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Trooping 2015: Not Exactly the Finest Hour

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The first thing I thought this morning when I saw a picture of Kate at Trooping was, "Wow, that is a big hat." It is a big hat, it isn't the biggest she has ever worn, but it sure has heft. Let's get to that a little later, but I just had to jump right in here with that reflection. Today, as you must know, was the annual Trooping the Colour! It was a big one, because, to the delight of pretty much the entire world, Prince George made his first appearance ever on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony. That being said, it is not an entire understatement to say that today's Trooping ended in an awkward and avoidable traffic jam.  Obviously, I am going to tell you why I think this. But, let's cover some fast facts, first. 



Yesterday, the news circulated that George might attend Trooping, as William and Kate try to ease him into his Royal life, both allowing him to adjust slowly to all these shouting people who love him, and to satisfy the justified complaints of the press and fans that George isn't visible enough.  Good call, Cambridges. George was spotted by photographer Chris Jackson, smiling and waving from a window in the arms of his beloved Nanny Maria. His exuberant personality was on full display:

Chris Jackson Twitter


I thought Kate looked a little fatigued today. We had more than the usual sober shots, where she didn't have much of a smile going on. I know it is hard to smile every minute, and maybe she was saving her facial muscles in case Harry gave them a workout on the balcony.



I thought, "Surely, they will liven up once they are out waving to the crowds." 

Screen Capture off BBC via British Royals 

Good thing I didn't put money on that bet... They did cheer up, really they did!  I still suspect that as a mom with two under two, Kate probably was up early to be dressed and ready, and could probably have used a strong coffee. 



So, to the coat-dress! I know what you are thinking, "this looks like my grandmother's sofa!" It doesn't, or, your grandmother has a really gorgeous sofa. I liked this a lot. I think the pattern is very 18th century, Georgiana Cavendish looking, but in modern tailoring. (By the way, Georgiana was friends with Marie-Antoinette and her style was heavily influenced by the French queen. So basically, this is French.:)) The fabric is a woven silk, and the weave gives it a nice structure that flatters Kate's still shrinking figure. We have talked about these post-baby appearances in the past, and I think that Kate finds them a little difficult. It is probably harder for her to choose what to wear and her confidence is likely not 100%.   


Catherine Hooker "Astrid" Coat Dress


It has been six weeks exactly since she gave birth to Charlotte and waved to us all on the steps of the Lindo Wing. After George, it was five weeks before Kate made an informal appearance at the Ring O Fire race on Anglesey, and 7 weeks before she made her big come-back at the Tusk Gala. For that event, too, she chose a dress that was beaded, and created more of a barrier between her and the cameras. 



The hat: As mentioned, it is big, or maybe a better description is chunky. It looks like a hat that could do some damage if Kate tossed it on the bed afterward and it missed and hit William.  Incidentally, that is exactly what I would do with this hat were I in her shoes. :) I digress...  

Lock & Co./ Splash News/James Whatling

By Sylvia Fletcher, the lead milliner at Lock & Co., it is called the Marisabel. It reminds me very much, actually, of her bespoke disc hat from Rachel Trevor-Morgan. That hat is easily one of my all-time favorite toppers from Kate, and today's seems a cousin, although we can argue how distant. The Marisabel has that steep side, which gives it the substantial, weighty feeling that we haven't really gotten from any of her other hats. It does remind me, ever so slightly, of a bathtub. I will privately refer to it as such. But, it is a hit with me! It was different, it had a real presence, and it grabbed my attention. I love structured hats. (Check out Harry getting down to the business of amusing his favorite ladies:)



Ok, I can hold it in no longer. Let's just get to the bad part. It was time for the flypast, the doors opened, the royals appeared. Excitement was high because William was holding George in his arms, and as they filed out onto the balcony the cameras were clicking furiously. The perfect end to a perfect morning. Except wait, what's this? What's wrong with this picture? Is that the nanny leaning over the Queen trying to smile at George? Has one of the housemaids decided to push her way into the Royal Family's balcony appearance? Ohhhh, no, no, no! That isn't an interloper! Why, I believe it is HRH the Duchess of Cambridge!



Yep, that's her! I am not going to futz about here, this. looks. terrible. I do not care if they wanted the four generation line-up, Kate should be in the first row...at some point! She is a senior royal, she is William's wife, and she is George's mother. Could this be more awkward looking? Well, probably, but this is bad enough.  Part of what makes it bad is that everyone else is standing flush with his or her spouse. Everyone but Kate.



One thing seems clear, front row real estate is pretty expensive on that balcony. So expensive that Kate can't even get a look-through. Which begs the question, who is that child who scored a spot between the Queen and Philip? The Queen should have moved the child--who is no doubt loved and cherished by his family and friends alike!--over and made room for Kate. Next week as fans flip through People in the grocery checkout,  they will notice HRH the Duchess of Cambridge awkwardly trying to edge her way into some participation with George and William.  A four generation photo is fine, but at some point Charles should have moved for Kate to join William, or William should have turned to Kate. There should have been a family portrait. (P.S. I actually do have a guess as to who the boy is. I assume he is Sophie and Edward's son. They are at the Swedish royal wedding today. This has been confirmed.) 



When the Queen turned to leave the balcony, I think Kate was moving up hoping to get a look and a wave in with William and George before they left the balcony. It was an historic moment for her child, and for her family, but William was turning to go at the same moment.  Kate tried to make a subtle move around him, and he correctly took the cue to mean one last wave, which he turned to give, but it was too awkward for Kate to move around him, and it turned into just William and George giving a final "bye!"



You know, I spend a lot of time arguing to various people that the royals have welcomed Kate, that the Queen has never slighted the Middletons, Charles is a pretty good guy, there is protocol to follow, no, she isn't a brood mare, (gross and has no evidence or foundation).... on and on. I still believe that, by the way, but this today was bad. It was really bad.  Can I get an Amen, Carole?



I think I have spent my fury. :) I haven't actually, but I will move on. Ok, one more word. This  sort of thing damages the Monarchy. You think that is overly dramatic, but it is not. Accumulated positive media can make or break the Royal Family.  [Think of the time that Charles muttered that slur about reporters on the ski slope. That still informs my opinion of him.] Each isolated incident of either good press or bad press is like a little pebble dropped on the scale of "Royal Viability." Those pebbles can really add up. These events have the power to strengthen the institution, or deteriorate people's loyalty, love, and interest. Today reflected poorly on the Queen, on William, and on the institution and is a little pebble on the wrong side of the scale. We can splice the video and argue the Queen didn't notice it was awkward, William didn't notice, or lamest of all, Kate didn't mind, but these pictures won't go away, and true or false, the tale they tell is very unflattering.  There should have been a moment or two where the Cambridges stood together as the fundamental, family unit that they are.



I am going to go drink some coffee, like I need more stimulation, but I had happier plans to do a quick poll on your favorite Trooping hat, so let's try and focus on hats. Here are the past four years:


Or, you can choose "the bathtub"...which was the only part of Kate that was visible most of the time... :)As a clarification, as I said earlier in the post, William loves Kate and I am sure it was never his intention to create this scenario. Furthermore, it seems unlikely Kate was that ruffled by it. Lightly disappointed they didn't get more time to soak it in together, but life moves on. Importantly, the point stands that no matter the intentions or motivations, this was a PR fluff. Let's hope it does not happen again.

[Note: I am holding all comments, agreeing or disagreeing with my position, that contain remarks that are arbitrarily unkind about any member of the royal family, Bea, Eugenie, the Queen, etc. There are no personal attacks in this post, and the comment section rules remain the same. Critiques are welcome, but this isn't an open door to say unkind things. Please be considerate of this rule if you would like your reflections to go live.]



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  1. I agree Kate should have been in the "front row" - perhaps move Camilla? Why was she front row?

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    1. Camilla is the Duchess of Cornwall and the wife of the Prince of Wales. Following the same logic that should have put Kate in the front row, Camilla should be there, too.

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    2. I think Kate deliberately stayed away from the exposure knowing the scrutiny that would be placed on her post baby body. Don't forget she was interpreted six weeks ago as wanting to return inside with her newborn baby whereas William seems bent on repeating and replicating his own life through PG. I'm puzzled as to why his thirty year old play suit is on George today. It certainly causes comparisons that include images of his late mother. Determined she won't be forgotten is certain

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    3. Lynn Georgia USAJune 16, 2015 at 1:09 PM

      Actually I am almost positive that Charles also wore this blue outfit when he was two (Princess Anne's christening, I believe), so the Diana connection is not so strong as the Windsor heir-to-the-throne connection. I actually think it's lovely--a lovely outfit and a sweet gesture.

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  2. Why didn't William do anything about this? So annoyed at him. He's supposed to be protecting his wife. Kate must be feeling so uncomfortable and not to mention terrible throughout that damned thing! Poor Kate!!!!

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    1. Honestly, it didn't seem THAT bad...in fact, before the queen, William and Charles came on the balcony and Kate was standing next to Harry and Camilla, she looked very ill at ease with standing so exposed. I think she is at that place where she is still not 100% back to pre-pregnancy size or confidence and was very much ok and possibly even welcomed the opportunity to take a literal back seat to all the attention that rightfully should focus on the queen today anyway.

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    2. I agree, completely with Anonymous. It was a crowded family balcony & as much as Kate is the media star, today was rightly about the Queen. There was some gentle jostling for positions (Andrew swapped sides for example, and pointed for William to go in front) - there is no set rules for who goes where other than being in the general area through which door they enter the balcony.
      It was crowded, Kate was behind Her Majesty - it's no big deal.
      It's really not all about Kate in the UK as much as it seems to be in the States.

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    3. Anon 11:33am ~ I agree with you, in that William should have helped Kate out. He normally does an outstanding job of guiding and protecting her, and this was out of character. I suspect he was distracted and excited to have George there. In retrospect, if he see's photos and discusses it with his PR team, he will probably feel like a fool and apologize to Kate.

      Amanda, Canada

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    4. William made sure that George saw the flypast and probably didn't notice where Kate stood. And the day was about the Queen not the Cambridges

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    5. I agree with Anonymous, that it wasn't so much a conscious snub as just too many people on a small balcony, awkwardly jostling and not really caring who was where. But it was a terrible missed opportunity to celebrate the Cambridge's first official family outing since Charlotte's birth, and a little forethought about the significance of their placement would have been smart. I think the Royal Family has basically bungled its way through the last three decades, nobody knowing what was most appropriate and only following the Queen's iron glare of displeasure for guidance. That's why Charles is so weak and Diana was so unhappy. The RF is beyond fortunate to have Catherine's easy charm and kind grace, beauty and approciability, and most-of-all her devotion to the equally kind William. Even Harry has grown up and added a great warmth to the family. Bravo for Diana's children, they are the only ones holding up the "Royal Viability". :)

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    6. Julia from LeominsterJune 14, 2015 at 1:36 AM

      In Britain, there is enormous affection for the queen, for her devotion to duty and hard work which continues unabateing at almost age ninety. Kate is pretty and popular for her youth and lovliness but doesn't have that kind of reputation as yet - it is the queen at the moment who is holding the family togehter.

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  3. Too bad Edward and Sophie weren't there to corral their young Viscount, he should have been led to stand beside his York cousins and sister, allowing the Queen to move over for Kate. Love that George was wearing the same blue lacy (!) short set his dad did at his first balcony appearance!

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    1. The Queen could have told him to move, and I'm sure she would have if she cared. I have a problem with the York girls and Edward's children being in the front row, when Kate was standing behind the Queen. Kate herself will be Queen one day. While the York girls are blood princesses, they do not receive the same funding as the Cambridges, and do not have the expectation to work. That's my opinion, at least :-)

      Amanda, Canada

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    2. It is a well known fact that the Queen is very fond of VJames.

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  4. Who were the ladies and child with George and Maria?

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  5. Gosh, such venom against poor Viscount Severn (the boy the world doesn't care about and, yes, the Earl and Countess of Wessex' child)!

    Personally, I thought it was actually wonderful for him to have a prime spot on the balcony between his grandparents. It might be the last balcony appearance for him with both his grandparents, who know? Prince Philip isn't getting any younger, after all. Viscount Severn will be a very minor royal growing up, whereas the Cambridges have decades of prime-spot balcony appearances ahead of them. They'll be King and Queen, it's not as if someone is going to steal that limelight from them.

