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William & Kate To Attend America's Cup World Series

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Good afternoon, all y'all. I feel like we are strangers... Blogging has been sparse these days thanks to Mrs. Cambridge's absence from the limelight and Ms. Barr's seemingly endless personal commitments. Sorry about that. The good news is that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake a joint engagement on July 26th! They will be in Portsmouth at the America's Cup World Series. 



Below, Kate is pictured with Ben Ainslie during the 2012 Olympic Games. The Duchess was in Weymouth to watch the GB sailing team compete:



As you are all entirely aware, Kate is very involved with Ben Ainslie's initiative to bring the America's Cup home to Britain, and with the associated charity The 1851 Trust. Who can forget her stunning appearance in Greenwich in that white Jaeger, set off perfectly by the lush green lawns? 



She missed out on an event with Ainslie due to her rough pregnancy with Princess Charlotte, but was able to make it out to Portsmouth in February of this year for an event before her due-date. 



I am sure she is excited to be back at such an exciting sailing event, and to share the experience this time with Prince William. Hello! fills us in on the details:
The Duke and Duchess will watch six international sailing teams, including one from the UK, compete in two races, Kensington Palace has said.
William and Kate will then present medals to the teams at the Waterfront Festival Arena.



So, look forward to next weekend! Next, reader Andrea from the Netherlands found a snap of William and Kate lunching at Wimbledon in 2014.  Andrea told me that the woman in the photo is Daphne Deckers,  a Dutch TV presenter and actress, who attended Wimbledon at the invitation of King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands. Pretty snazzy! Apparently, the rough translation here is that Ms. Deckers tried to take a sneaky selfie, but she thinks given the look on Kate's face that the princess noticed. :) I bet Kate is pretty attuned to these sorts of under the radar snaps.


As you can see from the photo, Kate is wearing the Roamer dress from Zimmermann that she had recently debuted in Australia.


Meanwhile, the Cambridges continue to live their lives in Norfolk.  Much was made of William's first day on the job, during which he gave a brief interview and discussed balancing life as a royal and trying to be an average guy. 



He clearly understands he can't be normal forever, but obviously he plans to savor all the time he has in this stage of his life.
At some point there is going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from the other side of my life, but at the moment I'm juggling the two of them and a young family and I'm enjoying it and I like the challenge.
He continued to discuss how happy he is with his family saying:
It has been fantastic and [Charlotte] has been a little joy of heaven. But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He's a little monkey. But it is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled. And Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I'm very proud of her.
You can watch the interview over at BBC here.

There was a bit of a kerfuffle over a doctor on William's team who was a "Kate look-alike."  I frankly think far too much was made of this on both sides. Every brunette within a twenty year age range seems to be a Kate look-alike, and the papers usually roll it as a human interest story because, honestly, no one has anything else to really talk about in the Kate department when she is off raising those royal babies. It's par for the course. E! ran the story here if you need to get caught up on the non-news in your life. Other papers also ran it.



The East Anglian Air Ambulance made matters worse by publicly commenting on the story, saying the comparison trivialized their work. In the sense the story was a fluff-piece, it was a trivial story, but I didn't feel it trivialized the work William or his colleagues do. It's not as if this was an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. I honestly think we are too sensitive as a society, but it kept things interesting this week, so there was that. 

To round this gossip session off... several weeks ago I posted a regram on Kate's Clothes's Instagram about a dress Tory Burch featured on her feed. I was initially attracted by the room, actually, but then I zeroed in on the dress...





A week or so went by and lo and behold, not Kate, but aide and gal-pal Natasha Archer showed up at Wimbledon in the very dress! The actual gossip part is not that Natasha wore the paisley dress I thought Kate might pick, but that she is dating royal snapper Chris Jackson. Isn't that like consorting with the "enemy"? :)



I figured since this entire blog is about a woman (whom the majority of us have not met--I know you have Carole ;)) and her relationship, that the relationship of another, closely associated woman, might also be of interest.  It made me smile! I hope we learn more... These ancillary love stories are very engaging. 

The Envy of Many: Natasha Archer Hanging out with Kate


Ok, all, that's it from me. You now know everything about Kate that I found interesting this week.  There were other bits and bobs: Someone said they were touring Sandringham "Palace" on July 13th and saw Kate and George, and William has been spotted landing his helicopter here an there.  That is truly all the interesting info that is currently circulating. 

