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Confirmed, Pippa Middleton is Engaged

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It is official! Pippa Middleton confirmed this morning that she is indeed engaged to James Matthews! The Duchess's sister gave us a glimpse of her ring, which is impressively large.  The Express shared photos:


It is a cushion cut diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds, which is a style that was very popular here in the United States about five years ago. It might still be a hot trend. It is very art deco and, to my mind, very beautiful. According to Rebecca English, after Pippa smiled for the cameras, she backed her car into James's motorcycle. Oops.



The couple have carried out a very private romance. They flew under the radar for some time, because James was a long-time friend (actually, once-upon-a-time boyfriend) and the couple were competing together in groups, which is where I suspect their romance reignited. But even so, we never really saw them hit the party circuit together the way Pippa has with other boyfriends. If you want a snap of Pippa and James together you have to look to Wimbledon, a competition in which they participated together, or a grainy pap shot from quiet dates.



To recap from yesterday, People magazine is reported:
According to [Richard] Kay, Matthews got down on one knee to propose last weekend while the pair were in the picturesque Lake District of northwest England. (A rep for Middleton has not returned requests for comment.)

Middleton, 32, earlier fueled rumors on Monday when she appeared at a charity fundraiser and notably kept her left hand hidden from photographers.
I think this was a "pre-announcement" since Pippa wasn't actually wearing the ring from the other photos I have seen. It did the trick, since the internet exploded last night with Kay's revelation in the Mail, coupled with this photo:



What to expect now? I would guess that Pippa will get married in the spring of 2017, although I suppose a winter wedding could be on the books. Whenever she chooses to tie the knot, it will certainly be the society wedding of the year. 


Finally, according to royal reporters, Pippa was packing boxes from her family's company Party Pieces into her car, so the theory is that George is going to have a spectacular birthday bash very soon. The Middletons have a lot to celebrate this month! 





77 comments:

  1. Wishing them a happy future together.
    Hoping for a little page boy and perhaps a tiny flower girl.
    At the weekend put a piece on the earlier blog about William; Catherine and George's visit to the SAS 75th birthday celebrations. It wasn't printed, so presume I offended in some way---so sorry.

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    1. I like how you think. That would be adorable.

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    2. Diane from BostonJuly 19, 2016 at 4:07 PM

      Jean, I don't see how anything you ever posted could be construed as "offensive." I always enjoy seeing your posts! Probably just a slight administrative snafu!

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    3. Jean, I'm sure it was lost in cyberspace. You have never offended anyone! :)

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    4. Jean, you are the least offensive person to ever post here!

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    5. one of my comments got eaten this weekend too. sounds like system error.

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  2. I am so excited for her to finally find someone that seems perfect for her!! Thankfully families know each other, they are both competitive in fitness, and they seem to be balancing their relationship with the BRF sensitivities. Plus many things I'm sure we don't see.

    I jokingly had commented before "way to go, Pippa" when I found out about his wealth lol, but I believe it must go beyond that. And with both of their parents still married, and W&K's marriage, I think they have good role models and support system to have a long, happy marriage.

    Speaking of Party Pieces, have we ever speculated on succession planning? I would have thought Pippa, but she's never been so involved that she seems like the plan. Anyway I hope Mike & Carole do another press conference, but I also understand why more than a verbal statement would not be needed.

    ~ A

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    1. What do you mean by succession planning?

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    2. Diane ~ who will take over the company? What will happen with the company? It's my understanding it is privately owned. Mike and Carole are in their 60's, which is retirement age for many. Kate obviously can't take it over, and I can't see them bringing James in. Will they sell it? Pippa has long seemed the obvious choice to take it over, but she's pursued so many other things, and I'm not sure what her aspirations are (especially with getting married, and I don't mean that from a gold digger perspective).
      ~ A

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    3. A, I don't think they would speak to the press the way they did when Kate got engaged. Kate was to marry a future king and become a member of the RF. Pippa is not a public figure (yes, the DM thinks so! lol) and likewise for her fiancรฉ.

      Diane, I *believe* succession planning was a reference to one of their children taking over the business at some point.

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    4. Who is going to inherit the business when they pass the reins to the next generation

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    5. Yes ok ~A and thank you royalfan. Its not a term used here in that regard and it kind of threw me. :)

      The Middletons are not past their prime. I am sure they have discussed this to some degree. I would think the marriage wouldnt change Pippa from taking over. Its not like she is to be Queen one day.

