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The Middletons Join Prince Harry at England v. Australia Rugby Game

Saturday, October 3, 2015

We are loooong overdue for a Middleton sighting, so I was delighted to see that Carole, Michael, and James were at Twickenham today to watch the England v. Australia match. They were seated one row in front of a very enthusiastic Prince Harry.


I am not sure who the redhead with James is. Perhaps a friend or relative? Maybe one of you all has an idea? Let me (and the rest of us) know in the comments, if you do!  As always, Carole looks ridiculously chic. I am trying to figure out what scarf she is wearing.


BBC Sports News tells me that England was, more or less, crushed and are now out of the competition. I should not have had to Google that, though, because Carole really told the tale. I have said it before, and will say it again: we know from whom Kate gets her expressive game-face. I love these shots. The resemblance between the two is so apparent here. (P.S. is that Guy Pelly behind her?)


It was not a good game...


It looks like Carole is wearing a gilet with a latch-clasp. That which is visible feels very Ralph Lauren.


I just still love to relish these moments. My propensity to gloat over the Middletons' success must speak to a personality flaw, but I do love to remember how this family was excoriated in the press for so many years and here they are...their daughter is a princess, a duchess, a global super-star, and they are grandparents of the future king. Ahhh, he who laughs last, laughs best. It was worth the wait.


So, loss for England, but win for Royal/Middleton fans. You really must look for the silver linings in life. :)


53 comments:

  1. I love these photos and I always wish there were more photos of Carole available. I just love her! I am so happy to see that, even when William and Kate are not there, the Middleton's share a warm relationship with the family. I think this speaks volumes about the characters of William and Harry, and the integrity of the Middletons. You're right, he who laughs last, laughs best! Unless they're anguished over their favorite team's loss. Then they fall into the category of misery loves company.

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  2. Hey! You've correctly ID'd Guy Pelly (behind Carole) and I'm pretty sure the red head next to James is his wife Lizzy! I posted a picture on your fb page!! :) Excellent post!!

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    1. I don't think it's Lizzy. The rugby lady appears to be a redhead with blue eyes. Lizzy is more brunette with brown eyes. Also why wouldn't she sit with her hubby? Plus there isn't any photos that show interact between the lady and Harry and Guy in the row behind her but there is interaction with James.

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    2. If you look at the picture I put on the fb page, they look incredibly similar, as Lizzy's hair is lighter. I was wondering why they didn't sit together though! But it was just a guess.

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  3. Yes I it is Pelly and looks like the same Von Straubenzee guy from last week.

    James Middletonot is not married so I think my you mean Guys wife? The American :)

    I love the Middleton family too! They have also been spot on with their behavior. Classy family

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    1. Lol yes! Sorry for the confusion. I believe the redhead is Lizzy Pelly, but I'm not sure!

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    2. I think she could be a Goldsmith cousin. I think she resembles Carole.I doubt James would debut a new
      girlfriend this way.They must have known there would be notice taken. mk

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    3. mk, yes, I do see a resemblance.

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  4. I think you mean win for Australia!!! Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!!! The faces on the Brits have made the win even sweeter! Aussies for the World Cup win!

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  5. Love your blog Jane! I enjoyed the pictures, although Carole appears quite dramatic in response to the action on the field. She must be very competitive as noone is dying on the field. Michael appears natural, likeable and more sincere.
    Just an amateur observation.

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    1. Rugby fans are usually very dramatic, so Carole's reaction is spot on :-)

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    2. I make these faces during football (American) and baseball games. I accidentally put my hand through a lampshade when one of our SF Giants pitchers pitched a perfect game a couple of years ago. (blush)

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    3. Moments in time, runnergirl. Moments in time............... :)

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/carole-middleton-and-michael-middleton-attend-the-england-v-news-photo/491212034

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    4. P.S. Note to me: if Robin comes over to watch football, make sure she sits in the middle of the sofa. ;)

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    5. Probably a wise decision, royalfan! :-)

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  6. I think that as Americans we appreciate the Middleton family's improvement of their status through hard work and grit. Some people in England (possibly goaded on by the media?) seem to resent them for wanting to succeed and better their lot in life.
    Maria

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  7. The guys are Guy Pelly, Charlie van straubenzee, of course our red headed prince and Adam Bidwell
    The girl is 100% not lizzy.. I don't know who she is though.. But her yelling/game face sure looks like those of the Middleton ladies!

