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Kate Takes The Kids To Thursford

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Thursford has become a relative staple in the Cambridges' Christmas schedule. Just this week, it was revealed that Kate took George and Charlotte to the holiday display to see the fantastic fantasy world that has been created in Thursford, Norfolk.  For royal watchers, Thursford's Christmas Spectacular holds a special place because it was the first public event that Kate attended with William after the couple announced their engagement. On December 18, 2010, Prince William brought his new fiancée Kate Middleton to the Christmas show which was raising money for a Norfolk charity that night. 


Kate dazzled in a mini-dress from Temperley London with her then signature black stockings and suede heels that showed off her stunning legs. With a blazer
to keep out the chill, it was a classic Kate Middleton ensemble that has since faded from her repertoire. 


I still feel the excitement of that first Christmas as Kate prepared to join the royal family when I see these images. 


William and Kate guests at charity show by ODN

Since that night, a lot has changed for William and Kate. The two acquired their Anmer Hall home and are raising their two children in Kings Lynn, not far from Thursford. In 2014, while Kate was pregnant with Charlotte, the duke and duchess took little George to Thursford for a private audience with Santa. Now, it has been suggested that Kate took both George and Charlotte to Thursford on the 14th. A performer in the show tweeted:
So lovely the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte very much enjoyed watching our teddy bears followed by hugs #xmas
The tweet was removed, and although this could be because it was an inaccurate report, I am inclined to think that the Cambridges likely attend Thursford every year and that they hope to get in and get out without comment. This is just the sort of Christmas staple that children will look forward to every year. I hope they had a great time--sounds like they did. 


In other news, I saw in the comments of the last post that people are wondering about an official Christmas photo from the Cambridges. (2015 is pictured above) Apparently, the couple have decided not to release a Christmas photo this year. I frankly think this is a mistake. If they wanted to limit further exposure, they could release an unseen shot from the tour, a snap taken just before the Children's Party while on tour, or a second angle from their Alpine get-away. It isn't the absolute end of the world, but why pass up a chance to garner Christmas good-will, especially when they won't be appearing at Sandringham? I don't think that the Cambridges are immune to public comment and I don't think it is absurd to think that they were disturbed by the manner in which the picture was dissected last year. Remember the theories that leapt up about Charlotte looking photoshopped in? That probably would rub us all the wrong way. I hope, though, that they return to the Christmas photo tradition next year and that we get to look forward to sweet family shots in the future. 




83 comments:

  1. I'm very upset with the news that they don't be there on Sandringhame, not even a Christmas photo! You can't punish your fans like that! They are the future KING & QUEEN! She skips St. Patricks day and now all the Christmas traditions. I've been always a huge Kate fan but with this behavior I dislike her more and more...

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    1. Kate is not a celebrity and does not have to cater to so called fans. She is part of an institution. There will be thank you notes for those who sent Christmas greetings and you can be sure these will be splashed all over the internet for everyone to see. There are more royals that do not release Christmas photos than those who do and cambridges have only released photos twice in six Christmases. Public and "fans" are so fickle and one has to wonder what their true intent is.

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    2. Why can't she and her family spend time with her family. If the queen has no problem with them missing it then we should be happy for them. They probably will be there on Boxing Day. All married couple have to share their time between families. Will and Kste are no different, Royal it not.

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    3. Did you know "fan" is short for "fanatic?" I think some recent posts prove it.

      There's quite a difference between having an interest in the British Royal Family and all this intrusive speculation, often behind a cloak of anonymity.

      How about this scenario: The Middletons wished to invite Pippa's future family to be with them this Christmas. Kate suggested everyone come to Anmer Hall. The Matthews family declined, thinking this might be viewed as inappropriate. It was then agreed that Christmas would be celebrated at Middleton Manor.

      I do agree with the above poster that the St. Patricks Day absence was a huge error in judgment, as there was no real reason for it. But Christmas details are a family matter, not one for their PR office.

