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William and Kate Spend Day in North Wales

Friday, November 20, 2015

Remember when Kate and William were on tour in Australia and we thought they were going to go abseiling? But, they didn't? That happened today, and apparently, it was Kate's very first time! We will get to that in a bit, but let's start in order. William and Kate were in North Wales today for an "Away Day."  



As Cambridge fans, we are kind of newbies with this whole concept of Away Days, but basically they are baby-tours of a various region. Not all are created equal. William and Kate have done an Away Day in Wales before, and it was really just two engagements. Today was a little more involved.  The two arrived this morning, and with the Welsh flag waving, they undertook a walkabout near Caernarfon Castle:


In Caernarfon, the couple's first stop was GISDA. They saw the work the charity does for teens and young people in the area. This project is very much in William's roundhouse. Just last night, the Duke of Cambridge was the guest of honor at Centrepoint's inaugural gala. He has always had particular interest in working with disadvantaged young people.



Next, they were off to Mind. William and Kate just highlighted Mind on World Mental Health Day. Today they visited a project where Mind uses the creative arts to allow people to express themselves and the issues they face.




I know you are holding out for the abseiling, and we have arrived. The Duke & Duchess were whisked off to a centre runs by Mountain Rescue England and Wales, of which William is Patron. They shed their more formal coats and climbed into gear to repel down the side of a wall, aka, abseiling. I think people have mentioned that Kate and William did this before when they visited the rainforest on tour in South East Asia. I am no expert, but it is my understanding the two captivities are different. In that instance, they were all up in a passive manner, here, it's, well, different. Don't ask me about physical activities beyond Pilates.



Kensington Palace posted a short video of the Duchess:

When William and Kate participate in these kinds of events, the cute always comes out in full force. Kate teased William when she was holding his rope, saying "William, how much do you love me?"


I think the answer was, "A lot!"



The couple closed the day with a visit to Men's Shed, an organization that creates men's groups where men can have "a place . . . to escape the stress and strains of life; a safe haven to gain much needed sanity; to be surrounded by his own useful things; a place to think; to make things; to mend things; to invent…..and men the world over have done this largely on their own." This sounds so awesome. I think we live in an overly digitized world, (I say as I write a post for my virtual blog world) and we do need to unplug and reconnect. Using our senses, sight, smell, touch, to encounter actual reality is so healthy for the brain and the spirit. 




Oh, and they met Money Bags Merv. ;)  Caption William's face:



So, it was a good day! Kate recycled her Reiss "Angel" fit & fare, wore her trusty Rumba boots (which I love, despite relegating myself to the minority in doing so), and paired it with her citrine drops. It is certainly rare to see Kate pair one of her more formal coats with skinnies, and her Aquatalias, but she made the ensemble work for the whole day. I thought she looked gorgeous! I love this coat--it is one of my favorites--and she looks so good all bundled up in olive and back. I even think I might be coming around on turtlenecks. Maybe just the tiniest bit. 



67 comments:

  1. Hi Jane. Great post. Love these two. They have so much fun when they are together. And the love they share just shines through in everything they do. Loved it when she asked him how much he loves her...lol. But I did not hear his answer. It better had been to the moon and beyond...lol.
    Now we have to wait to see when they will appear together again.

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    1. Hahah, I think he said Hahah, yeah :P It was obviously more of a "Do you trust me?" than a "Confess to the world how much you love me" :P

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  2. It almost felt like date night! Sigh! The Cambridges are so fun together when they mix up the outdoor with the indoor. There's just a sense of relaxation there. I foresee many camping trips in Scotland (or Wales) as a family in their future. I also heard that Kate mentioned getting both the kiddos involved in scouting programs. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in scouting as a girl and think it very worthwhile in building confidence in a wide range of activities. It will allow George and Charlotte to mix more with kids of their own age outside of school. Kate looked really good today- love the whole look and the coat is one of my favorites. Her hair was the best look of the week today. She either needs to cut the bangs shorter or start pinning them back like she did today.