    I don't even think so many people noticed the Duchess of Cambridge was slightly behind the Queen. She was there, Prince George was there (and let's face it, he was probably the star attraction today), talk of this balcony appearance "damaging the monarchy" seem to me ever so slightly OTT.

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    1. No, if you read anything about this post as venomous, you have interpreted it incorrectly. Frustration, yes, venom, no. This was a PR fluff-up. I am not suggesting that it will take down the Monarchy, as pointed out, it is a pebble. But yes, it damages reputations. It left a very bad taste in my mouth, and it weakened my ability to staunchly defend the royal family to others. Which also bothers me... :) A lot of the monarchy is about politics and perception, and this was not a smooth appearance.

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    2. Agreed, Jane. It wasn't a smoothe appearance, and for how much they choreograph and strategize in this family, to not have the balcony order predetermined is sloppy.

      Anon 11:39, it might be his last appearance with his grandparents, and their relationship is important. However, this could possibly (god forbid) be the only balcony appearance with those 4 generations. It should have be arranged better to clearly show all generations, that line of succession. The Queen & Duke, Charles & Camilla, Will Kate & George - as much as everyone matters, ultimately these people matter the most.

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    3. I blame Willi for not making sure Kate was by his side, if he even cared. The little boy should have been moved so Kate could have been in the position she deserves.

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  6. The hat gives bird - bath vibes. Duchess C definitely likes three quarter sleeves..but the Peter pan- like collar turns me off this

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    1. Oooh, I was going to mention the collar, but I got caught up in my irritation over the balcony positioning. :) Kate loves her Peter Pan collars, doesn't she? They are polarizing, though. I like them myself, but I know many do not.

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  7. One tiny possibility for why Kate was in the back: you mentioned yourself that she is only 6 weeks post-partum...perhaps she kept herself slightly back (maybe unconsciously) out of discomfort for being back in the public eye, and knowing that everyone would be analyzing her figure. It's not as bad in the carriage, where nobody can really get a good glimpse below the arms, but maybe she felt a bit too exposed.
    Tiny possibility, one I think unlikely, but possible nonetheless. Otherwise a lovely balcony appearance with Adorable George!!!
    -TMM

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    1. I wondered about that, too, but watching it live was very awkward. She kept sort of pushing forward to interact with George. Say something to him, watch him take in the scene, wave to the crowds. It felt like a moment she wanted to be part of a little more completely, which is why it felt so, so uncomfortable as a viewer. Live it was quite painful. I am not sure if the pictures adequately portray it--I tried to use a bunch, but it was...not good in motion. Especially at the end, I think she wanted to pop forward and wave, and it just didn't happen.

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    2. Well it seems to have photographed a little better than it appeared live (I only saw video highlights and still photos) so perhaps the negative effect will be minimized or reduced by that.
      I did like what a previous commentor pointed out about Viscount Severn's placement as a special moment with his grandparents, but I do wish his moment in the sun hadn't coincided with George's. But then, I play favorites. Oh, well. :/
      -TMM

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    3. That's what I was thinking too.

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    4. I agree with Jane. Watching the live footage, originally Will and George were also in the back row. Then Andrew pointed to them to move up front, then Andrew looked awkward in the back for a bit, then he moved over to be with his girls. There wasn't room for Kate to move up with her boys, and so she was stuck back there.

      I'm mostly disappointed in the Queen. She is very comfortable and at ease with public appearances, and so I assume she can think more clearly in the moment (as opposed to someone who is nervous). I'm sure she could sense that Kate was hovering right behind her, and things were roomy between her, Edward's son, and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen could have shuffled them over a tad and made a little more room. I know she's Queen, but it wouldn't have had to be a huge gesture to make even a little more room.

      Amanda, Canada

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    5. i was watching the footage and i don´t see K uncomfortable at all but instead making sure G is not uncomfortable with all those ppl looking, taking photos and shouting at him! I do think, however, the appearance might not match the expectations you might have in seeing K with her post baby fig and that is why this debate has begun.

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    6. I didn't see it live & only caught a few video clips.... But the first thought that popped in my mind was a) that it was so nice to see William holding & interacting with George:) We've all seen photos & read about playfull "Mommy & Me" time that Kate & George share, that I really thought it was so sweet to see William & George interact b) I totally got the feeling that Kate was tucked off to William's left shoulder to avoid feeling so exposed, but also to have that little almost cozy feeling when your husband is doing something cute with your child & you just get such joy watching them being so cute together:) I even saw her giving what looked like little prompts as to where George should focus & some fun prompts for him to wave, but he seems to be all set in that department!:) I was also amazed as to what a great job they are doing raising him! I'm not sure how one prepares a toddler for such a thing.... But I think we all can envision many a toddler burying their head into Dad's chest or crying & reaching for Mom:( However, there he was like a pro & so secure in Dad's arms & Thinking as a Mom, I bet Kate might have wanted to be tucked in closer to her hubby & little guy, to make sure all was well:) I hope it was all innocent, for Kate really is A Treasure to The Royal Family!:) Jane I also wanted to Thank You for your open hearted blog & postings!
      Cheers,
      Becca:)

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    7. Anon 8 .43 - agree. Not awkward to watch at all. Kate was rightly in the background, literally & actively, as it was a Father/Son moment.

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    8. Lynn Georgia USAJune 16, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      I thought all the shuffling around for positions looked very awkward. Kate, who looked very stressed to me, appeared to be asking (or, at least, signaling) William to move over toward Charles so that she could step forward closer to George. Obviously it didn't happen. Maybe he just missed her cues.

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  8. Honestly, I think HRH wanted to stay behind someone, re: post-baby figure issues. Yes, there's whole-body shots of her (as illustrated on the blog), but I actually think HRH deliberately planted herself behind PW and the Queen because she felt self conscious. I assure you it won't be the case next year.

    Otherwise, I think she looked smashing (as usual). Loved the dress.

    George-do I even need to say anything? (What a thick, gorgeous mane of blonde hair he has at two! William had much finer, less copious blond tufts at that age). It's definitely a Grandpa Middleton gift.

    Silvia

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    1. Agree 100 percent. Not sure if because of post baby figure or just not wanting to have put out the energy in the very front row. Plus Prince George took away from the Queen enough on his own.

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    2. And yet she didn't seem a bit uncomfortable or awkward about her body the next day at the polo match--skinny jeans & stretchy T pretty much leave nothing to the imagination, and she looked great.

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  9. As usual Jane, you have given an honest assessment. This made me laugh out loud! I too, think she should have been in the front row. Hopefully the KP press team reads your blog. Thank you for your refreshing straight-talk. :)
    P.S. To the earlier reader who thought there was venom here, perhaps you are new and unused to Jane's often tongue in cheek personality. I assure you she is light-hearted and only irritated. I found the comments about the balcony placement to be a humorous way to make a good point. Best to all!

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  10. I didn't notice anything until you said it, although I was irritated by the lack of good pictures of Kate. I loved her coat! I feel so bad for her, because I went back and watched some videos (although I couldn't find a great one) and felt terribly uncomfortable. I noticed her self consciousness too, because while in the carriage, she plucked her coat away from her stomach. Some of the pictures look like Harry's a little in the back too? I wonder who was watching Charlotte. I'd like to second an earlier question, who were the people (woman and child) with George in the window pictures?

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    1. Good point, something I noticed too. Harry looked awkward today. Maybe he felt like he lost his partner in crime (Kate), because George was stealing the show ;-) He probably could have joked with the York girls though. Both Harry and Kate looked withdrawn in the carriage and on the balcony - perhaps late nights for both, although different reasons. Harry has been honest about wanting a wife to share these things with, and while he loves his family, it probably feels a bit lonely seeing William and knowing he's a ways away from having that himself.

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  11. Current rank or not, Camilla should have been in the back row. Or indoors. She may be married to a future King, but she is an "in-law" for all practical purposes. Kate is married to an heir and is the mother of two more heirs. She should be highly visible.

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    1. Unfortunately, I don't think your opinion of Camilla is going to happen. That isn't to be rude, but the Queen agreed to the marriage. The Queen gave Camilla a title. Charles has said he will probably make her Queen Consort. Despite what people think of her or her position, she is here to stay as a "main attraction". Believe it or not, Camilla has become an asset to the BRF, and she works very hard for them. Despite what I think about the affairs and family units being destroyed, she has earned my respect to be where she is.

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    2. Anon 1:21, I agree. I do not approve of the Diana years, but I really can't help but like Camilla. She and Charles seem good for each other and she seems like a very kind and down to earth woman. This is supported by the good relationship she seems to have with William and Harry. It really is extraordinary how she has developed her role since her marriage. I wish happiness and peace.

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    3. I'm not a great fan of Camillas. Feeling about Diana as strongly as I feel about Kate, I cannot forget all that went on during C&Ds courtship, engagement, and marriage. That being said, Camilla is married to the heir apparent and, as such, should be next to Charles on the balcony. The family have accepted the marriage and so has Parliament so she is there to stay. I will say that she does keep a full calendar of royal duties and that has to be hard given what she's had to overcome because, in some minds, she will always be the woman who ruined the fairy tale.

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    4. There was never a fairytale to ruin, sadly.

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    5. True, but for several years the world thought there was and Camilla was the other woman.

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  12. Faith from MassachusettsJune 13, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Let's talk fashion first. I really like this outfit and appreciate that her choice needed to coordinate with her husband and primarily her son. I love the hat too as I'm a fan of the Trevor-Morgan hat as well. It is a departure from her usual millinery silhouette and I like the change. I did see some tweets this morning that likened the hat to a certain womens' product ( I'll try to replace that association with the one of the bathtub which is more complimentary :-)) , so unfortunately that
    is all I can see now :-( However, I do think its a
    fabulous summer hat.

    I love that PG is wearing his father's clothing. I think it's beyond lovely when celebratory items of clothing can be passed down through the generations. Also, it solidifies for me that the Cambridges are purposefully trying to evoke comparisions to Wiiliams childhood. First there was Kate on the hospital steps in the polka dot dress then the Australian tour with PG at the correct age and now this item of clothing thirty years later. Even the photographs of Princess Charlotte had similarities to those taken when Prince Harry was born - similar color palette, the pillows.

    Lastly, I really didn't notice the slight to Kate on the balcony until you mentioned it. The balcony was so crowded and obviously the image the monarchy wanted in everyone's mind today is that of the four generations of the direct line to the throne front and center. In all fairness, Kate had a great photo op before William came out with George. I think she was out there with Harry and the York girls for a few photographs. I'm pretty sure the boy is James Wessex. Maybe the Queen gave him a little extra attention today because he was attending without his parents. I also didn't see his sister but maybe she was there. For me, that showed a lot of sensitivity on the Queen's part, her grandmotherly side if you will. I guess I'm one of your lame posters because I don't think Kate cared. She is a team player more than anything else and she knew it wasn't about her today. That image on the balcony of the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George might never happen again and it was hugely historical. Of course, had Camilla been less visible and Kate more, I wouldn't have complained about that at all :-)

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  13. I actually thought everyone involved in todays ceremony looked a bit tired and subdued. Pure speculation but possible a bit down if they thought that this might be one of the last trooping gatherings with both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.Ali

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    1. Also think the weather may have contributed to the gloomy appearance.

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  14. Hi Jane. Great post as always. I totally agree with you about Kate being pushed to the back. I put alot of blame on William. He should have made room for his wife. As you said William loves his wife but sometime's he does not show it and in my opinion he did not show it today, sorry.
    She sure did not look very happy today either. But she did just have a baby 6 weeks ago and even though the princess is sleeping through the night according to grandpa Charles it still can take a toll on you with two babies undcer two. And by looking at George today she has her hands full with him. Let's just pray that she is not starting to suffer from the baby blues (depression that some mothers get) after they give birth.
    NOw what is your take on Kate being at the Order of the Garter on Monday? I hope she is there. This time she would not be pushed to the back, she will be front and center where she belongs.

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    1. I have one word Pauline...... "Men!" :( Royal or not they can all be so Clueless at times!:)

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  15. This is silly. Maybe the queen wanted her little grandson next to her. The whole family doesn't revolve around Kate.

