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Celebrating Carole's 60th on Mustique

Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Friday, folks! Friday, as I tell people in the elevator, is the best day of the week, because you still have the entire weekend ahead of you. Think about it... A certain royal couple are having a particularly great Friday as they flew from London yesterday, bound for a tropical holiday.



The Duke and his Duchess were spotted on their way to Mustique, which means they have the entire weekend, and the following week, to enjoy the sun and the sand. Carole Middleton's birthday is next Saturday.

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The family is rumored to again be staying at their preferred accommodation, Villa Aurora. Villa Aurora (above) boasts three gracious bedroom suites, each with an attached bath and terrace, a great-room...

Great Room at Aurora
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... a beautiful pool down the center of the courtyard, and exterior dining room.

Pool & Dining Room
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In addition, the villa has a detached, two-bedroom cottage called Jasmine, complete with its own small  terrace and plunge pool. As you can imagine, it is a perfect situation, allowing the whole family to stay in one place, but still have a little privacy thrown in.

William & Kate's Private Terrace and Plunge Pool at Jasmine
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From another angle, you can see Jasmine also boasts quite a beautiful view all its own:

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The group will be well looked after, since Aurora has a staff of five: butler, chef, housekeeper, maid, and gardener. The luxury comes at a price, and Aurora is rented this time of year for $20,000 a week, plus a 19% tax, so that's an extra $3,800. Jasmine will cost an extra $6,000, as well.



The family were snapped while enjoying lunch on the beach several years ago. The camera was so far off the coast it was difficult to tell Pippa from Kate, but it was a popular picture-set nonetheless. Pictures of the family surface almost every year, and I am still a little surprised that none have emerged of George on his first holiday last year. Perhaps they kept the little prince close to the house and stayed around the pool instead of venturing to the beach, or maybe no photographer felt like sitting off the coast for so long. Of course, they may have yet to come on the market... This year, as every year, the Cambridges will have to risk the possibility that they will be photographed while on the public beach. Perhaps more so, since the Duchess is pregnant.


Meanwhile, if we could quickly shift to a few fashion items. Some of you may be interested to learn that Zimmerman has given Kate's Roamer Day dress an update. They released the piece with a twist, under the new name "Confetti Scallop", with thanks to Perth Fashion for the heads up. It is for sale at $595:


Lastly, while you wait these last few days before Paris Haute Couture, I hope you have cast an eye over Alexander McQueen's Pre-Fall 2015.

Alexander McQueen

I am in love. Sarah Burton has really put together a striking and sophisticated line-up, and I can see any number of these pieces being modified for Kate, or serving as the inspiration point for a customized ensemble. We have great fashion in our future!

Alexander McQueen
Whether you are sunning somewhere warm, or still wrapped up in multiple layers, have a lovely and relaxing weekend!

P.S. Did anyone snag a copy of Bild with Kate shopping? Were there more great photos? If you have info, get in touch: princesskateblog@gmail.com

25 comments:

  1. Thank you for a great start to Friday! What fun to see the beautiful Villa Aurora and I adore the McQueen Pre-Fall preview.
    Hope yours is a lovely weekend.

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  2. Carmen, The NetherlandsJanuary 23, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Gorgeous place! I hope they enjoy their family time together.
    My aunt and her husband are actually going there next month, so I'm green with envy!!!

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  3. FYI - They don't pay for their stays on the island. Read the interview with Belle Robinson, London Evening Standard, July, 8, 2008. She is the owner of Jigsaw, where Kate worked, and has a house on the island. Very interesting how these royals get things.... Rarely are they truly paying for anything. And while they may make a donation to a local hospital, who knows for how much.... It is like their Range Rovers and Audis, they have special "lease" programs with the companies where they actually don't pay a thing. Kate had this special lease program before she married Will and her family, sister and brother too, got one after the marriage. Google it.

    It is well documented that the Middletons are not that wealthy, comfortable yes, wealthy, no.

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    1. Belle Robinson of Jigsaw made their home on Mustique available to Kate and William once, (supposedly after they got back together in 2007), which this article you reference clearly implies. A further article in 2013 confirms this and also states that their Villa is named Hibiscus. The Middleton's and Cambridge's rent the Aurora Villa. I would think that the owners of a plus 30 million pound business, a 4.5 million pound home and a I million pound apartment in Chelsea are more than comfortably off.

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    2. They use various villas donated by other owners on the island. They don't rent anything, only make "donations". Party Pieces, the Middleton business, doesn't have yearly sales of 30 million pounds (which BTW would be about 45 million dollars) nor is their company valued at that either. Look deeper into good financial sources about their company, not the Daily Mail, and most agree they do less than 5 million a year. Their "headquarters" is very small, they don't even own it.

      And William either bought The Middletons' new home for them or greatly helped in the purchase. They couldn't afford a home like that on their own. BTW, I think there is nothing wrong with that. They certainly needed the privacy and security.

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    3. Well, if I may jump in here, I would point out a few things. First, Anon 12:04pm is correct. Ms. Robinson's villa was leant to Kate, but it is not factual to take a particular case and try to create a universal, and it isn’t accurate to say they don't pay for a thing. The Range Rover leasing program is a good example--they DO get a deal from the company, paying a fraction of what the average Joe would have to pony up were he to come off the street and decide he wanted the Range Rover Supercharged. That being said, Range Rover benefits monetarily from having the Royals and the Middletons drive their cars. Think about Prince William driving his wife (one of, if not the, most photographed women in the world) and their new baby prince away from the Lindo Wing. That is astounding product placement! So, it's a business arrangement, and it is fair as long as both parties agree it is fair.

