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William and Kate Take George & Charlotte Skiing in France

Monday, March 7, 2016

When William and Kate did not attend the annual Middleton family holiday on Mustique in late January/early February of this year, there was much disappointment, but there was also speculation that the Cambridges would take a ski holiday instead. George is hitting the age where he can don tiny skis and start learning the ropes, and William and Kate haven't been spotted skiing in some time. Not only has the royal couple flown to France with their family, they have released darling photos to commemorate the trip:


The family flew to France on Wednesday and spent a long weekend enjoying the pristine French Alps. The photos were taken the first day of their vacation. The set included a shot of Prince William holding a smiling Princess Charlotte, a photo many have been waiting some time for. William didn't hold Charlotte outside of the Lindo Wing, nor were there photos of him holding her at her christening, so this sweet father/daughter snap is sure to warm hearts.


According to the Palace, this was the family's first holiday together and the first time the little ones had gotten to play in the snow! I can only imagine how entranced George was by the thick snow everywhere. I love how Kate has dressed her children in snow apparel that echoes her own and William's ensemble. Charlotte little white snowsuit has the rim of fur just like mummy, and her pink accessories are the perfect complement. Prince George is masculine in a deep navy and a pop of red in his hat.


The Mail just ran a piece pointing out that the Cambridges were no-shows at a close friend's wedding over the weekend, but the Palace said this ski vacation was "a very special and fun short holiday," according to BBC reporter Peter Hunt. The family arrived on Wednesday and enjoyed a long weekend. The couple released three photos with their children, and three of just the two of them:


I am trying to think of the last time that the Cambridges went skiing, and I think it must have been when Kate was pregnant with George and the couple flew to Arosa, Switzerland for a wedding. On that occasion, William enjoyed the ski runs, but Kate only walked the slopes and did some light sledding. 



Nevertheless, anyone who is a fan of Kate knows we have seen her ski ensemble before. The Duchess recycled the white jacket and red ski pants she wore on a vacation to Courchevel and Méribel in 2012 with the Middletons.


I believe the jacket, which I love, is a Stella McCartney that Sweaty Betty sold for £220. [Update: Kate's jacket is by E+O! Still, it has sold out. :( Her red ski pants are also by E+O.] Regrettably, it sold out long ago. Kate has had this jacket for some years, as she was pictured wearing it with black ski pants in Klosters in 2008, too. It is absolutely iconic Kate Middleton:


An eagle-eyed reader noted that Kate is wearing her Kiki McDonough "Grace" earrings, which you can see a little better in this close up:



William and Kate like the Trois Vallées region, which includes Courcheval and Méribel, and I assume this is where these photos were taken. The area allows for a huge range of slopes between the different resorts and the couple know the area well. I love this shot of William trying to dance with Kate in the snow. 


William and Kate have been battling some bad press in the past few weeks and I think these photos are both to placate the public, but they also send a bit of a message. The royals invited PA photographer John Stillwell along to take the beautiful photos which diffused the "gotcha" headlines that would have otherwise run when their ski vacation came to public attention--which it almost undoubtedly would have. Rather than a slew of articles about their vacationing ways, they have taken the road of other European royals with these official photos. It is a good strategy. I don't think this will cut down on paparazzi photos, but it will kill a lot of negative headlines before they are even printed. The photos are both a treat for the public, an offering of goodwill from a sometimes public-shy couple, and a subtle message that these two intend to go on just the way they have started. 





162 comments:

  1. Such lovely photos of a family having fun together - love it! They all look so happy, William and Kate together and also with their two little ones.

    Fiona in Australia

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  2. My favourite photo is photo number 4:-)
    The French Alps look wonderful.

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  3. Carmen, The NetherlandsMarch 7, 2016 at 5:44 AM

    Lovely pictures of a beautiful family. And how cute are Charlotte's two bottom teeth? So adorable!

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  4. What a great surprise to wake up this morning and find these pics!! I don't think they were dancing however, I think William is keeping Kate from throwing a giant snowball in his face! The kids could not be more adorable. Happy family times!!!

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    1. Oops, sometimes I forget to parse my words here. ;) I can see it is a snowball fight, but the result is that the two are in dancing form, which I think it super cute. Sort of like Kate's shove in Canada that turned into a hug. :)

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  5. Gorgeous photos--can't get over how alike the children are.
    Glad they were able to keep it secret until they were home.Surprised they weren't spotted en route.
    In the first photo, where Catherine is not wearing gloves, she appears to have coloured nail varnish, or is it cold fingers?
    Love Charlotte's pink boots.

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  6. Love the photos but not great timing for them to take a holiday when they've recently gotten a lot of criticism for being workshy
    Also, why didn't they go during Jan. When they had the month off?

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    1. Maybe they weren't as "off" as they were accused of being.

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    2. This break was a few days only---probably during four days off.
      Daily Mail says he had a month off at Christmas---but we don't know if it is true. maybe just no one took a photo during that time.
      If you look carefully at engagements the Royal Family have, you will see that a great many of them are lunches; dinners etc, which the Duke and Duchess seem not to be doing whilst the children are young.
      Added to that, if they were to do full time Royal duties, they would need more staff---HM as about a dozen members of staff to deal with her clothes. William and Catherine have very little staff compared to other members of the family---or of many foreign royals; they would need a great deal more if they were both doing full-time royal duties.
      We do not know what goes on behind the scenes, but I am pretty sure that if HM wanted them to do more they would be doing it.

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    3. Exactly. How do we know they were as off as was speculated. There was also the Huffington Post editing which required preparation and meetings. If they were off they could have gone with the Middleton's in January but did not.
      Beautiful pictures of a happy family and that is what matters.

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    4. There is also so much prep time and meetings for a royal tour, I am sure they require months of planning and prep work to make sure they go off smooth. I know for a family vacation it requires lots of planning, I can't guess the amount of time that goes into logistics for a royal tour. I am sure they have spent many hours the beginning of this year getting ready for India/Bhutan

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    5. This is a good move rather than hide it. They did not go to Mustique this January as William started flying after Kate's birthday. William and Kate have been doing their bit in royal circles too in spite of what the tabloids are saying. Harry and the Wessexes have also been skiing and I think the Yorks too. I'm glad they enjoyed themselves. They look so happy!

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    6. I agree, Linda. Nobody is complaining when other royals take vacations - including HM. I think the press loves the sales they get when W&C are on the cover but, deep down inside, I think they're not fans of royalty. What hypocrites!

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    7. Think the accusation was that WILL was off from his ambulance job for most/all of Dec and much of early Jan and that seems to be true. No one said neither Will nor Kate "worked" in Dec or early Jan. In fact, didn't going to church at Christmas count as a "royal engagement"? The wreath-laying on Kate's b'day weekend did for sure. I don't have anything against their vacationing but not so sure about this being during a 4 day off period. For one thing, its reported they were gone Wed-Sun and that's 5 days. Plus KP did say Will had to "rest" on his days off to explain why he'd done only 2 royal engagements in 2016 by mid Feb. All in all I do think a better PR job could be done.

