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[Updated] Kate and William Visit Portsmouth for America's Cup Race

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Portsmouth for an America's Cup race pitting Ben Ainslie's team against other international competitors. The couple began their day with a stop at the Brit team's home base where they met children involved with the 1851 Trust, of which Kate is patron, and toured the facility. 


Kate's passion for sailing and her interest in kids makes this charity a real match made in heaven. I love that William has accompanied her to Portsmouth now, twice, too. They are such great role models for young people. A happy strong couple pursing their charitable endeavors separately, but also together. 

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The main attraction for the day was the race the couple got to watch after their tour. Apparently this is the final race that will take place in the UK before the actual America's Cup in Bermuda next summer, so it was certainly something the royal pair didn't wants to miss.


Sensibly, Kate switched out her wedges for trainers before she board a boat to watch the race. Those are her Adidas Pure Boost athletic shoes. She wore them in Scotland for the tennis clinic. 


Kate began her  day with her hair loose and it certainly caught the attention of the wind. Despite the hair whipping about, I spy Kate's Lauren leaf earrings. P.S. To those wonder, Kate is wearing her wedding band here. It is nestled just to the right of the engagement band. 


The windy, seaside conditions being what they were, Kate added her personalized pullover halfway through the engagement as well as a parka while on the water. So, all together we had several different looks running around. I didn't love the first look. That shirt reminds me of a tennis top I had in high school. It wasn't flattering. Kate's looks short-waisted and too small, which ends up giving it a cheap vibe. Kate seemed to sense it was lacking and pulled on it more than once. By the way, ensemble aside, she was just gorgeous today. Her hair is on point and her natural beauty shining through.


I know more than a few have noted the worn black jeans. I am not in love with black jeans at the best of times, but they certainly don't get better with age. These should be retired to private events. Plus, the deep navy and worn black together bothers me. It just didn't look polished to me. For me, it was disappointing.


Kate is cute as can be all bundled up in her windbreaker coat, and I love the pullover she wore:


It wasn't a big fashion win, but it was a win in every other respect. These two are always charming when doing joint engagements together. They are sporty and competitive and genuinely enjoy the athletic events they attend.

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The couple took the role of presenting the trophies after the race. It is amazing to realize how tiny Kate is next to William when she is wearing her skinnies and flats. They are just darling:



Today was an exciting event in its own right, and having the Cambridges present only added to an already exuberant atmosphere as Ben Ainslie's team had won the race. 


To me, today was all about these two as a team. I laughed when I read a DM article the other weeks talking about how Pippa made the better choice, because her fiancΓ©e has more money than William and she can live the lifestyle of the uber rich without the scrutiny that Kate faces for the rest of her life. It so entirely missed the point. 


Kate didn't marry William because of his money. She married him because she fell in love with a guy named William and it turned out they fit like two peas in a  pod.  Today was just another example of this reality. 

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98 comments:

  1. Fast work, Jane! On a Sunday morning, yet.

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  2. She looks healthy and happy and gorgeous. Obviously Rebecca was nearby with a bag of goodies as Kate was able to produce a hair clip or two at some point. I do have a couple of negatives - the knees of her jeggings look worn (which I realize is a "style" but, yuck), her shirt looks like a child's size, and the girl needs some serious good advice on shoes! The trainers are fine but those light colored wedges with her black outfit are just wrong. Nude shoes do not go with everything. I think she needs Pippa to help her in the shoe department. Pips usually wears great shoes!

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    1. Skylar from North CarolinaJuly 24, 2016 at 11:14 AM

      I totally agree Robin, me being 25 (i'll be 26 on September 29), I really don't prefer the worn/faded jeans. I much prefer when she wears a darker blue jean. Black jeans are so difficult because just wearing them one time, and washing them, they fade. As to the wedges, i agree as well. I think that she should have just worn her sneakers the whole time. The light color of the wedges and the dark jeans just clashes in my opinion.

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    2. Agreed. She needs to retire the skinnies and wedges. There are so many other great casual pants: normal fitting jeans, capris, khakis....

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    3. Kate does, as you say, Robin, look healthy and happy and gorgeous--I thought she exhibited a nice curvature at the hip, probably due to giving birth naturally twice. Very pleasing to the eye.

      Totally agree that the knees of her jeggings look worn, that her top was, as per usual, a size too small, and that the wedges looked out-of-place. On the other hand, her hair looked great and she had her best accessory with her--William. (When I nattered on about how much I hoped that George wouldn't suffer from premature baldness, I did not intend that others assume that I don't think William is handsome; in fact, I think he is, and I think he is the better-looking of the two brothers. If he had a full head of hair, I would've suggested that he consider quitting the RF in favour of Hollywood!)