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    1. It will be interesting to see how troop selection works. Wasn't it Princess Anne who was a brownie/scout, but the troop met at BP? And weren't the other girls hand-selected from appropriate families? I think I heard that they did their nature studies in the palace gardens...not out in nature. I know security and loyalty/discreetness is needed, but I wonder if W&K will try for a local chapter with *normal* kids...

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    2. The Queen and Princess Margaret were members of a Buckingham Palace group--I don't remember Princess Ann
      doing the same thing, but of course she went away to school.

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    3. I think Sophie is a scout leader for Lady Louise's troop. I seem to remember something about it being in one of the paper not too long ago.

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  3. Catherine looks most beautiful with her hair pulled back into a pony tail and there are some gorgeous photos of her today.
    Together the Duke and Duchess are unbeatable.A very full day.
    Also The Queen's 68th wedding anniversary--hope she had a lovely day

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  4. Her legs are barely existing. I really hope she'll get her fuller figure back soon, I am not able to like anything on her until she does, fashion-wise. (Sorry to be the one to point this out again. Doesn't it bother anyone else?)
    She looks happy though and they must have had a great time.
    Miss the kids so much!!
    Alice

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    1. Wearing the leggings while abseiling didn't help...you could see how thin her legs are. I'm sure she's busy with two kids, but wow, it's got to take work and dedication to bounce back like that after two close pregnancies! Works out well in the sense that she can recycle so many old outfits.

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  5. Could she find jeans any tighter? Coat is such a dull colour, pretty drab. Members of the royal family should dress in bright, cheery colours. And, boots again.....it's too much. I'm not too keen how she always wants to participate in the sporting activities.

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    1. Well, considering the audience today, would it have been better for her to show up with white gloves? :) And I think her skinny jeans fit exactly as they are intended to fit. She just happens to be a slim gal wearing them.

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    2. royalfan-I know three billy goats who are waiting for anon to show up under a bridge....anon...mk

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    3. I am sorry but I have to take offense to the comment as to "I am not too keen how she always wants to participate in the sporting activities" Really? So would you prefer she stood on the sidelines and watched as William did all the athletic activities? She is watched by many young girls and by participating and not standing on the sidelines she is sending a wonderful message. She is communicating that women should be activity and healthy and fit. I can't imagine a more positive body message to send to young women. Sorry...but I just don't understand your comment!

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    4. Oh, mk, you got that one right! I'm completely confused by the original comment.

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    5. Lol, mk and Robin.

      Laura, I think you made an excellent point. So often I have read comments about Kate not being a good role model because of some of the more "old fashioned" decisions she has made in her life. And here she is doing something that is a very positive example for young girls and she is criticized for it.

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    6. Now I'm waiting for royalfan to check in, Robin. I guess I'm not the ony one who has read- Grimm's, is it?...mk

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    7. It sounds like a tale the Brothers Grimm would tell but I believe it's a Norse tale. Still, the comparison was spot on! I love having literary friends. Thanks for the laugh!

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    8. "Tritt-trat, tritt trat." Well, I had a Swedish Mum. Nursery rhymes and fairy tales stick with us....mk

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    9. Yes, its a very old Norwegian myth. The troll is the traditional archetype of evil in the ancient Norse storytelling genre. I had a Norwegian grandmother :-)

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  6. Her legs are dreadfully thin, not a good example to impressionable young girls/women.

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  7. I love the picture of William helping her with her ropes at the bottom. How cute are they? :)

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    1. Reminded me of a picture in Canada when he was buttoning up her jacket. Lovely pictures

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  8. I have gotten a few comments that I think I am going to hold. Please keep in mind that every woman's body is different. I am 5'10" and U.S.size 2. Every now and again someone says something, often with only the best of intentions, and that they think they are being helpful, but is usually actually offensive. I am healthy and happy. Kate is healthy and happy. Let's be very careful criticizing the Duchess or any woman who is on that end of the spectrum. Nothing suggests she is unhealthy.

