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Princess Kate Waves Farewell on Final Public Engagement

Friday, March 27, 2015

On what was Kate's last official engagement before maternity leave, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were out today in London supporting charities that focus on youth development. The couple began the morning by visiting the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, South London. 



Mr. Secuirty was on the job again, as was PA reporter Alex Diaz, producing his Vine videos. Here Kate signs the visitor's book at the Stephen Lawrence Centre after viewing a number of the initiatives the centre supports.



The couple had a a relatively busy schedule, leaving their first stop to visit two projects funded by charity XLP that works to empower young people to make positive life decisions:

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Their day included more than one performance. The royals were greeted at the first stop by the choir from St.-Martin-in-the-Fields high school, and here at XLP's performance arts project.

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Thanks to the bright "cerise" hue of her coat, it was immediately apparent that Kate chose to recycle her double-breasted pink Mulberry from New York City. Although this coat caused some controversy when it first debuted, I think on sartorial merits alone, we were all of one mind: success. I was very excited to see it again, and it was nice to get a little pop of color, too. Kate accessorized with her light pink morganite drops from Kiki McDonough, and black Mulberry Bayswater and Power pumps. The obvious difference between this wear, and the first was her hair style. Today's tumbling locks were lovely. She has a lot of body and bounce, which I like, but I think if we could have only seen this coat with one hairstyle, I would choose the pony she sported the first go-round.



Kate was wearing a black dress under her coat, but it is impossible to ID with so little visible. You can see it here, in another Vine from Alex Diaz, as she is presented with flowers outside the Stephen Lawrence Centre:




Royal photographer James Whatling snapped this cute sign inviting Prince George to craft time. Everyone knows Georgeie loves to paint and play in the sand! Buuuut, what do you bet he'd take the crafts away from the other kids if he came? :) I can't wait for William's stories of home-life a year from now...


All around, a great look on Kate, and so nice to see William with her on this final engagement. As always, they were as cute as could be, and even Rebecca Deacon, who must be pretty used to them by now, looked charmed. :)



In other news...Yesterday, William,  Kate and Harry all attended a memorial service for Richard Meade at Bath Abbey.  Kate recycled her ensemble from the Afghanistan Service, but appeared to debut a new hat that no one has been able to ID as of yet. With thanks to Kristina Schuler, who shared the photo, and @LiveloveLaughvr who found it and passed it along!



Richard Meade was an exceptionally successful equestrian competitor and Olympic Gold Medalist, but he was also the father of Harry Meade, who is a good friend of the young royals. In fact, it was Harry and Rosie Meade's wedding at which Kate and William were photographed shortly before they announced their engagement. 


We also have a possible mystery to solve. On the same day she appeared at Bath Abbey, the below photo was shared, (found by @livelaughlovevr). It is supposedly Kate walking with George in the park. There is disagreement on whether the woman and child are in fact the Duchess and Prince George, but I personally believe they are. When the photo was taken is not as clear to me, although the young man who posted it says it was just yesterday morning.


I think the addendums (addenda?) are longer than the post, but I promise this is the last one. Following on our discussion of Prince Charles and the controversy about whether he has enough time with George...in a recently released video message from HRH, a conspicuously placed photo shows Charles holding his grandson. It is a sweet photo, and a not very subtle PR move, as well. I like it; it is tastefully done.


Well, while no rule states that Kate cannot come out unexpectedly, this was technically her last public appearance until the Lindo Wing steps. Wave goodbye, it could be a good month before we see HRH the Duchess of Cambridge!




91 comments:

  1. Great post, Jane! So much to cover! To mix things up, I'll start at the bottom...

    I think we're all in agreement the photo of Charles and George is a PR move regarding the stories of George being kept from him. I also think it offers the other PR strategy of showing the line of succession. Rebecca English pointed out that it would be wise to release photos like this. I agree. I wonder if the Cambridges don't allow it, or if the BP PR team doesn't think it is a good idea. With all the drama in the Windsor family, and the rumors in the Wales/Cambridge family, I think highlighting the importance of family and succession would be very smart.

