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New Prime Minister at Number 10

Thursday, July 14, 2016

After a spate of public engagements, including the penultimate appearance to which she brought her adorable little boy, Kate has removed herself from the limelight for a time. The Duchess has not been seen since she enjoyed a long day at Wimbledon on July 10th, but we can safely assume the family has returned to their quiet lifestyle at Anmer in Norfolk.


Yesterday, the Queen and Prince Philip opened the East Anglian Air Ambulance at Cambridge Airport, Cambridge, where the Duke of Cambridge (can we fit any more Cambridges in this paragraph?) greeted his grandparents and showed them around. I love whenever William is working or on duty when the Queen visits. It provides unusual and charming moments such as this, when William kissed both grandparents goodbye. 
Kate has been quiet, but Britain has been busy. The Queen returned from her visit to the air field to accept David Cameron's resignation and to ask Theresa May to form a new government. The Queen has a new Prime Minister, the second woman in history to hold the role, and the 13th PM in the Queen's reign. The Camerons had bid farewell to Downing Street just a little earlier, and with their departure, we said goodbye to the only Prime Minister and his wife in Number 10 since Kate became a royal. 


Without commenting at all on the political persuasions involved, SamCam has provided supplemental fashion interest at events throughout the years. She is at many of the major national events that Kate attends, and just following British news, I have seen many of her stylish ensembles. Samantha drew from many of the designers Kate favors, which was fun to see. Above, she is wearing Roksanda Ilincic, and this looks a lot like Kate's The Fold dress, but with an A-line skirt. She also wears Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, and more. Her sartorial contribution will be missed.



Incoming Prime Minister Theresa May has already shown a flare for Kate's favorites. She wore an Amanda Wakeley ensemble and L.K. Bennett heels to meet the Queen and address the nation yesterday.

64 comments:

  1. The new Prime Minister has fascinating shoes---photographers are inclined to focus on her feet---rather disturbing when you are listening to a serious speech.
    We now have the first woman Lord Chancellor.
    William is obviously working this week as reporters pictured him taking off from the airport before his Grandparents arrived. Luckily he was back for their arrival.

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    1. Jean, has she been compared to Margaret Thatcher (in the "popular" press, I mean :-)?

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    2. Well yes, some of the newspapers do compare her, but apart from being a Conservative woman Prime Minister, I can see few similarities.

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    3. Oh, I was not implying similarities beyond that, but I did suspect the press would spin one or two... :) Thank you, Jean.

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  2. Time for some quality time with Marvin the Hamster!

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  3. Of course she has removed herself from the limelight - she is pregnant with twins - don't you know !!!!!!

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    1. Yes and due Christmas Day. How many is that she's had' at least 25?

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    2. And plotting to oust Camilla and become Queen next week.

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    3. And spending hours applying all the hair extensions because you know that is not her hair. She has little hair per some wackadoodle reports. Busy girl!

      Hahahaaaa! I say she is due for a well deserved break. She has beem very busy for quite some time.

      Its been grand having her around so much!

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    4. Jane in Canada, don't make me go there, please. :))

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    5. Ha! You ladies are entertaining me this afternoon! I've been away for a bit. We got a new granddaughter at 2:23 this morning! At about the same time my husband was also in the ER because he's passing a kidney stone. Poor guy had to drive himself there because I'm at the house with the three other grandkids. It's been a wild 24 hours here in HOT, HOT, HOT south Texas!

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    6. Congratulations Robin!!!

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    7. Congrats Robin!

      Please kiss the ground in my home state for me ? ๐Ÿ˜† jk

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    8. Wonderful! Congratulations, Robin! Enjoy the new baby, and stay cool. Hope your husband is feeling better...

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    9. Thanks, everyone! We'll take the other three up to the hospital tomorrow and we'll all get to meet her. Hoping the hubs has passed the worst of this kidney stone thing by then.

      Can I just say hello to Texas for you , Diane? I really do not want to scorch my lips!

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    10. Congrats Robin!:) When it Rains it Pours!:0 Welcome to Your New Little Princess & Do Hope Hubby Can Pass & Regain Comfort, No Fun at All:( Grandchildren are Such A Gift!:) Enjoy!

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    1. I do like Samantha's dress!

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    2. ...the PM pregnant with twins and planning to oust Camilla?

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    3. Anon7.46

      We are kidding. Its the tabloid trash stories. No one is pregnant and no one is plotting a coup ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    4. Diane ... except the Turkish military :-(

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    5. Well Anonymous 5.01 when I replied the coup had not happened.

