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Royal Baby Watch: Kate's Time in Bucklebury & A Visit to Windsor?

Monday, April 20, 2015

I have not been following the Great Kate Wait 2 very closely. After the first round in 2013, I gambled that we had some time to loaf about during Baby Watch 2. But, Sunday morning I woke up with a start and the only thought on my mind was, "What is going on with the Royal Baby!" I am officially feeling the tension.  Kate's team came up with a great strategy to minimize the craziness surrounding the birth; I think the best rule is the no news after 10pm or before 8am. That would have been really great while we waited for George... 



We have been wretchedly stranded in times past, when Kate has disappeared, but this weekend there was a slew of fun and informative articles filling in some interesting details about Kate's whereabouts and recent past-times. No prizes if you guess that she spent time in Bucklebury this month. People had a great piece reporting that the Duchess has kept an unusually low-profile during these stays, preferring to stay in the house and away from even the friendly and protective glances of locals. 
"Kate was here for a few days in the week," a local source tells PEOPLE. "Nobody saw her around though – she must have just stayed in the house having a rest."
 My favorite part is the description of her usual modus operandi:
"You often see William and Kate wandering through the fields," adds another local.
"But Kate doesn't venture out of the house much when she's at home these days."
Sounds absolutely idyllic. I can't wait for George to join them in a darling little pair of wellies. According to @livelovelaughvr, Kate spent this weekend in Bucklebury, and was photographed with George at Bucklebury Farm Park, a favorite destination of the mother and son when visiting Mike & Carole.



It is thought she has returned to London as she enters what is very probably the final week of her pregnancy. The parking restriction lasts through April 30th, and as one royal watcher pointed out, women are not allowed to go a week past due before they are induced. While the Palace could extend the restriction, I think it likely Kate is due this week.



The Daily Mail had a thorough piece on William and Kate's home-life in Norfolk, which included a report of a dinner they hosted for friends at a local restaurant:
The couple already have a list of favourite pubs. Two weeks ago, they shared a dinner with six friends at The Crown in nearby East Rudham. William, seated at the head of the table next to his heavily pregnant wife, organised the supper to celebrate them finally moving to Anmer. ‘William and Kate have friends in Norfolk, and they enjoyed a private dinner in a dining room,’ reports a source. ‘They wanted a night out and they can do it here. The locals are very protective of them, as are the pub owners. They organise special tables out of the way of prying eyes and escape routes so they are never seen coming in or leaving.’
The article goes on to discuss William's plans, including cutting back on royal duties and focusing on his family. I think that he does plan to prioritize Kate, George, and the new baby, but given the resources he has, it is not clear to me that an involved home-life and maintaining his royal duties are mutually exclusive. Given his trajectory in the past two years, I think we will see William maintain his current workload, if not increase it. Some of this will depend upon the health of the Queen, of course, but I don't think the progress he has made will now be abandoned.



More details about Carole Middleton's help before George's birth have been emerging. Hello! ran a piece about the custom Silver Cross pram the Cambridges ordered before their first child arrived:
"We supplied a couple of extra accessories including an insect net. It was a very good summer when Prince George was born. Our head of design went to the Middleton family home and presented it to the Duchess' mom. We did a full demonstration so that the product was safe and used correctly."
Apparently, Silver Cross has now made this standard for all buggies. Yay for royals making products better for everyone. It was also interesting to note how Carole is an integral part of facilitating Kate's ability to function normally, while maintaining a level of privacy. Their intimacy allows her to take on some of Kate's work, and act as a buffer between her celebrity daughter and the public. 

Lastly, Lulu and Sarah W shared with me a photo of Kate taken while she pregnant with George. It was taken by a fan who happened to see Kate walking in her garden while visiting Kensington Palace. When she snapped a camera phone picture through the bars, a guard approached her and asked her not to continue photographing the Duchess. I have always wondered if the royals were ever visible in the gardens and green spaces that can be seen by the public. It would seem that sometimes, they are.

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Tomorrow is Elizabeth II's 89th birthday! It would be very fun if Kate and her baby tomorrow, and i would say the chances of a girl being named Elizabeth would skyrocket. If she does not, I wonder if the Cambridges will venture to Windsor for a birthday celebration? The Queen has taken the week off, and The Telegraph has noted that several members of her family have open schedules, as well:
The Prince of Wales, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex have also kept their diaries free, suggesting they may join her for a birthday celebration at some point during the day. 

She could even receive a visit from her great-grandson, Prince George, if the Duchess of Cambridge is feeling well enough to make the trip, or of the Duke of Cambridge has a day off from his air ambulance pilot training.
Check off another day of the Great Kate Wait. See you tomorrow!  

91 comments:

  1. I do hope its not Elizabeth. A nice enough name but there are so many others.

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    1. Yes, boring. There has been an Elizabeth on the royal stage since 1923/4. Time to give it a rest.