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    6. Diane-she will be James's queen.

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    7. I agree the Middletons must have discussed the eventual fate of the business. And while I also agree, Diane,  from what we've seen they are likely not "past their prime" (in most ways), not every person with means who retires does so because he/she has become incapable of working. Some retire to travel, some to do volunteer work in a different field, some to move to spend more time with grandchildren, some to care for an elderly parent. The Middleton business WAS built when M&C were much younger and they might well be past their prime to *build* that type of business again. Also unlike some small businesses, theirs does not seem to need their daily presence--or if presence is required it can be electronic (unlike overseing other types of face-to-face businesses or working in a field like medicine or education.) So they do have more flexibility than many working 60 yr olds and can still travel for example, or be available to help babysit for more than a Sat night such as during the India tour. That may allow them to put off officially retiring as long as they have capable managers on staff. I agree Pippa could do that work after marriage but other than her less-than-successful party book, I don't know that she's shown much interest, at least publicly.

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    8. Diane I know they aren't past their prime and it seems they have some balance. They must have a trusted team in place to allow them to vacation and be in London when required, as opposed to some entrepreneurs who find themselves struggling to take a day off. I'm more thinking 5-10 years down the road, and Pippa's my best guess if they keep it in the family.

      Anon 11:46am LOL :-)

      ~ A

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    9. Succession planning is a term that originated with American businesses and career service agencies and that has spread to a wider use across many platforms in different countries. There isn't a well run company or agency without a succession plan in place. It is akin to having disaster preparedness plans on file. I can't imagine that the Middleton's don't have a succession plan both for the business and for their estate and holdings. It just isn't something that would be shared publicly. And for all we know, they could sell the business outright when the time is right.

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  3. Congratulations to Pippa and James. I hope they are able to have a somewhat sane engagement and wedding. They are "society" so they would expect quite a bit of pomp and ceremony, but they are also private citizens and deserve some modicum of privacy. It sounds, though, that if ever a couple could handle it, this one could. At least if their dating history is anything to go by. All the best to you both.

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    1. Very true, Jane. I wish them much happiness, as well as privacy and sanity. People have commented on the way Pippa has benefited from her connections, but I see the negatives as well and I'm not so sure I'd like the trade value! Certainly not a lifetime of it.

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  4. Jean, there's no way on God's green Earth that you could intentionally offend anyone.
    Just missed, that's all.

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  5. She certainly is glowing! The more she committed herself to some of the ultra-athletic events and her relationship with James, I think her style has evolved to more timeless/elegant pieces. Her public presence has certainly matured as well. Wishing them all the best!

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  6. Great news! What an exciting time for the Middleton family! After years of engagement rumours it is finally happening. Thanks for sharing Jane! - Ruby

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  7. Pippa's ring has an Asscher cut diamond not a cushion cut. It's a shame that a slight undertone has entered the post with the reference to the style's supposed popularity 5 years ago.

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    1. Ditto and ditto. I think the diamond has an octagon shape to it with the "clipped" corner. The comment on the ring style was a bit odd to me too - it is true we see trends with all aspects of weddings. This ring looks quite unique to me with definite antique and art deco flavor. I was engaged 6 years ago (and now married) and this isn't what I found was the popular style then.

      What I learned as a bride planning my wedding, and attending other weddings, is that you have to accept each one as totally unique. There are trends and some weddings are better than others, but overall we need to celebrate the union and the fun and the fashion and the beauty ... and not focus on dated styles ;-)

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    2. There was no undertone 3.16 until you made your comment. Maybe you have not been here long but Jane is never rude or catty unlike some people who attempt to cause a stir. Clearly she meant no meaness about the ring. She is quite right. It was a style that was popular HERE IN THE STATES 5 yrs ago. That doesn't mean its not a great ring or not bought now. People have their own style.

      Stop looking for something that is not there.

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    3. Thank you, Diane! And I do believe Jane said the ring was "quite beautiful" so where's the issue?

