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Kate's Past Appearances at Order of the Garter

Monday, June 15, 2015

Good afternoon! As you may know, today is the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta! The Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince William were all at Runnymede this morning to commemorate one of the most significant moments in the history of self-government and modern law. It was very exciting! Obviously, we were hoping that Kate would pop out for the afternoon at Windsor Castle, but regrettably, she did not. Even though Kate didn't show up, I did write a post covering her past ensembles for the Order of the Garter. I am a little low on time after a busy weekend, and I am overdue to give Kate's Clothes some attention, so I put it up over there, even though I began it for FBTB. 



Kate did not attend the Order of the Garter this morning, to my disappointment, but not surprise. She has never missed a Trooping, but she skipped out on the Garter service in 2013 when pregnant with George and I suspected that we were going to see that repeated today. This year, she may not be pregnant, but she is still trying to cocoon herself in that private time with Charlotte and George... Read the rest at Kate's Clothes here. Let me know which ensemble you liked the best! I think you will be able to figure out my favorite. :) 

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  1. Hi Jane. I was a little disappointed Kate did not attend. But like you was not really surprised. She still is on leave and also had a busy weekend. I get shekels very tired chasing after George yesterday. It sure was fun watching them play and how very hands on both her and William are with their children.
    Hope maybe we will she her and Georgecat more polo matches with William.
    Speaking of William I wonder how he is getting so much time off since he is still in training.
    Again a great post.

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    1. I wondered the same thing, Pauline. We have been told William was due to start his job in June, and to the best of my knowledge he is finished with his parental leave. I sincerely don't mean to be nasty, but it does seem that his schedule is rather changeable. I'm sure he loved his job as a military chopper pilot, but the current civilian job appears to be taking a back seat to other things. Perhaps this is the way is should be, and perhaps it is the way his agreement with the private company was reached. I think unless he is going to dedicate his time to the job, he should let someone else have the position. Maybe his schedule is like firefighters in the U.S. ....four days on, four days off. I just hope he isn't going into this half-heartedly.

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    2. Sonja from BavariaJune 15, 2015 at 3:47 PM

      LOVE the name georgecat!

      I was also a little disappointed, but to be honest it was almost clear (to me) that she wouldn't attend.. it's been a busy weekend with the trooping the colour appearance and the polo match with a very active george and one must not forget that she has a 6 weeks old baby, too. Personally, I would always prefer the pictures of her and george at the polo match to an appearance at the order of the garter...

      To the fashion (on kate's clothes): I loved the catherine walker Ensemble in 2011, but the Christopher kane outfit was a miss fir my, sadly...

      I'm guessing she will wear mcqueen again for charlotte's christening (or maybe jenny packham? Would be a nice surprise)^^

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    3. Julia from LeominsterJune 15, 2015 at 11:29 PM

      These are enormously important events and it was odd enough Kate wasn't present - it would have been shocking if William put private duties before events of royal and historical importance. I've read contradictory reports about whether he has started his work or not but August and September are quiet royal months normally, so he should have time then - one of my concerns about his work though - is that he is trying to do two major jobs - no doubt with the best intentions but doing two jobs often means not excelling at either. Hopefully that won't be the case, since peoples' lives depend on one and the future of the monarchy on the other.

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    4. I wouldn't describe William's job as a half-hearted venture. It takes brains and courage to do it, with or without a royal title. And I do believe that his royal duties are part of the "contract". Not shocking really...

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  2. Big disappintment for her absence, since today was the Garter AND the Magna Charta commemoration. She is a public persona, not a simple working mother on maternity leave. For me, THIS this is a pr mistake, worst than a bit of confusion at the balcony display.

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    1. Julia from LeominsterJune 15, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      I have to agree with you, Lella. I have no problem with Kate postponing her charity work after Charlotte's birth but the Garter Ceremony is a major event in the royal year and the Magna Carta commeration is a historical one. Given there are few royal events in July and none at all (that Kate has ever attended) in August and September,. attending these two would not seem too much to ask. especially when she can attend a dinner and a polo match.