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  8. Oh.. I just mentioned all the guys.. But is this not the same girl in the pictures.. A post that you did years ago?
    http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.nl/2013/03/pips-pictured-with-nico-and-uncle-gary.html

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  9. Sonja from BavariaOctober 4, 2015 at 3:18 AM

    It's always great to see Mike & Carole together with their in-laws. They are such a nice family and I think William really hit the jackpot when marrying into such a great family (and of course, Kate did too when marrying a prince!)
    It's great to see them talking to Harry after the game. And I also think that Carole's scarf is really pretty :)

    Kate's facial expressions definitely come from Carole. I don't want to be offensive, but does anyone else think that Michael has aged lately? If you compare the photos from the wedding and these ones, you wouldn't think that only 4 years passed by!

    No idea who the woman next to James is... maybe they are friends and she's a big rugby fan so he wanted to give her the opportunity to watch the game from these great seats just a row before a prince? Or he actually broke up with donna and she's his new girlfriebd? I have no idea :D

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    1. Sonja- that would make George third generation in the game-face department.
      Any Dad having to watch his beloved daughter being criticised the way Kate has been is bound to show some
      effects. So much more is expected of her now than when she was merely the royal girlfriend. It must be very
      difficult at times. mk

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    2. I agree completely. It must be extremely hard on all. Whatever they do, the media turns it into some big speculative issue which might be completely untrue but it sells. The sad part is that these speculations, though they might be nothing more than just that, are sure to create some very real issues...which at the very least will produce some aging! The media is incredibly dangerous and we can just be very grateful that we live our lives outside of the media's spotlight.

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    3. Insightful and well-said, Lize. I wonder if there is such a thing as "harmless speculation?" I joined the conversation
      about the ginger girl. I enjoy guessing which tiara Kate will wear next. Now I dont know. Where to draw the line?

      I do know that the Cambridges did not join the Middleton Caribbean vacation-although now some have revised
      this to a Mustique one before Christmas; their marriage seems intact, if numerous photos of PDA can be
      believed; five months on, there is no evidence of post partum depression in Kate- although this was resurrected after the mental health visit was announced. All these were speculations
      not too long ago and must have effected the family on some level. I hope they can laugh it off-perhaps some
      family members better than others. The possible damage to the RF and the monarchy of speculation about
      William and Catherine is often considered, but there is another family on the receiving end of what sometimes
      seems like character assassination to me.

      I agree with Jane and I hope the Middletons are laughing all the way to the Royal Enclosures.

      I apologise if I went outside guidelines for comments here, but this issue is very central to their lives. mk

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    4. I don't mean to be funny here, but I am amazed that Michael Middleton has any hair left. Just consider everything his family has been subjected to simply because of what started as a romance between two university students. The intrusive/negative/presumptive speculation the family has been subject to would be enough to crush most happy and stable spirits. And although W&K's wedding day was the ultimate validation, it did not exempt his family (and I am including K/W/G/C) from the unkindness that came before it.

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  10. Great pics, Jane! Yes, I agree that guy sitting behind Carole was indeed Guy Pelly, and to the person who identified one of those sitting next to Harry as Charlie van Straubenzee, I have no quarrel. Makes sense; the guy looks like Tom (van Straubenzee) but isn't; however, the family resemblance is clear.

    Very nice to see Harry out with the Middletons--altho, if he isn't careful, he could find himself invited to dinner and doing the washing up! (This appears to be a Middleton rite of passage, even for William.)