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    4. Without wanting to be dismissive of your comment I think you need to have more realistic expectations.

      First if all, as I've said before, William is royal colonel of the Irish guards and with it the shamrock duty sits with him. Look back at the court circular for 2012 when he was, I think, in the Falklands, it is stated that Kate attended as HIS representative. There is no reason to think she will attend every year.

      As to Sa dringham, Kate and William might be part of the royal family but they are also part of the Middleton family.They have made Sandringham work for 4 of the last 5 years, only spending time in Bucklebury when Kate was ill. They are human beings are it is perfectly understandable that they want to spend time with Kate's mum and dad and siblings, maybe others in the family. Maybe the Middleton family is spending some time with the Matthews family in advance of the wedding. Whatever, it's really none of our business and we shouldn't be upset and they will be having a happy, family Christmas away from Sandringham.

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    5. William is second in line, not first and not king. If this is the case when she IS queen then let's talk but now she is just trying to make the best choices for their family.

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    6. Gosh, do you really think they're "punishing" us? They undoubtedly have a reason for this, and I can't imagine they'd treat it lightly. Yes, they're in the line of succession, but as we've discussed here many times, William isn't next in line, and W&K still aren't full-time royals. I agree with the theory that she's (a) switching off Christmases, and (b) keeping a low profile out of consideration for Pippa's upcoming wedding. That seems like a kind thing to do, don't you think?

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    7. Kate is not in the business of cultivating fans. She is part of an institution which do not see themselves as celebrities. Most royals do not publish Christmas photos and the Cambridges have only done so twice. The release of the wonderful photo of Charles and HM is more than likely the reason for no release from W/K. Those who sent greetings to them will receive a thank you and that thank you will likely be published all over the internet.

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    8. I think Anon 1.57 has a point. I wouldn't say I dislike her and so on. But I feel let down by her decisions. Starting off with St. Patrick's day and having a look back at her work schedule this year, two engagements for charities per months. She won't make any difference in the world. And I did not expect her to be a second Mother Teresa but this is disconcerting.

      I disagree with Christmas is only a family business for the royals. Can you imagine the Queen or Prince Charles saying, they want to spend the holidays with their family and leave them alone. Because to be honest, this is what the Cambridges pushing.

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    9. Just want to put this out there- Charles does not spend Easter at Windsor with the Queen and the rest of RF. He chooses to spend it in Scotland. One could say he's shirking his duty as heir to the throne and future Defender of the Faith by not showing up. I choose to view it as these are family holidays and it's about spending time with family. William and Kate can spend it how they choose and make their own traditions- there'll be plenty of occasions to see them at Christmas in the future. I am disappointed but of course, I'm spending the holiday with my family....

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    10. Sadly, I really agree with Anons 1:37 and 2:33. Kate was such an asset to the Royal Family and there was so much good will generated by her wedding. It is just such a shame to watch that be squandered. I. can't imagine the pressure she and William face being in the spotlight, and I can certainly only imagine how his mother's death and the media's involvement, if not fault, in the same has scared him. But it has just been harder and harder to maintain enthusiasm. I understand William is second in line and Kate is not a full time Royal. But the decision not to release a Christmas card on the heels of a year when they have been (arguably justifiably) called out for not pulling their weight? Why? As Jane said, they could have released an unseen photo from the tour. But why not something?! It just seems increasingly like the decisions made unnecessarily open the Cambridges to criticism without gaining them anything. I was just reading about the event Camilla has hosted for several years where she invites children into her home at Clarence House to help decorate the family tree, and even serves them lunch herself! Just beautiful. The Cambridges don't have to go that far, but several truly thoughtful and self-invested events would win them so much goodwill. I sincerely hope they have a lovely Christmas with the Middletons, and actually think it is great they spend time with her family too. But release a Holiday Card! Come on.

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  2. Of course they aren't required to do it but I agree that choosing not to release a Christmas photo is a missed opportunity to garner goodwill. 