Hopefully, it won't be so long till the next post, but be assured, Sunday the 26th, I will be here. 

57 comments:

  1. Yay for an official engagement! I giggle in a girlish way that William is joining her...at her last engagement with Ben I commented, and another poster agreed, that he can be photographed smiling and looking at Kate in something I make out to be an innocent crush. So part of my girlishness is that William is jokingly going as "Ben, I've seen the papers...remember she's a married woman, wink wink, LOL".

    Tory Burch making that comment makes me think that she knew the dress was sent to the Cambridge's office...and while Kate maybe has her own, maybe she passed and it ended up with Natasha.

    On William's co-worker...I agree it is par for the course. However, a lot of extramarital affairs start at work - I've seen it happen more than once. Personally, the only people I know who have had affairs are all ones started at work (my grandparents included *cough cough*). So while I think we have nothing to worry about, the story gets traction because history shows these things are likely.

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    1. I think the innocent crush might be mutual! Looks how her feet are and that smile. :) Of course I think there is nothing happening at all, but even after you're married, you can still have little nonsense crushes on people! I think it will be great to have both William and Kate there, I always love to see them on events together, especially informal events.

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  2. Looking forward to the 26th---joint engagements always seem so much better .
    Maybe there will be some photos before that for George's 2nd birthday.
    Didn't think the doctor looked very like Catherine and anyway was surprised she had left her hair loose whilst on duty.
    Unfortunately when Catherine is not carrying out public engagements newspapers make up all kinds of stories.

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  3. Can't wait to see what she'll wear to this next official engagement! I love the Jaeger and wish she would recycle that at some point. Not for the same event, obviously.

    The whole thing about the Kate "look alike" is so British press. No wonder the Royals often have to force a smile for them. Honestly. I'm a little skeptical of the relationship between her personal assistant and a member of said press. That seems like a potential powder keg with the fuse sitting a little too close to the match.

    On a side note - If Natasha did indeed encourage Kate to "show more leg and ditch her beloved wedges" - why is she now wearing the modest length *with* a pair of wedges? Doesn't anybody read their copy anymore before these things go to print? In the end, that dress would have looked great on Kate - maybe with her bespoke blue beret.

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    1. I agree the possibilities with Natasha, but am not concerned right now. Have you watched Newsroom or House of Cards? I envision that kind of drama :-)

      I thought the same thing when I read the Adam article...."but she's wearing wedges?!". LOL

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    2. I remember a time starting about a year ago there seemed to be information getting out about W&C . I wondered-bugged phones again? I suspected a close source. The date night before the pregnancy announcement restaurant
      photos, the amazing photo op at the three month doctor visit. In fact, the report of her pregnancy, weeks along, accurately announced for the second time by a former friend of Catherine's-who had no personal contact with Kate-and other incidences led me to suspect a close souce was violating confidentiality.
      I have not seen pictures or news of Miss Archer's being anywhere near Catherine for a long time. I am imagining
      a scenario where the public's assumption she works for Catherine could prove advantageous. Perks.

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    3. Anon 7:26 - It is true that we haven't seen her photographed anywhere near Kate since NYC. It does make one wonder.

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    4. Hi ladies, first I agree that these speculations about fashion are a little off, as you have noted. I have always felt, though, that Natasha's role as fashion advisor was significantly overblown by the press. However, Natasha was at the Father's Day polo game just a few weeks ago. Sorry, I didn't run the picture, I should have, but she was there.

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    5. Was she merely attending along with others, or was she photographed assisting Catherine? Her boyfriend is a royal photographer, as you noted, and she may have accompanied him In fact, he may have taken the photo you referenced. . My concern is
      wannabes and hanger's on capitalizing on their associations, past or present.

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    6. Anon 12:32pm: all possibilities, and something W&K are aware of in terms of trusting people. I'm sure they're not naïve if something is going on. Or perhaps, it is innocent. I'm just saying regardless of how things stand with Natasha, I don't think W&K would be unaware.

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    7. I have to agree Anon 12:53pm. William and Kate are pretty savvy when it comes to things like that. I'm sure they're keeping their eye on the situation. No doubt Natasha travels in the same circles but I do wonder if the chumminess has cooled a bit.