      JC

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    4. I tend to agree on the wedges. If she arrived wearing a blazer over a regular shirt with the intention of dressing down later, it would make more sense. Given that she arrived wearing this shirt, however, sneakers would have been fine for the whole visit.

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    5. Oh good lord - it's the STYLE ladies - the jean are meant to look like that.! I personally love the skinnies and also the wedges -- I have both. Perfect clothes for getting on and off boats and the like. I also have a pair of the runners - so comfortable.

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    6. Maybe a "style" for a mom on the go at home or to the market but not for an official royal visit. There can be casual and too casual.

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    7. Ladies, take a look at the photo above the video posted here and notice how the man are dressed. I think Kate fits right in and I do believe this was her goal.

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    8. Exactly, RoyalFan. Both William and Kate are rocking the sporty look and fit right in with the event -- and the the other participants. No tiara required ;-)

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    9. To clarify I was referring to the third photo from the bottom with the teams behind William and Kate

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    10. 7.44 I will take it a step further... Kate is following William and Harry's more casual approach. If William showed up in a sports jacket and tie, Kate would dress accordingly.

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    11. I'm not complaining that she wore the skinnies (even if not my faves) but it's the faded nature black jeans take on after awhile. Williams weren't faded. The teams are wearing standard wetsuit gear for working their craft which they need to be able to stay warm and move quickly.

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  3. Question: Does the Duchess always wear her sapphire engagement ring?
    It seems she invariably has it on, no matter how sporty or casual the occasion.

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    1. Skylar from North CarolinaJuly 24, 2016 at 11:10 AM

      I have often wondered the same thing Kaye, some pics I see of Kate she has her engagement ring on, and some pics like when she is shopping she might just wear her wedding band. But in one pic, it my just be my eyes, but it looks as if Kate is just wearing her engagement ring, and one of her wedding bands.

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    2. My observation: yes, when on official duty. The last sailing event she took part she took the rings off when actually sailing. Starchild

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    3. It seems like she does on the occasions when she knows she is going to be photographed - probably easier than having to deal with headache of all the speculation that would explode if she showed up without it. It does seem like she takes it off when it's truly practical (last time she was actually on the boat)

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    4. Skylar, she has only one wedding band made of welsh gold. The diamant eternity band is said to be a push present. Starchild

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    5. Kate does wear it on casual occasions and me thinks it has to do with William's feelings about the ring... keeping Diana close to it all. Kate is far from flashy in the jewelry department so I truly believe this to be true.

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    6. Don't most people wear their engagement ring all the time?

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    7. I always have mine on except for when I'm cleaning which, fortunately for her, Kate has staff to do. I have noticed lately, however, the absence of the welsh gold wedding band. Maybe it's hiding really well under the sapphire but, to me, it looks like it's left off sometimes.

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    8. Skylar from North CarolinaJuly 24, 2016 at 2:55 PM

      Eva B, I don't know about other women, but I know that my sister likes wearing her wedding band more than her engagement ring. I agree Anon 12:07, if Kate showed up not wearing her wedding rings, everyone would start gossisping.

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    9. Her Welsh gold wedding band is thin. It is going to be covered up by the engagement ring. Unless there is a close up of her hand, you aren't going to see the wedding band when she has on the engagement ring.

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    10. Very true Eva but this is not the average sized engagement ring. I recall that Diana removed it quite often for casual or off-duty occasions. And I believe this supports the theory I expressed above... About the reason Kate tends to wear it at times like this.

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    11. Another reason could be that there are those who choose to insist Kate didn't really want to wear this ring. Maybe this is her way of proving them all wrong.

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    12. I imagine she must take it off quite often, but not when she's at an event. This is in fact what I do too; I have a large one (not a diamond or sapphire!) and I don't wear it day to day for errands or gym, etc. but I do put it on when going to family events, or out to dinner, or somewhere where people might notice it. I'm sure Kate feels similarly but magnified by 1000x.

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    13. I wonder when people are going to let Kate be her own woman and not simply a living shrine to a romanticized ideal of Diana.

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    14. I'm a little late to this thread but wanted to chime in: my engagement ring was my grandmother's and it is pretty big, but nowhere near the size of Kate's. It's a beautiful ring and I was very close to my grandmother so I thought I would wear it every single day. She did and it always makes me think of her. It's actually a huge pain to wear. I wear my wedding band any time I leave the house but I rarely wear my engagement ring anymore unless I'm going out on a date with my husband. I actually cut my forehead with it one time and another time it poked my dog in the eye. That was enough for me.

