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Queen Gives Kate a New Patronage + Happy Birthday Carole!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I think that for many of us, Kate has been Queen of Wimbledon for some time. From the moment the new Duchess made her first appearance at the match as a princess, there has been speculation that someday Kate would have an official role.



Today, Roya Nikkhah broke the news in The London Times that the Queen will divest herself of some of her duties as she hits 90, including her patronage of the All England Club:
After 64 years as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, which hosts the Wimbledon championships, the Queen will this year pass the role to the Duchess, a keen tennis player and fan of the game.
Kate follows the matches with close concentration and her smiles and grimaces are always headline news after a match. 


Kate has been at Wimbledon every year but 2013, when George's birth coincided too closely with the world famous Grand Slam event. As a talented and competitive player herself, Kate is the perfect choice to take on this role. William once admitted Kate's proficiency: “We are both very competitive. She beats me at tennis and skiing but I am better at the rest." Their flirtatious rivalry has been a reoccurring theme across a number of public engagements.  


I have a theory about this announcement. Kate goes to Wimbledon every year, and sometimes to more than one match. It has been the cause of tension over the past few years as people complained that Kate didn't have time to "work" but that she could take time for a tennis game. This ignores the obvious fact that as the Duchess of Cambridge in the royal box, it is both work and play for Kate. As a princess of the United Kingdom, her job is to highlight Britain! Wimbledon is an international event in London and by being present Kate supports the All England Club, supports the British competitors, and draws attention to the event and the host country. She also enjoys it, but there is no law against loving your life. Regrettably, these fun appearances have become a source of scrutiny and angst. I think it is very wise for the Queen to pass on this position to Kate so that she may continue to do what she has been doing all along, but moving forward she will do it with a certain "official sanction" which should silence the critics. It's a brilliant move.


Finally, today is Carole Middleton's birthday! While she is holidaying in Mustique, it looks like William and Kate were not able to make it to the get-away. They were spotted in London on the 27th and I do not think they could have gotten to Mustique without being spotted. As you know, they have been able to sneak away to other locales at different times of the year, but given this is an annual event and there are only so many ways to get to the island, I think they'd have to be airlifted in to escape detection...and even then. :)  I know someone in the comments mentioned that the Cambridges might be holding off for a winter holiday. I think George might be getting toward the age that he can begin on the little bunny slope. It will be interesting to see if they take a family ski holiday this year, as they have given it a miss these past few years! 




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  1. So happy to read the Dutchess will be taking on this role. She is truly a great fan and supporter of tennis. I am sure she will do a great job.
    Oh Jane, how I really wish and hope this would silence her critics, however I can almost assure that they will find a reason to fault this decision and continue to criticise her appearance at these events.

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  2. Can they leave the country without public knowledge, I mean because their role even if it is a holiday? Just a simple question?:-) Jane what is your take on this one?

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  3. Love that Kate is getting this patronage!

    And I hooooope they do go for a ski vacay and we get to see George in ski gear and on little bitty skis! I live in the middle of Colorado ski country and little kids on the bunny slopes are the absolute cutest. Until they get in ski school and manage to knock each other down like dominoes when lining up for the instructor. Actually, that's pretty cute too, just not so fun for the kiddos involved ;-).

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  4. Oh, where were they in London on the 27th?

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  5. Perfect patronage for Kate! I think it's great when the patronages match up to their personal interests because they actually are enjoying themselves instead of looking as if they would rather be anywhere else if they could. The Duke of York is especially good at that one and Prince Charles sometimes looks bored to death.

    Happy Birthday to Carole!

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  6. Perhaps she is worried about the Zika virus...

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    1. I agree. I think it could be concerns about the Zika virus that kept the Cambridges from Mustique. There are travel warnings in affect for Women who are pregnant or might become pregnant to restrict travel to the Bahamas. I am not saying Kate is pregnant, but I can't imagine them taking a risk with no treatment or cure for the birth defects the virus can cause.

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    2. It's now in Texas and it's been been discovered that it can also be transmitted in 'other ways.' My poor pregnant daughter called to say that not only is she not able to go outside without being bug sprayed but, apparently, she has to be celibate for the next five months. Her hubby is in the military and their command put out a bulletin about the dangers and possibilities. I don't blame Kate for staying home if this is why they did.