      As the inconsistency between the words and the photos show, Jane, I think you're absolutely right about the media creating the role of fashion advisor for Natasha. Kate seems to have always had her own sense of fashion which has grown and matured as she has. If she has a fashion muse I think it would be the collective styles of herself, Pippa, and Carole. Who needs anyone else? They always look stunning.

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  4. Is it only me but it makes me really sad they only have the capacity to attend another sport event. Come on you can do better than this!!!

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    1. Agreed that it is informal. Since I view her as still on mat leave I'll try to reserve judgment - we don't know what may or may not have gone into their decision to attend this and not flyovers ;-) :-P Seriously though I'm trying to reserve judgment until after August (remember how slow last August was due to royals vacationing?) and see what the future has in store for her. In Williams defence, he has been doing a wide range of royal duties (and she just had a baby).

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    2. Jeanne, VancouverJuly 16, 2015 at 7:52 PM

      Katie, your comments are beginning to really irritate me. Are W & K somehow beholden to you for their appearances? Or are you being influenced by the media who try to stir up things with fake stories and innuendo? She's on mat leave, he has a full-time job. If you want to bash them there are lots of other blogs for that ...

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    3. Catherine was invited neither to 7/7 nor the Battle of Britain commemoration. That is why she did not attend. William was invited and attended both 7/7 and the Batttle of Britain commemorations.
      . She is, however, patron for the sailing charity and would be invited. William is accompanying her. It was not presented as a joint event by KP Twitter. As far as sports activities, the Cambridges, especially Catherine, have experience in
      and interest in tennis and sailing. Sophie made a hospital appearance where she had once been a patient. Andrew
      at one time and perhaps still does international business appearances.Charles does the garden run. The Queen and Anne, horse activities.
      Harry does Africa activities.It is a sensible plan for a firm to place their members where their interests and talents lie. Would it make sense to send Sophie to Africa and Harry to a maternity hospital?
      Last August Catherine was suffering from HG.The Queen and Sophie and family were vacationing at Balmoral.
      I don't know where Charles and Camilla were. I suspect Balmoral or their retreat in Scotland.

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    4. Thank you Jeanne for your lovely comment.
      Though as you can send your admiration as I can address my disappointment too up until Jane decides otherwise.

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    5. Where is the proof that she was not invited ? Did KP say this? Was it published in any of the leading dailies? It is ludicrous to suggest that she was not invited. All the other wives were and they all attended at the Palace not the balcony. Why would Kate be left out? And if she was that would be a huge insult. You really think that they would do that to William ?
      I don't buy that she was not invited.

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    6. The only wife there was Sophie and she is a Commodore.

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    7. Katie, if you want to the watch a duchess comforting lepers and hand feeding beggars you will have to get into the Tardis and go back several centuries. In the meantime Kate needs to tend to her family and herself. There,s plenty of time for the usual dreary engagements.

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    8. Anon,

      I suppose Kate would never do that! Not that type!
      On the other hand what a dreary life she has, full of dreary engagements, you r right!!!

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  5. Another sporting event, how fun for her. Duchess Kate, please give some time to your charities. IMO the 1851 Trust is not a valid charity, it is an organization set up to support an elitist sport. I understand she is still on maternity leave but she is handpicking all the "fun" events. She is becoming a lady of leisure. I used to admire her but my fondness is slowly deteriorating the more I follow her life. Jane I do enjoy your blog though, keep up the great work.

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    1. This charity is more than simply a sport---it is giving young people the chance to take part in sailing--which is expensive without support. It is also working to provide apprenticeships in boat building and to try to bring some industry in pleasure craft, to an area which for political reasons. lost it's naval ship building industry.
      Seems to me exactly the kind of charity the Duke and Duchess should support.
      Had you watched the 7/7 commemoration event, which William attended, you would have heard them thank him for accepting their invitation--obviously a personal request, not a general one for a member of the royal family.
      The Battle of Britain thing was for honorary Air Commodores only and Catherine is not one. Her Grandfather fought in the RAF in WW2, so she was unlikely to snub an invitation.
      The Prince of Wales did not attend and he is the member of the family who has most attended the yearly Battle of Britain Sunday service---perhaps he too, did not consider a celebration, a fitting commemoration of the start of a battle

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    2. Jean you are absolutely correct in all you say. The 7/7 event was run by survivors and families of those lost and they extended a personal invitation to William to attend. It was in the newspapers. Unfortunately so many commenters leap to conclusions before trying to establish facts.