    Although many people have mentioned it as a reason for no photo this year, I don't fully understand why the photoshopping question would have been so upsetting to W&K. It wouldn't be surprising if a photo that included 2 young children benefited from "some work." While she might not have bothered photoshopping, I'd be willing to bet Kate has taken at least a few clunker shots of the two children where one looks perfect and the other almost unrecognizable ...haven't we ALL done that? Nor would it be surprising that a photoshopped composite might be more pleasing than any single one in a series taken of 4 people of any age. And photos are altered ALL the time these days. Surely Kate knows that even if Will doesn't. In fact,the photographer who took the questioned photo was quoted as saying he considered photoshopping out Charlotte's dropped shoe but he decided not to. (He didn't say W&K told him not to and if he had erased the shoe, would they have even known?)

    I agree there must be plenty of existing photos that could have been used.I don't think one from the ski trip would have been a good idea though.That trip was a few months short of a year ago and the children have changed alot since then. But something from Canada or if a UK photo was preferred something taken at home since the Canada tour likely would have worked fine. 

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  3. Personally, I don't believe this is Kate's fault or decision. Early in their marriage they said they would alternate between families. I certainly agree with their right to spend their Christmas how THEY chose to do so.
    That said, I wish everyone the Merriest of Holidays.

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  4. Anon 1:57, I have the opposite reaction as you. No concerns about another photo. Happy they will have a lovely holiday with the Middleton's and I suspect some lovely days before and after Christmas itself visiting friends and Williams side of the family. The very much "alive" current Queen and the next in line will be on view on their walk to church, alone with many of the siblings and their kids. Let some of the other family members have some attention:):)

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  5. The thing is Charlotte is photoshopped, see how blurry the are surrounding her face is, however this is soooo common with children (they can't stay still!) they should've just owned up to it. It's very disappointing, who knows, God forbid HM dies and by next year they are Prince and Princess of Wales, and we barely see them or their kids.

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  6. It's one Christmas in one year. I don't think the lack of appearance at Sandringham, nor the lack of officially released photo, is such a big deal. Disappointing for those of us who like to see these things but the crown isn't going to crumble because of it. I am currently reading the brilliant biography on HMTQ, "Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch." It is apparent by all accounts that it was an acknowledged mistake to make her "job" more important than her children. As we've seen over the past couple of decades, three out of four have made a mess of their lives. Charles in particular was quite wounded by the lack of motherly attention and never had a good relationship with his father. Since William is not next in line I think HM and PC are both encouraging William and Kate to put their little family first while they still can. Part of this is probably why they are making sure they can spend some Christmases with the Middletons. Once William is next in line, and certainly once he becomes King, they will always be with the royal family. I don't know why anybody would say that this makes them dislike Kate and I can't imagine being the Middletons and knowing that you're publicly known as the less important grandparents. They deserve a break on this one.

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    1. I think the future logistics HAVE been thought about -- in that when Charles is King it's most likely the Middletons will become a part of the scene - if Charles wishes for Will and Kate to be housed in Sandringham -- the Middletons will camp out at Anmer and bring Pips and James and their families. I think the currently problem is that their are too many in-laws for the current Monarch -- when the relationships shift under Charles and William - they will have more say as to who is invited to the estate.

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  7. I don't really understand why people are so up in arms about not releasing a Christmas photo. They never have released a Christmas card. Last year they only decided to release because they liked the photo and decided they wanted to share. It's just a picture. I personally feel that we see them (both William and Kate and the children) a ton.

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  8. I just saw a wonderful picture of The Queen and Prince Charles, released for the end of the year marking her 90th year.

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    1. I saw it, too! If I could caption it, the Queen would be saying, "Keep calm and carry on," while Prince Charles replies with a smile, "That's the truth, isn't it?"

