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Zara Tindall & the Cambridges

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Four years ago, Kate and William were finishing of their weekend in Scotland attending Zara Phillps wedding to Mike Tindall. they were photographed taking walking hand-in-hand in Holyrood Park William and Kate had finished off a blockbuster tour of Canada and Southern California earlier in the month, but these shots were still very exciting. We were still getting used to Kate Middleton as the Duchess of Cambridge and these very normal and sweet moments were charming everyone!




On the 29th, the night before the wedding, the royals gathered on the Royal Yacht Britannia for a cocktail party after the rehearsal.  Kate wore the DVF "Maja" she had debuted earlier in the month in Los Angeles, and paired it with black Prada pumps, her Anya Hindmrach clutch, and her Cassandra Goad "Temple of Heaven" earrings. (see where she has worn these other items before at this ensemble's outfit page at Kate's Clothes, here.)


Zara and Mike wed the next day at Canongate Kirk with their families around them. Kate recycled her DAY brocade coat, which she has worn to more than one wedding, and added a new, striking hat by Gina Foster. 



This was likely a particularly moving wedding, because not only was this a family wedding, but Zara is quite close to William, and Kate seems to have a very good rapport with her, too. William's first cousin, Zara is very down-to-earth with a relaxed personality.



She is a bit of a tom-boy and easily mingled with William and Harry from the earliest days, probably standing in as the sister they never had. Both boys are close to her. They are paired together in the photos of most family events. I particularly like this shot from 1984 with Zara are snuggling up to William as they watched the flyover at Trooping:



Here are Zara and William are goofing around outside St. Mary Magdalene on Christmas Day in 1988 in the exact spot where William's own son dashed about amusing his elders and peeking at his sister in her pram.


They holiday together, here the trio (William, Harry, and Zara) posed for photographers in Klosters with Prince Charles in 1998:



Here, William escorts Zara on the Christmas morning walk to church at Sandringham in 2009...


...and gives an affectionate and teasing hug while enjoying Gatcombe with family in 2010. 




Kate and Zara seemed to get on well as William began to incorporate his girlfriend into his royal life, and the two women mingled often on the polo sidelines...



Zara joined William, Kate and friends at Cheltenham in 2007 when the world got their first look at the fissures in the royal romance:


Zara was seated right in front of Kate at the Diana Memorial concert in 2007, and she turned often to laugh and interact with Kate, who at that time was publicly still "the ex" even though privately she and William were already on the mend.



Here, Kate was attending Peter Phillips's birthday party here in November of 2007 with William, Zara and her then-boyfriend Mike Tindall:


Zara keeps a low-profile, but I always enjoy seeing the photos of her with the more active royals when they are relaxing in down time. At a polo game in 2012, Zara spent a lot of time playing with her niece Savannah, and she was joined by Kate who had not yet had her first at that time:


Below, Zara stops to greet William and Kate outside the service marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation:

  
Zara and her husband Mike joined Prince Harry (with whom Zara is also close) in a charity rugby match in wheelchairs during the Invitcus Games.



The trio had a ball on the court while Peter Phillips, his wife Autumn, Pippa and James Middleton watched from the stands:



With so much history, it is no surprise that the young royals remain close. Nine years after their day at the Rundle Polo Club, the two women were greeting each other at the sidelines of another game, this time Kate is a Duchess and both women have children they will doubtless raise with the same connection that Zara enjoyed with William:




A Happy Anniversary to Zara & Mike! Many more happy years!





99 comments:

  1. What a great post! Thanks, Jane.

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  2. Very nice post. Zara is indeed a very popular member of the family, particularly close to the Queen. What a great godmother for George.

    Additional news for Kate-she's now a qualified advanced diver, according to Kensington Palace, and can go deep sea diving with William. Great work for them both and I bet George and Charlotte will one day follow in their flippers :)

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  3. I love love love that second to last picture with Kate, Autumn, and Zara. Regular mums with their kids. So crazy how many things have changed for Kate. Sometimes I just think back to when I first saw her face as Wills' girlfriend in a magazine and now she is a duchess and future queen with 2 adorable kids. Love it!

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  4. What a lovely post. It's so nice to see them all interacting with each other at family events and being able to be "normal" for awhile.

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  5. Fun read. I really enjoy when you pick a theme that weaves a nice story overtime. It really gels when and where things happened.

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  6. Lovely idea of a post and some new photos; gorgeous to see cousinly love as well as kindness in the in-laws for Catherine to relax around; Thank you!
    Theresa, Australia

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  7. Carmen, The NetherlandsAugust 2, 2015 at 2:10 AM

    Lovely post Jane! I like Zara a lot because she seems to be a nice, down to earth person. And she has always been friendly towards Kate, which makes me like her even more.

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  8. How time flies! I remember that Diana was one of the earliest visitors to the Lindo Wing when Zara was born. That was a couple of months before her marriage to the Prince of Wales.
    George seems to be showing Zara ? a grazed knee.He is obviously comfortable with the family members.
    Great post for Zara's anniversary and from a different angle.
    Thank you Jane--mad my day.
    Have you seen the unusual photo of HM and of a very handsome and rather dashing Prince William.

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  9. Lots of pictures I had never seen - which I appreciate! I would not have guessed that Zara was so close to William and Kate. Looks like a very nice, grounding relationship.

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  10. What a nice surprise! A post on Zara really hits the spot-so refreshing. Thank-you for not doing a Diana and Charles
    wedding memorial.mk

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  11. I rather like Zara, however, she neglected to invite Kate to her daughters christening; hence, from my POV, the jury is still out on herself.

    Sorry, Royalfan--I tried twice to reply to your recent SOS, but Jenny was having one of her fits.

    JC

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  12. I stand corrected. Apparently, one of my comments on Janes last post actually saw the light of day! WE have been off-line for awhile--Jenny was in dire need of counselling.
    Attempting to expand my above post--William, godfather to Mia, was invited to her christening; Kate was nowhere to be seen. This did not endear Zara to me, nor did it endear William, altho I no longer expect much of him when it comes to Kate.
    (PLEASE DONTask why--I might just reply with cogent examples, plus my blood pressure would rise and YOU could be held responsible for my ensuing heart attack. Better to let it lie:Let those who have eyes see.) It would be fair to say that I have a very cynical view of William, which increases evey time he opens his mouth --last time was July 13th,2015, his first day of his employment with EAAA, when he granted an interview to the local press. But hey, don't get me wrong-- I am by no means singling William out; I feel the same way about all those born to the Blood Royal, as HMTQ puts it. ( I guess that nobody has dared to mention, to HMTQ, herself a woman lacking in learning, that George and Charlotte are both hybrids, half Royal and half middle class, with a dash of working class, c/o Carole Middleton.)