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    1. I think that a lot of people have been sidetracked by the comment about James, which was supposed to be a bit of a joke, while trying to point out that Kate should have been in the front row. That's the crux. It sin't about James. At some point, Kate should have come forward for what was an historic moment for George, for her son--his first appearance on the BP balcony. There must have been a lot of emotions for Kat today. Four years ago she stood on that same balcony on her wedding day, now her baby is the future king of England and making his debut. I think toward the end it seemed she wanted to edge her way up, and time should have been made for that.

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    2. This was V James' first balcony appearance as it was for George. Who did the Queen show the most attention to?
      It was odd, Jane.

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    3. Did anyone else notice in the full photo of William's first time on The Balcony & wearing the same little blue outfit & being held by Charles? Most outlets are just posting the cropped version of just Charles holding William.... But in The Full Shot, it shows a Pregnant Diana standing Waaaaay over on the Complete Opposite Side of The Balcony standing by Princess Michael of Kent & a few younger kids? So at least it wasn't as bad as that! That was just the nuttiest thing to see that old photo......

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  16. Ok, this may not have been PR perfect and yes, I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a clearer shot of the Cambridges on the balcony but let's just remember that Trooping the Colours is about the Queen! And not Kate...or George! The Queen does not need to "move over" to give the Cambridges a photo opportunity and I would not expect her to. The British Monarchy is more than just about Kate and there will (fingers crossed) be plenty of opportunities in the future to get good pictures on that balcony.
    P.S. I thought her outfit lovely although she did look tired (not unexpectedly with two under two) and I have to say that putting George in the same outfit as his father 31 years ago was a bit strange..

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    1. It is about the Queen, but it is also about the Monarchy as an institution. This was an historic moment for George as well, something the BRF clearly understood. There was time to have the four generation shot and to also turn around and draw Kate forward, or yes, scoot over a hair. Kate is a major, major player in the BRF because she is the biggest media draw. Media/publicity is the source a significant amount of the monarchy's power. As a mother, she should have gotten a moment to stand with her baby and husband, and as a PR move, someone should have been smart enough to say, "hey, Kate's the only spouse in the back!" Is it the end of the world? No. Was it a mistake? Yes.

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    2. Am I the only one that noticed Andrew gets the credit for lining up the 4 generation monarchy shot? I don't even like Andrew, lol! He hung in the back row, pointed it out to William, and it took William a few seconds to decide to move into the spot. It isn't the Queen or the PR teams who get credit for that. I think if a 4 generation shot was pre-planned, William wouldn't have been hanging back in the second row until his uncle told him to move over, he would have been more assertive and confident in where he should stand.

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  17. I am going to day that I felt perhaps she wanted to hang back. There was a shot from Hello magazine that clearly showed she is still working on getting her post baby body back. PLEASE no negative comments here. She looks fantastic and it has only been 6 weeks. I did not mean the comment to be ugly. You mentioned she seems uncomfortable when she is not at her best. Perhaps she wanted to linger in background. I certainly do not think it was intentional nor do I think this is a pebble that damages the BRF. Sorry Jane. Obviously I would have loved to see a dead on shot of the Cambridge all lined up. But I am happy with all that I have seen.

    Yes Kate seemed tired. No doubt. But what is Andrews problem? Mr Sour face. In fact the one shot was awful between Andrew, Harry and Beatrice... they looked bored and angry. That is a PEBBLE to me. Those faces brought me down. JMHO

    Now I loved Kates dress. Loved the pattern. Perfect! The hat? Bathtub? Not so much. Too big... too stuck in one side of her head..... just too white. Sorry all. I liked all of the previous hats. This one just seemed to drag her face down .... again JMHO.

    I also lover George in Williams clothes. Kate always gets every detail down and is so thoughtful about these things. He of course is just a doll. So happy...so attentive.. just a sweet boy. Love his wave..loved his glee in the window shots with Nanny. He is obviously a much loved and confident litthe boy.

    As to Viscount Severn... I too thought it was sweet for him to be standing between his grandparents. The Wessex kids are in the background much. The parents are at the wedding today and so why not... I realize that there should be protocol. .but just maybe the BRF are just learning that it is ok to be just a family? Every now and then.. so they muddled some of the lineup. So what? Happy family (except for the dour Andrew) .... I live the tradition but in the scheme of it all ? Is this really so big? I have total respect for you Jane so please don't think me rude. Not my intention. In the end.. my withdrawal has eased a bit today! Oh happy day! Now... about that coffee ☺đŸ”
    ~ Nina

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  18. I haven't read any of the above posts yet, but eventually I will. Jane, (Barr) I couldn't agree with you more. Personally, I was utterly shocked by the complete lack of manners on that balcony, altho I was only surprised by how publicly it was done. I have long held the view, unlike yourself, that this outrageous display of snobbery, in which William is, IMO, complicit, is what Kate faces, behind closed doors, on a daily basis. (And if not complicit, William is at least oblivious, which pretty much amounts to the same thing.) This is one of several reasons why I, personally, dislike William.

    I just can't discuss wardrobes; I am too upset to be objective. (Its almost as if the Queen, and TPTB, want a repeat of the Diana days, when she rebelled, after years of being treated like a second class citizen, in one of the worlds most dysfunctional families.--And that includes several other, smarter royal families.

    Infuriated.

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    1. I like William very much. It isn't clear to me how or why this turn of events took place. That I felt it was awkward, and reflected poorly upon the BRF I certainly agree. I don't know that I think it means anything behind scenes at all, but I think you are proof that it damages them to segments of the public. Because, this is something where you and others who view the BRF with less admiration will be saying, "see!" That is not, by the way, to say anything negative about your attitude, but realistically speaking, I know not everyone likes them as strongly as I do. It was a snafu.

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    2. JC, I have to agree with you and very well said. I think today's appearance, in so many ways, is a reflection of what happens behind closed doors. If there's one thing Diana taught us, it's that the fake happy PR put forth by the palace and the royalist reporters masks a lot that's not so delightful with that family. I don't believe for a second that the epic dysfunction that was present during Diana's time has completely gone away or abated much.
      I wouldn't say that William is necessarily cruel but I would say that he wouldn't stand up and take a strong position. Keep in mind that he's been raised by his father and under the influence of the antiquated system and life of the UK royal family for much longer now than he was under his mother's influence. I'm sure William would seek to avoid confrontation, having been exposed to so much of it as a young child, and that would extend to not confronting his dad or the Palace elders, the "grey mice" who bullied Diana, over protocol related to his wife's position in the family and in the palace.
      Harry seems and always has to be much more his mother's son, more vibrant and active and more likely to stand up for what's not right or to speak up when he objects to something.
      We also know how carefully events are choreographed in this family so while I'd like to think - and I do - that Kate appeared behind her husband and son for several reasons, I have to believe there are undercurrents in that family that were very apparent on the balcony today.

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    3. I'm sure the photographers were equally "pleased." This first shot of George on the balcony with W&K is what they were hoping for, above all else.

      It was unfortunate, but I will offer two possible passes for William here....

      First, I think his primary focus was on George being cooperative and comfortable with the situation. And second, there was no room available between William and Charles for William to move over. And I doubt he (or anyone) would have asked the Queen to move to her left. The other option would have been for Charles and Camilla to move down but that would have put more distance between them and the Queen...and Anne was standing with her husband.

      Sure, a nice photo at the end would have been wonderful, but I believe there's etiquette regarding "staying behind" once the Queen goes inside. We would have loved the shot, and ditto for the photographers, but then the Cambridge's could have been accused of making it about them (if not in the press, then behind palace walls for sure). My take...

      I will make two other observations...

      I didn't see too much conversation in the carriage between Camilla and Kate ... and I didn't notice the Queen turning to acknowledge George. Odd IMO. (Although I am basing this on the photos I've seen so far.)

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    4. I agree royalfan that the William's primary focus was on George. He is a wiggly little guy, as we've seen, and I would have been quite nervous trying to hang on to him on the balcony. I suppose Kate may have stayed behind so he could be handed off if he got too squirmy. Maybe it's Anne and her husband who should have moved aside. In order of seniority she is waaaay down the line (#12) now as the ruling of absolute primogeniture is not retroactive to before 2011.

      Anon. 12:46 - I am so surprised at the extreme dislike of William. I feel that he is absolutely his mother's son. They were very close and he was a teenager when she died so had many years with her. He and Harry are also very obviously close. William has always been Harry's champion and I've never seen him show coolness toward Kate like there was nearly every day of Diana's marriage. Charles was very obviously a lousy husband to Diana. Mr. "Whatever love is" was even a lousy fiancé. The fact that William spends so much time with Kate's family would seem to prove that he is his own man and relishes the closeness of the Middletons that is not evident in his own family. I think he goes with the flow for the most part and saves his ability to push back for the important things. If he were the family puppet Kate would not be wearing Diana's ring, Charlotte would not have Diana's name, and the obvious other nods to his mother (including George's little outfit today) would not happen. He married who he wanted - not some pre-approved baby maker. For that alone I say Bravo! to William and Kate!

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    5. Julia from LeominsterJune 14, 2015 at 1:53 AM

      That I did notice - although the queen did look over at George at one point. Mostly she was looking out - I would imagine that she may have been thinking that she might not have many more opportunities to look out at her people - I believe to the queen her subjects are most important on this occasion - she can see her family the rest of the time and went out to dine with her grandchildren. But the balcony is about interacting with her subjects and that's what she did.

      To me it is a woman with correct values - an interconnection between the queen and her people - Kate is indeed a media star but she does far less duties than almost all the other royals - Kate has her place and the queen has set up a heirachy as she see fit - but it would be unbecoming for Kate to be put too far forward. She is a consort - just like Philip and Camilla - she will always be a few steps behind - and I doubt she was the least bothered - her mind was on George.

      This is a Kate-centric blog but the monarchy is queen centric and I hope will be so for as many years as possible.

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    6. Royalfan - I have never posted here before, but I really wanted to support your last comment. It was quite odd that the Queen did not appear engaged with George at all in the photographs. I fully understand and respect that she was to be the center of attention for the event, yet her lack of response to her Great Grandchild's (the future Kings) presence was unusual.

      This observation also caused me to study the days events in greater detail. So many of the Royal family seemed more subdued (almost upset) than the usual. I have to wonder if there was an undercurrent of another situation that the general public is yet unaware? Is everyone well or a possibly some other issue?

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  19. I liked the coat dress--I would love to see her in it with her hair up, sans hat. Not the best hat, but not as bad as some people have suggested in other places.

    As to the balcony, I think James missed having his parents their to direct him--he should have been in front of his grandparents, not between them, as generally you move forward by height on the balcony-children are towards the front with the adults stair-stepped behind them by height. Also, he should have stood next to his sister--Louise was off to the side with Harry and the Yorks, or she should have stood in front with him. As it was, he was off by himself and looked a bit lost.

    The balcony does get crowded quite quickly-there's always a royal (or two or three) who you can barely see in the doorways. Kate did well to edge her way over to William and George; in the comparison photos of William in Charles' arms from 1984, Diana is nowhere near her husband and son-only the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in most photos; Diana was pregnant with Harry and stood on the other side of the balcony. There are other photos of that day with William with his cousins Zara Philips and Frederick Windsor with Diana and the other mums behind them as they watched the Queen come back.

    I think Kate missed her opportunity and should have brought George out herself first and then went in and given him to William when the family went back in, and then moved out together as a unit.

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  20. Kate already look pissed off in the carriage, I though that was strange, with all the people smiling and waving at her, why to be so serious? My thought is that something happened BEFORE they got in the carriages, maybe Kate was countered in some issue, and was upset about it. But I didn't notice anything strange in the balcony, firstly Kate was just behind that boy, if she had stayed there she would have had a great view as she's much taller than the boy, but she opted to go to her right to be near William and George, by doing that she placed herself behind the Queen. It was her choice. So I don't think she was annoyed by that. To put in perspective, Prince Harry was behind Kate happily chatting with Prince Andrew (by the way, Prince Andrew gave in his place besides the Queen to Harry who then gave in the place to William).

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    1. Whenever the mood of some members of the BRF seem more serious or they apear uncomfortable, my mind always goes to whether there has been some sort of security issue/warning.

