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Photos of Kate and George in Mustique

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Some of the hoped for pictures from Mustique have been published by The New York Daily News, the same paper that obtained the photos of Kate and William attending her 12-week scan. Interestingly, it was not Kate who ran as the headline on this recent story, but Pippa. The larger, higher resolution photo featured Pips in a stunning, jade green bikini, standing with Carole, Mike, James, William, and misc. friend after a dip in the turquoise water. But, the main attraction, the Duchess of Cambridge, is only shown in several smaller and grainy shots and did not appear to be with the main party. 



I wonder if this means there are larger and better photos of Kate that will emerge later--after fetching a premium price--or if Kate just avoided the beach and any possibility of a higher resolution paparazzi shot. This remains to be seen, but Hello! usually snares the photo exclusive, so I am waiting to see if they have a few more surprises in store for us, or if Daily News scooped their usual exclusive.
Hello! Exclusive from 2014


This year, the Cambridges flew to their tropical retreat on a Thursday and passed a quiet weekend together before Carole and Mike were spotted making their way to join their royal daughter and son-in-law. (More photos of the two can be found at The Daily Mail) While we do not know if Pippa or James had made it to Mustique earlier, I think it is likely that William and Kate deliberately planned to have those few days alone, effectively tacking on a private getaway before the family holiday got going. 

Carole and Mike Middleton Heading to Mustique via E!

Much argument and speculation circled around the royal couple's lodging, and nothing is firmly confirmed. Currently, Villa Rocina remains the favorite likelihood, although at some point, I don't think it would be entirely unusual were the couple to begin to rent a separate, albeit nearby, villa. Rocina is quite close to Cotton House, where we suspect security is lodged. More on Rocina at this post.

Rocina

Speaking of staff, there seems to be a great deal of surprise that Nanny Maria joined the family on this holiday, but I can't think of a more obvious staff member to take. As George's full-time nanny, Miss Maria is an extended member of the family, and should be expected to travel almost everywhere with the couple and their son. Consider her smiling face through the window as the royal party pulled out of Buckingham Palace after their luncheon with the Queen? She really does go almost everywhere. Mustique, an island with multiple sources of water all about, is certainly a locale one would want a pair of eyes dedicated to the baby prince's well-being. Besides, shouldn't accompanying the family to Mustique be one of the perks of the job? I wouldn't want to be left at home... Speaking of George, though, I have to ask, are striped dungarees the most overworked item in George's closet?


I think the answer is, yes. 


John Cleese, a gentleman whose holiday coincided with the Middletons', was good enough to tweet that the reported birthday bash on January 31st at Basil's Bar was not Carole's. Instead, Cleese claims the family had a small and discreet celebration several days before. This makes me think they celebrated at one of the public establishments, either Basil's Bar or The Cotton House, but likely the former. Basil's Bar is a favorite watering hole and Basil himself was invited to the Royal Wedding. Just a  few months later, Carole, Mike, and Pippa were effective guests of honor at the opening of the satellite Basil's Bar at the Goring Hotel, so they have history with the establishment. 

Carole Leaving The Goring After Mustique-Themed Party 
Kate was wearing Lotty B's "Shirt Dress" in blue shell repeats, with thanks to LiveLoveLaugh. The cover-up is 100% silk crepe de chine, and originally retailed for £302, but a Valentine's Day sale reduced the price to £108. As you can imagine, the piece is sold out. 

Lotty B Mustique Short Dress 
Lotty B is a Mustique based label specializing in tropical beach wear. 
Chic beach and resort wear label, Lotty B, offers a glimpse into the exclusive and seductive world of Mustique...Inspired by the island’s wealth of flora and fauna, local resident Lotty Bunbury, began hand painting silk sarongs on her arrival on Mustique in 1993. She sold them as her “Lotty B” collection in the local shop. For the first few years, every sarong was an original, but due to increasing demand from visitors and locals alike, Lotty went into print in 2002, officially launching her Lotty B label, and has since expanded the collection to include kaftans and resort wear. Famous for beautiful craftsmanship, presentation and attention to detail, her label has come to define the casual, elegant style that is Mustique.
The label is one of the most popular at the pink boutique on Mustqiue where Lotty B was first sold, and as a result the designer has named a number of her "lines" after the store. Kate was snapped passing the Pink House, but whether she purchased this dress online before her trip or while on holiday is not known. 