      The Garter has to be her choice not to attend. I'm trying to rationalise the Magna Carta that maybe it was thought her presence would draw too much attention away from the event (instead, as would actually have happened, drawing huge attention towards it.) Camilla doesn't seem to have been there either. But I do wonder about her sense of history. Kate is a beautiful girl with great gifts but long term the understanding of the historocal importance of her role will prove much more important than her superficial attractions - those will fade.

      For now I won't assign blame for the Magna Carta - just will say that I'm disppointed and think it is a much greater blunder then any placement on the balcony - whoever's decision it was. And I will say that absolutely Kate should have shown up for the Garter Ceremony. Much more important than bumming around at polo if there was a choice to be made between the two - no matter how charming the photos were.

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    2. IMO, it has more to do with the length of the event. She most probably is still breastfeeding and can not leave her baby for long. For trooping Charlotte was in BP and polo isn't that long.

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  3. Pauline: The Trooping was on Saturday, polo on Sunday, so I don't imagine one day off (Monday) constitutes "so much time", but perhaps he works shift work and so was due the time off anyway. I'm sure these things were all taken into account when he signed on. I do think it's a little premature to talk about him taking "so much" time off.

    Lella: I disagree that Kate missing the Garter is a bad PR move. She is on maternity leave and she did go to Trooping and the British people did get a boat load of cheeks pictures yesterday, so I'm prepared to cut her some slack. Look at it the other way, had she gone to Garter, some might complain that three days away from Charlotte constitutes neglect. (kidding - but not really, I'm sure some would consider it neglect, sadly).

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  4. Whilst personally I prefer to see photos from the polo, I would have expected the two public events would have taken priority. Incidentally Jane, it is usually written as simply "Magna Carter" without "the" as it is a translation from Latin. I understand both ways are used 'these days' when not writing in an academic context but I thought you'd like to know :)

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    1. I am torn, because I love polo, too, but I also love the Order of the Garter. Since we just got Trooping, and if I were forced to choose, I would also go with the sweet polo shots.
      I have always called it "the" Magna Carta--despite studying Latin throughout high school and for two years at college. But, I have noticed that the professors who lecture on it in all these Great Courses I listen to, say just Magna Carta. So, I probably should upgrade to the more erudite form. :) To be decided...

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    2. Haha. Somewhat embarrassingly my autocorrect has auto corrected my correction - wrongly! It should be "magna carta"!

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    3. Hi Jane,grammatically I think you are right. If you are referring "the" Magna Carta "Ceremony" then it is appropriate to use it as a preposition for Ceremony. If referring to the NAME it is referred to as Magna Carta.

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  5. Personally I love the polo photos but it seems a little surprising not to prioritise the two public events. Incidentally, it is usually written "Magna Carter" without 'the' in front as there is no Latin word for "the". 'These days' both forms are common in non academic writing but it struck me as something you'd like to know, Jane.

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    1. Actually it is Magna Carta.... just clarifying.

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    2. Haha - I've just noticed that above :) commenting on my phone has brought in additional new errors. Oops!

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    3. No worries at all! I speak both fluent "typo" and "auto-correct." :)

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  6. I assume that Williams contract with work was written in great detail to cover any and all issues concerning Royal work. Love allthephotos frothe weekend and today. How fun it all has been.

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  7. Catherine was never listed to take part in either of the two ceremonies yesterday---William was.
    When he took on this job the official announcement said he would work four days and have 3 off and would undertake public duties in his off time. Doubtless suitable arrangements were made for fixed date royal engagements and for very special ones, like the commemorations of Magna Carta and very possibly the Somme Commemorations next year.
    Catherine had a baby six weeks ago---maybe she had a doctor's appointment or may be she had to give the nanny some time off.

