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The Duchess of Cambridge Vacations in South of France

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Today is the 26th of July, which means we are knocking on the door of August, the month of royal retirement. Traditionally, the British royals, as well as many European royals, take the month off. Before you start shouting about how they live too privileged a life, remember that this break affords a much needed rest for royal reporters and photographers who cover the royal family. These people finally get to sneak away with their families and put their feet up. It is possible that Kate will have another engagement, but I don't know that it is super likely. Today, a French paper is reporting that the Duchess is in France. 


According to a French paper, multiple sources claim that the Duchess landed in Pau in the Pyrenees today at around 1:30pm. Again, according to sources, she flew in on board the private plane of the Duke of Westminster. When William and Kate need a private getaway, they borrow Westminster's private jet. According to the paper, Kate was whisked north from the airport. 

South of Pau
I am happy to hear that Kate has returned to France. The last time she vacationed here privately (to our knowledge) was when the invasive photos were taken. I am glad it hasn't put her off irreparably from a country that cannot help but draw you back again and again. If you speak French, you can read the full article here

210 comments:

  1. I certainly hope she is indeed in France and having an absolutely lovely and relaxing time!

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  2. Sarah Maryland USAJuly 26, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    I don't understand why they didn't go when they had more than two weeks off before the sailing engagement
    I don't begrudge Prince Charles the queen and any of the other European royals for taking the month off because despite taking that month off they still do hundreds of engagements each year
    The same cannot be said for William and Kate. I think she did four in July? Five?
    I thought she was finally stepping up because she was busy in April may and June but no
    I just get so frustrated because they have such an opportunity to make a difference in the world but they don't use it
    Look at Prince Harry for example. When he went to get tested for HIV the clinic revealed today the number of people who chose to get tested rose very high
    I don't know. I'm just frustrated. Because there is so many things I would be doing if I had that kind of power and influence to bring attention to worthy causes
    Don't get me wrong I'm fine with them occasionally going away. Heck I wouldn't mind if they take the month of August off if the number of engagements they do this year is still high
    I'm more annoyed with Kate on this respect because William does that whole air ambulance thing
    Kate seems to think that to be a good mother you can't have a full time job and the whole line of "focusing on being a mother" and that is why she works so little is so insulting to all working mothers out there
    My mom was awesome and frequently worked more than 40 hours a week
    Doing one engagement a day five days a week maybe would take only a few hours and I don't think it is that much to ask
    I wonder when George and Charlotte are in school full time what will William and Kate excuse be for working so little?

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    1. You are so sweet but why should anyone else live their Iife based on what you think is right or best? Please allow others to figure out their own path... and if you feel passionate about doing good for others then do good by accepting the differences in others...

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    2. Sarah - I'm taken aback by your comments. Catherine is working in the interests of the BRF by raising her children. From the BRF that's the most significant task before her. In the early years of her marriage ER raised her children and had few engagements, if any. Her full responsibilities were undertaken upon the death of the King and her ascension. Catherine's duties will only increase in time as the children are older and in school and the succession advances. And she will never escape, this is for life. As a feminist who fought for women to have options, to work or stay at home I applaud Catherine in her journey to find the balance appropriate at each stage of life. So far I believe Catherine to be doing a fantastic job. She's a new wife, new mother and new to the BRF. She's new to the patronages. Much prep work goes on behind the scenes. Relax. All in due time.

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    3. Indeed, there's no reason to wait for loads of power, money, and influence--volunteering your time and talents is free! Even just an hour or two a week can make a big difference. If you aren't sure which organizations align with your passions and interests, www.volunteermatch.org is an excellent place to start. Kate's work would be completely useless if no one responded with their donations of time and money--all of us "regular" people are the ones who keep the organizations she supports running.

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    4. Thank you Anon 12.35! I totally agree.

      Sarah from Maryland I have enjoyed your comments here and 'over there' mostly. But dear you are sometimes quite harsh about the Cambridges. They have been going non stop since India and so now she take a little break and this is somehow 'laziness'? I do not understand why you always seem to be so negative and are so eager to find fault everytime they do not do what you think is best?

      You cannot compare them to Harry. Harry has less duties. Less responsibilities and NO children. It is just not the same.

      As to when the children are in school? Jumping the gun a bit. I suspect they will be more active. You should stop judging them so much. Also I believe we have some rules here about discussing how 'lazy ' they are... js

      As to insulting the other Mothers? Again.. you cannot compare Kate to the masses in all things. As we have learned they do many many things behind the scenes that we never see.

      I grow weary of those that say they like and support them when they are out and about BUT when they take a break or do not live up to the standards that a person (who has no idea what their life is and only sees what the media can dig up or they allow us to see) all of sudden fingers are pointing..shaming her as a Mother and role model for working Mothers... etc and yadda yadda and ad nauseum. Maybe Kate took a girl trip. So what? Good for her! They just announced a Fall tour to Canada. That makes 2 TWO royal tours in 1 ONE year. I would say they are stepping up their game. Good grief.... give it a rest !


      OHMMMMMM

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    5. Sarah, I wonder how you know for sure how much Kate works. Are you part of her team? There are - I am sure - loads of background woek going on. Just because she is not seen much in public does not mean she is mor working besides being a Mom ans a wife. To me your comment reads a bit injust. starchild

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    6. Sarah - I 100% agree with you. And it's not about being a working mother or stay-at-home mother. It's about the reality of Kate's life. She has unimaginable privilege and a life free from most of the worries that plague everyday people. She is financially secure, her kids are 100% protected around the clock and she has the luxury of choosing her path in life. Whether people want to admit it or not, the pay-off of that is a life of genuine public service that makes a difference.

      I blame William more than Kate on this. William is so begrudging of his Royal service that he always seems to eke out the bare minimum. Kate is just following his lead.

      A final point on the inevitable privacy discussion that this will kick off - more than any other royals before them, the Cambridges enjoy a lot of privacy. William has ensured that and is quick to speak out when he feels that his boundaries are being over-stepped. They are not hounded or excessively photographed.

      Again, I don't think this is anything to do with being a working mother, it's to do with being a good public representative and I think the Cambridges and their PR teams are failing in that and failing mothers everywhere by using the "time with the kids" excuse.

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    7. Diane, I am so happy you took a harder line on this one. Why is it that every. single. time. Kate and/or William do something for themselves someone feels it necessary to beat this same, tired, drum? There is a reason Jane has rules in place about this topic and I, for one, think she's being more than generous when she allows these comments that are so critical to be posted. I feel like there is a willful misunderstanding about all they do behind the scenes to support their charities.

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    8. Another "other blog" commenter heard from, sans moniker.. Unfortunately, the "other blog's" site
      manager is obviously still asleep and had not yet posted as of 30 minutes or so ago on what turns out to be a surprise, unannounced
      family vacation at a family-member's home. (not a luxury getaway for a sprung
      Kate afterall.) Lacking the usual forum to dominate, they have come to a forum
      where their usual brand of remarks must face unprotected disagreement, like everone else here.

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    9. Robin

      You beat the same drum too but from a different poit of view.

      Jane, thanks for publishing different opinions.

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    10. I agree RobinfromCA!

      For me it justs ruins the posting. Now the entire post is about what they don't do right! I feel at times it is like sabotage of a post. It reminds of a recent post (not here- but a place known for negative talk) where we had lovely photos of George for his birthday and it became a debate on how bad the pictures were, how Kate cannot choose a photographer, clothes worn, photoshopping blah blah blah... critical of everything and totally missing the point that we have 4 FOUR shots of George! I jas to speak up. Rarely done there and I love this blog because Jane does not allow the tone to go this route. I just do not understand the need to make it all negative and point how 'presumed' failings which are realy the commenters own issues and wants. Last time I looked Kate and William don't owe us anything at this point. I will also say that for everyone that rants about living in a public building and on the taxpayer rolls I have to say? Do you live in Britain? Do you pay the tax there? Most of the comments come from Americans (I am an American btw). Why do some Americans care about the monies in Britain? We left a long time ago. No tea taxes here folks.

      I will say that those that cast stones should remember that they too live in glass houses and I wonder how they would like being judged and criticized every flipping day? The Cambridges deserve a getaway! I say ~ have a great time! Eat, drink, sun, drink some more, enjoy your family!

