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Future Fiefdom: Kate Tours Cornwall in Pinks and Neutrals

Thursday, September 1, 2016

"Away Days" are so much fun. In many ways, they aren't that different from a full day of engagements in any given town, but the official title and the pointed focus on a region raises them to a little mini-tour and adds an extra pep of excitement. Today, the spotlight was on Cornwall in Southwest of England. When Prince Charles ascends the thrown the Duchy of Cornwall will fall to William, and the Cambridge couple will be the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, so they were getting a little preview of their future interests.



Wills and Kate had a busy itinerary starting at the Cathedral and ending at the beach. In between they visited a youth organization, development projects, and had a tipple at a local brewery. Let's start at the Cathedral. I love old things and cathedrals like Truro's are right up my alley. This is the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the earliest church on this location dates back to the mid-thirteenth century. 

Truro's Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Cathdral's website explains how it is a church within a church:
Since at least 1259, and probably before, there has been a Parish Church of St Mary located on this site. When Truro was chosen it was assumed that the Parish Church would be completely demolished to make way for the Cathedral. However, the architect John Loughborough Pearson, argued and eventually gained permission to keep at least part of the old Parish Church. He cleverly incorporated the South Aisle of the church into his design for the new Cathedral, so that symbolically and physically the Mother Church of the Diocese has a protective arm around one of her daughter churches.
These days the problem with churches is finding the moolah to maintain them. That's a lot of roof going on and the Duke & Duchess were visiting to help raise funds to replace/repair. The two signed slates while the choir serenaded them to what sounds to be Pie Jesu.



Via Kensington Palace Twitter
After an enthusiastic walk-about, the two headed off to Young People Cornwall, a youth support organization whose tagline is "Making Waves." Ironically, that's just what Prince William did when he told some of the youngsters that it took him a while to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. The Twittersphere erupted with an array of comments, some of which on the fringes even suggested William shouldn't still be in line to the throne at all. Yawn. Everyone has the right to be human and think through his or her life's trajectory. William had every right to decide how he wanted to map out the literally decades that span between now and the throne. Consider that Prince Charles is almost 70 years old and is still putzing about as the Prince of Wales. That's a lot of time to wait for your primo job to roll around, and while William's life has an overall structure it was up to him to map out the particulars within that framework. Good on him for doing that and blowing off the Daisy Downers.


If aides whispered to William that he went off script with his remark, he found ready steadying at the next stop on the couple's itinerary, which was Healeys Cyder, aka Cornwall's only distillery. Here the couple sampled...some cider:

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Didn't Kate serve a brief stint as a waitress back in the St. Andrews days? I could swear she did, even if it was for the blink of an eye. In any event, she played the role today by pulling a draft of something with a kick in it for William. 

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The couple sampled a variety of ciders in addition to taking the barest sip of the alcohol. According to Emily Andrews, who took this video, the whiskey was 60 proof.
Fortified for the journey, the two were off and running to view the development projects in Tregunnel Hill and Nansledan, both Duchy of Cornwall projects.

via Kensington Palace Twitter

Finally, their day ended at the beach to visit The Wave Project, a group that helps young people combat mental health issues by teaching them to surf. William has been pictured surfing throughout his youth/adulthood. He was photographed during his college years surfing, his bachelor party revolved around surfing, and he was very famously snapped in 2012 on a boys getaway in Cornwall surfing while Kate attended Wimbledon. Apparently, the Cambridges like to holiday in Cornwall with their children, too. The Mayor of Newquay, Jane Leadbetter, spoke to Kate about the beach breaks the royals take with their children in Cornwall. She quoted the Duchess:
[Kate] said they would love it here, they do bring [George and Charlotte] down to Cornwall. They surf themselves.
Proof we don't know everything that William and Kate get up to with the kids. ;) I bet they love that. 


The beach was stuffed with kids and the couple toured around chatting about the program with local officials and meeting and interacting with the little ones who were eager to present flowers or share their passion for the water.


