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Kate Wears Hobbs for EACH Event

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

It is still January and we are enjoying our second public engagement of the month from the glowing Duchess of Cambridge—a new year and seemingly a new world! I love it, although I am frankly disappointed that Kate probably won't be making the Mustique getaway. Rather than the West Indies, the princess was in her own Norfolk neck of the woods today for an event on behalf of EACH in Quidenham. 



I love events when Kate arrives to a line of enthusiastic kids who are ecstatic to meet a princess. It never fails to give me little ripples of happiness. It is as if the children embody what we as adults feel privately inside. ;) These fluttering flags are our fluttering hearts.  I want to briefly comment that this last week has been insane and stressful and this morning when I woke up I thought...Kate has been out. A new (maybe :)) ensemble, beautiful pictures, a post to write! I think this is the magic of modern royalty. I went through my whole day, but I knew
at the end I would get to sink into fashion and Kate and chat with you all. There are various modifications to follow royalty, but the pure escape valve they provide is part pf what drives the royal industry.   


Today was another instance of an ongoing spotlight that Kate has been shining on the Nook Appeal, which is raising money for a new palliative care center in Norfolk. Kate kicked the capital campaign off in 2014 while pregnant with Charlotte. To refresh your memory, that was a Katherine Hooker customized shift dress. It wasn't my favorite, but the kids and her enthusiasm made up for it. I digress...



Today, Kate made the rounds stopping into an art therapy session, which is a type of program Kate has always championed:

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She also visited the sensory room, a therapy tool EACH hopes to improve and expand in the new facility.

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I was particularly moved by this clip. EACH's chief executive is discussing Kate (and William and Harry's) support of EACH and in it he says that he thinks that the future of the British Royal Family is in good hands. Kate smiles and blushes a bit, as would we all, but can you imagine? Kate has been a royal for five years, which is in some respects quite a long time, but in the big picture, not that long at all. Kate was not born royal. She was not raised royal. She married William at 29, and I can tell you at the ripe age of 28, you can get a lot of living done in that time. Can you imagine being the kid from the Home Counties and having someone point out that the future of the British Monarchy--the oldest and most prestigious institution of its kind --depends upon you? 


At another moment in his remarks, Graham Butland referenced a big milestone in Kate's royal life, her first public address. Kate quickly interjected that it was "terrifying." Although this is hardly a surprising admission, it was sweet and fun to hear her share her personal feelings about that milestone moment in her royal life. It also suggests that Kate feels she has come far enough from that day to reminisce—that is, she must feel more of a pro now. Her first public speech was on behalf of EACH, which underlines how important this charity has always been to her. 
Ok, kids, let's talk fashion. The Duchess of Cambridge returned to an old favorite today, High Street label Hobbs. We haven't seen a Hobbs debut in some time. Kate recycled the company's Persephone trench in Canada, and who could forget her stunning rewear of the Celeste on Christmas morning?


But, Kate has not featured the label as the primary name in a debut ensemble since 2014, so today was a good one for fans of the Old Guard. These are Hobbs' suits separates in "Evergreen" and feature modern detailing. In boiled wool, the jacket and skirt create a very sleek silhouette for Kate. This ensemble is in lockstep with the duchess's choice of the Erdem sheath earlier this month. She is sporting an above the knee, fitted, youthful look.



Kate took advantage of the collarless jacket to add a little twist of her own style, and this is where I suspect she will run afoul of a few of you, but I have to confess that I am in love with this added bit of flair. Kate wore Gerard Durel's (French, bien sรปr) Josephine blouse so that the collar is front and center. 



She has been a fan of Peter Pan collars for many years and it is a look I have always applauded. The contrasting color got a notable debut in 2013 while she was pregnant with George and she has sported the style in one form or another ever since. 


Kate kept her accessories relatively simple today, which was probably a good decision given the rustic texture of the suit and the busy blouse. She wore her Kiki McDonough drops in Morganite, carried her favorite Mulberry Bayswater, and wore her Gianvito Rossi pumps.