Pink House, Mustique
Pirate Jenny's Album 
Hopefully, we will see a few more photos, but even if we do not, these are better than we have gotten in the past. Be sure to see all the photos at The Daily News here.



We will be seeing Kate officially on February 12th as she joins Ben Ainslie for two engagements to boost The 1851 Trust and the push to win the coveted America's Cup trophy for Britain. Apologies or the late post, but I was caught up in the Northern snow blizzard, so everything was a little delayed. 

37 comments:

  1. That pair of striped dungarees may be one and the same -they seem much longer in the birthday pics than in the grainy pic with nanny and Kate. My, how he's grown!

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    1. I could believe it! He has gotten big, but still a cutie!

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  2. I'm glad that we finally get to see George again. He's grown so much! But I wonder if his hair is curly now... in the picture with maria and kate, it looks curly (and as golden as mine was during kindergarten) to me.. what do you think?
    I am surprised that the nanny accompanued them - but who wouldn't want to go to Mustique when it's freezing at home?
    Sonja from snow-covered Bavaria

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    1. He does look very blond, but remember that Kate was quite blond as a child. I suspect he will darken up, although Wills is pretty fair-haired...

      It has been too long. Some royal reporters were complaining that their heir to the throne has been seen more in public overseas than in Britain. I kind of agree that the Cambridges should bring him to some public appearance...

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    2. Yes, I've seen that picture of Kate as a child in Jordan when she was blond on your blog :)
      But I think he'll gett William's hair colour one day - William as a baby was also blond.

      I would LOVE to see George more often. I'm hoping that they'll bring him to the balcony of Buckingham Palace at Trooping the Colour, but I'm afraid this won't happen... what do you think about it?

      In my opinion, he wouldn't have to come to many public appearances - just one or two each year! For example, princess Estelle of Sweden was also seen at her mother's birthday or the National Holiday..

      People could easily forget him if there are no pictures (not even paparazzi shots) of him for a while... And he + Kate are the best publicity for the british monarchy ;)

      Sonja

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  3. If those are the same dungarees as on his birthday pics-- he has certainly grown.
    I too thought his hair looked blonde and curly..

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    1. For me, the dungarees also seem to be the same. They both have those golden buttons on the side..
      He looks really really cute to me - a bit like a doll or a little angel with his curly blonde hair and chubby cheeks ;)

      Sonja

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    2. I'm sure they are a larger size :-) With how fast babies grow, I'm sure if Kate has favs she is buying larger sizes, as needed. And I'm sure she donates his old clothes, or stores them for a possible future little brother.

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  4. How sad that Kate can have NO privacy, even on vacation.
    Disgusting that photographers have no sense or decency or respect.

    And OF COURSE the Nanny should be with them! What's the point of having help if they don't help you?!

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  5. Hi Jane!

    First, I love your blog. I check it often, and I always appreciate your speedy posts!

    As you noted in your post, there seems to be polarized opinion regarding Maria's presence on the family vacation. While I see both sides of the argument, I believe people forget that perhaps Maria and Kate are friends. After all, they spend significant amounts of time together and share in almost every family moment. I find it silly that some comments on other blogs indicate that Kate has "forced" Maria along and "makes" her come on walks, etc. I am sure that both women enjoy each other's company, and such outings together aren't a chore for either one.

    I was a nanny throughout college, and I felt fondly not only about the children, but also the parents. Still to this day, the mother of the children I watched is a close friend. I would have to imagine Maria is that kind of a friend to Kate as well.