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  8. Thank-you, Jean. I didn't think she just woke up in the morning and said, "I think I will stay in bed for a. nice lie-in today.
    Who cares about ceremonies." I'm sure everything was worked out well ahead of time, but a little niggle in the back of my
    mind wondered if her absences had any connection to the recent occurrence about which we no longer speak. I know Camilla's star is rising, but it somehow was jarring to me to see her, as well as Sophie, and probably Timothy and no
    Catherine. It is likely coincidence.

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  9. She looks wonderful. Thanks Jane for all these wonderful updates.

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  10. Showing up at Trooping is mandatory--unless you're either dead or comatose, you have no choice--whereas putting in an appearance at the Garter ceremony seems to have an optional element. As Jane pointed out, Kate first attended the Garter in 2008, long before she and William were engaged, let alone married. My conclusion: in the eyes of HMTQ, Trooping, the public celebration of her birthday, is far more important. Note: Kate was not invited to the Trooping until after she and William had tied the knot.

    Generally, I rather like Catherine Walker--but not this last time at the Trooping. As per usual, the styling/line of the coat was excellent, but whomever sourced the material needs to find a new job...unconnected to fashion. IMO.

    Regarding Kates appearances at the Garter, her first, in 2008, is the clear sartorial winner, I think. (Oh, for those days BEFORE the royal machinery dictated!)

    On a much happier note, I loved the pics of Kate and George at play at the Beaufort Polo Club on this past Sunday. Initially, I thought that Kate really got a kick out of George; then, I thought--as more pics emerged--that George really knew how to play his Mom, and got a kick out of HER antics; slow learner that I am, I eventually realized that they got a kick out of each other! They seem to be in that very lovely state, not given to all parents and kids, due to nobodies fault, SYMPATICO.

    JC

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    1. I agree with your mandatory vs optional observation.

      For now, she is on maternity leave. If she makes an appearance, great, and if not it shouldn't be seen as a surprise or disappointment. (I did say "shouldn't"... :)

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      Who knows what was going on except for almost all the regular Mom and/or Dad and child interaction. All pretty standard. ali

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    3. Yes, royalfan, Kate IS on maternity leave, a point which seems to escape many. We are all, to a certain extent, shaped by our early years, and for her first five years, Kate enjoyed a stay-at-home Mom. No doubt, Kate would like to share that experience with her own kids. But what I view as a distinct positive so many others view as a negative. Go figure!

      JC

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    4. I agree, JC And, in my opinion, however long Kate concentrates on her children (and the school years will come quickly) it is a drop in the bucket in comparison to the big picture. AND...the current arrangement enables Charles and Camilla to have more of the spotlight to themselves. Something I believe he wants, and something I believe they need. (Two additional points that tend to be overlooked.)

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    1. Thank you, mk, for your support--but my original comment was pretty far-ranging. Surely you disagreed with something?

      JC

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  12. I'll try to come up with something. ha!
    I especially enjoyed your last paragraph. It's the Oedipal years, but George is already showing signs of bonding with Dad.

    It WAS your original post I meant. Don't know how my 5:08 post ended up AFTER a 7:12 one.It WAS in the appropriate place and was made as a reply, not a new thread. Internet communication is tricky enough....
    ...not that there was anything wrong with your second comment, to royalfan.

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  13. mk, on this site, Jane/the admin tend to rearrange posts in order to make the conversation flow. Not to worry; I knew you were replying to my first comment. And I would like to thank you for coming up with something to stir my ire.

    To wit: How dare you suggest that William has bonded with his own son!?! This sort of emotional thing is NOT DONE in the BRF. I cannot stress this enuf. I mean look at the Queen, look at Philip, and then take a look at Dimbleby book, in which Charles told us all that his mother was distant and his father was a bully. No bonding there. And as for Charles himself and his relation with William... well, I dare not go there except to note that, on a regular basis, Charles has used William in an attempt to promote himself, and, of course, Camilla. Charles may or may not be heartless, but he is certainly a pragmatist. So just where or how do you think William learned to bond, father to son? I don't see it, myself. Naturally, I could be wrong in which case it is virtually your duty to set me straight.

