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Kate Up-Date: Flower Market, Visit to Santa, Board Meeting...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Does anyone have time for Kate the Saturday before Christmas? If you are taking a break from shopping or frantic cleaning, the Kate Up-Date is now going live to the world, and happily, there is some news for us to sip hot-coco over. While I have a general rule: no picture, no post, the Duchess has been pretty active in London, so I thought we would run through it all, even without the fun of photography. 



Today, the Cambridges arranged for a certain little man to have a private meeting with Santa. Both William and Kate took George to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular to chat with Father Christmas. Can you imagine? One of the elves reported that Kate was wearing a beige coat and black boots, and, of course, that "she looked amazing!" Well, natch. Kate has a number of beige coats, and my mind immediately went to her pinky/grey Max Mara, although I don't know how the fit would be at this point. 



She may have been wearing this trench she was spotted shopping in when pregnant with George, or she could have been in an entirely new piece. With really no details other than a general color, it is very hard to guess.  All reports suggest that the couple were only there for their private audience with St. Nick and not to stay for the actual performance. 

Kate has been having a busy week, as I suppose we all are in the run-up to Christmas. On Wednesday, locals at a London flower market reported seeing Kate shopping for festive blooms. The Princess was accompanied by her personal protection officers who, according to the witness, kept onlookers at a discreet distance.  That same day, Kate attended the Queen's pre-Christmas lunch at BP.



Thursday, William and Kate hosted their annual staff Christmas party at trendy Bumpkin's South Kensington location on the Old Brompton Road. The royals are very fond of the cosy atmosphere and locally sourced food, because in 2012 they hosted their staff at Bumpkin - Notting Hill. Bumpkin's menu is mouthwatering, with starters that include Pan-Seared Scallops in cauliflower cream and Roast Squash with poached quail eggs, foraged mushrooms, and tender stemmed broccoli. Entrées (as we gauchely prefer to refer to main courses) include Salmon Wellington, Roast Pheasant with skirlie and Bury black pudding, and Pearl Barley Risotto. They have a comprehensive dessert list, but I will stop before I ruin your pre-Christmas diet. It looks like a great restaurant! 




The same day, William, Kate, and Harry attended a private board meeting for their umbrella charity, The Royal Foundation. The meeting was held in Kensington, and no photos have emerged. It seems very possible this was a post-mortem on the very successful New York trip. 



Obviously, unless you are a fly on the wall in Kensgington Palace, it is hard to say for certain what Christmas has in store for the Cambridges. They spent the Christmas of 2011 with the Queen at Sandringham, 2012 they were in Bucklbury with the Middletons as Kate battled hyperemesis gravidarum, 2013 saw them back at Sandringham. If they are establishing an every-other-year pattern, 2014 should be Middletons in Bucklbury, but with only three Christmases to the pattern, there is no way to know if extenuating circumstances dictated their 2012 stay in Berkshire. This year, too, is their first Christmas with their newly renovated Norfolk home in full operational order. For obvious selfish reasons, I am hoping they will be in Norfolk for the walk to church Christmas Day. For many other reasons, I think our money is safe on Sandringham. All will soon be revealed... 



13 comments:

  1. So glad George got to see Santa---what's the use of being a little Prince if you cannot get to see the man of the moment?
    I seem to remember Catherine wearing a cream coat for a wedding in Switzerland when she was pregnant with George.
    The "Daily Mail" reports that they will be at Anmer Hall over Christmas, but will be at Sandringham on Christmas Eve and the Church Service on Christmas morning---though of course, that could merely be DM 's guess
    Merry Christmas everyone.

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    1. Ah yes, that might be the one. She also wore it with the floral Erdem when pregnant with George.
      http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/04/23/article-2313397-197324CF000005DC-741_306x962.jpg I wonder if that is too formal, but I don't know. I wish the elf had given a few more details. :)

      I wonder if the Middletons will come to Anmer Hall or if that would just be awkward....

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    2. I'm loving George with Santa! Hope the little Prince didn't grab Santa's beard. . . . Since our source for this outing said black boots, I'm wondering if Kate wore the new flat heeled boots and the trench coat you suggested--i.e., the same outfit as for the scouts outing with a trench instead of the hoodie. Also, I read somewhere that the Middletons will be at Anmer on Boxing Day. I don't think it'd be awkward for the Middletons to be at Anmer on Christmas Day maybe with George----Is Anmer close enough for Will and Kate to attend events from home so that George stays put with the Middletons and can be at Sandringham when he's older? Do you know what day the Queen will visit Anmer? Thanks Jane for giving us an accounting for the week and changing your no pictures, no post policy. What fun to hear about Kate's busy week with two luncheons and purchasing armfuls of flowers! Katherine USA

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    3. I read earlier today that the Middletons have been seen arriving at Norfolk, but I haven't seen any photos.

