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Wills & Kate Wave Goodbye to George + Tour Itinerary

Monday, September 12, 2016

A busy day in royal news. Sweet photos of Prince George seeing his parents off have surfaced in Woman's Day. The little prince accompanied by his nanny came to the gate to wave off William and Kate on September 1st as the couple flew by helicopter to Cornwall for two days of engagements.


Doesn't this image of George hugging Daddy just melt your heart?


The photo ran with the usual question, Is Kate Pregnant?


Let me jump in and kill the suspense: no, she isn't. This was September 1st, and on the 2nd she was wearing those Gap crops on Scilly. Could that tummy have been any flatter or more toned? 


Although George was under the careful care of his nanny, another member of the family clearly broke loose and tried to hop a ride on the heli. Kate scooped up her pooch and passed William to return Lupo to where he belonged:


Someone commented on Facebook how amazing it is to see Kate holding a dark dog against her $1,000 pale dress. That's love. 


Then it was back to the helicopter and the two were whisked away to Cornwall.


Although Prince George had to watch from the sidelines that day, today Kensington Palace announced the itinerary for the Cambridges' tour of Canada at the end of this month, and finally confirmed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will accompany their parents. The itinerary is long and complicated. The Canadian government has broken it down very well and you can browse the schedule here


I think everyone knows, but Kate was pictured driving to Crathie Kirk on Sunday morning.  The Duchess was wearing her Michael Kors blazer (pictured above in January of this year) with an alternate sweater/top. I suspect she was also wearing the skirt, and the hat was the same design as above, but I thought it looked burgundy in the photo. That could have been the lighting. It might have been almost an entire recycle. Below is a dark snap of Kate yesterday via Emily Andrews


To the surprise of many, pictures of Carole Middleton also were published. Apparently, Mike and Carole were both there. I am delighted that the Middletons joined William and Kate in Scotland, at the invitation of the Queen. Carole and the Queen were pictured driving about in HM's Range Rover. (See the photos here.) 

via Emily Andrews



49 comments:

  1. Oh George seemed a bit teary 😢
    Love Kate with Lupo that is too cute! This picture shows just how much she is NOT about the clothes. Most would never pick up a dog in that dress. As you said pure love.

    Little frightening to see the men with assault weapons. I know it is a fact of life for them given the way of the world but not sure I could deal with that daily.

    On the countdown for Canada! This is going to be epic!

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    1. We see armed police officers around London these days, particularly at underground and railway stations. It's a very sad thing and even sadder that people have become used to it. I remember going to Italy on holiday in my early teens in the 1980s and being astounded and scared to see police officers with guns around railway stations. I doubt any young person has that reaction these days.

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    2. Aging myself Anon but I remember armed police in the airports in Italy and Germany back in the late 60s due to the Red Brigade and Red Faction groups. I was a child but it was frightening. When you cross into border towns from Texas to Mexico most towns have an army person with a machine gun surrounded by sandbags. That is due to the cartels. As you say it is the normal today. Sad indeed.

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    3. The first time I went to Venice, Italy, I was shocked to see the police boats with men standing at the front with fully automatic weapons. Then we made our way north to Paris where the Iranian embassy had been bombed about two weeks earlier and the scene was frightening. I remember thinking how blessed we were to live in a country where we didn't see that. Now, we have a relative who is a Border Patrol officer. Their lives are in danger every single day. It is scary out there everybody. Be careful.

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    4. Ohhh, Robin, Venice is on my bucket list. Have you ever seen Katharine Hepburn in "Summertime" (a 1955 movie)? That was the start of my long distance love affair. ;)

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    5. I don't remember if I've seen that one or not, royalfan. You will love Venice! The sites, the food, the shopping, eating gelato on a summer evening while live music plays in the Piazza San Marco - I'm ready to return again!

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    6. Robin, it sounds delightful! If you have a chance, watch the movie. It was filmed in Venice and you will love it. You don't just see bits of Venice...it is a major part of the movie.

      AND, since I have talked about it so much, my next stop is Netflix. :)))

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  2. Awww...how sweet is George? I just want to pick him up and hug him as he watches mommy and daddy leaving.

    And I had a similar thought on the light dress and black dog combo. That IS love. On an almost daily basis, we see celebrities who appear to be less concerned with their own children.

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  3. Really. It's not the dress and dog that are eye catching. The machine gun and small boy together is extremely sobering.
    No wonder they could probably care less about mean blog comments...