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    4. Well Robin you know there is always some looking for an 'issue'. ๐Ÿ˜„

      Jane is the last or frankly never says anything catty about such things as this so ? Undertone? Nyet

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    5. My piece just to weigh in is that 5 years ago I'd say the antique ring was (and is still) very popular (and beautiful). What for me makes Pippa's stand out is the art deco design ... that is not something I've seen. I'm of the "marrying age" where for the past 8 years it's been non-stop engagements & weddings, and while I've seen the antique style on many a girl, I haven't seen one with art deco. :-)

      ~ A

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    6. Jane stated a fact; this style WAS popular in the US five years ago, as Diane pointed out. A friend of mine is celebrating her fifth wedding anniversary and her engagement ring is a similar style.

      I suppose one could interpret it as a dig if you believe that only the latest trend is will do. Personally, I would never allow the current trend to dictate the type of ring I would wear for a lifetime.

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    7. Hi Anon 3:16, as several readers have hypothesized, there was no undertone or negative connotation. Pippa's ring is just the type I would want myself, and I know it was popular five years ago because that is when I was kind of in the market for one myself and I remember it was super trendy at the time. I still like it and I think it is still very popular. As someone pointed out, it is timeless and elegant.

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  8. I'm so happy for her! I have so much respect for Pippa. The paparazzi stalks her every day since the Royal Wedding. She has to deal with so much media attention because she is 'Kate's sister'. She never date royalty/someone famous but she has to pay the price for it. And she handle it so well. She is in the news all the time for her clothes, carreer, love life etc. She gave up her dreams of a career in the media for the Royal Family. She made so many sacrafices for her sister! I'm so happy for her that she found the love of her life and can start her own family. I wish her all the best and all the luck of the world after years struggling under several pressures.

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    1. Agreed. She has always presented herself well and smiled. I'm sure at times she had inner turmoil (insecurities, breakups, or wtvr), but she doesn't let people perceive her as being weak so they can make more of a target of her. It seems like James could be a good support system for that.

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    2. Definitely 5:24. Given the situation she found herself in she has been a rock!

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  9. There are already suggestions, c/o various sites, that Kate will be Pippas matron of honour, George a pageboy, and Charlotte, flower girl. I cry foul. I emphatically do not think the Queen would approve of Kate acting in any visible capacity at the wedding ceremony; think, given Georges youth, he would make a better ring-bearer--altho, this function may not exist in the UK; and suspect that Charlotte is too young to take part in any role.

    My prediction: W&K will attend, as honoured guests, George may well take part in the ceremony, Charlotte will not attend the actual ceremony, but might show up later running amidst the guests. Neither child will attend the main wedding dinner, altho both might be served the best of it, out of sight.

    Wedding venue: Well, thats obvious. Clearly, the Eden Rock hotel his parents own in St. Barths, with Mike and Carole pitching in, financially.

    What will Kate contribute? She will play hostess for Pippas hen party, held in Apt.1A, KP, London.

    Warning: My predictions are almost always wrong, but then, The Daily Mails have an even worse record. Anyone here want to wade in?

    P.S. As behooves any Canadian, I have been glued to the TV coverage of the American Republican Party's Convention...and will shortly be equally following the American Democratic Party's Convention. (Theres an old saying: keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Not that Canadians have much choice; friend or foe, and Americans have been both, they are our only neighbours, uncomfortably close. And the simple fact is that we cannot meet their military might--we don't have the population, nor are we inclined to go to war, at the drop of a hat. We do have, from time to time, much better leaders, IMO.)

    Not trying to diss Americans on this site; I have never met an American I didn't like--but really, can't you come up with something better than Trump and Hillary? Both frighten the he.l out of me; if I were unfortunate enuf to be an American voter, I would go to the polls and spoil my ballot by writing something quite unseemly on it. Better than being a non-voter. Good luck to you, you're gonna need it!!

    JC

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    1. Some of your predictions have been wrong JC but certainly not all! I concur about most of your wedding predictions. George might participate but unless the ceremony is REALLY late in 2017 or pushed to early 2018 which seems very unlikely to me since the couple already lives together, I can't imagine Charlotte would participate because of her age unless it's a small fairly informal ceremony (which also seems unlikely) It was also my impression that in the UK "matrons of honor" are rare--unmarried attendants much much more the norm- and I can't imagine Kate carrying Pippa's train anyway. Not sure the Queen would say something though but you'd have a better view of that than I do. But would this be a battle she'd pick at this point in time? Over being an attendant? (Maybe over bending over to the world though although I thought alot if that was unfair to Pippa)


      I am an American and there are only two things I'll say about that section of your post. 1) Unfortunately it's a little late to look for a different candidate for EITHER party. 2) "Vote and the choice is yours, don't vote and the choice is theirs" so while ballot defacing might be tempting for some of us.... 