    I can't believe how William (seems to be) glaring at the camera! LOL. We live in a world of camera phones and people love them. Was this not the same memorial Sophie and Benedict attended? We saw professional photos of them inside, but not of the Cambridges.

    As for today, I thought the coat was much more appropriate today, and opinions about the 9/11 memorial aside it is a gorgeous piece. They looked happy and connected. My initial reaction was "she needs a hair cut!". But yes, the hair had that enviable bounce.

    For days like today, I don't like the jam packed schedules they do. I understand how it is probably more efficient and cost effective (for the resouces required), but I think it muddles things. It seems like sometimes they spend very short periods of time, as opposed to being more hands-on. Personally, I would rather they have a fuller calendar and break a day like today into 3 days. But alas, that is not my call to make :-)

    Amanda, Canada

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    1. I think Sophie and Benedict attended the Richard III reinterment and memorial service.

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    2. Sophie attended the reinterment of King Richard III who died at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Kate and William attended the memorial service of Richard Meade an Olympic gold medalist. Both called Richard but different people. That's why there are no pictures of them at the same service as Sophie.

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    3. Ah, thanks ladies! ~ Amanda

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  2. Faith from MassachusettsMarch 27, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    I loved this coat in NYC and I love it today.I think it looks even better now because its not baggy on her anymore. It is a glorious color! I don't think the photo of George and Charles was a
    great idea. Maybe if other photos accompanied
    it? Solo, we all know why its there, and. I think it
    belittles him to respond to tabloid fodder.
    Besides, that particular photo isn't helping the
    issue . It's obviously from last summer and
    George doesn't look too happy about it either.

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    1. I don't think it was meant to be terribly subtle, certainly. Although, I think he has had photos of George up before. Clearly, he was irritated by the stories--and I don't entirely blame him on that score.

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    2. Well, I find myself defending Charles for the second time in a few weeks :) but I am glad the photo was included in the video. Look at it from W&K's point of view... The stories had to have been very hurtful to both of them, and the Middleton family. I think it was a good move, I really do.

      It was my feeling that an innocent comment on Charles' part was purposely leaked with some less than innocent intentions.

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    3. @royalfan I see what you're saying but my reaction to seeing the photo was, oh, I guess there is validity to those rumors. If he had left well enough alone, I wouldn't have given it a second thought. Of course, it's common for photographs to be present in these royal videos but I felt that the presence of that one photo was, as Jane pointed out, a none to subtle message. He's reducing himself to a celebrity like pr move by even responding. He should have just ignored the talk and moved on. If he's trying to show that, yes. I see my grandchild, that was a weak picture to do it through. It tells me that he saw PG last Sept. at the latest. I think that if he feels the need to prove that he has a relationship with PG, the release of a few photos with PW, PG and the new baby would be genius and not feel contrived. Of course, if he's trying to show that he hasn't seen PG since the summer, that's just manipulative and in bad taste.

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    4. Faith, I understand where you're coming from and it's a good argument.

      I guess the significance and/or meaning of the photo depends on the statement Charles' made about George. We can only speculate. But I will say that the reference to "Camilla's friends" is something that really jumped out at me. Talk about anonymous credibility while offering complete deniability. And from there I started wondering about motivation...who would or would not be invested in the Middleton's being seen in a negative light...etc.

      As you can see, my resume includes more than photo analysis. :))))))))

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    5. A diverse resume is always beneficial royalfan :-) Did you listen to Charles' speech? I must admit. I didn't. If he spoke about preserving wildlife for future generations, that's probably why the photograph was there, and all of our speculation is moot :-)

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    6. Faith, I did listen to it and, to be fair to Charles, he has championed some worthy causes long before they became popular. (His problem, however, is that he doesn't always lead by example.)

      And yes, perhaps the speculation pertaining to the use of the photograph *is* moot. I must admit that I wanted to believe it was a kind gesture in favor of W & K and the Middleton's. After all, it's not like he's had any issues with using PR when he's wanted/needed to.........