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    2. Ahh but I still love the name, Elizabeth. There are so many great male and female names out there. Elizabeth, Alice, Grace, Charlotte,Jayne. Buys, Arthur, Phillip, Richard, John. This is why I love long names, one can get three or four in there:)

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  2. One quibble, with the royal watcher who says that "women are not allowed to go a week past due before they are induced." I wonder, does she mean royal women? Because the average, healthy woman can carry up to two weeks past due without being encouraged to induce. At one week past due, induction may be presented as an option, but as long as there is no sign of fetal distress, many women insist on being allowed to carry until labor begins naturally, (however uncomfortable being that far past due would undoubtably be).
    I don't point this out to say that it changes what we know or guess about Kate's due date, just nitpicking really. Sorry about that, not much else to do in the waiting. ;)
    -TMM

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    1. Erika from MassachusettsApril 20, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      Thanks TMM. I was going to make the same point. I have personal experience with going the full 42 weeks, going into labor naturally at 42 weeks and one day. My doctor did keep a close eye on me but I had no complications. I don't think it's nitpicking. Kind of an interesting topic.

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    2. It probably depends on Dr.'s. I have no children, and have never been pregnant, but many of my friends/colleagues have been told they will be induced at one week overdue. I'm in Canada...really depends, and ultimately it is the woman's choice.

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    3. I agree with the two weeks past due date. That's always been the norm but Kate's doctor may have a different view. At this stage of pregnancy, however, there are doctor appointments every week to monitor everything and hurry it along if need be. She must be so uncomfortable by now and wishing it would happen sooner rather than later.

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    4. I have known a few girls to go significantly beyond. I am no birth expert, but it is my understanding that doctors strongly urge inducement, since danger to the child only increases the longer they go past the "done" stage. :) But, it is the parents' choice, as it should be.

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    5. With modern monitoring of in-uterus babies the Drs can figure out the risks pretty accurately at the nine month pount, Often the initial dates are based on very vague ideas of when conception happened and then you have the added issue of different developing rates of babies and a three week fudge factor is key. Just food for thought.

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  3. Jane, I smiled as I read about your Sunday morning wake up. As much as we've been speculating about names and commenting on updates from KP, it didn't hit me until this morning at work that THIS may be the week. :))

    And I'm glad Kate enjoyed some quiet time in Bucklebury.

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    1. Me too! It sounds idyllic, and the pictures emerging of Kate with George are precious. Glad he is getting lots of attention!

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  4. I always love seeing low-key pictures of Kate from members of the public rather than the media. I to have always wondered why there are not more pictures of the royals walking around Buckingham and Kensington Palace. I am so excited for Baby Cambridge!! My bet is the name will be either Arthur or Amelia. I think the bookies were for the most part wrong about Prince George's name. I'm not a big fan of Alice -- I think bookies rely to heavy on William and Catherine giving 'nods' to people with the name. Kate seems like the kind of gall that will choose a strong and timeless name rather than one that is popular at the time. I'll admit when George was born I was not a big fan of the name, but when they toured Down Under it was clear that the name was PERFECT! But hey, I'm probably wrong on my guess! Great post Jane -- keep em' coming!

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    1. I hear you on why we don't see more candids on the royals walking outside. I think part of it is you have to search hashtags looking for them. I think while we're bored, excited and waiting people are digging for photos. This photo has surfaced, as well as a few others I saw over the weekend. It's a fun treat :-)

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    2. I would love Arthur! That would be very cool.

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  5. I jump up every morning and check my twitter before I go to the bathroom. I so hope that the new baby will be a princess! I cannot wait. Thanks for the update. Hopefully, we will have lots to talk about soon....

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  6. I don't think Carole was "acting as a buffer" between Kate and the pram people. It was more likely, I think, that Carole purchased her own pram for use at her house and that is why she got a demonstration at home. I think K&W want to be involved in the ordinary things of life, especially when it involves their children.

    It makes me laugh when we constantly think that they are hothouse flowers that always need protection and privacy. Seems like that is always the default, stand-by excuse we always use.

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    1. Sonja from BavariaApril 21, 2015 at 11:22 AM

      Well, I think that Carole helped Kate choosing the best pram. It was Kate's first child, she had no experience and didn't want to do anything wrong.

      So what could have been better than asking her mother, the woman who has raised her and her siblings?
      I think almost all women who are about to have their first child get advise from their mothers (and if I was pregnant, I would also ask my mum for help) because they have experience and can help you.

      I hope the baby will be born soon - I'm dying to know whether it's a girl or a boy. It would be too cute if it's born on April 29!

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    2. Um, I don't know that anyone said anything about hothouse flowers, but I guess I could re-read the post. We might have to disagree on this one. I think the likelihood Carole bought her own pram is quite slim, and that she took the delivery for Kate, both to act as a buffer and to take work of her daughter's shoulders. Kate had a lot on her plate around that time. I certainly agree that Kate and William want to be hands on parents, and as normal as possible. Definitely in agreement there. Nevertheless, they cannot escape their celebrity entirely.