The verdict is, without a doubt, a hit. Green is almost always a win on Kate, but the cut not the color is what really scores today. These suit separates highlight Kate's remarkable figure and showcase her unique ability to blend modern (the suit) and more classic and traditional (the blouse) for a winning look.




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Clare in Cape Town asked why Kate hasn't worn any Victoria Beckham. 

I have wondered this for many years now. Whatever else you think about Victoria Beckham, aka Posh, I think she is a genuinely talented designer. I love her collections and her svelte style is right up Kate's alley. In fact, this Peter Pan-like collar is a feature that VB has championed in a number of her shows. It has been rumored that the Cambridges and the Beckhams are chums. While they don't rank with the Meades or other members of the Cambrdiges' inner aristocratic circle, they are social friends. I suspect that for Kate, wearing VB in public might blur the lines for her a little too much between personal and professional. It is also possible that the Beckhams super celebrity status, which is of a much different kind than that of the Cambridges', might also be a deterrent. Of course, we know that Kate admires Victoria's style and patronizes the brand in private. Kate carried Victoria Beckham's Quincy tote to Wimbledon in 2016:


I think (and hope) that as she really makes her royal role her own, we will see Kate wear VB in the future.

165 comments:

  1. This suit is beautiful; the colour, cut and texture of the fabric are all a win in my book. I think you know your readers well Jane, as I don't like the blouse with this suit! I would like to see Catherine wear these zip up fronts that she has a penchant for unzipped to the deep v neckline that she favours. In this instance I would like the zip unfastened to a v neckline with a round neck fitted t-shirt style blouse underneath in a contrasting colour. And different earrings too. Otherwise on the whole this is a win for me :)

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  2. Peter Pan collars are so juvenile. I think Catherine would have been much better served without the collar of the blouse. She's a 35 year old woman, not a 5 year old little girl. While I don't want Catherine to dress like a grandma, I don't want her to dress like a child either. She needs to dress like an adult and the Peter Pan collars just aren't adult.

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    1. The collars have been a trend. I believe Victoria Beckham wore a similar black and white dress.

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    2. Anon 1:53 - although I can understand your opinion, because I don't like this special blouse either (others I love, like the Peter Pan collar with the maternity dress above), I don't understand, why these collars should not be adult. These Peter Pan clothes are made for adults. :) And I think, Kate likes it a lot - so she should wear it, if she feels happy with this style.

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    3. I think Peter Pan collars can work if the rest of the outfit is not too conservative. Otherwise, I think the whole effect becomes dated and twee. I liked the
      Peter Pan collared dress she wore when
      pregnant with George as the shortness of
      the dress tempered the matronly/childish
      vibe that this kind of collar can have. For me, the collar does not work with the Hobbs suit for these reasons.

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    4. I work in fashion and Peter Pan collars on are on-trend for the Spring, like them or not, and no they are not childish!

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  3. I love, love, love this ensemble for many reasons (great colour and silhouette on Kate) but for two in particular. First, I love the fact that Kate wore pink, as opposed to green, earrings with this ensemble - I love the pop of a different colour. And second, I absolutely love the Peter Pan collar -- I thought it was a really stylish little finish that made the outfit Kate's own, in a way she often doesn't so (and sometimes doesn't get right). My one little qualm with this is that I'm not sure I love the material of this suit but that is a really minor point that doesn't detract from what is otherwise a major hit for me!

