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Cambridges Installing a Hedge in London + BAFTA Red Carpet

Saturday, January 28, 2017

On January 20th, Kensington Palace confirmed the whispers that had been circulating among royal watchers for some time: William and Kate will move their family to London in the fall, where George and Charlotte will attend school, and where William can take on more royal duties after his departure from the East Anglia Air Ambulance.  


The first two paragraphs of the press release address the shift in the couple's primary residence, but does not suggest the move is immediate or absolute.
 
Since 2014 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have used Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace as their official residence when carrying out Royal duties, while basing their family primarily at their home in Norfolk. This arrangement has allowed The Duke to work as a pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance, a role he has valued hugely. Their Royal Highnesses love their time in Norfolk and it will continue to be their home. 
From this autumn, however, The Duke and Duchess will increasingly base their family at Kensington Palace. As they have in recent years, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of The Queen and for the charities and causes they support, which will require greater time spent in London. Prince George will begin school in London in September and Princess Charlotte will also go to nursery and eventually school in London as well.
The couple seem to be hedging their bets by using "increasingly" so it is clear that aren't entirely shifting away from Norfolk. We know the couple love their very private Sandringham home and the more relaxed and bucolic lifestyle they lead in the country. There was even the report that the couple considered staying at Anmer with William and George commuting to London and staying at KP together during the week. Happily, they decided that was an untenable model for their family and elected to make the jump to London as a family. But, I get the sense from this press release they intend to retreat to the country relatively often.  


Although the Cambridges are still cozily ensconced at Anmer Hall, preparations are already underway at Kensington Palace to ratchet up the privacy around Apartment 1A's garden, where both George and Charlotte can be expected to spend many happy afternoons.  Palace workers are installing a dense hedge that will screen the royal children from fans and from the long lens. Rebecca English of the Daily Mail remarked that the hedge is an eye-sore, but obviously needed to maintain privacy for the children.  See the full article from the DM here with more pictures. 

Via the Daily Mail

On the fashion front, I have some sweet news for you! Kate will attend BAFTAs EE British Academy Film Awards on February 12th with William. That will obviously be a star-studded affair and we are sure to see Kate in something gorgeous. Kate made one of her earliest red carpet appearances at a BAFTA event in Los Angeles in 2011. She chose a simple but stunning McQueen dress with a distinctly Grecian flavor.


Quite a lot of time has passed since then, and I am frankly hoping that she really wows in something flashy and very glamorous. Red carpet events inevitably end up in the history books more than many other laudable fashion moments and Kate should showcase her royal status. Dresses she has worn that have accomplished this, to my mind, include these four: 


I know there are groans of despair over my inclusion of the Erdem with the dust ruffle, but love it or hate it, you haven't forgotten it. It was big and bold and made a statement. Which is not to say that anything that jars people is acceptable. The Erdem was not universally admired, but it was not inappropriate or vulgar. What it was was unexpected and surprising and that is not the only element in a successful royal evening gown, but it sure helps sometimes. We will see on February on February 12th with way she goes! 


97 comments:

  1. The black velvet McQueen from the Millie's remains one of my all time favourites. That dress, the stunning rubies and an updo would make my year.

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    1. Yes...fingers crossed for a repeat with an updo. 😊

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  2. I'm going to be IN LONDON over BAFTA weekend, and I am trying to figure out just how much of a headache it would be to try and get a red carpet spectator spot...because while I would happily wait in line Saturday and then queue up hours ahead of time on Sunday if it was just my time involved, but it's my husband's vacation too and I know that would be his LAST choice of activity. So not sure what to do and the thought of missing the opportunity to see Kate in person is making me a bit sick, but I also want my husband to have a nice trip too! Maybe I can convince him to split up that afternoon and he can go to a cigar bar or something he loves that I can't stand. Hm. Dilemma!
    -TMM

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    1. Honey call me selfish all you want bc there is no way that I would miss that!!!! I literally would not care what my husband got up to if I could see a red carpet event with Wills and Kate and maybe Harry and Meghan!!! Can you say once in a lifetime??? It would be for me anyway but if you visit England reguraly that's different.. I'm sorry if you're as huge of Kate fan as I am I would say "I will make it up to you baby please don't expect me to miss it bc I will be sooooo miserable!! Please?" Lol.. But that's me..

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    2. Oh and I'm very very jealous!!