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    8. It's also true that the press is very quick to "jump" on a vacation destination like Mustique or skiing. If the Queen prefers to walk the corgis at Balmoral with a headscarf and wellies it doesn't inspire the same emotion/reaction, does it? ;)

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    9. True! Mostly what I was thinking about PR though is that Will's team is the worst. I'm not naive enough to think spokespersons (anyone's) always tell the truth but it's dumb to lie about things that can be checked or discovered. Sure, we've all declined invites saying "I am sorry but I have a previous engagement" and that might not have been true. But we don't say we'll be out of town and then parade around IN town. KP never should have said he was working FT for the ambulance co and further said the 4 days on 4 off would allow him to balance that job, family, and royal duties. Then when his # of royal duties seemed low, mention his *FT* pilot job. Then THAT was questioned when fellow workers spoke out so then tried to claim he couldn't do royal duties on his days off because aviation rules said he had to "rest." Then when THAT turned out not to be true after civil aviation folks spoke up...on and on and on. Better KP had simply said he was working PT to begin with and declined to discuss his schedule. After all, he doesn't have to do that job! But now it looks like KP is actively hiding something and that's never a very good idea for a public figure. I realize the press can be ruthless but Will has brought some of the current hoopla on himself IMO.

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    10. I don't know about all of the different discrepancies or excuses that KP makes but I do know that search and rescue pilots have stricter rules than other pilots. When they're on, they're on 24 hours a day. When they fly into a rescue situation the stress is huge. If he takes a 24 hour shift he does have mandatory rest because a tired pilot is a dangerous pilot. We've got civilian and military aviators in our family and this is serious business.

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    11. He certainly doesn't have to do that job.that proves IMO that he isn't lazy at all.what I think happene was that: he stopped working with the RAF in order to concentrate on his royal duties. That was announced at the time. He did so for a year. There was a tour, some investitures,a course in agriculture...IMO he discovered he hadn't that much to do.and he didn't want to shove anybody out. That was clear from an interview he gave ( about football, I believe) he said there were many people doing a great job.
      And there are. I read somewhere there were 13 full time royals. Then perhaps he hadn't taken into account the additional pressure of being a father. And the additional fatigue. He may well need a rest.
      That being said, I agree with Lizzie, KP should have refused to discuss his schedule, not give any explanation. That was clumsy.
      And the BRF, the oldest member, should realise it is time to step back and give William his opportunity.

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    12. Robin..I may be misreading your comment but I don't think what William is currently doing is "search and rescue." RAF was but he hasn't done that for a long time. The East Anglican Air Ambulance does transport with medical support only doesn't it? And the people work 8-10 hr shifts with downtime (like the lunches at the Catholic school publicized in Jan.) An important job but not the same as S&R. Still say KP handled it poorly no matter what though.

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    13. I wonder if all the blogs chattering about KP's inept remarks ever bother to check
      the original source? I have not seen any KP actual statements or press releases
      using those words. It may be a case of someone in some blog or some media site
      speculating about William's work or quotes from "sources" that took on a life of
      their own. A common internet occurrence.

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    14. Also,the wreath-laying was a private family memorial on the Sandringham estate and not counted as part of royal duties on "Kate's birthday weekend."
      What does her birthday have to do with the memorial? Perhaps as an explanation
      for the presence of non-Sandringham residents. Otherwise?

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    15. My understannding is her birthday had absolutely nothing to do with it except for the date. The end of the Gallipoli Campaign was 100 yrs ago Jan 9 which just happened to be her birthday too. The wreath was laid at the War Memorial Cross and my understanding is that isn't a private memorial. Many locals--whose ancestors fought in the battle--attended although they may not live on the estate. So I'm not sure I would call the whole ceremony a "private" affair. Maybe it wasn't counted as a royal appearance but it wasn't private. And Charlotte's christening ceremony WAS private but that counted as an appearance apparently.

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    16. Your understanding is wrong. The memorial is on the Sandringham estate-private property-and yearly recognises Sandringham employees lost. The locals were ancestors of former Sandringham employees.This is clearly explained in official royal sites, as well as on this blog, I believe.
      It was one of those functions involving royals as a family primarily and not as
      representatives of the monarchy. They are a family. I don't believe it was even
      added to the Court Circular, although it may have appeared in the Diary.
      The christening was far from private.The local public was present as well as the entire world via the media.
      Actually, my 8:13 comment was an addendum to a comment I made regarding your KP PR
      ideas. This comment has yet to appear. Perhaps I was too supportive of the KP staff.
      Or critical of the press. One of my remarks appeared hours after others posted at
      the same time. Perhaps it will appear at some point.
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    17. UK war memorial sites list it as a memorial to those from the area lost in WWI and WWII. Nowhere does it say it recognizes only estate "employees." Perhaps you could provide a reference for your info? I am not from the UK.

      Is there a public recording of the christening ceremony? From all I have read that was private.

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    18. IMO, KP has announced many things that don't need to be shared. And I don't mean to advocate secrecy, but there are details that we don't need to know (says a non-fan of social media, lol).

      P/T royal, P/T pilot. End of story. Similar scenario with Kate and the various updates on her two maternity leaves. The changes and/or exceptions only caused KP to be accused of trying to trick the public or hide something. All quite unnecessary IMO.

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    19. Lizzie-it says so on the inscription on the memorial. The "area" being Sandringham.
      Look up "Sandringham War Memorial" and read the inscription and the occupations
      of those lost-one, the estate manager; the gardener, many others. It was initiated
      by George V. and Queen Mary, originally for the Sandringham WW I dead, who died in battles from France to Gaza to Egypt. Later entries include WW II lost.
      The particular event in January specifically honored the Gallipoli dead.

      Christenings of members of the immediate royal family are very much a matter of
      historical record. The official photos are the public record. The religious
      ceremony does not need to be public.

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    20. I knew all that. But some names do not say they worked on the estate. But even if they did, they weren't fighting for the estate but for the country. So I fail to see why the memorial is only a "family" one or the observance only for the BRF. None of them died! And it didn't seem it was reported as a private affair in the press. Also I never said the christening was public..I thought you did.

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  7. Absolutely delightful and charming photos. So glad to see William holding Charlotte. Guess some speculation turns out to be true i.e. taking a vacation skiing although a short one.

    What I am curious about is doesn't it snow at Abmer Hall Norfolk England?

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  8. What a treat! I'm in love with all of these photos but not withstanding the insane cuteness of their two cherubs I gotta say, mommy and daddy's pics are my favorite! Five years of happy marriage and going strong! Makes my heart happy:)

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  9. Thank you for this wonderful post!!!!

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  10. I was thinking the same Anon 6:44, as much as I love William and Kate, with everyone saying that William doesn't work enough or that he hasn't had many public engagements this year, I just think that this trip will open Pandora's box. And I hate it, just because they are royal, they are still a young couple/parents. Once they become crown prince and crown princess, trips like these might not happen. And the daily mail article and the comments were rude.

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    1. The Daily Mail is throwing its toys out of the pram because it wasn't their photographer that was invited to take the photos.