Emily Nash shared this close up video of Kate thanking several youngsters for coming out:


Ok, so that covers the couple's activity, let's look at the fashion. The first photo that zipped over the wire this morning only showed the bodice of Kate's dress and I was not excited. As soon as I got a complete shot of the full skirt, however, I was instantly a fan. This is a dress by American designer Lela Rose, the second piece from the label that the Duchess has worn.

via Ian Volger Twitter


Kate first wore Lela Rose while in Australia. It was the final night of the tour--the couple would make an appearance at the ANZAC service the next day and then head straight to the airport. We all assumed she would wear Aussie or at least a British designer, but Kate turned heads in this white Texas cocktail dress. 



It is interesting that Kate chose to return to the label two years later, and for a tour of her future duchy, no less. There is an immediate comparison to be drawn between today's dress and the pink McQueen, also from her tour Down Under. I think, however, that is bears striking resemblance to the white Wickstead from India. They both have a similar bodice, unusual pockets excepted, and they have a similar weight and movement. Obviously a silhouette Kate likes:


Today's dress has a number of panels that, by the company's own description, provide contouring. When the dress is in motion, it maintains its structure very beautifully:


I like it. I know many find the overall palette (the grey/neutral Monsoon Fleur wedges, pinky morganite drops, and Natalie clutch) to be too bland. I am on a real neutral kick myself right now, so this really appeals to me. I like the soft play of the grey and creams with the blush of the dress. This kind of grey-tone can wash out a lot of complexions, but Kate's tan provides the perfect grounding to pull it all off. I thought she was really stunning today:


As usual, Kate really connected with the locals. She is an absolute natural on walkabouts and provides what appears to be deeply genuine interaction with those who come out to say hello.


Best moment of the day was this moment Mr. Security shared with Prince William. Two of my favorite guys:

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We didn't get to see it so much following from a distance, but Cornwall is really stunning, as anyone who lives there, has traveled there, or has the ability to use Google can attest. Photographer Chris Jackson took this video early this morning and shared it on Twitter. Breathtaking:


When I showed the first season of Poldark to my family I told them that Cornwall is a character in itself. Don't we get a blustery ride along the coastline at least three times an episode? It has really stoked my inclination to vacation there. Cornwall has been the setting for a number of dramas in literature and on screen, and for good reason. The striking coastline is both arresting and romantic. In case you were not aware, Poldark's second season does debut this Sunday. I assume Kate will be tuning in. I feel spoiled right now, because last Sunday saw the premiere of Victoria on ITV. It was really excellent, I certainly recommend it. I don't usually advocate people spending time watching much of anything, but I am a sucker for British drama/romance in the fall. Now that Downton Abbey is gone, I am allowed to add a substitute indulgence.


To close, this sweet picture was taken by veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards. Yesterday was the 19th anniversary of Diana's death in Paris. Today, her son chatted with a little boy who had waited three hours to meet the royals. According to Edwards, they talked about Star Wars. I think the legacy continues:

See you tomorrow! 

60 comments:

  1. I really thought the Duchess looked fabulous, elegant and appropriate for all the visits today. I think Williams quote was initially taken out of context as reporters only tweeted a portion of what was said. The usual bandwagon of people who like to jump on any Cambridge so called misstep chimed in. However I believe that they were talking about the wide variety of choices to make when choosing careers and especially further studying, William did change his course of study after his first year. Either way one can only applaud him for getting an education and his flying credentials. In his position he could have sat back and done nothing to enhance himself. Will and Kate seem to have a direction with their lives in as much as they can and I applaud them for trying to navigate it within the constraints that they face.

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    1. I agree with everything you wrote.

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    2. I agree 7:21. He always knew that ultimately he would be king but what to do in the meantime. Especially at University when deciding - like all the rest of us - what to major in.

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  2. Both William and Kate look fantastic! I like that William is continuing his grey blazer/navy pants trend.

    I am so thrilled that they visited Cornwall and have been looking forward to this visit since it was announced. I honeymooned in Cornwall and fell in love when we were there. And Jane - I am beyond ecstatic that you mentioned Poldark! I have watched season 1 three times now and can't wait for season 2 to return. My husband and I enjoy it more than Downton Abbey. I even read the entire Poldark novel series this summer :)

    Can't wait to see what they do at the Isles of Scilly!