    Julia

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    1. I agree, Julia - I would certainly hope that, as much time as the two spend together, and caring individually for the same child, they would get along well. I would hope this about any nanny, but given the isolation that Kate's fame and rank would cause, I would hope even more that the two were close. I'm sort of surprised that anyone is surprised she's there! :-)
      Tsipa

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    2. Being a nanny in college isn't the same as being one as a professional. I think they work their nanny too much. Being a full-time nanny is a demanding job and many don't get the time off they need. For instance, yes she is on Mustique, but this isn't a vacation for her, she is working. I have seen many women view their nannies as friends too, taking advantage of them, viewing and using them in a less than professional way. it is disgusting.

      I also wonder why Kate can't take simple walks without a nanny tagging along. Crazy. Makes me agree with those that call her lazy, etc. When we see pics of Kate with two nannies, one for each child, I will LMAO.

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    3. I understand your point, but I agree with Julia and the others that kate and maria are close friends. And the reason why kate didn't take a stroll with george without a nanny is simple:
      She's 6th months pregnant. She's slower than usual and can't carry heavy things (such as a toddler). If George runs away (across the street, because he's seen something that's caught his interest) she won't be able to follow him quick enough. If he gets tired and can't walk any longer, she can't carry him. So maria is there.
      In addition, I suppose kate would like to talk to somebody... who likes to go for a walk alone (ok george is with her, but you can't talk to him about something like the beautiful scenery, caroles party, etc ;))
      And, I think maria eould have been disappointed if they hadn't asked her to come with them. She's something like a family member now.

      I hope you'll understand my point :)

      Greetings from freezing Bavaria
      Sonja

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    4. I agree with Julia. You bond with your family, as it natural with ALL people, and you enjoy the time you spend with them. Think of the photos we have seen of Maria playing with George in the park, kissing him, and laughing. She loves him. I am sure use admires and enjoys Kate's company. She might be working, but she is also spending time with a sweet little boy on a stunning tropical island. Not so bad.

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    5. P.S. Totally agree with you, too, Sonja. Stay warm!! :)

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  6. I find it funny that you simply referred to John Cleese as "a gentleman" :) He is more than just a gentleman, he is a famous British comedian. Have you never seen Faulty Towers?

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    1. I was aware that he is an actor, but...Americans. We don't see past our own pond. I joke... Really. :) I gave him the benefit of the doubt and assumed he was a gentleman. I would have given Cary Grant the same tribute.

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  7. Maybe William remembers his beloved nanny being fired by his mother, and he wants to be certain that his own children won't feel this type of conflict between mother and nanny.

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    1. Agree. I think that Kate clearly plays the major role and Nanny Maria takes over when needed, but is fully integrated so that George is calm and untroubled when Kate cannot be with him.

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    2. Diana never fired his beloved nanny..lol..

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    3. William's nanny from infancy was Barbara Barnes, she was dismissed from her job when he was four years old. William's name for her was Baba.

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  8. I must admit, my first reaction to the picture and Maria's presence was also surprise. Seems to me that when Kate and William are doing no work and are on vacation they would want to spend the time with their son one on one. And how hard can one kid possibly be with the entire extended family around? 'Normal' people would do this and they seem to always seek that normalcy. However, I do see all of your points, and I'm an American without kids so who knows!

    Great to see them out and about but if they can't even get privacy on this island (or the one in the Seychelles) then I'm glad I'm not them! At least for now. I wonder if they're disappointed every time new pictures come out or if its simply part of life now.

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    1. I was also a bit surprised, but it's totally understandable.

      It was Carole's birthday party which is not such a good place for a 1-year-old child. There are so many people, they drink (kate of course not!), it's a busy atmosphere, it's loud and a toddler would be terribly bored. So the nanny can look after him during the party.