    Written with no harm intended; bit of tongue-in-cheek.

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    1. Hahaaa. .. too funny.

      If I had to take a guess I would say William has learned much from Michael Middleton. So thankful that William found Catherine and had nearly 10 years of family time with that family.

      Clearly this has shaped much of who William has become as a man, husband, son, brother and parent.

      People can say what they want about the family but the BRF is lucky to have their daughter and THEM for some normalcy and genuineness.

      However, I am someone who feels that Charles has softened and has made an impact on his sons. Where is loses out to Michael he wins in the area of the raising of a King and also in I believe the behind the scenes support of how William is able to pretty much live his life as he chooses for now. Charles was not given that luxury or freedom. I would think he is grateful that his boys have the choice. Just think of all the grief that would have never happened had things been different. Alas a different time. Nevertheless I believe he helps them battle the courtiers much JMHO


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    2. JC, I see that Nina beat me to it! :) Yes! Michael Middleton. Kate and her family were the divine intervention William needed. They took over from the example set by Diana. She planted the seed and I do see her influence in the way he looks out for Kate when they're out in public, the way they function as a family, the way he speaks about her, the way he has spoken about the Middleton family, etc.

      And Nina, reading your comment about Charles softening...I would like to believe it. He does appear happier these days, but did you find it odd that he didn't take the opportunity to hold George at the polo game? Or on the balcony at trooping? I would give him a pass on the balcony appearance if not for the moment he picked up Camilla's granddaughter on W&K's wedding day. Although I suspect there was a bit of coaching involved as Camilla sought to make her own statement that day.

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    3. Sorry royalfan for beating you to the punch LOL.... never got that really. No one is punching anyone. No matter.

      I totally agree with you. ...

      Ah well Charles. .. the balcony I understand as it was William 's moment to introduce his son...the 3rd in line to the world. As to polo? How do we know he did not hold George? We can't be sure of that ... there was a tent that many kept entering and also some scenes behind the tent. Maybe he did pick him up.

      I am not sure Charles is very demonstrative. He always seemed uncomfortable when he held the boys. He seemed unsure and awkward. As they aged he seemed better but again I think he is just not a touchy man. A man who notes his Father was a bully and his Mother absent... it makes sense. He has no sense of affection in a physical manner. I think he has softened I think he loves his sons and grandchildren. But I think he lover from afar.

      However he seemed beside himself while awaiting Georges birth so who knows what goes on behind the scenes. He may just keep it all for private time. I feel he is damned if he does or doesn't much of time.

      The naysayers still look to berate him and Camillla. I will not forget Diana or those years but I am comfortable with the two of them. They obviously love one another. They are a good match. Happy for them.

      Nina

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    4. Well I replied but it is not here? And my mind is too tired to rewrite.

      Nina

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    5. Sorry if this is a repeat...not sure what just happened when I clicked on publish... :(

      Nina, I was laughing when I wrote that you beat me to it...I meant that you took the words right out of my mouth. It was not something that bothered me...at all. :))

      Regarding Charles' thoughts on his childhood, well, it's unfortunate that someone who seems so aware of what he was missing, isn't more determined to set a different example for his own children. Recognizing past problems is half the battle...the other half is in doing something about it.

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    6. LOL royalfan! ! I knew you were teasing. :)
      No worries. ...
      As to Charles I just do not think he has the capacity. As a person who works in the mental health arena I understand that while many people end up behaving in direct opposition to what they themselves experienced, many do not and continue the same patterns of behavior. We see this in people who are abusive. Not saying Charles was abused or is an abuser. Not at all. But behavior is learned for the most part. The environment we grow up in is so impacting on our adult life. As I said.. he may want to be different. He is just not comfortable. Or he appears not to be at least publicly. Which is sad.