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    2. Diane from BostonMarch 7, 2016 at 11:24 AM

      I totally agree that the Mail headline and write-up were intended to be insulting and provoke as many negative comments as possible, which of course happened. I cannot stand that paper.

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    3. I like how you put that - that's exactly what the DM article sounds like! And some of the comments are no better ... people are so mean.

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  11. I think it was a bad choice for then to release these pics after all the issues with Williams' job. Bad timing to show vacation pics.

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    1. I totally agree

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    2. Hmm, this sounds sour grapes to me.

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    3. Anonymous in ColoradoMarch 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM

      It would've been worse had paparazzi pics emerged of their private family vacation. This was a good PR move, in my opinion.

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    4. I disagree. William should not pander to the tabloid press. He has been flying and doing royal engagements. And there are more royal jobs in the diary. He has nothing to be ashamed of. Harry recently went skiing too and he has done less than William. I think it is smart that they released the photos this was and were transparent about it. I am sure they would rather have kept everything private but this is what the public wants and they are acknowledging it. Good move.

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    5. Not sure why you think William and Kate should not have 3-4 day a vacation just because the media decided to have a temper tantrum over the HP Mental health Blog. They didn't go with the Middleton's in January. Don't a lot of people take a small amount of time over holidays to spend time with family especially Mother's Day. I would speculate no matter what they do, it will meet with the disapproval of the media. In my view the fact that all the attacks on the Cambridge's started right after Kate's very successful HP blog is VERRY SUSPECT. The term coulsion comes to mind.

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  12. Wow!!! :-) :-) I love it when they take me by surprise. Absolutely gorgeous photographs! So glad they have embraced royal tradition and invited the photographer. Hopefully, they will see the positivity in allowing photographic documentation for the public that they can control, realizing that it does not infringe upon thier private time in any real way.

    PC has changed so much. She reminds me a bit of Princess Eugenie when she was a baby. Really great pictures of both children- the whole family. Brilliant PR move that came just in time actually.

    Am I the only one a little sad that they seem to be foregoing celebratory traditions with the Middletons? First Mustique, now Mother's Day.

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  13. Jennifer from the SouthMarch 7, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Well the ski weekend killed two birds with one stone - a "special" family weekend as the perfect excuse for Kate to avoid Olivia Hunt's wedding, and carefully selected photographs to help combat the bad press that the couple have been having.

    I adore the pictures, though! So glad to see them, and glad the PR guy is finally winning over William's apparent objections to absolutely everything, but I do wonder would they have been so quick to release these photographs had the Hunt wedding not been this past weekend, and they needed an excuse. I rather don't think they'd have been discovered yet since no one has seen them come and go, which seems to mean that they flew private and stayed somewhere more secluded.

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    1. Who is Olivia Hunt to Kate?

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    2. Sonja from BavariaMarch 7, 2016 at 10:02 AM

      I think she dated William before he started a relationship with Kate but I'm not completely sure. But she's definitely one of his ex-girlfriends.

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    3. Hmm then I don't see what the big deal is. Many of their exes were invited to their wedding, and William even went on a hunting trip that had an ex in te group. Perhaps there is bad blood with this particular one between just the girls...

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    4. Doubt the trip was planned to avoid a wedding. Strongly doubt Catherine cares about ex girlfriends, I never have with my husband, I mean does anyone?

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    5. The quotes around special kind of gave you away, Jennifer.

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    6. To pull off this ski weekend with a private place to stay, flights in and out, security details, and inviting a photographer to join in . . . this was in the works for awhile. I don't think they slipped out of town to avoid a wedding.

      Why does everyone imagine excuses for them doing what they do. They're a family who took a long weekend to go skiing and enjoy each other's company. There is nothing sinister in that. The only issue with all of this is that people are making an issue of it. And then they ask why William doesn't like the media. What is there to like?

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  14. Oh my!!! I wanna eat Charlotte. she's suuuuch a cutiepie! Look at her asmile!! ♥

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    1. Hee hee agree she is really cute!!! ali

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  15. Just what critics have been clamoring for-candid , real-life photos of the Cambridge clan.
    Charlotte's a future queen, you know. They owe the public a constant stream of views into
    their. private life. Problem is-now that the critics got what they have been clamoring for-
    still not happy. The sharing of photos is re-focused to turn it into a negative. How predictable these knee-jerk responses have become. And, anyway, how
    dare they take a vacation that I can't afford?
    I would also like to congratulate some commenters on their psychic abilities. Unless Jane
    was live this morning, some commenters appear to be reacting to remarks before the rest of
    us have seen them.

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    1. Well said. What on earth do the media want? Big Brother style cameras "Day 15 at Anmer Hall….Charlotte just spit up all over Kate and George is crayoning on priceless antiques….."

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    2. Ha! Love the images anon 10:02 A Day in the Life...every day.
      anon 9:39

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    3. Princess Charlotte is not a future Queen.

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    4. Unless Princess Charlotte marries a future king, she will not be a queen.

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    5. If something happens to George and he has no offspring,then in that case Charlotte will become queen.

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    6. Correct, Candice. Charlotte could be queen in her own right.The rules of succession
      have been changed. If Charlotte had been the first-born, she would be the
      monarch after William.If George VI had had a son younger than Elizabeth, he would
      have been king, not Elizabeth, although she was the first-born. This has changed.

      My rather sarcastic original comment about Charlotte being a future queen was directed at those who justify their clamour
      for more and more Cambridge photos by saying George and Charlotte will be
      monarchs and therefore belong to the UK public.As three other monarchs will have
      come and gone before that situation arises, I'd say there is plenty of time.
      For those who say there must be a childhood record..as far as we know, a record
      could be in progress, to be released at an appropriate time. As has been done in
      the past. It would appear personal, family childhood photos of HMTQ and family-
      kept private for years, are only recently being revealed.

      I truly enjoy seeing the family pictures and appreciate Jane's taking the time
      to write a post and share them with us. I do not, however, feel the family owes
      the UK and the media photos other than those for major events such as christenings.

      By the way, singling out an almost parenthetical remark to refute from the whole of a comment neatly side-steps the larger issue-knee-jerk, predictable criticisms.


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    7. Hello Anon 9:39!My response was to Robin from CA.Just discussing the possibilities of the circumstances in which Charlotte may become Queen.I was not interested in refuting your comment.

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    8. Candice-sorry for the mis-understanding. I said you were correct. I felt your remark
      actually backed me up, not refuted it.
      The "singling out" comment was meant for those who said Charlotte could not be queen,
      thereby choosing not to address the point of my comment.It is a common online
      blog occurrence, but probably not purposefully meant to distract. There are blogs
      where it seems people take pleasure in deliberately mis-understanding a sincere
      commenter's intent by pouncing on an extraneous part of the whole comment.
      Soapbox here-but I do see a slow turnaround. People are getting tired of strife and
      disharmony, as demonstrated on this blog in this post.
      Its' the reason why the press campaign against William that apparently was well-orchestrated and foretold in dire predictions-that press attempt at retribution
      will fail. People will support William, not the disgruntled press.The use of the
      "freedom of the press" icon is also a mistake. What? Freedom to make another
      human's life a living hell? Freedom to print lies and speculation? Is that what
      freedom of the press now means?