    JC

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    1. JC, Harry should be so lucky. :)) I truly hope he finds a loving and loyal young lady.

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  11. I am so excited to see these photos. As an American I am inspired by Carole Middleton and crew. I do think the monarchy is blessed with these overlapping relationships. I know the British press likes to paint some shadowy perspectives, but I don't see it. Also as an American I have taken steps to improve my presentation based on adult women like Carole. I will be smiling all week because of these. I know you are busy Jane. Thank you very much.

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  12. I echo the favorable comments regarding the Middleton family. Mike and Carole built a successful business which has made them wealthy, but they were equally successful in creating a close, loving family. Their children still enjoy spending time with them and likewise for their royal son-in-law; that speaks volumes. Harry appears to enjoy James' company and I like the photo of him greeting Mike and Carole. Again, it speaks volumes.

    The derogatory comments I have read over the years are sad, but the reasons for it are rather obvious. And I couldn't agree more with Jane's "...he who laughs last, laughs best" observation. William did hit the jackpot and no amount of "manipulation" or "faking it" would have worked if he himself did not want Kate in his life. She was/is the real deal and together W&K are exactly what the BRF needed after more than two decades of choppy waters.

    Regarding Carole's jacket and scarf...I would bet on Ralph Lauren.

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    1. Does anyone else think that whoever the mystery girl is would look great with Harry? What a handsome couple they would make and it seems he needs to step away his standard choice of blondes because that's not working out so well. He and "mystery girl" could make such cute ginger babies! Just a thought.

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    2. Very true, Robin. Blondes have not worked out well in Harry's case. I understand and respect that not everyone would be willing to deal with "the package" that comes with dating and being married to a royal, but he needs to find a girl who will *love him enough* to deal with it.

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    3. Agree about the Middletons. She started their successful business, so that she could be at home with her young children.Not surprising that Catherine too thinks being with her children whilst they are young, is important.
      Prince William has benefitted from being welcomed into their close family.
      Wish Prince Harry could be so lucky-

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    4. Jean from Lancs, you don't build a multi-million pound business and holiday in Mustique by staying at home with children. Do you really think that she did ? I am sorry to break your little reverie, but I believe that Carole has always been a driven, ambitious and very capable woman who prioritized her business when she needed to do, while being present for her children as much as they needed her. Her blurb about starting her business to stay with her children was to pander to women like you, who seem to believe that one cannot raise wonderful children while having fabulous careers. They can and they do. Your opinion is quite frankly offensive to many of us who are trying to do it. And it is wrong - it is simply incorrect and not based in evidence. Look at the world, not just around your immediate surroundings. There are capable doctors, engineers, lawyers and professors who are women and men, and are balancing meaningful careers with raising capable and productive children who will likewise do the same. It is a myth that only stay at home moms can do it. In fact there is increasingly more and more evidence that working parents produce children who have better outcomes in their lives in all respects than households with one stay at home parent.
      I wonder what Jane thinks. You are not starting a career in law to give it up years later to "stay at home" with your children, are you ?

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    5. Anon :9:50
      Your response is offensive. I had a very senior position in the NHS which had to be given up when my first child was born---that was the rule years ago---but I eventually returned and again reached a very senior position.
      I did not criticize women who go to work, merely suggesting Catherine thought like her mother, who did start her business in her kitchen.
      Perhaps you ought to remember that women of your generation have advantages my generation did not have---but many of your generation's advantages were won by women of mine.

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    6. Wow, take a breath Anon 9:50! How did this turn into a big rant about working mothers vs. non-working mothers? Jean from Lancs was just admiring what the Middletons have accomplished, not criticizing anybody who works and has children at home. I think, for Carole who was an flight attendant, starting a business from her home was staying home with her children. She was no longer flying around the world with her job but was able to be home every night. Perspective. Let's not take offense at such a simple comment and let's not try to offend people who are doing it differently than you are.