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    3. Since I've never been to London, I guess I'm a little jealous of you too, Valerie. ;+)

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  3. I loved the Erdem dress - even more so than the Spectre light blue dress with the tunic which I found bland!

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    1. I loved it also Anon 3:16!!! What I noticed is that she clearly chose it for the venue - it matched and complimented with the beautiful and ornate building the event was held in. I sense that is how Kate thinks - she puts together a picture. It is not only, much of the time, about dressing her. It is about dressing her (and family) to harmonize in the surroundings they will be photographed in. She is an artist.

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    2. I love it also. It is the one dress that she wore unaltered from the runway. A high fashion choice and I really admired it.

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    3. I loved that dress too! Bold and stunning.

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  4. Seeing that it has just been announced that a statue of Diana is going to be erected in Kensington, it is understandable why they want further privacy for the children. Anmer will serve the Cambridges as Highgrove serves Prince Charles.

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    1. Let's hope not in quite the same way! (This was where Charles entertained female guests such as the then Camilla Parker-Bowles, married, at the time, to Andrew P-B, amongst others.) And who knows what he gets up to these days on those weekends Camilla absents herself in favour of her own home in the same general neighbourhood.

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  5. I'm looking forward to the dress but even more I'm crossing my fingers she'll wow us with some royal jewels!

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  6. I agree privacy for the children is important. However the hedge, located on the west side of the palace, does not appear to screen the garden outside W&K's apt. Rather it appears to screen other apts. (Kents and Gloucesters) and an open area not directly accessible from Apt 1A. If the hedge is allowed to grow very tall (40-90 ft tall the article reports can happen with the species chosen) sort of sounds like the KP apts on that side won't get much afternoon sun and the "Billionaires Row" homes across the private road won't get morning sun. I also wonder if yews were the best choice for such a long screen. All parts of the plant are extremely toxic to humans (and dogs) and the pollen often aggravates asthma.  

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    1. Agree Lizzie. I see no new hedge surrounding Apt. 1A, KP. With any luck, this is just another unfounded story put out by the DM; it would make much better sense to erect a sturdy wooden fence around their property--instant privacy, as opposed to waiting for a hedge to fill out--and total control of its height.

      I am thoroughly delighted that W&K are moving to London with the kids, on so many grounds that it's hard to know where to start. First up: schooling. The schooling in London is far better than any school I've discovered anywhere close to Anmer Hall; keeping my fingers crossed tho, that George will not attend Wetherby. (It's an all-boy school, and I think that raising another MCP isn't on--not in these days. Aside from that, it would appear to be an average wealthy kids joint, expensive but nothing special. George would, I think, be a lot better off in a mixed gender wealthy kids joint, expensive but nothing special. Further, Charlotte could then go to the same school ensuring that their holidays meshed and that there was only one school run, not two. Etc., but I think you get the picture.

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  7. I'm not sure why exactly, but I actually feel a little heart sick that they have to give up their bucolic life in Anmer. I rather fancied imagining them enjoying their country home, peaceful and quiet. I knew that this move would eventually have to happen. Romantically I had hoped George and Charlotte might be schooled in a lovely little country school building and the fairy tale "normal life" could continue. Alas, not in the plans I suppose.

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    1. Sonja from BavariaJanuary 29, 2017 at 4:57 AM

      Agree! I am not a city person and I loved growing up in a small town and had imagined that George and Charlotte would enjoy that too... especially since it seemed like Kate was loving the country lifestyle. George will surely miss his friends from preschool! And the big and busy London does not seem like an ideal place to spend ones childhood to me... although I may be biased, as I am not a big city person ;)

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    2. I agree! I've had to spend two weeks periods in London for professional reasons over the past few years and by the end of them I'm more than ready to get back to my small town in the Western US. London is a wonderful city and it does have more space and beauty than most, but the number of people and the crowding - plus some pollution - are more than tiring. I would be SO disappointed to have to move there from a home in Norfolk. I'm sure this is a significant loss for them, and a real downside to being royal. People who think their lives are all hearts and bliss should remember this! (I'm usually one of those people. I'll take my own advice.)

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  8. I'd love a repeat of that black velvet McQueen with an updo and some large jewelry. That would be amazing. I still love that dress five years later.