    Altho born without a title, or an HRH, Zara was born to the Blood Royal. A lot of people really like her, altho I fail to see why. (Do they mistakenly think she is one of them? Well maybe some do, those who can afford to support their children thru the many years ,very expensive years, it takes to rise to the Olympic level in sports. And those with the family connections to ensure that their child, just like Zara, magically acquires brand-name sponsors like Range Rover--you know, the same automobile brand that the BRF has leased for years--purely co-incidental, of course.)

    During the course of writing this comment, I have realized that I DONT like Zara. (Thank you, Jane, for clearing up my ambiguity.)

    JC

    PS How many think Zara is still a natural blonde? Peter was every bit as blonde as Zara when a child. He is now a brunette.

    Has Zara ever earned an honest dime in her life?

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    1. JC-didn't you just serve time in a foreign jail for this sort of spiel?
      Re:hair color-look at Mia. Then look at Zara's husband. Look at Peter's girls. There is a strong blond presence
      in that family somewhere. Maybe Peter dyes his hair. There's a thought.
      I blame Jenny for your grumpiness. I want the ral JC back.mf

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    2. JC, I'm glad you're back, even if I cannot agree with you on William. :) He has a more serious nature than Harry, but I do believe he has a good heart and is doing his best to see to it that past mistakes are not repeated. Can we give him that? Hmmm? :)

      As for Mia Tindall's christening, well, my guess is that Kate was invited, but perhaps she wasn't feeling well, or it was agreed that William would go solo to avoid the photo frenzy that a W&K appearance would generate . It's a thought, anyway...

      Re: Zara, I actually agree with you to a degree. While I don't dislike her, I don't see what all the fuss is about. Thanks to her mother (and no royal title) she has enjoyed the benefits of a royal life without the responsibilities. I do believe she has earned an honest dime in her life, but I doubt she'd have quite so many of them if not for her royal connection.

      And there is an irony associated with this...she has benefited financially from her royal connections, yet people seem to adore her. Yet the Middleton's are crucified for being successful (a success that came their way long before William became a regular at Sunday dinners).

      Perhaps the answer to this puzzle is in the question you posed....do people think she is one of the? It may be easier for people to compare themselves to Zara than to Kate. And if you're reading anything into my statement, then we are on the same page. ;)

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    3. Royalfan, I didn't expect you to share my opinion of William--truthfully, I hope I am wrong and that you are right. This is a matter that will be resolved in time, and in the meantime, I remain cynical. (I had no interest whatsoever in the BRF, or any Royal for that matter, until Kate entered my radar. She intrigued me, and so I began to follow her and at some point, it occurred to me that in order to better understand her, I needed to take a closer look at William--it followed that I had to also take a hard look at just about everyone having any impact on her life. Five years ago, I didn't know that anyone named Princess Michael or Princess Alexandra existed, but I do now, thanks to Kate.

      So far, Kate has not disappointed me--anything but. Having recently revealed herself to be a great portrait photographer, it has just come to light that she is an excellent recreational scuba diver, and probably has been for some time. I await the unveiling of yet another hidden talent--apparently, she is a young woman with several tricks up her sleeve. Think I backed the right horse...errr...Royal.

      We are on the same page, Royalfan. Amazing the hypocrisy of some, isn't it?

      As you know, Jenny is co-operating today...but who knows how long it will last?

      Shout out to mf: You are correct; much of my grumpiness can be blamed on Jenny. She's harder to raise than my two kids put together! And I am not so deluded to think that she will not have another go at me.

      JC

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    4. royalfan- you make some interesting points about Zara. I would like to add that -Zara did not choose to be
      a non-princess -as far as I know, Anne made the decision. You are right about her having the best of both worlds, but in
      saying she has enjoyed the benefits of royal life without the responsibilities, aren't we echoing the mantra of the
      Kate critics? Possibly an unfair criticism in both instances. It is ironic to me, however, that many Kate critics seem
      to adore. Zara.They also, as you pointed out, don't see that the Middletons are unfairly being blamed for doing
      something Zara apparently does -using royal connections.
      It can also be said that Zara is using family connections. She doesn't work at the firm, but her mother does.
      If Catherine can be a stay home mother, Zara can be a SAH daughter.William and Anne can carry the royal
      load.mf

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    5. Well, JC, we've got to give William credit for one thing-he chose Catherine. He saw what everyone else who
      cares to can now see: he made a stellar match and Kate is a gift that just keeps on giving.
      I fancy I see an expression of loving amazement on his face these days when he looks at his wife.mf

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    6. JC, you will have to have a serious talk with Jenny. Pleeease... :)


      I am aging myself, but I have followed the BRF since Diana and Charles' engagement in 1981. And like everyone else, I became aware of the sad reality behind the fairytale. IMO, William is seeing to it that Kate's experience within the Firm (both public and private) is not a repeat of Diana's. And he is doing this while maintaining a balance between respect for his royal role and love for his wife and children. Not an easy task given the RF's history.

      Unlike Diana, Kate has a loving and supportive husband, something that is clear in their facial expressions, body language, and decisions that have been made. Where others were critical of William for taking so long to "make up his mind", I saw things very differently. I believe he (they) knew the direction they were going in, but a longer courtship gave Kate the opportunity to grow and mature as a person with a degree of privacy that would never be hers again.

      After the marriage, Kate was introduced into the royal fold with William acting as her number one supporter; a role he continues to play. Kate accompanied the Queen and C&C on engagements and this, IMO, was intended to send a very clear message...she was being welcomed into the family. (Although I suspect some aspects of it are not as perfect and shiny as a certain C&C charm bracelet we have not seen in some time. But that is another story...)

      And when I see W&K as parents with their two children, or enjoying the company of the Middleton's, I see everything that Diana never had, and more than she could have wanted for her son(s) . W&K are balancing their royal roles with very healthy priorities in place at home. IMHO, this foundation is a win-win for the monarchy in the long run. I believe the Queen recognizes this and William has had her blessing all along. If you consider the state of royal marriages in the 80's and 90's, isn't it amazing how much promise the future holds.