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  3. Thanks for the post! I have been noticing more and more that she is not wearing tights or stockings anymore. Have you noticed that too?
    I love the candids! have we ever seen Kate in that color coat?

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    1. Kate seldom goes without stockings unless she wears an open toe shoe. When the photographers catch her mid stride in the Power Pumps the gaps between her toes are visible and clearly covered by hose. She wears very high quality stockings that blend beautifully with her skin tone, and it is easy to mistake her legs being bare.

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    2. Kailaa3, I'm glad someone else has a favorable view of her pantyhose. ;) I agree that they are very high quality.

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    3. I am a firm believer in stockings, at least for the winter. I never go out without stockings in the winter, although I obviously forego them once it warms up. I am impressed when Kate marches forward despite the temperatures.

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    4. Thank you, Jane! I appreciate the support (pardon the pun) from someone younger than myself. :)

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    5. I'm four years younger than Kate, and I've always liked (and worn) nude tights. It's great make-up for your legs :)

      Camilla

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    6. Camilla, I will gladly get up out of my rocker...lol...and add another "yes!" to this thread. :))))

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    7. Rocker as in rock star, right?? :)))

      Camilla

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    8. Rereading it, it sounds weird :D

      Camilla

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    9. Rocker as in "rocking chair". :) I am a bit older than you (and please don't ask me to define "bit"...lol), but your comment about being younger than Kate, etc., made me feel good! So thank you. :))

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  4. I love the coat but how do you think they adjusted it to work with her pregnant shape? Was it originally a maternity piece. The fit looks excellent. The one odd thing to me with the park picture is that the woman in yellow seems to be walking right behind or with someone in a wheelchair.

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    1. Pretty sure that's a stroller.

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    2. You might be right but it looks a bit like one of those motorized carts for people who have trouble walking. The body just seems low to the ground for a stroller but the picture is such that I can not tell.

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    3. It looks like a transition tricycle (a 3 in 1 tricycle). They have handles for the parents to push the kids before they're ready to use it themselves. Its perfect for kids George's age. They also usually have protective screens on the top to keep the sun off the child, and it looks like that's what the large black circular thing is by her hands.

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    4. The Mulberry? It wasn't a maternity piece, no. It was generous in size when she wore it in NYC and this time, I think she was just barely fitting into it. I think it was just a lucky buy in terms of fitting. I love it. She looked great both times!

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  5. What a beautiful photo the last one! It's perfect to end until the next month. I can't wait!

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  6. Kate looked lovely, if a bit tired in some of the photos. Understandable! :) I liked the coat more the first time she wore it because her hair was pulled back. She has great hair, but it can take away from the overall look by covering the neckline and shoulders of a coat/gown/dress.

    I don't have an issue with the PR aspect of the photo of Charles and George. I really don't . But it is amusing to see George with a sun hat and Charles in one of his familiar suits. It doesn't suggest a lengthy play date, does it? :) Wouldn't it be wonderful to see a photo of Charles wearing a polo shirt and playing with his grandson?

    Regarding the latest photo of Kate and George... What makes me skeptical is the yellow coat. I'm not sure Kate would wear such a bright, stand-out color in a public park while she's in mom mode. Normally, it's been navy, green, or black, no?

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    1. Hi royalfan, I also do not have a problem with the Photo of Charles and George. To the degree it is a PR move maybe that it was moved to a strategic place for the video, but it was obviously taken last summer or autumn - way before the recent flap developed. It looks like George is pointing out something to his Grandpa. Neat picture!

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    2. Yes, Eva, George does appear to be interested in something...not unlike so many of the photos we've seen of Kate holding him. He does seem to be a very curious and observant little boy. :)

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    3. Hi Royalfan! I thought the same thing!! (About the suit.) It was a little incongruous and I thought, does Charles ever dress down? ;) Someone, somewhere points out that Kate was admiring a coat in this shade recently, so maybe she ran out and bought one...