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  7. Thank you Jane. It's very nice of you to keep us entertained while we wait. So, since you raised the subject, I have been thinking a lot about the DM article about William's plans and while I have a firm rule not to believe anything the DM says, I think this has the ring of truth. But what I read was that William will be cutting back on his "black tie" charity galas and things, but not on his charity work. I agree with you that he has covered a lot of ground on his royal training of late and to cut back on it too much would be counterproductive. Of course, much depends on the Queen's health, but as long as she is relatively agile and healthy and willing to carry on carrying on, Charles and Camilla will be more public leaving William and Kate to do their thing. I'm absolutely sure that Charles and the Queen are very supportive of this idea until the Queen is gone or unable to fulfill her duties. Once William becomes next in line to the throne, he will take on his royal duties capably and happily. I am not one of the ones who think that he's a reluctant King at all. Based on the interviews (few though they are) that he's given, he is learning a lot from his grandmother and I think he understands his duty very, very well. So, I'm all for he and Kate taking this time to raise their family out of the lime light as much as possible. They will do their duty, but they will enjoy this time as well. Their turn will come. Unfortunately, it might mean less evening gown appearances from our lovely Duchess. Sigh. Here's hoping baby comes tomorrow!

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    1. I totally agree with your comments .

      It's not "reluctance"; it's a strategy. And with good reason. ;)

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    2. I read the same article and what struck me was that he wanted to keep up his behind the scenes charity work.... Well, the cynic in me says that is the "work" that no one sees, therefore, can't really be proven to have actually occurred. This is not a good PR move. Brits pay a lot if money to support these people, people want to see them.

      If William tunnels deeper into his hole, the backlash will be big.

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    3. Tunnel he did? The announcement this morning that he's done training early and will take an unpaid leave until June 1st is not wise. IMO. They're very fortunate, but where that fortune comes from is what I think makes it unwise. It really make the GreatKateWait2 a bit less exciting this morning :-/

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    4. The facts appear to be that William finished his training sooner than expected and was not scheduled to go into the next phase of his training until June because of his royal engagements set in May and because the next phase requires an uninterrupted block of 3 weeks and the availability of a certain helicopter. So because he finished phase 1 earlier than expected, he can't continue his training until the scheduled June dates. So lets give him a little slack before we accuse him of tunneling or whatever. His leave is unpaid, he will be carrying out royal duties, he isn't being paid, and he has a second baby about to be born. The DM prints only those parts of a story that will cause the most negativity.

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    5. I don't think the concern is paid or unpaid, that's never really the point with them. I have heard many reliable sources say that W&H have always slacked off on their jobs.... Taking all this time off, would they allow anyone else to do that? Even with paternity leave, most companies in the UK require that you work there a year first before you qualify. He must have an uninterrupted three week block? How great that worked out right when the baby is born and he wanted time off. It is always an excuse or explanation that miraculously works out perfectly.

      I remember when W told everyone in late fall that all his tests had to be done by the end of December, big deal made of it. Well, he never got them done until spring and he took off two weeks to go to Mustique.

      All I am saying is, let's call a spade a spade. They work when they want to and that is really not the definition of work. It is a hobby they play at, pretending to work.

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    6. The only "luck" came in the fact that we have had quite a good early Spring , when no flying time was lost due to weather.The report says he completed all the modules well, so obviously nothing had to be repeated. not surprising as he is an intelligent young man with a lot of experience flying helicopters in dangerous situations.
      When he took the job it was agreed that there would be time for his other duties and seemingly the last half of May was already arranged for some of those. He is in fact only having a short period extra---gained through his own hard work and two weeks paternity leave is allowed by law in the UK.
      Please quote your reliable sources accusing the Duke and Duchess "have always slacked off on their jobs"

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    7. OK. Let's call a spade a spade.Reliable sources-un-named.. Always slacked off. Playing at work. Pretending to work....


      Discussion, opinion, or mature debate? Sounds like childish playground name-calling to me. Trash talking. I can do it, too.I don't know you
      and obviously that is your intent; but it seems to me, all you know of William is what you read on the internet. It is also the only
      way I know of William. That's why I don't judge his intentions, based on what I read. The truth must lie somewhere in between
      the negative swill and the PR promotion. I wonder if the current attacks on William are due to Catherine's pregnant/
      new mother status precluding criticising her right now.
      There are people who can afford to take time off for family duties.That's how things are. I never heard the Cambridges say they lived a normal life. It might be what they would like, if William were not committed, judging by his words and many role-oriented appearances, , to duty-as is his grandmother.
      The royal
      family's sources of income are no less valid than inherited wealth from diamond mines, coal mines, oil, insurance, banking, drugs, arms and munitions, or computer software. In fact , none of their ancestors had to give up their lives or their son's lives to
      hold their property; but they still got their wealth from exploiting employees and consumers.Why not go after them?
      You can find them right in your own country.
      By the way, what is your definition of work?
      Sorry, Jane. You allow plenty of criticism of the royal family, including Anon 9:52's remarks .Anon's remarks were testing your tolerance for trash talk.
      You are probably very busy right now and may have missed it.