      MF, no mantras here. :) In no way do I begrudge Zara any of the benefits she has enjoyed; she is the Queen's granddaughter after all. But it is interesting that folks seem to find her easier to relate to than Kate. And if we consider the way the Middleton's success is treated in the press (something they worked for and enjoyed before William dated Kate), it's truly ironic.

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    7. royalfan,
      You and I seem to be of one mind these days. Those are my thoughts exactly - on every point!

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    8. Agreed royalfan!

      Everything you said is exactly as I see this evolving. I have long thought William was unsure. I think he was very sure despite the little break up. Kate is a smart girl and she and William IMHO plotted this out to ensure that there would be no repeat of what happened to his Mother. He wanted Kate to have a private life for as long as possible. There is no doubt in my mind that the RF has been grooming Kate for many more years than the last 4. They have been brilliant!

      That walk to the church for Princess Charlottes christening as a family said many things. But the striking thing to me was this is a "family" ... this what is important to us at this time. A strong foundation will go a long long way in the future of the BRF. I am so so glad that William is achieving the family life that his Mother so desperately wanted and never got.... but she has the best seat now!

      Spot on royalfan....we tend to rally around the same flag ~ Nina

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    9. Robin and Nina, I'm happy to hear it. Three flag wavers are better than one. :)))

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    10. Oh, come on, royalfan! I don't count as a flag waver? Both my arms are in casts from waving W&C's flag.
      I'm battle-scarred. True, some of it in other incarnations on other sites...but still,mkf
      (Or did you mean the royalfan flag?) I've wrested the banner from your grasp, as you lay pummeled on the
      ground and kept the flag aloft. Although you weren't ever down for long and sprang back up with renewed vigor.

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    11. LOLOLOL.....mkf, of course you qualify and I have nothing but respect for your battle scars! I can sympathize. However, the monogrammed bathrobe is out of the question, for reasons that should be obvious to a smart lady. :))

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    12. I'd need a really big pocket.mkfabcdeghijln

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  13. Zara looked beautiful in that China? blue coat on the 2009 church walk. I know this word gets thrown around, but she
    was truly luminescent. And her eyes!
    In some of the photos, there was a distinct resemblance between George and Anne's grandchildren. The Phillip
    influence? William, to me, is becoming more like his grandfather every day. At least in appearance. Especially in
    uniform.mf

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  14. The hat and coat Kate wore to Zara's wedding are on my favorites list.

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    1. I have a difficult time choosing just one, but that hat is among the top five for me, too.mf

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    2. Now that would be an amazing repeat mf!

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  15. Great post. Zara looks like a lot of fun to hang out with! I'm glad Kate and William have her in their lives.

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    1. Zoe, I do agree with you on this.

      I haven't been able to find the photo, but if I recall correctly, during W&K's brief breakup, Kate and Zara were together at a racing-related event.

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    2. I recall the same thing. I wonder if she told William what a dolt he was being!

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    3. LOL. I have a feeling she did, Robin. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during that cousin to cousin chat. ;)

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  16. It is a happy anniversary to them, and they look like they have a great marriage. But gloss over his "kissing the ex-girlfriend while being a newlywed"? I'd like to be a fly on the wall, especially since Zara flew out ASAP. Naughty boy, better never do that again! While Anne is....Anne, hopefully Mike isn't a repeat of Zara's dad.

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    1. Glossing over?? Hmmm... I'm asking, why go there? It had to be a painful and embarrassing bump in the marriage, but they were back on track quickly. Isn't that what matters most...?

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    2. Again I am with you royalfan!

      Not sure why all these things are being dredged up and why the meaness is being tossed around

      Nina

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    3. @ royalfan ~ we have discussed W&Ks breakup many times. I think it is embarrassing, but a tad comical at the same time. The fact that Zara had to fly out ASAP...even though Zara is not a working member of the BRF, I bet Mike was in trouble. I also find it interesting, because I've read more than once that Mike is quite untouchable. Zara tends to operate without much concern of what others think of her, and with her being a favorite of the Queen's, she and Mike can apparently get away with a lot.

      I'm glad that their marriage is back on track...hence why my first sentence was positive :-)

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    4. Yes, Zara handled like the spunky woman she is. I would not have expected any less. :)

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  17. Royalfan--see how good Jenny is being? she's finally figured out how to spell your name!-- I suspect that it is yourself who has a good heart; hence you are inclined to give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

    As for that charm bracelet, oh dear! Is it possible that Kate was unaware of the implications? To answer my own question, of course it was. I wasn't aware of it until I took up my study of the BRF, and that was only after I discovered Kate. By the way, IS it the same infamous one, in your opinion? If so, no wonder it has been retired, and how thoughtless of Camilla, downright crude, to have given it to Kate.

    I suspect that nothing is easy for either William or Kate, given his family history, which goes back hundreds of years. Its the general absence of personal integrity that scares me--all of that cheating, stealing, lying, murdering, and the apparent fact that the Windsors cling to tradition as if it represented the Holy Grail.

    Seriously, you've been a student of the current Windsor family a lot longer than I, so I would appreciate an uncomplicated answer to this question: Would you have allowed, or even promoted, a relationship between a child of yours and a member of the BRF? (Helpful hint, and a sure way to my heart: I wouldn't; before I would let my daughter shack up with a Royal stud at uni, I would ship her off to a school in North America, or in my case, bring her home to North America, well away from trouble.)

    @ Anon at 3:17, Aug 3 Yes, I do agree that William made a fine choice when he chose his wife. Query:Was it primarily a pragmatic or romantic decision? After all, Charles was turned down a few times and Harry isn't having much luck. Did William marry Kate because no one else wanted the job? Did he marry her because he knew she knew how to cook and clean and wouldn't complain about the scarcity of $$$? (He won't have much until he becomes the Duke of Cornwall; in fact, Harry is wealthier, thanks to Diana, and it is quite conceivable that Kate married down, in terms of finance.--One thing is certain; Kate is no gold-digger--don't think that sort is willing to wade thru a decade of not having quite enuf for a lady in her position.) Or did he marry her because he was so besotted that it only took him eight years to propose?

    JC



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    1. JC, yes, I see that Jenny is behaving...and let's hope she keeps it up. :)

      As far as the bracelet is concerned, I believe it was half PR and half reminder of one's status. Inappropriate on many levels.