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    2. It was a lovely elegant photo. How wonderful to have ones Mother and Father live into their 90's,

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    3. This is probably the reason the Cambridges didn't release a photo. The Queen and Prince Charles should be center stage, with no distractions.

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    4. That beautiful portrait of The Queen and Prince Charles had to take center stage, thus the decision not to release a Cambridge family photo. Just my opinion of course. Merry Christmas to all.

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    5. I agree Tedi. If there were a new photo of the Cambridges, nobody would pay attention to this one.

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    6. Speaking for myself, I could easily pay attention to and fully appreciate multiple pictures from the BRF. I say the more (pictures) the merrier. I'd really like to see how George and Charlotte are growing up. The holidays are a great time to share photos, express gratitude, and foster goodwill. I don't think there is a limit on the numbers of photos that should be released.

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  9. I'm pleased that the couple will be able to spend time this holiday with the Middletons. Particularly as it will be Pippa's last time as a single; presumably she will also have to bounce between her family and her in-laws after her marriage. All these locations are relatively close which allows for participation in various activities through the holidays without having to commit to the entirety. There's nothing sacred about spending the holidays at Sandringham. It's a relatively recent tradition started by the Queen. I see no reason why various members of the family including W&K can't switch it up on occasion.

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  10. It is a little startling to see the photos of Catherine's outfit by Temperly from 2010. I realize anew how much I liked her style, shorter hemlines and freeform hair. She seemed more joyful and exuberant, especially in contrast to the staid and "appropriate" clothes she wears when attending to business and appearances these days. (Excepting tours to other countries). I miss that Catherine.

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  11. As much as I love the Cambridges, I do think an annual Christmas photo released to the public, is a good idea. People expect traditions to be formed and kept. And it's lovely to see the royal children grow. It's part of the royal connection to the public, in my humble opinion..

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  12. For those of you who have who have not heard, BP just released a lovely photo of Prince Charles and his mother, her Majesty the Queen. This clearly explains why there was no family photo from the Cambridges. The Royal family did not want the focus to be anywhere other then on this picture which is clearly a celebration of the Queen and her heir - Charles. I think we need to remember that very few of W and K's decisions are made in isolation. They are part of a larger "team" and they must be in sync with what the other team members are doing. Let's keep that in mind before we jump to negative criticisms.

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  13. It kind of feels that they don't like us - disappointing

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  14. A photo of Prince Charles and the Queen was released to mark the end of her 90th year celebrations. It's likely the Cambridges are not releasing a photo to avoid drawing attention away from this photo. If there is one thing they are careful not to do, it's over shadow the Queen. I don't think it's a privacy issue.

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  15. I agree. They are being very Scrooge like this Christmas. It would do them well to remember that their lifestyle is provided by the taxpayer and they are treating those taxpayers with contempt.

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    1. Their lifestyle is not provided by the taxpayer--look up the reports.

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    2. The castles are

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    3. Sandringham and Anmer are not castles and are owned personally by HM. Balmoral Castle is HM personal property as well.

      Windsor has been owned by "the Crown" since the 11th century but it is this particular queen who opened it up to the public to help it pay for itself.

      Buckingham Palace is occupied so the Queen can have someplace in London to carry out her official duties including her weekly meetings with the Prime Minister. She would prefer to live at Windsor.

      St. James's Palace houses offices and is the London place of residence for Princess Anne, the York girls, and Princess Alexandra. It is also the place for hosting official receptions as would befit the diplomatic relationships between the UK and other nations. I believe that probably benefits all of Britain's tax payers and nobody is quibbling about whether or not Princess Anne or the Yorks are releasing a Christmas picture even though they are living, as some might consider, on the dole. Clarence House is attached to St. James's but I also don't hear any whining about C&C's Christmas photo.

      Kensington Palace is also owned by "the Crown" but is open almost 365 days a year to the public and has an extensive gift shop and a café to help pay for the palace maintenance. As someone who has paid extensive VAT there I can tell you that the tourists are probably paying for KP. The upgrades to KP before W&K moved in (with the exception of the bits that keep the historic building from crumbling) were paid for with private money.