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    2. I also thought that Kate looked strained during the processional. That, coupled with the awkward placement on the balcony, seems to suggest that there was something amiss. Even William looks flushed in some of the balcony photos. Perhaps it's just the excitement of George's first appearance on the balcony, but a lot of the images suggest that things weren't quite so calm behind the scenes.

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    3. I've read this several places today but I missed it? I viewed several different sources' photo & video coverage & I mostly saw her smiling more than not & in several videos Kate was having very pleasant or funny animated discussions with Camilla & Harry? I'm sure I missed the other photos or coverage but am glad that I saw some great pics of a smiling & laughing Kate etc.

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  21. Loved the coat (or dress, whatever) and the hat---though it did look a bit like a TV receiving dish.
    When William came onto the balcony, he first stayed at the back, but Charles made room for them to come through and Harry moved to let Catherine through, but I don't think she wanted to come to the front, but she was talking to William and George.
    The Queen brought James Wessex onto the balcony---probably because his parents weren't there. The one I felt sorry for was Lady Louise who seemed unsure where she should be--in the past it has often been Catherine who has brought her through to the front..
    George is gorgeous--he obviously found everything very exciting.

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  22. Sonja from BavariaJune 13, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    I watched trooping the colour online and I was so happy so see kate again!

    You're right, she looked really tired... perhaps she didn't get enough sleep or was worried about charlotte (george was seen at a window of Buckingham Palace with the nanny - so who was with charlotte??)?

    I liked the dress, it would have looked great if she had chosen a smaller hat... And I also liked her hair today, it wasn't overstyled.

    Prince george was so cute! The pictures of him a the window showed a mischievous little boy :) I was so excited to actually see him on the balcony, and to see William holding george.. But youre totally right, Kate's place is in the first row!! I was so disappointed and confused that shr was hardly visible.. She should definitely have stood next to her husband and son!

    I loved that george wore an old outfit of William's, but the dark blue sweater he wore earlier today was also very cute - I really love how Kate dresses george.

    I think kate's best trooping the colour appearance was in 2013 ^^

    I'm a bit afraid that the royal wedding in Sweden upstaged the parade and Kate's (and especially george's!!) appearance... but sofia hellqvist was a beautiful bride (question: why do edward and sophie always represent great britain at royal weddings? Such an event would be perfect to see kate with a tiara!)

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    1. I do think that Kate is a hands on mom, so I think she probably is very tired right now. We saw the same thing after George's birth. I hope she gets more rest! Maybe Carole was watching Charlotte? That would be my bet. :)

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    2. I would expect that the representation thing is partly due to protocol and also because Edward and Sophie are more familiar with and known to the EU royals, since they are a bit older than William and Kate. I'd also expect that it's a delicate matter that media coverage of Kate could upstage the bride and nobody would want that awkward situation. It could also be that Edward and Sophie are working royals and Will and Kate are not, their choice to not undertake a royal schedule is no secret.
      I'm also going to guess that Princess Charlotte was either in Buckingham Palace or over at their home at Kensington Palace.
      IMHO, Kate's best Trooping outfit was last year's silvery McQueen suit. It was also her best appearance. She looked happy and relaxed, in stark contrast to this year's appearance.

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    3. My thought exactly, Jane. I figured baby Charlotte was at home with Granny Middleton. A far better place for a newborn than all that crowd and excitement.

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    4. Julia from LeominsterJune 14, 2015 at 2:00 AM

      I agree that is why Edward and Sophie go - but strangely, there is also a certain distance between the European royals and the British - there have been a couple of occasions when no royal member attended - Fabiola's funeral and she was a much loved queen and a world war to memorial - some say it is due to the foreign office or because the queen herself can't go - I don't know but I find it unfortunate.

      It would be lovely to see William and Kate become involved with these young royals who have children around the same age.

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    5. Lynn Georgia USAJune 16, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      I watched the Swedish royal wedding, too. Sophie looked lovely, I thought, but I never saw her or Edward smile even once--and the wedding was such a lovely and joyful event!

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  23. For those who may have missed seeing any of the video footage from the balcony, I found a video on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WECtTwtc-6o The balcony footage begins approximately at the 11 minute mark. I can see that she is leaning forward quite often to speak to George and to enjoy seeing his expressions, but I really don't find it as awkward and troubling as I thought I would after reading this post. It seems like it probably was not planned for Edward and Sophie's boy to be out front, but the Queen indulged him and the line-up had to shift slightly. To me, it would have seemed more like a snub if Prince Harry wasn't beside (and sometimes almost behind) Catherine.

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    1. I just watched the video too as I had only seen stills when I originally posted, and my take was similar to yours. She didn't look awkward or uncomfortable to me but more as if she was just eager to see and share in her son's reaction and experience.

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  24. I've made plenty of comments above. Poor Kate. She has to curtsy to all those Windsor women, then get left in the second row. All while being married to a future King, and mother to a future King. Hopefully she enjoys her "break" from the BRF until the christening.

    Amanda, Canada

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  25. I agree with your blog I do not like that is really next to her husband and son and there is no great photo of them as a family. I love her dress but do not like that hat.

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  26. Thank you for yet another informative and entertaining post, Jane. Love your blog!!! As to the balcony scene (haven't seen the vid as yet, just judging from the pictures): It's my impression that in front of the center door there is a front row reserved for HM and the PoE (and kids so they see something of the goings on) while the closest family lines up in a 'half' circle from the left column to the right behind them. As a result, Catherine, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew ended up more or less obscured by HM and the PoE. While this is unfortunate for us ardent fans of Catherine I don't think it was -or was meant to imply - any kind of snub. Of course, had Catherine been separated from Princes William and George or -God forbid- relegated to the zone outside of the columns framing the center door ... :)

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  27. I think James was actually standing in his father's place-representing him. I think he would have been so proud to do so.
    I don't think it was about his spending time with Granma. For a child who has been kept out of public sight, for the most part,
    he did his Dad proud. I think it was not just about the succession; it was also about the Queen's immediate family. She's the birthday girl, after all.
    Edward was off doing his duty elsewhere. James stepped in.
    Catherine should have been in front next to her husband. Period. It has nothing to do with who gets attention. Implying that Kate grabs attention is ungracious, to say the least. I do think it possible Kate had a part in the positioning; but then, I have
    not seen video.Anne and spouse;Charles and spouse; Queen and spouse; William and SON? And Andrew. And James for Edward

    I just cannot fathom William's allowing his wife to be squeezed out of the line up if it was not ok with her.
    I'm glad I didn't have to see her Mum's face watching this unfold.
    Finally, I take full responsibility for the BIG hat, as I loudly and publically wished for a large hat ha!
    . My theory is it that Catherine was weary of having to jostle for space in the carriage and decided to fight fire with fire.

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    1. PS-Jane, if everything you said was smarmy polite and politically correct, I would have no desire to read your blog.
      I imagine there are many things you would like to say, but dont. What you do say, you mean. And you say it with
      attitude and style. There are plenty of Milquetoast Kate bloggers.. We don't need another one.
      My favorite hat year-2013-the whole enchilada.
      In my opinion, Kate is the most streamlined of any of the women on the balcony-with the possible exception of
      Anne, but who can tell, in that outfit.
      I liked the coat-dress. The color and pattern reminded me of Wedgewood.
      My guess of who is with Nanny Maria Teresa and George? her mother, sister, and niece.

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  28. I'm all for keeping the family units intact and agree that Kate (had she wanted to be) should have been "in the front row, I would suggest between Charles and William to be closer to George. But, just want to point out something that I don't thing has been mentioned in previous comments: Harry, also definitely a senior royal was in the 2nd row beside Kate, he just happens to be a bit less hidden behind Her Majesty's hat, I'll term it "The Bucket" since we have a theme going...)

    Always enjoy "Keeping Up With The Cambridge's" ;) on your blog Jane!

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    1. Thank you, ma'am! :) I agree Harry was in the back, too. For me, Kate has a baby who was experiencing an exciting first today. My interpretation of her body language said she was happy and excited to experience that with him, and did her best to do so. What her train of thought might have been--irritated or perfectly fine--isn't so much the issue. The still shots are what are so bad. Politically, I thought it was a botched photo op, but also one that can be interpreted to the discredit of several members of the family. Not ideal if you are the PR team. I also think she wanted to get a minute right there at the end, and the way life goes, she didn't. I believe that was disappointing for her, and for us. That would have been a very historic and beautiful shot. She knows that...hopefully we know that, too...
      Appreciate your comment and kind words. ;) xoxo, Jane

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  29. Jane, it is never dull on your blog. I have not commented here before, but am longtime reader. I wanted to speak up now and say I enjoyed this post and others like it. I appreciate that you express an opinion and do it with the humor you do. It is unusual and fun. Thank you for taking the time and effort to write your blog.

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  30. Oh Jane, I really love your blog as being a positive place to visit, but respectfully I think you have gone a bit over the top today. Kate actually looked the happiest she did all day when she was on the balcony with George and William. She looked tired today, but after all she is only 6 weeks post delivery and not back to her self yet. As far as William not looking after Kate or having the "manners" to bring Kate forward, this was the first time his son was being seen on the balcony and the first time ( and perhaps the last) the 4 generations are photographed together. I would venture both he and Kate were more concerned about how George was going to behave and react to the loud planes than they were about where Kate was positioned.

    I actually loved how Granny took responsibility for her Grandson in the absence of his parents who were representing her at the Sweedish wedding. I was glad to see both James and Louise present.

    I in no way see this as an affront to Kate in anyway.

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  31. Whew and thank God! I thought it was just me.
    From the grim and glowering looks from Camilla and Kate during the parade - their oft-mentioned yet hotly-denied by the Kate-faithful rancor was on full display today - to the grim looks from all of the family on the balcony to the queen's face, which appeared that she had no idea at times where she was or why these people were cheering for her - today was just terrible. Really, one of the worst and most awkward balcony appearances I can remember, even counting back to the Diana days!!
    I'd like to think the balcony order was not intentional, I really do think it's a matter of protocol and simply the order in which they walk out onto the balcony. I do think it is cruel of anyone to essentially endorse shoving a child aside so Kate can be front and center. And it could be that she chose to be in back, everyone mentions her apparent insecurities with her post-baby body, maybe she wasn't ready to be as exposed in that dress as the balcony photos require, so she chose to stand behind William and George. Also, perhaps, the painful but grain-of-truth school of thought that Kate is nothing but a royal broodmare and clothes-hanger, has a ring of truth and we saw some of that today, that although a senior royal, Kate still comes second to the blood royals, which include little Viscount Severn.
    Maybe the queen isn't as dotty as reports would have us believe and she put her foot down and enforced some royal protocol, perhaps in response to complaints from Andrew or Anne or Edward that Charles was exerting too much control over the royal pecking order, disregarding protocol or that the Middletons, led by Carole, were taking over. Even if it's not intentional, there is a subtle message there - that Kate and Carole aren't ruling the roost - or the palace - just yet. It could also be that Kate placed herself there to send that message herself, maybe in response to comments from inside the palace walls.
    There is a LOT going on in the balcony photos and none of it pleasant. The feuds that have been talked about over and over and are common knowledge among the UK royal watchers and royal reporters were on full display today. Somebody needs to get Charles and Andrew together for a come-to-Jesus moment. Andrew wants to be in the spotlight but always looks angry when he is. Bea and Eugenie look none too happy either.
    These photos bring to mind the famous 1992 banquet photo of Diana, where she was snapped looking absolutely glum and unhappy, making no attempt to hide the unhappiness going on behind the closed Palace doors, and a few days later her and Charles's separation was officially announced.
    The dress? Meh. Kate has better options already in her closet. The lovely coat she wore to Easter Sunday service while on tour in Australia and New Zealand would have made a better choice, in general and to camouflage a post-baby body, as would the ice-blue Kane coat she wore to the Garter service last year and both of those hats would have been a vast improvement on the awful satellite dish she wore today.
    Sorry for the ramble but I am frankly still amazed that the royals let their guard down this much on such an occasion (or at all!) and let it all hang out today. It's going to be interesting to see how the Palace PR staff and the KP PR staff try to spin this as positive.

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    1. Well, I have to say that in all honesty, I do not think any of this was going on. It was an awkward balcony all around and I think the Queen or William should have at some point allowed Kate to come forward. But, the kind of thought process it elicited in you is exactly reason I think it was a PR fluff. She should not have been the only spouse behind. I don't think there was deliberate thought-process that made it happen. I certainly hope not...