      Regarding the Middleton's feelings about their daughter dating a member of the BRF... Initially, they may have had some concerns; it's only natural given the marital history of the Firm. But William did spend a lot of time with Kate's family during those early years and, apparently, W&K continue to enjoy their company. This would not be the case if there was any tension in the air. It's one thing to play nice while one is dating or engaged; but marriage tends to make people less guarded about their true feelings. If William continues to enjoy their company, voluntarily, I suspect he enjoys a very warm relationship with the Middleton's. And not only does he have great in-laws, he also has a second family that is everything he could have hoped for...supportive, private, trustworthy, loving, happy, stable...and they raised an educated, classy, and gracious young lady with a warm and compassionate heart. Could he have asked for more? NO, in my opinion.

      I am reminded of something I read shortly after Diana's engagement.....if she hadn't come along, she'd have to be invented.

      Well, the same could be said for Kate. Not only is she an ideal match for a young prince, but if you consider William's family history and the loss of his mother...a woman whose emphasis on people/compassion/relevance was a much needed counterbalance to the stiff and formal Windsor's...then the Middleton's represent a true divine intervention in their son-in-law's life!

      JC, I believe it's a true love match. He wanted to marry for love and he needed to find someone who could handle "the job". IMHO, he hit the jackpot. And I think he knows it. (I do hope this last statement did not derail Jenny.... :))

      I hope Harry is equally fortunate....

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    2. Nope, no derailment yet. I, too, think William hit the jackpot, re Kate; I like her very much.

      Nina, by *that sort* I meant that gold-diggers generally don't marry people who won't be rich for a decade or longer, after tying the knot. I in no way meant to imply that Kate was a gold-digger, quite the reverse.

      JC

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    3. Was it really the same bracelet? I've seen Kate wear one with a single "C" that was reported to be a gift from Camilla but not the "C & C" that Charles gave to Camilla.

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    4. Kathy, I do not recall seeing Camilla's bracelet. I assume you mean the one he gave her as a goodbye present just prior to his marriage to Diana...? (After all, nothing says "goodbye" like jewelry!) I've read different stories and some have referred to it as a C&C bracelet and others as a F&G (supposedly, they referred to themselves as Fred and Gladys).

      The bracelet I referred to in my prior posts is the C&C given to Kate by Camilla. One side has Kate's monogram and the other has Camilla's. Here is a photo....

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2009415/Kate-Middletons-favourit-charm-bracelet-present-Camilla.html

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    5. The bracelet? Better left in a drawer or only brought out at private family dinners with C&C. Poor taste indeed. Then again, Camilla was never known for her discretion and she certainly never had any class. There is a reason The Queen did not want Charles to marry her in the first place all those years ago.

      As Americans we do not quite understand the British feelings for the BRF. We find them fascinating, we love their clothes and are enchanted with the idea of real life princes and princesses. I think there was probably a great sense of pride the Middletons felt at their daughter having been singled out by a future king of England. I also believe that William has more favor from the British people for being Diana's son and knowing she raised him to be a less stuffy and more compassionate royal. I definitely believe this is a love match. Everyone wanted Charles and Diana's marriage to be a love match and (myself included) we convinced ourselves that it was for the first few years. Here's the difference - no matter how much was made of Charles and Diana knowing each other for years, they were only indifferent acquaintances. They became engaged very soon after they officially started dating and Charles made the infamous "Whatever 'in love' means." comment during their engagement interview. I think William and Kate were still young when they met and they learned to know each other as they matured from college students into adults. They hit rough patches and discovered they could overcome them. They both discovered that Kate (and their relationship) could withstand the gross and relentless intrusion of the press in their lives. I'm sure William learned from his parents mistakes what would be required to make a good match. If it hadn't been a love match I don't think they would have married. Diana and Charles never looked at each other the way Will and Kate do.

      As for Harry - he dates the wrong sort of girls. When he stops dating party girls he may find the right one. He also needs to stay in one place for awhile. Will and Kate were both at St. Andrews for several years. Harry went directly into the military and has been traveling the globe ever since he got out. Not quite the way one meets the woman he wants to spend his life with. I would also argue that just because three out of four of The Queen's children were disasters in their personal lives, there have been several marriages within the ranks of the current BRF members who have had lovely long-lasting marriages.

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    6. One more thought (just when you thought she'd finally shut up), William and Harry equally inherited the same amount of money from Diana's estate. I'm not sure why you would think Harry has so much more. Are there reports of such that I haven't read? Just curious.

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    7. Robin, please do NOT shut up. :)) I enjoyed your post and also happen to agree with your thoughts. All of them!

      I recall the look on Michael Middleton's face as he walked Kate down the aisle and I thought, there is one proud father. Not only was his daughter marrying a future king, but she was marrying a man he likes (dare I say loves) and respects. If he didn't believe that Kate would be in good hands, I sincerely doubt the red carpet would have made up for any doubts.

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    8. Robin from CA, my understanding re: the inheritance is that at age 30 (or is it 33?), William and Harry recieve(d) the money. William already did when he turned 30, I think. So, Harry's investment portfolio has more time to mature before he comes of age. Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong. :)

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    9. I don't see the C&C bracelet as the negative others do. I think it was a kind gesture from one woman married into the BRF to another marrying into the BRF. They're both going to have a lot in common with that. Maybe if Kate hadn't worn it publicly so many times we wouldn't be able to criticize what was probably a sincere, thoughtful gift.

      Yes, would it have been nice to have it be a W&K bracelet, but it wasn't intended as such.

      Do you have mother-in-laws? I know Camilla is a somewhat stepmom, but in my experiences MILs tend to give odd gifts - what they'd want to receive, they misread and interest, etc. this seems common with friends of mine too.

      Obviously Kate like it if she wore it publicly, as opposed to just family get togethers. I heard Camilla was very nurturing and guiding to Kate during the engagement period so Kate probably felt very affectionately toward her at the time.

      We also believe Kate to wear expensive jewellery from Charles all the time and that seems ok. Yet what do we ever suspect as being an expensive gift from the Middletons that she wears?!

      Let's just see the best in people :-)

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    10. Anon 9:30, I'm with you on the concept of odd/interesting gifts. Been there and giggled about it. :)

      However, what makes the C&C bracelet inappropriate, IMO, is Camilla's role in Diana's life. If the primary purpose was to welcome Kate into the family, a single "C" would have sufficed. Instead it came across as a reminder of one's own status and that was in poor taste as a gift to *William's* bride.

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    11. @royalfan ~ yes we have to be gracious and laugh inside over those gifts :-)

      I definitely hear you on the Diana/Camilla (affair) front. I do not like affairs especially when kids are involved. Her and Charles were very destructive together, at one point in time. I just have warmed up to her due to efforts she has made. I just think we have to extend the benefit of the doubt - maybe Camilla didn't think Kate would wear it publicly, maybe she didn't think about perception, etc. ultimately it was Kate's discretion to wear it and if we have an issue with that challenge Kate, not Camilla.