      Nyet to the negatuve vibe!

      I seriously need to smudge some comments ... people..my cell... alas I am at work and I do not think they would take kindly to me lighting up a big sage wand πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜Ž

      LOL

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    11. Yes Robin, I so agree with you on the "wilful misunderstanding" statement. Some will always find something to be critical about and we all know the names they use and that they will ALWAYS be negative. So I think wilful misunderstanding is a great term.

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    12. When I saw this new post, my very first thought had to do with safety in this increasingly mad world. Glad no one is letting this reality get in the way of beating said drum.

      Ladies, may I suggest a new term to add to our FBTB code book? :) "Vacation pounce!"

      The sad part is that regardless of what the Cambridge's have been doing or what the immediate future holds, the criticism remains consistent.

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    13. Good grief - what is this "other" blog that everyone who disagrees in the slightest with the anon 1/Robin/Diane/royalfan clique must be slinking over from?!

      Seems there can be willful misunderstandings on all sides around here. And it is in fact possible to respect and admire someone without needing to desperately believe they are perfect and infallible.

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    14. Sorry, 6:13, **this** is the only Kate blog I read. I don't read any others and I certainly never "slink" anywhere. See what judging others does? Makes people look foolish every time. I also don't think the Cambridges are "perfect and infallible" I just think that criticizing someone for taking a family vacation or staying at home to raise their children is petty and small. Those of us who defend them are looking at positives instead of negatives. It's a much happier way to live.

      OK, ladies (of the so called clique) - "Vacation pounce" is on the list!

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    15. anon 1 referenced the "other" blog and attributed all the "negative" comments from people "coming over" from that blog. Not sure how you thought that applied to you

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    16. LOL @ vacation pounce!

      There is no clique here. There is a group of many here that just do not see any reason to rip anyone apart. We are here because we have an interest in the BRF and in particular W&K. Many of us started our interest with the arrival of Diana. If that makes us a clique well so be it 😊

      I have never states that the Cambridges or any person royal or not is perfect. I do not expect people to be perfect. The thing is that it seems that those that point thr finger and pick apart every single thing they do EXPECT them to be perfect. Thus the constant negative chatter. I see no point in tearing them apart. I come to read about clothes and what they are doing. I also feel a tad protective towards them as I do with ALL people who are attacked about things when they do not even know these people. Its a total waste of time and energy. If I want bad news I can turn on the TV.

      We have had many chats in this place about bad PR and other topics. These are not personal attacks. That is the difference. To say their PR office is a mess is one thing. But to say somehow that a family trip is costing the taxpayers or that they do not do enough or work for their keep is quite another. That is when you will see the "clique" speaking up! And I am happy for that because this blog is not about dissecting a person down to the bone! That is what those other places do...some..not all.

      Anon 9.55 at the first read it does sound like the "clique slinked". I read it that way as well. Until I read it again.



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    17. 9:55- no "negative" in my 12:23 comment. I said "usual brand of remarks," so if that's how you view their comments-

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    18. Moxie, if things had been different and allowed your mother to stay home with you full time would you have enjoyed and benefited from her increased presence?
      Or perhaps she chose a career over home.
      The point is- William and Catherine DO have a choice and chose this path for at least the earliest years. If your argument is that working moms, parents, do a great job of raising their kids because your mom did, no one is saying she didn't.
      But from the children's point of view-I don't mean what studies say-
      if you ask the chidren if they would have preferred a parent being around more and not so tired
      from work, I think the answer from the children's point of view is obvious-yes.

      I thought your primary argument was Kate has to earn her "perks." That is a whole different argument.

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    19. OK, I understood your comment to mean that royalfan/Diane/anon1/and my self had all "slinked over" from another blog. I still don't know what blog that is because I only read this one and the other ladies have been classy enough to not name names when it comes to wherever that is. I do read one more royal blog - it's called Royal Hats and it's really fun! I don't read comments though - actually, I'm not even sure if there are comments there. The hats are really fun though!

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    20. Robin @ 11:32 - refraining from criticizing W&K is not the same thing as as general civility. See anon 1 July 28 @ 7:59 for example.

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    21. Nope, sorry for the misunderstanding. Pre-coffee grammar...

      I'll have to check out that blog!

      Anon 9:55

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    22. I love hats. I mourn them in US. That is a nice site.

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    23. I mean the hat blog!

      Anon 9:55

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    24. I'm so confused! I can't find a comment from me at 11:32 or a comment from anon 1 on July 28 at 7:59. Who is Moxie? I can't find that comment either... Maybe things disappear from my feed while I'm in Texas? I am one tired grandma. Maybe we don't see Carole with the kids as much because she's tired too. She's older than I am and I'm absolutely dragging after my 2+ weeks here!

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    25. I meant Diane @ 11:32 not Robin. Typo sorry

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    26. Anon 6.01 ?

      How was I not civil?

      Totally confused.

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    27. Robin 11:33-tired gramma here also. I'm older than both of you.
      Confusion- I think some of our comments got caught in the spam web or something
      and were delayed or out of synch.
      There was a Moxie from Maryland on another blog. Perhaps another typo: Moxie/Sarah; Diane/ Robin. Typos?

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    28. Anon 1s gremlins comment was the example of not being civil not your 11.32 comment itself

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    29. Not being civil toward whom, exactly? I have no idea which remarks of the many "anonymous " comments you made, so obviously, I can't evaluate your remarks.

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    30. Towards the commenters you suggested were lower-class "gremlins" - not a comment I personally consider generally civil

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    31. I have trouble keeping up with the anonymous's and who said what. Calling all Anonymous's - how about just giving yourself a name we can know you by like we know anon 1? If you don't want to register with Google (who are the evil empire BTW) just call yourself something innocuous so we can keep our poor, feeble brains unscrambled. Pretty please!

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  3. Is she by herself? Or is William and the kids with her? I can't see her leaving her children at home.
    Jane another great post.

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    1. I wondered that too. Did they all go as a family?
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    2. No, Pauline. Relax. The beautiful duchess and her prince and their 2 kids are on holiday together.

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    3. And even if they weren't everyone (including moms!) deserve a true break sometimes - if she was off on a girls trip with pippa to go dress shopping I doubt she'd want to bring the kiddos along :)

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  4. Hi. I check the wonderful blog daily and so enjoy following Kate with you all. I have never commented before, but I wanted to today because I wanted to point out to Sarah from Maryland that while she may find the whole line of "focusing on being a mother" insulting, I actually find her comment insulting. I think there are so many awesome working and stay at home mothers. I am able to and choose to stay at home with my three young ones, and I find it to be one of the most challenging and rewarding things I could do with my time. I think Kate should have the same option without being judged. Certainly most women from her world have the option of not working outside the home. I feel lucky that we get to see her as much as we do. I understand she has help, but, again, that is a privilege not uncommon to many people, certainly royalty. Sarah, your deduction that "Kate seems to think that to be a good mother you can't have a full time job" seems really unfair. Can I assume that because you do work outside the home you must think that to be a good mother you can't stay at home with your children? I hope not. Again, there are many fabulous and loving mothers who work, many who stay home, and many who do a combination like I think Kate does. Let's stop judging this woman, who by all measures I see, seems to be a loving and devoted mother. In my opinion, and I know it's just an opinion, Kate is doing the very best thing she can do with her time when she spends time raising George and Charlotte.

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    1. I'm with you, but you put so much more eloquently than I could. There is one big difference in Kate's life that we will never have to experience- her job is for a lifetime;there is no retirement, just more responsibility as the years wear on. Except of course Jane, if she becomes a Supreme Court Justice!

