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Rio Video + Vacation in Biarritz

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Rio Olympics have gotten underway down Brazil way. Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been very involved supporting Britain's competitors in the past, they elected not to travel to Rio this summer. Today, the Royal Trio released a video message of support:


The video certainly keeps the focus on the athletes. William, Harry, and Kate each have only a very brief moment of screen time, with Kate's clip the shortest at barely one second. The Duchess is wearing her BARacing polo and Lauren leaf earrings with her hair in a half and half styling.  


It looks like the Cambridges filmed their comments while in Portsmouth on the 24th. The windy background and BARacing polos are pretty easy giveaways.


I appreciate this is a video supporting the British athletes, but we are all about Kate here, so that is my focus. To be honest, this video fell a little short for me. Whatever artsy filter the design team used washed out Kate's color and made her look far older than her youthful 34. Not good no matter what the subject of the film is. Recording during the America's Cup race was a good call, because it is yet another example of the royals' support for British sport, but I suspect they were also trying to avoid the fashion frenzy that erupted last time they released a film. When the Heads Together video was released it sparked the search for Kate's top which ended at JCrew's Tippi sweater. If that was part of the plan, they avoided the fashion frenzy, but next time they need to enhance the color, not turn Kate into a sepia version of herself. 


Changing gears, last week, the first rumor swirled that Kate and her family had taken a private jet to the south of France. There was a lot of speculation as to where the little royal family had chosen as the final destination, and we still don't know where the lion's share of the vacation was spent, but this week it was revealed the Cambridge family made their way to the coastal resort Biarritz for at least one night at a hotel that was once a palace belonging to Napoleon III. 



Napoleon III is (in)famous for a number of things. His Second Empire style cultivated art and architecture that we still admire today, and of course his glamorous wife Eugenie helped shape the fashion and culture of the period. Most lasting, Napoleon III hired Georges-Eugène Haussmann to transform Paris into the city she is today. Before Napoleon III, Paris was still a medieval city, full of crooked, winding streets crowded with timber structures. Haussmann made a master plan for the city that included large and gracious boulevards that would help move traffic, streamline trade,  provide light and air, and create a visually stunning capital city for the empire. Not all of his plans were fully realized, but enough were. Whole neighborhoods were razed to make way for the roads and plazas that make Paris so magnificent. (If you watch the new Les Mis, they used CGI to recreate the city in the scene where Javart stands above Notre-Dame. If you look, there are houses surrounding Notre Dame, whereas today, there is a large plaza.) As you can imagine, this overhaul was very controversial at the time, and the methods were likely unjust, but there is no getting around the fact that Paris is Paris because of her mix of the sweeping, white thoroughfares and stone alleys of the older parts.  Have we wandered off topic?  

Ok, so that is Napoleon III and William and Kate may have stayed the night in one of his erstwhile palaces in Biarritz. According to The Mirror:
The luxury seafront hotel describes itself on its website as “a hotel rich in memories, style and history” and with “style synonymous with an epoch, the Second Empire, which was to establish the reputation of Biarritz as ‘The Queen of Resorts and The Resort of Kings’". It boasts stunningly decorated rooms including royal suites featuring marble and Italian mosaics and described as seamlessly blending “timeless opulence with state-of-the-art amenities”.
This vacation came right around the time the couple announced they would indeed be returning to Canada this autumn for a tour that will include British Columbia and the Yukon. So, although the couple won't be in Rio, they have a fun fall planned for themselves and for us!

33 comments:

  1. Just one really picky comment for now-your "one second" Kate speech intrigued me. What can one say in one second? Bleh? Wow? Ha! Actually,there were 28 syllables in her remarks.
    Not even Donald Duck or Bugs Bunny could manage that.

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    1. But Jane is right, anon1! She wrote about the "screentime" , which is about one second, the "speechtime" a little bit longer. :)

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    2. Picky, no. This comment is petty and unnecessary, anon 1. You took the time to count the syllables in order to make your point?? How about "Thank you for all of your hard work in keeping this blog going, and bringing us all such pleasurable reading."

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    3. It was meant to be facetious, considering some of the criticisms Jane gets. Counting
      syllables-not meant to be taken any more seriously than Donald Duck or Bugs Bunny.
      Context is everything.
      If a comment must be deemed "necessary" it would be interesting to know why eyebrow
      and too thin comments about Kate are considered "necessary."


      To paraphrase Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club, "A sense of humor is nice. You should get one."
      I hesitated to dignify your comment with a response-it seemed a bit "let's all get anon 1." If your comment was "necessary," I wonder what its purpose was? Shaming me? Defending Jane?
      I've thanked and praised Jane many times and she knows that.

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    4. ps Franziska- if by "screen time" the visual only was meant, William and Harry were seen in the
      one-second cip also. Not just Kate. Since the copy said Kate's clip, I assumed it meant her words- the audio track. There was a female who spoke several times. I assume that was
      Kate.

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    5. I understood Anon 1's comment to be tongue-in-cheek. Whether one gets it or appreciates it is another story, but I thought Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny pretty much gave it away. :))

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    6. Some attempts as humor fall flat. As did this one for me. Perhaps if it had actually followed comments that put it in context - if you're going to criticize other commenters you need other comments

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  2. Very nice to put out a video in support of GB! Love the "Bring on the "Great"" 😊 those ad folks LOL

    Yes oh my they totally erased Kates color. Washed out. Actually all 3 of them look a tad bland. Why do that? Yikes

    Glad they got a vacation without the paps. Though I have read that there are some pictures but not published so who knows. The French press should know to back off of them. Are they home? It has been very quiet as expected in August.