      The primary point I want to make, though, is that I do not know how much the Middletons make, and perhaps more relevant, how much they have in the bank. I don’t need to know that. It isn’t really important...or an entirely socially accepted topic. ☺ Certainly, they do very well, and had been doing very well long before Kate dated William. Since then, I suspect they have done better and better, because a lot of business comes down to who you know.

      This piece from The Telegraph is quite excellent if you are interested in the topic. It makes the good point that the Middletons are careful with their money. Kate is obviously a product of that attitude. I suspect the Middletons make a little more than this article assumes, but it is nevertheless, a great read:
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/kate-middleton/8391216/The-family-fortune-of-the-minted-Middletons.html

      You don’t need to make £30millin a year to live the Middletons’ lifestyle. But, you do need to make more than the average, or have it in the bank. How much is irrelevant. That they have enough to keep everything in orbit is the material point.

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    4. Thank you for the insight Jane, that is very interesting. It is possible that the Middletons have invested their money well, and are now reaping that reward. If so, good luck to them.
      They obviously thought that education was important as they sent their children to good schools, which would have cost a bit, but there are good savings plans that can be commenced early in your children's lives in order to make those kind of dreams come true even if you are not incredibly wealthy.
      Good investments combined with a relatively frugal lifestyle usually pays off.
      I hope that they all have a wonderful time in Mustique, and I am so glad that they all got to go.

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    5. Good points, Jane! Even if we speculate that William helped pay for their current home, who cares?! That is between consenting adults to make that financial arrangement. I've also heard the same thing about the leasing programs. That's how Kate went from driving an older VW to an Audi. Whether William helped pay for her Audi or not (which I heard he did), doesn't matter as it is between consenting adults. William and Kate are now married and I believe they view things as "ours".

      On the point of education, I believe I heard more than once that someone in Mike's family (his dad or grandfather) had made substantial money and trusts were established for the use of education. So maybe the Middleton's couldn't afford private school for 3 kids, at the time, without those trust funds. But they are now in a spot where they seem to be self-sufficient, successful, and they are able to spend a lot of time with their family.

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  4. How lovely! I'm so glad for them that they got to take this vacation. It looks a little scary for a little tottering toddler to be exploring, but I'm sure they will keep a close eye on him. :)

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  5. If this story is true, and I have my doubts as it seems to be based on very flimsy evidence, well and good. Hope they enjoy themselves.

    JC

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  6. Jane, I can't recall, did the Middleton's go in 2011? Or we're they too busy with the wedding? My husband and I took two vacations during our 11 month engagement, so sometimes those are a good way to relax & reconnect during craziness. I just can't recall. Thanks!

    A bit surprised that William went. Is e or isn't he full time doing exams? He would have just had Christmas off. Alas, I believe a family vacation/pre baby #2 is good for them.

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    1. Great question! I don't think they did. They may have snuck away and not been missed with all the craziness around Kate and William, but I don't think they did. There was a lot of planning and shopping and such to pull that wedding together in the time they had. I could be wrong, though, I do not definitively remember, but I think if they had, I would remember hearing about it. Others with input are welcome to weigh in!

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    2. Thanks, Jane! I do think it would have been a lot to go on vacation with a wedding of that size to plan. And in addition, things like the Middleton's organizing their Goring party. The Cambridges had their mini-moon, and postponed honeymoon. I suspect the Middletons (at least Mike and Carole) had a post-wedding vacation to relax and celebrate a successful wedding.

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    3. I agree. William and Kate went on honeymoon,obviously, Pippa took off on holiday to Spain, I think, and my bet is that Mike and Carole spent some time relaxing, too. Well-desreved. What an incredibly intense wedding!

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  7. Is william in fact going? are there pictures?

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    1. he is there! All three Cambridges flew to Mustique...on solid authority. :)

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  8. Wrong villa. They are staying at the Rocina. British paps are reporting.

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    1. They are! But, that update won't go live until tomorrow. Something to look froward to with your coffee. ;)

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  9. Thank you so much Jane for your great coverage. Can't wait for your post. I am glad Will and Kate are able to spend time with George in the warm weather. Will can hopefully find time to study. Or maybe he has been hitting the books since the New Year and is ready for a break!

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    1. He has probably crammed so he can just sit about and enjoy this time, but he may have brought a few books along. :) He should be taking those exams soon! I am sure it will be a relief to have done with them.

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  10. Thanks for the updates as usual, Jane! I hope they all have a relaxing time before baby #2 arrives.

    One thing I've been wondering is whether you, with your wealth of knowledge, can give us any more information on a Kate-esque (Kate-ian? Kateish?) workout. We may not all be able to get to Mustique, but I for one would love a bit more tone before slipping into a bikini this year. HRH is such a good role model - I'm hoping that imitation might do what will power alone has not been able to. ;-)

    In regards to your mention of your grandmother a few days ago, I have been hoping you and your family are doing well. My thoughts are with you.

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    1. I can! It is actually on the docket, but now that I get this message I will post it sooner rather than later. I could use the inspiration, too. :)
      P.S. Thank you. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the royal-watching community have meant quite a lot. I have been really touched. Much appreciated! xoxo, Jane

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  11. I hope they have a fabulous vacation. As I sit here in snowy New Jersey, I wish I had a sunny vacation planned. Oh, well! I will have to live vicariously through Kate. I think it's wonderful the whole family will be together on vacation. Family vacations are the best! Lots of great memories from all the ones I have taken.

    Lisa in NJ

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    1. That's how I feel. Should have planned a sunny holiday, I didn't, but at least we can think of Kate. :)
      Thanks for reading the blog, Lisa!

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  12. If you want to go somewhere beach vacations are cheap. Heck well be able to do Cuba for 10 dollars a day very shortly. Don't live vicariously through anyone. I'm sure Kate wishes she could spend time with her family without it being grist for the gossip mills.

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