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  9. I've got my fingers crossed for a high octane glamorous new gown from McQueen or Jenny Packham but I would also love to see a repeat of her black velvet strapless or turquoise Packham gowns. Of all her gowns I feel those two are the only ones which haven't been repeated that have the necessary wow quotient for an event like this. More than anything though I just hope the look is modern and fresh like the blue Roland Mouret or the floral mesh Tory Burch from Bhutan. Some of her recent Packham gowns I've thought had details that were too matronly and aged her like the shawl from India or the pale blue Spectre gown with the odd draping. A streamlined column gown in a saturated colour with beading and I would be the happiest fan ever!

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    1. I agree with you about the recent Packhams. I seem to recall that on the royal blue India dress, it was originally intended that the shawl would be worn on one shoulder, Indian- or sari-style. That would have been Kool. Instead it was worn/draped Western-style which was matronly. Such a shame as the beading and color were spectacular. The look was improved later in the event when the shawl was ditched. If there was a rewear, the shawl should be left at home.

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    2. Unlike most commenting at the time, I wasn't overwhelmed by the sequined Packham although I liked the color. (I thought the dress was way too heavy on top and wore Kate [looked like it could stand up by itself] vs Kate wearing it.) But I'd never heard the shawl was supposed to be worn "sari" style. That's interesting to know but honestly as the tour went on, I already felt too many of her clothes were way too "Indian costume-y." So all in all, I guess I'm glad she went for the "English Matron" look vs an "English Duchess Goes Native" look. 

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    3. I thought that blush JP a little top-heavy, too, embellishment wise. I didn't care that much for the way the sleeves hung, either. Sometimes I think Kate must be sensitive about her shoulders being broad or something about the shoulder area that bothers her. I thought that could also be a part of the hair coverage issues. I actually did read about the stole being worn differently for sari use. There was a whole graphic showing different placement of that part of a garment. Maybe Jane had it.

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  10. I hope she wear the last dress, one she wore to spectra. There is some vibe in that dress fabulous and chic!

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  11. Not convinced that the hedge is to provide privacy for the Cambridges---seems to be a distance from their apartment. I suspect it is to provide privacy for couples marrying in the state apartments---that they had been licensed for weddings was only announced a couple of weeks ago.
    I think that the Erdem dress would have been considerably improved, if it had been slightly shorter, so the frill hung properly.Catherine often seem to wear gowns very slightly too long. With most of them, because of the material or the design of the dress, it's OK, as they drape quite nicely, but this one it spoiled the whole look.
    After the ill manners of some people at BAFTA, I hope she really goes to town, especially with jewellery, but she probably won't; her manners are impeccable!

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    1. You could be right, Jean, that the hedge is not specifically related to W&K spending more time at KP. But I'm not sure it's related to renting out wedding venues either. It appears to be on the opposite side of the palace from the popular orangery (hedge is on the west, orangery on the northeast) and other venues like the State Apts seem to be on a different side of the palace from the hedge.  

      I agree about the length of some of Kate's gowns.

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    2. Your speculation on the hedge makes sense Jean. I hadn't heard that KP had been designated for weddings but, at the price I'm sure they will charge, it seems only right that the wedding party would have an expectation for a private setting.

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    3. The hedge is on the opposite side of the grounds where weddings take place so I am not sure how it could be related to privacy for wedding parties.

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    4. Jean I do agree that it's unlikely that the hedges have anything to do with W&K spending more time in London; they have a private walled garden and the entrance to their apartment is within a courtyard.

      But I agree with Lizzie regard the distance from the State Apartments. The sleuth in me believes that this section of the property is located beyond a police checkpoint so I tend to doubt that members of the public would have access to it.

      It's more likely that this is simply part of the continued overall improvements to KP Gardens.

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    5. The space is between the guard booth to the palace residences (where photos of the couple emerging with their infants have been taken) and the street which forms the perimeter of the palace grounds. It will block views from the residences that abut KP.

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  12. I understand their want for privacy. I do think they take it too far though and don't cooperate as much as they should given the lives they lead. There seems to be lacking an even give and take. Obviously, there is a grotesque history between William and the paps, but it is the unscrupulous ones that the firm line needs fo be drawn with - which is what is happening with the trial over the topless snaps of Kate. It seems to be reaching an almost petulant level at this point those toward every other potential picture. If they would give a little, there might not be such a desire for snaps of the kids or candid shots. The royals need to be seen as everyday people, but hedges and missives over every candid picture only separates them more from the public that fund them and outs a bad taste in the mouth.