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  4. I agree with Robin and don't really like nude/tan wedgies with this  outfit. Think the Nikes would have worked fine for the entire occasion. Or if wedgies were thought best for the first part of the event, I think black ones would have been better. Also I am a little tired of skinny jeans but obviously Kate isn't! I do like Will's red shoes though.


    I know we all inadvertently say  things we wish we hadn't and I am sure being in the public eye is very taxing at times. But it seems to me with greater practice as Will's public presence has increased he has gotten worse, not better at making small talk in public.  Why say George is spoiled?  (Comment made at this event has been widely reported) He may BE spoiled but why say it? George isn't spoiling himself, after all. Either the immediate family (W&K plus nanny) is spoiling him and if so, can't Will try to stop it at home vs air it publicly? Or are the Middletons (Carole's $7,000 zebra rocking horse?) and/or C&C (Charles's car?) doing the spoiling and if so, why not talk directly to them and only with them? Or if, as hypothesized, George had a birthday party with nursery school friends-- did the invite sent fail to respectfully request no gifts? Or fail to suggest a toy for charity instead? Hardly George's fault in either case. Or was this a passive-aggressive rejection of the tons of gifts sent by well-meaning members of the public? I think it is silly for strangers to send George gifts but don't think this was the way to handle it. Nor was it a good way to diplomatically acknowledge any gifts sent to a future king by "world leaders." All around just bad. And remember some jaws did drop (mine included) when Will told the Bollywood folks--at the Indian media and movie gala planned well in advance--he'd never seen a BW movie. Awkward! And joking about Kate's cooking? And her "nightmare hair?"  Plus saying George and Charlotte were running around and jumping but no broken bones yet when Charlotte was all of about 6 months old?  And multiple mentions of George's naughty behavior? There are many other examples but what worries me is that his "gaffes" seem to be increasing. What's it going to be like when he is a "fulltime" royal? I doubt his skill set will suddenly change. I just don't get it.

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    1. Well I guess I am no better.

      I recall saying my children were spoilef too in many small talk conversations. My spouse and I teased about each other with people at many functions. Some we knew some we did not know. I said more tban once that we had no broken bones given the fact that my 3 kids climbed trees and took falls and everyday I thouht please no falls today! My spouse joked about my hair too~ auburn and curls....

      As to admitting he had not seen a BW movie? At least he was truthful and I respect that. There is no shame in admitting he has not seen one. Yes they prep for tours but that doesn't mean they see a movie, take a overcrowded train and ride on the roof, study Hindu Gods etc.

      I think you are perhaps making a mountain out of a molehill? O respect your opinion lizzie but I do not see where these are 'gaffes'. I think it is refreshing that William is easy about sharing little bits. I think it reflects the playfullness of the relationship he has with Kate. They are relating to the 'normal folks'. These are topics we all talk about.

      JMHO

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    2. Lizzie, I didn't see anything wrong with the statement. Would it have been better for him to read off the list of birthday presents that George received? Imagine the analysis over that one... too much, too little, not appropriate... Need I go on? LOL

      In my opinion, the comments are intended to be generic and short and sweet. The more they share the more people have to question and criticize. Can we agree on that? :-)

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    3. This is normal parent talk. How often do we not say our children are spoiled rotten, they are so active that it's a wonder more bones have not been broken? Agree mountains out of molehills.

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    4. We have all said things like that at times about our children, particularly on Birthdays and at Christmas. I even made the comment about myself on my last birthday (my 80th) Not meant to be taken literally.
      We have seen something of Prince George recently and he seems to be a rather well-behaved 3 years old.

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    5. Well I respect everyone's opinion but they still seemed to be very odd comments to me. Each one not so odd maybe but taken all together... I wouldn't have expected Will to list the presents but a short "he received some lovely presents and we are grateful" might have been better than saying he is spoiled because he got too many presents (since this was not a conversation with close friends but a public appearance). Some questions people ask (like when Kate was asked about her weight in India) come out of nowhere but the topic of George's birthday this week and BW movies at an Indian arts and movie gala could have been easily anticipated and should not have come out of left field. And I agree joking about rambunctious kids/broken bones isn't unusual but when one child is a little over two yrs old and the other only six months old? I don't think I've ever heard anyone do that. I am sure Will loves his children very much but repeated comments about George's "over activity" "naughtiness" and his need to be "reined in" by his younger sister don't strike me as the ideal way to avoid appearing to brag. But maybe it is the British way. (I recall thinking some comments Charles made about Will when he was young were odd too)