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    3. A tough time for your daughter and family.
      I am wondering about India. A health emergency has been declared in an area of
      the South Pacific.

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    4. I'm so sorry to hear that, Robin. But knowledge is power and that is a good thing in this type of situation.

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  7. Well,there's no denying that she's passionate about tennis(sport in general I believe).
    Certain aspects of a job can be fun others not so much.Many people seem to forget that as the Duchess of Cambridge,Catherine is under constant public scrutiny.Strangers judging you and your family all the time,saying hurtful things about them.If she had been Catherine Middleton who had never dated Prince William,would anyone have snapped those topless photos and publish them in a magazine?I don't think so...what people need to remember is that wealth and fame do not make one immune to life's problems

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  8. I was astonished to read that the Queen had attended Wimbledon only 3 times in 64 years! Yet she is passing on the patronage to reduce her workload. It must mean there is work behind the scene, isn't it? So much for those who imagine royal work is only making an appearance...

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    1. HRH Duke of Kent has been President of the All England Club since 1969. He attends the Wimbledon championship every year. He also meets with the Chairman and Trustees.

      He is the one that has the on-going connection with the Club.

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    2. The Duchess of Kent has been a regular attendee as well. But, being a Royal Patron and being President are two entirely different things.

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    3. I saw a photo of a young QEII presenting a trophy at Wimbledon years ago as patron.
      Perhaps the royal patron is actually supposed to have this honor when present and
      otherwise the president. Interesting thought if Catherine is patron and Sophie
      president in the future.

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  9. I wondered if Mustique didn't happen for any of the Middleton this year? I see that James and Pippa already had a holiday in St Barths just a few weeks ago..

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    1. Dale, Mike and Carole have been spotted on Mustique, so I suspect they're having a vacation by themselves and with friends.

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    2. good to know! hopefully knowing it is just Mike and Carole will send all the paparazzi home. They are the first royal in-laws to get so much media attention. It mustn't be much fun.

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  10. So if they didn't got to mustqiue why didn't Kate do not a single engagement in January?

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    1. The Cambridges often take January off after the craziness of December and the holiday engagements. Family time, decompress for Kate, background research work with their charities, and for William his job.

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    2. What do u mean craziness of December? She had three engagements maybe two?

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    3. They also take August off. And a lot of the busyness of December is family obligations, not work to bring attention to charities or causes. And William didn't return to work until mid-January. They're a part-time working couple, which is why Catherine didn't have any engagements in January :-)

      I will say I suspect Kate is already busy planning for her upcoming tour.

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    4. She had five, not counting Christmas morning, which in many ways I consider a public engagement, in addition to the 27th.

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    5. We also have to remember that George is going to school a few days a week. They are getting to that stage in family life when their children's schedules will determine their schedules. There are also lengthy scheduling meetings with all of the various secretaries involved in the planning of their calendars for the year.

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    6. Also, there is a lack of engagements in general because the patronages are in their planning stages and just getting starting themselves after the holidays so all the british royals have had very few engagements in January and those who have had have been meetings.

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    7. She had five to seven engagements which were documented by the popular press in December. No way to know about other private work-related engagements.

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  11. Certainly the Wimbledon patronage seems a perfect fit for Catherine. I can never understand why some people complain that members of the royal family enjoy most of the things they take on as patronages.
    I suspect quite a number of people like the job they do, or they wold not be much good at it.
    I expect William; Catherine and Harry will take on a lot more of their grandparents' charities as time goes by.

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  12. Jane, I agree with you regarding this being a wise move and it is a sensible choice for Kate. Hopefully, it won't turn into a "the Queen has no choice but to force Kate to work" drama. :))

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    1. LOL I don't see it that way, but she has been given two new charities in the last month. It's probably a mix of The Queen and Duke aging and succession/estate planning, and "you have had two kids and have been married for almost 5 years, so we're expecting you to take on a bit more". Which fits into the thought that they are easing her in, so of course at some point she has to be given more.

      ~ A

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    2. She hasn't yet been made Patron of the All England Club. That is expected to be announced in July.

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    3. I agree with your reasoning, A.

      cepe, I realize, and I do believe it's part of the scenario described by A.

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  13. Kate is a natural and appropriate fit for Wimbeldon. She is passionate about the sport, proficient in it, and will be a great ambassador, not only for Great Britain, but also for the sport of tennis. Bravo!!