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    1. In Australia the media were given plenty access to George and yet pictures emerged of their time off. More will not diminish the demand. I do think the extra planting is to do with the statue which will probably attract quite a bit more traffic to the area. It is easy for us to advise what should and should not be done in regard to their privacy, but unless we have walked in their shoes we can't even begin to imagine what it must be like.

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    2. If the hedge is for the Cambridges why have this huge line of trees that doesn't even mask their area? Further, I doubt the children play in that space. A fence or privet hedge could be arranged around the area closest to their home. This is a silly story to get clicks and recycle the exclusive, elitist William themes. It is not really an issue. It is a non-issue. Also, since the Cambridges , we constantly are told, do not own KP, they should not be expected to pay for improvements that not only do not exclusively benefit them but also have no physical connection to their apartment. The decorating, painting etc. of their apartment is something a resident can be expected to cover.An improvement that is a structural necessity, such as roof repairs, plumbing, insulation, are generally an owner's responsibility.

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    3. I have personally seen William walking Lupo in that area so they do use it at least some times when they are in residence at KP. I believe there have also been pap shots of Kate with Pippa and baby George that look like they were also taken in the same area. That space is the largest area the children can play in without leaving the palace grounds or running into tourists so it doesn't surprise me that they want to increase privacy in that area.

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    4. Totally agree with Anon 1 here. This story has more to do with clicks and yet another reason to go after William than anything that would benefit W&K.

      The Cambridge's have a private walled garden; perhaps we should give Harry the "credit" here given his LACK of one...AND his most recent plea for privacy. πŸ˜‰ I'm kidding of course and hoping to make my point this way... 😊

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    5. There is a significant difference in the size of their private garden and the space to be enclosed in the privacy hedge. Closing in the space they plan to make private gives them more freedom to spread out on palace grounds. I think it's a very good move eyesore or not.

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    6. I'm confused about the logistics of the area. When W&C first moved in I have a vague memory of them standing outside their front door to greet guests. At that time it looked as though it faced Nottingham Cottage. When President Obama visited, he came in through a portico-type area into a courtyard, but it looked like their front door. Could one have been an alternate entrance? I wondered because neither area faces the field-like area. That hedge area looks more like the photos of the helicopter landing area, with the large building in the back area. Also, didn't they have that Heads together outing in a space like that? Perhaps I have everything all jumbled up. And where does the walled garden fit in?

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    7. Interesting point Anon 9:01; maybe W&K want privacy to get on/off helicopters without media being able to clearly see so limiting getting hit for taking expensive transport if wanting to go to country for the weekend.

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    8. Anon 1, Diana's apartment and the main entrance to it is opposite Nottingham cottage on the north side of the palace. The back entrance to her apartment is from a courtyard where W&K were photographed during various engagements. W&K's apartment is on the south side of KP but their front entrance is within yet another courtyard where we saw them greet the Obama's.

      The hedge area in question runs along the west side of KP itself and the helicopter landing area is actually directly north of it (just north of Nottingham cottage).

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    9. Perhaps this map will help you get your bearings Anon 1.

      http://tdclassicist.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge.html?m=1


      The Obamas came in through the courtyard entrance...located kind of below the "2". This would be toward where Harry's residence is. I think the courtyard is where Harry said George would ride various wheeled toys and he (and likely others) could hear wheels turning.The 1A garden is towards the top of the picture on the top side of 1A. The "long green wall" solid hedge being planted now would be outside the picture on the far right. So it makes no sense for W&K's privacy (or for weddings..those venues are on the left side of the palace in this picture) but the hedge will change the view for other residents and block the publicly-owned palace from view on the west.

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    10. https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/things-to-see-and-do/kensington-palace

      Referring to the map....

      The hedge area in question is just above the "Kensington Palace Green" notation on the map.

      The helicopter landing area is the lighter green section to the west of the Diana Memorial Playground.

      Hope this makes sense. Ha! 😊

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    11. 9.13, regardless of the primary reason for it, I do agree that it's a good move. We're talking about a private area behind the wrought iron gates and I don't understand the objections to it.