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    2. JC your predictions are hilarious! :-) Time will tell.

      Why do you speculate the Queen would not allow Kate to be a maid of honour/bridesmaid? I would really like to see Kate return the favour, and I think she would like to humble herself as her sister has helped and supported her so much. But support can also be behind-the-scenes. It's not a prediction, but a hope, that Kate is Pippa's bridemaid.

      As for location, I too thought of a destination wedding at his parent's resort...but then wonder with the BRF connection/Church of England if they will have a church wedding in the UK. When will James start appearing at Will & Kate events (e.g. I was surprised we didn't see him at Kate's birthday). When will Donna show up at a Middleton event?

      George/Charlotte may be at the wedding/reception with them being the niece/nephew. Children add humour and energy at weddings (even if being a tad annoying at times ;-)). Perhaps they'll be there for dinner, then Maria will take them home.

      As for US politics, I am a dual citizen living in Canada. I used to feel I shouldn't vote, but I have to file taxes in the US and disclose every financial aspect of my life (account balances, etc). Plus with the huge impact the US has on Canada I have decided guilt free: I will vote! I only vote in their federal elections though. Their military is bigger, their economy impacts our economy. I frenqeuntly travel to the US. Canada has agreed to give them our water; Canada has agreed to sell out their citizens to the US and disclose all their personal financial information; etc. I love our countries, but sometimes it's a dysfunctional codependent gong show! And yes, I'd take Harper and Trudeau over those two any day ;-)

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    3. JC, I don't think the Queen would chime in on Kate's role at her own sister's wedding. I honestly don't. And if not Kate, then please fill in the blank here... :) Pippa has been very supportive of her sister over the years, and I cannot imagine Kate doing any less in return. They are sisters first, and that will never change.

      I do agree with you on the bridal shower, and George and Charlotte's participation (or not!). But I am up in the air regarding a wedding in Bucklebury with a modest reception, followed by a real celebration at the Eden Rock...OR...doing it all at the hotel as it would offer maximum privacy and control over the occasion.

      Regarding politics, I'd rather not "go there". There are very heated opinions on both sides and I will pass on debating it here.

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    4. Trust me, JC, many Americans are wondering the same thing. If, out of 350 million people, these two are the best we can do the future doesn't look overly bright. Unlike you, I'm staying as far away from convention TV as I can. Sick, sick, sick to death of politics.

      On the original subject - I think if Pippa wants Kate to be a bridesmaid at the wedding she will do it. I think the media will be kept far, far away from wherever the wedding is and be completely a family affair. I don't think The Queen will step into another family's event with edicts about who can do what. Other than her distant in-law relationship through Kate, she really can't tell them what to do. A destination wedding may be the perfect thing for Pips and her man since the media are too involved and have too many connections in the UK.

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    5. Believe me JC I am one of millions and millions that do not care for Trump or Clinton.

      Going to Toronto next month ( I live across Lake Ontario) and maybe I will just become and illegal immigrant ? ๐Ÿ˜☺๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‹

      My candidate was too progressive for the country. The 'S' word scares the ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ out of Americans. I am much more European in my thinking on most things. Probably because I grew up in Europe and feel akin to their government and lifestyle.

      I cannot even watch the convention. Scares the hell out of me.

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    6. I have to strongly disagree, JC. If there is anything we can certainly say for sure, the Queen doesn't dictate what Kate does with her family!! I think Kate will be a part of the ceremony as she should be. They are a very close family and I think they will continue to be.

      I am a republican and Trump makes me want to cry. Need I say more? God help us all. :(

      I like the center diamond but they setting is awful. Happy for Pip!

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    7. It's been my impression that British weddings have young attendants for the most part ~ multiple flower girls if you will. In many wedding photos one will see a cluster of little girls and boys, while in the States it is more usual to have only one of each.

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    8. So, as all of you outside the US can tell by the different comments here from the American contingency, we are from both sides of the aisle (different political parties) but we all agree that neither one of these candidates are desirable. Here's the weird thing though - they both legitimately won their party's nomination. Somebody voted for them! Here in CA our primaries are one of the very last. By the time our turn rolled around we didn't have a choice anymore as both sides nominations were a done deal.