      As to the child comment...I have to let the James thing go...it was meant to be tongue in cheek, but I think it has been almost universally misinterpreted. When that much of the majority doesn't get it, I am willing to say I didn't express it properly. :)

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    2. Lynn Georgia USAJune 16, 2015 at 1:44 PM

      Yes, I thought the PR fluff was due to the fact that there was no plan in place at all--very unusual since the Royal Family usually seems to have the whole show splendidly choreographed.

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  32. I'm not sure why this is becoming such a big deal. The day is about the Queen and everyone got the photo opportunity that they wanted. I'm as big a fan of Kate as anybody, studied abroad in England and visited and toured all of the palaces in London partially because of my history major in college and my interest in the British Royal Family. I certainly don't think this was intentional of Kate was uncomfortable. I think it is crowded and Kate was happy to step back and let George and the QUEEN have their moment. Kate has an important role and is the media's interest but I actually think it is the Queen's day and George was designed to share the attention with his father and grandfather

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  33. For some reason I couldn't post the rest of my comment above! But let's not over analyze this. I think it was about George and the Queen today as it should have been and there will be plenty more days when Kate has her moment. I'm sure it is cramped and she didn't mind having all eyes on her!! Lovely blog as always Jane, but I have to disagree.

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  34. I think Kate just wanted to be next to her child.. and didn't want to push the queen or squeeze in. I understand and agree with you, that William should have handled the situation better. He normally does this very well actually. Maybe he was just all excited with George. Anyway for me it seems kind of clear that this is not something that will likely happen more often, so let's move on.
    I agree with you by the way, I dislike the hat. My favorite was the one in 2012, also the dress.
    And I have to say something about Beatrice & Eugenie..what are they doing? Why, oh why did they chose those dresses?!
    Thank god the swedish wedding was a big plus on the fashion side..Otherwise this would have been a bad fashion day for royals.
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  35. I just watched a BBC video and it showed what appeared to be William pointing and motioning to Kate to 'slide' in and they chat and smile and she seemed to nod as in.. no I am good. I think as I said above. Not done wit malice a small slight by anyone. It was crowded. The BBC video showed so many people on the balcony that is was captured on most video or pics I have seen. They were packed together from all three doorways. Who are all those people? I will say ok to a PR fluff. But I still say William did not ignore Kate. No one seemed to pushing her to the back. I do agree and noted in the other comment that some were very dour today. Andrew? And those girls. Fashion is not there game. Kate looked relaxed and happy. She was engaged with William and George. This video seemed much different. Unfortunately I cannot post the video (darn cell). I also concur with the comments regarding Viscount Severn. . This video clearly showed him being brought out with his grandparents. Rather sweet . But as I said that balcony was crammed... it must have been every one in the family today.
    Happy Saturday all ~ Nina

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  36. Beyond the balony situation i think you overlooked an important detail P George is wearing literally the same outfit P William wore on his first Trooping.
    Great post!

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    1. Jane, I am always amazed at your willingness to allow readers to abuse you on your own website. You know you can moderate these out.

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    2. Well, as long as abusive or crude language isn't involved, I figure I get my say, and everyone else gets theirs.
      Maybe baloney has a positive connotation in another culture? :) It's a big world, I might not know all the derivations and meanings. Thanks, though, Anon 3:26. You're a sweetie.
      Anon 3:09, I really am not sure if this is a positive or negative comment, but if it is the former, thank you! If it is the latter...thanks for reading, at least?
      Happy weekend, you two!

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    3. I believe it was balcony not balony. What does baloney mean?
      Another unenglish anonymous

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    4. O dear!! you think i am abusing her! it isn´t even a critic i was just pointinit out (Jane i NEVER itended to be rude)

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    5. I assumed it was a typo and the poster meant balcony. Right?

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    6. jajajjjaj i meant BALCONY not balony!!!!! y just forgot about one letter!! jajajajaj (i am not a native speaker) BTW she does moderates the coments

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    7. Oh my gracious, I am laughing. Balcony! I have so many typos of my own, as you probably know if you read regularly, I should have thought of this one. Anon 3:09, Most of the comment seemed positive, but then the baloney part...I just wasn't sure. But, positive or negative, you weren't offensive, so at some point I decided not to wonder too hard. I have to say, though, I am quite pleased to discover it is positive. ;) Thank you! xo, Jane

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    8. Oh my.. I hope Jane does not feel I am abusing her or anyone. Just a discussion without barbs being thrown. If I offended you Jane then my apologies. ~ Nina

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    9. Nina, not at all! I am happy to take disagreement and fun discussion! My concern is only ever that my position is understood correctly. Today, I think that I was not careful in the way I presented much of this post. A large part of it was meant to be humorous, the way I would deliver it in person over a drink, but that just did not come through. It didn't translate onto paper, which is always a concern for me, but usually it works. People thought I didn't like little James and there were suggestions that I assumed the Cambridges were having marital issues, certainly never my position. So, I have tried to clear those things up--obviously I don't want to defend a position I do not hold, or have readers think I believe one thing, when it couldn't be further from the truth. But, once we have established my thesis, you are welcome to disagree. And I know most readers--as I think you did, too--understand what I am saying. That it was awkward and bad PR and Wills or the Queen should have remedied it. If you disagree, as many have, I am happy to have you express that. That's what the comments are for. I am thrilled you are here and voicing your opinion. Come back often! :) xo, Jane

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    10. I never thought your thoughts were pointing the finger. I daw things a bit differently... but I do agree this was a PR fluff. I never thought you were implying trouble with the Cambridges. One person did make their disdain for William known. I chose to ignore that comment. Negative comments are meaningless and get us nowhere nor is this page a place for that kind of commentary. Anyway, I say you have explained yourself enough. Those coming in should read all comments before they jump to any conclusions. I love your page and have no plans to stop reading. Carry on ~ Nina

      Oh and my apologies for my many typos. I have a new cell and the autocorrect is driving me mad. The corrections are not correct. LOL... Now a glass of vinegar is in order.

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      UGH oh my... Nina

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  37. Maybe she had spilled something on her dress & was trying to hide it. ;-)

    My thought was that maybe she was a bit behind them because sometimes children will reach for their mum if they see her & maybe they didn't want that odd moment when a child squirms & reaches for mummy.

    I didn't see the interactions with her & William & George as awkward at all. It seemed to me that she was doing that thing that mum's often do when their child is doing something for the first time & they want them to feel sort of independent: they sort of stand in the background & lean over to give encouraging words now & then.

    I've noticed in time past that once children are added to the mix (esp young ones) on the balcony, it's sort of hard to get everyone in position & some people sort of get blocked out.

    I think your observations are fair but I honestly don't think there is any "there there". wink emoticon It may very well be that Catherine wasn't feeling well or not feeling that confident with how she looked (hard to fathom; she looked beautiful but she IS after a woman who only gave birth recently etc) & simply wanted to be in the background.

    My hope is that it was something as innocuous as that. xo lulu

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      Well, this post has sort of swallowed my day largely because it seems that people took me to mean there was a deliberate or malicious plan to squeeze her out, and all I am trying to say was someone somewhere should have seen this was a PR problem. PR *might* correspond to a reality, (I hope not, but I don't know--that's what makes it a problem) but it could just as easily simply refer to appearances. In this instance, I hope there was no "let's leave Kate in the back" agreement, but it looked bad to me. And, I think she would have liked to have been better able to interact with George, certainly that she would have liked to have lingered at the end with her husband and baby. Does that mean everyone else knew and purposefully kept her from this? No. It just means that in these situations wires get crossed, people shuffle here and there...and that is prime ground for a PR problem. Someone should have thought of this---I am think someone is Wills or the Queen. This might be the most misinterpreted post I have ever written. There was another a few years ago. I guess three or four in as many years isn't the worst track record. :)

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  38. Usually like your blog but you're giving succour to the anti-Cambridge crowd with this post. Too much conspiracy theory for me. The attacks on William aren't fair imo.

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    1. I am really sorry, but I have to say that nowhere do I attack William. I critique him, fairly I believe, for not thinking about the optics. Nowhere do I suggest that there was a malicious intention. He turned and chatted with Kate several times, there were smiles between them, and I specifically said that I think William loves Kate and didn't mean to block her from any part of the excitement. I think that the photos that came from this reflect poorly on him, because it looks weird to have the mother of your child standing behind you, when everyone else is standing next to their spouse. I do think that these photos give succor to anti-Queen and anti-William people. I have to stand by that. I think the photos are odd, and he should have found a moment to bring her forward, as he has in the past. Certainly, I am not insinuating in any way that he deliberately manufactured what was to me an awkward situation. But, no one deliberately generates bad PR, you don't wake up in the morning and plan it, it happens, and it is annoying to deal with. Today generated photos that can be used to support conspiracy theories, that is my complaint. I am not assenting to these theories, I have always argued that the Cambridges marriage is strong. I would not suggest otherwise without significant and prolonged evidence (Ă  la the Wales marriage) to the contrary, and I do not believe that is remotely the case here. I try to write about what I think, and today what struck me more than the coat-dress I liked and more than the new and unusual hat, and even more than cute George, was that Kate never once got to stand with her husband and son and wave at the crowds. And it looked bad. So...I brought that up. Is it the end of the world? No. (Nothing is the end of the world on this blog.) But, it was on my mind, and so it was on this blog.

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  39. Looking at the video before reading your post I though she looked tense (IMO) perhaps she was worried about Charlotte , I suppose she is still breastfeeding, not easy to plan such a day with a 6 week old baby

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    1. She definitely didn't seem her bubbly self, but as you say...so many possibilities for that. I am not suggestion anything about Kate's mood, and I am sorry if that was the way some translated the post. I think that last photo of her smiling as she leaves the balcony sort of tell the tale on that score. I do think that in an ideal world, she would have enjoyed a quick wave with her boys.

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  40. I found out why the Duchess of Cambridge was in the background. They wanted the four generations, the queen and the three future kings to be side by side! They certainly achieved that! Great balcony shots of the four generations!!!

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    1. Well...we can agree on that. ;)

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    2. Agreed. Catherine's dress was nice. The hat????

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  41. One last thought to Kate’s positioning: being slightly behind William placed her ideally for a quick hand-off should George's demeanor taken a turn for the worse. If the planes had scared him, she would have been able to scoop him up and take him inside quickly.
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    1. Lulu in the PalaceJune 13, 2015 at 4:40 PM

      That was my thought too. She was doing that thing that mum's often do when a child is doing something for the first time...sort of hovering in the background standing at the ready.

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    2. Anon 4:06 and Lulu,
      After seeing some of the photos at today's polo outing, I think you two have hit it on the head. In two of the polo photos, William is holding George, who is reaching for Kate and seems upset, in the second photo, she's taken him and is holding him. So I'm betting that Kate's placement behind William and George and with close access to the inside room and Nanny Maria was deliberate, in case, as you said, George became upset or frightened and had to be taken inside. It's far less awkward if Kate has to leave with a screaming toddler from behind William than if she's standing next to the Queen and has to take a screaming child, whirl around and vanishes inside
      He's not used to crowds or being out in public and I'm sure the sight of Daddy and Grandpa in those bright red uniforms was a new thing for him too.