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    6. I'm not sure what your nationality is, Lizzie, but if you're not English it may just be a cultural difference; my understanding is that English parents have a tendency to do this (as do many cultures) because it would be considered insufferably rude (or lower-class) to brag about them. In America we tend to gush about how wonderful our children are (as well as our homes, jobs, educations, clothes, etc...), but English people - *especially* upper-class English people - tend to find this really, really gauche. So, when asked about their children, they complain about something so you know they aren't bragging, but they're still actually thrilled with their kids and it's their English way of letting us know...it just doesn't translate well to Americans. (If you *are* from the UK, I'll just have to say I disagree, he sounds like a normal posh dad to me!)

      To be clear, I am an American, so English people feel free to correct me - but I'm basing this on having been married to an Englishman (which showed me these strange traits firsthand), and reading the book Watching the English by Kate Fox (which helped me to finally understand them). Incidentally, I highly recommend that book to all and sundry. It's extremely funny and apt and gives fantastic insight into the English character. Plus there's a cute mention of Kate in there. ;-)

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    7. Lizzi, I totally agree with Diane and royalfan. There was nothing wrong with any of these statements you call "gaffes". They were totally appropriate in each situation. They were only "gaffes" if you always want to find things to be critical about. Both William and Kate are doing a great job raising what looks to me like a well adjusted 3 year old plus doing a great in stepping up their royal roles.

      She is wearing a pair of black jeans she has worn before and chose to pair it with her favourite wedges in which she is most comfortable. So maybe there not the best match, but why is it treated as a major fail. There are there in support of the team, which is great. They could have stayed home in Norfolk with their "spoiled" son, but they used Williams time off from the air ambulance to attend to royal duties. With everything happening in this world it is great to see them and hear about the children no matter what she chose to wear!!!

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    8. British humor, perhaps?

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    9. I'm afraid I have to agree with everyone else on this one, lizzie. I agree with him being honest about never seeing a Bollywood movie. Better than lying. When most of us are talking about our kids we say those things. It's not always a negative. It's just a way of saying how generous everyone was. Just like when you have teenagers. "How is he/she?" following an exaggerated eye roll and with a discouraged voice you say "He/She is 13." We all do it. We tease our spouses and brag about how loved our kids are. William is being genuine instead of pretending they are above the everyday things that the rest of us go through.

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    10. Perhaps it takes someone with a connection and hands-on experience with children to identify with William's remarks? I do think Kate is possibly more skilled at small talk lately, if one can believe any of the quotes from people who have likely lined up for hours and finally got their big moment with Kate or William-you say you talked about the weather? The temptation to embellish must be strong. Add the news outlet's
      interpretation or spin-who knows?
      Again, before we make value judgements, let's be sure we have reliable sources.

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    11. It may very well be a cultural difference in how Will talks about George (esp since Charles said some similar things about Will. And yes, I am American, Diane.) Kate doesn't do it very often though so maybe it is also a gender thing. And while public teasing of spouses goes on here too (Public with a capital P, not public as with only close friends/family only), it seems to have a different flavor in  the UK. Maybe its British humor.


      But I'll have to agree to disagree on the BW issue and some others I've not bothered to list that I do think were reliably reported. The purpose of a royal tour isn't to be honest at every stop nor do many seem to admire frankness and honesty in the rest of the BRF when it emerges! And while Will may have been poorly prepared by his staff and had to rely on honesty I wonder if that honesty was welcomed by the BW folks who had turned out for the event? "BW" is one of the largest movie employers in the world, not a small obscure operation. I do think he generally does a very good job but some comments really surprise me and seem quite unnecessary. 

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    12. Perhaps one of the reasons they attended such a big BW event WAS because they had never experienced a movie and asked for that to be part of the tour? BW means so muc to the Indian people. They are their celebrities. What better way to embrace the culture than getting all decked out ( and Kate was a little BW that night ! How fun) and engage in the whole red carpet, the paps and all the stars? For me that would be a fabulous way to see your first BW flick. We don't know that their people failed them in some way. Again I say kudos for William being honest and also being really excited for his 'first time'. I bet the BW were thrilled and happy to share their world with W&K!