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    8. I am so with you Jane in Canada, and well put.!!!

      Anon. 9:52AM "lets call a spade a spade" what are your "reliable" sources that you site that William and Kate have "always slacked off their jobs". I sure hope it is not the DM or other republican movement rags. Not only has William been studying and qualifying for the air ambulance, he has also been carrying out royal engagements, doing a tour to Malta and China (which I am sure required a lot of prep work and may have delayed the original test schedule), carrying out investitures, as well as spending time learning the ropes from his grandmother meeting dignitaries from other countries and working both in front of and behind the scenes for his own charities.

      I give him a great deal of credit for finding something productive to do while in a current state of limbo. There has not been a second - in - line to the throne in any recent memory. That IS his "job". He is not like anyone else in the UK. At the moment he is balancing many jobs.

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    9. Is that you Leo?

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    10. I find it interesting when people argue that W&K are "not like us" (yes, very true), yet they don't see the irony in holding them up to the same expectations and routine of the average man on the street. Well, you can't have it both ways. They are not like us and they never claimed to be. People put their own spin on information that is released on W&K's behalf and twist it like a pretzel. And then it's W&K's fault for being salty. :))

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    11. Well, I see many didn't read my post clearly, I said W&H, as in William and Harry. Apart from when Harry was actually on the frontlines fighting, W&H never really worked like all others in the military. It was always finessed and massaged, way past getting time off for royal engagements.

      Now that W is in the private sector, he takes off two weeks in Mustique? Was that a royal duty? Now the paternity leave, most employers in the UK make you work a year before you get any paternity leave. Why not admit that W&H are doing their jobs more like hobbies? Why does admitting the truth upset so many feathers? I really don't understand. And this is hardly "trash talk" as someone called it. LOL If it is proven that this employer makes everyone work a year before getting paternity leave, will you admit the special treatment or does it not really matter because he is royal?

      Anom 9:52

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    12. And "reliable sources?" Your definition of work? I really don't understand your point.

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    13. anon from Leominster - this onceApril 21, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      Does anonymous 4.40 mean anon from Leominster? If so, it's not me. I read this blog on occasion but comment only rarely and normally under my given name. If another Leo is intended, my apologies.

      No comments on the present topic except to say I don't believe William qualifies for paternity leave as a statutory right, although I haven't counted actual weeks. What would seem relevant to me is what kind of leave is normally given to his fellow pilots. William may be exceptional but if he means to take a normal job, it's only fair he follows the regular procedures out of fairness to his co-workers.

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    14. anon from Leominster -this time onlyApril 21, 2015 at 11:29 PM

      If Anonymous 4:40 mean anon from Leominster, no, it isn't me. I read this blog occasionally but rarely comment and only under my given name up until now.

      No comment on the subject matter except it would not appear to me that William is entitled to paternity leave as a statutory right. The question would seem what is offered to his fellow pilots. William may be exceptional but he has taken on a regular job and it would hardly seem fair to his co-workers if different rules applied to him.

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    15. When other members of the BRF are not out and about doing engagements, we don't know WHAT they are doing or WHERE. I almost wish it was the same with W&K because it would give folks less to criticize them for. William is a senior royal; did anyone truly think he was going to be doing this job without *some* consideration to his position in the royal family? Why must the focus be on the obvious? How about giving him credit for wanting to do something to do something other than live a "luxurious and pampered" life?

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    16. Anon at 6:31, it is my understanding that William did not begin to work/train with Bond Air Services until after he had his ATPL, which I believe he obtained in late February; ergo, he was not employed by Bond in Jan.-Feb., when he apparently vacationed in Mustique. He joined Bond on March 30, and it would appear that he was given extended leave without pay now for three reasons: 1. He finished Phase 1 of his course at Bond ahead of schedule; 2. He had always intended to take 2 weeks paternity leave, and no doubt, Bond was well aware of this before William signed on, March 30; 3. Apparently, William has to wait until June 1 when the new EC145 helicopter becomes available for training purposes.

      It has been stated more than once, in the press, that altho working for Bond/EAAA will be Williams top job priority, his schedule will make some allowance for Royal Duties, as well. I hope not too many or he won't have any home-life to speak of, IMO.

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    17. JC, I agree with you on this timeline. When William vacationed, he was not yet employed by Bond, merely studying ahead of his employment. He cannot begin his next phase until June 1st which apparently was always the case as allowances were made for flying conditions and skill set as well as availability of aircraft fro training.

      JLN

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    18. anon from LeominsterApril 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM

      With respect to Royalfan, William does lead a very pampered life. No other pilot has a house like Anmer, not to mention help, a flat in London and the best of everything. Nothing wrong with that per se for a future king but William doesn't know what an ordinary life is. He is doing this because he is addicted to the excitment of flying. You wouldn't find him taking a desk job or other ordinary work. Should it start to interfere with life as he likes it, I suspect he will abandon it, but most likely he will be humoured as much as possible.