      JLN

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    3. I agree with Jean. This is a charity and Kate is patron of the charity. This is an important event for The 1851 Trust and it would be expected that their patron would attend. If EACH was having a big event, I am sure that Kate would be there for that as well. A "fun event" is one that you can go to with your hair in a ponytail and wearing jeans and flip flops, eat hot dogs and candyfloss, have Charlotte in a stroller and run around after George. An engagement is one where you have to get a blow dry, pick an outfit that you know if going to be dissected from head to toe, not eat or drink anything in public, smile a lot and hand shake a lot. That's not a bad thing, but my point is that this is an engagement Kate is attending in her capacity as patron. Will she enjoy it? Definitely. Should she stay home because it isn't about mental health or be as weighty and heavy as some think it should be? I don't think so. She is patron of this charity. She is able to attend this important event for them. Good for her.

      As for the coverage about William and the doctor on his team, I think the coverage is disgusting. No wonder William has issued with the British media. This is why.

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    4. Elitist? That's a word that is usually spoken by someone who is mad because someone else is having fun their own way.

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    5. Jane in Canada, I agree.

      Royal engagements come in many colors. Some are serious in nature (like their work with Child Bereavement UK) while others will be seen as "fun".

      And Anon 9:54, yes, the word "elitist" is telling.

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  6. looking forward to that event on 26th july I think William coworker or the doctor was fine her hair is nice I think she will annoyed on media circus being dubbed the kate looklike

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  7. Sonja from BavariaJuly 17, 2015 at 2:37 AM

    I'm so excited that Kate & William will attend the America's Cup World Series.

    Regarding the headlines about william at this brunette doctor: I think it's absolutely ridiculous. The doctor married only a short time ago and William loves Kate (who has given him two lovely children and is such a beautiful woman).

    I don't agrer with all those people who say that she's lazy or something like that. Kate IS on maternity leave and she undertakes a small number of engagements so that she doesn't disappear at all. Almost all mothers I know stop working after the birth of their babys and start working half-time again as soon as their youngest child starts school. That's pretty common here. Charlotte is only 2 months old!! Of course kate wants to care for her herself. And, she can afford it, it's not that she has to work because they need money. In my opinion, Kate is a fantastic mother and has every right to be on maternity leave ( even though it's a pity for us because we don't get to see her that often ;) ).

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  8. Carmen, The NetherlandsJuly 17, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    I was so excited last week when I saw the snap Daphne Deckers posted on her Facebookpage. And great that someone brought it to your attention!
    Did you know that Daphne is married to Richard Krajicek, a former Dutch tennisplayer who won Wimbledon in 1996? Just some side info :)
    Kate looks definitely like she knows what is going on, but I guess she is pretty used to people taking "secret" pictures with her in the background :D

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    1. I didn't know that! I had no idea who Daphne was until Andrea sent me the snap with the explanation. I was so grateful that she sent it along, it was very cute!
      I doubt Kate really minds, especially as long as it is before she starts sipping her soup. :)

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    2. Very interesting and Daphene is gorgeous, she looked great while trying to take an unnoticed "selfie", the comment on the picture was cute. ali

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  9. I'm so sad that the good news of Kate & William making an appearance at the America's Cup event has caused such a negative stir. Yes, this is a sporting event and so was Wimbledon. However, besides calling much needed attention to charities, we must not forget that one of the royal family's big responsibilities is to be ambassadors for Great Britain. With the America's Cup being an international event I can't think of a more suitable venue for this aspect of their jobs. The charitable part of The 1851 Trust, as has been so capably explained by Jean from Lancs, fits in with the other part of their jobs. IMHO, this event is a win-win for a woman who is still on maternity leave. Be happy, people, you could have to wait until September!

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  10. I have noticed that the number of nasty articles on Kate and William are increasing in the press and they seem to be making very direct accusations nowadays rather than hints. This is from a recent article in L&S:

    A bad one, according to the queen. “She would never say this in public, but even Her Majesty described Kate as ‘Duchess Do-Little’ when she was very tired one day,” shares a Buckingham Palace source. “She comes from a different generation and has a sense of duty above all else.”

    I am sure it is false, but the fact that the media is willing to actually print this, trash as it is, says something. They would never have done this a few years ago.

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    1. Is L&S even a reputable publication? Or is it on par with the Globe and Star magazine? Because if it is the latter, I would recommend that you don't waste your precious time reading that garbage.