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  42. I totally agree with your post. This is a big moment for George as a royal and it's frustrating to see a child experience something new and at the same time seeing his mother struggle to witness it. It's like if George was graduating and everyone came and were in the first two rows and Kate got sat in the 2nd row and had to lean around the hats in the first row to see George receive his degree.
    I'm looking at other pictures online trying to figure out who could have been pushed back or moved. First of all, they probably all could have scooched closer together to fit Kate in. It's ok if shoulders rub for a few minutes, no ones tassels will knot.
    But if someone has to move, I feel like they have 3 options.
    1. Anne's husband. Yes, we see spouses sticking together in the photo. But I feel that if someone's spouse needs to be booted to the back row, it should be the spouse that will not be consort and did not produce an heir. (At first I thought, if Andrew is pushed to the back row, why not Anne?)
    2. Lady Louise. I understand letting the children be in the front because they are short and this stuff is exciting for them. But this was George's first Trooping. She probably could have stood next to the York girls.
    3. Some random girl next to Louise. I don’t know who this child is. Maybe a Windsor cousin? But not the future queen/mother of the future king.
    What I would have done is placed Anne and Tim next to Philip so that Kate could have stood next to her boys and everyone could still see the Queen, the PoW, and the 3rd and 4th in line and their wives all together.
    The young Viscount could have also stood more to the front so the Queen and Philip could have stood closer together and made more room. Or the Viscount could have stood in front of his sister.
    I'm getting too detailed but the point is that there was room for Kate to stand up front so she could witness her son experiencing this event. Kate will one day be the queen when William is king. She is the mother of a future king. She deserves to stand with her family as a cohesive unit.
    And all of that aside, and no offense to the rest of the family, but Kate and George make money. The royal family as a whole generates a lot of interest, but I feel like Kate and George have had a huge impact in recent years in making the family more interesting and likeable. I mean, Anne is not selling magazines or causing clothing stores to sell out. Millions of people did not tune in to watch Anne marry. From a PR standpoint it was not a wise placement of people. You can think of it as a lineup of actors at a premiere. Harry Potter had a lot of amazing actors but you aren't going to put Alan Rickman front and center (as much as I love him) and put Emma Watson in the back row.
    People love Kate. People hate going for a whole month without seeing Kate. The purpose of these events is to make the family more visible to the public, so make sure you give the public what they want and don't push it to the back row.
    I know being a blood royal is important to this family, but I feel that they could have respected more the role Kate plays as part of that family and how she helps the image of the family. Anne may not like it if she and her husband were moved to the back, but along the lines of what you said, I don't pick up magazines with Anne on the cover. Hopefully next year they'll put a little more thought into placement of people. Everyone could have fit in the first row if a little more thought was put in to it.

    Anyways, I love Kate's dress coat. The fabric is beautiful. I would love it as a pencil skirt or a chaise and so much else.
    Her hat does make you go "whoa" at first but I like the bathtub. As always I like it more than Camilla's hats. Sometimes I feel that if Camilla had smaller hats more people could fit into pictures.
    I'm so happy they had George attend. I know they want to protect his but I always wish we got to see more of him so it's always a treat when we do see him.

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    1. I disagree with you - this day was about the Queen's birthday. Period. Why should Louise, a young girl, look 4-5 people over and think, I should step back for Kate? Or a random young girl think the same thing? I don't think any of them should move back for our favorites. Kate, Wills and George are my favs but that doesn't mean the family should revolve around them.

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    2. My point was that with more planning they could have all been in the front row. Louise and James could both be up front with their grandparents and Kate could have still stood next to her son and husband. I'm not saying the kids should have moved out of the way because that's not something kids think about. I think the adults should have had more of an awareness of who was where. Andrew had the good sense to take a step back so that Charles, William, George, and the Queen could all be in a row. Anne and her husband could maybe have been more gracious like Andrew and allow the Cambridges to be in a less awkward position.
      You're right that the family doesn't revolve around just them. But one day it will. They are the future of the monarchy. And when George becomes king and the media shows pictures of his milestones on holographic 3D projectors and they show the picture or video of his first Trooping ceremony, they're going to see the image of the past queen (possibly the Queen Mother at the time) trying to talk to her son from the second row.

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  43. I honestly dont think the disappointment came from bad PR bur from wrong expectations. For Kate fans this was ALL about her big comeback after the birth of Charlotte and about the Cambridges introducing George to his first official appearance in Britain. Thus we wanted Kate and William and George to take a prime spot on the balcony. When reality did not match expectations, the evidence of them looking happy and ok with the situation were ignored by fans. Looking at the news and papers everybody is reacting really positively to both Kate and George's appearance. It is really sad that Jane's post elicited such negative comments and theories.

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    1. Very well said. I definitely don't think it was Jane's intention, but this post went a little sideways. Based on the video, it really didn't look like it was a big deal that she was slightly behind William. Except for the weather, the day went well. I understand that we all want to see Kate, that's why we read here, but today wasn't about Kate, or George, or a historical four-generation photo op, it was about the Queen--and she was front and center. I really don't think much thought is given to the placement of the rest of the family. Is it really a PR blunder? It seems like the only ones who really notice/care are the Kate fans on this side of the pond. I would love to hear some of your UK reader's thoughts. Jane, I hope you don't find my post to be ugly (as we say in the South), I really do enjoy your blog and readers. AC

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      Agree 100%.

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    3. This post nails it. I'm a very proud Brit & have no issues whatsoever with yesterdays events.

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  44. I do not think it was bad pr that caused disappointment but wrong expectations. For Kate fans this was all about her big comeback and the Cambridges introducing George to his first official appearance. Thus they wanted Kate and William and Georges conduct and position on the balcony to reflect this expectation. But from all I could see on videos and photos, though the Trooping event was Kate's first after Charlotte's birth and though they did use it to continue in their attemp to make George more visible, this was the Trooping. All evidence show that the Cambridges themselves were totally ok with things and all the papers and news bulletins also give beautiful positive feedback on Kate and George. So it is really sad to see the negative theories and feelings that were brought forward by this post.

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    1. I completely agree with the expectations versus bad PR. I don't necessarily think they plan completely on this type of photo opportunity. She couldn't just push the Queen out of the way. It was about her and secondly, introducing George. Some I feel are being too sensitive on this subject. We got to see her 6 weeks after having Charlotte. Be happy about that!

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  45. I agree with Anonymous 4:06. She seems like a good mother and her concern for her small son is way more important than photos. Also if she isn't feeling confident maybe she didn't want to be front and center. She doesn't seem to relish the limelight and maybe William tried to bring her forward and she demurred. Or maybe they just didn't have it together. I think 99% of the time that family has it dialed in perfectly for photos. Plus Harry was back there with her so it's not like she was alone.

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  46. I felt so sorry for Kate, she appeared ill at ease in this situation. Granted, this was but a few moments in time, but it was surprising that no one made any attempt to make room for her, including her husband, indeed, even eye contact with her was lacking. Hopefully the rest of her day improved from this point! Her dress: I liked it, including the print, but am hesitant with the shine of the silk. The hat: I just don't prefer it. I rather like it in the brown of the sample, especially with the texture it exhibits, but in white it becomes staid.

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  47. Adore your blog, Jane, but respectfully suggest you were a little over the top today. I watched the BBC first and so when I read your post was astonished at your, and other posters' take, that Kate had been slighted. Coming from a family of 8, I know how difficult it is to line up siblings, in-laws, children for a family photo. Kate was in full view beside the Queen but then got stuck behind her as people jostled. What was Kate to do? Give the nearly 90 Queen a jab in the ribs and say "move over M'aam?" ;-).
    I found Kate's KW coat dress very en vogue; liked her hat too with those cheeky feathers but suspect it looked better live than in photographs. Finally, I disagree that Kate was feeling self conscious about her post baby body. She already looks amazing and to me the way she carries herself suggests a lot self confidence.
    Jane, hopefully you're now sitting in the sun somewhere sipping a large & well-deserved martini!

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    2. Agree 100%
      Lets not forget Kate stood in the front watching the walk past, before the flypast. She had maybe 20mins in the front!

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  48. I have to admit that I didn't like her outfit or the hat, which is rare for me. And she did look tired, but that is to be expected of anyone with a 6 week old baby, much less for someone who also has a toddler!

    I think you are being overly sensitive about Kate's position on the balcony. I didn't even notice, and I am sure most people didn't. There were a lot of people on that balcony and maybe she didn't WANT to to be in front.

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  49. I must admit that I didn't take anything like that from the balcony lineup. Maybe Kate didn't want to be front and centre. She may have been happy to stand further back and allow George to take the limelight, as it was his big day. Perhaps too much has been read into something that was never there.

    As for Kates outfit - a big miss for me. The hat reminds me of a satellite dish. I don't think the colour was right as it seems to over power the whole outfit with such a stark contrast with her hair. Maybe if the feather was a blue it may have broken the glare of the white up a bit, soften it and relate it better back to her clothes. The dress is a big no for me. Comes across as a bit frumpy for someone of her age.

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  50. I have to add that I liked the symbolism of Kate standing behind the Queen on the balcony. This very new royal seems to be showing her support for the monarch and trying not to steal the show. George, of course, has no such scruples! And I was not fond of Catherine's hat...it seemed to me it resembled a different bathroom appliance than the tub. The coffee colored version was more attractive.

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  51. Jane, I see you've edited your post to exclude a certain comment about James Wessex. I know all too well how difficult it is to convey the true spirit of what one wants to say through this medium and can appreciate how the message can get distorted on the other end but Ive got to say its really bothering
    me. Can you explain to me what tone that supposed to be taken in?

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    1. Well, I am happy to do so, but I think you just expressed it. People didn’t get it. Let me be clear, just because people didn't get it here in text, does not mean that I wouldn’t say it to you in person, I would. The post I wrote was primarily tongue in cheek, flavored by irritation that the royals could botch so…royally. I have often wondered if I wrote what I say to my friends in person, if it would translate. It doesn’t. You can't hear my voice, you can’t see my smile, you can watch my facial expressions. It doesn’t work. The humor just doesn't come through unless you hear my voice, see my face. A lot of human communication is transmuted via signals and expressions. I wanted to share with you everything I was thinking, but I can’t. Maybe if I started a YouTube channel. :) People didn't get it. I wanted to keep it up, but it would be like I spoke in French or Arabic to you and everyone was screaming they didn’t speak French or Arabic. I’d change it to English, because the point of the written word is to communicate authentically, so it was failing. I had to edit it. I kept it up for hours, and when I changed it, I tried to keep the base point I was making, just axing the humor. But, it is better to say, this didn't work, then to let it go on, and on and confuse and upset people, to say nothing of needlessly damaging my reputation. Honestly, I should have changed it hours before I did. It would have saved us all a lot of grief. That being said, I firmly, firmly stand by the basic thesis of the post. This was a PR disaster. It looks so bad, I am still marveling. I am on Instagram and Facebook looking at everyone’s recaps and their Instagram posts and I am showing to my friends and it just…bad. William and George and the Queen and this bobbing head in the background. It's breathtaking. Basically, I will give you a preview of what I will write next week. Everyone keeps telling me how Kate looks happy, and she didn’t care, and all the reasons why this was chill. That’s irrelevant to a PR situation. A PR problem has nothing to do with inner feelings, or intention, or good will, or the kindest spin. I the world revolved around the happiest translation of any given comment or event, we'd all be saints. A PR disaster is when someone says or does something where another person, with malicious intent, can take that and twist it to their own designs and their own nasty storyline. As I tried to show in today’s post, any one of these photos can be taken and a whole story can be woven around it. Kate was slighted, the Queen hates her, William just uses Kate to beget heirs…on and on. Politics is ugly—I work in it, I know. Politics is everywhere, no one in any form of a public role is exempt. These photos are fodder for those who wish ill on the royals and the monarchy. We want to smile and shrug it off, but if William were running for office, I could take these photos and go a long way to destroying his career with them. That’s what I call a PR disaster. So, that is basic fact. I can show these photos to the most impartial observer and everyone agrees, ouch. That doesn’t look good. If William were running for president against my candidate, this would be the luckiest day of my life. Except for how cute George is… I’d have to work against that. ;)

      Beyond that, my personal, and more speculative reading is that Kate would have liked to have been closer to her husband and baby. I don’t think her smiles tell us anything. She is a professional and a lady and wouldn’t have a public pout fest. Her bobbing forward so many times and the slight hesitation in her features a few times tell me she was trying to participate more fully. This is a debatable point and I welcome disagreement. It is something we can agree to disagree on. It was upsetting to me personally, but it was separate from the earlier point.

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      So, the short answer. I edited the post because it was the prudent course of action, and the only reasonable choice I could make, despite the hours I resisted. It was the honest course of action, more authentically conveying my thought process. Just like I would fix a misspelling or typo that was incorrectly relaying my thoughts, I had to change the text because my humor wasn’t struggling across the internet medium. It was a disappointment to me, but it answered a long standing question. As to the rest... Thank goodness he isn't running for office. :)

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    3. Thank you Jane. I appreciate your honesty and now understand where you're coming from :-)

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    4. Julia from LeominsterJune 14, 2015 at 2:13 AM

      Just as a gentle comment, I think William and Kate not being active royals is much more of a PR problem than a placement on the balcony. There are many traditional events from Ascot to Easter to the Scottish games where they are not even present. The failure of these popular young royals to integrate into the tradtional activities of the royal family on a greater basis is, I think a huge issue of concern. Where someone stands, not so much.