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  9. Jane, how did you ever narrow down which adorable photos from today's appearance to use? They are just so delightful when they appear together and I love their sense of playfulness. She looked absolutely fantastic today. So glad she tamed her hair and she looked cozy and warm in her choice of outfits. I do love this coat!

    As to the comments about her physical appearance, she doesn't look unhealthy in any way. Anyone who has spent time around people with eating disorders would know that she shows none of the signs. She's just blessed (and so are you, Jane) with that tall, willowy build that the rest of us would love to have!

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    1. It was so hard to choose photos yesterday. Especially from the abseiling. She was just radiant--so beautiful Her skin is amazing. I just had to make hard decisions. :)

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    2. Tough job but you do it so well!

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    3. It's obvious Jane puts a great deal of thought into what visual message she is sending, along with the
      written message...One picture...thousand words....mk

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  10. I don't understand how people can complain about her buttons popping and turn around and make opposite remarks.
    It should be obvious to everyone by now that lighting, camera angle and type and fit of clothing can make a huge
    difference in appearance. Again, a toddler like George can literally run the legs off his Mum.
    She looks great and she carries an active schedule that leaves me breathless just watching her from my armchair view.-mk

    Ungracious remark of the day: I wonder if any of those "concerned" about her weight are actually slender themselves?
    Some may be equating slenderness with being unhealthy to counter labels of being unhealthy
    because they are big. No need. There are plenty of plus-sized women succeeding in business, acting, and modeling-to
    name a few jobs-who are healthy and proud.
    I feel better now, although Jane will probably hold this, too. ha!....mk

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  11. I do not think she is wearing skinny black jeans, (if that is what you meant by skinnies), but a black legging or yoga/running style pant. Similar to a Lulu Lemon pant.
    Ali

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    1. I concur. Seems like a poor choice with a short jacket in a public venue. Quite a view from below I would imagine.

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    2. Hi Ali: no, I think they were jeans/jeggings of some kind. They are definitely a soft jean, probably more on the jegging end of the spectrum, but they are not leggings/yoga pants (which very frankly would have been inappropriate). You can see the stitch along the side. They have some substance, too, and bunch around her knees above her boots just a bit, so I would guess they are light, like a soft twill, but are definitely "real." :) They remind me of her JCrew maternity skinnies.

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    3. Yes the bunching does seem more like the super soft cotton stretch blends. My Lulu lemons are flare leg, thick material and have side seams. When I say legging/yoga pants that is what I meant, not the ones that look like tights:) I also have a pair of the super soft stretch jeans which do look a bit more like those actually. Very cute look. ali

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    4. I have a pair of black pants in a ponte knit fabric that have some of the style elements of jeans (pockets, zipper, etc) & which remind me of what Kate is wearing here -- there are significantly thicker than leggings/yoga pants but have much more flexibility than even the softest jeggings. Might Kate's pants be something like that?

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  12. Great day for the Cambridge's. I do enjoy seeing them work as a team. It never gets old! :)

    And I too believe that Kate is happy and healthy; a combination of good genes and healthy choices.

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  13. Kate looks terrific. Her hair, the coat, the skinny jeans, the boots, everything. It's so nice to see the Cambridges play together. They are so obviously happy in each other's company.

    I agree with Jane re: healthy skinny and anorexic skinny. I used to be anorexic. My hair started to fall out, I had no energy, I fainted frequently, I grew hair on my face, my breath stank. None of this seems to be happening to this young, vibrant, and beautiful woman with great genes and a healthy lifestyle.

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    1. I am so happy to see you use the words "used to be" with regard to anorexia, Allie! Congratulations on your recovery and may it continue forever! I have not had an eating disorder myself, but have two friends who have and walked with them through their recovery. As you say, there are so many more signs than just a thin build and Kate has none of them.