      Couldn't we counter with, how I appropriate for Kate to wear it so close to Diana's ring from Charles?

      I don't blame Kate or Camilla. I think a more W&K gift would have been more suitable, but think BOTH women enjoyed giving/receiving the bracelet. It's either in retirement now, or only for family events.

      :-)

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    12. Hmmm... Anon 2:17, it may be best to agree to disagree here. You are kinder and more trusting than I where motivation is concerned. :))

      As for the counter you presented... yes, it does add to the awkward factor.

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  18. WOW @ all that JC!

    I am going to bite my tongue at that diatribe.

    This blog is looking more like the other blog... full of smart remarks and hidden slurs. I believe William loves Kate and vice versa. They have money. Why the constant chatter to try to rip apart these two? Such ugly words and assumptions. I find it offensive frankly.... just what do you mean that Kate is 'not that kind of 'sort'".

    What a vile spew of words. Why does this keep happening? I guess I will be thought to wear rose coloured glasses. I don't like everything that goes on but I am not here to point fingers at the BRF or spit out posts that seem to indicate that William does not love Kate and this was a 'pragmatic' choice. Or that one should hide their daughter from hooking up with a royal. Why are you even on this blog? Your disdain is SO APPARENT.

    Shocked and appalled.

    Nina

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    1. Nina, never apologize for seeing life through rose tinted glasses. La vie en rose is the good life, or as a Frenchman I loved very much would say to me, happiness is a choice. It is good to think positive thoughts. :)

      I am sorry the comments have gotten tense. I will address them soon in a blog post. I am moving tomorrow morning, and I am literally in a sea of books and clothes and nothing is packed. Haha, it's nuts. I need a few days to transition and then I will be address the direction of the blog and its spirit...for everyone. Then we will all be on the same page, and hopefully life will be a little smoother.

      Love to you and ALL my readers!

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    2. Nina ~ I'm with you and have been wondering why so many comments are not moderated that seem to be against the rules/code of ethics/wtvr. Looking forward to Jane's upcoming message...

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    3. Thank you Jane

      I understand the moving part. I just we through a horrific move which ended Monday and included a 4 day hospital stay. I am surrounded by boxes and more boxes. I have decided I shall never move again!

      GOOD LUCK with your move :)

      Nina

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    4. Ooooh Jane, I loved a Frenchman very much a very long time but he broke my heart. Not a particularly interesting story but I bet yours is :-)

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    5. Nothing wrong with la vie en rose at all! We would all be so much happier living life that way. I didn't read JC's remarks as offensively as they seem to have been taken. The problem with writing what we're thinking is that we cannot hear a tone of voice or see a facial expression to completely understand what's being said.

      Good luck with the move, Jane. Moving - to put it indelicately - sucks. Sending you good wishes for all to go smoothly.

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    6. Agreed RobinfromCA.

      Perhaps I was a bit testy with my move and hospital admit out of no where.

      However. ..... I do see a trend where 'some' just seem to go on and on ad nauseum about the same topic. No matter the content if the blog post it eventually ends up in the same arena of what so find to be hidden slurs.

      Case in point .... the thread here led to how Wm must not be very well off..... the comments into ally discussed who pays for what... inheritance....taxes... all well and good. But when a comment reads that 'one only needs to lol at his wardrobe'. ....that seems wrong. Why the slur? There is no need to go into the deep end of the pool.

      This post was about Zara.....and ends up as a diatribe on how poor (comparably speaking) they are... default options... besotted or pragmatic. It all has an undertone to it. This is not why I read this blog. A good debate YES. But this just slips into the dark more often and not... I am not even sure how some get to that spot? It is like they came into the post... in the abysss. I am not naming names and I enjoy just about everyone's comment's. I just wish we could step back and read what we are saying.....

      I understand about tone in a email or comment but I think we are all wise enough to read what is reallying being said... it is not a one off.. it happens repeatedly. That is the problem to me.... the constant slurs and general mean spirited remarks at times. Look I dont like many things that have happened in the BRF. I don't like all of them. I don't have to in order to enjoy this blog. This blog is about Kate et tal. Not aboit what Charles did or didn't do to Diana....or how one dislikes Camillia. Or how the royals have a long histor if no personal integrity and are murdering thugs. I mean really? Where did that come from and how does it apply today? I don't recall any beheadings in the last 500 yrs. It has no place here... that topic would go over well on some blogs and history sites I follow and I would happily discuss that topic .... but NOT here.

      Alas....I drone on and on.... where are my glasses :)

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    7. To a degree, I understand where you're coming from, but there are different shades of negativity, and intent plays a major role, IMO.

      If, overall, someone admires Kate (JC, for example, has stated this repeatedly), and this is their reason for contributing to a blog, I do not see a problem with it. It's natural to expand a bit on a topic and it may be called for in order to make a point. (Ironically, I think some of the consistently negative comments I read on the internet about W&K do *not* take the bigger picture...ie recent history of the RF...into consideration.)

      Persistent negativity is a different story. And I by that I mean when it is clear that their is no respect or admiration for the subject of the blog. In those cases, it is understandable to question the reasons and intentions behind posting, and I agree that it makes it an unpleasant environment.

      Just my two cents... :)

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  19. Is William really lacking finances? Amner Hall and KP seem to be fully serviced and luxurious.

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    1. Adrian, until William invites me to check out his financial records, I can't be sure. Regarding his two homes, he owns neither; the State owns KP, and the Queen owns Anmer Hall. This is why the monies for necessary improvements--removal of asbestos, new plumbing, roof repairs, etc, came from a specific fund which the government gives to the Queen for such purposes. As for the improvements to Anmer Hall, my understanding is that the Queen, and perhaps Charles, paid for these. Interior decorations (wallpaper, carpets, drapes, furniture) are the responsibility of the occupants; however, when the Queens children first set up house, they were given the opportunity to select items they liked from her sizeable furniture storehouse. I assume that William, as third in line to the throne, was given the same option. (I have never seen any recent photos of the interior of Apt. 1A, KP, except, perhaps one, which appeared to be Williams study. The desk in that picture presumably came c/o the Queen, as it was apparently the same desk that Princess Margaret's son made for the Queen, altho to be sure, William might have commissioned a
      duplicate.) It is also possible that Charles contributed to the interior decorations of both homes in the same way that the Queen had done for her own children.