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  3. Well I am with Jane here.... I love this. I think simplicity and neutral tones can be very elegant. I love this color on Kate with her dark hair and tan. Beautiful. The earrings are perfect and as soon as I find an extra 3500 pounds I am going to rush out and get a pair!! (Huh...even with the drop in the pound..that won't be anytime soon!).

    And her hair. Wow. The last couple of outings it has been outstanding. Kate's best accessory.

    Now to the shoes. Okay. I am not a huge fan of those wedges. I like wedges just not these ones! But I will concede that given the territory she had to cover today (cobbelstones, gravel roads at a construction, stables and finally a sandy beach). ....she really only had two choices. Wedges or ballet style flats. And I am sorry but with a dress like this ballet flats would look silly. For comparison our Canada "First Lady" Sophie was at the Great Wall of China today. Sophie also wore a fit and flare dress in a gorgeous red. Both her and her daughter wore ballet flats. On her daughter it was so cute. On the wife of the Prime Minister ....not so much. Sorry but ballet flats do not work with a fit and flare dress unless you are 10 and under. So while I am not a fan of these wedges I will acknowledge they were the right pick for today's agenda

    Also Will was rocking another great sport coat! Love it.

    But what really impressed me today is what an amazing team Kate and William are becoming. Truly, truly engaged and personable. I think we are going to see them doing some amazing things beyond the customary royal "walk abouts and charity visits". Give them time but this is a twosome who really want to make an impact. Same with Harry.

    Jane..thank you for the tips on some good British shows. I am in Downton Abbey withdrawal so I am going to check those out!!

    See everyone tomorrow.

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    1. Besides, if you've ever tried to walk on the beach in flats or heels, you know the sand
      seeps in. Wedges made sense-a little like the principle behind snow shoes. If you catch my drift.
      Laura, Emily, Jennifer, and anon 7:21- Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

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    2. "...snow shoes. If you catch my drift.."

      Good one, anon 1

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    3. Ha, anon 1! Snow - catch my drift! :-D

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    4. Hey, Robin and Kaye...you caught it!
      I'm serious about the wedge shoes and sand. Great choice.

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  4. Jennifer from the SouthSeptember 1, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Lovely outfit and fun engagement!

    I thought it was the white Wickstead from India at first, but love the color and cut of this new dress. ๐ŸŽ€

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  5. I am in the minority of those who LOVE these shoes, but my opinion is influenced by the fact that I own them (bought the second they were ID'ed during India tour). They are without a doubt the most comfortable wedges I've ever owned. I can wear them for hours without a second thought! They're really a pleasure to wear, and while I prefer to pair them with skinny jeans or a flippy sundress rather than a more tailored dress, I can totally see why she chose them today. And I'd be willing to bet her feet didn't bother her in the slightest this evening! Score one for comfort! :)
    -Tess

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  6. This dress is fantastic and I am thrilled to see those morganite earrings again. Also... wills jacket and properly breaking pants. Big win. Love it.

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  7. The opposite happened to me, Jane. I saw the bodice and got excited but saw the rest and not so much. A line below the knee dresses are just not that interesting imo. I never wear them, and think they either look juvenile or dated. I didn't think she looked bad but I didn't think she looked great either. I think a statement necklace would have elevated her look substatially.

    I understand why she wore these shoes but they really don't go well with the structure and formality of the dress. Also, for me, the grey/beige color photographed as dirty next to the delicate pink. A more casual summer dress would not have been so glaringly uncomplimentary with the wedges. She can dress so much better than this.

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  8. I agree with everything everyone has said thus far. This blush pink really suits the Duchess' coloring- with or without a tan. Will is looking very natty these days. And the two together- dynamite! Can't wait for tomorrow and the Canadian tour with the whole family!!!

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  9. I think his Mother would be so very proud. My mom woke my sister and I up very early in the morning to watch Diana and Charles get married (seeing that we are in California). It is one of my earliest memories. I was barely 4! And I also remember the tragic day the world lost her. I was glued to my TV and so upset having followed her my whole life. Its so fun to follow William and Catherine and all the amazing things they do!