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    9. I am asking that we not discuss the American nominees for POTUS. I think we will find there is far more disagreement than you might think on the topic, even on this blog, and it is just the kind of tension I try to escape from when I come to the blog. Thanks for respecting our political process and my preference to avoid it when in my Kate World. ;)

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    10. Understood and agreed Jane :-) We could very easily get carried away on that topic.

      ~ A

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    11. Replying late in the day, as per usual. Am already having to consider a change in prediction; to wit, whilst I still do think that the Queen might very well wade in re Kate's participation in Pippa's wedding ceremony, IF the wedding takes place in St. Barths, and IF the grooms family are willing to pay for umpteen security forces, to ensure privacy--the last time I was in that neck of the woods, St. Barths was wide open to tourists, unlike Mustique (hmm, Mustique as a wedding venue?)--then maybe, the Queen would remain stum.

      Heres the thing, from my perspective: the Queen isn't the elderly, kindly, granny of all that she surveys, and which many buy into. No. She is the woman who manipulated her sister, denying her the right to marry her first true love, Group Captain Peter Townsend (I think that was his name), a vet of WWII: she is the person responsible--or, at the least, she voiced no objection--to forcing her husband to quit his booming Naval career, in order that he take up the position of walking two steps behind her at official functions for the rest of his life; she is the person responsible for first deciding upon a naval career for her first-born son, then, of prematurely demanding that he quit in order to support her 25th Jubilee; she is the person who forced Prince Andrew to break off his relationship with Koo Stark, then later, after giving her blessing to the match between Andrew and Fergie, pretty much pushed through their divorce; and, to bring us up to the present day, she first spent time indoctrinating William into thinking that being a royal was an honour--whilst he was a student at Eton, and suffering under the burden of losing his mother, Etc., Etc., Etc.

      So, if that old woman wants Kate to keep a low profile, which she clearly does, Kate will NOT act as matron of honour at her sisters wedding, esp. if it is held in the UK.

      Rule of thumb: People who marry into the RF, are unimportant, in the Queens eyes, and anathema if they don't tow the party line. (Think: Princess Michael, Diana, Fergie, and now Kate, who has yet to be recognized as a member of the family--WHERE is her RFO?--yet, how has she offended the monarch? Well, thats easy: Kate somehow mesmerized her Golden Boy (William) causing him to marry her--and so much for the old woman's wish that he marry into the aristocracy, well, those with a substantial trust fund, at least.

      Don't tell me that the Queen is a nice person, and don't tell me that she wouldn't interfere in Middleton business; of course she would!! She considers that she owns Kate, albeit without giving her even the basic recognition of a RFO.

      Now, where was I? Oh yeah, trying to explain why Kate may not have a high profile position in Pippa's wedding ceremony.

      Lastly, I would point out that Pippa loves the camera. Fat chance that she would want a wedding which didn't make the papers.

      I do think, tho, that the Queen would tolerate Georges participation in the ceremony--after all, HE is regarded as a royal, unlike his mother, so all will be forgiven.

      JC

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    12. Ohhhhh, JC, don't you think that the Queen is kissing the Middleton's feet for providing the silver lining to follow the storm clouds that have yet to clear (and IN HER LIFETIME)?

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    13. Short answer: No. Get a grip, royalfan; for whatever reason, Kate is not the Queens favourite person; that honour goes, these days, to Sophie Wessex, a commoner like Kate, but one whose remaining parent isn't wealthy, and hence, is in no position to outfit any other child--think Sophie has a brother--to enter high society.

      Further, I don't think those storm clouds you refer to have a chance in hell of clearing--not, I can assure you, in Canada--until Charles is dead or abdicates. Canadians want nothing less than that.

      JC

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    14. Obviously I don't know what HM thinks of Kate. Really none of us do. But Kate and Sophie's situations differ for many more reasons than the one you gave JC. Sophie is HM's daughter-in-law,  Kate her granddaughter-in-law. Sophie married into the BRF 17 yrs ago vs a little over 5 for Kate. Sophie is 51 to the Queen's 90 while Kate is 34 and age can affect interests. All of these factors could easily affect the kind of relationship HM has with each. 

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  10. Allie in Churchill, MBJuly 19, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    I am delighted to see Pippa looking so happy! She has such a lovely smile!