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    2. Glad to hear it is past tense for you, Allie :-) I think one look at Kate's quad muscles in skinnies and it's evident she isn't malnourished like an eating disorder.

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  14. As a woman who barely passes the 100 lb. mark, I find it truly offensive that people feel they have the right to comment on how thin Catherine may appear. Just as one would never say "Oh my, she is so fat" one should never say "Oh my, she is so thin." Both comments -- whether the subject be deemed overweight or underweight -- are unbelievably cruel and uncalled for. Catherine is clearly a healthy, happy, vibrant woman. That should be all that matters.

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  15. Jane, great post! I love all the pictures you have chosen. I love that coat, too. I have to disagree with most comments and say that Kate looks to have gained weight since she last wore this. No cause for concern here.

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  16. This is probably my favorite event they've done!! I've been a rock climber for almost 9 years now and I am just tickled pink that Kate was wearing a harness and climbing a wall :) LOVE IT. I also really love that she wore something that could easily transition into an "active" activity. Kate's a great role model for versatility and preparedness! Great post, Jane x

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  17. Kate is glowing. What a happy day for all involved. Thank you Jane.

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  18. Well Hallejuah! No bangs! They are finally long enough to be pulled back and worked into her ponytail. And no one rocks a ponytail like our girl Kate!

    I loved everything about today's appearance. Love the hair, the coat and even the turtleneck. I am not a big fan of turtlenecks on myself but I certainly like them on Kate. And I have always liked this coat.

    The leggings are tricky and I hear you about them with a short jacket but I think given having to go from one activitiy to the next, this was well thought out. She looked elegant and professional when she needed to and then ready for action when she needed to. The leggings are very high quality so I am going to give them a thumbs up.....and I also thinks she looks healthy and fit!

    Jane hope the studies are going well as I suspect you are getting close to the end of the fall term. Thank you as always for such a great post!

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  19. I love her style so much, i think she has been wearing braces, maybe invisalign, they must be so discreet, love her enthusiasm.

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    1. Hope you get credit for that product mention, Jane. Might buy a photo or two.ha!...mk

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    2. I am wearing invisalign, it is really great and I can only recommend it. It is almost invisible, so discreet and really worth the money.

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  20. Laura you bring up an excellent point that I think we should keep in mind - when Kate does back to back events like this and needs to change, that must be a pain for her and she needs to plan her full day of outfits accordingly. Might mean having to give on a piece she wanted to wear because it didn't transition as well as another piece.


    Jane, in all your spare time, if you're ever able to do a post about some of the behind the scenes logistics - how does Kate do this sort of outfit change fur example? Does an assistant bring the outfit and they have prearranged for a convenient location for a change? Aside from security, is Rebecca deacon the only aid who helps Kate at events? - I'm sure many of us would appreciate it!

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    1. Hi Tina, I will see what I can do on a full post :) but just addressing yesterday, Kate didn't have a change. She had everything on from the start. She was wearing the jeans and turtleneck when she arrived in Caernarfon, so all she had to do was take off the Angel coat and change her shoes.
      Remember in New York when she was wearing that pink coat and then appeared at her next event in a black dress. The dress was simply on under the coat.

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  21. tina, my two cents re how many aides Kate has is that the only one I am sure of is Rebecca Deacon. I know it appeared as if she had more when on tour Down Under, but I am inclined to think that either these were general office staff shared between all three of William, Kate and Harry, or that they were temporary hires--because I have never seen or heard of them since. I know that all three young royals have an office secretary apiece--Rebecca is Kate's--altho I m unsure re how many press officers they have; either one, or possibly two, but in any case Kate doesn't have one exclusively for herself--and I do sometimes get the feeling that the overall office staff tend to concentrate on William and Harry and less on Kate, which I find a tad odd. Given that Harry is now fifth in line and quite unlikely to sit on the throne, I would think it more sensible to concentrate on William, who almost certainly will, and Kate, as future Queen. However, all staff collect their paycheques from the POW, and so would ultimately have to run the KP office in a manner pleasing to their boss--and in all contemporary books about Charles, any which examine his staff will tell you that Charles likes to foster a spirit of competition, not a spirit of teamwork, amongst his staff. It isn't much of a leap to conclude that either Charles prefers that the spotlight remain on his two sons or that he wants them to compete, possibly pitting William and Harry against each other.