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    2. Sarah Maryland USAJuly 26, 2016 at 11:57 PM

      The difference is you aren't living in publicly funded palaces and aren't a member of the royal family
      I believe being a stay at home mom for people who aren't royalty is perfectly fine especially when the kids are little bit Kate IS royalty
      And the fact you think we are luckily to see her as much as we do puzzles me
      For Kate there needs to be a better balance.
      Again unlike Kate you aren't royalty and being royalty that comes with responsibility so you can live in those palaces and wear those designer clothes
      I was just saying that while the Cambridges are still young and popular they should take advantage of it more and really promote more of their causes than they do
      again Kate is a member of the Royal family. In exchange for the palaces and the mansions and helicopter rides and the clothing allowance she does Royal engagements
      Unlike the normal wife of a millionaire Kate doesn't pay for these privileges with money she pays the public back by going out and promoting her charities and doing public works and other royal duties
      for example pippa is marrying a millionare and I couldn't care less if she never works again because her husband isn't getting allowance from Royal estates and being trailed by publicly funded security
      Especially the security. It seems it is a huge cost
      So please I'm sorry if you misunderstood my point but you really can't compare yourself to Kate in this situation

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    3. I suppose Sarah meant, being a mom and working as a royal can happen at the same time. But since Kate worked so little before marrying into the royal family, I do not understand Sarah why you are surprised.

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    4. I don't begrudge Kate having time away. (I hope the nanny gets some extended time off too.) It is my understanding though security costs more for vacations than at home. Personnel have to be given lodging and meals when away and this extra cost is paid by UK citizens as are the usual ongoing costs of security.  The extra cost is likely not terribly large but I don't believe it is correct to say there is no extra cost for security on vacation.


      I do understand what Sarah is saying. I doubt people will agree with me as people didn't agree with a related point I made to the last article! But IMO the problem is not so much what W&K do while their children are small---the problem is how they or their spokespeople TALK about it. Leaving aside the St. Pat's issue, in March KP defended in advance that  Kate was not expected to be seen for many weeks because she was going to India in April and needed those weeks in March to focus 24/7 on her children because they had priority. Will has made statements about needing to have lots of time with his children so other things must take a backseat. Being a stay at home parent is fine but many people cannot afford to do that. Nor can everyone who works afford to provide their children with a live-in nanny. Many parents who work must work 40 hr weeks away from home, not one or two weekly 2-3 hr engagements away from home. And so the way W&K's priorities are described--that even short engagements may interfere with their ability to give their children a proper start in life-- can come across as tone deaf to the plight of many British parents who pay taxes. So I think KP and W&K need to come up with different phrasing. Do they need to please me with their words? Nope. But the issue of how much they work doesn't seem to be going away. And the frailer HM and Philip get, the worse its likely to be.

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    5. Clearly there isn't any amount of engagements that will satisfy everyone. She'll either be doing too many or not enough. She has been very busy the second quarter of this year. I think we should give her the benefit of the doubt and wait to see what happens in the fall. Coming here to Canada and Beautiful British Columbia for instance. I remember Will and Harry coming here after Diana's death for a ski holiday. Teenybopper Vancouver went quite insane at the time. Was quite the sight to behold.

      Time to give this work thing a rest. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but we have beaten this drum to death. Those who think she does too little will never be satisfied. Those who think she has found a balance will never be convinced she should isn't doing her duty, including her duty to her children. Time to move on from this topic. August has always been a royal holiday month and I agree with Jane that those who work for them probably get some well deserved time off too.

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    6. Sarah Maryland USAJuly 27, 2016 at 10:34 AM

      Lizzie thank you! If the palace spokesman didn't word things the way they did I wouldn't be so annoyed. William and Kate's PR team is awful

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    7. I agree!

      I am insulted as well.

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    8. I second that ginjenkins. Thank you. Starchild

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    9. Lizzie 08:12-appreciate your calm presentation, but ..."many weeks?" Is that an
      actual direct KP quote? And do we really wish to regurgitate that brouhaha?

      It seems to me, it doesn't really matter what KP says: their words and intent will be interpreted and expanded to suit the agenda of the writer.
      I just think it is a shame feminism, women's rights, children's rights (is there such a thing?), the various WCH charities, among other concerns should get caught up in
      republican and social class issues.Those concerns deserve a voice of their own.

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    10. anon 1 do you believe that everything that comes out of KP is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? You dot have a PR team if you don't intend to put your own spin on things (to be clear I think this is a good thing and that they should do that). It also strikes me as naive to think that anything the BRF do isn't going to be seen in class or republican terms by at least some people - they aren't neutral figures.

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    11. Again, I feel like this is willful misunderstanding. How many times has it been proven that W&K's Anmer residence is a PRIVATELY OWNED residence. The Queen owned it outright with no taxpayer money. She gifted it to William and Kate upon their marriage. The repairs and updates made to it were PAID FOR BY PRINCE CHARLES AND WILLIAM FROM THEIR PRIVATE FUNDS. Honestly! It's getting so old hearing the same untruths rehashed over and over again. Am I yelling? If it helps then YES!

      Does she get to live in KP? Yes. Guess what? It's paid for by the Royal Household. Study up on what that means. And don't stop at "Civil List" because you need to read on.

      The helicopter rides are also the responsibility of the Royal Household only as of 1997 and provided in lieu of the Royal Yacht Britannia which the Queen sold. She was authorized to purchase the helicopter. All members of the BRF pay for and fly on scheduled flights whenever it's possible except for HM. Using the PRIVATELY OWNED plane of the Duke of Westminster to go to France shouldn't be anyone's concern. I'm sure W&K pay for the fuel and flight crew out of their PRIVATE FUNDS. The taxpayers pay for security which, quite frankly, requires fewer people if they are flying privately instead of commercially. They have full time security staff that accompany them wherever they are whether in the UK or in any other part of the world. The insignificant amount of money for an extra hotel room is just nitpicking! I have absolutely no idea why some people come on here to read about the Cambridges if all they want to do it find fault.

      Her clothing does not come out of the public purse! Where on earth did you come up with that false fact? You have no problem with Pippa wearing the same designers because she's going to marry a millionaire? Wow. Let's talk about insulting. He's not paying for her expenses yet. Have you heard that the Middletons are a family of great wealth? Did you not notice that Kate wore expensive clothes before she married William? When combined with his wealth it only makes sense that she can afford to have designers make her clothes now instead of wearing very expensive styles from the High Street (which she still does as well) but no taxpayers are paying for that.

      Since you're not a British citizen and don't need to be worried about your own tax dollars, wouldn't you prefer a hobby that didn't cause you to be so ticked off all the time?

      I need to go sit by Diane now....OHMMMMMMM

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    12. Anon 1..That wasn't intended to be an exact quote. But the statement was made prior to Mar 17 that except for her EACH appearance near AH on Mar 18 she would be spending her time at home focusing on her family in anticipation of the tour that began April 10. So the words "many weeks" did not have to be said-- it was evident the time period described was more than 3 weeks long. But that example was just supposed to **illustrate** what I meant by problematic explanations/announcements/comments. I could have chosen other examples (like the total bungling by KP in discussing Will's air ambulance work--conflating work hrs with flying hrs) Although my comments may have appeared to dredge up the past, I am not sure how one can make a point here that others might understand without using examples. I think the March statement might have been improved if somewhere in the statement words like "preparing for the tour" had appeared vs simply saying she wanted to spend the time with her children (because people in the UK who don't have that option and who feel they have to work so the BRF won't have to may not react well.) And isn't the goal of PR supposed to be to generate goodwill at home and abroad? Of course there will be naysayers but I think their PR could be vastly improved.

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    13. Lizzie's comments...I agree with so much of what she has said (8:12 am). I don't think W&K, due to their wealthy upbringing, realize those PR comments/statements are so unsettling to working class parents. So many of us spend a lot more than 40 hours away from our children to just make a living. A few hours to make an appearance once or twice a week is still way less than working parents put in...and I don't think we should credit those extra hours of preparation. Working parents put in those hours too. We too have to prepare for meetings, travel, clothing, makeup, hair etc. And dont forget we dont have nannies so we have to pack lunches, drop offs and pick ups and still come home and cook and clean and prepare for the next day. As much as I love the royal couple I do get put off sometimes. They do live a life of privilege as we expect royals to do but I seriously don't think they need any more vacations than the rest of us.
      Catherine is beautiful and lovely and seems to be a devoted mom and I really like how she is in so many ways "normal" like the rest of us. But of course I'm envious of the perks of royalty. Who wouldn't be?
      I agree a lot of it is the fault of PR but some of it is Wills comments. As much as we'd like to think that he "gets it", that he is "in touch" his comments sometimes say otherwise. I believe Catherine is more grounded in that way.
      Yes, I love royal watching. I love her clothes and jewelry and all the lovely places she has the opportunity to visit. In my opinion though,I definitely think they can and should do a bit more.