    Thanks for the post Jane !

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    1. Did you go down and get your earrings yet, Diane? Mine arrived Monday and I love them - both pairs!

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    2. Not even any recent pictures of Pips with her engagement ring. It is quiet! I find it interesting that while the world was watching Pippa with her newly ringed finger that the Cambridges were able to sneak out of town relatively unnoticed for their holiday! Well played!

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    3. No Robin I have not been to the post office! Sigh. I will be at the door at 7:30 in the morning. Just long week with work and life.

      Happy you like yours! I know I will also love them! Now that I have 3 dresses...2 pairs of shoes..a scarve...a tartan scarve... a bag... candles... and earrings.... perhaps I should dye my hair? But snap.... no matter I could be Kates Mother.... maybe I do need a intervention? Heehee

      Happy Weekend!
      #RioOlympics good luck to all of the participants! I of course pull for the USA team but frankly I pull for all of them. They give so much to get there and when any of them do well I cheer! Watching the Opening Ceremonies and I am already weepy... haaa

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    4. We were watching our SF Giants lose a baseball game and totally forgot about the Opening Ceremonies. I'm more of a Winter Olympics fan so the Summer Olympics don't always hold the same amount of interest for me (except when they were in London - one of my homes away from home) but this particular Olympics has been surrounded by such controversy that it's held even less interest. I need to repent and cheer on our athletes who were brave enough to go to Rio amidst all of the worries about facilities and disease. USA, USA, USA . . . and Go Great!

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  3. Thanks for posting in a quiet time period, and I really like the way you work in a little history and politics when appropriate!
    Not just fluff here..thankfully.

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  4. I am both glad and not all surprised that W/K/H will not attend the Olympics given the obvious health concerns for three people in their 30's.

    And THIS photo of the hotel is amazing. What a beautiful location!! I hope they enjoyed their vacation.

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  5. The Olympics are in Brazil, not Argentina. Otherwise, great post!

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    1. Hahaha, oh man. I just keep winning. Thank you.

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    2. LOL! Sounds like you've had a long week, Jane!

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  6. Alejandra RamírezAugust 4, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Love your comments as usual! Spot on!
    Great job!

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  7. Kate looks totally weird in this video. She looks wasted and washed out, and it seems there is so little of her. Even the shape of her face looks different! Why release this? If this is truly the way Kate looks, I'm genuinely worried about her. It is amazing how much Kate has physically changed since becoming first engaged and then married to Prince William! In my opinion, those physical changes do not suit her at all.

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    1. The video of William and Kate's portion has been oddly produced with some strange filter and then it was compressed to fit the screen. This has given them elongated heads. Harry was obviously filmed at a different time and his isn't as bad. The only thing that is making them both look so washed out and strange is poor production quality.

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    2. No worries needed on Kate's behalf. :) Just compare the video photo above with the close up beneath it.

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  8. I wouldn't put all the blame on the camera filter or whatever. Kate si 34, nor 24, so her face has naturally changed. Her genes really ages sometimes and I would say that her weight is a controbuting factor. Mind you, this is not a critic of Kate, but an objective comment. It is natural to age, to look different, to have a face that changes overtime. It is no the end of the world. Yes, the camera was not flattering this time, but I am a bit surprised that Kate is still considered a girl while she is a woman, with wrinkles like every other woman on the planet. Plus, in this particular case, she had not much make-up on, frizzy hair due to the wind etc.

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    1. I agree..Kate is not a young women in her 20's. She tends to look much older than others in their mid-thirties. However, the video's message is nice and supportive, it's unfortunate that none of the royals look particularly healthy (considering it's for the Olympics.....ironic). I love Kate's looks most of the time. It's the inconsistency of her looks that is a bit perplexing. And to be honest, whoever shot this video and produced it should be fired.

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    2. Oh, I have a strong feeling that William wakes up every morning and thanks God for the genes he was lucky enough to marry. :) Blessed are those who can look at photos of Kate in her 30's (TWO children later), or photos of Carole at 50/60 and think, "no competition".

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    3. Good Lord royalfan, that comment was only pointing out home Kate is human, too!

      Saying that a person, whether royal or not , is allowed to Get older is a not an insult!

      Kate is top muco idealized mio.

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  9. They did certainly wash out our favorite royal "team" in this video. Just because a technique is available to video editors doesn't necessarily mean they should use it. I suspect it was intended to focus on the athletes but that was done in the number of clips they showed. Still, a lovely gesture by all three and a treat for the rest of us!

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  10. This is clearly a case of camera lenses and filters. On WKW Facebook page there is an excellent explanation of lens effects. This video was taken the same day as the America Cup race and there are multiple photos of her that day looking good. In a few hours or maybe minutes there could not be such an about turn in appearance.William also does not look great and Harry was filmed on a different day when hosting the BBQ for heads together. Ultimately it is about getting a message across to the athletes and that was accomplished.

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    1. Agreed! It is (or should be) about the Olympic athletes, and not yet another reason to criticize Kate.

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    2. Perhaps it's not so much a criticism of Kate as it is of whoever decided to use that filter or camera angle

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  11. Kate looked healthy and vibrant in the photo Jane positioned just below the faded one. Apparently taken the same day. The aged , faded look was due to photographic technique,
    which was clearly illustrated-for those who pay attention to context.
    It just amazes me that a photograph that should clearly prompt criticism of photographic technique was turned into a judgement of Kate.
    And, as Robin points out-William didn't appear much better.

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    1. That is so true, anon 1.
      Old Friend

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    2. Anon1 it amazes you? It's as transparent as the lens. 😃

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