    I, too, wish Jane would do a little digging around re Kate's staff. I would also like to know how many staff, in total, are employed to run Anmer Hall and Apt. 1A at KP. Those two homes are huge, and neither can be run efficiently by just a housekeeper apiece, yet, thats all I ve ever heard of.

    I very much enjoyed William and Kate's day in Wales, especially the abseiling/climbing end of it. Speaking of which, in one of the several articles I read on yesterdays mini-tour, it mentioned that, at Williams request, Mountain Rescue UK invited some kids from various charities along. Those invited included WellChild(Harrys), Pace2Be(Kate's), and two of Williams--Centerpoint and Child Bereavement. Apparently, those chosen received an introduction to climbing and abseiling. I Did see a few pics of youths suited up, so am inclined to believe it, tho I am a bit surprised that this went largely unreported.

    Kate seems very happy these days--altho it would be difficult to summon a great deal of enthusiasm when suffering from the after-effects of (HG), as I assume she did thru much of both pregnancies. I also suspect that she prefers more casual outings to those governed by strict protocol.

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    1. I read that about William having the children from their charities invited. The UK papers seem to have covered it as part of the story but it didn't make any of the headlines. Unlike Charles, who likes to receive the credit for his generosities, William seems not to care if he is in the spotlight and is happy to see the results without the headlines. I imagine his experience with his mother making headlines if she sneezed probably cured him of wishing to see his name in a headline every day.

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    2. Robin, your points are well made. And glad I am to hear that more than one paper mentioned that William invited kids from various charities to partake.

      As for Charles, No Comment seems the safest route to go; ditto Diana. What a pair of dysfunctional parents!!

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    3. JC, if I had majored in psychology (and I did not), I would say that Charles craves positive feedback from external sources for a reason. And, despite all the problems between C&D, William does know what it feels like to grow up feeling loved and encouraged so it is not going to make or break his day if his name is not in bold print at the breakfast table.

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    4. Robin, my response was to both you and JC...my apologies! :)

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    5. I agree, royalfan. I think a huge part of the POW's issues stem from the fact that he has no useful purpose or job outside of being royal. He did his military career but didn't stay in as long as his boys. He became patron of charities but didn't start his own charities at a young age as his boys have done. His sole occupation is waiting for a job that entails having his mother die in order for him to do it. He grew up spoiled and privileged and, by all accounts from the various books and interviews that have been done by palace insiders, he continues to behave that way. The one really positive thing he did in his life was marry Diana and he screwed that up with his jealousy making him a bit of a pathetic figure. But, Diana taught him how to be a parent and William and Harry benefitted enormously from that after their mother's death. And now, through the Middletons, William gets to experience what it's like to have parents who not only support their children but each other as well. It was his lucky day when he met Kate.

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    6. If I recall correctly, Charles did establish a charity at a young age, using money he received-I think- after
      leaving the Army. Someone please correct me if that is not correct.Maybe I read it here. ha!