      But sadly yes ..Turkey :(
      But apparently that failed. So much sadness and angst the last 48 hours.

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    6. I had checked back in to The News to get an update on Nice, only to watch The Coup Attempt in Progress!? Now the coverage is of Barricades & Snowplows being put into place in Cleveland, Ohio in prep for the first of our Conventions over here! What a World we are living in! It appears to be boiling over everywhere:( Prayers for All! Thank you Jane, for The Respite you give by bringing us diverting news! Much appreciated!:)

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  5. The new Prime Minister is impressive, easy to listen to and lovely. Good luck to her and Great Britain.

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  6. http://azuni.co.uk/

    Hope I can share this Jane?

    Earrings Kate wears are on sale. Scroll to her picture. I bought a pair. The stalking copycat continues LOL

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    1. But the version Kate owns isn't on sale...

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    2. The blue was when I bought them yesterday.

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    3. Ohhh, the temptations! Thank you, Diane...I think! :)

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    4. I know! I've seriously considered buying myself a pair since they're only about $33.00 with the exchange rate right now! Of course the shipping will be horrendous but C'est la vie! There are actually a couple of them I like better than Kate's. If I spend too much money, Diane, I'm going to blame it on you!

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    5. Hahahaa.... blame away Robin ๐Ÿ˜„

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  7. It has been great fun being able to watch Kate in a variety of venues this summer. I'm glad she is able to take a bit of a break now to relax and enjoy her young family. George and Charlotte are hopefully getting lots and lots of "mommy time". The other up-side of Kate taking an extended break is that we often get a bit of a surprise from her when she returns to the public; a new hair style, make-up, out-fits. Just a little something to keep us intrigued.

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  8. I am applying for the position as stylist for the Cameron children. Although the shoes on all three were perfect, their clothes were awful. I may slip the littlest one in my purse and take her home with me. How adorable is she?!?:)

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    1. She was born after Mr. Cameron became Prime Minister.
      First time we have seen her since the photos when she was born.
      Re Catherine---few people seem to take into account that the staff they do have will need to have holidays and the seem to have less staff then is usual in the royal family--or indeed in the Continental royal families.
      When the Obamas came to dinner, a chef and other staff were sent from Buckingham Palace.

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    2. Really? I love the girls' dresses.

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    3. I thought the children's clothes were fine; the girls were wearing traditional English-style floral print dresses. And floaty ones at that. Though I felt the boy's big trainers were a bit too casual and lacking in style.

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    4. Congratulations, Mrs May! And a reverend's daughter, no less.

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    5. I liked the dresses and thought the girls looked sweet and refreshing. Far better, IMO, than seeing little girls dressed like they're 10 years older.

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    6. I agree, royalfan. I do not like little girls to look like little teenagers. These little girls are wearing Liberty print dresses and I'm sure they were quite costly as well.

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    7. The girls' dresses looked like nightgowns or old fashioned housecoats. Hideous.

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    8. I think they look fine. Can't little girls be children anymore? It seems like we expect themo be Kim Kardashian lookalikes as soon as they can walk now.

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    9. Lol no one wants them to dress older! I can comment about their clothes without implying that they need to dress older. There are cuter clothes out there that still look like kids. For the little girl, a smocked sundress would have adorable.

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    10. I don't want them that way. My granddaughter (and now the new little granddaughter) wear little girl clothes. The sad thing is that the traditional clothing for little girls is far more expensive than the trashy looking clothes. It's also hard to find things for my little grandsons that don't have super heroes or Ninja Turtles on them unless we spend a fortune.

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    11. I think the point about the girls' dresses was that they could have been cuter, not that they need to dress older. A smocked sundress would have been adorable. These dresses, no matter the cost, look homemade and awful.

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    12. I guess I have to agree with you somewhat. They looked so forlorn. I think they were dressed ok for an ordinary school day, but they were going or had just come from a meeting with the Queen. I would have preferred to them to have shown a bit more respect for the occasion. If you don't impresses on them at an early age, they won't learn it when they are older. Dressing up a little is especially important for an occasion such as this. As we have said when we talk about Kate dressing in a certain manner it is a way for her to show respect for her patronages and to the public.
      I think also for the most part the little girls looked more appropriate, but the little boy looked a bit disshevoled with his shirt untucked, jeans and bright blue over sized trainers. Since this is pretty much the first time we have seen the children in public, this may point out the need for the children of public officials to be gradually introduced to public appearances so they are not just thrown into a situation like this. Deer in the headlights come to mind when trying to describe the children's apparence. Maybe this is more of a issue than there actual outfits.