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  4. Oh Jane, I love you, your writing and this blog dearly, but even that love cannot overcome my fiery dislike of Peter Pan collars. I just find them twee and a strange intersection of grandmotherly and little girlish. This suit was such a hit for me - the vibrant colour, the nubbly fabric and the streamlined cut, but that collar made me sad. Alas we will have to agree to disagree - you have The Dreaded Moloh and I have the Dreaded Peter Pan. Oh well - different perspectives are the spice of life! Bisous xx

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    1. OMG Meghan, you win. I completely agree; the Dreaded Peter Pan has haunted me ever since the her butter yellow Emilia Wickstead coat was maimed and dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Valley of Horrible Bespoke Peter Pan Collars. They smack of a combination of twee and Golden Girls. If that makes me a fashion philistine, so be it! :-P (I do have to say that the one exception is her gorgeously chic black and white Topshop maternity dress!) xx

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    2. Lol Lauren you are my spirit animal. That yellow Emilia Wickstead is my least favourite thing that she's worn EVER.

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  5. I agree - definitely a win!
    Small correction: the blouse label is Gerard Darel.

    Agne

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  6. Love this suit; the colour and the styling..
    She is so good with the children and the parents too.Her main strength is her ability to talk to everyone and they feel she really cares. That is more important than a set speech.
    Glad that she brightens your day too, Jane; she certainly brightens mine.
    Off topic , but interesting (well it was to me), I note that on Friday one of the President's grand sons was dressed in a tweed coat and knee socks and presumably shorts under the coat--just like Catherine dresses George on big occasions.

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    1. Yes! I noticed that too and thought of George. ☺

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    2. I saw that as well! I was reading an article about the clothes for Ivanka's children and the designer said she had asked for something very classic. That's our Kate and her kids - very classic!

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  7. Jane, thank you for the wonderful post, it was worth the wait ;) Hope things will settle down a bit for you & not be so hectic, I'm amazed you find the time to keep us updated at all!
    I agree that watching Kate is a great source of escapism from this ever-changing world. It's fascinating to see her develop from a 'girl from the home counties', to an ambassador for all her worthy causes, especially EACH. The charity is such a good fit for her, as you can see she has genuine warmth & compassion for these children & their families.
    Kate looked great at this engagement, I agree with you in being in the minority...I really like this blouse too! The collar softens the overall sharp lines of the suit & makes her seem more approachable to the children. Her hair is a KO & it looks like is continuing to hark back to her early married years with a more youthful look, which I'm happy to see :)

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  8. Fabulous post! I am really enjoying the Ask Jane section. Couple of questions which I hope to hear from you on...
    1) Do you think Kate is now deliberately waiting several seasons before she wears clothes to minimise the Kate Effect? The Hobbs outfit was from Sept 2015 and the Erdem Evita dress was also almost sold out.
    2) Kate seems to be moving away from her days of wearing coats "as dresses" even for indoor events - could this be the end of her famous Coat period?

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  9. I was thrilled to see a new suit and truly wish she would wear them more often. The color is flattering and I like the texture and fit.

    Regarding Kate and VB...I think it is a matter of not mixing two very different types of celebrity. Kate does not want to put the spotlight on her wardrobe and the headlines would not be in her favor. IMO.

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    1. Maybe she does not want to put the spotlight on her wardrobe, still that's the first info every royal reporter publish. And we all know that the girl lovess shopping!

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  10. Sonja from BavariaJanuary 25, 2017 at 5:44 AM

    I also loved the blouse with the peter pan collar and for me, that's what mate the ensemble completely perfect.
    I still hope she will soon recycle something from her early marriage wardrobe (2011/12) because she has SO MANY GORGEOUS CLOTHES! For example, the blue erdem lace dresses from the 1st canada tour,... (but we'll probably have to wait for spring because now it is definitely coat/sweater weather ;)

    Any idea why Kate sometimes wears a coat in hot summer (the freen coat for the tour de france), but a thin dress without long sleeves in winter (the blue lk bennett dress on Valentines day)? This always makes me very curious...

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    1. I've been curious about this too, Sonja! Maybe I'm not remembering my British weather well, but yes - that heavy Tour de France coat was off, yet the other day bare legs. Quel predicament!;)

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    2. She is never bare legged, only when wearing a sandal type shoe.

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    3. I agree, 9:35.