      There is no way that W&K can experience everything that they might be doing on a tour just so they can say 'oh yes done that...been there'. That would be quite rude. People they meet want to 'show them' their world....their little place in the cosmos. Besides not knowing lends itself to conversation that is not stilted or awkward. You have never seen a BW movie? NO says William.. well let me take you along for the ride...says the BW star...☺😎πŸŽ₯🎬

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    13. lizzie, You would be very disappointed in us and our little William - the 23 month old grandson. Since the day he started to crawl we have said that he is going to be the first broken bone of all the kids. He's the 3rd child but is so much more rough and tumble than the others. He has an energy we could get rich on if we could tap it. He will walk on, step on, crawl over, push out of the way, or just bash into anything in his path. Right now we are trying to teach him to stop head butting people (grown ups and children) and we're nervous as heck with him around the new baby. He's built sturdy just like Prince George and when Prince William said George was naughty, over active, or needed to be reigned in we all thought, that's "our" William to a tee. Sometimes you just have a child like that. It doesn't make them bad and it doesn't make the parents bad...they just come wired a little differently. It's a challenge but so nice for other parents to know that even a privileged life comes with some of those challenges too.

      Confession: I've taught music classes to hundreds of children for many years and for about the past 5 years they've been about 90% Indian. I interact with their parents and sometimes the little girls are totally crazy over Bollywood and, yet, I've never seen a Bollywood movie and I'll be danged if I'm going to say I have when it's not true.

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    14. lizzie 11:41- I believe William's reference to weight was regarding his, not hers, at the "Taste of.." fundraiser at their neighbor's home. The Marquess. That was in England, not India, and was also a bit of a Britishism.

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    15. Good grief! I think you are making too much of the spoiled comment. William was obviously just joking around!

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    16. Whatever about the spoilt comments - which as a British parent I can understand - I just think William can be so rude sometimes, which rightly or wrongly, gives him a complete sense of entitlement. When a child (not a nosy adult) asked what Prince George got for his birthday, William responded quite rudely with "What did he get for his birthday? I'm not telling!".

      I understand that William wants to protect his family's privacy but I think this answer was unjustifiably abrupt to a normal question. He could have provided a vague response which would have politely answered the question instead of just cutting off this child.

      I've always been of the opinion that the royal family have two main currencies - relevance and affection of the public - and I know in Britain William sometimes tries the limits of both of those.

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    17. Tspia Swan has it spot on this is British culture, they are probably told all the time how wonderful Prince George is which would make them quite uncomfortable the reference to him being spoilt, is a throwaway comment to level the playing field. Its like if someone were to complement me on my home, instead of saying thank you graciously (which would come across as me agreeing and therefore implying superiority) I would probably go to great pains to point out everything that is wrong with it. It is a very British thing to put yourself down, showing off is a complete faux pas.

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    18. 4.34, EXACTLY. And may I just add that it happens to be a European quality as well. It's about detracting from and minimizing the spotlight vs. soaking it up. It's the difference between an American reality star, for example, showing off their material wealth at every opportunity vs a family like the Middletons who IMO would never ever dream of designing a tiara for Pippa.

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    19. 4:34- I have noticed this in certain sub-cultures, so to speak, in USA.also. Particularly in the Southern region-"This old thing?" when a new dress is complimented.I think the practice in East coast old money circles is to accept
      compliments graciously, but quickly move the conversation on-another way of deflecting attention from oneself, but without devaluing the compliment.

      I believe these differences are why judgement should be reserved about actions until the facts and nuances are better understood.
      I don't know why people sometimes think one has to check their human feelings at the door when entering public life. Unfair criticism still hurts.

      Come on! William is not going to be rude to a child. Context is everything.Plus, it is another example of a reported, undocumented remark being not only accepted as fact, but the speaker is also judged and found guilty.A good defence attorney could make mincemeat of some of this nonsense.
      It is getting easier to note those who likely follow social media. It is addictive, instant gratification and I include myself as a non-tweeter because I read several Kate blogs and comment here .The internet is
      rapid and encourages snap judgement instead of reflection. Letter writing seems to
      encourage thoughtful contemplation. A nearly lost art, it seems at times.


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    20. I also think you have to look at the source of the report about the comment William made about Prince George's birthday presents. The article was written by Richard Plamer so I would have to question what was actually said and how Richard chose to report it. You can always count on what he writes to turn it into a negative.

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    21. Having looked into the origin of the "spoilt" comment, I must add that it is indeed documented. By Richard Palmer in The Express. The ten year old boy who designed the trophy reportedly said it.It is not clear whether or not the reporter personally heard the remark or picked it up from another source. The blurb may be on video somewhere.The problem for me is that this spoilt comment became the headline and lead for the royal writer's article about the
      engagement-out of all the other possible events from the day. KATE AND WILLIAM DISCUSS ISSUES; BRITS WIN!; TEN YEAR OLD DESIGNS TROPHY...etc.His motivation seems quite clear here-go for the clicks. Maybe encourage some royal bashing along the way.
      At any rate, whoever started it was again successful in deflecting attention from
      the purpose of William and Catherine's appearance. White chocolate anyone?