      Active royals and ordinary work have historical been a very poor mix because it is "one foot on sea, the other on shore"- we'll see what happens this time..

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    19. There is no question that he will abandon it once he has to take on a more active role in the Royal family. That has been acknowledged.

      JLN

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    20. I agree he is pampered. All the pilots I know love both the thrill of flying and helping people when they work in air ambulance type jobs, one would not find any of them taking desk jobs either.:) All of us enter the work force with different job needs. I am well educated so when I take a job I always have the luxury of just quitting, even when I have desperately needed the income I could pursue other options because of my education. In most work you have a variety of people with different levels of income needs or household help and different levels of commitment and education.Someone also mentioned that his perks might be different than his fellow pilots for the paternity leave, that may be true but I also know many jobs where the employer and co workers try to accommodate each others needs, so the other pilots also might have the same options he does. One the main issues I think with Royals working is the issue of the security measures that need to be taken and the interference to work that causes. He is not average and he is pampered but he might enjoy feeling useful and helping people. :) Just my opinion of course.

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    21. anon from Leominster, I disagree. I think that what we are witnessing is a rather botched attempt--quite possibly unintentional, since it works in favour of the current POW to keep William, Kate and George (and no.2) off the main stage--to transition young members of the Royal Family into real working members, who collect a regular paycheck. Hard on William (not to mention Kate, and the constant upheaval in her life) , BUT it could have enormous payoffs for George...(Having gone thru this experiment himself, and having had to spread himself too thin, William might simply encourage George to follow his heart and do his own thing until he is, say 35, and to hell with Royal Duties.)

      Addicted to the excitement of flying? I doubt it...I rather think he has been given little choice, altho to be sure, flying and saving lives might be far more appealing to William than shaking hands and cutting ribbons.

      I don't think people give enough credit to Williams intelligence, academically far above that of his father and brother--altho Kate's academic record more than matches his.

      Face it. William is caught between a rock (his ultra traditional granny) and a hard place (his extremely selfish father).

      The fact that William has the ability to bounce back, despite his insane life, is to his credit, and to Kate's.

      Pampered life? Think again. Henry Percy, and the son of the current Duke of Westminster (Earl of something or other), lead pampered lives.Both are wallowing in money and privilege, far more than William has. William is just surviving in that stratosphere--and it is becoming increasingly clear that he is surviving because he had the good sense to marry an unspoiled--yes!--COMMONER, who knows how to cook and clean up after him, who knows how to love his kids, without spoiling them into stupidity.

      Pampered? Forget it, anon from Leominster.

      JC

      P.S. And I don't even like the guy! But fair is fair.

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    22. No need for me to comment now. You said it all, JC. I don't know if I would like William. I never met the bloke.
      "Spoiling them into stupidity." Ha! My first laugh of the day..I'm still chuckling to myself.
      Although, it is sad in a way. A parent's spending money instead of spending time.

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    23. Thank you JC. You said it perfectly. I'm sorry I started this in the first place (actually Jane started it by reporting the news of W's leave), but since I did I have to say that you really do have it right. William has his faults - he's human. And you don't have to love him. But he is between a rock and a hard place and I think he's doing the best he can with no one to guide him on his side of the family. I too believe that George will be the beneficiary of all of this.

      Thank you JC.

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    24. To be fair to our fearless blogger Jane, KayLynn started it here. (see below) It was tabloid fodder.
      That whole block of time, as I understand it, was put under the heading of "paternity leave." Incorrectly so.
      As others have stated, only two weeks is paternity leave. But the mis-statement gave republicans
      and just generally unhappy, cranky people a chance to blow off steam.Some of us reacted and we were off to
      the races. Meanwhile, anonymous is now no where to be seen. As far as I know.
      My point? This is my second blog ever to follow. The first blog's comment-section became toxic. It can happen
      before you realise what is going on. And then it is too late.The administrator allowed it to happen. One thing that
      attracted me to this site is Jane's willingness to act as a real moderator. She does not suffer fools gladly.
      As my final remark on the subject: how on earth can one have "unpaid leave," while one is already unpaid? I guess
      that means the charity won't get a donation during that time.

      Further, why would a volunteer be subjected to regular leave restrictions? It seems the term "paternity leave" agitates some people as much as "maternity leave."Both terms have been mis-applied to TRH. Someone please interview a representative sample of those pilots on live TV. See if they are complaining about all the attention William is bringing to their
      work. That's who I really want to hear from.I can't believe going on and on about another's intentions, desires,
      hopes and beliefs with absolutely no basis for judgement.

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    25. JC, fantastic post! Amen, applause, kudos, etc. Thank you! :)) I could not agree more with everything you wrote.

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    26. anon from LeominsterApril 22, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      Technical correction Anoun. William is an employee of Bond, not a volunteer. I doubt a helicopter company could have volunteer pilots - there would be insurance problems and many other considerations.