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  11. The suit color is pretty on Kate. I'm not a fan of the blouse collar as I tend to prefer that style on young girls, not on 35 yo women. I do think the view we repeatedly get of Kate's blouse in back above the waist when she bends over is unattractive. It might be best to avoid such short tight tops and tight skirts when its likely there will be lots of bending over to do (like at an event with children.) Those glimpses of the blouse aren't a big wardrobe malfunction scandal. But they do convey a lack of professional polish in what could otherwise be a polished outfit. Don't we all practice the moves we expect to make at an event (reaching, sitting, bending) especially before deciding to wear a tight or constricting outfit to an event except to a super casual one?  Or in the case of us ordinary women with "hardworking" clothing budgets before deciding to purchase an outfit in the first place? Sure, most of us don't have cameras trained on us at work but I doubt most of us would want to flash that view to co-workers (whether photographed or not) as it sort of looks like an undergarment popping out at first glance or at the very least looks sloppy. It really puzzles me why Kate and her team don't seem to consider her "back views" more often. It's not as though this sort of thing hasn't happened before. 

    I'm curious what people thought about Kate's "princess" comment.

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    1. Lizzie, I thought the response was appropriate given the age of the child, but more importantly it was diplomatic and humble. This was not the moment for her to be Kate the Great. And I don't blame her for taking the opportunity to give William some kudos. My two cents.

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    2. I loved her answer. Just gave us a little insight on how William loves his wife. She has said in the past that William really takes care of her.

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    3. I'll be in the minority with this, Lizzie, but thought it was a lame comment. What is it like to be a real princess? Why, my prince takes good care of me. Yikes! How stereotypical is that? Nothing like promoting a Cinderella complex. How about saying something about what the position allows her to do such as meeting lots of interesting people or helping people? Little kids get those concepts and it brings focus to what she does as a princess not what is done for
      her because she is a princess. Little girls from day one need to hear that they should be independent and self sufficient, not that the highest pinnacle is to be well taken care of.

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    4. Lizzie, I found the comment to be really disappointing. As a young professional woman, It was not a comment I would want to hear from a role model. It made me think that Kate does not see her role as a profession, which is interesting since I certainly do. Husbands get enough kudos and female children hear enough about the role of 'wife' and there are so many other benefits to being a Princess. Just really off the mark for today's young women.

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    5. I also thought Kate's answer was very disappointing. Kate's role is derived through her husband (as opposed to years of medical school or similar), so maybe she wanted to be diplomatic? But I can't imagine Michelle Obama giving a similar response if asked what being First Lady was like.

      There's nothing wrong with your husband taking care of you. That's what *both* parties are supposed to do in a marriage! But I think Kate needs to refine this talking point.

      On the bright side, I loved the green suit, although Peter Pan collars strike me as very twee.

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    6. Assuming this quote by a reporter of a quote by a mother quoting a response Kate reportedly made to a four year old little girl wanting to know about a real-life princess-if the remark miraculously made it through that maze intact as Kate actually said it, if she did say it....you see my first point here? Another instance of Kate being judged for a quote that likely has been re-worded to a point that I doubt Kate would recognize it as hers. Secondly, if the quote is accurate as the reporter stated it ,Catherine was doing what she does so well-attempting to form a bridge to communication by adapting her mindset and response to that of the listener. In this instance, the in tended listener was not a blog commenter, a reporter, or even the child's mother. She was speaking in terms a four year old little girl would understand-being well-taken care of. Since Kate , going by her bling and fashion choices would likely not choose a tiaras and ballgowns sort of answer, I believe her reply was both appropriate for a four year old and true to the Kate she has shown us so many times, including in interviews. ....If Kate had responded with a political or social statement, the child's response would likely have been, "HUH?"........the only really important question here is how did the child respond to this answer? As far as I know there is no audio or video recording of this.