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  14. I would love to know what little George said or did at the christening to make his
    Granny and Uncle laugh.And doesn't Carole look smart!
    You did it again, Jane-I don't recall seeing Kate in the pretty white ruffled dress before.She
    and William look so happy.

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  15. The five events were:
    •Icap charity event
    •Visit to Action on Addiction Centre
    •Meeting with the RAF air cadets
    •Annual Diplomats reception
    •visit to the Anna Freud Centre

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    1. Sabine / CaliforniaFebruary 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM

      For each event, that means: have staff set up date and coordinate, read tons of background material to be conversant with the issues - and we know that Kate is doing a great job at that. Confer with whoever helps coordinate clothing and jewelry, fittings for made-to-order clothing, select jewelry. All this with staff discussion of appropriateness for function, history, references etc., etc. - Kate excels in that area as well. Then the briefing of how to travel, who to meet, who the people are she will meet. For every hour of a visit that we get to observe, Kate and her staff will have put in a lot of background and planning time.
      I happen to work for an elected official.being the person in the background that ensures all goes smooth and my elected official can do what only he can do. Kate has an amazing staff; she also clearly is always briefed to the nth degree and on spot. When people gripe about Kate or other Royals not doing enough, they do not consider the countless hours of background work needed for that public moment.
      With that said, I am excited to see Kate take on this patronage - with her love and talent for this sport, she will be an excellent ambassador.

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    2. Actually it was 7 events - the info is taken from the Court Circular.
      8th December
      The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron, the 1851 Trust, this morning attended a Board Meeting at Kensington Palace.
      The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh held an Evening Reception at Buckingham Palace for the Diplomatic Corps at which The Prince of Wales and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were present.
      9th December
      The Duke of Cambridge, Patron, Skillforce, and The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron, Place2Be, and Patron, SportsAid, this morning attended the Charity Day at Icap plc, 2 Broadgate, London EC2.
      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales, Joint Patrons, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, this evening attended a Reception at St James’s Palace.

      The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron, Action on Addiction, this morning visited the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, the Manor House, Ash Walk, Warminster, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire (Mrs Peter Troughton).
      The Duchess of Cambridge this morning attended the Anna Freud Centre Family School’s Christmas Party at the Anna Freud Centre, 4-6 Rodney Street, London N1.

      The Duchess of Cambridge was present upon becoming Honorary Air Commandant, Air Cadet Organisation.

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    3. I would imagine that the royals feel like their attendance at meetings with the various charities where they learn and discuss are equally as important (if not more so) as the photo op of them walking from the car into a building. I am sure they realize that being seen is a great boon to the support of the charities but the meetings must be far more fulfilling.

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  16. We don't know how much preparation time each of these events take.
    The recording of "Meeting with the RAF Cadets" does not tell the whole story as it followed the lunch with the extended family. Not just your normal visit with your granny-in-law.
    ITV are presently reporting they are making a 2 hour film for HM's 90th birthday, in which William and Catherine and other members of the family are taking part. That will have taken some of their time in January, as well as preparation for the day with Huffington Post.
    Between them the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have well over a thousand patronages-seems to me that it has been planned that some of these would be taken over by William; Catherine and Harry as the need arose.

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  17. Yes she is a British ambassador but you can't use that excuse for everything. She has now taken an official role in Wimbledon, but in the past she has gone for leisure. Even though she will ALWAYS represent Britain officially and unofficially, using the excuse that she brings attention to the event doesn't justify going to the actual event for 'fun'. The truth is, she is wealthy and has time on her hands to attend such events for fun, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you have the means, why not? I like your blog but I feel like you defend and justify Kate in her actions, like When she chooses to take holidays etc. I wonder if deep down you think that she doesn't 'work' enough but because you love her so much, you seem to look past it? I personally feel that because she comes from such a wealthy family, she didn't have to 'work' in her twenties or even do much now. I highly doubt that she has even made much of her own money (except when she worked that one time) but she has had no reason to. Which is completely ok. There is no need to justify her actions all the time. If you are reasonable, you'll get the reasoning behind it. Wealthy family - kids don't have to work. I mean her siblings also haven't had any normal jobs either. But why is that an issue? They can afford to live life lavishly. Why does it always have to be justified? If she wasn't married to a prince this wouldn't be an issue. She studied 'art history' in varsity. In terms of getting an actual job with that degree, what could you actually do with it? It was apparent right from the start, even before she dated William, that she probably wouldn't have been working a 'normal' job anyway. I am not belittling Kate or her family. I just don't understand why everything they do needs to be justified.