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  7. P.S. something about "her" hair (yellow coat photo) doesn't look right.

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    1. I had the same thought royalfan. The child looks younger than George. PG has longer legs. I can't put my finger on why the woman looks wrong. Hair is not as thick or long enough?

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    2. I think the child looks smaller than George also.

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    3. The more I look at the photo, it seems like the images were pasted together.

      The blunt angle of the "Kate's" hair is very odd. At the bottom, it looks like part of her right leg is missing. George does appear to be younger, I agree. And look at W&G's shadows vs. that of the people at a distance. As blurry as the photo is, I don't see any shadows to their left.

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    4. I also don't thonk that it's Kate and George.
      First of all, Kate's legs look much thicker than hers really are.
      And that child looks too young to be george...

      I think that the silhouette doesn't look like kate's in general... (too short, ...) and I don't think she would wear such a bright yellow coat (except she would have wanted to be recognized as Kate what she definitely doesn't want!). Every tome we saw her with george in s stroller, she wore dark colours (black, grey, dark blue, khaki, ...) because she didn't want to attract attention. Then why would she wear that colour?

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    5. Im impressed.royalfan! :-) I think you have a career ahead of you in photographic fraud eradication :-)

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    6. LOL. Thanks for the giggle, Faith!

      And I meant to say K&G's shadows (not W&G)...not good for my resume, is it? :))

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    7. Not good at all royalfan! :-)

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    8. Re:yellowcoat photo-the garment looks front-to- back to me; as though the coat had been lifted from another photo,
      but front view and pasted to a previous back view of Catherine. Yes, the shadows are wrong. The picture of George looks
      not only younger, but lifted from the nanny or other picture ( the Easter picture?) and plopped onto the current collage.
      Of course, my opinion only. I am sure it was taken when and how the photographer indicated and there surely is
      a realistic explanation for the discrepancies.
      I hesitated to offer my opinion, because Jane is an experienced blogger and knows these things ; but I just
      could not let it rest.

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  8. Not sure the picture is Kate & George, but I do offer something to ponder for a moment. On St. Patrick's Day, Kate met a young lady, J.Dulcy(sp.) who was wearing a yellow coat at the reception. There, Kate commented that she liked her coat. The young lady was approached by several bloggers to use the picture. The coat looks very similar. Also, the Russell & Bromley boots she has on is another hint. We know that they are in the Kensington closet, because she wore them on an outing to Zara earlier this week. I think that it's a high probability it's her, because I think she would indeed wear the yellow coat that she liked, if she wore this bright pink today. I've never known or read where she commented anyone on their outfit, and seemed totally interested. Who knows, it could have been one of the many coats on her clothing rack that are sent to her, & she keeps what she likes and sends the rest back? Baby looks a little young for Prince Cheeks though.

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    1. As I have said, I am convinced this is Kate and George, but this certainly strengthens the argument, to me. Thanks for the great details!!

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  9. She looked lovely. I bet she is happy to be able to focus on George and the new baby now. Can't wait for the exciting day!

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  10. I wasn't sure about this coat the first time Kate wore it in NYC. I like it much better the second time around. I think the bright pink is an appropriate choice for early spring. Kate's hair is nicely styled, and the black shoes and clutch contrast nicely with pink. I love the earrings, too. I still cannot understand why Kate keeps her coats on indoors(!!). But she looks great here... very pretty and stylish.
    Betsey, NYC

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  11. Ahh! Kate's little touch of William's leg (Rebecca seated behind them) shows how much she is in love. Charming.

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  12. Lovely photos of Kate, she looks very happy!

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  13. I agree with the commenter here who thought that the yellow coat looks a bit bright for Kate's taste....yet, somehow it does look like Kate...perhaps the legs...

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  14. By the way, I recently saw, on this blog, a photo of Kate pregnant with George, (snatched photo), in a more advanced stage of pregnancy than I had seen her in before, interesting. It seemed that she had got quite a lot bigger in those last few weeks.