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    7. Anon 9:50
      Your opinion is frankly quite offensive to many parents who for many reasons have chosen to stay at home because they see it as a positive decision for their family. Why do you believe parents with a career make this difficult choice? Laziness?
      There should be no judgement on staying or not staying at home. It is a personal choice. The mith of the super woman that raises wonderful children while having a fabulous career is as outdated as the mith of the stay at home mother being the only one to raise capable children.
      On Carole Middleton, it is all speculation, we don't know if she started her business to stay with her children or because of her ambitious drive. Perhaps both reasons?
      Katia

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    8. Yes, Anon Oct. 5 at 9:50 AM, but the difference between the Middletons and some other Brits with wealth, is that they did not send their kids off to board at boarding schools at the tender age of 7/8/9. Kate did not board (sleep overnight) until she attended Marlborough, aged 14.

      Yes, of course busy parents can raise great kids, with help. But alone? Or by passing the buck to a boarding school, at a very young age? I have read too many stories of physical/sexual/psychological abuse to have any faith in that system.

      If very dedicated parents can manage to raise great kids, with help, and further their own careers, hats off! But they shouldn't expect *the help* to do it all, and neither did Mike and Carole Middleton. According to everything I have read, until their kids were in secondary school, Carole and/or Mike took care of their kids after school. Not a nanny in sight, altho I do think, again, based on reading, that Mike and Carole relied, at least occasionally, upon their own parents to fill in the gaps.

      Children need love, delivered with care. Most of all, they need to know that Mum and Dad care, and when young, that means Mum and Dad both need to be there at the breakfast table and need to bathe them, read to them, and tuck them safely into bed at night.

      Mike and Carole did this. So what is your beef? Or have I misunderstood the thrust of your comment? I don't think Jean was raising the flag for stay-at-home-moms, altho, to be sure, I have nothing against same; nor do I have anything against two-career families who make proper provision for their kids when they can't be there themselves, but I DO question those parents who choose to abdicate their parental responsibilities and ship their kids off to boarding school at the tender age of 7/8/9. Why did they have kids in the first place? (And yes, as I see it, this applies to diplomats and royals, too.)

      JC

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    9. Anon 9:50, I did not interpret Jean's comment as being negative towards working mothers. Jean made an observation about the way Carole raised her children, the Middleton family in general, and she linked it to Kate's (apparent) preference. *With respect*, perhaps the recognition and respect that is demanded of Jean could be given return..?

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    10. "I'm sorry to break your little reverie" etc. may be articulate, but it is not respectful, as the responses to 9:50
      were, for the most part. mk

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    11. Why does this always go South?

      Anon 9:50 with all due respect I think you went a little overboard as I also did not feel that Jean's comment was negative. When I agree with mk then we know that something is amiss.

      Sorry mk. We agreed! The sun is smiling.

      Please take the breath as there was no reason for this to go this direction

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  13. Carole's silk scarf looks like one you'd find in an art museum shop, or cathedral shop.

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  14. I like Harrys shirt... i like the idea of writing lengthwise... does anybody where to get it?
    thanks....

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  15. From mtj

    Wasn't Carol a working mom employed as an airline stewardess before starting her business? She was definitely required to leave the house for that job! If she left her former job to start a fledgling home business, she surely was able to spend more time at home with her children. Moreover, if her new business was focused on celebrating family events in the home (e.g., children's birthday parties...) then her work and her 'motherly' activities definitely overlapped. As time passed and Carol's business grew, so also were her children growing up and gradually becoming more independent. As her own boss, Carol clearly had the flexibility to place her children first. If she needed to stop work and listen to them, to attend a school event or personal milestone, etc., she had the freedom to do so.