      Not quite sure how not releasing a picture equates with "contempt" - a word defined as "vile, disdain, mean, worthless, scorn, despise, dishonor, and disgrace." How incredibly harsh! Maybe one needs to reevaluate whom is treating whom with contempt.

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    4. Robin if you are paying VAT as an American citizen you should get better tax advice.

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    5. Robin (8:26) Great summary. I didn't know about St. James and Anne. Good points.

      W&C are the scape- goats/royal whipping boys of the moment. I think they all have had their moments. It is the "What's up must come down" attitude.

      Unfortunately, it is the present climate of some blog-commenting-...heck, the instant judgement fed by the internet in general, without the pesky inconvenience of time and verification,

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    6. Anon 9:39 - We all pay VAT when we purchase items in the UK. If you're a tourist you can get a refund if you collect the proper refund forms from each retailer - kept with the receipt. At the airport you must fill out the VAT return form where you are required to give them your credit card number, then go to customs *before* going through security and stand in a very long line so they can stamp your form, then go stand in an equally long time in line at the VAT refund desk. Then you stand in the security line. Quite frankly, I've got better ways to spend my time than getting to the airport 5 hours early and I need my receipts in case US Customs want to question my "official forms" on this end.

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  16. When the Cambridges release photos of the children, it is usually late Sat evening for the newspapers on Sunday. Last night a photo of HM with Prince Charles was released to mark the end of the Queen's 90th birthday year.
    I suspect that is why no pics of the children were released.
    There is usually a good reason for everything that happens--a pity to always jump to the worst conclusion.

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    1. I agree, Jean, but in these days of "fake new," reason often does not enter the equation.

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    2. AMEN Jean. I believe that the photo of the Queen and Charles has everything to do with W&K not releasing a photo.

      I wonder if their harshest critics would tolerate what they advocate in terms of holiday plans. And do they realize that Willem Alexander and Maxima have spent Christmas in Argentina multiple times? :)

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    3. What Willem and Maxima do has no bearing whatsoever on what the BRF do. The European royal families and the BRF frequently do things quite differently, which is often pointed out as a "defense" of whatever W&K are doing differently than the European royals (photos of kids, visibility, fashion choices, etc). Can't have it both ways.

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    4. Somewhere in the last few posts I believe that the European royals putting out Christmas photos
      was brought up as an example. So glad you clarified that what they do has no bearing on what the BRF chooses to do together or separately. Sophie was mentioned somewhere as an example-she has her father living with her 24/7. No need to make a trip to visit.

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  17. Jane, I love reading your blog! I also love this Temperley London dress from her first public event, they both look so young & have that newly engaged glow about them :) A LOT has changed in the 6 years since that photo was taken.
    That's cute if Kate did take her children to Thursford, I can imagine their excitement!
    Bit sad about no official photo or Sandringham sighting this year :'( Hope there is an announcement about a new little Cambridge sooner or later...

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  18. Marion from GermanyDecember 18, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Her hair looked so much better in those days than recently.

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  19. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/photograph-queen-prince-charles-released-9477590

    There was a new photo of the Queen and Prince Charles released. To quote Susan from "WKW": "Clearly, Kate and William would not want to release a new photograph close to this final photo from the Queen’s 90th birthday year."

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    1. Exactly, anon 8:54

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    2. There's the explanation right there! This photo would never be covered if the Cambridges released a photo of them with the children.

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  20. I really love this outfit from 2011!! And Kate’s hair was never better than it was during this period. I know she's a mom and in her mid-30s now, but I wish we would still see this classic Kate style from time to time. Wow… Prince William looks so young here!

    I really don't understand why Kate and William would allow criticism to upset them so much that they won’t release an official Christmas photo this year. We all know that many people will always find something to criticize, and it kind of goes with the territory when you're in the public eye. What a shame… but hopefully, there will be a photo next year.