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  10. I think Kate looked very pretty today. The pale pink and neutrals would make me look washed out, but the light colors contrast nicely with Kate's dark hair. I also love the drop earrings. I'm not crazy about the wedgies--but then, I'm not sure what else she could have worn to the beach. All in all, a simple yet elegant outfit—nothing out of the ordinary, but very lovely nonetheless.

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  11. So delighted that Kate elected to wear Lela Rose again! The dress was perfect as was her hair! They seemed to really enjoy their visit! Thanks for the post!

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  12. I'll read everyone else's comments tomorrow morning but just needed to stop by and say how much I loved today's look. Pink is my favorite color and I love it paired with grey. I also love the morganite Kiki's Kate was wearing. The structure of the dress was very reminiscent of the red LK but I like the waistline of this one better. Over all a great big win for me. Add to that the adorable interactions between her and William and this is one of my favorite outings.

    Personal note to Jane (and anyone else) - Definitely vacation in Cornwall! It's one of my favorite vacations in the UK ever. It's so beautiful and there is so much history. We stayed in Fowey (pronounced Foy) where Daphne du Maurier lived in a house called Menabilly - the house on which she based Manderley in her famous novel, "Rebecca", and figures prominently in her novel "The Kings General." Across the channel is the house she lived in later in life in Bodmin. It's right on the water and overlooks Fowey. The sea is beautiful and the cliff walks are glorious! Fond memories and wishes of going back!

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  13. I realaly love the way Kate and William interact. I watched the video of them trying cider; they were like any 'normal' couple. William tried the drink and rather than having a second glass poured the Duchess, she just took her husband's! I believe that life and love are in the insignificant details, and this couple embodies that all the time.

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  14. And Mr Security was enjoying himself too! A win win win for me.

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  15. I really, really wish she had worn her green Kiki drops. The colour-blocking is working less and less for me...

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    1. Oooh those would look lovely with this dress and we haven't seen those in a while!

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  16. Beautiful dress--- the seaming is exquisite: just lovely. imagine the amount of time and the attention to detail of the dress.
    Her footwear was well chosen to cope with the cobbles of Truro and the sands of Newquay.
    They have such a great partnership.
    Cannot understand why anyone should question the comments about deciding what to do. More than probable that it will be about another 25 years before the succeed to the throne. Seems sensible to think about what they will do in the immediate future.

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    1. I can't imagine Charles king at age 90, however. The queen has kept a very healthy lifestyle.Just a gin and Dubonnet at times.but then, there's the QM, wwho defied all
      odds.One never knows, I suppose. I think William could use at least another ten years before taking on the crown.I do feel his filling in part of his waiting years as an air
      ambulance pilot was a useful choice.I don't think it was a choice lightly made and
      I feel his advice to the teen was sincerely made.

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  17. Questions... 1. What exactly will they become when Charles becomes King? Title wise that is and will they then be called that or will Cambridge still be used? Do they keep the Duke and Duchess or automatically become Prince and Princess of Wales? Will Kate finally be considered a Princess or does she stay Duchess until becoming Queen? Will the children still be Cambridge's or will their titles change as well?

    Ok, on to the event of the day.. I loved the dress! The color, the silhouette, the movement it made all of it!! Loved her hair!!! Particularly gorgeous today,imo! I love the jewelry, watch and earrings.. I'm ok with the wedges not in love but much better than nude LK Bennett heels...Overall a 10 in my book!! I know the watch was a gift from William but I wonder if there's a method to the madness so to speak of when she wears it??
    They are such a great match! Loved seeing their cute interactions!! My fav was on the beach and her turned towards him him slightly and probably whispering the way he has his head down interestingly listening.. Love!!
    William adding the coat along with shorter hair had his own style going up imo.. Still too much blue but besides that, imo, he looked much better than usual! Thanks Jane!

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    1. When Charles takes the throne, William and Kate immediately become Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. They keep their Cambridges titles until William becomes King. Charles has to make William Prince of Wales it isn't automatic. Kate has been a Princess since she married William.