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    22. "Great minds," Eva. Ha! Royalfan and I also sometimes have similar thoughts at about the same time.

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    23. I am American and took the comment as perfectly normal thing to say as a parent. It is not being negative it is just a nice light hearted way of saying how lucky George is without sounding obnoxious or going on about their family instead of focusing on the other person. I have never found their comments odd or rude, always seemed perfectly "normal".

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    24. The other thing to take into consideration is what William's tone of voice may have been. It could have been a very playful, teasing sort of comment - if it was made in the first place.

      anon 1 - I think "white chocolate" should be our code word for making a mountain out of a mole hill! lol!

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    25. Very true Robin. Tone, intent, etc is key.

      As for the white chocolate, we may need a calculator for the calories. :)

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    26. Yes YES RobinfromCA. I seriously doubt that William was rude or clipped in his repsonse to a 10 yr old asking about the gifts. I suspect it was done with some laughter and joking. Why would he not say? He has shared many many tidbits about George and Charlotte so a refusal? Or being rude? Alas I think its a case of a reporter once again looking to have their name recognized for reporting something ...anything... these reporters are a desperate lot these days. That seems to be the MO these days. They cannot find anything to write about ot lament the 'laziness' of the Cambridgws because they have been full on throttle since India. So how to stir it and sell ? Make a comment seem inappropriate and rude. Arrgghhh.... I totally feel the rage that William must feel at times as I too feel anger when they print total CRAP!

      OHMMMMMMM πŸ•‰πŸ•‰πŸ•‰πŸ•‰πŸ•‰
      Breathe in and breathe out Diane

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    27. Vino and OHMMMMMM is more effective . πŸ˜„

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    28. Exactly, Diane! If it's offensive to us on William's behalf (even though he doesn't need us to be - I understand that) can you imagine seeing something about yourself that you know isn't true? Then you have to go out in front of those people tellings lies about you and smile as if it didn't happen! No wonder they are very, very particular about who they let into their inner circle. I would be too!

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    29. It's true that we don't know William's tone of voice/facial expression and he very well may have been teasing. But the truth of the matter is he (and Kate) live and work in the public arena and optics matter. The list of gaffes Lizzie posted make me worry that William is on the way to emulating his grandfather--as loveable as Phillip can be, he is also known to put his foot in his mouth quite often. As defensive as many of you on this blog feel towards William, a look at some of the comments on other sites (many of them quite reputable) lead me to feel that it's time that someone in their PR office sit William down and have a chat with him about thinking before he speaks. He's getting a reputation as being very insensitive.

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    30. HaHa Diane. I would have said it but I'm too refined.


      Robin-I think White Chocolate is here to stay. Also for whipping up a story as durable as ice cream. At least it doesn't last long in my houss.
      Also, White Chocolate is not really chocolate just like those stories are not
      really fact....
      royalfan-if White Chocolate is not really real, does it have calories? We may not need those calculators.

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    31. Here's the thing - yes the media makes up controversy and "stories" where there are none sometimes, and yes different media outlets are competing for "clicks", and yes sometimes the headlines and frankly lazy writing they come up with can be ridiculous (or offensive if one wants to take it that far) BUT it's also true that it's a fact of life that clicks are how modern media firms make their money. Part of it is driven by the Internet/social media and the fact that now there is that much more competition for readers' attention and part of it is the age old fact that certain types of stories are more list to get attention (ahem sales/money) for what is at the end of the day a for-profit business. Can it be distasteful? Yes. Do the made up stories and ridiculous assertions probably hurt sometimes? Of course. But public figures - including the BRF - are sophisticated enough to understand the game. If they took deep personal offense to every little silly thing the media prints then they either don't understand what the media does (make money selling stories) or should rethink being a public figure (granted that's hard when you are born into it but then you have generations who have had to find ways to cope). For all we know they saw the ice cream story and had a good laugh at how absurd it was! My point is - the media can be ridiculous. But there's a range of things they print from the laugh it off ridiculous to the truly over the line (Kates French vacation). Not being able the discern between the two will only lead to unnecessary angst.