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    9. Ah its alright.The press are guilty of immoral acts,like the time when William,Catherine and Harry's phones got hacked.They shouldn't cross boundaries that are not meant to be crossed.

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  16. What I find weird is 3/6 photos exclude the children. George is in direct line to the throne and is only in 2 photos. 1-2 photos of W&K would have been fine, but I think it's odd that they wanted to focus on photos of them as a couple. They haven't had any marriage trouble rumours (that I'm aware of) to have to prove their happiness. I would have preferred more of the children - I'm sure there's at least one good one of George playing in the snow and not posing.

    Otherwise, what they did release are lovely photos and great for their photo album. It just seems they continue to create a bad relationship with the press - they should have hired a private family photographer. It is not freedom of press to invite one photographer and then select the 6 photos you will allow the photographer to release. They should have invited a press team or hired a private family photographer.

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    1. Gosh, I have to say that I think I disagree with every point you made. The kids are in line, but Wills and Kate are in line, too, and they are first. Their unit is just as much the focus of interest. It was Motehr's Day weekend and we are approaching their 5th anniversary. I think three photos of them enjoying themselves is entirely appropriate. They were extremely generous with this photoset. People wanted a shot of William and Charlotte, done, people wanted a family photo, we got two, people love photos of the the Cambridges as a couple, we were spoiled. Maybe they loved both snowball shots and decided not to choose, but to release both. I, for one, am thrilled they did so, rather than limiting themselves to some arbitrary ratio or number. It was their private holiday, and they have every right to choose a photographer (whom they have worked with before), to control the photo setting, and to choose the images they wanted to release.

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    2. Dear Anon:

      I won't be posting your response, but I have to say that unless you think that I may not participate in the comment section of my blog, I am at a loss as to why you feel something here was unjust or out of line. My response disagreed with your position, but nowhere was I rude to you. I am not sure why you would think that my intelligence or my status studying law precludes me from responding. I responded not as a smart person, or as a law student, but as a fellow fan...who disagreed.

      I am also the owner and operator of this blog, and I like to maintain a positive tone in my comment section, which means that some comments won't be posted, and although others might, I will at times come in and offer a rebuttal. Your comment was not expressed in an objectionable fashion, which is one of the reasons I allowed it to go live, but if you stand behind it, you should not be disturbed that I offered a contrary response.

      Your comment was straight-forward in its opinion, and I allowed it to go live. My comment was equally straight-forward. I don't see foul play here.

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    3. Anonymous in ColoradoMarch 7, 2016 at 12:04 PM

      I agree on every point you made, Jane. Thank you for keeping the peace & staying classy about it.

      And perhaps these photos of the kids were the only ones they wanted to share or were non-blurry ;-) Kids in a photo shoot are always a gamble, I tell you. In fact, as adorable as the kids are, my favorites are the ones of the the Duke & Duchess!

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    4. Hear Hear Jane!
      Fed up of negativity - you keep things positive and upbeat, whilst allowing opinions to be discussed, and for that reason alone I only check into your blog these days.
      I rarely comment anymore but I have to say I loved this post and the photos so much that I was moved to say something :-)

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    5. And Hear Hear Simone! We know we have a choice and we choose you, Jane.

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    6. Well said, Jane! I'm glad you framed your response so well because my head was exploding when I read the original comment and I don't even want to imagine what the next comment from Anon. 9:44 contained!

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    7. Jane, I also want to add my THANK YOU for keeping your blog positive!!! Also want to say A BIG Thank You for continuing this site and participating in the comment section while you are perusing your Law Studies. I know it is a very demanding time and want you to know very much appreciated.

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    8. Eva B- your comment set my imagination off. Jane PERUSING her law studies, strolling
      casually along a legal smorgasbord of offerings: corporate? criminal? torts?
      Sometimes typos make my day.
      Agree 100% about Jane.

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    9. Lovely to see you out and about Simone :-)

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  17. Sonja from BavariaMarch 7, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Such a lovely surprise, I clearly wasn't expecting that!

    I was just flashed by how many photos we got! You can clearly see that William and Kate are so in love and I was immediately reminded of the early stages of their relationship when it was made public (bc of the skiing connection).

    Charlotte has certainly grown, I almost wouldn't have recognized her, look at her little teeth peeking out! And George is such an adorable boy with his red cheeks.

    The snow was a beautiful background. But they said it was the 1st time the kids got to play in the snow... so I wonder does it never snow in England?? Excuse me if this question sounds stupid but I'm really curious - I can't imagine winter without snow...

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    1. It certainly snows in some parts of the UK. There is rarely a winter in Scotland or the northern parts of the country without at least some snow. The southerly parts of the UK, London included get substantial snowfalls very infrequently.

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    2. Yes it does, but the last couple of years have been warmer than usual and we have had lots of rain. I'm on the edge of the Pennines and we got the first snow of the year on Saturday, but was melted by evening, so probably even George will not have seen snow before.

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  18. You know, I think Charlotte looks a bit like the Queen! Her mouth, nose, and expression in the group family photo remind me of Queen Elizabeth when she was young girl. :)

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  19. Lovely post Jane, thank you. I must say you do have a lot of patience ... some people are so quick to take offence at any little thing this couple does. I read the Daily Mail article - as one of the Anon's above said, they were totally miffed that they were cut out of the photo-taking, it was so obvious. Maybe when the children are older they will allow a bit more access; nevertheless, it's their choice and I think these 'official' photos are lovely.

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  20. Sarah Maryland USAMarch 7, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    I know you guys may not personally like piers Morgan but he wrote a very interesting piece on the photos. I believe it was very well written and not over the top
    He wrote how I feel at least and why I think these photos were a mistake
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3480826/PIERS-MORGAN-Chill-Wills-Kate-getting-just-bit-big-ski-boots.html

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    1. Sarah, did you read the comments. Most of them did not support his take. He does not appear well liked from these comments. I know you are not a fan of the Cambridge's so I am not surprised you agree with him.

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    2. Sometimes I agree with PM and sometimes I do not. This time, I do not.

      Considering the "lavish lifestyle" he speaks of, W&K do NOT go on many vacations. Far from it. This was a family holiday lasting a few days. Secret? Not if they released photos. On their terms? Well, yes. Their vacation, their terms. People wanted photos, we got them. People want W&K to model themselves after European royals and I would argue that they did exactly that. (I instantly thought of Maxima and Willem-Alexander's family photos.)

      In my humble opinion, it is Mr. Morgan who needs to chill.

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    3. Sarah Maryland USAMarch 7, 2016 at 8:53 PM

      Just because other people didn't agree with him doesn't mean I shouldn't
      I was a huge fan of them at the start HUGE obsessed I thought Kate was going to be a breath of fresh air in the family but she is stuck in the 1950s housewife role and I think I wanted her to be so much more than that because I believe you can be a great mother and work full time..and i understood at the beginning why they slowly started letting her do engagements. But it has been five years. Yes she has small children but she can be a great mom and still do more than five engagements a month
      There paranoia and fierce shielding of their children strongly reminds me of the last days of the Romanovs because they shelted themselves away and no one really saw a lot of them...I'm not saying William and Kate are going to meet violent ends god no but ask any historian..the fact they were hardly seen didn't help their cause when the revolution came
      You have to be visible to be relevant
      And cutting out the media is dangerous.