      Not quite sure what you mean by fully serviced, so I won't get into that.

      Regarding Williams inheritance from his mother, and her mother, which would form the bulk of his portfolio, his maternal grandmother left him approx. 1 million GBP. Diana divided her estate equally between her sons--except for her inheritance from her father. That $$$, approx. 5 million GBP, was left, at her request, instead to Harry. I suppose she saw for herself how cash-strapped Andrew was when married to Fergie, and didn't want the same thing for Harry. Dianas estate, valued variously as between 20 and 27m GBP, would have been greatly reduced due to inheritance taxes, which in GB are significant. And people seem to forget that much of Diana's assets were not in the form of cash or investments; it would have included clothing, jewellery, other personal possessions. Further, the stock downturn of 2008 would have eroded Williams inheritance. My take on this is that William is wealthy, but by no means, rich. He isn't in the same league as some of his friends and acquaintances, and he won't be until he becomes the Duke of Cornwall.

      How much cash William has at his disposal is unknowable, at this point. However, he doesn't spend much. One look at his wardrobe, or at Kate's, reinforces that. And it must be remembered that Charles is responsible for William, Kate and Harrys working/official events wardrobe, which, I gather, leaves William responsible for his own private wardrobe and that of Kate and the kids.

      Given the milieu in which he lives, aristocratic society, he is either cash-strapped or miserly, altho he has had some big expenses lately--two kids and two large homes to at least, partially, furnish. However, he is probably not wallowing in debt; he seems to be cautious, when it comes to over-spending.

      JC

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    2. Assuming it is authentic, a copy of Diana's will online direct everything be split between William and Harry equally. As far as personal items to keep, William has supposedly said they each chose an item - William chose her watch and Harry her engagement ring - with the understanding that whoever got engaged first could then take the ring for their fiancé. Supposedly, she had about 20 million pounds at her death which at the time would have been nearly $30 million USD. Even conservatively invested in investments that may not have suffered as much during the financial downturn (bonds, preferred stocks, etc.) they should have continued churning out sizeable income for both brothers, and since Charles was still supporting them, they income was likely continually re-invested to compound. And it does appear that William might be somewhat thrifty so I don't think he has ever been ready for the poor house.

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    3. You forget there would have been hefty death duties top pay and then when William was 30 there would be capital gains tax on his share.

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    4. Isn't it true that neither William nor Harry received any of their inheritance from Diana until they turned 30? I never heard anything about Diana's father's estate being left entirely to Harry. Either way, they are not destined for the poor house. If you want to see where the frugal side comes from - look to The Queen. I think she's been wearing the same coat and head scarf in the country for decades!

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    5. Interesting tidbits - thank you all! AT.

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    6. Dianas fathers estate was largely left to his only son. He left, I assume, cash to his three daughters, again I assume, in equal amounts. When he explained, to Diana, the contents of his will--yes, people do this--she asked him to leave her share to Harry, in trust. As I understand it, Harry became a very wealthy little boy when Dianas father died. 5 million GBP is nothing to sneeze at.

      Of course, when Diana made this arrangement with her father, she might not have foreseen a divorce in her future, nor would she have foreseen her early death. The result of her decision, meant to protect Harry, knowing that he would never be as rich as William, once he became Duke of Cornwall, was to make Harry far wealthier than William, until William became Duke of Cornwall.

      So there you have it. Until the Queen dies, Harry is the wealthier of the two brothers.

      As I understand it.

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    7. It is well known that the queen has given 300k pounds to each of her grandchildren at birth to be invested for them ( worth 4 to 5 million at legal age). This was reported around the time Harry was born. Makes sense due to the difficulties noted with working, i.e. security, taking a job away from someone who needs it (William) making money off your royal connections (Zara) etc. Freebies/trading your title (princess michael of kent) And other perceptions from the press. You know d#÷× if you do and d#÷× if you don't (Bea). This has changed a tiny bit since Charles wants to streamline the Firm but not much. So the family helps to take care of its own.

      Diana also stated that Harry received an additional inheritance from her father, Earl Spencer because William would be much wealthier as king. (perhaps the Middletons will do something similar on a smaller scale for Charlotte and any other children - not George since he is 3rd in line). Her brother the current Earl was surprised by the size of the gift when he became Earl and more privy to the estate's finances. Diana wanted Harry to be more financially independent. The Queen Mum also left her estate to the Queen and some money to each of her great grands. The Civil List (old and current version is to pay official expenses, not to live off of). Harry and William started collecting interest at 25 and full inheritance at 30. The only family members with private money is historically the Monarch and the POW.

      Historically girls where to marry well and boys to join the military (the only job really "acceptable" for a prince). Income has been a problem historically and the family started charity work to "pay back" to society as far back as George III if not further.

      Hope this clarifies, lovely blog Jane. Tried to be concise without being cryptic. No judgement on weither this system is right or wrong just trying to explain it. Not trying to start a lazy/work ethic discussion either. Just trying to help. Kerry from USA

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    8. Kerry, I agree, in general, with your POV. However, given what went before, I would think it unwise of the Middletons to leave more to Charlotte and less to George. Better, I think, to leave it all to Kate, and let her dispose of it as she--she will, knock wood, outlive both Mike and Carole--best determines, as time moves on.

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  20. I love the photo of Zara and William as kids at the church. William's expression and hands are hysterical, I wonder what he was acting out our whom he was imitating. Ali

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  21. It was a test, JC. An endurance test. A marathon, not a sprint. A win by default, perhaps. The other competitors grew
    weary and bored and dropped out.
    Look how long Sophie and Edward tarried.
    Besides, besotted and pragmatic can co-exist. If he had been besotted only, he would not have chosen her.mkf

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    1. mkf, an interesting reply. I have toyed with your POV, myself. And I have read, in various places, that after the 90s, the Queen made it a general rule to withhold her consent to marry until the parties had known each other for a minimum of 5 years, in the hope that this would end, or at least curtail, the number of divorces in the family. There would seem to be some truth in it. No one close to the Crown has since married in that 5-year time frame. As you pointed out, Edward and Sophie did not make a beeline for the altar, nor did William and Kate. Beatrice and Eugenie have both dated their boyfriends for years....

      And thanks for the reminder that besotted and pragmatic can co-exist. True, as I should know. ( I set out to find a man who filled two specific requirements, and in my search, became besotted with one or two; once the haze lifted, I realized that they did not meet both of my requirements, and moved on. Yes, I did meet someone who did, and I married him. I am happy to report that he has never let me down.)