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    7. Well, the highest pinnacle should be to be taken care of, and taking care of others. That is what love is about. I hope that little girl gets plenty of it.
      Like royalfan, I noticed Kate's humility.She didn't reach her position through merits and hard work and is grateful to her husband. She didn't say arrogantly that she helps people. As for her position allowing to meet interesting people, does that mean that some people are more interesting than others?
      The more I argue about it, the more I am convinced her answer was great!

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    8. Her comment really irked me! Given the 2 million+ women marching all around the world for equality just days before, I disliked her painting a picture of herself as some sort of pampered pet. Not to mention the question sounded more about her job, not her marriage.

      I know she was caught off guard and it was a child, but why not mention all the new people she gets to meet or places she gets to see? It would have been age-appropriate.

      I was very disappointed. (Then again, maybe I'm just cranky given the awful decisions being made here in the US.)

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    9. I give her credit for one thing. She has never changed, she was a girl back then to be taken care of her parents, now her husband.

      I would have appreciated a quick on the spot response which is not about herself and her life achievement!
      I suppose fans need to accept the fact that she is not an independent, standing on her own two feet kind of wmn.

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    10. I don't think saying you help people is arrogant. Many people go into their field of choice in order to help people. I think its a wonderful thing to say to small children because, just maybe, it will influence them to, one day, become a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a whatever to help people. Also, I don't think saying you like your job because of all the interesting people one meets is saying there are interesting and non interesting people. It says to me that everyone I meet is interesting and I love meeting them.

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    11. Anon 11.00

      I beg your pardon. She put awfully lot of work to be where she is today. She is being taken care of at the age of 35. She should proudly say she is out there helping others because that is her only duty towards the public.
      The more I read about this the more it hurts our female intelligence.

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    12. IMO, she stands very well on her own feet. She is strong enough to dare being dependent on her husband, and I believe he is as dependent on her as she is. Equality at its best. And more importantly, happiness.

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    13. I am disappointed in the comments here. As Annie said, *if* this was reported correctly it just shows Kate as not upstaging her husband as heir to the throne. As HM ages (and, really, how many years does she have left) I think the Charles era may prove divisive. Spotlighting William is a smart thing to do.

      Why does everything that comes out of a woman's mouth have to be "I am woman, hear me roar" all the time? Some women, like Kate, actually cherish being a wife and a mother as their most important job. How independent is the woman who feels this way but is forced to down play it because "the movement" makes her feel small and petty? Quite frankly, the role of women is being demeaned by those who think that you're only important if you have a career outside the home and shout about it to anyone who will listen. What a sad commentary. I believe women are just as smart as men, I believe woman should be allowed to do any job they're qualified for, I believe all humans deserve to be treated with respect regardless of gender, and I believe that women are smart enough to decide for themselves what truly makes them happy and not have to bow down to (or be ashamed in front of) those with a different opinion. I also believe that Us vs. Them is making our society bitter and unattractive. Why can't we all allow for differences in opinion and situation?

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    14. Robin, I get what you are saying but I don't think she needs to deny her own accomplishments to let her husband shine. If it is truly an equal and respectful relationship, she doesn't need to do that at all. They should shine equally within their partnership. This may be a generational thing but I don't think any of these comments are bitter, unattractive or indicative some sort of movement. I work part time but am basically a wife and stay at home mom . However, if some little girl asked me what was the best thing about that , I would say because it gives me time to persue my interests and take care of those I love in a certain way. I think I would throw up in my mouth a little bit if I even ventured to say its because Im well taken care of.

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    15. RobinfromCA - I agree that we should respect other women's choices. But think about Kate's supposed answer with different occupations: What's being a mother like? What's being a doctor like? What's being First Lady like? What's being a rocket scientist like? All of those sound silly with the response "I'm very well looked after by my husband." It's a non-sequitor. (Besides, in healthy marriages, you look after each other.) As others have said, there are numerous better (and age-appropriate) answers to this question, without upstaging anybody.