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    4. They did not cut out the media. They chose one photographer to take the photos and then they were released to all of the media. It happens here in the USA too. When you see a press conference there is one camera - it's called a pool camera. The comparisons to the Romanovs and 50s housewives are better left unaddressed.

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    5. Sarah, I find offence at your 1950's housewife comment. Has the feminist movement penetrated so far into culture that a woman who wants to place priorities on raising her children and supporting her husband is seen as less of a woman to be followed than one who goes out to shake up the world. Kate is a little over 4 1/2 yrs. into her role. She has gone through 2 difficult pregnancies and delivered a future King of England and his sister. She has supported her husband, also a future King of England. Why is it so wrong for her to want to assure that her children have a solid beginning to life? Why is it wrong for her to support her husband first, before making a "career for herself" so to speak. It may not be what you would like to see, but why show a lack of respect for the way she has chosen to fulfill her role. I dare say you would not like it one bit if you were criticised for you life choices.

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    6. At times like this, I think of something my Grandmother said when she shared her view of a male dominated society. She said "the man may be the head, but the woman is the neck and the neck will determine which way the head turns." That is my *lighthearted* contribution to this topic.

      On a more serious note, may I ask how far we, as women, have come if we have gone from men telling us what we may or may not do, to women doing it to each other? If you are supportive of women having opportunities and being able to make their own choices, then shouldn't Kate's choice be respected? It may not be a choice you would make for yourself, and that's okay, but what gives you license to condemn someone else's decisions?

      One's contribution to this world is not limited to, or defined by, degrees and money alone. Although I would like to point out that Kate is the first future Queen in the BRF to have a university degree. And the other qualities she brings to the table are priceless if you consider the Firm's recent history.

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    7. Royalfan, I think I love your grandmother. :) Our elder women are very wise, they have been through it all. And yes, true liberation from sexism, racism etc, is to have no pre-conceived ideas about what that means. A choice is a choice. And Kate has made INCREDIBLE choices, all along the way!

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    8. Sarah I too take offense and really do not understand why you visit this page when you do not like the Cambridges. I am all for a debate but one that had some merit not the same old stories about how boring Kate is... or how they mistreat the media ... good for nothing.. blah blah blah. What is the point?

      I respectfully disagree with your comment as well as the Piers Morgan post. Anything associated with the Daily Mail is just typical rubbish for the most part.

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    9. Sarah Maryland USAMarch 9, 2016 at 1:11 PM

      Royalfan I think your grandmother may have gotten that quote from my big fat Greek wedding lol
      I have to disagree though...because the Cambridge's are supported by publicly funded housing and protection officers it gives the public EVERY right to be critical of what they do on public dime

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    10. Diane, thank you. :) She was a very special lady and I often think of her wisdom, common sense, and compassion.

      Sarah, I'm well aware of the scene in the movie and I only wish she had lived long enough to see it.

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    11. Sarah, I did not take offense. I agree with you. In particular when we know she has a nanny and staff.

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  21. Charlotte is a little Windsor, for sure Diane!
    What a happy, healthy family - this photos were almost too cute for me, though - the snow fight ones. I mean, I'm happy they're happy and I love love, but it reminded me of "those" Christmas cards (don't you get at least one, where you kinda roll your eyes at the cutesy cutesy?)
    I love that Kate is so loyal to certain items, like the white jacket. I love her hat, too. Looked like fun was had!

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  22. Re your take on why the photographer, Jane (Barr), I completely agree; if W&K had gotten caught out on the slopes by some passing paparazzi, imagine the backlash! Far better to be up front and honest about this mini vacation--gives the tabs less fodder for negative articles. (By the way, in my view, Victoria Murphy, of The Mirror, wrote a very even-handed article today, which is more-or-less reflected in the comments it received; nor is this the first time I have noted that Murphy reports fairly--quite unlike the DM.)

    I disagree with those who think that this vacation was ill-timed. True, W&K--but mostly William--were garnering bad publicity of late, but they would be foolish to let this interfere with their plans. Certainly, they should be made aware of it, and, because they released these photos, I think they were, but they can't let whimsical public opinion dictate their lives. That would be utter folly, IMO. Only if the clamour over their *work-shy* ways picks up and remains sustained for some considerable length of time should they consider other options. But until the Queen or Charles insists that they perform more royal duties--and until Charles decides that he wants to financially support these activities, which he is obliged to do-- there is little W&K can do about it. And they would need more $$$, for wardrobes, hair, travel, overtime for staff, esp. Maria, etc..

    I have said it before but perhaps it needs more saying: William is not rich; if he tried to pick up the fiscal slack after his father dropped the ball, he would soon be poor. William simply didn't inherit that much from his mother--Harry inherited more--and, unlike the Queen and Charles, who have a ready, steady source of continuous private income thru their duchies, William has nothing to fall back on. He and Kate are stuck between a rock and a hard place and the republicans. William has NO power, unlike the Queen and Charles, because he has no $$$, relatively speaking. Until he he has more $$$, he quite literally can't afford to fight back. He is doing what they want him to do, not necessarily what he wants to do, IMO.

    So, good on William for taking his family on a lovely, if short, vacation.

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    1. William inherited at least £10 million from his mother. There were further funds invested in a trust fund for when he reached 30 years old. That is without his mothers jewellery, personal effects and any trust funds she might have had from her own family the Spencers.
      Not to mention investments from his father. The Duchy of Cornwall generates massive revenues and some of this is surely used for Charles' children.
      Not rich? are you having a laugh?

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    2. William and Harry have close to 100 million from Diana, having not touched their inheritance for almost 20 years.

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    3. anon(s) 3:15&4:49-Was that before UK's massive inheritance taxes or after? Care to document your statements? How do you know the money has not been "touched? Note:
      legacies are rarely paid out the year of the death and often not in a lump sum.It can be a long, involved process. The lawyers take a big bite out of it too. (sorry, Jane-
      no meanness intended)
      Again, how dare they take a vacation I can't afford.
      Sour grapes indeed.

      Rich is in the eye of the beholder.

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    4. OMG 100 MIo GBP and somebody thinks he is poor? Should not be a problem to pay clothes staff etc from this sum, even bodyguards on private holidays.
      If it is, I wonder how I manage with way less money my personal hard life

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    5. I just stated (in another post) that W&K do not take many vacations and I see nothing wrong with this one. After the obvious media campaign against them (William in particular), I think it was very important for them to smile and carry on. Not taking a vacation would have implied an acknowledgment that they have done something wrong. They took the bull by the horns, went on vacation, AND released family photos that so many folks (myself included!) have been hoping for...and in the style many have hoped for. Personally, I hope they enjoyed every bit of it!

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    6. Me too! Yay for them! If they worked non stop and were never home they would be accused of neglecting the children and having them raised by the Nanny. So I say just do what is best for your family William!