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    14. Oh lizzie what a tangled web YOU weave ........ smh

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    15. Come on then Robin and sit! LOL

      Love your comments! Even the "yelling" πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

      I wish they made a BS emoji bahaaaa..... I would be replying in earnest πŸ˜…πŸ˜€πŸ˜—πŸ˜Ž

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    16. Somewhere in billygoat land there are gremlins gathered around under a bridge
      bragging how they managed to hijack another post. Congratulations! Hope you are enjoying your big win , but it all feels like the little clique slouching around
      their lunchroom table, taking pot shots at the "popular" girls. I guess that's done online now.The mean girls weren't all from the upper class.They just never realised that they weren't making
      the "popular girls" look worse; they only made themselves look pathΓ©tique.

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    17. Gremlins? Seriously?

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    18. I am a big fan of Catherine but I do agree with anon at 5.05 that I don't think they realise or acknowledge their privilege sometimes and how it comes across. Everyone wants and needs time off or on holiday with their family/children/SO etc. Taking off all of August is a luxury.

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    19. I do not have any idea if they realize all the perks they have as wealthy individuals. They may live in a bubble without any idea. I actually do not get the impression that they are clueless about their luxuries.

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    20. I do not have any idea if they realize all the perks they have as wealthy individuals. They may live in a bubble without any idea. I actually do not get the impression that they are clueless about their luxuries.

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    21. Rachel taking off August is not something that the Cambridges started. It has been this way for ions. The Court Circular has nothing for anyone in August. That doesnt mean they do not do things behind the scenes. I suspect the tour to Canada will mean some meetings behind closed doors. It is also known that they do make visits that are not announced or even counted.

      Not sure why people feel they must give us something back all the time. I mean why? Its ridiculous

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    22. Clarification ~ The Princess Royal will of course be in Rio.

      The Duke of Edinburgh will handle some engagements in Cumbria and the Isle of Wight in August.

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    23. We can OHMMM in our matching earrings!

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    24. Anon 1

      Gremlins? Hijack? Did you run out of hmms??? Sad that instead of debating, this is all you can come up with....

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    25. Robin -

      Prince Charles doesn't have any "private funds". His income from the Duchy stems from his title as Prince of Wales. Those funds come from his royal position and he uses them to also help support W, K, and H.

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    26. One month is a luxury? Not exactly. And no tiaras needed:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minimum_annual_leave_by_country

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    27. Ohmmmmmmm πŸ•‰πŸ•‰πŸ•‰πŸ•‰

      Matching earrings! I think mine are here but I need to sign for them. Very excited. Now to find the time to get to the PO.

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    28. Get thee to the post office, Diane! My hubby said there were four things on the doorstep when he got home today. Can't wait to see what's arrived while I've been gone!

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    29. Sounds like Christmas in July :)

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    30. ha! thought you said "Bubby." Grandma in Yiddish.
      What fun to come home to!

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    31. LOL!! Nope, no Bubby in my family. Nonna and Granny but no Bubby.

      I want my earrings, I want my earring, I want my earrings! I know for sure that some of the packages that have arrived while I've been gone are books from Amazon (we are besties), and I think I've got some jewelry from Stella & Dot waiting but I know my Azuni package hasn't had time to arrive yet. Oh, and I think something from Zulily. (In case you couldn't guess, I like to shop online.)

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  5. Can we not have this space be get ANOTHER area that pits women, mothers or not, against each other?

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    1. It's getting so tiring, isn't it?

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    2. Amen! There is nothing wrong with a woman choosing to spend the majority of her time with her children. Yes Kate is a royal family member but when she had children they became her first priority.

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    3. Yes I agree. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a mother staying at home and not working outside of the home. There is also nothing wrong with a working mother.Yes Kate is a member of the British Royal Family, but her first responsibility is to her children and I am perfectly okay with her schedule now. She is not the Queen yet. She is a mother and wife first and foremost.

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    4. Is there really a problem with William, the designated bread-winner, working while his
      wife Catherine is the primary designated carer-parent, although working part-time?
      It is one of the inconsistencies I find in this work-discussion.
      The republicans claim to want to bring the monarchy into the 21st century-well, that is how many families in this time function.
      Catherine does not have to "earn" anything. In this case, it is William's chosen (and historic) job. In some families, the wife is the primary bread-winner. The situation differs in the Cambridge family-William is the blood royal and as such is primarily
      responsible for royal duties. If his job was electrician, instead of prince, would
      one expect Catherine to tag along and hold the wires for him?
      It's HIS job, folks. Catherine helps out as her family responsibilities allow.
      Which seems quite often, actually.
      If the republicans want a modern royal family, this is how it works. In the past, young royals were left with nannies most of the day, every day until they were packed off to boarding school. This is how most of the older generation of the current RF
      was raised. It is no longer considered the best way for the children.

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    5. Quite right Anon 1: Catherine does not get the KP apartment---that goes with his job/ position as a direct heir. Just at present he is working for East Anglia Air Ambulance, but in his time off does royal duties, including Investitures which are recorded under HM engagements, as he is standing in for her. There are many jobs--royal or not which have a tied cottage. I have never known any that demanded the wife had to help with his job.
      HM gave Anmer Hall to William on his 30th birthday---note not for their wedding when it could thought to be for the two of them. It is given because he is a direct heir.
      Presently the Prince of Wales foots the billss for their office etc from his private income.
      The Exchequer takes the profit from the Crown Estates of £240,000,000 and returns 15% to the Queen for all the expenses and the upkeep of the Palaces in which they live.
      Must be the only head of state in the world who pays the government for the privilege of working throughout life and putting up with criticism from people who have little understanding of the situation

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    6. Excellent clarification, Jean.

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    7. What is the source for your figures Jean?

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    8. Anonymous 10.29 all of that is readily found on the family website royal.uk/court-circular
      Financial reports

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  6. It seems to me that Kate has been very busy all this year and was looking very tired she needed a break.

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  7. Well said ginjenkins. It's strange to argue that because Kate does not do as much as some perceive she should be doing, she is restricted from taking time away from home. Her engagements are kept in line with William and Harry's and the increase will most likely only start happening when William leaves the air ambulance.
    Pauline, not sure why you are always concerned about the fact that Will and Kate are not together . There marriage is obviously solid and good married couples do spend some time apart. The children are apparently with her. That in itself is not such a holiday, says one with four kids.
    She flew in on a private jet at no cost to the taxpayer and security detail is with her regardless of where she is.
    Enjoy your time away Kate and kids. Oh and Sarah, one does not always need a platform to make a difference. Anyone can do that and so many have!

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  8. Why do working mothers feel it is their right to criticize those who choose mainly to stay with their children.
    Many seem to forget or don't want to know that William works with East Anglia Air Ambulance.
    We do not know how much they do behind the scenes
    I wonder why the Court Circular in British Monarchy on line, has nothing between June 29th and July 7th. the same thing occurred several times last year. If you remember that was the week of the Somme Commemorations and several other big engagements.

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    1. The Court Circular needs a new person in charge of their website. Someone who actually will keep it updated. It would certainly curtail some of the criticism - maybe. Some people just want to find fault no matter what.

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    2. There is an article in the Express tonight by Richard Palmer using the Court Circular to justify his criticism of Will and Kate not working enough. He compares the Duke of Edinburgh engagements to the Cambridge's.

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    3. Who is responsible for updating the court circular? Does each royals office provide the info or is there a central office who keeps tabs on all the royals? Genuinely curious

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  9. The "Express" on line is reporting that William and the children are there too and are said to be visiting relatives. Wonder if is the place they went to before.
    I suppose their time is free because of the announcement a couple of days ago that they would not be travelling to Brazil--on medical advice. Princess Anne will represent the family.

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  10. I intend to not respond (after this) to commenters who seemingly notice a controversial
    subject here and roam over from another blog to throw mud and attempt to stir things up.
    The more responses, the more such commenters are encouraged. I choose to ignore such comments
    for the remainder of this post.
    I am not advocating that Jane should not print such comments. I just feel I also have a right to express my opinion on a comment(s), and that was it.