      William has said he will donate his salary to charity (after taxes) but that doesn't make him a volunteer. All regulations applying to Bond employees apply to him in theory. What he does with his salary after being paid is his business - just as it is with other employees, but giving it to charity doesn't make him a volunteer.

      As for the pilots, I doubt they are free to speak about William. No idea how they may feel about it now - or later when the novelty wears off.

      So William technically should be covered by the same leave restrictions. No one has said otherwise. The reason being given for his extended leave is the arrival of a new helicopter.

      I don't consider correct facts toxic. They are just that - facts.

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    27. Leo, with all due respect, the employee vs. volunteer debate is somewhat insignificant here. The fact remains that William is doing a job he does not have to do, and there is personal risk involved. And I suspect he is respected far more by the men he works with than if he played polo or golf until Charles ascends the throne and he takes on more royal duties. People go on about him (and Kate) giving back, well, he is doing so. But for the time being he's doing it in a manner that doesn't eclipse the firm's bigger agenda, and that is Charles preparing to ascend the throne with Camilla at his side.

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    28. Leo. I think the "technical" point is that William is an employee of Bond. He has to be an employee for insurance reasons.as you have pointed out, but he is in essence is a volunteer. I do agree that all regulations apply to him that apply to other pilots as far as requirements to have the training, keep current on latest procedures, keep the proper records and operate the aircraft in a regulated manner. However when it comes to each individual pilot there is probably a contract that specifies other things such as compensation and time off that can be negotiated differently for each person. There is also a "leave of absence" that anyone can request at any time, which is what the Palace has termed this time for William.

      Also you term William as being "pampered". As I pointed out previously in this thread - "Not only has William been studying and qualifying for the air ambulance, he has also been carrying out royal engagements, doing a tour to Malta and China (which I am sure required a lot of prep work and may have delayed the original test schedule), carrying out investitures, as well as spending time learning the ropes from his grandmother meeting dignitaries from other countries and working both in front of and behind the scenes for his own charities." He is currently holding down multiple "jobs". He has had one 2 week vacation in this time frame. So I find it just a little exaggerated to call him pampered. Now if you want to apply the term to Princess Beatrice, then I could agree, but not to William.

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    29. The toxic reference was not about your post. I am interested in knowing your factual source for William's being
      "addicted" to flying , however. I doubt the low speed, low level flying of those helicopters would give much of a
      thrill. Helping save lives might.You unequivocally state that William's motivation for taking that challenging job is his addiction to flying. That requires either getting inside his head, making assumptions without factual basis, or
      perhaps you are his BFF.
      Certainly, William is not average. Employee/volunteer-the charity his salary goes to is the one he is volunteering
      with- doesn't matter. What matters is the personal arrangements William made with his employer. I seriously
      doubt any private citizen has access to that information. I'm not sure how you have arrived at your facts
      concerning any private dealings William has with his employers.

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    30. I am playing major catch-up here, and I do apologize. Number 1, right off the bat, Jane in Canada, I think we are completely in agreement on your initial comment. William won’t pull back, but he may not be out at glitzy evening affairs when he could be home with his family. Instead, he will likely focus on day-time events.

      Harry put his life on the line to serve his country. No one may call him slacker. He has many faults, as do we all, but he has been willing to serve, he has served, and would have returned to sacrifice his time and possibly his life again, had he been given the opportunity. I am in awe of that kind of commitment, and no one on this blog may cast aspersion on his honor in that respect.

      As to William’s commitment to serve, it is equal form what we have seen. A lot of people talk about how tough the spare has it, but the heir wasn’t allowed to serve in the manner Harry was. William would have loved to have seen active duty, as was reported frequently when he was a young man. He was not given that opportunity. That is a sacrifice for a patriotic young man! Harry has experiences and frankly bragging rights that William can never claim. He tested his character in a way William could not. I feel sorry for William. I know men who have been denied the same opportunities. It hurts deeply. Instead, he ha devoted his time to serve in a less precarious, but still risky line of work. It is common sense that he gets a thrill from flying. I have never known a man with proper testosterone for whom it wasn’t a thrill.

      Truthfully, I am swamped with Kate’s Clothes and have not read all the comments in this thread, so no one take this personally. The general gist I would like to say is… part of this argument seems pointless. William does his best to be normal. He is just like us. He is a human being, with the same personality flaws, the same frailties, the same fears, the same mortality. He was born like the rest of us, he will die like the rest of us, he will be put in the ground like the rest of us, he will face his Creator and answer to the same justice as the rest of us. He is the same, but his situation on earth is not the same. My situation is not the same as someone living in 3rd world slum, nor is equal to Kim Kardashian’s jet-setting lifestyle. Kate and I share a far closer lifestyle than Kate shares with Kim K. Think about that. Given her wealth and privilege she does her best to live an ordinary and healthy life. But, let’s not get up in arms about William’s work schedule. Obviously, he isn’t normal! His routine will be tweaked to accommodate his royal duties, AS THEY SHOULD BE! It is wonderful for him that he can still maintain some form of a normal job, it is wonderful for the company to have that kind of patronage and PR. It is a win/win. Let’s not insult our intelligence by pretending anyone thinks he gets the same treatment as a nobody, and let’s not pretend that he is grossly pampered. They make the situation work. It would be irrational not to.