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    13. Eva, I admit to having a similar reaction to the sneakers when I first saw the photos, but after thinking about the big picture, I believe the children were dressed appropriately. The oldest is 12 (I believe) and the children were leaving their home for the last time. It was a significant moment in history, but not a true "formal" occasion. The girls looked sweet in their summer dresses and cute shoes. The boy's shirt, while not tucked in, was not wrinkled, and his jeans and sneakers looked clean. The children were dressed nicely, and *age appropriately* which is an important consideration as well (and something I have wished for Lady Louise when I have seen her on some informal occasions).

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    14. Robin, I agree with you! Good clothing for children is not inexpensive! :(

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    15. Pretty sure the multi-millionaire Camerons can afford to dress their children in expensive clothing, so price wasn't an issue for them.

      You can source adorable age appropriate clothing for kids that doesn't break the bank, it just takes extra time. When I see a little girl in leopard print, I want to cry.

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    16. I am ok with them as leaving their house for the last time, however there were pictures of them at BP and the little boy was dressed the same. I was more reacting to going to meeting the queen with a somewhat disholved state.

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    17. Sorry, Eva, I misunderstood. I'm not sure if the children were actually introduced to the Queen, but now I have a better idea of where you were coming from. :) Hmmm...

      1:52, if your comment was in response to my comment @6:52, let me be clear that in no way was I suggesting that price was an issue. Quite the opposite! The point that I was trying to make (I believe Robin also) is that these dresses shouldn't be dismissed just because they may not be someone else's definition of adorable. I suspect this "muli-millionaire" family believes they are... :)

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  9. As Royal etiquette was a topic on this blog a while ago, how many of you watching the video of William saying goodbye to his grandparents that/how how he reverenced the Queen just after he kissed her on both cheeks?

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    1. Yes, the two Princes always bow to the Queen-just the little neck bow and kiss her on both cheeks. Though Catherine curtseyed to the Duke of Edinburgh at George's Christening, I don't remember ever seeing the two Princes bow to him. In fact when the Queen and the Duke visited the RAF base on Anglesey, William greeted HM as usual and just waved to the Duke.
      At the Somme Commemoration William and Harry kissed their father and Camilla, but didn't bow.
      Charles kissed Catherine and so did Admiral Lawrence and he just shook hands with W and H.
      The TV missed his greeting to the Prince of Wales.
      Seems that the gentlemen kiss the ladies,; whilst the ladies kiss any lady older or more senior than themselves.
      However the curtseying and bowing doesn't seem to follow any rules.

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    2. Within the family the Queen has even issued a paper who must when courtsey to whom. Outside one can chose between courtsey or neck bw as a woman. Kissing depends on how close the peeps are.

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  10. As Royal etiquette was a topic on this blog a while ago, how many of you noticed in the video of William and his grandparents at his place of work how/that William reverenced the Queen after he kissed her on both cheeks.

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  11. Jane,
    I remember you told us you had dear friends in France. Hope they are safe.
    Thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their families and with the families of the dead resulting from yet another horrendous terrorist attack.

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    1. I second those thoughts, Jean. I had the news off for a couple of days while taking care of the grands and when I read last night what happened in Nice I was stunned. I don't understand these people who do this.

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    2. Congratulations on your new grand child---hope Mum and baby are both well.
      Hope hubby is feeling better too.

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    3. Thanks, Jean! In a strange twist of events, my hubby had to be admitted today because the stone is blocking the kidney and needs to be dislodged. He's in the same hospital as our daughter. Mommy, baby, Grandpa, and his kidney stone should all be released tomorrow.

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    4. Robin, I'm glad you haven't lost your sense of humor with all that you have on your plate. :) Hope all goes well tomorrow...

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    5. Thanks, royalfan! Better to laugh than to cry. We were hoping they would coordinate the release times but Mommy and baby will be here in about 30 minutes and Grandpa won't get his release until later this afternoon. It's been a strange week here! Could have used Nanny Maria a few times!

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    6. Nanny Maria ... I love it! :)) Hope Mommy and baby, and Grandpa are home and resting comfortably...

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    7. I've been off-line for days and haven't had time to read all recent comments but I wanted to say congratulations to Grandma Robin! Hope your hubby is feeling better too.


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  12. Sweet photos of William and Harry with Diana ...

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3694700/Little-Prince-Cheeky-Wonderfully-tender-pictures-young-Harry-playing-William-receiving-loving-cuddle-mum.html

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