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  15. I know some don't like Kate's hair, thinking it is too long (beyond needing a trim). But I usually like her hair, IMO it is her standout feature. I do like it best a few shades darker, but overall, I love her hair. I think people should lead with what sets them apart, in a good way, from others and not many will ever have hair like Kate. Part of that is her ability to have it pampered and styled all the time, part of it is her naturally blessed good hair. I think it is her signature "look" and I would hate for her to change it to look like everyone else.

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    1. I agree with you! It is her signature look and someday she'll have to cut back on it, so I do remind myself of that. The pony looked great with the coat, and sometimes she wears something that really needs an updo. I don't know what you think, but I feel like she is generally good about choosing when to wear up and when to go down.

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    2. I had another thought about this, would she wear such a bright shade when out in public in a private capacity? Usually during such times, she wears more sombre shades.

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    3. This is anon 10:33... I left a comment in reply to Jane's comment but it didn't get posted. The only thing that might have been offensive was my comments about Kate's hair on the day she introduced George. Was that why it didn't get published? I was just of the opinion that her hairdresser could have styled it differently. Being at the end of her pregnancy and just having given birth, she was exhausted and needed better help.

      I normally love her hair, but that day it was very different. I would have put it up or half up, half down.

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    4. Hi Anon 12:00. I have not denied any recent comments, so either Blogger incorrectly filtered it to spam (I will check) or maybe your comment didn't actually load? Or, did you write it here, or respond elsewhere on the blog? In a different thread? I did see a comment talking about Kate's hair looking a little in need of attention... Sorry for the irritation!

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    5. I thought her hair looked OK during her appearance outside the hospital after George's birth, she looked very natural. I think it looked nice that it wasn't overly styled. But, it's just my opinion! It did flop in her face, though, as she descended the steps, and I worried that she might fall down the steps, (I think she was carrying George at the time as well) my heart was in my mouth as I saw it live.

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  16. I think that does look like Kate and George. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the last pics we have seen of George were in January on vacation. I think comparing his size then to this picture, it could be him. For those that think he is too small here, remember that he is farther away in this pic, so he appears smaller.

    Pink coat looks lovely.

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  17. The invite to George is too adorable.:)

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  18. These photos are the perfect way to send her off on maternity leave! I loved the coat the first time she wore it and I loved it today. Win, win in my book! Love that they were together on this appearance as well.

    The photo of Charles and George may have been a PR move and may have been taken several months ago but the fact that it's there seems to be his way of telling the tabloids that they don't know what they're talking about. I don't think we'll ever see Charles playing with his grandchildren in casual clothes. I can't recall a photo of him playing with his sons that way.

    Liz, London - You're right about Kate looking bigger. It always seems as though pregnant women get quite a bit bigger in the last few weeks because the baby begins to drop into birthing position. Now you're sticking straight out and the baby is pressing on every uncomfortable place you have. The last month of pregnancy definitely makes you feel like a beached whale because of this. I could describe so many indignities. I hope she gets some kick back time to just rest and enjoy her little family until new baby Cambridge arrives.

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  19. Carmen, The NetherlandsMarch 28, 2015 at 2:56 AM

    I love her in pink! It looks great on her.
    Now I can't wait for the little one to be born...so exciting!

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  20. I cannot make up my mind whether the park photo is really Catherine with George, but I love the photo of Prince George with his grandfather. It is so typical of Charles in a formal suit but gazing fondly, if a little perplexedly at the baby.
    Never believed the story that he had blamed the Middletons for not seeing George. Possibly he did say he wished to see more of the child, but more because he is always so busy.
    How many days does he ever have free? How often has he been abroad on government business?

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  21. I was just thinking this morning, when reading the newspaper, the importance of kate's focus on childrens mental health (and for parents not to be ashamed of it and to seek help), is once more highlighted by the tragic event with the german wings flight this week. This co-pilot might have been afraid to tell his bosses he was depressed or something (for adults just as for children this can be difficult), but if he would have... Just as with flight MH17 (that was shot down over oekraine this summer), it feels so bitter that all this suffering and loss of lives could have been avoided...