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    1. No idea what Catherine wanted to to with her Art History degree but it is actually a very useful degree for getting a job. You can do a wide variety of museum work, you can work with businesses on their art collections, and yes many corporations have large expensive art collections, you can work for non profit groups promoting the arts or running children or adult outreach programs. Often in the arts there is a cross over from fine art and the performing arts. To get up to higher levels in the art field usually requires a Masters or Doctoral Degree. She could also apply it to marketing materials for business or non profits, if she combined it with a graphic arts degree for instance. You can teach. I have several friends here in the USA that have either an undergraduate or graduate degree in Art History.

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    2. I do not believe that referring to Kate as a British ambassador is an excuse for anything (it's simply the reality of her role). However, the reference to being an ambassador is *perceived* as an excuse by those who tend to undermine or dismiss her role/contribution.

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    3. Hi Anon 8:24: Well, I feel like you think I am hiding the ball, but I am not. I don't think Kate has to work at all if she doesn't want to, so any "work" in the professional outside the house type is already above the threshold of what I wold consider mandatory. I have written about this pretty extensively, most notably in "Does Kate Work Enough." You can find a link to that post on the "About" page. In a nut shell, Kate married William, and because he has the means to support her, it is entirely her right to decide if and to what extent she works. I think it would be bad PR if she never made a public appearance, but I have no problem with the family/work balance she has currently.
      The justification is not so much justification as simply heading off negativity before it springs up. Not everyone agrees that Kate doesn't have to work. So, the more you can point to something and placate those who feel she doesn't do enough, the more peaceful life is. :)

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    4. Anon 2.11 - yes you could probably do all of that with an art degree, but she didn't. Because she didn't need to as she came from a wealthy background.

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    5. Well said, Jane!

      Anon. 8:24 and 12:15 (are you both the same person?) Anyway, when Kate went to St. Andrews as an Art History major she probably had a long term plan in mind. There are many things one can do with an art history degree - as Anon. 2:11 pointed out. The events of her life at university (i.e., meeting and falling in love with William) would have altered any plan she had. Once school was over she had no protection from the paparazzi at all and, except for a brief breakup, that relationship was constant and she was very limited to what she could do and still maintain privacy for herself and William. Just saying you think it's fine for her to be a rich girl without a job or ambition doesn't change the critical tone of the message in general.

      Anybody I've known who have parents who own a successful business, one they will someday inherit, go to work in the trenches of that business after college. Why are the Middleton offspring criticized for doing this? As a result of their wealth and (thanks to Kate) their high profile they call a great deal of attention to charity events but we don't see them in the paper every single day. We have no idea what they're working at on a daily basis. Unlike some of the rubbish socialites here in America who are in the news some way or another All The Time just because they are outrageous or got caught on YouTube doing horrible things, the Middletons seem to be doing something good with their lives. Bravo to Mike and Carole as well for raising a close knit family with responsible kids.

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  18. Yay! Kate is a great fit for this patronage! And Harry is rumored to be getting rugby! Excitement.
    Happy birthday Carole!
    If only I too could spend my birthdays on a quiet island in the sun:)

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  19. non 8:24-what you termed "justfying" may have been a preemptive shot for an anticipated
    attack, that was as sure to come.
    I'm sure William and Catherine have done things they wish they hadn't. No one is justifying
    those activities. Catherine's being an Ambassador of GB in attending Wimbledon really
    is a fact, not a defense. No one is saying she is an Ambassador when she attends a friend's wedding, shops,takes her children to the park.
    Tennis is probably one of the most accessible, inexpensive sports,
    It has nothing to do with one's social class.
    Not sure why Catherine's being brought up by hard-working middle-class parents who
    managed to make a comfortable life for their children has anything to do with her
    new role.
    She's supposed to be ashamed of enjoying her work? Her involvement with tennis is
    based on her being privileged?
    Is that your point?
    I do agree that Catherine, or her supporters, should not have to constantly justify her life and actions

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    1. I do believe largely that the positon she is in now (Duchess of Cambridge as well as her not having to 'work' in her 20s) is based on her being privileged and coming from a wealthy background. Her hard-working middle class parents had everything to do with her new role. It is due to their wealth that she was able to attend university and associate with the upper class. I personally beleive that you have to have a certain standard of wealth to mingle on a social level with the likes of the monarchy and other aristocrats. Not having to work in her 20s gave her a lot of free time to spend with William and groom herself for her future role. So yes, in a way her involvement in tennis at that level is definitely based on her being privelged. And there is nothing wrong with beung privelged. She is lucky that she has hard working parents who have given her an extremely comfortable life.