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    1. I don't recall either William or Catherine saying they are upset about the reaction to the photo. They haven't even announced that there will not be a photo of some kind this season. Or that there Will be, for that matter. Since two years is hardly enough to establish a tradition and since W&C did not promise a photo, I don't know how people can say they are causing tax-payers distress or inconvenience. It was commenters on social media and blogs, yet some feel free to 1) assume this is true, not just a possible explanation and 2)base a judgement on a made-up premise.

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    2. Anon 1 that type of behavior (making assumptions and judgments) happens here frequently with regards to Diana

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    3. Anon 1, I completely agree. I think it would be funny if they released a Christmas photo - or even two - just to prove that none of these people have the first clue what they're talking about! As a matter of fact, if I were them, I'd release one even if I hadn't planned to!

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    4. Yes Robin (7:13) allowing a little time to pass after the succession photo. I do think the couple may have other special news to share this season. :+)
      There really needs to be a coorinated approach in the BRF to tone down some of the more blatant rumors that fast-forward to fact, then judgement status-without waiting or seemingly seeking verification. WCH can't fight the battle alone.
      The BRF needs to re-evaluate its stance on comenting on personal issues and start supporting each other. HM has her ways of getting her message across non-verbally, but I am appalled that Charles has not seemed to publicly support his children.

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    5. Agreed, anon 1 re: Charles. They are pretty much left to fend for themselves where he is concerned. He got to marry his mistress so the heck with everyone else.

      Saw the latest OK on the stand while waiting in line at the grocery store yesterday. Big headline "Palace confirms baby #3 on the way!" Really? How did we all miss that official announcement? I didn't pick it up and look inside so I'm not sure who the "secret source" must have been but, honestly. . .

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    6. Does anyone actually believe that OK magazine is a legitimate news source? Why waste the energy getting worked up about their obviously fictitious headlines?! (And why repeat them here?)

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    7. The palace dust bin collector could technically be quoted as a "palace source."
      If it isn't on KP, I ignore it.
      The cheeks argument is mostly a moot point, from looking at that photo in the car.
      No jowls, barely cheeks. That has always shown up wth her widest smiles.
      Of course, if that friend who announced both babies practically at conception is the
      source, I might pay attention. ha!

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    8. anon 7:39- my take on Robin's comment is that she was throwing it out there in a sort of tongue-in-cheek observation. She did not seem "worked up" to me. We've seen Robin
      irate and that's not it. :+)
      I do agree about OK magazine... Waiting in a line can be boring. That's why all that stuff is placed there. Captive audience. Sales technique. I nearly always read the headines and have a chuckle or snort myself. I think she was just passing the chuckle on.

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  21. I think it's a mistake not to release a Christmas photo. At the same time I can't imagine how frustrated they must feel with the insane criticism they get. So if I were in their shoes I can imagine saying screw it and not playing the game. I'm surprised though that they have the freedom to choose not to
    Release a photo.

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  22. I'm very disappointed, it seems like we've hardly seen them since the tour. I realize they went on two tours this year, but aside from that it's been very quiet, and hardly a glimpse of the children. Between the long dry spells and the underwhelming fashion I have to say I'm losing interest. It's certainly not like the old days when Kate wowed at every occasion, even all through her first pregnancy. Of course I can't expect Kate to live her life the way I want her to, lol, I just never thought I'd get tired of it all, or feel let down in a way. Oh well. They deserve quality family time, private time, and boring fashion time, just like the rest of us, I suppose. They are not here simply to be eye candy for me! :)

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  23. According to several sources Will, Kate,  Pippa, & James Matthews will spend Boxing Day pheasant hunting at a hunt arranged by Carole (vs going to Prince Philips hunt that day.) The reports vary on the number of flushed birds the permit allows them to kill...200-500. Either way that's a bit more than a freezer full I'd think. 