    Just my thoughts to highlight the importance of this cause and, since we are on a kate blog, kate's work. I am happy she will be working and focusing on this important subject!

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    1. Excellent points, Fd, including as well the shooter in the New England school tragedy. William and Catherine's focus is
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  22. I think Charles' picture of George is Charles actually supporting the reports! As if to say, I love George as much as the Middletons and I miss him. I don't see how it refutes the reports at all. IMO a picture refuting the reports would be the baptism picture, with the Middletons, or a picture that included William and Kate too. This was all about George and Charles, Charles proclaiming his love for his grandson.

    BTW, I don't think the Middletons have done anything wrong. I think Charles is spiteful and jealous. He can't comprehend what real relationships are, so he doesn't realize he is the problem.

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    1. Anon 9:208, I don't automatically equate photos with missing someone. And when they have been included in royal videos, such as this latest one, I tend to see it more as a respectful, inclusive gesture (if that makes sense).

      I have not exactly been a fan of Charles over the years (my sympathy was firmly with Diana), but I don't think he's the "bad guy" here. I honestly don't. As I stated in another post, I think he made an innocent comment about George and it was leaked (intentionally...that I firmly believe) to stir the pot against the Middleton's.

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    2. I don't equate photos with automatically missing someone either. But when there are reports that you are missing someone, don't get to see them, and you put up a rather large picture of you with them.... That supports the reports that you are indeed missing them.

      If he wanted to refute the reports and throw some love towards the Middletons and W&K, he could have easily used a pic that included them, such as the baptism pictures.

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    3. Anon, I suppose this one can be argued both ways...missing someone vs. a "so there!" at the media. I'm going with door number two here. :)

      Aside from the christening photos (which are old at this point and wouldn't do much to support a "current" statement) if he does have any that include the Middleton's, I cannot imagine that they would appear on a video like this. The senior royals are very careful about the level of informality they share. And had Charles not been dressed in a suit (and was wearing a polo shirt, for example), I doubt the photo would have made the cut.

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    4. I don't think the baptism can ever be considered old as it is a monumental moment in a baby's life. It also shows both families joined together at a happy occasion, a pretty powerful statement. And it wasn't really that long ago. About a year and a half? As far as being current, Charles probably doesn't have any current photos with George, so that's a moot point.

      We will just have to disagree on this. Either way, I think time will tell. I'm sure if Charles has issues like those reported, they will pop up again. He tends to use the media as a sword.

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    5. We can certainly agree to disagree, Anon. :)

      I do agree with your statement that the media can be used like a sword. (I'm just not convinced that Charles was the one holding it.)

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    6. Do you think that Charles did actually complain that he didn't see much of his grandson or was the story completely fabricated?

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    7. If you're asking me, Liz, I don't think it was completely fabricated. But was it a complaint or was it an innocent observation/wish that he could see more of him.....and was an innocent comment seen as an opportunity to plant a negative story about the Middleton's? My two cents, for what they're worth....yes. :)

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    8. Liz,
      I think he did complain and I don't think it was innocently. I think it was a mean spirited attack on the Middletons aided by Camilla and her friends, who were quoted in the reports. The Middleton family is warm and loving, William spends a lot of time with them. I could go on and on, but yes, I think the stories are true.

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    9. Anon 6:59, do you believe Charles is jealous of William's relationship with the Middleton's?

      I do agree with you on Camilla and the intent of the leak, but I had not considered jealousy only because it's always been my belief that Charles had other interests/priorities while his sons were growing up (and he still does).

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    10. Hi royalfan,

      Yes, I do think he is jealous. I agree with you about his other priorities, but I don't think that stops him from being jealous. (Like a husband who cheats on his wife and wants a divorce, they get a divorce, and then he is jealous of who she dates....)