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  11. Have not read any other comments, yet, altho I will. Just wanted my first comment on this post to be an undiluted reflection of my personal POV.

    Up first, what I hope Kate will wear on the 26th: Please God, let it be the Lela Rose off-white/cream dress she first wore in Australia. I loved it for its nautical touch (any maritimer would have noticed that the crochet the dress featured was reminiscent, in the prettiest way, of a fisherman's net) and further, may she wear it with matching shoes, not platform, and with--horror of horrors, BRF speaking, an over-the-shoulder bag--shoes and bag, both in a sort-of caramel colour. And altho I know this will never happen, I would love to see the outfit completed with a pair of large, gold hoop earrings, with her hair worn up.

    What I don't want to see is a cheap take on navy and white--an expensive take,well,maybe.

    Jane (Barr),this post could keep me going for weeks! Suffice it to say that the silly media, and the attention drawn to some female doctor who sort-of resembled Kate, is unworthy of comment.


    What did interest me was your decriptition of William *trying to be an average guy*. I submit that William qualifies wonderfully and naturally as average, in most respects. (His height is above-average, for instance, as is/was his swimming ability, which was not encouraged to flower. (Funny that. Both of his two above-average traits were gifts from Diana.)

    Saving the rest for another time.

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    1. P.S. Heres hoping that since Norfolk borders the ocean, complete with beaches and sails, that Kate is given the opportunity to pursue her interest in sailing. Seems fair; William, after all. has been given the chance to follow-up on his assumed interest in flying!

      JC

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  12. There are lots of serious comments here, some truly worthy of discussion and debate…but I'm heading for the superficial: her ponytail in the top two photos is so magnificent!

    It reminded me to the funniest line I read about her American tour: "Her ponytail made me want to be a better person." Ha!
    http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2014/12/kate-middleton-new-york-visit-what-i-learned

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  13. Okey-dokey, here goes. (And Jane, if this comment never sees daylight, I will understand, since it deals with comments on another, supposedly, pro-Kate site, which I have followed for a couple of years, and have even occasionally added a comment. You are probably asking yourself why I didn't post my comment there; the answer is that it strikes me as having crossed the line. It began as a sugary-sweet Kate fan site and has become, gradually, anything but. I am all for freedom of speech, but really!!)

    And Royalfan and mk, I could use some reinforcement; you have both posted there repeatedly--so heres hoping you aren't on some dumb vacation--I would never take a break without Jenny; I mean, how thoughtless can you get?

    To wit: Jane (Barr) is it true that Action on Addiction recently held a gala fundraiser which Kate did not attend?--Jenny was having another nervous breakdown, at the time--so fill me in.

    Lets pretend that Action on Addiction did, and that, obviously, Kate wasn't there, yet, she was at Wimbledon (with William) and is about to attend the Americas Cup World Series (Sailing event), again, with William in tow. (Face it folks: William has never, to my knowledge, attended Wimbledon unless accompanied by either his mother or his wife, and on every occasion, he seems to enjoy himself. Crazy, eh? And I strongly suspect that he will enjoy the sailing event just as much. I don't want to get Freudian here, but it really does seem that Kate is instinctively picking up the reins Diana left, for no other reason than the simple fact that she loves tennis and sailing--and maybe William does too--note: it has been widely reported that William is planning to build a new tennis court at Anmer Hall; no doubt, he intends to defeat Kate. (Good luck, Will; you're gonna need it.)

    So, suppose Kate skipped a gala event for Action on Addiction. My first thought, which seems to have escaped many others, is that she is on a fixed income, c/o Charles, and that she didn't want to waste what little she had on an expensive evening gown which probably wouldn't fit in six months (I know I am in a distinct minority, but I do believe that she is no Trust Fund baby and that William barely qualifies as wealthy, let alone rich.--Just check out his non-existent wardrobe.)

    Well,thats about it, then--except to add WHERE THE HELL ARE ROYALFAN AND MK?

    JC

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    1. Hi JC, I actually do not know what blog you are referring to, but I am not aware of an Action on Addiction event she skipped. There very well could have been one, I just haven't been paying a great deal of attention. Summer, and all. :) I remember there was an event several months ago, and she didn't go to that, certainly. I am not surprised. It isn't as if Kate makes more than a small fraction of the events her various charities put on. How could she? All these organizations are constantly promoting and raising money, and Kate just can't make them all.