    Not quite the child-centered holiday many were imagining as I'd think George is too young even to watch. But I guess James can bond with the family over the activity since it seem to be a favorite activity of Pippa, Will, and Kate's. (No, I'm not a hunting fan, no, I don't eat meat, yes, I have friends who hunt deer although not as a Christmas activity, and yes, I think hunters should eat what they kill and my friends do.) 

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    1. Hope they have a lovely day. Not everything should be child centered....that is actually an issue:)

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    2. I agree Lizzie. So what alternation are we talking about? They seem to choose one Christmas over another. I wonder if they go to church at the same time as well. Like having a shooting on the same day too. Which I find pathetic.

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      Would you be so kind to shorten the posts like the others? I hope it makes sense what I am talking about, thanks!

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    4. Yes, Anon, I generally let the primary post stay long and then come back in and shorten it once it is no longer the feature post. Recently, I have forgotten, but I will be doing blog maintenance this week after some Christmas cleaning has been sorted. ;)

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    5. Thank you! It is easier to handle and read to be honest.

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  24. Love the throwback photo.How fun. Her hair was very healthy. It has been looking better the last several months, glossy again. Wonder if she has switched hairdressers. ali

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  25. Wow. I almost feel speechless. No Christmas photo and no Sandringham is a bad combination. They are absolutely entitled to have a private, wonderful Christmas in Bucklebury. However, to me that is all the more reason to release a family photo. These are our future monarches.

    Yes, I too will hope for a paparazzi photo from church that day!

    ~ A

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  26. The trio are out and about at a heads together Christmas party today and I do *not* like kates dress at all. Looking forward to your take Jane!

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  27. The same tabloid story that originated the Boxing Day story also stated the Cambridges would
    leave Sandringham before the Christmas dinner to go to the Middleton home for Christmas afternoon and evening and Boxing Day.( It also said William requested the hunt. ) What is left for us to realise is that means they WILL be at
    Sandringham Before dinner. Which likely means they will take part in the church walk and services . As they will till be at Anmer Christmas Eve, they will surely join the family festivities with the aging grandparents at Sandringham.
    I do hope you appreciate what I'M NOT saying.

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    1. I don't know about other readers Anon 1 but I am not a mind-reader so I can't say I'm sure I understand (much less are able to appreciate) what you aren't saying. The story I read said Will didn't want to go to PP's hunt so Carole arranged this one. It did NOT say it was done at Will's request though. So far as the throw-away line about skipping the turkey, what I read doesn't pin down-- either way--where the family will be at particular times. So I don't think we yet know any details about who, what, where, and when. But the Boxing Day hunt description was pretty specific. That doesn't mean it has to be true, of course.

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    2. Turkey was not exactly a throw-away line-it was a Header.
      How could they leave before the turkey if they weren't already there? That would be quite a trick. Possibly part of the parlour games?
      Time will tell for sure, but that story has the usual "accent the negative" slant.
      Perhaps the average reader of that tabloid won't catch on.
      William? Read it again. If your guest lets his wishes be known, I'd consider that a request.

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    3. Anon 1 if you are so anti-tabloid why do you continuously report what they say here in the comment section? I do not read the tabloids but thanks to you I am kept well informed about what they are saying.

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    4. I don't think I read the same initial  article you did Anon 1 as "turkey" wasn't in the headline. (Missing PP's traditional *Boxing Day* hunt was, so that had nothing to do with *Christmas Day* turkey. Online headlines and text do change though.) One thing for sure, I agree it seems hard to see how W&K could skip the Queen's Christmas celebration to spend Christmas at the Middletons (as EVERYONE--not just the tabs---is reporting they will do) and yet still be at the Queen's Christmas celebration in order to be able to leave it before the turkey is served! So I tend to discount the "leaving before the turkey" report (and it was a throw-away line in what I read.)