      And, as I've mentioned in an other comment on this post, it's because of the late stage of kate's pregnancy. She cannot carry him or dash after him if he runs away - and children at this age are really active.

      The last aspect that I want to metion is that it seems that kate and maria theresa have become close friends. They spend lots of time together and kate knows she can trust her. I suppose she lost some friends because of a lack of trust...
      And I guess anyone knows that holidays are more fun with friends ;)

      I don't want to attack you in any way and really hope that my words aren't missunderstood - I just want to convince you that William & Kate are great parents and there's nothing wrong with taking the nanny on holiday with them :)

      Sonja

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    2. Sonja, I am honestly not trying to be argumentative. And you provide good perspective. But I do see moms who are extremely pregnant pick up their children or chase after them. Easy? No. And W&K have options, like a nanny, to draw on for support. I also think I've seen paparazzi photos of celebrities (Jennifer Garner, comes to mind) that are extremely pregnant and carrying a toddler. I always feel bad for the poor woman (celebrity), because I assume it is a lot of work and not comfortable, but possible and happens all the time. W&K are just choosing to use the resources available to them, and are obviously not concerned about being judged (although I'm sure it doesn't make the judgment pleasurable).

      I think we can all agree though, that W&K are not neglectful or selfish parents. :-)

      Amanda

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  9. With regards to George's overalls/unchanging outfit: could this be the same technique that older celebrities use? That is, to wear the same outfit when out and about so that paparazzi shots all look similar and the frenzy decreases just a bit? He's cute in them no matter the reason!

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  10. Also, does anyone else think that the Lottie B model looks like Cressida, Harry's ex-girlfriend?!

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    1. YES! I thought that, too. Glad I wasn't the only one.

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  11. It just seems strange... They made a huge deal in the beginning about never having a nanny... then they tried to hide the fact that they hired Will's old nanny. It was kept on the QT for awhile, some report that she was hired a few weeks after the birth. Now each child will have its own nanny, that is what's being reported. I think it is great that Kate is basically a stay-at-home Mom and she does need help. But.... It seems like they try to plead one thing, while doing the exact opposite and hoping no one notices. Kate also has a cook, housekeepers, etc. It isn't like she is juggling a lot. Popping into a few events per month, after getting your hair done, doesn't count as juggling.

    Let's call a spade a spade... When people say how stressful Their royal life it..... Not even close... And what they "give up" in privacy, they get back a million times over and so do their children.

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    1. I do 100% agree with you that what they give up in privacy they get back (tenfold, wtvr).

      Yes, Kate goes to the salon and shops, and some consider this part of her job. I go to the salon and shop too, because I believe my job also requires me to appear a certain way. So I don't consider that as Kate "working", just as I don't count my appointments and time spent shopping as part of my 40hrs/wk.

      What I will say is that I don't believe she works full-time, and I think if they stated that more directly people might back off. They have said that she is focusing on being a mom, and that obviously isn't enough because people still complain about how much she (doesn't) works.

      There are so many factors at play, we could debate this a million different angles. Her popularity may decline over time if a large number of people see the same inconsistencies you do. Or with time, as her children get older and go to boarding school, we'll see her work as a Royal much more frequently.

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    2. Ok, let's call a spade a spade! The media headline reads that they are looking for a second nanny, however in the body of the article the report they are looking for a Maternity Nurse for the first 3 months. Not exactly the same as a full time nanny - therefore not a exactly a "spade". It

      I remember the hiring of the nanny for George a little differently than you are reporting. I do not remember them ever trying to "hide" the fact that they hired Will's old nanny. They never held a news conference or interview and stated they did not intend to engage a nanny for George. The only information we had was from the media stating that was the plan - just like the "fact" Nanny Maria was not going along on this trip. Guess they were wrong again in their absolute "facts". It could very well have been their original intention not to hire a nanny, however, as we all know all too well, circumstances in life can change and we have to be ready to change!! Even if they decided to engage another full time nanny I am sure they will have a good reason(s) for doing so. The thing I continually "notice" is how the media is forever speculating on what Kate and William are planning or thinking and how they consistently get it wrong!!