      The kids will change from of Cambridge to of Cornwall & Cambridge and then of Wales as their father's titles change.

      Also as heir apparent, William will have a different title in Scotland - Duke of Rothesay.

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  18. And today we have TROUSERS!

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    1. And I don't like that. Today's outfit is my least favorite outfit of Kate.

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    2. I love today's outfit! Can't wait to see Jane's take on it.

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  19. Valerie,
    When Charles becomes King, William will automatically become Duke of Cornwall and therefore Catherine will be Duchess of Cornwall. She is a Princess now, albeit Princess William---so she will remain that. The title Prince of Wales is bestowed by the monarch, but there is every reason to believe this will be done quite speedily, as he is already an adult and they will then be Prince and Princess of Wales..
    The titles are all William's: Catherine takes them from him.

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    1. And, unless I'm mistaken, they will always keep Cambridge as one of their titles until their deaths even though that's not how they will be addressed. Is that correct, Jean?

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    2. Yes--They will be Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, But Cornwall being the older title takes precedence.
      I expect the Daily Mail will continue to call her Kate Middleton whatever the title.

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    3. The American media can't get over calling her Middleton as well. Just like we still - all these years later - see "Lady Di" when referring to the late Princess of Wales.

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    4. Don't keep titles until their death. The titles merge with the Crown when William becomes King. He could give the Cambridge title to another person.

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    5. Then again Diana isn't the late Princes of Wales - she was stripped of her title prior to her death.

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    6. She was stripped of the HRH. She was still officially styled as Diana, Princess of Wales, right up until her death.

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    7. Jean, I believe you're correct about the DM and future headlines. :) But I cannot help but wonder whether Charles' would be inclined to withhold the PoW titles from W&K in an attempt to minimize references to Diana.

      Robin, I believe you, but I honestly don't recall too many Lady Di headlines in the US (after her marriage), although I did see them on the cover of foreign celebrity type magazines. Somehow though, it didn't seem as disrespectful.

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    8. The Wales insignia were on the drape over her coffin.
      Absolutely correct, Robin.

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    9. I'm interested royalfan why "Lady Di" headlines weren't disrespectful but "Kate Middleton" references are?

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    10. Because "Lady Di" didn't use her maiden name after her marriage. Unless Kate chose to go by
      her pre-marriage name,it ignores the marriage as though it didn't exist.I imagine there are those who actually resent her luck in marrying a handsome prince-which confounds me-it's not as though he would have married any of them. Also,
      "Lady Di" had a history of being used affectionately. "Kate Middleton" evokes
      the days of some very unfriendly,snarky press.
      Please forgive my chiming in, royalfan. I doubt those who hold a grudge against her will accept it, so
      why do I bother?

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    11. But Kate doesn't go by "Kate" either

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    12. And using "Lady" to refer to Diana post-marriage "ignores" her marriage/actual titles as well...

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    13. Chime away! Thank you, Anon 1. :) You beat me to the two points I wanted to make. Using "Lady Diana" vs. "Kate Middleton" ... apples and oranges for one key reason: the likely intent behind it.

      Princess Diana came from an aristocratic family with quite an impressive history. She had more English blood in her veins than the royal family. Her father served as an Equerry to both George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and her maternal grandmother served as a Woman of the Bedchamber to the Queen Mother (they were friends for 30 years). Diana was born on the Sandringham Estate and lived at Park House until her father inherited Althorp. She was an insider...the girl next door...and there was never any question of her being a suitable bride and future Queen. The press cheered her from the moment it became public knowledge that she was the PoW's girlfriend. Any references to Lady Diana or Lady Di were respectful and, yes, affectionate, as Anon 1 stated. (You have to remember that she was 19 when she dated Charles).

      Compare this to Kate's experience... At university, she meets and falls in love with a future king. She comes from a secure and loving family who raised an educated, classy, gracious, and kind young woman. Kate had so much going for her, and so much to offer William and the RF, yet consider how she and the Middleton's have been treated by the press. To this day, they cannot mention Carole without making a reference to the airlines. And this is rather ironic and pathetic because, while they refuse to acknowledge her self-made success story, they dismissed Kate for not being a "modern woman". Hypocrisy at its finest.