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    2. JC-02:01 pm-New policy: I only comment during the full moon and then only on sites where admin. does not act
      irritated with me and feel it necessary to point me out, by both direct and indirect reference,as the example of what not to do and what is the wrong
      viewpoint to have, while allowing posters who constantly bring up the "work" subject, which is forbidden in name only on some sites.
      I do miss old times, JC. It was fun while it lasted.mk
      You do know I don't go by mkleinfeldt in the real world? There may actually be an mkleinfeldt who follows Kate.
      Hate to trash that person's rep. This mk does not post on other sites.

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    3. JC, come on now. :) If Kate *had* missed it (while being seen at Wimbledon and with the "fun" sailing engagement coming up), it would have been headline news.

      As for the reinforcement you requested, well, here goes... I agree with your "sugary" assessment; initially, it was. As the blog grew in popularity and the comments section became more diverse, I believe there were restrictions regarding the "work" issue and perhaps even the Middleton family (?), but I am going by memory at the end of a long day. :) Without a doubt, the comments have become more negative, but as folks there have pointed out, if they are posted, they have been approved by the moderator.

      I respect a moderator's right to run his/her blog as he/she sees fit. But I do admit to scratching my head at following a subject/person you don't like or respect (not to be confused with a difference of opinion). I don't have that much free time and I prefer positive energy in the time I do have. Lol.

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    4. Royalfan, thanks for weighing in. And now that you mention it, I do agree that the British press would've made mincemeat of Kate if she had skipped an Action on Addiction gala. However, I also know how quickly the media moves on, and as I stated originally, Jenny made a unilateral decision to go off-line for a week. ( She drives me nuts; my husband has threatened to replace her, repeatedly; can you imagine? How cold-hearted can you get? Have I named by beloved coffee-maker or, for that matter, any other appliance? Of course not! But Jenny has personality, and I respect that. Hows that for positive energy?) :))

      Sooo...someone who calls herself mk has also replied to my SOS. But how do I know that she's the real McCoy? She didn't sign off in her usual manner, altho she does seem to possess an irreverent sense of humour. I am playing a waiting game here; certainly, she COULD be my fellow criminal-in-arms, or, she could be an imposter.

      JC

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  14. Jane, I deliberately neglected to mention the name of the site, but it is one with which I think you are familiar. (Why trash a site? It may revive.) But its current state has given me great respect for yours; I think I have, from time to time, been something of a trial; I am trying, really. Think I will be trying harder to keep this a friendly site. And I am counting on you to do the same. PLEASE.

    Now...are you saying that because its summer you haven't been paying proper attention to Kate? This is a hanging offence, for sure. What if I, or anyone else, said something truly outrageous about Kate, and you let it go because it was *summer, and all?* Not that I would; pathetically, I rather think that I view Kate in much the same way that others once viewed Diana. And the upshot is that I, who never followed Diana, feel as tho it is necessary to defend both women! Gawd, I need a full-time psychiatrist--and you need to pay attention!

    I have not seen anything yet to suggest that Kate missed a fund-raising function on behalf of Action on Addiction. This idea may have been nothing more than a manufactured story. Who knows? I will keep my eyes wide open. In any case, thanx Jane, for answering.

    JC

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  15. Anonymous 7:25 you confuse me... almost passive aggressive. Forgive me... my biz is psych. Hanging offense? I am sure that is a joke....yet I so sense a undercurrent...

    I for one feel the entire thread just went South. ... just what are we dicussing?

    Head spins... totally lost

    Nina

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  16. JC. I know which blog you refer to and confirm that I gave up on it 6 months ago. I love this blog because to me it fits my definition of the perfect blog. Jane is the author and she writes not only about the subject (Kate and her fashion) but also gives us her opinion and thoughts on the subject matter and then interacts with us when time permits. The other blog does not. A blog shouldn't just be a reporting of the facts and then open season for the commenters. We can get that from the Daily Mail. A good blog lets the reader into the mind of the blogger. Jane does that. She then gently and with grace and good humour (and infinite patience) ensures that her commenters keep to the rules of the blog. That allows those of us who are here not only to keep up with Kate's activities and fashion, but to also enjoy Jane's take on those very things and the opinions of each other. We don't have to agree. Debate and discussion are great things. But the atmosphere has to encourage thoughtful dialogue rather than bashing. We come here to discuss an interesting woman with an interesting life. Not to disparage her because the life she has isn't "normal" enough. Thank you Jane. You are the ultimate blogger on this topic. In my humble opinion.