      Plus I think it is clear, especially with the Christmas arrangements as they were, that William will include the Middletons in everything, as they should. Not what Charles is used to dealing with. Camilla has a separate Christmas after the 25th with her children/grandchildren at her home (she kept her house from before her marriage to Charles), Charles stays at Sandringham and doesn't attend. Everyone accommodates Charles, now William is making a place for the Middletons.

      Anon 6:59

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    11. Anon 6:59, my analytical brain cells never looked at it that way, but I do understand where you're coming from in the example you shared. It's very possible. :)

      Charles devoted so much time and effort into one particular goal, and perhaps he is dealing with a bit of you reap what you sow.....

      For the record, I have a lot of respect for William and his determination to be more invested in his family.

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    12. Yes, completely agree, William has taken a sometimes sad and painful childhood and turned it into a strong foundation to raise George.

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  23. I agree with Jane that the picture is of Kate and George. The jacket she commented on at the St. Patrick's day parade was a Zara piece (no longer on line). There is a similar one in black though. There is also another pastel yellow coat on line that is very Kate; four buttons, collarless, and with a lot of room for a baby belly.

    P.S. This is my first time commenting; Jane I think you do a great job with the blog!

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  24. Like some posters above I loved this cerise Mulberry coat the first time Kate wore it in NYC, and I loved it yesterday. Nor do I think it was altered in any way to accommodate her pregnancy. The fit at the shoulders and across Kate's back is simply outstanding, and the styling of the collar frames her lovely face perfectly. It isn't meant to be a fitted coat, it is meant to drape, and it succeeds wonderfully now. I agree that the coat looked best with her hair worn in a ponytail because it illuminated shoulders and collar. However, I very much liked her hair this time round, as well. Two thumbs up here, and if I had an extra thumb it would be up too.

    Regarding the new candids of Kate? and George?, I am of two minds. But if it is indeed a pic of them, I don't think it was recent. It puts me in mind of a pap/candid taken of George in late summer/early fall of 2014, when George was pictured with his nanny wearing a similar rain suit. The official pics of George, released prior to Xmas, show a confident little boy, a toddler, not an infant who had just learned to walk.

    Regarding the background pic of Charles holding George in a video, Charles has always used his sons for PR purposes, so why not use his grandson in his ongoing battle to rehabilitate himself and his second wife?

    Jane, time could hang rather heavily for the next six months. (I don't expect to see much of Kate, aside from an obligatory appearance at the Queens birthday parade and at Caroline's christening, until the fall.) Would you consider a post asking posters to list their favourite books on the BRF?

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    1. Lovely reply but the snarking about Charles part is a bit much.The photos and press releases may be as simple as this will look good, not some"evil" design. We all want to look our best in photos and show our "whole self". All of us posting on these blogs are not in the spotlight. The constant media pressure must get more that a "bit much". How do you keep yourself, and keep promoting your product, being a Royal, and protect against rampant "rag news"...I/we have no idea of what is actually going on, I am interested in the fashions and the news, i.e. baby born, wedding, new outfit... the speculation on marriages, relationships, jealousy between friends/family, etc is simply nonsense to me...

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    2. I understand your point, but I find the "nonsense" fascinating.... Because it really is about human relationships and what is shaping history and the monarchy. To think that Camilla is going to be queen one day!! I can remember when she had to leave her local market after the news of their affair broke because people were so mad they yelled at her. Now she will be queen. That is some amazing PR, interesting history, and an overall lesson in how governments, not just the British monarchy, can spin things. My point is what appears to be nonsense, really does matter, many times it is the foundations of life, marriages, affairs, relationships between family and friends, and the making of history.

      IMO this isn't on the same level as local town gossip. These are public figures, living public lives, using public money, we are watching history unhold.

      Just a different perspective, hope you enjoy your Sunday!

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    3. Anon 1:08 I think you summed it up beautifully. I can appreciate that some people prefer not to indulge in what they perceive to be speculation or gossip...I respect that...but the behind the scenes reality of it is an ingredient in the history we are witnessing.