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    12. I gather the objections are aesthetic rather than a claim that they have no right or good reason to increase their privacy

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    13. The "other residents" are embassies, I believe. Reading the list of those included, I would build The Great Wall of KP, if I lived there. Embassies have been racking up a history of being associated with violence. Publically-owned? I would imagine some sort of permit or approval by a council might have been involved. Perhaps the board that oversees the historic buildings. I haven't heard who ordered, authorized it. It seems someone conveniently attached the responsibility to William and no one thought-"Who else?"

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    14. lizzie and royalfan- since there is no place to reply under your comments, I will do so here. I do appreciate your helping me out. I haven't decided whether I am clearer now or more confused.Ha! Whichever, you both have done your part. :+) royalfan, how did you make that cute little smiley face? Those sideways smilies aren't doing it for me.

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    15. Lizzie, Harry lives in Nottingham Cottage (#10 on your diagram), no? Or did I miss a recent chapter...? :))

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    16. You've lost me anon 1

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    17. P.S. ... as far as the hedges blocking views from the west, I disagree with you on that. The west side of the palace is private and I don't see a "need" for the public to have an unimpeded view of it.

      Also, if you look at related aerial photos you will see that the hedges are no competition for the trees that surround the property on the west side, and the buildings are two and three stories tall (embassies, etc); this is not a typical residential street and I doubt that the hedges will lower property values. ;)

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    18. Anon 1, when I use my phone to comment, I have quite a selection of expressions to choose from. Oh, the temptation sometimes.... Ha! But on my computer, it's the familiar :-)

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    19. Who is saying there is a need for the public to have an unimpeded view of that section of the KP grounds?

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    20. Yes royalfan..last I heard that is where Harry lives.

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    21. I think by the time these trees grow to possibly provide privacy or block anyone's view George and Charlotte will be grown and William and Kate will be living in Buckingham Palace. Soooo a lot of angst by the DM, Express and the naysayers for nothing.

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  13. Marion from GermanyJanuary 29, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    I would like to see Kate in a dress created by Elie Saab, who is one of the most astonishing designers right now. His dresses definitely have the WOW-factor.
    As a German I have another great designer in mind: Karl Lagerfeld. I would like to see a dress that he has created just for Kate. That would undoubtedly be a mind-blowing garment, that's for sure.

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    1. Karl had some unpleasant things to say about Pippa in the past so I doubt we will see Kate in one of his designs. I can't think of a time she's worn Chanel, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

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    2. Elie Saab certainly knows how to put the sparkle in evening gowns! Anything of hers that Kate wore would have to be double lined though because Saab's clothes show way more skin than Kate would do. I think Karl Lagerfeld could make some really classic day wear for Kate. I wish she didn't have to stick so close to the British designers all the time.

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    3. Anon 2:54: if you remember the peachy/pink jacket she wore deplaning in (can't remember the name, but a Canadian town in 2011) that is reputed to be Chanel. Technically it is a UFO, but someone claimed she was asked at the airport and said it was Chanel. It looks like a classic Chanel style, so I think that is the most likely ID. It's the only Chanel she has ever publicly worn.

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    4. Elie Saab is a man, Robin. :-) It is the French form of Eli.

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    5. Thanks Jane, I actually looked that up on your other site katesclothes.com after I posted. It's such a great resource! Kate wore that before Karl made the remarks about Pippa and hasn't worn his designs since. I know if someone said they didn't like my sister's face I wouldn't be caught dead in their clothes!

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    6. I replied to Marion's comment at 4:30. It ended up below somehow.

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    7. Really? I always thought it was a woman! Learn something new every day!

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    8. Marion from GermanyJanuary 30, 2017 at 11:14 AM

      Oh my, I have totally forgotten about Karl Lagerfeld's inappropriate and mean comment on Pippa. Thank you for reminding me!
      Sorry, Karl, but I have to delete your name from the list.

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    9. Oooo, Karl, bad move. No soup for you!

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  14. I love the mint green cardigan/sweater and the dress the little girl is wearing in the second photo.

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  15. The McQueen she wore to the LA BAFTA event and the teal Jenny P are still my two all-time favorite gowns. I am hoping we see her in something in a shade of purple. I would love lavender, lilac, violet or any other number of shades. My problem with the Erdem was definitely that unfortunate ruffle. The fabric was beautiful and I'd love it if she had that dress altered to something less dramatic.

    I'm sure that the hedge will not look like an eyesore when it's finished and filled in. The security and privacy for the children is more important so I applaud their efforts. As for them being seen as everyday people - everybody around here has a fence around their backyard and we are about as everyday as you can get.