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    3. The only comment from them was in an interview William gave to a US TV station, inn which he said that they wanted to do as much as they could themselves, but if that didn't work out, they would get help. That is just what they have done.
      This next baby is due in April--just at the busiest time of the year for the Royal family and this year there are again extra celebrations in May and June--70 years since the end of WW2; 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta and two hundred since the Battle of Waterloo.
      Don't wonder she is going to need a maternity nurse for the 3 months.

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    4. Actually, their office gave many direct quotes about them not having a nanny. Then they tried to hide the nanny in the beginning, it was even reported by Vanity Fair that they were hiding it, who Pippa went to work with. 99% of what we know about the royals comes from leaks and quotes from their offices off the record. They don't do interviews. But their offices do comment and give details to the papers.

      Now they are saying she is having a baby nurse so she can get back to work as soon as possible. They want an excuse to use another nanny, so they talk about Kate working. It is crazy, she doesn't work. It would be better if they just told the truth.

      I can remember when Gerge was born and her office came out and said she was going to be on maternity leave for a year (standard leave in the UK). These were actual press releases from her office. When the press questioned the use of the word maternity leave, they replied that Kate was the one who was using the term becAuse that's how she viewed it. That's a slap in the face to Moms who really take maternity leave and then go back to work. It also showed a real disconnect between how Kate views things and reality.

      There was a poll in the Daily Mail and most voters supported Kate being a SAHM. there is nothing wrong with that. they are also very rich and very privileged. Own it. Kate will be a SAHM with two nannies, a cook, housekeepers, etc. I think that is the real problem. They are trying to masquerade as a middle class family and they aren't. They don't want people thinking they are spoiled and waited on..... Well, they are. They need to own it and move on.

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    5. As you should own your post.

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    6. Hmm, well, I did not see the full content of Anon 11:22's post, or it is unlikely I would have published, but here it is and we shall leave it. I don't agree, obviously. No excuses are being made regarding the nannies. More than one person in this thread has offered very reasonable arguments why it is good Kate hire a maternity nurse for her second child. Furthermore, no one is trying to masquerade as something they are not. The Cambridges are simply trying to lead a happy, close, and content family lifestyle. No one should blame them for that.

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  12. I am not surprised that Kate took Nanny Maria nor do I think there is anything wrong with it. I am sure there were dinners/ evening events planned that would have been difficult to enjoy with a toddler. Having the Nanny means that Kate and William could enjoy some adult time with the rest of the family without worrying about George. After all it's not like they can hire a sitter like the rest of us!

    Also, I know some people think since she is not a full time royal that she does nothing in between appearances so they question why she has a nanny. We don't know how much work she is doing at home to prepare for her meetings with her charities. Sometimes I think people assume you can just show up at events without preparing. I am sure before every appearance Kate does prep work and I am not just talking about deciding what she is going to wear! I have a high level sales job and feel like Kate's appearances are somewhat like when I go to see a big customer. I have to prepare for the meeting, know what I am going to talk about, what questions I am going to ask. In addition, I believe I have read before that she also makes private visits to her charities which we don't hear anything about. So, while I do think Kate is a hands on Mom, she most assuredly needs childcare to carry out her royal duties.

    I love the blog, Jane! I have been reading for some time but only recently have made a few comments. Thanks for all of the great work!

    Lisa in NJ

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  13. George is a little chubby (most tots are, the extra fat helps their brains develop) and overalls are easier on their tummys than pants, even those with an elastic band. I assume that's why Kate puts them on him. That way he can move easier. He is one cutie pie.:)

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    1. Tummies... It should be tummies! I have a baby and not much sleep... Maybe I need the extra fat for my brain!:)

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