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  20. Leisure, pleasure, duty. When pleasure and duty cross--watch out! Unless, of course, you happen to be the monarch. For example--and I stand to be corrected by those who have followed the BRF longer than I--The Queen may well have agreed to become President of the All England Club because her father was a keen tennis player; the Queen had little interest in the game, and rarely attended. In comparison, the Queen had great interest in horses and has attended Royal Ascot, and many other horse-related activities, annually--because these interested her.

    Giving Kate the Presidency/Patronage of Wimbledon is fitting, if true. Kate loves tennis, always has, before and during life with William. And somehow or other, Kate's love of tennis--apparently, she is an excellent amateur player--registered with someone--the Queen, Charles, William--to such an extent that the ageing/decrepit court at Anmer Hall is undergoing a major refurbishment.

    This patronage, if true, is perfect--and where is it writ that a patron may not enjoy same? (Don't forget that those of us who follow Wimbledon will get to see Kate annually; hip, hip, hooray!)

    JC

    PS Big Thank you to HMTQ.

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    1. As you have pointed out, Kate is really the logical choice, and a (rare? Lol) kudos to the BRF for seeing that.

      ~ A

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  21. Given the Queen's attendance record (including a 33 year gap), Kate's enthusiasm for tennis should be seen as a breath of fresh air.

    And considering how active the Queen is when it comes to horse related activities, as JC pointed out, this patronage is something she should have placed in more "loving" hands many moons ago.

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    1. royalfan 4:32- it's not as though she needs it for her résume.

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    2. Anon 5:58 I have no idea what you are talking about.
      Royalfan I agree that it doesn't align with the Queen's passion so this is probably for the best in many ways. Good point!
      ~ A

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    3. Agreed. And this is not a criticism of the Queen's work ethic b/c clearly the woman has worked hard for closing in on 90 years (depending on when you start counting), but the fact that she went to Wimbledon 3 times really makes me wonder... what's the point of a royal patronage? I mean - how did her being a patron make any difference? I honestly don't mean that in a rude manner. I just don't get the point for a situation like this one. It's about time it's in Kate's hands!

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    4. How lucky she is, there is Wimbledon once a year, so this will be a patronage to visit rarely. Lucky girl!

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    5. Anon 9:34- I believe it is so they can list the Queen as royal patron in fund-raising
      appeals. Also, prestige. Her physical presence is not needed for that. It illustrates
      what royal patronage in the Queen's generation meant. It makes it possible to have many patronages with relatively little hands-on time.

      I think W&C, and to some extent Charles, must feel patronage means a more personal
      commitment.

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    6. royalfan-it was meant to be irony-humor. Some have trouble picking up on irony,
      especially those who are still trying to learn English. (aren't we all)
      A poor choice on my part. I apologise.My friends thought it was quite funny, but
      then they're used to my humor.
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    7. :)) Thank you for clarifying, Anon 5:58. You had me wondering if "she" was a reference to Kate or the Queen. And I think you can appreciate the difference in the message.

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    8. Anon 2:12, I just had an aha-moment after reading your comment... With the Queen as patron, it is more about the association than her actual involvement. Perhaps more involvement is expected as the royal's rank decreases. (IF this makes sense!:) )

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    9. Anon 5:58/2:23 the internet also lacks a lot (i.e. tone of voice, body language, etc), also, we don't know your personality like your friends do. I don't think you were mean, I just literally didn't understand you.
      ~ A

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    10. A- agree about non face-to-face conversation. Humor, especially irony and satire
      is best understood with body-language clues to meaning.
      Royalfan-yes, I meant it about the Queen.She hardly needs to add to her résume.
      When I, like JC, was trying to figure out what went wrong, it hit me that readers
      might think I meant Kate.
      anon 5:58, 2:23

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    11. Royalfan 9:05- perhaps as rank decreases, number of patronages decreases, as you said, allowing more time with them individually..The
      higher ranking royals (HM's children and their spouses) bring more prestige and are more in demand with more-established concerns..It may also have a generational aspect. I always think of Princess Alexandra aand her many patronages.
      It seems that some
      of the patronages-those especially meaningful to the royal-could receive more personal attention.When there are many, many patronages it is unreasonable to
      expect personal attention to all. Royals have their personal charities, also.
      This is explained well on the official British Monarchy site.

