout?

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    1. Claire, I suspect we will not see Prince George on the walk to church. At his age, there is potential for him to be disruptive during church service so there is probably an effort to avoid that. Plus, we still haven't seen Edward and Sophie's son James and he is now over 7. This might be a first year for him, perhaps. I get the feeling that for these traditional events, the young children are kept tucked away in the nursery.

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  4. What a fun blog post for just before Christmas!! :) I agree with you - we get less of a certain kind of picture because she is growing up and her lifestyle has changed but we also get piles more pictures of a different kind.

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  5. I feel we still get plenty of candids, but since summer I feel like there has been a decline (the moses basket and McDonalds were over a year ago, time flies!). I won't complain though, and I partially attribute this to more time in Norfolk and her illness. Sometimes it takes a while for photos to surface, but some of them are priceless and worth the wait...like W&K playing with George on Easter Sunday, or Kate randomly doing a leprechaun kick while walking with Will in NZ.

    Over the last couple years we've had some good candids in Norfolk. However, I wonder if as Kate becomes more of a local (as they spend more time at Amner Hall) if they'll become more protective of her, like the Bucklebury residents are. Time will tell!

    Merry Christmas, Jane! I'll be checking in on Christmas Day :-)

    Amanda, Canada

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  6. I love this older candids! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  7. I think for Kate it is a welcome relief not to have photos snapped at every possible moment.
    Can you imagine how horrid it is for her when her "private" time isn't considered private at all?
    I love seeing her on her official duties, and am glad she has more protection from casual snappers at other times. i especially praise people respectful enough to NOT take her photo when she is out in public shopping or just trying to do something normal.

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  8. Hello, I just discovered your blog and it is wonderful! The best one about the Duchess, by far. Your detailed descriptions of her looks and photos from past years, your in-depth coverage of what they are up to all year long is SO much fun. I happen to agree with just about every single fashion assessment you've made, and I really appreciate the respect and love you have for the family. I just wanted to thank you for going to this effort, it is really appreciated here in Portland, Oregon! :)

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    1. Diane, thank you! I am so thrilled you found that blog and that you enjoy it! I have so much fun royal watching with this great community, and I hope you come back often!! Thank you, also, for taking the time to write this sweet comment. It really does energize me. :)

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    2. Oh I will return often, Jane! I am so delighted to see any photo of Kate and to watch how she changes (and improves, which I would not have thought possible) over time. I agree with one of your comment-ers who spoke about how poised she always is, no matter who is taking her picture, or what kerfuffle arises. I think besides her amazing looks and style it is her grace and humility that I love most. Excited for more Christmas sightings! Merry Christmas to you! :)

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  9. Jane I feel like your blog is slightly obsessive. But you are a great writer!

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    1. Well, you definitely would win that argument in court. :) Thank you on the writing compliment; it warms my evening! xoxo, Jane

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  10. I love when you post some old candids. It makes me think how much time flies ! I have to say her floral skirt was not the best she did. The picture in her car is quite frightening, I can just imagine how hard it was some time before the wedding : they are five paps, and they are really close ! I can just admire her behavior with them during all these years : she stayed poised and never made a mistake or became violent towards them, even in words.
    And I love the third picture : just a normal one, there is something very serene and relaxing in this one...
    Merry Christmas from the Caribbean to you Jane, your loved ones and all the readers !

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  11. I love when you post some old candids. It makes me think how much time flies ! I have to say her floral skirt was not the best she did. The picture in her car is quite frightening, I can just imagine how hard it was some time before the wedding : they are five paps, and they are really close ! I can just admire her behavior with them during all these years : she stayed poised and never made a mistake or became violent towards them, even in words.
    And I love the third picture : just a normal one, there is something very serene and relaxing in this one...
    Merry Christmas from the Caribbean to you Jane, your loved ones and all the readers !

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