      I'm prepared to believe that something got lost in translation here, or was reported incorrectly. In fact, I hope so!

      Btw, it's possible to "actually cherish" the crucial roles of wife and mother while you also have a career. Just saying. :)

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    16. Robin-be sure to read anon 5:58's comment. It's an eye-opener. Yet again a thoughtful post ( no mention of overheard comments here) was overshadowed and a comment section was over-run by judgmental remarks about what is essentially gossip about Kate. I was trying to avoid another Kate site that had jumped on a chance to criticize Kate after what I felt was a very tender, touching engagement.

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    17. She didn't say she loves being a wife and mother. She says she's well-looked after, like she's some sort of lapdog. There was no mutual dependence talk either. Zero mention of her looking after William as well. She made herself sound coddled and helpless.

      I'm a wife and mother too, and those roles are important to me. But my favorite part of those roles involves shared experiences and learning new things about my loved ones, not being wrapped in cotton wool.

      I maintain, though, that she was asked about her job, not her marriage.

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    18. Well said, Robin!

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    19. I honestly wonder if there might have been more context for Kates response than got reported (as someone else pointed it there was a bit of "telephone" by the time the quote was made public). I can imagine numerous scenarios where talk about caring and who helps care for you and your loved ones would come up during a visit to a hospice - in which case an answer about William caring for her could be a comment keeping with that theme rather than a statement of how she sees her role as a royal or as a woman. Sometimes mole hills really are just mole hills.

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    20. I so agree with you Robin and great response Anon 2:01!

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    21. I can't help but think of two things. First, if William weren't who he was, Kate would not be a princess and it could create a really awkward family situation if anyone (the Yorks) thought she was trying to claim "princesshood" in her own right. Second, imagine if Diana would have been asked the same thing. I think her honest answer (not that she could say it) would have been "It's a nightmare. My husband ignores me, is sleeping with someone else, and the whole family thinks I'm a liability." IF Kate said the words attributed to her, she let everyone know that she is not a blood princess and that William is firmly in her corner. If she was just a lap dog I think there would be no Christmas's in Bucklebury, no Middleton family vacations, and certainly no Middleton family member included in royal events. She is doing just fine and doesn't need to proclaim her independence with every word out of her mouth to prove she's a strong woman. Isn't their love story part of what we all like about them? It is for me. I'm so happy to see William have a marriage that is light worlds away from what his parents had and the fact that they compliment each other in public - even when they're not at the same event - speaks volumes!

      Yes, anon 2:01, sometimes mole hills are just mole hills.

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    22. Kate made a goofy comment, like many royals before her! We can admit she made a goofy comment without raking her over the coals for it. She'll learn. And even after she learns she'll probably still make a goofy comment at times, they're not perfect!

      Theresa May goes to visit sick children at hospital. One asks, what is it like to be PM? May responds "I'm well looked after by my husband"

      The children, and all of Britain scratches their heads!

      That's how goofy the comment was. It's ok to be a Kate fan, say she did something less than perfect, and move on.

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    23. I think thats a lot of reading between the lines for a four year old Robin. I guess we are all interpreting the statement in different ways depending on our life
      experiences. It was a submissive
      statement to me and made me cringe.
      Do I actually think she is submissive? No but if I haven't followed her for so long, I think I might.

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    24. Reading these comments I can't help but think that "being taken care of" can have more than one meaning. We all need to be taken care of in different ways - emotionally, financially, sometimes physically. I think people often think of the financial aspect of "being taken care of", particularly when talking about a woman. And yes, William is a wealthy man so he provides for Kate's financial needs (much like her parents took care of her financial needs when she was younger). But he also clearly takes care of her emotional needs - for example in a way that Charles did not take care of Diana even when he clearly wasn't taking care of her in the emotional sense. I have always taken their charitable focus on mental health as a sign that their concept of "being taken care of" is more than financial comfort.