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    31. Jane. I do love the way you write.

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    32. Agree Agree Agree. :)

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    33. What many seem to forget--or perhaps have never considered , is that the British military and indeed many large companies, have special arrangements for athletes who are training for international events.or for charity work.
      It seems to me that William and Harry were given similar consideration for their royal duties.
      Cannot for the life of me see why people get so upset about it. Many of the major medal winners at the Olympics are serving with the military in many of the countries.

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    34. Thank you, Jane. :)

      And that's interesting, Maggie. Thank you for mentioning it.

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    35. Glad to see your comments on Jane's blog Leo!

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  8. Thanks, Jane, I appreciate the posts while we're waiting!

    As for the pram modifications, I think that is genius, but also what might have been lacking with that line to begin with. There are other brands that already had bug covers/mosquito nets (Uppababy & Orbit, for example). The Orbit even has a paparazzi cover. These are features that have existed for years with these products. I understand why strollers/prams are so expensive these days, and would happily pay the money myself for these comforts.

    Fun photo of Kate, and like you said I too was curious if the public could see in. Especially when we heard reports that William would take baby George for early morning walks in the private gardens, presumably to let Kate have a lie in.

    Amanda, Canada

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  9. Interesting little candid of Kate whilst pregnant with George, thanks!

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  10. Hi Jane!
    I would have never imagined that Kate used that garden because it's clearly visible from the outside. I'm not sure, but if I see it correctly, it seems to me to be the one located inside their private entrance of Kensington Palace on the left. Last time I was there, I was wondering why they let the bars to be so opened to the view of everyone...this is a really private garden even if it's not their personal one but the one they share with the other inhabitants of the Palace. In this way I think no one can live it in a free way. I suppose they could add plants or trees to avoid the sight or they should build a wall. Anyway, I've had the same experience...I took a photo when there was no one to be seen and I heard from far away the guard say "no photo" even if I was getting a photo of the little street outside, where I was, and not one of the garden. After that, I red the signals with the "no photo area" because at the end of that street there are all the embassies.
    So it is prohibited to take photos even if nobody is there at the moment.....I suppose the poor guard has to say the same things all the day!
    Anyway, I hope the baby will come very soon...It's very strange because it's not a birth inside my family but I'm very excited to wait for her/him to be born and that everything is ok! It's funny to see I'm not the only one...Here in Italy I feel myself quite alone on this topic this week..hihi I hope she will be a little baby girl called Alice or Charlotte..Now everyone goes on with this names but last time with George I was hoping for the same names as now...Victoria could be an alternative as well.
    Thanks a lot for the updates during this week!

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    1. Who wants to live behind a wall? That would get real old after awhile!

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    2. W&K's apartment includes the largest walled garden KP has to offer. I can't place this photo, but it isn't "their" garden.

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    3. Agreed. The picture was taken long before Apartment 1A was habitable; if anything, it might be the smallish garden near Nott Cott...I once read that this house had a picket fence around it, and I suppose that this short wooden fence could be described that way.

      Royalfan, are you sure that Princess Margaret's walled garden is still standing? I think Diana's is, but I understand that one is now used by Princess Michael. Just curious.

      JC

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    4. Yes, JC, both gardens are still standing. This link includes a few aerial photos of Kensington Palace with the apartments labeled, as well as photos of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent's apartment and the walled garden. And if you look closely, you can see Diana's rooftop garden...and the Kent's.

      http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com/2013/08/royal-palaces-part-four.html

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    5. My third attempt to make contact! Third time lucky, mayhap? To keep it short, much as I might like to expand, methinks that you and I have a similar take on most things royal. I am replying to your query made on April, 27. Hope it goes through, and hope you find it.


      JC

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    6. Hi JC....I'm sorry I missed your post earlier today. Yes...me thinks you are correct. :))

      Btw, I had trouble posting on another blog and it had to do with my internet security settings. When I set it back to "default", I was back in business.

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  11. According to E! news here in the States William has started his paternity leave and will remain on leave until June 1st.

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    1. Yes, that news broke this morning.

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  12. I missed that picture with Geirge before. Wow:-) What a lot of curly blonde hair. Gorgeois! I really do hope they release new photos soon. It looks like he has changed a lot.

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  13. Great post ive never commented before but love this blog

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  14. Forgot to mention that pic of George. You know, he is beginning to remind me of the Spencers, at least from the back. That is one BIG boy! Not only does he look tall for his age--I would be very surprised if he finished under 6 feet--but he looks burly--not fat, just big.

    Love his hair and those loose blonde curls. I am so glad that Kate is in no rush to cut his locks--what a waste of pretty hair that would be.