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    4. Anon 1:08 totally agree.
      I don't feel POW is jealous of his son - without a King Charles there is no heir/s....

      I also saw Prince Charles, P William and P Harry having a loving relationship growing up with their dad. Its now a lot of....from carol and the middletons creating this separation of Prince William /P George from their royal family.

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  25. Is it possible that Prince Charles was pictured with his grandson as a representative of the future? That is what all his
    efforts toward conservation are about, in the end. The speech was about an environmental effort, after all.
    How frustrating it must be to have altruistic deeds be misinterpreted.
    I am firmly in RF's camp when it it comes to C&C, but I do believe in giving credit where due and the benefit of the doubt,
    etc., etc.

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    1. I think that is a very true reflection of Charles' reality mkleinfeldt.
      It was lovely to see that photo, and I am certain that Charles is a very proud grandfather.
      He has been a wonderful Papa to his two sons after all. And he has embraced Catherine, it os obvious to see.
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  26. Thanks Jane. This coat was outstanding in NYC and again for this outing. I personally love her hair down this time -- her thick, lustrous curls flowing over the cerise of her coat is a lovely juxtaposition! I disagree she looks tired as some posters suggest. The pink makes her skin glow -- she looks amazing for an 8-month pregnant woman!

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  27. This may have already been mentioned here, I haven't read the latest comments yet, but I suddenly realised the other day another reason that Prince Charles included the photo of George in his conservation video. As he has mentioned before, he wants to protect the planet so that the generations that come after him (including his grandchildren) can enjoy the diversity of species etc.

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  28. Silly question, but I was just wondering, does the photo agency you use Photoshop its pictures? I had this nagging feeling every time I visited your blog that Kate looked *different* somehow in your photos, and this feeling was bugging me enough that I sat down and compared photos in this post to photos of the same event on the DailyMail. I *think* the difference I'm noticing is that Kate's complexion is much, much smoother and glowier (that's a word, right??) in your photos than in others. Or maybe other photographers use harsher lighting or settings that emphasize wrinkles, eye bags, etc (things that we all deal with, I'm not trying to criticize Kate for having these totally normal signs of maturity). It's just fascinating to me to think about all of the tricks photographers and journalists can use to create an image, and therefore a story. Good lighting and maybe a wee bit of digital trickery = a "Glowing Kate Prepares for Motherhood!" headline, while maybe a different photographer will choose a picture of her mid-frown, in harsh lighting, and all of a sudden we'd have a "Marital Stress Ages the Duchess of Cambridge!" headline instead.

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    1. No, they are not photoshopped. I just scanned the DM's shots, and they seem to have a wide range. I think this is primarily a matter of lighting, camera quality, and angle. But, gosh, there can be very big differences between photographers when the pictures start rolling in!

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    2. I too have noticed big differences in some of Kate's pictures, not though on this blog, but overall. I just assumed different news organizations photoshop the pictures. When they got engaged, when Kate was in the blue dress, there were many pictures from that day that showed a gap between her two front teeth. I have never seen it since. And I don't believe she got dental work, before or after the engagement as some report. I just think a "perfect" princess sells better, just like celebrities. Either way, Kate is very pretty. But the truth is she probably looks more like the everyday attractive person than we realize.

      Also, the morning William and Kate were up early with commuters on the train and bus buying poppies, many photos of that morning were not airbrushed and there was an outcry about how she looked. Then when she popped up again, voila, airbrushed perfection. Perfect princess sells better. That must be a lot of pressure to live with, even on a seemingly unlimited budget.

      And if I was Pippa, I'd be ticked. LOL She doesn't seem to get the airbrush treatment as much.

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    3. I have not noticed *anything* unusual about the photos used on this blog, not at all.

      But I too have suspected that others may edit photos from time to time, in the way Anon suggests. I recall one article in the DM where a young woman's spray tan was mentioned...well, their photo made her look as orange as a pumpkin compared to other sources. :)

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