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    32. LOL @ anon1

      Haaha@refined

      They make these πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’© if letting the words flow out of your mouth or actually typing the letters is too much for you bahahaaaa.... no nad taste and no clean up! Let the matrix do the dirty work πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‰

      Sometimes refinement just goes out the door when my fire is lit up! I always say "if my earrings and shoes come off there is going to be trouble" ..that is Southern refinement. Bless Our Hearts πŸ˜—πŸ˜†

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    33. Anon 5:54- I suggest you down load the story about Harry that royalfan included below.
      Two points:
      1) it is the DM,as click-hungry as it comes, but the story itself is kindly and
      skillfully written. I clicked on royalfan's recommendation, but I imagine this story
      captured the attention of many readers. It's not necessary to write and print trash
      to earn a living.

      2)If one reads that story, the focus is on Heads Together and the sports figures with
      depression and other mental health issues are highlighted. Harry drew them in, but the
      headlines lead to a decent story. Ok-a third point.

      3)Harry reportedly made the point that people in the public eye, including the
      royal family, hurt the same as anyone else. I can't believe he came out and said what
      I've been trying to point out in several years of Kate commenting. I also couldn't believe that the Daily Mail printed it.
      So the idea that public figures are immune or vaccinated against unfairness and
      constant trashing just isn't true. It wasn't just Diana's death he was talking about; that was merely a point of contact between him and others. A jumping off point for
      discussion.
      To advocate public figures quit their job if the trash bothers them is completely absolving the media of the need for responsible journalism. If you don't like the way your next-door neighbor lets his dog daily use your grass as his personal latrine,
      why then, you should move.

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    34. Diane 06:44- you are on FIRE, girl! In my old, Southern days we would say -earrings, shoes, and girdle. (What's a girdle you say? A "body-shaper.")

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    35. LOL, Diane! Bless your heart! :-)))

      anon 1, white chocolate is definitely not chocolate! Empty calories. If you're going to push the calories at least eat the real thing!! We've definitely got a lot of "white chocolate" spinning around William's supposed snub of a little boy!

      Comparing William's comments to his completely tactless grandfather is insane. William has never said anything racist, sexist, or just plain insensitive in every way. You ought to see what Phillip has said and compare that to the mild things William has said and see the difference. Look here:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-philip/9883276/Duke-of-Edinburghs-best-gaffes.html

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    36. Yep Anon 1, white chocolate, a great new term to use for those twisting the story to the negative. Love it !!!

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    37. 8:21, I think more than enough folks have chimed in to offer a very reasonable and diplomatic explanation for the "spoiled" comment, including those who share the same culture. The hair comment falls under the 'sense of humor' category ... as different as snowflakes and where one's intent matters. And if he didn't see a BW movie, and was honest about it, I think it's preferable to watching one and attempting to look like an expert on the subject. You want to talk about potential gaffes? :) I suspect the Queen has entertained her share of foreign dignitaries who could make a comparable statement and I doubt it would be held against them.

      No one is suggesting that William, like any human being, is incapable of a gaffe. The problem, IMO, appears to be the apparent need to DEFINE these statements as gaffes.

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    38. Anon 1, white chocolate is my favorite. If it didn't have calories, I'd bathe in it! :)

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    39. "Empty calories", Robin? :( I'm not sure I care for your attitude on a subject so near and dear to my heart. ;) Swiss chocolate, of course!

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    40. anon 1 you appear to have completely (perhaps willfully?) misunderstood my comment.

      -Anonymous 5:54

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    41. Almondbark, royalfan?

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    42. Not sure what you're asking, Anon 1. Have I tried it...no. why? :)

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    43. I think it tastes like what is called white chocolate.It's been awhile, but I remember a strong vanilla base.I think it is fairly healthy-compared to a
      Snickers, for example.
      I realise it can be hard to tell with me, royalfan, but sometimes almondbark is just
      almondbark. ha! Thanks for asking me to clarify.

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    44. No problem, Anon 1...wasn't suggesting that there was more to it. :)

      But no, I have never tasted it. My preference is Lindt (followed by a DOUBLE Pilates workout!) ;)

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  5. PS... I'm sure that the appropriate thank yous are sent out. I'm sure that many many gifts are donated to charity. And I also suspect that they are doing their best to not spoil him. Again I believe this was a short and sweet response. There's also a bit of humility to it by not monopolizing the time and conversation with personal matters.

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  6. I am just so confused when Kate wears her hair down when she knows it will be windy.. ! and then she eventually ties it up. Just wear it up from the start??

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  7. I love skinny jeans too....unfortunately Kate's are so form-fitting and her tops so short and small...the look is bordering on inappropriate for her position. I am always reminded of that "see-through" photo of Diana's legs early on. Her legs are gorgeous, we just don't need to see every inch. The flying hair is always a mystery...ponytail, bun, braid? Can't get started on those shoes!