    But, George, I think its time to give Mummy a break--you're just too big for her. Better start demanding that Daddy carry you around. Good luck!

    JC

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  15. George seems to have a LOT of hair now from the photo featured in the newspaper that you've included here. He looks completely different, well, as much as I can deduce from the back view of him shown in the photo.

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  16. Gosh, should Kate be carrying George when she's heavily pregnant like this?

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  17. There are reports that Charles will not visit the hospital after the baby is born, as he doesn't want to "compete" with the Middletons. Huge mistake IMO if he doesn't visit.

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    1. Not sure where this is coming from, but he is going to be in Turkey and not in London, so I think someone is trying to "stir the pot" AGAIN.

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    2. He will be in Turkey on the 24th and 25th, plus travel time, doesn't mean he won't be back home for the baby. If he is anywhere within the UK, whether in London or not, and doesn't come to the hospital, it will look really bad.

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    3. According to Hello! Charles and Harry are in Turkey today and tomorrow. And next Tuesday and Wednesday Charles will be in Scotland.

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    4. Yes, that's what the report said, Charles will be hiding out at his private residence, Birkhall, in Scotland, so he doesn't have to "compete" with the Middletons. Most grandparents are chomping at the bit, can't wait to see their grandkids.

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    5. Please, can you site a reference for this "report". I do not in anyway believe that if Charles is in London he will not go see his new grandchild. He will be there if only for appearance sake. This sure sounds to me like someone (tabloid) taking his schedule and putting on their own negative twist.

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    6. I do not have a reputation for defending Charles (lol), but to be fair, according to Hello! he has engagements in Scotland.

      http://us.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2015042324809/prince-harry-prince-charles-turkey-schedule/

      "Soon after returning to the UK, Prince Charles will head off again. The 66-year-old is due in Scotland, where he holds the title of the Duke of Rothesay, to open a new engineering education room and an indoor gymnasium at Dumfries House in Cumnock, Ayreshire.

      The Queen's eldest will be away on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 April."

      If the baby is born on Tuesday or Wednesday, I doubt he would cancel one of the engagements to return to London. And in all fairness to him, a lot of planning goes into engagements and people count on the royals to show up. Yes, he would be criticized for "carrying on", but he'd almost be in a no-win situation under those circumstances.

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    7. These engagements in Scotland are listed in the Court Circular on the British Monarchy website. He is not hiding out, he is on official engagements.

      JLN

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    8. He has known the due date for quite some time.... Scheduling engagements, which include opening an indoor gym, around the time of the second grandchild's birth? Please. Major engagements, one could see, while keeping the schedule as slim as possible, knowing the baby was coming and he wanted to be there. The source I read said he will go "when invited", but is sending cashmere baby gifts right away. Sounds like Charles.

      He travels all over, there is a royal helicopter... Wherever he is in the UK, he could make it to the hospital if he wanted to go. That is the simple truth. If he doesn't go, then he didn't want to go.

      Personally, I hope he goes, William deserves that. Will be interesting to see what happens.

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    9. Anon 8:21, what "source"? :) Just curious....thank you. I realize his priorities haven't always been "ideal" (I get it), but royal diaries are planned as far as one year in advance.

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    10. When George was born Charles and Camilla carried out engagements in the North of England and were due to fly directly to Wales for engagements the following day--but they changed the arrangements and flew first to London to see the baby.
      I suspect he will do the same this time.

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    11. I've just been watching a live feed of Prince Charles giving a speech at the Turkish government's ceremony at Gallipoli ahead of the Australian & NZ ceremonies tomorrow for Anzac Day & the 100th Anniversary of WW1 Commemorations. He's also participating in tomorrow's ceremonies. He's representing the Queen who's head of the Commonwealth.

      Gallipoli & Anzac Day are just about as iconic & important as you get for Australians so there's nothing trivial about these activities. They couldn't easily be abandoned for a quick dash to the hospital without a lot of criticism. I agree with the other comments made here that Charles will get to the hospital if he's able to.

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  18. I have a feeling the baby may be late like George was, so possibly be born in early May. If he's in London surely Charles will visit the hospital!

    Fiona in Australia

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  19. I will be in england 8 to 10 may visiting friends (in leamington spa near birmingham)!

    The baby will be born by then and i can join in the happy buzz :) any day now!

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  20. Jane, please add another post soon! We are going to go crazy if this baby wait goes on any longer;)

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    1. And imagine being in Kate's shoes, knowing that a sneeze will capture the world's attention. :)

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    2. Hee Hee, I do think it would be become very surreal to have some sense that one was being watched and commented on always. I think I would do what I think the Royal Family does, which is to just not read anything but major news events and watch certain shows on the telly and at the movie theater. You would have to just purposely not tune into certain TV,Radio and newspapers. There are many people with much much more wealth that Catherine that fly under the radar, even Bill Gates and his family are not tracked this way.

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  21. THANK YOU !!! so much for the information about the Periscope app. Fascinating and sooo much fun!

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