    I don't like her engagement ring. The style (in MUCH cheaper versions!!) is very popular with the young women getting engaged up here in Canada, but I'm not a fan. My son is shopping for an engagement ring (hurrah!), and I have been steering him gently away from that particular style. Kate's ring is much nicer, IMO.

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  11. Do we think Pippa's "something borrowed" could be Kate's acorn earrings? It could be Kate's way of standing with her sister without detracting as matron of honor. Plus it would be a nice heirloom that Middleton women wear on their wedding day.

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    1. I like that idea, Lori and thought that at the time, due to the significance of the design for the Middleton family. Now I wonder if they might be identified with and considered a part of the royal
      wedding-the entire outfit was on display. Even if a copy of the earrings was used for
      display, the earrings have become linked to Catherine and the royal wedding.
      I do think they served their purpose-perhaps reminding her and others that her family stood beside her in every way.

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    2. You could be right Anon and I would agree with you if she had never worn them again. But happily for us, she has worn them again and I hope many more times in the future. It would be a nice pair for Princess Charlotte to wear on her wedding day too. Then a wild thought popped into my head- Kate and Pippa could get pregnant together! My sister and sister-in-law timed their first two babies like that and it was fun for Granny and the girls ( and makes for instant playmate cousins!) But I digress....

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    3. Yes, for Order of the Garter with that gorgeous red outfit. I thought of it after I wrote that. It might lessen the royal wedding connection, but that event is one of
      the ceremonies most identified with the royals. If she had worn them to a charity
      gala I would think the strong royal association might have been broken.
      Then, maybe the earrings are the Middleton's answer to a family tiara.
      In 20-30 year's time with Charlotte, who knows? She will also have access to royal
      jewels at some point. Pippa's daughter will not.

      My children have an aunt and uncle their ages.

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    4. Anon 3:42..Good points and all the reason for Pippa's "something new" to symbolize the Middleton family vs her "something borrowed." That way it could go to a daughter or even to a daughter-in-law if she only has sons.

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    5. Hmmm, interestin thought on the acorn earrings. Here I was thinking it would be nice for Kate to wear them to Pippa's wedding. I guess I wonder if they are Kate's earrings, or family earrings. My guess is they are Kate's.
      If they went through all the expense and energy to create custom jewelry pieces for Kate's wedding, I feel they have to be equal with Pippa's. I think it would be unfair to not do the same. Even though Kate's wedding was different there is still equality is the sense of importance you give big occasions in your children's life.

      Why would parents gift one daughter beautiful, expensive, custom earrings for her wedding, and not the other?
      ~ A

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    6. I would LOVE to see Pippa wear the earrings and I don't see a problem with her doing so. They were a gift from Mike and Carole to their daughter on her wedding day. It's Kate's decision to make and it would be a lovely "link" between two sisters.

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    7. I posted a comment just as Jane was updating so it may be lost...or in the next batch :)

      Sorry if this will be a repeat, but I would love to see Pippa wear the earrings. They were Mike and Carole's gift to Kate and it would be a lovely "link" between the two sisters.

      @ A, I'm sure that Mike and Carole will do for Pippa as they did for Kate. But it doesn't have to be earrings and we may never know. :) I honestly don't see anything wrong with Pippa wearing her sister's earrings. It's almost like christening your children in the same gown. There's something to be said for tradition vs. new.

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    8. Good solution, lizzie-something new, with the acorn theme that Pippa can hand down. Not that James couldn't provide a treasure chest of jewels for his girls.
      (getting a little ahead of things here, but it's fun)

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    9. A- if the earrings aren't a sort of family tiara (actually, there may be one left
      from the Baroness) then the answer is- no,they would not leave Pippa out. We may never know for sure, although there may be photos.

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    10. Well, it's really not all up to Kate.. Pippa might have a say too! And maybe even M&C IF they want to commission new earrings for Pippa.

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    11. Pippa might also want to have something all her own rather than a piece so strongly associated with her sister on her own wedding day. Maybe a new pair of earrings designed around the same theme but with a new spin?

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    12. Oh I do love tradition Royalfan ... on my weddin day I had wore my grandma's wedding rings and put my great-great grandmother's brooch on the stem of my bouquet (pinned in the ribbon).