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    1. Sonja from BavariaJuly 20, 2015 at 3:43 AM

      Amen. Couldn't have said it better!

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    2. Jane and JC

      I partly agree with you and see your point when you write that through a blog you can get a picture of the blogger's mind too, but on the other hand it can be a disadvantage too. Because one's opinion is very subjective, sometimes too biased, too sugar coated, I have read this here before, people referring to Jane's site like that.
      I think you can find many sites out there, which provide what readers need.

      And if one's doesn't like the bashing of KATE, why do you enjoy bashing another site? I find that PARTICULARLY unfair to the other blogger. Don't like it, don't read it. She does probably her best, like Jane, but from a different perspective. I thiink that's fine.

      And it is also healthy to debate but unfortunately for some, any criticism is bashing. People take this way too personally.

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    3. Katie, I do not believe that anyone here bashed another blog. Opinions and preferences were expressed, but not in a disrespectful manner. On the other hand, on more than one occasion this blog has been condemned, yet it hasn't stopped the same folks from posting here (whether it is under the same name or not). Go figure. :)

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    4. I would like to figure out news in connection with the subject matter, and pay less attention to personal stuff like who posts where, under which name and why.

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  17. I'm sorry Katie. I didn't mean to bash another site. You are correct, if you don't like it don't go there and read it. I don't and I don't. There are lots of blogs out there about Kate and I drop in on some of them from time to time. My point is simply that for me a true blog is an expression of the blogger's thoughts and opinions on whatever the blog is about. A reporting of facts, with some research thrown in is an excellent resource, it just isn't what I'm looking for in a blog. I truly am sorry if you consider that criticism. It wasn't meant to be. As to your point about getting a picture of the blogger's mind being a disadvantage, I think you've helped make my point. Jane isn't a reporter required to state the facts without editorial. The very essence of a blog is the editorial of the blogger. I can read a newspaper for the facts. The research is nice though and I applaud writers who have the time and interest to go out and do that research for me. But there can be no disadvantage in a blogger writing his or her opinion about the topic. Here is a definition of a "blog": "A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions". Granted, there are different definitions and I will admit that a blog can be anything you want it to be, but it is up to the reader to follow the kind of blog that interests her. This is that kind of blog for me. That's all I'm trying to say Katie. I'm sorry if you read something else into it.

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    1. I didn't read anything into it really, as I understand your point of view, and support it to a certain point. We differ on whether it is adv or disadv but that's life:))
      The main point of my little text was really the bashing of other site, which YOU didn't do. Next time I reply separately. I meant for that to JC. But I referred to that at the beginning. Nice talking to you and get diff. perspectives.

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  18. Katie, JC replying. I don't think I really BASHED another site; that was not my intent, nor did I name it. I was simply expressing a POV, in the hope that Jane would continue to take care that she keeps her finger on the pulse of we posters, lest the whole thing runs away from her. Jane (Barr) seemed to understand that, as did Jane in Canada, who said it, perhaps better.

    Written without intent to offend.

    JC

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    1. We differ a bit here, I like good discussions, more people more opinions. Of course as everywhere there are extremes. I just didn't find it fair to discuss the other site, its readers this way.
      But thanks for discussing this in a friendly manner.

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  19. Well I think the problem here is that we have way too many Janes. LOL

    Hard to keep up. Maybe we should have numbers assigned to each of you?? ??

    Little levity. .....

    ........ my head was spinning earlier. But I think I got it all organized.

    Nina

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    1. Hate to tell you this Nina, but my real first name is Catherine. Catherine Jane and I go by Kate. Since I thought it wise not to use Kate on a Kate blog, I went with my middle name and added the in Canada to distinguish from our esteemed blogger. But if it makes things easier for your spinning head, I could switch to CJ. Or I could just go with Kate and let everyone wonder if Jane has a royal follower. Now that would be interesting. Hmmmm.

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    2. Hahahahaha...... hilarious!

      You just keep whatever name you want Jane in Canada! ! Too funny....

      Maybe Kate II.. hehe

      Nina

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  20. Hello everyone, I thought I should add that Daphe Deckers, the blonde lady in the picture above, is married to Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek which is why she is invited to and a frequent guest at the Royal Box.

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