      Even so, I do believe the future of patronages will be a pared-down version of the current system. That would allow for patronages to be more than "in name only"
      Also, W&C&H seem to be leading the way with their foundation, grouping and centralising their efforts.
      Perhaps the Queen simply wished to honor Catherine and, as others have said, do something that makes sense.Kate will be a very supportive patron. I do hope Sophie
      is given the presidency at some point. I imagine the Duke of Kent is not ready to give it up just yet.
      Since the appointment isn't official yet, one hopes this isn't a media nudge to HM or a leak to judge the reaction the appointment would bring.
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    12. Anon 2:12, I think you are describing a reasonable, and likely, scenario going forward. But I do not believe this appointment was leaked to test the reaction. Pardon the pun, but tennis and Kate is a perfect match and this is as noncontroversial as it gets. (I think! lol.)

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    13. Royalfan-I just meant to point out that the appointment was not announced directly by the
      Palace. I was speculating where and why it originated.Even recognised royal writers
      have come out with information that turned out to be wrong. One wonders about their
      sources.If it is reliable, then it came from the Palace( via a reporter). That's
      usually called a leak.If true, is a great idea. It also helped keep Catherine front and center
      in the news during a quiet news time.Also a reason for a leak sometimes.
      anon 2:12

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    14. 2:12, your last sentence is food for thought. And I thought *I* was analytical! :)

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    15. royalfan-I hope the thought doesn't give you indigestion.ha!
      The announcements and releases have had an organised, timed feel to me this past
      six weeks or so. If KP is behind it, bully for them. Good PR.The care and feeding of the media.Perhaps it would help
      prevent wild stories about marriage break-ups, excessive beach vacations, anorexia
      etc. Alas, the pregnancy stories continue.

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    16. No worries ... no indigestion. :) What you suggest does make a lot of sense. Feed the beast and it's less likely to bite.

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  22. I say,wouldn't it be nice if Kate played a charity tennis match?

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    1. That would be fun! I love this idea.

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    2. This is a great idea, Candice! It would be great fun, but also give folks the chance to see more of her personality.

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  23. perfect patronage for the duchess she will do well I think a read that prince harry rumored to rugby

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  24. Will this give Kate a certain amount of control over who sits in the Royal Box? Or is that different and separate from the patronage? I'm just wondering with her soon-to-be-announced patronage, if that means we could see less or more (due to perceived favourtosm) of the Middleton clan. Kudos to whoever has been choosing for always inviting the Middletons - obviously Kate's passion for tennis was pre-William.

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    1. I think the kudos go to William. Since their courtship days, I believe he has been the force behind the Middleton's being included on so many occasions.

      When they attended his graduation at Sandhurst back in 2006, it spoke volumes about his relationship with Kate and the Middleton's. It also proved, in my mind, that this young man has a set. Lucky Kate.

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  25. I've never know a wealthy woman to work....

    Her job is to support her husband and look after the family. She may do a number of charitable works to occupy her time and socialise I suppose. This is where her expensive education helps.

    Some people have no idea what the difference is between being " rich " and being " wealthy" or being a royal...

    Bill Gates wife she doesn't " work" because she is wealthy. She spendt her time supporting her husband and occasionally doing charity works.

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    1. But she is not just one wealthy woman, you know. She married into the British Royal Family. THAT comes with some responsibilities, one might think.