      I'm still team new jewelry for Pippa. Good points everyone on then giving Pippa a Middleton piece to pass down to her children/grandchildren/etc - especially after all the effort they put into creating a coat of arms and other acorn jewelry items for the family. Not that I would be unhappy if she wore Kate's :-) Also thinking of how the swirl on Kate's earrings echoed the swirl on the tiara she wore. I think it would be lovely to have something for Pippa that reflects her style and the Middleton family.

      ~ A

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    13. Absolutely, Lizzie! It IS Pippa's day, and choice, all the way. Anything I have stated is with this premise [Pippa wanting to] in mind...... :)

      A, what a lovely tribute to your grandmother and great-great grandmother.

      Regarding Pippa ... I think she could have the best of both...C&M could have a piece of jewelry designed just for her (very much suspect that they will do so) AND she could borrow Kate's earrings and start the Middleton-ladies tradition. :)

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  12. I am very excited for Pippa! I also love the ring but then I love more vintage looking pieces of jewelry. The thought of little George being a page boy is too cute. Just like William was for Andrew and Sarah's wedding! Love the long flowing dress she's wearing in the photo from yesterday and the strappy sandals. Definitely something Kate would look good in as well.

    Hoping for a birthday photo of George but the airshow photos may have been it. I'm sure the Middleton's have supplied some of their best items for his birthday!

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  13. hmm why eould be queen will not approve making kate will be matron of honor hmm I love pippa deals with the paparazzi stuffs hmm I would suggest that whatever pippa wants her wedding will be there hmm I think she deserve good wedding of course

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  14. Yay for Pippa! She's had to juggle so much while trying to eke out a suitable career for herself. Seems to me that she'll be set for life now, career or no, and free to continue working with charities and competing in athletic events without ever thinking of money for a second. The ring isn't my style, too bulky, but she is glowing and that dress is to die for. Can't wait to see the wedding photos, selfishly hoping we see many!

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  15. I wonder if Pippa would want the the sort of family wedding that Catherine was said to have wanted, had she not been marrying a direct heir to the throne--village church and marquee in parent's garden.
    Only time will tell.

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    1. I hope she does. I know that when William and Kate are in Bucklebury the security is very tight so the media shouldn't be a problem.

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  16. I doubt that Pippa's dress would involve a substantial train requiring assistance as she provided to Catherine. In the States it would be a no-brainer for Catherine to serve as Matron of Honor. She would precede the bride down the aisle following other attendants. But the British have different traditions; not so common for a married woman to participate. Happily for Pippa, it's not a royal wedding and she is free to have whatever ceremony she chooses. I'm sure it will be wonderful.

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  17. I should know better than to read the Daily Mail, but its like a train wreck, hard not to look. But this Jan Moir article this morning has me steaming. What utter rot.
    "Kate can shriek with rage all she wants into her cup of fat-free cappuccino, but down in lonely Anmer Hall, no one can hear her scream."
    If that's journalism or even an opinion piece, it is below the belt, disgusting and most disrespectful. Gutter journalism at its very worst.

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    1. Jane in Canada, I finally found the article you referenced and thought it to be "brilliantly bitchy" as one commentator posted...world needs satire too.

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    2. Jane, Sounds like the green-eyed monster bit her.Do women in a certain milieu really think
      William would have married moi if Kate hadn't stolen him out of their clutches?
      How can one think that another's happiness or good fortune somehow detracts from one's
      own? I realise the click element enters in, but I think some of that trash put out
      has a very personal- slight feeling to it. As if Kate affronts the writer personally.
      I stopped reading DM.I think that sort of ungenerous, uncompromising, lacking in
      generosity and kindness-not to mention empathy-writing is contagious. After reading that
      stuff, it makes me feel like biting someone.
      That sort of writing presents a very jaded view of life, I think.

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    3. What we have to learn to do is look at the photos in the DM and not read the drivel. I'm not sure what they write could even be termed "journalism."

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    4. Diane from BostonJuly 20, 2016 at 2:33 PM

      The Daily Fail is really a disgrace. What rubbish.

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    5. The audacity of the Middleton ladies to marry well. :)

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    6. Agree, Robin. Enjoy their selection of photos, and ignore the articles. This morning's article was so ludicrous and out of touch with reality. Yes, Pippa's fiancรฉ is worth more than William and doesn't have to be publicly judged for how he chooses to spend his fortune or publicly release the cost of Pippa's annual clothing allowance. But that doesn't mean W&K aren't well off or that they are miserable and jealous. *eye roll* LOL

      ~ A

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