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    1. I agree, Robin, I think purple is the way to go :) That lilac/lavender McQueen in LA was gorgeous...would love to see a repeat of that, or the teal JP, like you mentioned.

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  16. Elie Saab or Ralph and Russo. Is that a British design firm?

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  17. I like the Erdem. It grew on me:) That velvet McQueen is so stunning too... I do hope to see something new though:)
    The move seems inevitable but I too looked the idea of the family in Norfolk. London is such an exciting city, of course (I wouldn't mind living there again); I wish them the best!

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  18. Maybe repeat post. If she repeats a gown I would like to see the Jenny Packman Diaphanous Blue Gown worn in 2015. It would not look dated and works well for a more sophisticated more mature look.

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  19. I, too, believe the move was somewhat planned all along. William has always loved flying and was able to fly as long as possible with his East Anglia job. The kiddos are more mobile and with Her Majesty winding down her visibility, the Cambridges knew they would have to step up their profiles. If I were the CEO of the Royal Family, I'd want the younger generation to be out and about to generate as much affection and visibility as possible to maintain the "value for money" that the British Public fund. The queen has passed her Diamond Jubilee and 90th Birthday milestones- there's not much else for her to do and she has earned a bit of R and R. Prince Charles has been very visible since he was invested as Prince of Wales at 21. He was not as fortunate as his son to have a quieter family life in the beginning. Lucky for the world, that Diana did her Princess job with great aplomb and enthusiasm. The Royal Trio ( and hopefully a fourth member soon) has the greatest opportunity now to really make a difference in the world while they still generate so much interest in their appearances. I believe they are ready!

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  20. I think it's wonderful that Prince William is becoming a full time Royal. I think he and Prince Charles need to collaborate more publicly. Charles needs a boost in popularity before he becomes King. There's not much he can do on his own to accomplish that, but with William by his side it could happen.

    I once spent a few weeks in London, toured the city daily as well as the outskirts. I loved being there, but my throat was scratchy and my nose stuffy all the while. Every night I would blow my nose and black stuff came out. Sorry to be gross, but it was air pollution in the city. Not a healthy place to live and certainly not a good place to raise children. I totally understand their love for Norfolk. My head did not clear up until I traveled north to Scotland!

    Belle

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    1. Belle, the identical thing happened to me in London (nose/black stuff). It hasn't happened to me anywhere else.

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    2. Wow, that is not good! Kind of makes me think twice about wandering the streets of London to sight-see, might have to wear a mask or handkerchief! I can see why W+K wanted to raise G+C during their first few years mainly in the country side at Anmer. Not just for privacy & tranquility, but for their overall health as well!

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    3. Wow I have not been to London in years. I did not realize it was that polluted. They main issues we saw when visiting where a fair amount of litter on the street, hard to find trash cans, and when we visited smoking went on everywhere. Sorry to hear the pollution is that bad.

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    4. I was there in 2004, don't recall much litter, but yes, smoking was allowed everywhere, on the Tube, in restaurants, everywhere you went people were smoking!

      There were so many cars--and tourist buses (which I used daily). Those old-timey cabs are kewl but they are not environmentally friendly at all.

      In 2015 I went to Spain, Germany, and France. Electric cars & cabs were all the rage in those countries. Frankfurt is now called a "green city", we stayed at the QGreen Hotel by Melia (my niece works for the company :-).

      I'm sure London will eventually take steps to become more green, but an environmental report out last year gave them a failing grade, and it sounds like the pollution is worse than ever!

      Belle

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    5. I was just there about 14 months ago and London has improved vastly every time I've been since my first journey over in 1987. There are not so many vehicles now that blow billows of black smoke out every time they accelerate and (again, not trying to be gross) not nearly as much nose/black stuff as in years past. I think they're trying to change all that. They've spent millions cleaning all that gunk off the exteriors of places such as Westminster Abbey over the years and I don't think they're keen to put it all back. If they would put catalytic converters on those wonderful black taxis it would make a ton of difference. Those things are British icons and should never go away. Best taxis in the world! Ah, London, my home away from home.

      Headed over the pond again this Sunday but, alas, we will be in The Netherlands with no time to journey north. Still, the museums in Holland are spectacular so I can't wait to go back! I am determined that this time I will get to The Haag and see Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch. I'll be walking in Kate's footsteps. Maybe a peak at Maxima if she's out and about!