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    1. It's scary but that's the world we live in now. We have friends who are in the intelligence community and they've told us that the credible threats against public figures are more than we could fathom. I can't imagine living that way but, you're absolutely right, what a newspaper or blog comment could ever say about them wouldn't hold a candle to legitimate threat assessments.

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  4. The Canada itinerary is a tourist dream. I live in Vancouver and work very near the harbour airplane base near Jack Poole Plaza. And my sisters all live in Kelowna. I have to say the harbour float plane ride from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria is one of my very favourite things to do and I always encourage first time visitors to Vancouver and the provincial capital (Victoria) to travel at least one way by float plane. It really is a treat. The whole itinerary looks perfect for this outdoorsy couple and their children. Can't wait.

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    1. I made my first visit to Vancouver last month Jane - you are do lucky to live there! What an amazing city and country, came back head over herls in love with Canads and her lovely people.

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    2. I was in Victoria in May for a long weekend, lovely place! The houses outside of town are all beautiful too, would be a wonderful place to live. Can't wait for more casual clothes, I prefer those over the stream of dresses that are very expensive and only appropriate for really specific events.

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    3. Oh! I really wish I could be there! I am such a fan of TRHs. They are naturals: just when you think they'll do the "expected thing" for uppercrust (read: royal) parents, Wills squats down and hugs his little boy (the future king), and Kate rescues the dog. They need this "normal," and they know it!

      But I have also wanted to see Vancouver and British Columbia for some time now - and they get to be with the First Nation there, too! (I am Native American: the Algonquin Nation, so my "The People" are Canadian.)

      Anonymous: isn't it cold in the winter, or is that part of Canada warmer b/c of the Pacific Ocean?

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    4. Yes, Canada-or, most of it- is bloody cold in winter. However, the Victoria/Vancouver area of British Columbia has a much milder climate than the rest of Canada--and the Cambridges will be there during Indian Summer, when summer moves slowly and gracefully into fall and winter; doubt there is much difference, temperature-wise, between London and Victoria, at the same time of year.

      Hope this helps.

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  5. it's wonderful to see Kate so hands-on with Lupo, but someone should have helped her with him.

    Excited to see HM and Carole together like this (big smile on my face!)

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    1. If my dog had made a run for it I would have brought her back too. I have the reverse problem of a yellow Lab whose hairs show up on anything dark. It wouldn't stop me grabbing her if needs be though. Hairs can be brushed off.

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    2. I have a black lab! They are just the cutest, aren't they?

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  6. I love everything about this post! Love the sweet photos of George and the cute interaction with Lupo! I can see why she picked him up. He's her pup. I pick my little white dog up when I'm wearing black all the time. Sometimes dog hair is just an accessory. I especially love the photo of Carole with HM! I'll bet when she was growing up she never thought that someday she would be on holiday with the Queen at Balmoral and they'd be out for a drive together! Even though Diana's family were a titled part of the aristocracy, I don't remember ever seeing them on holiday with the royal family. I think the whole BRF learned much from that entire situation. This must be heaven for William and Kate!

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    1. Robin, the Middleton's presence shows that William was sincere about his feelings and intentions during the engagement interview. I truly believe that he loves and respects them.

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    2. I agree, royalfan. It's that normal family life he craved and now has personal experience with. I do so hope Harry can find something like that too.

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  7. I thought the same thing about the dog and the dress! We have a black labrador, and everytime I wear a piece of clothing in a light colour, as soon as I leave the house I notice that I have about a billion black dog hairs on my outfit and have to remove them all one for one ;) I am so glad we got to see such cute interaction with Lupo! Love this dog!!

    And does anyone else think George might have inherited his love for striped tops from Kate? Such a cute child, cannot wait fir the children's party in Canada! Any Canadian readers on this blog?
    (And I wonder, why can't William and Kate visit European countries that are closer to them, like Germany? :D I'd love to see them one day!!!)

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    1. Maybe because Germany is not part of the Commonwealth?
      Kate dresses George. So it is obvious why he wears striped tops. Highly doubt he cares much about what he wears at thi age. Starchild

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    2. The BRF doesn't only visit Commonwealth countries. WK&H were in France in June.

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    3. William was in Germany for a day in August. Tours seem to be for the Commonwealth realms or if the British Foreign Office requests it, like Williams visit to China. Visits to other areas are normally military related and are only for a day or two.

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    4. I'm from Canada and have a 3 year old boy that is 2 weeks younger than George! Would have lived to see them on the tour but I'm on the others side of the country (near to detroit for the americans)

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    5. Anon 8.17 do you think some of that is due to proximity? It's a lot easier to pop over to the continent for a day or two than the travel involved in reaching Commonwealth realms which are generally farther away.