      I suppose you are right though that even Will's "normal, low-key, middle-class" in-laws (and perhaps even Kate herself for all we know) kowtow to Will. So even the slightest vague musing about something on Will's part may result in efforts to grant his wish--even a wish that may not have been stated. What I read was that Will didn't want to go to PP's Boxing Day hunt. It didn't say why..nor did it say he preferred to hunt elsewhere. It even could have been he didn't want to hunt this year for all we know (although that's probably wishful thinking on my part.) Or maybe he did ask Carole to arrange what she did but that's not been reported. Or maybe Carole never plans anything without getting not Kate's, but Will's approval first but that's not been reported either. Regardless, given what has been reported it seems to me you have to really squint between the letters, not the lines, to see that Carole's hunt was arranged at *Will's request.*

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    5. anon 1:43- good point! When someone cites "multiple sources" without any specific information I look it up. It is almost always a tabloid source. Even all the tabloid stories are not created equal. And not all stories are 100% malarkey.I've been analyzing news stories since my earliest critical thinking and logic classes-well over 50 years. It used to be easy. A reporter went out on a story, got the facts, did his homecwork and verified the information with at least one other source. If a full quote and source wasn't given, the information was suspect. It's not so easy now with instant news on demand . The pressure to produce and keep producing leads to sloppy
      writing.
      It doesn't take a rocket scientist to notice when a writer's story doesn't add up.
      No, I don't routinely read the tabloids. Just when someone presents information I wonder about but the commenter is vague about the source.

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  28. Excuse me Kaye USA, I follow Kate since her Middleton days. I have 1000 magazines, pictures, I have Dvd's and books of Kate. I'm since day 1 a fan of her. I don't like her behavior right now and I hope it will change soon.

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  29. I love Kate and her family but this is what is happening here is the sort of thing that grates at me - I do think the Cambridges appearing at Christmas is important and they can quite easily attend Christmas with both their families in Norfolk. If they aren't going to do that, then I think a Christmas picture is really required. I know there are lots of issues around William's relationship with the press etc etc but a combination of disappearing from the Christmas walk and then not releasing a picture does not help that situation and certainly does not lessen the appetite for paparazzi shots.

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    1. Great points! You know what is interesting? Look at Will's happy attitude in the video from 2010 - he's waving and shouting to the crowd. What has happened since then that he's no longer that interactive with the people who go out of their way to see him and Kate?? And I agree, a simple photo release (or a video, like other royal families do) would go a long way to generating good will. They are not "required" to release a photo, but given their public positions, you would think they would want to. It's basically a Christmas card to the public. Not sure why it would not be a reliable tradition at this point.

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    2. Not interacting with the crowd? What does one call smiling, hugging, shaking hands, and sharing personal details about his children?
      Two years does not a tradition make when considered in the context of BRF traditions.
      The Queen released an important photo-actually, there were several, including one of HM standing near a Christmas tree in BP-one does not compete with that. Although the
      Cornwalls have a picture-card of them earlier this year, it apparently was not released to the general public as some expect of W&C. Most royals use them only in private correspondence and as thank-you cards for wishes etc.

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  30. I just now realize how much I miss her classic Middleton style. She should definitelly go back to that, it was so much better. Ok hemlines must be longer, which is ok, but she should keep that style, it suits her much better. She looks so matronly lately, which is a shame, because she is still young and very pretty. She should take some notes from Quee Letizia, for example. She always looks classy and pretty but not matronly.

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    1. I do wish Kate would follow Queen Letizia's lead when it comes to shoes. She wears the best shoes and her purses are always lovely. However, I feel like she wears slacks and blazers too much. Some of her dresses are beautiful and some are ho-hum so she's just like Kate in that respect. We also have to take into account that Kate probably can't get away with some of the styles the European royals wear because of the conservative style set by the BRF. We'll see some differences when Kate is Princess of Wales but, until then, she walks a fine line and cannot overshadow HM or Camilla with extravagant fashion styling because she already grabs headlines just by being young and pretty.

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