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    7. Agree Yay for them!!!!

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    8. In 2015 Diana's will became available as a public record. In the will she left approximately £40 million to William and Harry. As per her instructions they received their trust at 25 years old. (..."hold the same UPON TRUST for such of them my children PRINCE WILLIAM and PRINCE HENRY as are living three months after my death attain the age of twenty five years..."). The amounts they received are hardly what have been speculated over the years but, still, they're not impoverished. They are very rich and can afford to live very well, but the kind of money it would take to live Prince Charles's lifestyle, including all of the traveling, cars, and staff to allow full-time royal duties, would dwindle those funds significantly.

      Unlike any other royal in direct line, Prince William holds a job outside the military. He juggles it with royal work and family responsibilities so I agree with JC that he has certainly earned a few days off for a skiing vacation just like any other person.

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    9. The "Daily Mail" has a long history of attacking members of the Royal Family. I can remember when Princess Anne (before her marriage) was the target and they have given all members of the family a turn.
      The newspapers want scandal---makes a better story than a loving family.

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    10. The Daily Mail is having a full on temper tantrum. Rebecca English has written a new article about the Cambridges borrowing the Duke of Westminster's private jet in which she says things like "decision to travel without telling the media has landed the couple in a privacy row" and "escaped the country". Erm......whaaaaaatt??? Is it just me or is this just a WEE bit of an overeaction? They even have a hotline number mentioned in the headline for people to call in with info or sighting tips of the family while they were vacationing. *shakes head in disbelief*

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    11. Clara, I read that article, which beggars belief! The Daily Mail seems to be fostering the idea that the people of the UK OWN the Royal Family, a whole new twist on master-and-slave! To think that William and Kate would DARE to leave the UK without the express permission of the media must be a hanging offence, by their lights--and the DM is doing its level best to hang them out to dry.

      Robin, perhaps I should clarify....Firstly, leaving aside the horrific inheritance taxes in the UK, legal fees, trust management fees, the 2008 mini stock market crash, I don't believe that the sum total you stated that Diana left consisted solely of cash, stocks, bonds. Some of that amount would've consisted of the items Diana owned, at the time it was assessed (whenever she drew up her will), including furnishings, wardrobe, jewellery, china, etc. The value of some of these items would have dropped significantly in the intervening years; e.g., Diana's clothing is not holding the value it had soon after she died. As for Diana's jewellery, who knows where that went--it sure hasn't gone to Kate (aside from her engagement ring).

      I consider William wealthy, but not rich. In no way can he compete with many British aristocrats, and forget competing with the likes of Donald Trump, Arab princes, Russian oligarchs, etc. The fact is, Robin, that the glory days of the British monarchy have long since passed. Nor has HMTQ been a great conservator of the family wealth--she brought on far too many minor royal hangers-on, and she is now paying the price, quite literally. Instead, she should have cut down on royal duties, so that said lower tier royals didn't rob those who needed it and deserved it more. (Easy example: For years, Edward and Sophie lacked adequate funding, well behind everyone else conducting royal duties; not until the new payment scheme to the monarchy go into effect did Edward and Sophie catch up.)

      The Windsors are notoriously poor money managers. Understandably, William may be trying to take good care of his inheritance; he no doubt knows that he can't count on the government, nor on his father or grandmother for financial help.--Without his inheritance from Diana, he would be, quite literally, poor. He doesn't know if the monarchy will last, either, but in the meantime, he has two kids to feed and educate. He NEEDS to save.

      Wealthy, but not rich. There are times when I wonder if Kate married down, financially, but a gold-digger she most certainly is not.

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    12. I was absolutely agreeing with you, JC. As to some of Diana's jewelry, some belonged to the crown. Whatever was gifted to her from other governments, kingdoms, etc., as "the" Princess of Wales, was not hers to give away so it's unlikely William and Harry benefitted from as much of the jewelry as was available to Diana as long as she was alive. One of the really sad things about Diana's assets is that her mother and sister willfully failed to comply with her wishes and were able to delay William and Harry receiving their inheritance. In the end, it appears, Diana really didn't have anyone looking out for her best interests. The press used her, the palace used her, and the Spencer family used her. No wonder William and Harry feel so strongly about protecting and preserving the memory of their mother. They alone loved her without qualification. No wonder William loves the Middleton family so much. They aren't dysfunctional! I hope Harry can find someone like Kate with a family like the Middletons. If the monarchy can last beyond Prince Charles I think the British people will be in good hands. I don't care much for Charles but I do agree with him about cutting down the size of the peripheral family members living off the crown just because they cut a ribbon now and then. I believe the "lower classes" refer to that as being "on the dole."

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  23. Hi Jane.
    I would like to say two things.

    1) I don't like the photos at all. No problem if the go on holiday and don't want photos to be taken by many photographers, but I wonder who is paying the bodyguards for 4 days and on a weekend. Is this known? As it is a private holiday, I would think protection could be financed on their own. Should not be that hard for them.
    2) You wrote:
    I love how Kate has dressed her children in snow apparel that echoes her own and William's ensemble. Charlotte little white snowsuit has the rim of fur just like mummy, and her pink accessories are the perfect complement. Prince George is masculine in a deep navy and a pop of red in his hat.
    I don't like if children are reduced to colours. Pink for girls, blue for boys. There are modern women studying quantum mechanics. And technically, a boy could were pink too.

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    1. Ah! The who pays the body guard and modern women etc. arguments. All the royals holiday, at least those energetic enough to tolerate the effort. And they all are
      required to have RPOs. At this point I could cite history for what happens when guards
      are not used. But I won't.

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    2. Anon 3:22 Oh heavens are you for real? Think not. Love the photos. How cute of the whole family.

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    3. Anon 3:22.
      My knowledge of little boys, makes me think that Prince George would be horrified if given pink boots and woolly hat.

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    4. Hi Anon 3:22:
      Pink is a feminine color and I would not dress a male child in it. Other than a pink bowtie or some preppy "event" type thing. I don't believe in gender neutrality. Men are men and women are women and there is a physical and emotional distinction. We are equal, but we are not the same. I think people who try to deny that get themselves into a world of hurt and unhappiness. We should celebrate our differences and pursue our combined strengths rather than trying to falsely level the playing field which inevitably ends up damaging women the most.
      I think the French put it very well, Vive la différence.
      Jane Barr

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    5. Vive la différence indeed. I did enjoy your take on this, Jane.

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  24. Geesh so much negativity! ! Can't we just give it a rest? Just once? We have some lovely pictures. So we get some rude comments to Jane. More comments about bad timing. They cannot win. No matter what they do many just want to go on the attack. I just don't understand why taking a long weekend is a problem. As for who is paying for the personal protection officers? I assume these ppl are salaried as they have them ALWAYS regardless if not is private or working. The issue is moot. As to the the colours for boy and girl. Seriously? It was a comment about outfits on the children and NOT a commentary or essay on gender.


    Thank you Jane for the post. It was lovely and I for one appreciate the work that goes into this blog.

    Absolute delight to have these pictures. I say meh to the naysayers LOL and I happen to like how William is doing it is way! In due time he will not be allowed to do things His way. So carry on William!