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    6. No, I don't think so. Even if there were realms close by, tours would be done. It's the way the BRF keeps in touch with the realms and also showcases these realms on the world stage when the higher profile royals visit. Whether people support royal visits or not, there is no doubt that BC and Yukon will have tremendous exposure this month.Not only to Canadians and British but the rest of the world as well. Often the Royals fly into far reaching areas for a few days purely for charity business or at the British governments and foreign office request. Example Will and Kate coming to America for three days was purely charity related. All IMO of course.
      Anon 8:17

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    7. The tours and visits are usually at the request of the host country. I'm sure the Commonwealth countries get first priority but it still must be an invitation event.

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    8. Anonym. 7:22, I never said they only visit Commonwealth countries. We were talking about tours. Starchild

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    9. Today, a coworker commented on how often, and without realizing it, she dresses her girls in similar colors to what she happens to be wearing. I giggled and suggested she take a look at some photos of George and Kate. :)

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    10. Star hold I didn't think you meant *never*. My point was that undertaking a full "tour" of a place that could easily be a day trip might just result in lots of noise of unnecessary spending (on overnight accommodations, etc)

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    11. Starchild, I know that Kate dresses George and buys his clothes so it is natural that he wears clothes similar to her style - it was meant as a joke, I tried to be funny ;)

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  8. I wonder where Charlotte was, when Catherine and William, were leaving for Cornwall, perhaps she is not as keen on helicopters as George is.
    The itinerary for Canada looks exciting--- a lot packed in, but mostly fairly informal.
    --no place for tiaras and diamond necklaces. Unusual for a tour---no Church service on the Sunday
    The children's party seems to be where the fun will be.

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    1. I wondered about Charlotte as well. I agree she may not like the noise of the helicopters. She was a bit distressed at the flyover at Trooping. It would probably also be hard for Nanny Maria to secure both children. Lupo obviously took advantage of that! :-)

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    2. Depending on the time of day maybe she was sleeping or napping?

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    3. My guess was napping, as Diane suggested. Or she could have been in a stroller right next to the gate, but not visible to the photographer.

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  9. Catherine is so pretty in that picture on the way to Church. And it is a Burgundy hat, as you can see in this shot:

    http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_21029458,00.html

    Belle

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  10. Were these pics taken outside Kendington Palace? Assume not at Amner due to the large white building in the background.

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    1. Emily, there's a section of KP Gardens just north of the Palace and W&K's former cottage where the helicopters land.

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  11. This may be the first time the Cambridge Kids ride a big jet- here's hoping nobody gets sick right before blast-off. I am hoping we get a few chance sightings here and there besides the tea party at Government House. The itinerary sounds packed- I'd be exhausted from such a trip. I hope Kate brings her camera and an elegant low heeled boot to go with some of her city engagements. Do we expect the weather to be still summery or more fall-like? The contrast in Kate's clothes between Cornwall and Balmoral was very striking. I am sure her team has her fully prepared but the kids may need more layers. I am glad Nanny Maria gets to go too.

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    1. Looking at the weather the next 15 days it is rainy but less so around the 26th. But who knows as it is hard to predict too far in advance. The temps seem to be low to mod 60's. I am sure London weather is similar. LOL bring your wellies Kate :) I have been told that it can also be warm at times. Apparently it changes with a blink? Haaa

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    2. Isn't that the old saying? If you don't like the weather in London just wait five minutes! They sell umbrellas in every size and price range everywhere year around there for a reason! Last fall when I was there we walked to a restaurant somewhere in the West End while it was bright and sunny out. Before our food arrived the sky had gone black and it was raining really hard! By the time we paid and left the sun was back out. I love London!

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    3. I have seen some of the coolest skies in London. Dark, threatening skies to one side, with sunny, blue skies on the other. It amazes me because cloudy, rainy days here tend to stick around for a good part of the day. The weather isn't as "black and white".

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  12. Of course George is in tears. For children of his age mom and dad are number 1. And to see them going away is a heartbreak. No matter if you are prince or not. It must have been a heartbreak for Kate too :(

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  13. Hello! Does anyone know how to figure out what time each stop on the tour itinerary will take place? I live in Vancouver and am hoping for a royal sighting!

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  14. Hello! Does anyone know how to figure out the exact time for each stop on the Vancouver tour day? I live in Vancouver and am hoping for a royal sighting!

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  15. In the UK local newspapers give approximate times a day or so ahead.

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