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    1. Oh anon 1 I know EXACTLY what you mean about strolling and stirring. I made my comment and no more on this. I so dislike when this happens. But you will be happy to know that I have decided to be "more refined" today πŸ˜‚πŸ˜™πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ŽπŸ€—

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    2. I think you light find that the viewpoints of the "legitimate" readers of this blog are more varied than you might know or wish to believe anon 1

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    3. Keeping the shoes and earrings on Diane? Good for you. Other blog was shut down this am. No where else to go, I guess.

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    4. I've made that determination before as well, anon 1. This time, however, it really got my goat. It's the same thing over and over and over. I wish these people would stick to the nasty blogs and let this one be a place where people who like Wills & Kate come to chat.

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    5. Right on Diane, we all know very well how we are sensored "over there" and we are not allowed to question those who CONSTANTLY criticise Will and Kate and if we dare call them on it our comments are blocked. When I came here this morning my thought immediately went to "oh no, not here". Jane States below this topic is out of bounds. I want to enjoy hearing about what Will and Kate are up to without all the criticism. We have enough angst in this world without having to pick on a family, second in-line to the throne, who do there best to carry out their role.

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    6. Anon 1 and Diane, two words: exactly & agreed.

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      Anon 1
      YES! please Jane don't let this place go "there". And to the Anon who noted that the "legitimate" readers of this blog might feel a certain way? I say WE are the legitimate readers of this blog!

      We dont drool over Kate. We can debate and discuss issues. We know she is has not become a Saint. But we also choose not to judge or put our own view of how one should behave on her. No stones thrown. That doesn't make us blind idiots. Is their PR bad? Yep. But we dont blame W&K. I think we call it as we see it!

      Example~ I am old enough that I watched the Diana show. I became a royal fan in 1980/81 and it has continued. While I feel Diana was mistreated I also know she was not a perfect person. None of us are. We react according to our life pattern. I think she made some bad choices. I think they destroyed her. Its ying and yang. Life.

      This is a constant with W&K. But none of the naysayers can accuse any of us...the legitimate readers( definition undefined given the diversity of this group) of blindly following the Cambridges. William can be curt... can you blame him? Just because he is the heir..to be King doesnt mean he is not allowed to be ... angry.sad..
      If he was flippant all would be whining that he is too open.... geesh! No wonder they flee to France πŸ˜‰

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    8. Eva B.- I didn't realise how many other commenters were also being blocked. In the past, a commenter was allowed to name-call and make personal and rude comments to me, but I was not allowed to respond. If I suggested making unkind, untrue remarks about Kate
      was the same as though I made those remarks about a commenter, that too was blocked.The time it was let through, shaming comments about me were published.
      For awhile the editing seemed fair and responsible. Now that the favoritism in
      editing has returned, so has the unpleasantness. The fact that commenters from
      there moved here with this post-with the other blog not posting the story until
      much later- this proves that some of the commenters just want a platform for
      complaining.
      It is no wonder that some others sought a site that truly lived up to its fan site status.
      Jane doesn't hesitate to offer Kate critiques as opinion. If she doesn't like an outfit or activity, she comes right out and says it in her post. She doesn't manipulate her readers into doing the job for her.I find it very disturbing when I read posts on other sites that offer flattering copy while
      presenting inflammatory pictorial images-close up rear view skinney jeans pics,
      anyone? Also, provocative questions posed for commenters. The post remains ostensibly pristine,while at the same time, commenters are offered fodder for Their agendas.
      Not responsible journalism in my view.It is a little bit like what the sneakier tabs do-a flattering body of an article to appear unbiased with an inflammatory headline
      to pique clicks.

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    9. "But none of the naysayers can accuse any of us...the legitimate readers( definition undefined given the diversity of this group) of blindly following the Cambridges."

      LOL

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    10. OHMMM

      Now you are making fun of my words Anon 2.23?

      How classy

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    11. Eva 5:24- apparently my reply to you got edited out, so have no fear. Jane is on the job. I guess the snide little comments aimed at me personally are allowed.

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    12. And I will ditto er second Robin's ditto of anon 1 ... and Eva.... because that is what cliques do 😐
      Actually since we are grown women the whole clique thing is funny. I ditto because it makes sense and I agree.

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    13. No, Diane. YOU are making fun of yourself by writing such. I only reacted to that.

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    14. Hi Ladies, if possible, let's wrap this thread up. I am uncomfortable with discussions about cliques and the like. As always, I hope and ask that everyone remain civil, but have a thick skin. Disagreement and difference of opinion is a basic human fact. Anon 1--I hope i am on the job, and I have deleted a number of comments over the past 48 hours, but I don't think yours were among them. Perhaps it got lost in cyber space.

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    15. Agree, Jane. I was expecting boyfriend talk and hair-braiding next.

      Deleted comment: it showed up later. Spam web? I can think of at least one of my
      comments that cyber space should have snatched. In fact, my bridge comment seemed to upset several (one?) "anonymouses," although I specified no particular commenter. Feel free to delete that one, at least.

      Civil with thick skin. Descibes a successful poltician.
      I think the literal daily carnage in the news and metaphorically in politics in several countries may add to the general upset.

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  11. Good morning. Quick comment to let everyone know that Canadian media is reporting that Kate and William will visit BC and the Yukon (two Provinces in Canada) this fall. Ya!!

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    1. I see great winter clothes in our future!

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    2. Robin as a Canadian I take offence to the winter clothes in autumn comment ;-) Once we know the exact month we'll have an idea weather-wise. I live close to the Rockies and sometimes Sept/Oct is really warm and other times early Oct we get a freak snowstorm. Other times Nov is warm with no snow. I suspect they'll plan but there is a low risk it will be "winter".
      ~ A

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    3. But maybe we can at least see some fabulous new coats rolled out? :)

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    4. Robin just to clarify my ;-) (winking face) is because I was joking about being offended. Don't want anything lost in translation. There are many that believe Canada is largely, truly, The Great White North, which is only true some times during some parts of the year. :-)
      ~ A

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    5. I saw your winky face A! My mom is actually from a small town near Glacier Park in Montana so not too far from your neck of the woods. I know it can be warm or freezing almost any time after mid-September. I also know that BC can be a drippy as British weather. I'm hoping for some winter wear! :-)

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    6. I read somewhere (WWD?) the she might choose Erdem. That gray coat could be one of
      the repeats. I loved that wide-brimmed gray hat! They were listing possible Canadian
      designers. She seems to honor the countries as a whole in her sartorial choices, more than singling out individual designers, though.

      I have been trying to think of engagements. Is there a Place2Be in BC? Probably a Children's Hospice, such as she visited in New Zealand (?) and Malaysia, I think.

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    7. I too loved that hat but could do without a repeat of the coat. I am not sure it could stand up to much other than a cathedral background for good photos. That hat though was fantastic. Dramatic and regal and I hope it ends up in a museum display someday.

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    8. Or on Charlotte? anon 10:14

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    9. Possibly on Charlotte although by the time she is old enough to wear it the hat might be frightfully out of style

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  12. I always get a little nervous when they take vacations because I know people go a bit crazy (which I think it a bit crazy but I digress...) Only on the internet would a mum who spends her days taking care of two children while also working get knocked for taking a vacation. I have to say... I'm a SAHM of three little ones with a bit of help, I won't lie! I still feel a bit frazzled and tired all the time! Taking care of children is hard work no matter how many nannies you have. And it obviously seems as though Kate takes as much care of her children as she possibly can. Along with this, she takes tours, represents her countries, visits charities, and does the behind the scenes work necessary for each and every engagement while also realizing that this is the time to do less work to stay with her children. Does anyone really believe that when the kids are in college and W&K still have their entire lives ahead of them, they won't do more? I think it's ridiculous to want a man with a job, a woman with two small children, and a couple that does plenty of work for their realm to do MORE. I'm sorry, I guess it just seems selfish or that you're maybe not getting the full picture of their life.

    Anyway, I just heard that the tour for Canada is confirmed and I am so excited! That's two tours in one year which really says something. Hope they bring the little ones!