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  52. Hi Jane!!!!
    I completely agree with all your opinions about today. It's funny how you've put in writing the very same thoughts I had while I was watching the live stream (including the hat, hihi). Definitely yours were much better expressed than my English possibilities allow me to do. hihi I have to say that I loved to watch this balcony appearance and how lovely was George (I have a nephew of the same age and it's funny to see how all the toddlers do the same things in the same adorable ways!). In addition to that, it didn't seem to me that Kate was interested to be in the front row nor tried to move forward- I know it was difficult..hihi- I saw her much more interested to see her son's reactions to the new exciting experience!...But yes, I completely agree that it was a really strange position. Usually children are in front of adults but they don't fill an entire position like Sophie's son was doing! I think positions were not originally intended to be in that way and probably the Queen didn't noticed it, but it was bad either way. I agree that it appears as little fact to many people here (me as well). However, in a monarchy like that, where everything is so carefully planned, I suppose something went wrong.
    Usually William is more careful to take good care of his wife, but probably today he was more focused to protect their son...and it's understandable!
    Thanks for sharing your personal comments! I like them and your humour very much!
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  53. Maybe the young viscount hasn't bathed properly since his parents left and no one wanted to stand that near to him. (There, Jane, I'll draw the ire!)

    Completely joking,
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  54. I love kate , but today I think she was the insensitive one. It was the queens birthday and she stood right behind the queen so we have odd photos of her white hat distracting above the queens head. George was fine with william, kate did not have too coo at him, she could have walked around the other side

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  55. So, I've been gone all day to spend some time by the ocean with the hubby for his birthday and I come back so excited to see the photos from The Trooping and find this! For the record, I haven't had a chance to read all the comments yet so I apologize if I'm being redundant.

    First - Fashion: For me, this was a big fashion fail on Kate. I didn't think of my grandmother's sofa but I my first thought was "matronly" and unflattering. She can wear silks and brocades when she's much older. This did not reflect her energetic personality so, if she was going for the "I've got two kids and I need to project my maturity" look, then she achieved that. The hat? Not as bad as the black basket she wore in 2011 but a close second. This is not something I would like to see her recycle. I hope it goes in the "dress up bin" for Charlotte to play with. In the spirit of trying to find the positive - I love her earrings and wish I could have seen her shoes!

    Second - The demeanor: Quite frankly, the entire family (except adorable George) looked like they had been sucking sour pickles! My first thought was that something unpleasant had been said before they all had to file out onto the balcony. Then, when I saw the photos in the carriages, I realized they were all out of sorts from the get go. Even when they're smiling it looks forced, including the usually jovial Harry. The only natural looks were on Charles and Williams faces when George is pointing at the airplanes. Prince Andrew looks like someone just killed his best friend and why didn't he stand with his girls? If some sort of bad news is revealed or announced concerning some member of the family in the next little while I will be convinced they heard it first on this day.

    Third - The "Snub": I agree with you, Jane, that this looks very bad. I don't remember them ever blocking out any senior royal during a balcony appearance - not even Diana at the very end. You are also correct that these pictures will last forever and it will always look bad. "Look, George, here is your first balcony appearance with your great-grandmother. Yes, Mummy was there, she's under the enormous white hat behind Daddy." Charles isn't my favorite but I am surprised he didn't spot this glaring mistake because he knows what this type of publicity can create in the much hated press. Definitely a disappointing outing and the one thing we can say is that the next one has nowhere to go but up!

    Favorite Trooping Hat: For me it's pretty much a tie between 2012 and 2013. Both hats looked wonderful on her. Onward and upward!

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    1. Oh my gosh Robin, I laughed and laughed when I read this comment. The Andrew comment--hilarious. Ok, you are worse than I am, I love the outfit! :) But, most importantly I am very glad you saw what I saw. This is the just the comment I needed to sleep peacefully tonight. :) I honestly cannot wait for the next event so we can wipe this from memory. I have a smile on my face, though; thank you.. Hope the Pacific was beautiful. I do miss it terribly, especially on days like today. xo, Jane

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    2. It was very beautiful and completely relaxing! Glad I could put a smile on your face and I hope, given our time difference, you are peacefully sleeping away...

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    3. OK, I just have to point this out because it's hilarious. I've been looking back over the photos and in the close up photo of William holding George while the little guy is pointing his chubby little finger...look over Kate's shoulder. It looks like Harry sticking his tongue out at the Queen! What an unfortunate time to lick your lips, Harry!

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    4. Julia from LeominsterJune 14, 2015 at 2:17 AM

      Having read everything now - I realise this was meant to be funny. Sorry not to get it - humour is odd - I don't think many understood that this was to be taken lightly.

      I'm thinking Kate may have chosen that coat because she is nursing - it buttons down the front. Charlotte may have been with her nanny inside. It is a lovely coat of very beautiful material.

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  56. I don't think it was a big deal. Look back at the photos of Prince William's first Trooping the Colour balcony appearance.....Diana, Princess of Wales was standing all the way on the other side of the balcony!

    The pictures of little Prince George in the window are adorable. It's so nice to see some pictures of him smiling!

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  57. The comments about Catherine allowing George some space really brought me back to those days with my kids. I too often tried to be a bit more in the background at big or new events as my kids would often focus all their attention on me or start reaching and interacting with me as opposed to their Father and those around them. I often would try to take a bit more reserved position to allow my children, their Dad and Grandparents time to interact. I loved seeing my child focused on those I loved and in new environments without their focus being on me.

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  58. Julia from LeominsterJune 14, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    A few thoughts.
    It's the queen's "birthday". The day is about her first and foremost. She is eighty-nine and should be able to enjoy herself without worrying about where everyone is standing. She has been exceptionally considerate of Kate in many ways.

    It is also James' first balcony appearance and I thought it was precious that the queen was doing a spot of babysitting - not something we see too often. His parents were away on the queen's business, and he is known to be a bit of a tearaway - not uncommon in a lad that age. I think the queen wanted him near her - between her and Philip. Kate could have stood behind him if she wished but she chose to keep an eye on George, perfectly reasonable.

    If anyone might have moved it could have been Charles but he can be a bit clueless in that regard - Camilla had to remind him to pick up her granddaughter bridesmaid at the wedding so the little girl could see. William was holding George and on the balcony, his attention was rightly on his son.

    I have to say I find the idea that the queen should have pushed a beloved grandson out of the way to make room for her granddaughter-in- law a bit troubling. Kate and William chose not to have Chistmas lunch with the queen and spent it with Kate's family - everyone has priorities.

    It could be worse - when William made his first appearance - Diana,, seven months pregnant, was way on the other side of the balcony from her husband and young son.

    Kate had plenty of time to be in front, just not with the queen - but she has been with the queen on many other occasions and no doubt will be photographed with her at the christening.

    Many things might be damaging to the monarchy but I don't think this is one of them. There are plenty of pictures of Kate, and William was right next to his grandmother and he is the future king. I take note that in the Chrstening photos. the most historical was of William, Charles and George - Philip, Kate and Camilla were not in that shot. (I thought it a shame that the queen didn't hold George as Victoria had done with her great-grandchild, but so be it.)

    I think it is hugely touching that George was put in a suit Diana no doubt picked out for her son to wear on the balcony thirty or so years earlier - it is a way of William including his late mother - there aren't many things he can do.

    There is often talk of unplesantness on this blog - it can be daunting to know what can be said - but here I find the idea that this was anything but a lovely family occasion to be remembered and cherished by all of us for years to come, rather unfortunate.

    Others may choose to wipe it from memory but I will remember how adorable George was, how pretty Kate looked in her blue coatdress - which I loved - and the quiet affection the queen showed for her youngest grandchild James on his first balcony appearence = she is clearly devoted to his mother who often appears with her.

    The whole family apparently went out to dinner at a private wine club to celebrate the queen's birthday. Hopefully, they had a happy time.

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    1. Julia, Jane clearly stated that the so-called shoving James remark was said in a tongue-in-cheek, joking manner and has
      apologised for it. Either you chose to ignore this or perhaps chose not to read it.
      Leo, I believe you are the one who speaks of your unpleasant experience here. You also have said a difference of opinion is not allowed on this blog-just yesterday, in fact. If you will read the other comments, it
      is obvious that all sorts of opinions are expressed here, including dislikes of things Kate.
      I enjoy reading many of your remarks, but bitterness distracts from an otherwise pleasant comment.

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    2. Julia from LeominsterJune 14, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      I responded to the humour part above - probably you just didn't see my remark - it got separated from this one.


      Bitterness no, caution and unease yes. In fact, I stopped posting for a while. Some other brave soul = I can't think what her name is now,said something about Kate - I think it was about baby Charlotte's jumper - and a great many participants chimed in and said- basically - they didn't want to hear anything negative - that wasn't what they were here for. I don't think that's Jane's intent but that was how her "rules" were being interpreted.

      Around the same time I used the word "nonsense" lightly and was accused of insulting someone - something I never intended. although much nastier things were said in the response to me. (Possibly by you, I don't recall.) I didn't respond at that point - I just wrote the blog off - continuing to read on occasion but not responding. If the readers are deciding what they want to have - and I don't fit that - I thought it best for everyone.

      Even though I realised the part about James was in jest - and I'm thinking now it wasn't his first balcony appearance - I was still startled enough here by the idea an eighty-nine year old woman on her birthday celebration should have to even think about where her grand-daughter-in-law stood to respond.

      The remark you refer to was on another blog. I've consolidated my name on this blog and the one I used over there so people know when it's me (having had a remark here attributed to me that wasn't mine) I stand by what I said there - the fact you use the word "bitterness" supports my case. This thread is unusual and has provoked an unusual amount and a lot of interesting reposnses but it's a one-off. I don't think I'm back to stay.

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    3. "A one-off?" Back up and read a few recent FBTB. Plenty of "interesting" responses.
      I also said I enjoyed reading your comments, yet you chose to recall the constructive criticism.( That is want Kate-
      dislike is termed, is it not?)
      It wasn't just the word "nonsense;" it was the dismissive, arbitrary context it was placed in. My use of the word "bitterness"
      was in the context of my generally "enjoying" some of your posts and saying your remark was "otherwise pleasant."
      Jane has a sweet new post up. You should check it out.
      I'm sure that other blog will be talking about skinny jeans.

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  59. Thanks Jane for being real about this! I wondered why not only Kate but Harry were kept in back. These two are magnetic for the monarchy's standing, which is a good thing, and Kate's status as future queen consort simply merits a better physical position.

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  60. Awaiting the Trooping news to pop up last night (I'm in Asia at the moment, so I knew I'd get a good sneak peak before bedtime), I noticed the awkwardness in the video as well. I think part of this is Kate still adjusting to her role, and thus not trying to be too assertive. I agree with Jane; this didn't make the Royals look that great, and there were great swatches of space between folks that could've accommodated Kate. I also think she sometimes deflects attention on purpose so that (1) William -and now Gorgeous George (my, those candids with the nanny are cuuuute!) get more coverage, which I think suits her desire to avoid some of the Diana-attention-hog sniping, which she has to be aware of on some level, and (2) she did just have a baby, and she looked vulnerable in Anglesey and at the Tusk - I think Kate is very sensitive and shy, inwardly, and doesn't necessarily feel comfortable with all the attention she gets, especially only 6-weeks out from having a baby, even if this one is a little kinder in terms of sleep schedule;) She did look tired (but those earrings are amazing!) and I wonder if she's had some highlights done? Anyway, even Harry looked tired; not the best Trooping for anyone this year. Se la vie.