      I don't want to get into the Google debate again; I get it, although I don't fully accept it as being the *only* explanation for headlines like "Prince William and His Wife Kate Middleton". I do see an element of intentional disrespect in it. I've said this before...the internet is as good as the intent behind using it.

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    14. Then why don't you call her Catherine?

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    15. If that's your only comment after what Anon 1 and I added to this conversation, then me thinks you'd rather argue than consider the facts shared. I tried.

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    16. No my point was that not everyone uses "Kate" without affection

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    17. I saw that headline, royalfan. I dont think it was in a tabloid. You think we'll ever read "Prince Charles and his wife,Camilla P. Bowels? I only see "his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall."
      Also, I believe she was christened in the chapel at Sandringham.

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    18. Anon 1, no we will never see such a headline. Off to the Tower it would be. :)

      And yes, Diana was christened at Sandringham, which made Charlotte's day even more significant.

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  20. Love this look, so delicate and classic but modern too - pure Kate! The blush is just delightful on her - can she wear every color in the rainbow or what - and her hair is amazing, so bouncy! Even more than both Kate and Williams amazing fashion - he looks great btw, maybe the trousers could be an inch longer, but he looks great - are their warm and friendly and genuine attitudes. They are so unpretentious, so supportive, it is truly touching to see these little videos. For such young people they have a remarkable maturity about them at all times. Graceful, humble souls - a good thing to have in the royal family! A note about Kate's dress - the seaming on the skirt is almost exactly like the seaming on the red LK Bennett dress she just wore - the Eugenia - it has those same curves over the hips which I really like, especially in this modern fabric.

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    1. yes to everything, including William's pants, Diane-the seaming on Kate's dress is elegant and decorative in itself. I really think a
      "statement necklace" would distract from the intent of the design- elegant simplicity.
      I think this design is rather sophisticated and may not appeal some tastes.

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  21. I too love Cornwall. And the teamwork between Will & Kate.
    This look was pretty but very boring. Yawn.

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  22. Yawn...a very nice dress; likely nicer in person and probably doesn't photograph well. Too boring and bland for me. Maybe as Catherine gets older, she'll grow to appreciate jewelry more. Her tendency to wear small pieces of jewelry (or none at all) is a bit boring. Bracelets...necklaces...brooches....anything with sparkle, please. What a shame it is she who will (eventually) inherit the Queen's fabulous collection. Perhaps Queen Mary can influence from beyond.....sigh :(

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  23. Everything was great until the trousers! As I have said before I find the overly tight skinny jeans paired with tops that are too short an awful look. The pants are not flattering...yes, Kate has a fabulous figure and gorgeous legs...I just don't need to see every inch of her legs. Also, the view from the back in this outfit is just not attractive...the cut-out of the jacket adds another level of awkward to the look. Someone in her circle needs to have a little heart to heart with Kate on this subject.

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  24. Do not forget about the comedy Doc Martin with the village of Port Isaac as a "character".

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    1. I still watch re-runs. Beautiful scenery. I wanted to go live in "Port Wenn."

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    2. I love Doc Martin! I wanted to move to Cornwall and still do! It is a beautiful place! I too recommend vacations for anyone headed across the pond to consider the area in and around Cornwall. Beautiful!

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    3. Ireland used to top my bucket list. Now, I'm not so sure. Besides scenery, there's tons of romatic history. Multiply us times all the others who have seen pictures of their mini tour and you've got some serios tourist promotion- I'm sure an intended goal.

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  25. Can we finally say that the fringe/bangs have died a very welcome death now? Really hope she doesn't experiment with them again, nor that horrible in between length! Likes the dress, still seemed a little short waisted to me, but not as bad as that emilia wickstead pink/turquoise number.

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  26. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thesun.co.uk/news/1717604/brazen-builder-who-took-a-selfie-with-kate-denies-flirting-with-the-royal/amp/


    Well this explains the laughter with the work site guys. One picture you can see the construction guy and everyone looking and laughing ☺

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