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  13. Sarah, I understand the points you make but I just want to share my take on motherhood. At the end of the day, there should be no regrets. Some of us love to be working moms and others of us thrive at home with our children. No one should begrudge a parent the amount of time they wish to spend with
    their children, and, for all of us, that amount of time looks different because we are all unique. As we all know, time with very small children is fleeting and sacred, and if a mom wants to spend most of that time with her young children and can, no one should ask that that opportunity be taken away because one can never get that time back.

    Kate does have perks at the tax payers expense and she will have time to work a lot once her children are in school. Don't forget about the British boarding school tradition. PG and PC will probably start boarding away during the week at age eight. Kate does not have a lot of time to have her children at home with her full time and I'm sure she's just trying to make the most of these early years. No mom should ever look back and say " I wish I had spent more time with my children", if it can be helped.

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    1. Although it may be common for royal children to attend boarding school at a young age, I highly doubt that Kate will follow that pattern. Perhaps when they are teens... I totally expect Kate to keep her children much closer - she is quite intent upon giving her children a childhood similar to hers and does not mind "bucking" royal tradition. Look how quickly she tweaked the traditional Christmas festivities.

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    2. Kate also went to boarding school. Maybe no at age 8, but I do expect the children will follow in their parents footsteps.

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    3. Do they do "day students" at uk boarding schools? That's what I did (American) and it was a nice balance for my family.

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    4. Eva is correct, anon 8:15, Kate attended boarding schools, and I really don't think she will tweak something as important as her children's education. All her friends will be sending their children off at the appropriate age, and I expect that PG and PC will board away just like their peers. Of course, if one or both of them have dyslexia, a day school might be a better choice. That seemed to work well for Princess Beatrice although Prince Harry was accomodated well at the boarding schools he attended.

      I believe most UK boarding schools take day students, anon 10:16. However, that would limit where the children could go to a commutable distance. Also, where boarding school is so much a part of the upper class and aristocratic tradition, I doubt that the Cambridges would opt out of it.

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    5. Makes sense Faith - thanks!

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    6. How old was Kate when she started at boarding school?
      Faith, what's the appropriate age for children to be boarded, developmentally
      speaking , in your opinion? What friends have enrolled their children so far?
      I do think that is quite an assumption. I imagine W&C's friends are fairly like-minded
      re child-raising. I agree with those who doubt the Cambridges will board their
      children- not before at least age 10-12, at any rate. They have seemed to have nutured a
      close bond with George and Charlotte that seemed lacking in some parent-child
      relationships among those royals and upper class families in their circle who boarded early.

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    7. That's quite an assumption about the bond between parents and children who boarded early. And one I think many of them might not agree with. William boarded at 8. Do you think his bond with Diana was any less close and nurturing because she sent him to board at that age?

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    8. Hi anon1. I have no idea when Kate started boarding but she was a boarder as an upper classman at St. Andrews School. The school educates children from age three until thirteen, so she boarded for several years until so went on to Downe House School at thirteen.

      Obviously, I don't know where her friends have signed their children up for school. I assume most of her friends have small children and have not crossed that bridge yet. However, with some of the best schools being highly competitive with limited space, the names of their children may already be "on the list" years before they will atttend.

      I don't have an opinion regarding boarding schools. I'm just speaking about the British upperclass and aristocratic culture of sending children away to be educated. It's about them receiving a certain education in a certain place with certain people. I strongly doubt that the Cambridge kids will receive a middle class education. They will attend some of the best schools in Britain and those are board away schools.

      Like anon 4:12 said, sending one's child to boarding school has nothing to do with bad parenting or the lack of a parental bond. It's about giving them an outstanding education with peers of their own social class. This is where they will meet many of their life long friends. Definitely elitist but so isn't being the heir to the British throne. I really don't expect PG and PC's education to differ vastly from the path that PW's took.

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    9. No, anon 4:12, I do not think the Diana-William bond was less close. I don't believe I said that.
      In fact, I think it was the foundation of William's survival.
      My reference to assumption was that "all" their friends would send their children off at an early age.
      By the way, I believe at age 8 William was in day school.

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    10. At age 8 William was attending Ludgrove, a boarding school in Berkshire.

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    11. I may be wrong anon 1 but I'm fairly certain that William began Ludgrove at age eight.

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    12. Correction: William attended Lugrove School as a boarder for five years from age eight. He reportedly was not happy with the arrangement. This was given as a reason,
      according to sources close to the family, for his determination to enroll George in a
      school close to home, as a day student, rather than a boarder. Which home that
      refers to is the question. Some have speculated that Kensington Palace is the one.
      There are certainly more schools near KP than Anmer Hall. Also there were some articles that suggested the Cambridges would make KP their hub in 2007.

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    13. Do you have reputable sources to back up those tumors? Official statements from KP?

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    14. Official bio and a story in the Telegraph. Who knows. Rumors are unsubstantiated by definition.That's why I said "reportedly"
      and "speculated." Some people present rumor as fact in comments.I didn't. After a rumor is repeated often enough some accept it as fact.
      And the Martin Bashir interview with Diana.
      And I believe Jane mentioned the 2007 thing.

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    15. Anon 1, I'm not sure that any legtimate sources close to the family would be talking to the press about the Cambridges' plans for their children.

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    16. Time will tell.

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  14. Good news---the Duke and Duchess are off to Canada in the Autumn--confirmed

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  15. It seems to me that people forget how much time must be spent in preparing for even the shortest appearance. Everything from hair, makeup, clothes shopping, research (reading up on various things and learning names), travel, etc.. All these things tack on extra time to an appearance, which means time away from the kids. So a 2 hour appearance could really be a 5 hour commitment! She has under an intense amount of pressure to look pulled together and fashionable and looking good takes time!

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    1. Certainly there is prep for an appearance and there is travel time. But there is often  prep for work for ordinary working parents too who also commute. And working parents sometimes have to bring work home to do outside of their fulltime hrs at work. School teachers may grade student work and prepare lesson plans away from school, medical professionals read research articles on weekends to stay current, many licensed professionals pursue continuing ed outside of regular work hrs, lots of folks answer work email on their "own time." Many working and many stay at home  parents engage in volunteer, civic, and charitable activities too. Most stay at home parents have to do more than focus on their kids during the hours others are at work so Kate isn't an exception in that way. Things like scrubbing toilets and bathtubs, folding laundry, picking up dry cleaning, vacuuming, taking the car for service, taking the dog for shots, raking leaves, painting walls, carpet cleaning....for an "ordinary" parent these things distract from the focus on children. But these aren't things W&K likely do themselves. So while I agree a 2 hr engagement takes more than 2 hrs, other parents have extra things to do too. That said, as I said before I do think a big part of the problem arises from the language used vs the actual time devoted to royal duties. (And using the term "normal" to describe their lives probably doesn't help!)

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    2. Nicely put Lizzie!

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    3. So Lizzie,these are reasons to diss the Cambridge's! Other people will be able to retire at some point as well. Will and Kate are in it to the end.

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    4. I really wasn't "dissing" W&K Eva B. I was giving my opinion as to some reasons why they've seemed to get more than their share of negative attention for their work schedules over the last few yrs (something I'd like to see improve.) As I said, I  do think much of it stems from explanations given by their KP PR team and in some cases by Will. Frequently bringing up the importance of spending time with their kids instead of doing royal work MAY rub parents the wrong way if those parents 1) do not have the option of spending more time with their own kids and 2) don't consider a 2-3 hr engagement, a tennis or rugby match, or a movie premiere "work."  That sort of statement about priorities also COULD imply any parent who really cares about his/her own children would feel the same way and therefore do the same thing if he/she really cares.  Or even worse, it could imply that W&K's kids are more "worthy of parental attention" than are other kids.  Either way, KP and Will may appear increasingly tone deaf and out of touch to many in the UK. While it may simply be a matter of time passing, it is interesting to me these kinds of criticisms (and others) increased after Lowther-Pinkerton left. Many now on the team are in their 30s and may lack real-world experience and certainly lack BRF experience. They may also be reluctant to speak honestly to Will.


      While you are correct many will retire, not all working class parents can look forward to a long (much less luxurious) retirement. In fact, some will not actually "retire" but will work in some capacity until death. 