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    1. Thank you DB. I am so with you.

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    2. Well that's two of us Eva B :)

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    3. Probably most of us.

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    4. Well said, DB. Very well said.

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    5. If it is not a big deal, why is it so difficult to publish the costs and be transparent? Would not do any hard, would it?

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  25. Lovely photos :) Judging by the mixed response by English press I would suggest Will and Kate strike a deal with the French press next time round instead, afford us privacy and we'll promote French tourism. They clearly love it over here more than England. There would be no criticisms of William either, not with our working week, indeed he would find much favour. Will and Kate should drop the 'Little Englander' act and come over here more. I really hope Will and Kate abdicate and do an 'Edward' and move here to France, the greatest country in the world!!!!!!! lol Excuse my vanity but Kate agrees with me :):):)

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    1. But how many average French actually can afford going to Courchevel 1850 for holidays?
      Lol. If I would promote French tourism, I would start by advertising to average people, and certainly not using a rather rich English couple.
      I assume you refer to the 35h/week. Nevertheless, France suffers of high unemployement event with such a 35h-week.

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  26. It does seem odd but maybe this will be the new normal for them? I was totally surprised that we hadn't heard a word about the trip until it was over, good job W&K! I love these pictures and am very thankful they released them. Thanks Jane!

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  27. After taking a deep breath (lol), I have one more comment to make...

    These have to be THE BEST Cambridge photos ever released!

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  28. Someone was wondering why Kate was not wearing gloves in the first photo. Perhaps the photo was taken indoors near a large window? The snow seems to be falling behind them in that photo, not on them.
    Lovely photos, especially the ones with the children.

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    1. I don't think they're inside, since if you look at the close up there does appear to be snow in front of Catherine's face/neck, though its just on her so they might be under an overhang. However, William isn't wearing gloves in any of the pics and Catherine is wearing big, dark mittens. Maybe she (or the photographer) just thought they'd be unflattering and distracting in the standing group shot, especially against Charlotte's snowsuit (as is slightly the case in the kneeling shot), so took them off for that pic.

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  29. I suggested Arthur Edwards but they chose John Stillwell instead and those pictures are so stinkin cute! Glad to know that KP listens to me...

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  30. I never doubt that they have bad blood on their exes they planned their trip to enjoy and relax not to avoid they look happy family prince George poser in camera love princess charlotte looking lovely as her dad carry her prince George looks like her mother and princess charlotte looks like her dad

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  31. Wow! Look how many comments amass when there are fresh photos! I was so excited when I saw these this morning, they are so adorable. Well done to W&C for getting out of, and back into, town without being noticed! Also well done on the photo shoot and getting one up on the critics. Little Charlotte is growing so fast and George is such a handsome little guy!

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  32. I adore the family portraits! So beautiful with the snow falling down! And they look so happy and relaxed!
    Charlotte's facial features remind me very much of the Queen. I am curious what she'll look like in 2-3 years.
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  33. I find it hilarious that the press is trying so desperately to point out their importance/necessity to the survival of the monarchy. Monarchies have been around for thousands of years before anyone thought to pick up a pen and right trash about their private lives. (Indeed, then i believe it was called treason) Time for them to wake up and realize that here in the 21st century social media is king and has all but made the royal press pack redundant. William has brilliantly recognized that the media's unholy reign is finally coming to an end and they can use their own platforms (I.e. palace twitter, instagram etc.) To bring attention to their charities and to bring the work they do directly to the public. Time for press to read the writing on the wall and acknowledge that their days are numbered. William and Kate have (again!) proved press redundancy through the release of these sweet photos through their own accounts and the press is calling foul because they've been exposed for their worthlessness. Good riddance I say!

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    1. The issue is they don't like that they are being forcer fed stuff by the Cambridge's
      The Cambridge's are trying to control what reporters write and what photographs are used and damn right they should be upset by it..

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    2. I agree that print media is seeing its day - especially as it pertains to personal family photos. However, Kate and William DO need to work and establish their own platforms in order to use social media to spread a message. In my opinion, they have not struck that chord on their own yet.

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  34. Can't get enough of these photos!!!! Jane, I'm curious to know your opinion..as the Cambridge's have usually made their ski trips an extended family affair, do you think that the Middleton's were also there in France with them this time? Since they missed out on that family time in Mustique, I wonder if they tagged along for some fun in the snow with the grandkids?:)

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  35. I was hoping they'd do a photo release! I seem to recall past photos released around Mothering Sunday as well. The kids look pretty adorable, and Kate looks like she had some mischief. Poor William. :)

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  36. Very pleasant surprise to see new pictures of them all. George looks so happy--and proud in each shot. Charlotte is adorable of course. I'm sure we'll soon see 1 year old pictures as well. Can't wait.

    But you know, if a whole pack of "paparazzi" had been alerted, The expressions on their little faces would not have been so sweet. More like bewildered, and strange.

    William remembers that. And he's obviously trying to protect his babies from it. Their turn in the laser-light will come soon enough, and that should only be when they are old enough to comprehend the significance of it--and decide whether or not they want to "inherit" that crap.

    They are human beings, with every right to be free of this media madness if they want to be.

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    1. I totally agree. It would have been a VERY different experience if the children were faced with a "wall" of photographers and flashbulbs. And HAD this been the case, people would accuse them of being bad parents and using their children for PR.

      I'm thinking of an early Christmas present for W&K ... two throw pillows for their sofa. One that says "CAN'T WIN..." and a second that says "...NOT TRYING". Anyone else care to sign the card? :)))

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    2. I'll go in on that with you, royalfan!

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  37. Jane, a commenter on the Duchess Kate blog has said that the 20 hours William is reported to be working are flying hours, not total hours, and that William's boss did an interview about this. Apparently the hours William is working works out to be about 38 hours per week.

    I can't verify this myself, but if you are able to find out that this is true, would you please do a post on this, as (if true) the current media reports are slanderous, deliberately misleading the public and damaging William and Kate's fan following.

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    1. That's not true. His 20 hours are total hours worked each week, basically two days.

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    2. http://www.people.com/people/mobile/article/0,,20989196,00.html
      Here is an interview with the boss of the charity. The article does mention flying hours but it also says Will works about 2/3 the hours of others. Since FLYING time is capped at 90 hrs a month the other pilots would be in violation of aviation rules if the text were true. As I have said earlier in this thread, there likely would never have been a PR problem if KP had not presented this job as fulltime when for Will it is clearly parttime. I don't think there is any slander involved. But Will doesn't have to have the job FT or PT anyway so KP kind of created the problem IMO.

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      May I ask what your source is? Thanks.

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    4. There are strict rules regarding the maximum flight hours any pilot of any aircraft can put in for any period of time. (google it?) I'm sure William and his crew adhere to those hours. It was understood from the beginning that he would be a "part time" rescue pilot, and his earnings all go to charity. He does not want to lose his pilot skills. He reports to his job, does his work, and goes home to his new family and other responsibilities related to his home, and his "position" in the royal family, some that are not widely known.