      You make a cogent argument.

      JC

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    2. I believe Diana's death had something to do with postponing Edward and Sophie's engagement announcement. But I do agree that there courtship was quite different given C&D's and A&S's, and intentionally so.

      But I don't know about Kate being a default option.........I have never been convinced that William seriously entertained other candidates. When? I believe he and Kate dated steadily after the initial year of friendship at St Andrew's (except during the breakup in 2007 of course).

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    3. I did say perhaps, royalfan. I suspect any young ladies who had their sights set on Wm., soon discovered they didn't have a chance. THEY defaulted. I do think Catherine kicked up the race a bit after that break-up. She proved to William
      she was in for the long haul, but could survive just fine on her own, too.
      I've always wondered about that.Was it ever really a complete break? Maybe to disarm the press?
      What do you think about that, JC? I was a fan of Diana's from the beginning, but I came late to the Kate party.
      Not until the Jubilee tour. I happened to catch a glimpse of her on the tv news-I think the white and gold gown-
      wasn't her hair up? Must check Kate's Clothes.
      Glad you waited, JC.. Bewitched, bothered, and besotted doesn't always end happily ever after.mkf

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    4. mkf, when the breakup was announced, I too thought it had something to do with the press (especially given the announcement of it). On the other hand, Kate was certainly at a disadvantage in that scenario, so would he have done that to her? And her family? Not so sure about that. Perhaps it was a genuine hiccup that he recovered from rather quickly.

      Regardless of the what happened back then, I did admire Kate for holding her head high and carrying on. Talk about showing what you are made of ! :)

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    5. Assuming that you are referring to the 2007 break-up, mkf, the short answer is that I have no answer, just a few theories. To wit: 1. William came under familial pressure to make the break. Charles might have wanted to buy time, without interference, to establish himself and Camilla as an acceptable couple, or the Queen may have wanted William to marry a/any member of the British aristocracy, perhaps both. 2. William may have wanted to play the field, guilt-free.

      I do think that William intended this break-up to be final. He failed.

      JC

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    6. mkf, I think William meant it to be a permanent split; after all, the Brit Prime Minister chimed in, stating that they had split up, that they were young and should not be pestered by the media.

      Clearly, William changed his mind.

      JC

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    7. JC, do you believe William would have succumbed to familial pressure if *he* did not have a reason for the breakup? I'm not so sure... :)

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    8. Royalfan, I don't know, but I do know that it wouldn't have been the first time a member of the BRF caved to familial pressure--look at Princess Margaret. I also think, that from a very early age, William would have been taught that duty came first, personal happiness second--look no further than Charles.

      Was William so different from these two? People seem to overlook the fact that William was only, just barely, 15 when his mother died and that he would have been quite vulnerable in the wake of her tragic death, open to manipulation by...well, courtiers, relatives, louche aristocratic friends, etc. Who knows who emerged from the black abyss of his mothers death? (I speak from experience; my first mother died when I was fifteen, and when I emerged, I was a different person.)

      I fail to see what reason William might have had to break up with Kate, without outside influences playing a part. She didn't cheat on him, she didn't run blabbing to the press...altho, of course, he might simply have fallen out of love with her, but if so, why on EARTH go back to her?

      My best guess is that Kate offered him something that nobody else did--she filled some of the holes in his soul. I don't think it had a damned thing to do with her family. And I suspect that that is why he went back to her.

      I have my crystal ball on order, and as soon as I become aware of the absolute truth, I will be sure to let you and mkf know. (What is it with you two? You both have confessed to following the BRF far longer than I. I am the newbie here.)

      Now, could we please get back to my current obsession which happens to be HAIR, specifically hair--or lack thereof--atop the heads of various members of the BRF? :))

      P.S. A few days ago, hubby asked me, as he does constantly--he REALLY wants to chuck Jenny--if *my computer * was working. I lost it, and informed him in no uncertain terms, that she was a she and her name, as he well knew, was Jenny, and would he please respect that??? Later that day, he conned me into watching *The Imitation Game*, starring B. Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. Who knew that Turing had the temerity to name his decoding machine!

      JC

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    9. Ok maybe my confusion is part of thevery angst. Driving me mad... who is Jenny? .I cannot stand it anymore. I try not to pry but I am wondering if we have a split personality? A laptop? A dog? I don't know?

      Please do tell JC

      Nina

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    10. Well, if one is to believe the press (which is to be taken with a grain of salt), William wanted to be free to go out with his barracks buddies without the
      constaints of a commited relationship.
      He did it for awhile ( we have the
      unsavory pictures to prove it) but
      seemed to decide early on that the grass
      wasn't at all greener anywhere else. I
      chalked the whole thing up to being
      young and trying to figure out what and
      who he really wanted which is never a bad idea. I think he loved Kate regardless of her family but I think the Middleton family has always been a big draw for him. They certainly have given him the family he never had and the normalacy the we now know he craves. I think its been an incredible package deal for him.

      I will bring up one other point. In an interview Harry did say that its very hard to find someone you can love that wants to marry into the BRF. Don't quote me but I think his exact words were, "No one wants to do it". So, after being single for those few months William may also have realized that his choices for a wife
      were extremely limited. I did wonder if he
      was interested in someone else at the
      time but that whoever she was was not interested in giving up her ambitions and personal life for the position.

      Whatever the reason for the glitch, I have definitely come to the conclusion that William does not do anything he does not want to do, so I have doubts that it was familial pressure behind the split or the reconciliation. They were really young and I think it was normal twenty something figuring out life stuff.

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    11. Nina, Jenny is my dear friend, altho some would slight her and call her a laptop. Disgusting, really.

      JC

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    12. JC, Princess Margaret's situation was very different. It was 1955 and Peter Townsend was divorced; he had a lot going against him...the Church, the Establishment, *and* the Queen Mother. Consider the abdication crisis (1936)... the QM never forgave Edward VIII and the last thing she would have wanted was for any event in *her* family history to be even slightly reminiscent of the past. (I also wonder how much Margaret was willing to give up for love... She did enjoy her status and lifestyle.)

      IMO, Charles succumbed to family *expectations*...and not pressure. And by that I mean that Camilla was not considered eligible back then and I doubt the subject even came up (with the Queen or Queen Mother). I think the idea that he did not act fast enough and she got away is good for the history books, but I am not convinced it happened quite that way.