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    5. Sometimes it seems to me that the social class Cambridges belong to is at the root of many criticisms directed at them. I don't think people should be judged on the basis
      of what was handed them at birth. It is not considered fair to criticise one based
      on a congenital physical challenge or great beauty, for example. It's how one accepts
      the challenge and works to put the best light possible on it that one should be
      judged for.
      William and Catherine have explicitly stated in speeches how lucky they were to have had certain advantages. They have followed it up by trying to help and engage with
      those who weren't so lucky. Their efforts are limited by their position, as well
      as enhanced by it. They can't go door to door or stand in a soup kitchen day after
      day because of security issues, for one thing.
      I truly believe William and Catherine have begun a life-long commitment to those who weren't so lucky in having a head start. A few thorns come with those roses, too.
      They also have stated in many verbal and non-verbal ways that their children will
      not be lost to their efforts. Balance.
      I think we have all heard the tax-payer, perks, must earn rebuttals. And I understand and accept your opinions.Reliable site(s) that detail the facts about the financial
      disbursements are available. One is listed above.
      I just hope that commenters tempted to fire back the usual rhetoric, some of it
      with valid points, would consider another viewpoint: that the Cambridges as upper
      class members could do nothing for others or go through the motions of white glove
      charity; that they are committed and working toward a goal of service, without
      sacrificing their own children.
      They have advantages that others don't. It is a fact.It's how this world works, at this point. I don't think they should be constantly shamed for it.

      Day laborers may not consider sitting at a desk all day "work." It is all a matter
      of perspective and being able to imagine oneself walking in another's shoes. If you
      haven't done it, be careful before judging.

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    6. lizzie-please correct me if I am in error, but I believe JLP left about the same time Clarence House (read that Charles) took over major control of WCH PR. Part of this was explained by confusing and overlapping in royal coverage. Although KP nominally
      handles their PR ,much is still controlled elsewhere. For example-correspondence to and from WCH goes through a CH office. And the people in charge there are not
      30 year olds -I found that comment hinted a bit at agism. The staff of KP are paid through CH. I magine CH has input in the hiring as well.
      When/if the Cambridges and Harry are given more control over their PR, we might see
      less confusion. Too many cooks.

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  16. I hope she enjoys this quality time with her family!

    Yes she lives in a palace, she has designer clothes blabla but that doesn't mean she don't deserve it because we don't see her as much as we want it.

    + de preparations of the royal engagements, tours etc. are behind close doors. I think she has a lot more work to do at her office for her charity's then we know.

    Since her Middleton days we discuss her workload. The fact is she is wealthy and can live her life how she wants. I think her engagements will increase when the kids are older.

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  17. To the Anon who asked me about paparazzi photos...yes, I absolutely distinguish between a long lens photo of Kate swimming on a public beach and a long lens photo of Kate without clothes on. It's an obvious ethical distinction. I have no problem making it. I think if you have any honor at all, there should be a clear difference.

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  18. So tiresome of some to jump on everything William and Kate do; altho every tab write-up I have seen on this apparent holiday points out that Kate--and many assume the entire family, William and the kids also went--and family pay for private holiday--the cost of protection officers is always mentioned as a public expense. Truth is, I feel quite certain that the Cambridges could live without having protection officers 24/7; no doubt, it would be a relief to get them off their backs and out of their private lives. That being said, did anyone else note that it was announced on Tuesday that Harry was planning to spend weeks in Africa? Wonder what HIS protection will cost the British public? No doubt, numerous other royals also take vacations throughout the year; how come we never hear about the cost of their POs?

    In my view, this sort of thing is just clickbait for the tabs-who cares what Sophie and Edward do in their free time? And who cares how many mini-breaks Harry may squeeze in in Africa?

    I doubt that the tabs have it out for W&K, altho they're perfectly willing to use them to make money. My question is this: how did this really leak? Who wants to trash Kate, in particular? Sure, *numerous sources* have been cited as seeing her, and only her, presumably at the airport. So what are the names of these sources? I really think theres a distinct possibility that this vacation never happened.

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    1. I am sure Harry's security will cost more abroad than it does at home too. But while we could characterize his visit as a vacation, KP announced he was helping with a project to relocate 500 elephants for conservation purposes. He also attended an AIDS conference, made a presentation at an observation of Mandela's death, and while he played polo, the event was to benefit Sentebale. So its hard to call it only vacation IMO. (And if it is only vacation and not work, then many at-home royal engagements are not work.) Plus, I don't know that putting down Harry's activities changes any views about W&K anyway. (I don't know that was JC's intent but in print it seemed a little bit that way IMO.) 

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    2. True-JC's pointing out that Harry AND the Wessexes don't have the detailed scrutiny
      that W&C do won't change anyone's views about the Cambridges. Unfortunately.

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    3. Careful, JC, or you'll end up in the "clique." LOL!

      I also noticed that nobody cared that Harry is taking his break in Africa. The other Harry aspect is that he is single. Once he has a wife and children it will be interesting to see if they call him lazy for spending time with them.

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    4. I am NOT putting Harry down here, but I do believe that over the years he has gotten a pass for many things because he comes across as more "ordinary" and less guarded than William who is (and my goodness needs to be!) more cautious and conservative in his public persona. Compare the Queen to Princess Margaret...different roles, different rules.

      Regarding Sophie and Edward, they simply do not have the star power so they will never be the subject of the sort of 24/7 criticism that W&K arouse.

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    5. Harry seems to be PR gold.I think he is a treasure, but he is no angel. I imagine he finds ways to entertain himself off camera. He also has a number of personal friends
      in Africa.
      Sometimes I think the Harry fans put him on a bit of a pedestal. Obviously they would
      need very short or very forgiving memories.
      Too bad those short, forgiving memories can't be activated for W&C.Events from years ago are constantly being dredged up and brought out as proof of one thing and another.

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    6. royalfan I think you hit the nail on the head about the scrutiny regarding Harry v William and the guardedness. At least in my family the older sibilants get dealt hands that require them to be more serious (at least publicly) and the younger ones get a bit of a pass/benefit of the doubt. I do wonder what will happen when Harry marries and hope that when he does it might take some pressure off William and Kate. Talking about work/duty Harry should step up and provide some headlines so the Cambridges can vacation in peace!

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    7. So true, royalfan and anon 1. Harry has gotten a bit of a pass for his naughty behavior. He does marvelous things and he has grown up a lot the past couple of years and I like him tremendously but, my goodness, has everyone forgotten exactly how much we saw of him in Vegas? And that's just one of his oopsies. W&K go on a family vacation and you would think they had committed a crime. Very good comparison of HMTQ and Princess Margaret with the William and Harry relationship. So much more is expected of the heir.

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    8. Maybe Sophie and Edward has no star power it could be up to discussion, but the only reason that William has because of Diana and not because his work or personality. Harry has Diana's vein. IMO

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    9. Not true. The spotlight will always be on William because of his position as heir to the throne. Whether his mother was Diana or not. Unfortunately for Harry, as he slips further down the ladder and George and Charlotte and whatever other children and grandchildren the Cambridges have grow older, he will become less significant. Also William has more charm than people give him credit for. The only thing is he controls it more because of the position he holds. People also don't give William the credit he deserves for being a buffer for Harry almost his entire life.

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    10. William has received a much more direct "training" from HMTQ and PC and isn't quite as free as Harry to do what he wants. I think he is very much his mother but he has to hold back a certain reserve as the heir. He did stick to his guns on the most important thing - he married the woman he loved despite her lack of aristocratic upbringing. If William were really as people purport him to be I don't think he could have won Kate and kept her complete devotion. It is clear from how these two look at each other that they are totally devoted to each other.

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      While you are right saying he is the heir so the spotlight will be always on him and his family, still I think he is insignificant. A huge disappointment for me, he takes after Diana but he is nothing like her or even close. It could be due the fact that he had a more serious upbringing and the responsibility weighs him down, he said so. I prefer Harry sorry,he has the heart and soul of his mum.

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    12. Harry is a terrific guy with good qualities, but I wonder if you have had the chance to meet William in person? I have had that honour and he is a terrific, warm and caring individual who more often than not takes unnecessary heat from the press. My meeting with William and Kate, who is equally charming, is something that I will treasure for a lifetime. Too often people want to pit the two brothers against each other. This is totally unnecessary and am sure not something the brothers relish.

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    13. You got me all wrong if you think that was my intention, pitting them against each other.