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    2. Only because the public thinks she needs to work. If the ublic didn't care for the BRF she wouldn't work. Even if she had married someone else (not william) she still wouldn't have worked because she was more than likely to marry a rich guy because she would have mingled with people of the same social status

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    3. Also, when William started the air ambulance job some criticised him for taking a job away from smeone who "really needs it." Kate would likely get a similar response.
      If she doesn't have an average-type job, she is criticised for being wealthy.
      Since she can't please everyone,
      no matter what she does, or how hard she has seemed to try , she might as well do
      what she feels is right in a given situation.
      I guess the "wealthy" complaint has emerged because it is getting harder to find
      substantive complaints.
      There is a saying-contentment in life relates to whom one compares oneself:
      comparison to those more fortunate leads to jealousy and discontent;
      to those less fortuate, gratitude and contentment.
      The Cambridges have each acknowledged publically they have been more fortunate
      than some, comparing themselves to the less fortunate, and have given this as a
      reason for their desire to help make things better. I don't recall their
      ever comparing themselves to billionaires, which, at this point, they are not.

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    4. Hmmm... Anon 8:31, you sound pretty sure of those assumptions.

      Anon 1:49, I think it *has* been a case of whatever they do, someone will not like it, so keep calm and carry on.

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    5. Melinda Gates (who came from a normal middle class family) had two BS degrees and an MBA before going to WORK at Microsoft. She helped develop many Microsoft products and had worked her way up to a position as a General Manager in the company. At this time she met and, subsequently, married Bill Gates. She sits on the Board of Directors of several large companies not in any way associated with Microsoft and she is the COO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which is worth upwards of 20-30 billion dollars. Does she have to do this with her husband being Bill Gate? No. But she does it because she's smart and capable.

      Steve Jobs widow, Laurene, has a BS degree, a BA degree, and *after* she married Steve she finished getting her MBA. She sits on several companies boards and has founded a few companies herself. Does she need to do this because of her husband's enormous wealth? No. But she does because, even though she came from a middle-class family, she's educated and smart.

      I am astounded at how loose and fast people play with facts. I am also really shocked at how many people think that if women are born rich they don't have to be smart or educated or do anything at all as long as they support the hubby. I am far from what would be considered as being a feminist but I am seeing some really unenlightened attitudes here. Maybe it's because of where you live or because of where I live but I know some pretty high powered women who also have husbands with equal jobs. These women do not sit around on their princess chairs and show up when appointed because they don't "have" to work with hubby's six-figure income to support them. Royalty is one thing but criticizing or placating or being condescending to working women because of their wealth or their husbands wealth is wrong in every way.

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    6. I find the debate about working/not working and wealth deeply disturbing. Work comes in many forms, and a paycheck or public visibility is not the defining factor in work. Where one works is a deeply personal decision, made for a variety of reasons. I taught school for five years before having children, but my husband and I decided that my time was better invested in raising our children on a daily basis. We took a 20% pay cut to do that (and a public school teachers salary isn't really great to begin with!), but we felt strongly that was the most important work for me to do. And maintaining a home and a raising a family is full-time work. I get little to no time to myself, am on duty 24/7 and get very little outside acknowledgment for the constant work I do--but lots of questions about whether or not I "work". There are women who don't have the ability to make the choices I did, but many don't because they choose not to. We stuck to that decision through medical hardships and financial hardships. It was often difficult to make ends meet, but it was our decision to invest in our children in a hands on way. One of our children has special needs. I have been at my wits end on many a day in dealing with the situation. To call a decision which puts family first unenlightnened is really just intellectual snobbery. And to refuse to acknowledge working in the home as work is unkind at the very least. I for one am thankful to see a high profile woman such as the Duchess of Cambridge make tending her family such a priority when the world pushes her to do otherwise. Does she have a lot more help than I do? Sure. But I don't resent that. I am thankful that someone is helping to teach young women that there is great value in being a wife and a mother, not just striving for a better paycheck in the rat race of life.

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    7. Robin from CA: I think the point being made here is that kate came from wealth and chose the route of not working a normal job while just supporting her husband and occasionally showing up for engagements. She is not a working woman. And I am assuming the reason for that is because she comes from wealth. I have a lot of respect for people who do come from wealth (esp women) and choose to study a hard degree and work equally hard after graduation. Kate it seems went to varsity to find a rich husband who would support her financially while she raised the family - which is pretty much exactly what she is doing now. Except for the fact that she happened to marry a guy with a title, which gave her fame too. Studying art or whatever and not pursuing any form of stable career with that means that varsity was just a good time for her. If her family were not as wealthy as they are now, she would have most likely had some kind of job in her twenties. Lucky her for having rich parents and for them allowing her the freedom to not work and live comfortably. Also lucky that she is very pretty. The message here, although very negative: wealth and good looks get you far. You could end up marrying a Prince.