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    1. Agree. I am quite a bit older than Kate and I wear those kind of jeans around the house (chasing 4 children--they are comfy), and I am a jeans and t-shirt girl all the way, but even I tend to change into something a little more public-appropriate when I head out for errands or whatever, in which there are no adoring fans or representatives of various charities. ;-) It really did make me cringe a little bit when I saw the full shot. I admire her fitness and how well she cares for herself but that is way more of her than want need to see! :-)

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    2. Poor Diana learned that lesson the hard way, didn't she? Only 19 years old and the day she doesn't wear a slip the paps took advantage.

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    3. I agree on the pants. Maybe a little too form-fitting, even though she is in good shape. I'm a HS teacher and those are what my school would call HD pants - high definition! You can see too much!

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  8. I love your commentary, Jane. You're absolutely right that, even though this was not a sartorial win, seeing them together is such a treat! As for Pippa's choice over Kate's - how insulting to both women that their choices were based on money! It's hard to believe that W&K have been together for 13 years already but look how cute they are!

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  9. You're so quick, Jane, thanks!

    William wins the fashion face off (which I've made up) for today. I bought red shoes for my husband a few months ago and I give William's a thumbs up - plus is it just me or does he look like he's been hitting the gym? He looks great, and so happy!

    Kate gets second place, but that's okay. I'd have certainly put that top with different jeans and shoes and have tossed those twee earrings into the ocean but she's stunning!

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    1. haha! You are funny - 'tossed those twee earrings into the ocean' - hee hee! I totally agree about William's red shoes and how great he looks - he is kind of blooming, and so is Kate!

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    2. Have to agree about the earrings:). She and William are looking good. Those first few years with babies are tiring even with help and it definitely gets easier after they turn one. Routines are in place, the older siblings adjusting to the new child, and Mom finally recovering from 9 months of pregnancy and those first 3-6 months following birth. I am sure having a Nanny in place before Charlotte arrived has been a huge plus. ali

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  10. god I would happy with these two

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  11. Jane, spot on as usual! They truly are a special couple, such amazing role models, so active, enthusiastic, the love just pours out of them. Worth more than any amount of money. I love the way you write about their special relationship, and the pictures you choose. Thank you! :)

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    1. Diane, especially the photo Jane chose to end the post. Talk about body language. So glad-and I'm going to make a Diana reference, she's a tough act to follow,legend and all,
      I'm glad the way was paved for royals to demonstrate affection and bonding in public (can't think of the right word) I'm sure it is partly a generational effect. I imagine there were times that HMTQ would have loved to have her Prince hand in hand by her side as she made her way through her duties among the public.

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    2. Arthur Edwards also has a great picture of the couple on his Twitter feed that is just precious of them looking at each other so lovingly.

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    3. How can I access that photo, Eva? It sounds great!

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    4. Here is the link about the photo Arthur Edwards took at the event. So evident of thrive love for each other.

      https://mobile.twitter.com/ArthurJEdwards/status/757309047183908865/photo/2

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    5. Thank-you, Eva. A really lovely photo.

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  12. Jane, I hope it's okay to post this...

    Did anyone read this? I truly feel for Harry. I tend to think the boys were offered distractions more than genuine help in dealing with the loss of their mother.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3706501/I-regret-not-talking-losing-mother-Prince-Harry-says-took-28-years-open-Diana-s-death-speaks-sports-stars-mental-health-charity-barbecue.html

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    1. I just came over here to put up a link to the video! We're always on the same wave length, royalfan. (I see you've got your posting issues straightened out. :-) ) Bless his heart. I am so glad he and William are focusing on this issue. They can really help others with what they've gone through.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36880847

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    2. Great minds, yes. Not so great with posting .... 😊

      Of course I agree with you regarding William and Harry. Like Diana, they are turning adversity into opportunity.

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    3. I hope William and Harry know there are still a lot of us out here who still have Diana's back and they're not alone.

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  13. Jane, I agree that the article in the Daily Mail was mean-spirited and petty but I don't think the point was that Pippa made a better match simply because James Matthew has more money than William. I think the point was that Pippa will have everything that Kate now has (a loving marriage, money, a title, etc) but she will also have a measure of privacy that Kate will never have. And frankly, I have to agree that that is worth its weight in gold. You simply couldn't pay me enough to put up with the amount of scrutiny that Kate has to endure on a daily basis and will always have to endure.

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    1. I think for awhile there will be scrutiny of them as well, but will then die down. I do agree with Jane though on how the article was written and slanted. I hope Pippa and James will have a great marriage as does William and Kate.

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