      Otherwise, Robin, I agree with your remarks. Your remark about Diana teaching Charles how to be a parent was
      an idea I had not heard before and makes sense to me.
      Even in families without financial stresses and with parents who individually encourage their children, the
      presence of discord and disrepect between parents can block the positive effects.One influence that can save a
      child is one person who firmly believes in him and cheers him on -outside the toxic home environment- a teacher,
      a friend. This is what Kate was saying in her message.
      I realise there are millions of children who grow up in deplorable environments and they are vulnerable to
      anyone with helpful or harmful intentions. One has to start somewhere, and I think William and Catherine have
      chosen well.
      I can just hear some saying "Sell the Crown Jewels!" etc. Throwing money at the problem won't solve it. The
      caring individual is worth his weight in gold.
      Sorry, Robin, to ramble on so. You struck a chord....mk

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    7. No problem, mk. I have wondered about what trigger made William and Kate so passionate about the mental health cause. In the ramblings in my head, with no basis in fact whatsoever, I've wondered if the damage done to Diana by her own parents, and then piled on by a one-sided marriage (which she admitted did drive her to do some desperate things), have inspired the Cambridges to reach out to the causes that support a healthy environment for those with mental health issues. I know that Centrepoint was one of Diana's charities but the others don't seem to have had royal patronage before. I love this couple and their style!

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    8. Robin, at one point I recall reading (after the handshake with an HIV-positive man) that Diana was not afraid to take on serious issues that may have been seen as not ideal for a princess. She didn't want people to feel like they were alone or misunderstood. I do see a link ...

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    9. I was wondering if the fact that they have become parents has been a factor in their interest in mental health. I know for myself, as a parent, it is as much a concern for me as global warming, the economy and women's rights. As parents, we want our children to inherit a world that is as healthy, safe and productive as possible. In my eyes, mental heath is a huge part of that
      equation. For various reasons, people needing treatment slip through the cracks sometimes with dire consequences for themselves, their loved ones and even those they do not know. Early intervention is really the key to tackling this problem that does effect society as a whole. If I were in the Cambridge' s position, mental health would be the number one issue on my
      platform as well.

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    10. royalfan, she certainly proved that over and over didn't she? Even I was worried for her when she would walk in those mine fields! I'm not sure she is celebrated enough for her bravery. William and Harry are shining examples of their mother's work.

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  22. Anonymous 4:08: Are you trying to put women back into the 1940s and1950s? Kate participating in sporting events makes her a huge role model for all young women today. Kate is in marvelous shape; you can see the muscles in her legs as she went down the wall. Beautiful hair and skin complexion equal a healthy body. Those who criticize her I believe are simply envious. Instead of criticizing, use her as a motivation to get in better shape!

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  23. Interesting that they started out at Caernarfon Castle. It was the site of the 1969 investiture of Charles, Prince of Wales. Someday, William may well be back there for his own...

    Great blog, Jane!

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  24. What an intriguing thought, anon 12:58....mk

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  25. I always enjoy their joint engagements, theye are such a lovely couple. I greatly admire Kate - I couldn't try sth like absailing for the 1st time with hundreds of cameras snapping every little mistake I could make. They both did very well.

    She said that she wanted to sign up George for scouting - how cute would it be to see photos of him in this cutr uniform?? It's bern so long since we saw him... as it's snowing here for the 1st time this winter, I'm slowly getting in a christmas mood and cant wait for cute christmas pics of him & charlotte! (I'm so curious about how she looks now)

    I really like that she changed the accessoires amd her hair for the repeat. T he cost was just perfect for the occasion and the colour works great with Black. And I really really love her Aquatila boots!!

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    1. The connection of the title Prince of Wales to Caernafon Castle goes back to the 13th Century( 1284 in fact) when King Edward I promised the People of Wales a Prince who spoke no English and presented his day old son (later Edward Ii who was known as Edward of Caernafon)
      A picture book of history, I had as a very young child, depicted the king in armour, presenting his son lying on his shield
      As far as I can discover, only Edward VIII the present (Duke of Windsor) and the present Prince of Wales had a big ceremony, though i think they were mostly presented at the Castle--perhaps some kind Welsh person knows more.

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    2. sorry---should have Jean from Lancs---fingers not as mobile as they once were!

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    3. Jean-Thank-you for the information. I knew it was you.
      Just because you had a birthday doesn't mean you are old. You're bloggjng on the internet, for Pete's sake!
      I know I speak for others when I tell you we truly enjoy your comments.....mk

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