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    6. Robin, have a great time. Stay safe. Lucky lady. 😊

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  21. I too am a bit sad to see this move, though from the sounds Norfolk will forever be home. I'm sure they'll still manage their long weekends and holidays away there. I imagine this would also mean even more time for G&C to spend with William, with leaving East Anglia and a more "normal" work schedule.

    For BAFTA, I'm thinking repeat. With the unfortunate rumors swirling I could see Kate being a bit more cautious. I'd love a repeat of her silver Jenny P from the fall of 2011, she had so many great Jenny P's in that year/year and a half after the wedding! Updo and some glitzy jewels, sold!

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  22. The west view of KP.

    http://c8.alamy.com/comp/A71Y2D/aerial-high-level-oblique-view-south-east-of-kensington-palace-and-A71Y2D.jpg

    You can see the entrance to W&K's courtyard just below the clock tower. The hedges (in the photo Jane posted) run from the guard booth at approximately 3 o'clock in this photo to the street where you see the buildings on the lower right of the photo. If you consider the proportion involved, I don't see the hedges as a threat to the aesthetic factor here. I honestly don't.....

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    1. The thing about aesthetic objections is that they are purely a matter of personal taste. One persons eyesore is another persons masterpiece.

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    2. There are trees there...but yew hedges come all the way to the ground and eventually make a very solid (and very poisonous :) wall. They can also easily grow to 90 feet tall and growly fairly fast (not like kudzu but faster than say, boxwood.) I don't know how tall the trees are but they may not be 90 ft and aren't "solid." (And if the trees blocked the view there would be no need for a hedge!)  A very long very solid green wall---and it is long, over 800 ft--- seems **a little** excessive. I don't believe all the "billionaire" row houses behind are embassies either. At least that not what various articles report. 

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  23. Regarding Kate's upcoming appearance at BAFTA. I would hope that Kate wears something new--but NOT Erdem, and not too "Royal", but certainly not too risquΓ©, just as she managed in California, 2011. (I can't shake the feeling that Mike and Carole provided a trousseau of sorts--some expensive evening gowns--because Kate has really never worn anything to match that lilac/lavender McQueen since, IMO. Nor is Charles well known for generosity, at least, not when it comes to his two sons, his daughter-in-law, and their staff.

    Keeping my fingers crossed!

    JC

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    1. Hi JC..I was just thinking you had not posted much recently. Glad to see your post as they are always thought provoking.

      From reading your comments over time I think I understand some aspects of your view of Charles :) But assuming she's not getting freebies (and I know *supposedly* the BRF doesn't) Kate has dropped big bucks on some questionable outfits over the last few years, at least they were questionable IMO. (For example, the 6K white lace D&G dress more suited IMO for a casual wedding bride or for someone really young like Lady  Louise. Or the bespoke "bathrobe" poppy dress.)  It's not as though Kate has to ask Charles "please sir, may I buy this dress, please may I buy this jacket" as though his financial support of her wardrobe is hands-on like a desperate parent with a pre-teen (and if so, would mean Charles was essentially acting as Kate's stylist.) Many of Kate's clothes are certainly pricey. And it seems she spends much more now per yr than she did when first married (as one would expect since she is considered more "senior" now.) I, too, miss aspects of that "early marriage Kate style" but Charles is about the last person I'd blame for her more recent clothes choices. I'm not sure who I'd blame but Charles it's not. And if even it was Charles being tight, can't Will pry open his own apparently glued-shut wallet on ocassion? Don't most of us spend our "own money" on work clothes?

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    2. Just a thought here, ladies, but considering the criticism over some of Kate's prior choices (too short, too young), I might be inclined to wear a floral bathrobe or two...

      I recall that whenever Diana was accused of spending too much on her wardrobe, her response was to recycle (and disappoint the press as "payback".) πŸ˜‰

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    3. Personally I don't think Catherine pays full price for her clothes. She does pay, but I think it must be at an agreed price especially on her higher end clothing. We also are not sure when she buys the clothing as we most recently saw with the green outfit. Charles funds her clothing through the Duchy but she must work within a budget and questionable choices for some may not be for others and probably are not for the wearer. How do we know how much William does contribute? Really we have no knowledge of this. And honestly how many other Royals have the supposed monetary value of every outfit they wear published? Not too many as far as I can see.