    I find myself very suspicious of studies claiming children raised by two working parents, both with demanding careers, do 'better' than children in a stable marriage where one parent is pursuing a career and the other is home full-time with the children. I am not saying families with two full-time working parents don't raise high achieving or happy children. But statistics can be manipulated and to say their children do better than children in a comparable (professional) one income family flies against common sense. In the study referenced, are children being raised by a single mom living on assistance (home full-time) being compared with children being raised by their never-divorced parents? There are so many issues and variants missing from your stat.

    A simple gut check tells any woman that leaving their young child at daycare is less than optimal. That raising your children and missing so many hours every day with them is a loss -- at least to the mom if not the child.. Certainly for a parent, to know someone else is reading to your child before nap time, cuddling with them, sharing giggles, singing together, coloring, gluing crafts, baking cookies, and kissing their boo boos while drying their tears, is a loss for the parent. Because when it comes to raising children, quantity time is quality time.

    Every parent should decide what is the best path for their family taking into account all the individual factors involved. If one mom chooses to work and another to stay home, each should be at peace with her decision. If a mother isn't at peace, she should reconsider her decision. But the solution to tough choices is not to criticize someone else's choices.

    Kate and William both look pretty happy and their children appear to be thriving. You mention statistics that claim working parents produce higher achieving children which supports your free choice. Homeschoolers (the ultimate stay-at-home moms) cite statistics showing homeschool children on average outperform their public and private school peers both academically and socially. They like those statistics. So..,everybody can freely choice their own family's path and validate their choice with statistics. Wonderful!

    But if you can't feel good about your personal choice without criticizing someone else's choice, the problem is not with their choice but with you. Perhaps you should reevaluate your choice if you don't have peace of heart.

    Jane, you appear to be a sensible young woman who is 'grounded.' When the time comes to make decisions about the upbringing of your children and whether to work, how much to work, and where you work, I am sure you will look at the range of options and along with your husband, choose the best path for your family. Just remain open to altering your choices if your family concerns indicate a switch.

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  16. To those questioning the current thread of discussion: I entered into rather lengthy debate on the topic of motherhood on Twitter, which is why this conversation is live here. I find it interesting, and thus far, both sides have argued their positions in an articulate manner. We do not just discuss fashion here. I have limited more heated topics for the most part, but left it to my own discretion when and if I would open the comments to a wider debate. This topic interests me greatly. I want to watch it play out, so I have allowed it.

    To those who have directly addressed me, I look forward to circling back tomorrow and answering your comments! It's just too busy on this end right this moment.

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  17. Carole was a stay at home mom when she started Party Pieces. I don't know if she started it out of financial need, or if she saw a good business opportunity and pursued it. I don't think Carole has ever made any bones about starting small, which, for many entrepreneurs, means working from home.

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  18. Philippa Townley is the red head sitting next to them, she has been involved in the same sport races as James and Pippa. You'll find an article via the daily mail about it or just google her.

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    1. Thank you! OK, I'm going to vote for Harry to start dating her!

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    2. anon 10-4 2am- was correct, then. Jane, you had her all along! mk

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  19. I love Carole. I find her style and poise inspirational.

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  20. Sonja from BavariaOctober 6, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Jane, I thought that you would maybe be interested: German newspaper Bunte published pics of Carole shopping for clothes for Princess Charlotte in the baby girls department of a store called Trotters Childrenswear in London (Kings Road). She reportedly left the shop with a bulging shopping bag so I suspect Charlotte will get a lot of new clothes :)
    I think it's interesting that Carole wore printed trousers (just like Kate to the rugby game - they indeed look pretty similar!) Maybe mother & daughter bought them together? I have no idea :D
    You can see the photo here: http://mobil.bunte.de/grossbritannien/carole-middleton-entdeckt-auf-shopping-tour-fuer-baby-charlotte-164001.html

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    1. Thank you for sharing that, Sonja! What a fun picture of Carole and she looks fabulous, as always, doing what we grandma's do best - shop for the grand babies!

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    2. Thank you, Sonja. :) Carole looks great and I like her jacket.

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