      William is a very different man. Diana respected the monarchy, but she also wanted her sons to have *and appreciate* personal happiness. She must have realized rather quickly that this part of the equation was missing behind palace walls.

      Warning...here I go again (lol)..., but I do not think you are giving William enough credit. IMO, his actions reflect a healthy and more balanced approach to his role. He respects the Queen and the monarchy, but he will not allow his personal life to be a repeat of his mother's experience in the RF. And I believe he has done a very good job so far.

      As far as the Prime Minister chiming in on the breakup... I can only offer my opinion, but there was an element of "the lady doth protest too much." W&K were dating, not engaged; it was a bit over the top for me. Likewise with William's (supposed) "I'm free..." statement. They were in their 20's...hiccups and/or breakups are normal. The announcement and William's statement made me question whether it was done to make the press back off....and when it failed miserably, they got back together with a strategy firmly in place.

      Finally, I enjoy your Jenny updates...I really do. Although I must admit that when her antics have you in MIA status for days, I tend to side with your husband's take on it. :))

      Faith, I do not envy some aspects of William and Harry's lives. It must be very difficult, but Harry needs to find a girl who loves him enough to take it on. Anyone can, and most likely will, sign on for short term excitement (as a girlfriend). But finding someone to accept it as a way of life is a very different story. He needs to leave the paperbacks on the shelf and reach for a quality hardcover book with a happy ending! :))

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    13. P.S. JC, I love your statement that Kate "filled some of the holes in his soul." Lovely way to look at it. :)

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    14. Excellent analysis, Faith! That last sentence sums it up perfectly.mkf

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    15. JC-I seem to have a large chunk of royal family goings on missing during the time I was going to college and
      raising a family and having a career. My memories include the cotton-headed little Anne, the coronation, and Princess Margaret Rose's sad interlude with the Group Captain. There are odd bits from there to the Asia tour, but very
      foggy odd bits. For current information, I look to you and others. And to the internet in small doses.mkf

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  22. Guess I was 'moderated' . Thought I was 'moderate' on my comments. Perhaps not .... oopsey LOL


    Nina

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    1. Hey Nina, it is too far back fro me to know if I moderated you or if it just went missing. Missing definitely happens sometimes. If it was a good post, it probably just never popped onto my screen, which is annoying, I know. I am very sorry!

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    1. Hmmm.... Anon, I wonder if you can appreciate a degree of irony in your reference to a "secretive society" in an Anonymous post? :)

      Besides, I'm not sure how public comments posted on a public blog would even qualify...? Some folks post comments and expand on the topic in the form of a "conversation", while others choose not to. Nothing secretive about it.....and me thinks Jane would not tolerate a circus-like setting on her blog.

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    2. There is something about your comment, anon. 9:32, that sounds vaguely familiar
      Also, it is dated Aug.5, just below another Aug. 5 comment, but just published.
      My specific remarks were quoted as objectionable in a post marked anonymous 9:53 on another day, too.
      I am so sorry if I have caused distress.

      I will say, at least I use an identifying "handle." Obviously anon 9:32 knew all the aliases referred to me. I
      was identifiable and made a target. I have objected to comments, too, but was told if I had complaints I should
      send an email-that the remarks I objected to had been aporoved, while my objections were not.
      Perhaps you should send an email.
      Several others were involved in the conversations as well. If you don't like a topic, start another one.If it seems
      interesting, others will join you.

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  24. For anyone interested who hasn't already seen it, the DM has an article today about a British woman in Norfolk who collects and restores vintage children's clothing from the twenties up through the mid eighties, I believe. She considers these decades as the golden age for children's clothes due to the beautiful colors and meticulous workmanship. She is thrilled that Kate is inspired to dress her children in the same vintage styles she collects.

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Faith. Very nice. I just checked it out...I love it when children look like children. :)

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3185839/Woman-showcases-largest-collection-vintage-clothes-brought-fashion-Duchess-Cambridge-calls-grandchildren-model-them.html

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    2. Me too! I especially loved seeing the smocked dresses with the ankle socks. I grew up wearing those and I dressed my daughter that way as long as possible.

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  25. I love your blog. Your posts are always so great.

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  26. Julia from LeominsterAugust 8, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    A few [points here on this very interesting and well-done post.
    It is the height of bad manners (at least in Britain and I would assume elsewhere) to invite one member of a couple without the other unless it is an event where only men or women are being invited. So I'm certain Kate was invited to the christening. It's worth noting that Kate has not attended a number of other events that William has. either because she was pregnant or staying home with a baby - the Pelly wedding, a Spencer wedding and the Northumberland wedding are three such events - I'm certain she was invited to all of them.
    Zara clearly wanted a quiet christening and anytime the queen attends an event households (royal secretaries) are no doubt discussing this. It may have been a decision made between the Cambridge's household and Zara that Kate wouldn't attend - it may have been decided between William and Zara as they are close or Kate may have decided herself not to attend - but it wouldn't be for lack of an invitation and if Kate had been eager to go, she would have been there.

    As for Zara, she is a very talented horsewoman and in theory is self-supporting, working her horses and other people's and gaining patronages with the help of her brother. She does have her yard on her mother's estate - and I don't know if she pays rent or not. All Olympic level athletes have to gain patronages to complete - but Zara's royal heritage obviously helps her here. But it is also worth remembering her father was a well-known eventer well before he married Princess Anne. He too was no doubt helped by his royal connections but he is known to have a fine reputation (at least in the eventing world) and continues to coach top teams. So Zara would probably have both advantages and an interest in eventing even without being royal - it is a family business that she is carrying on.

    I have always thought the CC bracelet one of the tackiest gifts imaginable - although I adored my late mother-in-law. I can't imagine she would have given me a bracelet linking her initials and mine (even though they are the same.) Camilla was calling attention to herself and I'm not surprised Kate retired the gift - at least for the moment - after wearing it a few times.

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  27. I sure miss this page. Please come back!

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    1. The whole royal family is on vacation for the entire month of August. Between that, William's new job, and Kate's maternity leave, it's all a little boring.

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  28. Thanks JC for the "Jenny" clarification. A laptop but obviously your friend and confidante. While not a person 'she ' is your hmmm.....perhaps alter ego? I know sometimes my fingers start to fly and out pops some words that I know should have stayed 'locked up'.

    LOL

    Nina

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  29. Jane, every time I log on to FBTB, I see "Zara Tindall and the Cambridges" and think I'm about to read a blog about a
    50's rock band.
    Hope you are recovering nicely from your move. Not bumping into boxes, etc.mkf

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