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    8. I'm also amazed at how easily people will judge the lifestyle of others. What happened to freedom and choices? If we want to enjoy these blessings in our own lives, and I am assuming that most of us do, then how can we deny others the same?

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    9. Anon 8:05, with all due respect, I disagree with your "message", as well as some of our assumptions.

      Kate's family was/is wealthy, but she did work for, and contribute to, the family business. Working at Party Pieces may have given her a degree of flexibility while she dated William, but to suggest that her goal in life was to marry a rich man to support her is unfair. Also, just because a person's work is not exactly related to their major in college, does not make their work or the degree any less significant. A degree has more value to it than money.

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  26. As a side note I love the white dress Catherine wore to Wimbledon, shown in the first photo on the post.
    Ali

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    1. I agree, I love that dress too.

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    2. Me three, and I hope to see it again. And it's very versatile. Just imagine it with any color blazer and matching sandals? Red, perhaps? Fresh and young.

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    3. Me four! (actually, me one) And Espadrilles...
      anon 1-31 8:13pm

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  27. The State Visit from Spain has been cancelled. Can't say I am surprised, as this is the third time invitations have been accepted, then banned by the Spanish Government.

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    1. Wow:-( I wonder what that is all about.

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    2. There is no government in Spain right now, they are trying to form a new government by coalition. The king must stay in the country. The date might coincide with the new Prime Minister's investiture or elections again. The guardian has exposed it properly.

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    3. Interesting and unfortunate. I assumed it was an official (as in done deal) announcement.

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    4. How come they get banned? Is it because Spain has had financial woes and the government doesn't want to pay for the visit? It's unfortunate given how close the two royal families have been in the past.

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    5. Any State visit is at the request and agreement of Governments - it is not decided by Royals.

      The recent election in Spain has left the country with no overall winner. The existing government does not have a ruling majority and has had difficulties forming a coalition.

      The King has now asked the next leading party to see what they can do. His priority is to assist the formation of a government - not come to the UK.

      Put simply - Government state visit therefore no Government, no visit. Nothing to do with Gibraltar; nothing to do with costs but everything to do with the King carrying out his constitutional role.

      They have not been "banned".

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    6. That's it cepe, perfect explained!!!

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    7. Thanks cepe! Makes perfect sense.

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  28. In Spain nobody knows about those three invitations which have been accepted and banned...

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  29. I don't know about other occasions, but this time the official Spanish word is the postponement is due to a unique governmental crisis.The Guardian has a well-written article
    about the situation.The Gibraltar issue is never far from the surface in dealings
    between the UK and Spain, I would think.
    I have to admit, I was looking forward to seeing the two young couples together.
    Although the purpose of the visit was at least partly to present themselves for the first time to HM as King and Queen of Spain, I was hoping for a few Leticia-Catherine fashion
    moments. And, of course, a tiara moment for Kate.


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    1. Don't know how my Feb 5, 11:33 response to Jean ended up down here.
      I see cepe has read the Guardian article recommended by two commenters. It was a clear, concisely-written
      summary.
      I have since been advised by one who should know that the Gibraltar issue was dealt with in 2013. At any rate, I did not say it was the reason for this postponement.
      Despite the 2013 agreement, I personally think that Gibraltar will be the "elephant
      in the room" in relations between UK and Spain for quite some time.The resentment
      and feelings of being wronged still lie close to the surface in Spain, apparently.

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    2. I never read the Guardian article - just aware of the situation :))

      Gibraltar becomes increasingly important depending on how things are in Spain but it will always be an issue. Countries still manage diplomatic relations even when there are problems. A change in government could see a change in focus.

      No mention anywhere yet about the autumn incoming state visit (usually October). That's a possibility but not across the summer - HMQ is rather busy!

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    3. Cepe, are you a Spaniard??

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  30. All the state visits have been put off in Spain, since there is no government, the King can't represent the country.

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  31. cepe 1:02--I stand corrected, then.The wording and presentation were quite similar.
    So-you came to those conclusions independently, without consulting any references.

    The Catalán independence movement is a major factor in the lack of consensus, as well
    as a desire by some to maintain power. Actually, there was a clear majority elected
    in parliament, but not enough to determine leadership.
    It is not that simple of a problem to solve or to explain-depending, of course,on who
    is doing the explaining.

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