      To compare him to Prince Phillip is unfair, as 1) William is not married to the QUEEN, 2) Prince Phillip does not have a new wife and 2 small children, and 3) Prince Phillip does not have a part-time job as a helicopter pilot... Phillip is well established in his public engagements, and definitely has more time to devote right now than William does.

      The British Media are a bunch of self-righteous, self-appointed headline police of everyone and everything--EXCEPT THEMSELVES. And if Pierce Morgan truly is a "Monarchist", that is how to go about "saving" them. By not driving them away with this ridiculous nit-picking and making their lives miserable over nothing.

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    5. Dear Belle, I am sorry, but it is not possible to excuse everything.
      It i not unfair to compare Prince Phillip with William. I could also argue Phillip is way older and he still works hard. He has more appointments than Kate, William, Harry together + 50 more. They are young.
      I don't see you point with having a new wife (5 years + 10 years before???) and small children. They have a nanny, they do appointments at lunch time. So what is the big deal? Re part-time job: Not a problem. William should give it up and help out his grandfather.
      Phillip is old, don't you think after his hard life with many appointments he deserves to slow down? And the youngsters step up and do the job?

      Dear Jane, I hope you can publish this. I don't think Belle is right and I wonder how an opinion like this can be published.

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    6. Yes Philip deserves to slow down but he does not want to slow down because most likely in his view that would mean the end for him. Peter Philips said as much in an interview recently. In their own way the queen and Philip are slowing down with little long haul travel and most engagements done close by and in palace walls. The younger generation are caught between a rock and a hard place and no one knows what goes on behind closed doors as to how Charles envisions the work load in terms of patronages under his reign. This onslaught by the media is nothing new. All members of BRF at some time or other go through attacks by the media. This time probably more vicious because the royal press and newspaper print are fighting for survivsal and William is a good scapegoat for them. Now they are onto the queen but she is fighting back. The media circus continues.

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    7. I agree, but would ask the question differently: don't you think it was time for Prince Philip to decide to slow down and let the youngsters do the job? They wouldn't need to fly helicopters or go to Africa for the sake of doing something.Till now he had only passed on two patronages, scuba diving and air cadets.

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    8. Thank you for posting the link, Lizzie. If it is correct that William works two-thirds of the schedule worked by full time pilots, I fail to see the problem. This seems to accommodates his royal obligations, and certainly does not point to William being lazy and not working.

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    9. Philip is very much a man's man. He will continue to work, and be proud of it, until he takes his last breath. And think about this too...people suggest he does so because the younger generation doesn't step up. Well, has anyone considered that the Queen's coronation oath has something to do with it? Can you imagine him retiring while HM has no intention of doing so? I cannot...

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    10. OK, I don't even remember who said this but Phillip has had a "hard life" - really? He was born into royalty and privilege. He hasn't had a job since he left the military when his wife became the Queen and one of the richest women in the world. Back then they had their own train, their own yacht, and their own plane. They didn't have to dirty their hands at any level with the common people. I'm not sure how this is classified as a hard life.

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    11. @RobinfromCA If you would like to consider it like this, nobody in the royal family has a hard life :)

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    12. Anon 3:41, your are assuming Prince Phillip WANTS to slow down, he obviously doesn't. Perhaps asking him to do that is asking him to give up on life. I happen to agree with Belle and her opinion is just as important as yours. Why should your opinion be published and not Belle's

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  38. For anyone interested in an id on the children's clothes, Georges hat is from Next and his snowsuit is Mountain Warehouse, Charlottes snowsuit is from John Lewis, her boots are Rainbow Tree and her hat is from Johnstons of Elgin.

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  39. Tom Skye's wrote an interesting piece about the ski photos and before you find fault in him he runs a blog called the royalist so you can't say he is anti monarchy its amazing how many people here attack the media for having anything negative to say about Kate
    Please read. It is very good and explained how the media felt and certainly how I felt
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/03/09/inside-will-and-kate-s-privacy-obsession.html

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    1. It sounds like more drama and sour grapes, to be honest. Is he suggesting that the Cambridge's must announce a vacation ahead of time, including their ETA and details on where they will sleep and eat?

      Royal or not, they have every right to slip away for a few days and NOT share a single moment of it. Instead, they invited a photographer along, posed with their young children, and shared the photos with the world.

      Common sense would suggest that they had every right to execute it exactly as they did. And security would demand it, no?

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    2. Royal fan you astonish me. You find an excuse for every thing will and Kate do
      I bet if they only did two more engagements this year you would find some excuse for it
      So suddenly, the press is calling them out for wanting the goodies of being a royal such as lux vacations and homes but don't work for it and that's an issue how?
      It amazes me and scares me that you think that just because the media has something negative to say about Kate they are automatically causing drama
      It's fine they went on holiday but to me it was such bad PR

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    3. Yes!!! Why isn't anybody concerned for the security of this family while they are demanding to know every single move they make and how and where they make it? Absurd.

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    4. Anon 7:01, I stand by my comment. The drama over a few days of skiing, and the suggestion that W&K did something wrong by not advertising it to the world ahead of time, boggles my mind. Whether you look at it from a private family vacation perspective or consider the larger security issues involved, I fail to see a problem here. Also, given W&K's position and their bank account, they could take many more vacations than they actually do.

      And may I just add, respectfully, that I continue to be astonished at the amount of potentially productive time devoted to discussing W&K's alleged lack of it. If they did have a f/t royal schedule, I suspect we'd still be reading about their luxury homes, security, and vacations.

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    5. Umm they did royal photcalls for years and no one ever got shot because the press knew where they were

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  40. I agree royalfan, It's like the British press expect to be able to camp out in William and Kate's living room 24/7, to film and report on their every move to the public, just because William was born to a member of the royal family. Something he did not ask for... Ridiculous.

    They are only a Duke and Duchess. Not the Prince and Princess of Wales, and not King and Queen of England. They do not receive income from taxpayer funds, though they reportedly add 1.8 Billion to the economy every year, just by conducting their lives as they are.

    The above linked article is full of bunk, and I don't see any link to comment? The British press needs to check itself. There is no reason for them to be "in the know" about the Duke and Duchess' every movement with their children. Leave them alone!

    Belle

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  41. I actually have not read any of the posts being referenced in the print media:) It is the clicks they use to get advertising dollars. Just do not read gossip newspaper sites. A lot of talk on this site centered around non legitimate news sources.

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  42. If the press and public keep nitpicking about how Will and Kate orchestrate the media, we may never get such great pictures of the family again. They are parents of young children who do not understand all the flashbulbs and yelling that goes along with the press pack. I agree with others that there are security concerns as well in this post 9/11 world- and I am sure that William and Kate are also mindful of other families vacationing in the same resort. If I were having a family holiday and the Cambridges showed up with a media circus in tow, my enjoyment may be curtailed with limited access in the hotel, on the slopes, restaurants, etc. I love these pictures- so natural and looks like they're having real family fun. We're lucky to see them like this....

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    1. Who cares if the public get such pictures? It is their private life. Not our concern, so there is no right to expect such pictures. My opinion: They should take as much holidays if they can afford, but just pay all costs privately.

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