      I suspect behind the scenes there is more interaction. But is he as interactive as William? No way. William is touchy feely with Catherine and George. Just the way he looks at them and how he looked at Charlotte made me smile. I would say the behavior pattern has been broken with this generation. I am sure Harry will also be warm and loving. The pics of hum in Africa with children are just wonderful!

      Diana would be proud. I am sure she is... she is their guardian Angel.

      Nina

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    7. Nina, Guardian Angel indeed... :)

      And yes, I think Harry has "it" too, and I hope he finds a young lady who will be a good match for him the way Kate is for William. Someone with a good pair of sneakers to keep up with him. Lol.

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  14. Baiting, JC, baiting. It's illegal in at least five countries.

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  15. Maybe,mk,maybe. But if I wind up in a prison cell in one of those five countries, I wouldn't be surprised to discover that you are my cell-mate.

    JC

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    1. I suspect so, JC, I suspect so.
      Could be fun, though.
      A private think-tank.
      We could answer the question:"Does Kate work enough."
      For all time.

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  16. I was roundly criticized on here for saying that Kate was NOT wearing maternity pants on her polo outing with George. As I said, simply... look. at. her. Nothing about her said maternity, including her pants. And she hates wearing maternity clothes, except when forced due to her figure. Those claiming that she was putting her motherhood first by wearing relaxing maternity pants.... the whole thing was just laughable to me.

    Well, People magazine has a new article out claiming that Topshop is denying that those are their maternity pants. And now it seems that no one can find their true origin.

    Many have said that since she was seen hiking them up several times, this points to maternity pants. I disagree. With a almost completely flat stomach and small hips, they are not maternity pants. I think they are old jeans made with a good dose of Lycra, like most of her jeans, and they tend to loosen over time. My old jeans are the same way. Her tending to pull them up, tell tale sign.

    And for the record, I'm not saying she is back to her pre-pregnancy weight, but she is close. And no where near wearing maternity pants!!

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  17. Sneaky, mkleinfeldt, sneaky. If you think I would divulge my last name to a common criminal, think again. That won't happen before we have shared a cell, bribed the guards to provide us with our own laptops, found the cure for the common cold--easy; I am already halfway there--, unlocked the key to cancer, hence won two shared Nobel's, and found a way to convince Kate to permit us to head her PR team (which is why we need the two Nobel Prizes; it would cancel our mutual criminal pasts). I can't believe you would settle for the answer to the question: *Does Kate work enough?* The question is: * How do we convince the public that Kate works enough?* (which is why we need the N Prizes, and why we need to take charge of Kate's PR, with some sneaky help from Jane, Nina, royalfan and anyone else crazy enough to back two criminals, which is another reason why we need the two Nobels) ....

    JC

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    1. LOL. Sure, JC, I'll sign on. Me thinks some folks would love to see me in the cozy, padded setting you describe.... sans laptop of course. ;)

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    2. Cannot stop laughing! Too funny JC!

      Sign me up! I always wanted to live in a "Big House ". LOL.....

      Nina

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    3. JC 7:51-(who knows where this post will end up)
      I'm interested in knowing with what we bribed the guards? Also, when I suggested we put our cell-time to good use, in the spirit of St. John on the Isle of Patmos and the Birdman of Alcatraz, the Kate work question was only the icing on the cake. I thought it appropriate, as this is a Kate blog after all,
      and it has been such a burning question at times. I'm sure that, once presented with the conclusions of two
      Nobel Prize laureates, the public will unanimously declare that Kate has, indeed, worked enough.

      I would also like to explore the baiting question.That is what brought us both to be sequestered to begin with.
      And now it seems to be getting quite crowded.Fellow baiters? Or just de-baiters?
      PS I signed a full name as my posts kept vaporising when I signed mk. Nothin sneaky about it.

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  18. Was there a problem with my comment Jane?

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