      May I ask about the nature of this meeting? With all due respect but if it was handshaking during a walkabout it is a bit foregone conclusion then they are all charming and lovely. Of course they are, but that's an image.

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    14. Absolutely no handshaking during a walk about. Chosen to meet them during an event in Canada during their 2011 tour. Spent quite some time engaging with them.

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  19. Ugh, the whole working moms vs. SAHMs debate.

    How about we use at least more accurate terms ie women who work *outside* the home vs. women who work *inside* it!

    Don't act like SAHMs don't do real, valuable work. And I'd love to be able to get lunch breaks, coffee breaks, go to the bathroom by myself, actually get paid for what I do, etc.

    I don't stay home because I absolutely love being bossed around and attending to the needs of emotionally-explosive, impulse control-incapable tiny people all day. I stay at home because daycare is INSANE where I live and it's just not worth it. Especially with more than one kid. (Plus they've shown how much time you spend with your kids before the age of 3 really CAN make a difference in their wellbeing. It IS important.)

    You want to work outside the home? Great, good for you (really). But don't look down on or devalue the contributions to society of those who don't.

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    1. Good for you 2:39! And let's not forget the aspect of how the SAHM's (at least here in the States) keep the elementary schools running by volunteering in classrooms, on field trips, the PTA, the fundraisers. Not everything can be cured by writing a check. Physical, human, presence is needed!

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    2. Very true, ladies.

      It's 2016...do we simply talk about choices, or do we honor and respect them? I do wonder.

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    3. Do you respect mothers who either chose to or have to work?

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    4. Of course! I grew up with a working mother. I was not a working mother. I have friends who either choose to or have to work and it's their decision and none of my business. I certainly don't criticize their choice whatever it is. I just really don't like the way society reduces the importance of the SAHM.

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    5. I think undervaluing the work women do in the home has been a pretty constant theme over the course of history πŸ˜‰ But seriously I do agree with you Robin that's it's too bad hands on parents (going to include dads since William has made clear he wants to be more involved than royal dads have been in the past) sometimes get the short end of the stick when it comes from society's appreciation for all the good that comes from being present in their children's lives

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    6. I don't wish to wade into this debate but I have to point out that working mothers do everything a stay-at-home mother does and work 40-50 hours outside the home depending on the job.

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    7. ANON,

      Working mothers do not do everything a SAHM does but add an outside job on to that. SAHM actually PHYSICALLY take care of their children all day. Big difference.

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      Agree.

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    9. I think the common denominator is that they each love their children and do the best they can with what they have.

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  20. I am a big fan of the Royal family and I am glad to see Duchess Catherine going on a vacation she deserves one for all those that say otherwise they have not been looking at how busy she has been this year just to name a few she was in India and Bhutan for a week and then gave a dinner for President Obama then started celebrating The Queens 90 birthday for days and then garden parties and opening the play ground then flew to France for 2 days for the great War also at the horse races for the Queens horses and then all the charities that she attended in between while all the time trying to take care of her children and be able to be with them as much as possible. This is just a few things she has done. I hope she gets a lot of rest and relaxation while on vacation she needs it.

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  21. Maggie - MinneapolisJuly 27, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    In regards to this being the first time back in France since those invasive pictures - wasn't the skiing vacation earlier this year in France? Not a huge deal either way :)

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  22. I read someplace that they are in France to visit relatives. Does anyone know which relatives live in France? It makes me wonder if the "relatives" are Pippa, James and the Middleton gang, and everyone is meeting there for an engagement shindig!

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    1. Possibly Viscount Lindley's estate. He is William's great-aunt Margaret's son, I believe.

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    2. I like your idea! Wouldn't that be a fun gathering?

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    3. There was an article with pictures of Viscount Linley & family in the papers today but they were vacationing in Portofino. The people with them were described as being "Britain's blingiest couple" - Lord and Lady Bamford and their family. Never heard of them. Anyway, his place is in Luberon which is quite far from Pau.

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    4. Robin 11:58- Thanks! Did not realise it was not close.
      Wouldn't it be interesting if the SUVs took them to a private airport?

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    5. Yesterday, Pips and brother were scaling the Matterhorn (sp?). But I agree with you about is being the Middletons with them in France.

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  23. On the Good News front for anyone who wants an affordable RepliKate - the Azuni chalcedony earrings Kate wears are back in stock at Azuni.com. I just ordered a pair - except I ordered them in silver since all of my chalcedony jewelry is set in silver. My favorites - the Athena small round hoops - are still out of stock. :-( But, that didn't stop me from ordering a pair that were on sale for a terrific price to fly across the pond with the chalcedony pair!

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    1. Well then we are matchy matchy πŸ˜‰πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŠπŸ€”

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    2. Did you get the silver too, Diane? Heehee.

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    3. OK, I think I may have a problem. I already ordered two pairs of Azuni earrings and I have got another pair, a bracelet, and a necklace on my wish list. I may need intervention.

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    4. ha! intervention. Steady on, girl. Wait for Christmas, Robin?

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    5. Robin, if you could see the fresh swipe marks on my Amex, you would not consider me a good candidate for this intervention. ;)

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    6. Since I never buy anything I can't eat or read, I would be an excellent candidate. Unless Azuni has eatable earrings or ones you can read like those flattened pennies with the Gettysburg Address on them.

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    7. Well, at least I know I am in good company! :-)

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    8. anon 1 - So, um, are you a bookaholic? If so, you and I could get into some serious trouble in a bookstore! Of course, I'll be there with cute earrings on. ;-)

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    9. I am a voracious reader. Ha! A true book Consumer. I would rather go to a bookstore than the movies. I think
      it is in my genes and I've passed it on.
      When I was a youngster, the library was my second home in the summers.
      I sense you also like books just to have them and hold them in your hand.
      So...yeah!

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  24. She didn't go to Mustique this year so must be ready for a break in the sun!

    Also...most of us in Europe take multiple weeks in August off. Factories shut down for the entire month. I don't see it as a big deal that they take August off given that the rest of us "regular" people in Europe essentially do the same.

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    1. Exactly! Its much ado about nothing!

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  25. WOW! People, calm down! W&K are royal and wealthy and, as such, they live a very priviled life with a certain amount of duty. Unless the British people fire them, they can live as they like. Enjoy the photos and the pomp, comment on the fashion and move on. Nothing more to see here!

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  26. Anon 7:21, so true about much of Europe being shut down in August.

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  27. I'm off for the month of August as its too exhausting seeing this pointless, tiresome discussion. See you in September. Until then I'll stick with Jane's newsletters.

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    1. :-( Sorry to see you go Jane in Canada.

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    2. Guess that makes Jane in Canada a member of the clique too 😊 she too is weary.

      Enjoy your time off Jane. Thank goodness you are not a royal or taking off a month would land you in the Daily Fail.

      Trying to lighten the mood 😊

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    3. Am with you on this. Depressing isn't it :(

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  28. I love your posts Jane, but why are you allowing posts bullying a fellow Kate site owner to continue?

    We all hate to see Kate bullied online, why is it o.k. to do it to one of her fans?

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    1. It isn't always clear to me that people have the same definition of bullying. As far as I can follow, there have been a few comments mentioning a blog that specifically exists to criticize Kate. Those comments haven't been complimentary in tone. The Daily Mail gets a pretty hard rap around here, too. I am not sure how either is bullying.

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    2. There are several Kate blogs out there and I have no idea what the name is of whichever one they are talking about. I only read this one so I don't have a frame of reference but the fact that it remains a mystery to those of us who don't read it appears to me they are not being bullies because they are only referring to an unnamed entity.

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    3. It is possible that some readers of that site recognise it from the description.
      If so, the comments must be true, although not specifically attributed to a certain
      blog. The DM takes a lot of hits. The Harry story Royalfan linked was a good one, in my opinion, and deserved comment also. Very few blogs ,media/internet sites (that I've seen, which limits the field considerably) or writers are all positive or all
      negative- which are terms grossly misused and with subjective viewpoints only.

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  29. Hello Jane,

    I agree with another commenter that this discussion has gotten tiresome. Oh, my!!

    How can we sign up for your weekly newsletter, Jane? I can't find the instructions. Thank you.

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