    Anyway, fashion: not to be a Negative Nancy, but everyone looked a little frumpy today. I think the color of the dress suits Kate, and the hat (haha, flung at William - good one, Jane) is a saucer on top of her head, but she worked it all right. The dress itself looked a little stiff and old; the Jenny P she wore to introduce HRH Charlotte was more attractive than this, and that was just a shift. My friend and I had bets that she would go with blue! I prefer 2012 and 2014's looks far more than this one, but, again, I think Kate makes extra efforts not to "outshine" the other Royals (and who really cares about Beatrice and Eugenie unless they're out with Harry or Cressida Bonas? Not this reader, sorry;))
    All's well that ends well, in a sense; I was very happy to see Kate today and it's clear that she dotes on her son, which is lovely.
    *flings proverbial hat from balcony*:)

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  61. I stumbled across your blog yesterday and, having spent some time reading it, i'm impressed. This specific post seems to have produced a number of responses all of which have their merits. However, as a Brit, I find this whole thing a little OTT for the following reason(s). Trooping the Colour is the Sovereign's Birthday Parade. I'm sure I don't need to go into the specifics of what the event entails, but essentially, each year, one of the Foot Guards regiments troops its Colour through the ranks in front of the Queen. The focus of yesterday was 1. The Sovereign + 2. The Welsh Guards - nobody else. Yes, Catherine + George are the 'brand' but yesterday wasn't about that. It was about upholding a tradition that has existed since (at least) the mid-18th Century and will continue long after George (diverging slightly - his wave was adorable!). So, while i'm sympathetic to this view that certain members of the family were marginalised, I would argue that it's not about them. They can do their 'PR' the other 364 days of the year. Like many events here in Britain, Trooping the Colour is a tradition. In that sense, tradition trumps individuals every time.

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  62. Hi Jane. I read your original post and admit that I then had to go back and look at the photos and videos again. Personally, when I first saw the pictures, before reading the post my first few thoughts were: 1. How amazing to have such a big, multi-generational family like this. I never knew my grandparents and my entire family, including all spouse and grandchildren numbers less than 10 and I had three sisters, all living. So 10 is a very small number. 2. My second thought was "oh my gosh, I hope that balcony doesn't collapse under the weight!" 3. My third thought was, oh dear, they all look so glum, what could have happened!? Having reflected on it and after reading your post, I agree with you completely. I also don't think there was any malice, but the optics of this balcony appearance are very bad. And while it may have looked fine on the videos and live, it's the stills that record the event for posterity. I think you're right and I fully expect to read in the tabloid front pages in the supermarket next week that it was all Camilla's fault and she orchestrated it all to undermine Kate (LOL). At the end of the day, I just have to say this.... Maybe they were all just pissed that they didn't get to go to the wedding in Sweden??
    Loved Kate's entire ensemble. And I thought she looked drawn and tired. Regardless of Charles saying that Charlotte is sleeping through the night, I'm sure the reality is that she's generally a little easier than George was, but still has her fussy nights. Add an energetic toddler to the mix and tired probably covers it nicely.

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  63. Why does everyone keep saying this might be the last time we see a photo of the four generations together? Is the Queen going somewhere? Am I missing something? She's healthy and sturdy, why are we so morbid? I find it more likely that we have quite a few opportunities to see them all together over the next five years.

    The fashion: I strongly dislike the Peter Pan collars and wish she'd lay off them. They come off as twee to me. Shiny silk on top of that - oof. I loved the first Trooping outfit but since then - miss, miss, miss, miss for me. Its at the point where I can count on the outfit for this event being one of my least favorite of the year, every year! I think that while I started following Kate for the fashion that is nearly gone for me as I haven't quite 'gotten' many of the choices since she had George, and that's fine but it's a new phase of interest for me. While I appreciate she's become a mom and matured over the past years I feel she's skipped early thirties and shot right into the forties, in terms of age appropriateness.

    Oh well - still have nothing but warm wishes for the whole family!

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  64. My 50cents on the whole story is that the royal family wanted to give the opportunity of an historic pic with the foursome queen plus three future kings and I don't think this includes Kate, which is a great asset but not the future king. Think positive: she stands in the second line but she is very visible from every angle , in some pic you see the quee, will, george, charles and kate perking inside. Camilla is pretty invisible , not to mention Prince Philip, divided from hiw wife, son and grandson by boy severn! And I think Philip is a very important member of the family !
    So let's come back to the ground, the monarchy is not all about Kate and she wil have plenty of time in the future to get the first row.

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  65. Has anyone actually read the writers actual comments? I think she has explained this more than once, and each time it is the same message, which is whatever you want to think was the reason or why it was ok, the "optics" are bad. I think someone else agreed with that, too. I think the overreaction is everyone trying to make this ok by any explanation possible. No one said it was all about Kate or all about anyone, or not about tradition stuff or anything else, just that the pictures look like Kate is the only royal wife who was sent to the back. Why not just admit that it looks really bad? Kate is the only wife/husband who wasn't in the front row, and she was right there awkwardly behind the Queen. The pictures look bad, as she said. It seems kind of obvious to an impartial observer. Jane Barr, I hope you are not smashing your computer right now. I admire your patience and kindness which seems to be a special part of your blog/personality. Please keep blogging, your common sense is a breath of fresh air.

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    1. But that's just it. It doesn't look bad at all. She is right next to her husband, though just slightly behind his left arm (as Charles is slightly behind Camilla if you want to really analyze everything). She is not having to reach way around to talk to George, she merely leans over a bit. Though behind the Queen, she is still right in the center of the balcony, not pushed off to the side among the cousins. People keep saying this event wasn't about her just underlines the fact that there was no reason for her to be front and center. She is right in the middle of the family group and right next to her own family unit. Calling this a disaster is incorrect.

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    2. I am in agreement 10:44.

      It is all how you wish to interpret it. To many of us it did not "look bad" as you put it. If you expectations were to see Kate and family in a full front photo, then you expectations were not met. If your expectations were to see Kate with Will and George then our expectations were met. Obviously Jane's and your expectations were not met, but for most of us they were and we are just as an "impartial observer" as are you have "common sense" as well - just a difference of opinion.

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  66. I love and have bookmarked this blog, but I think you have blown this one way out of proportion. From what has been made public about her background, Kate has had every advantage in life. Unless there is a literal revolution in the U.K, she will continue to be fine. Future monarchs will have her dna centuries from now.

    I don't think positioning on a balcony for 30 or 45 minutes one day-or however long they were there- will ultimately be a big deal. I personally look forward to what I think are more important firsts with George and Charlotte-taking them to school-their first walkabouts shaking hands.

    William has shown her family every deference, and I think preference. He has never shown her any jealousy or disrespect.

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  67. It was a birthday celebration, centered on family That fact is made clear by James's presence near the Queen, possibly as Edward's stand-in.. Kate is as much family as Camilla or Timothy. This was not the time
    for a generational Monarch picture. That was done at George's christening and I have no doubt will be done again in
    future- in the proper environment-inside a palace, not on a crowded balcony.
    If there was meant to be a four- generation picture, why was William, who is not the next monarch, standing to the Queen's
    immediate right? Charles off to the side. What kind of message would that send?
    I think people are grasping at straws in order to justify what was likely either an inadvertent mix-up or a Kate choice.
    Either way, I'm with our Jane. It just didn't look right.

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    1. mk, It only "didn't look right" if that is what YOU choose to see it as such. Many of us chose to NOT see it as an affront to Kate. It will always be the right "time" to show the four generations together. I think someone else up the thread a little stated it best as "failed expectations" on our part rather than a PR gaf.

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    2. I am sorry, Anon 12:09, I am largely moving on from this discussion because I think there won't be agreement and, well, life does move on, but I have to jump in here and correct you. You have, in fact, very aptly made my point. You are choosing to see something positive, but my point is that when you have a photo that can so very easily be interpreted very badly, as yesterdays most certainly could have, that is a PR fluff. You chose not to see that. That is great! The best spin is always ideal, but when you ahem a photo that can be so easily used in a negative manner, as this photo clearly can be used, then it can be used and it is a fluff. Yesterday was a fluff. Not every photo can be twisted easily into an ugly story or to prove a point. The photos of Kate today smiling and playing with George cannot be used to say that Kate is a bad mother. Anyone wanting to hurt or damage her could not take one of those shots and easily spin any kind of bad story around them. I can take yesterday's photos, of Anne and her husband, side-by-side, of Camilla and Charles, side-by-side, the Queen and Philip, flush at the front of the balcony, and then William, with Kate behind him popping up and down. I can make a lot of ugly points with those photos, as this almost 200-comment long thread can attest. That is entirely spirit from what I might think (which is that nothing is actually wrong) and could be entirely separate from reality.

      The point is not whether you want to put a good spin on it, the point is CAN a malicious person put a bad one on it. They can. Some will.

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  68. I like Julia's remarks. I hadn't given it (Kate's placement) a thought. There are a lot of people out there. And, while I adore Kate, she is NOT the focus of the monarchy.

    I thought it was great to see HM babysitting James! That is so cute

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  69. If one wants to look svelte, just stand beside the York sisters :-)

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  70. Well, after the release of all the amazing photos today of Catherine and George at the Beaufort Club watching William and Harry play polo.... there is nothing wrong with her figure. In fact, she looks amazing! :) You would never know she had a baby 6wks ago. So, sadly, I must agree with Jane's take of the Trouping of Colours. :(

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  71. I would also like to add, I don't think that this outfit really suited her. It didn't fit as nicely as many of her coat-dresses. Perhaps she wasn't happy with how it felt on. I think it could have been tailored a little better. Maybe who ever did tailor it had no idea she would bounce back into shape so fast. I do like the hat, but I would like it better with a different hair style and with a solid color or navy & white combo.

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  72. Good evening ladies! I hope you all have found a moment to peruse the post on Kate's polo appearance. Super, super sweet shots. This thread is, for all intents and purposes largely closed. I am not saying I won't approve a comment on it, but 'a camel could pass through the eye of the needle' with more ease. ;) I think this was one of the biggest miscommunications in FBTB history. I stand by my thesis: terrible, terrible photos. A PR fluff has absolutely nothing to do with the intention of those in the situation, au contraire, usually the subjects have the best of intentions. It has nothing to do with the most positive spin that fans can put on the photos or audio, either. It rests solely on the ability of a malicious third party to twist words or actions to a negative bent. These photos certainly qualified. Kate's hat awkwardly bobbing up and down in the background will live in infamy in history books, but..what can you do, eh? For those who disagree, I will not convince you. I frankly have not heard a single comment that took on the actual point that I made and argued against it logically. I heard a lot about intentions on the part of the royals--not the point I made, and about how the fans who love the royals didn't mind--again, not the point I made, and how Kate was not the center of the day, also not at issue, but I never, ever heard someone say, that a person with malicious intent could not take these photos and weave an unflattering storyline around them. If you can do that, I want to hear from you! To make this clear here is the thesis statement:

    We have a photo of Elizabeth & Philip, Charles, and Camilla, Anne and...(whatever her husband's name is) all standing shoulder to shoulder, and then we have William holding his baby and the mother of his child is standing behind him...

    Your challenge: argue there is no person who could take this photo and say it is awkward or...fill in the negative blank.

    Again, it has nothing to do with the best BEST spin, nothing to do with the intentions of the individuals involved, nothing to do with the focus you'd rather have people thinking about. Every single person whose career has been ruined over a dumb comment or thoughtless moment has people who love them thinking the best, "seeing their heart", understanding their intentions. It doesn't matter, that isn't what defines a PR fluff.

    I think we have hit a stale mate. Those we see it as a very awkward photo-set cannot see it otherwise, and those who believe it was fine will not change their perspective either. I would only ask, therefore, that you always see life though this lens. The positive takeaway from this post is that you recognize that many of the cut-and-dry stories in the media today have a lot of spin on them. Examine the other party's story, and know that not everyone crucified by press and public alike is anything more than a victim. Just like I can take this one picture and paint a wretched tale about the royals, isolated soundbites and still shots are just as easily manipulated. If we were as diligent in ferreting out the facts and actual intentions in politics as we were here defending the Royals, we'd change the world.

    Ok, speech over, I suspect topic concluded...back to clothes. :)

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  73. Aside from the snub of the Duchess, why did Harry look so exceedingly sad while standing on that balcony? He appeared to be ruminating about something dark and disturbing. I felt badly for him when I looked at his expressionless eyes in the photographs.

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  74. honestly, Kate just looks worn out. She just had a baby and could probably give a crap where she was standing. im sure she preferred hiding. And Jane, don't edit your posts because of haters. Stand up to them. You said nothing wrong.

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