      I don't think it would be awkward with the Middletons at a Anmer Hall, if they really will be there. They will probably stay away from the Royal itinerary. They (at least Carole and Mike) have shown they are discreet and gracious to not guilt their daughter when it comes to her inlaws. I think there can definitely be balance between both families over the holidays.

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  2. Loved the update! Thanks for taking some of your time to keep us in the loop. You are the best, Jane!

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  3. Jane,
    The "Daily Express " on line now has photos of \William and Catherine at the visit to Thursford.
    She appears to be wearing a white dress and Black or navy jacket. No picture of George.

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    1. Maggie! Thanks for the heads up. I went and looked for the photo and it appears to have been removed, BUT, I think they had placed an old image. William and Kate visited Thursford's Christmas Spectacular in 2010 as their first appearance post engagement. I think that is the photo they were running.

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  4. How perfect! In the midst of my frantic cleaning (for my daughter's arrival home from university) I sat down with a cup of tea for a brief rest. And lo and behold your article was there for the perfect tea time read! Thank you!!

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    1. I was delighted to read this! So happy you chose FBTB for your tea-time relax. :)

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  5. I hope that William, Kate and George really did visit Santa on Saturday, but without pics, who knows? I know that Ive read several different versions of their so-called Christmas holiday on the Sandringham Estate; perhaps I am in a state of suspended disbelief.

    I used to think that W/Ks press office deliberately led the British press astray; now, I realize that the press is only too willing to lead themselves--and sometimes the rest of us--on a merry, fictional chase. The fact is that no doubt both, when it suits them, lie.

    Speaking of beige coats, I think to indulge in a little fantasy, myself, and pretend that the coat Kate wore when she maybe took George to visit Santa was a real camel hair coat (as opposed to coats with just the colour of camel hair) from Burberry. And that the black boots she had on were made of smooth black leather--you know, the kind that can be water-proofed and polished to keep both colour and shine. Someone needs to tell Kate that the only redeeming feature of suede is that it has give, and now that she is, hopefully, no longer reduced to having to borrow too-short-for-her shoes from her mother, she ought to switch.

    As for myself, nothing would please me more than to discover that William, Kate and George spent Christmas, 2014 in Bucklebury, altho I think it highly unlikely. Ergo: The Queen runs a tight Court, an Edwardian one at that, and at the advanced age of 88, is unlikely to change her ways, which, when boiled down to its essence, means that she would see no reason why she should permit W & K to spend every other Xmas with the other half of their family. However, if William insisted on fair play...well, this is the season of miracles.

    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas (especially you,Kate) and a Happy New Year.

    JC

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    1. I suspect that many families experience the demanding wishes of the senior granny at Christmas. Honestly, they have set traditions, but the Queen won't live forever, and that must--as it does in most families--play a role in deciding who will have precedence for the holidays. Unless tragedy strikes, HM has fewer family Christmases than Mike and Carole. Sad to say, but also life. Having the Middletons staying at Anmer is a nice compromise.

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  6. Jane, thanks for your reply--and please excuse my tardiness in acknowledging it. Heck, Ive been busy. And you are right about demanding grannies--my family had one; the upshot of that was that I (and my siblings) spent every Xmas of our young lives with our paternal grandparents, and not a single one with our maternal grandparents. So unfair, not that this registered at the time; we kids just accepted it as part and parcel of Christmas, aided and abetted, I suppose, by the fact that this grannie was wealthy and smart--she gave us gifts our parents refused to give us on the grounds that it would spoil us, often giving us stuff which managed to exceed even our childish imaginations.

    The Queen won't live forever, but she may well live for another decade plus, by which time W & Ks kids might well have settled into the royal routine. However, if Mike, Carole, and perhaps Pippa and James and their own families, are content to spend a number of Christmases at Anmer Hall, they may be able to offset the overwhelming influence of the Queen ad her silly Edwardian protocol.

    Lastly, I would point to the Dutch royals. This year--and apparently in 2012--Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander are spending Christmas in Argentina with HER unroyal family. Of course, Maxima and W-A are a love match, W-A has a backbone, and his lovely monarch mother was forward-thinking--she was still monarch in 2012 but has since abdicated to make way for a much younger generation. She obviously had better advisors than Queen Elizabeth has ever had, was a better mother--not for her any arranged marriage for her son and heir-- and was open to the notion of retirement. Smart.

    JC

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  7. Kate hung in to William from college until the wedding. She had years of waiting and has no cause to complain now. Her parents are probably smart enough to know this. The only melodrama comes from the kate fans.

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