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    4. I do think the royals probably pay less than retail for their clothing as that is the price offered to them. How much better PR can you get than having Kate wear your label? The fact that whatever she wears (or whatever her children wear) will sell out almost immediately will more than make up for whatever the designer lost in offering a price less than retail.

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    5. You are correct Anon 7:54..we don't know what Will pays for. My post mentioning Will's wallet was in response to JC's concern that Kate's clothing choices have deteriorated since her early marriage yrs because Charles doesn't give her enough money. Kate's style and clothing choices HAVE changed since 2011, likely for many many reasons. But I'm not buying that one of the reasons is that she doesn't have a large enough clothing budget from Charles. Some lower cost items she's worn have been really big hits here on this blog (red Preen, for example) while other pricey items like those I mentioned in my post have not been so well received here. You are also correct that the clothes other royals wear are not so closely scrutinized.  But generally speaking, others don't get the same attention overall either. Being relatively young AND being married to a future king has a way of attracting attention. (Hence blogs like this one!)

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    6. It's been widely published that Prince Charles has established an annual budget of £3 million for William, Harry, and Catherine. They each get £1 million to spend on Travel, Wardrobes, and Staff related to Official Royal Business and Engagements each year. They have to use their own funds to pay for their own Personal staff (nanny, housekeeper) and other non-official living expenses and travel.

      £1 million is a decent budget for Catherine, even after her travel and staff salaries are paid, she should have at least half of that to spend on clothes :p

      Belle

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    7. Is that tax-free? Does that include airfare for overseas travel? Who pays for the 24/7 expenses of PAs, hairdressers, advisers while on tour? I believe there are probably a few overlaps and gray areas. Are the royal helicopters paid out of that stipend? She may not have that much left for the clothing budget. I Also doubt it works out to one million each flat rate.

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    8. I can't answer all your questions but isn't official travel outside the UK paid for by the host country? Including airfare? Advisors, PAs and secretaries who are FT would have their expenses paid by the host as well although hairdressers probably not.

      I seriously doubt the money is taxed as income...especially since it is within the BRF. (I don't know the laws in the UK but this IS business expense money anyway.) Since Will obviously spends very little on clothes, I expect there is plenty left for Kate's work clothes. And since WK&H share some staff that cuts the costs too. (Jason isn't paid 3 X as much, for example simply because he works for the 3 of them.)

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    9. There is no breakdown given re the monies allocated to Charles children. The £1m each is pure speculation.

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    10. There is an article in the June, 2013 Express by Richard Palmer that cites Mr. Nye, a private secretary of Charles. The one million is for all three and is drawn from income from the Duchy of Cornwall, on which Charles pays approximately 20 per cent tax. It provides for St. James expenses (the change to KP has happened since this article) and for ground travel for the three while on duty in GB. The Sovereign Grant contributes expenses for air and train travel and other expenses. It is not known where the money for Kate's wardrobe comes from. I believe air travel and lodging type expenses are paid by a host country, but other expenses are borne by the British government. I doubt the foreign governments pay for administrative or press staff. The personal assistant salary is part of the Charles-based income, I believe. Their food and lodging would be at the host's expense. I'm not sure about the tour information. It is just from my memory of information I have read in the past and I have no specific sources. One fact that was especially interesting to me was that WKH have 10.5 staff amongst them. Ha! C C have around 120+. There was a question whether staff would be increased once William left the air rescue in Wales to increase royal duties. This article is three and one half years old. There may be newer information, but I doubt it will be more specific, at least not verifiably so.

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  24. If Kate repeats, I would love the Black Velvet McQueen. It's been 5 years since she wore it, and I thought she looked spectacular that evening. I would also love to see Kate wear Ralph Lauren. Looking forward to the BAFTA's.
    I really don't think the Hedges around KP should cause such a fuss.

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    1. I agree, Tedi. And YES to her wearing RL.

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    2. I agree. The hedges are really not such a big deal. And, as we now know they aren't anywhere near William and Kate, there is no proof they are who asked for them. And a big ditto to the RL suggestion!

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  25. Would love to see Kate in a bespoke RL, but talk about expensive! Good old Ralph is unlikely to leak the price of the garment, so any leak would have to emanate from some other source. Unfortunately, RL isn't a British designer and this, BAFTA, is a very British occasion so I'm not holding my breath in anticipation.

    JC

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