      Likewise, I think that being "independent" can mean different things to different people. It's easier to project onto someone what we think is happening in her head, heart & bank account than to actually know what is happening in a particular woman's life. It's also easy to make assumptions and pass judgment about why a particular woman might (or might not) value a particular kind of independence.

      At the end of the day all we have is a seriously out of context potential "quote" from a woman with the enormously difficult task of putting herself out there on a global level while staying true to herself and her personal values (and at the same time trying to avoid too much feather ruffling) even when it's outside her comfort zone - it's her actions more than any particular comment that I personally find incredibly inspirational.

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    25. I originally asked what others thought because I had very mixed feelings about Kate's answer. I doubt this is the first time in 6 yrs a child (or anyone else) has asked Kate this question so the question itself could not have been a total surprise although it may have been unexpected that day. 

      It seems some are saying because this child is 4 and lost a sibling the answer was especially appropriate. I don't quite understand why those circumstances make the difference--and unfortunately sibs in families where there is chronic or terminal illness often feel THEY are not being cared for (because of the overwhelming needs of the ill child) so if nothing else, I'm not sure this answer would automatically be comforting. But be that as it may, are folks who liked the answer saying this answer is the best answer to give to ALL children who ask? Or more generally to ALL people who ask?  Kate's answer may have been truthful and that may be what she feels--that the best part of being a princess (or prince/prince consort if talking to a male) is being cared for. But I can't imagine any other royal (male or female) or any other woman asked about her occupation--and princess is her occupation according to Kate's children's birth certificates--saying that. (And yes, I agree we MIGHT NOT know the full context of the Q&A but its a little hard to argue lack of context while also arguing it was a perfect answer under the circumstances.) 

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    26. Ancient Chinese proverb: "Man does not stumble over mountains, but mole hills ,and falls" :+) Great comment, Robin,

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    27. Robbie from Hampton VA. USAJanuary 25, 2017 at 8:49 PM

      RobinfromCA, well said and thank you! Sadly there is no pleasing everyone. She seems much her own person, creating a wonderful life for Prince William and the kids. Hopefully she never reads any blogs/comments, or if she does, hope she laughs off the critical comments.

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    28. Robin, I agree with you 100%.

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    29. I'm not sure how to take your comment anon 1.

      Anon 2:01.

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    30. "it's her actions more than any particular comment that I personally find incredibly inspirational." I agree wholeheartedly.she was lovely with those children, she is unaffected and kind, even in saying that controversial comment.

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    31. Robin I could not agree more with your comments in this thread. Well said!

      I consider myself to be a good mix of modern and old fashioned, and there's a lot of joy to be found in BOTH. I respect what feminists stand, for but it turns me off when there's an element of preaching and/or defensiveness to it.

      I also believe that it's unrealistic to say how WE would answer the same question because we are not in Kate's shoes; her marriage/role has both a private and public element to it. She is a princess because of the man she married. Being the wife of a doctor is not the same as being the wife of a future king.

      I wish I had the link to post here, but has anyone done any research into what Maxima had to agree to prior to getting married? Amazing and similar to other senior royal marriages I assume.

      The bottom line...if old fashioned is offensive, then following the BRF may not be good for your blood pressure. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    32. Ha! You're right royalfan, the blood pressure could rise if hoping to see tradition go by the wayside with the BRF!

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    33. Catherine has made the same "I'm well taken care of" comment multiple times over the last six years. She's said it to many different people. So I don't think her comment at this EACH engagement is some sort of product of "telephone" taken out of context. I think her comment is correct, because she's said the exact same thing multiple times before.

      I also don't think her comment is specifically in response to who asked the question, because she's said the same response to multiple different people when asked the same question. So this is not her trying to make a 4 year old girl whose sister is at a children's hospice feel better; this is just Catherine's typical response.

      I also don't think Catherine's comment was some sort of "goof" on her part that she will learn from. She's said the exact same thing for six years. She's not going to change it at this point.

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    34. I personally think that Duchess Catherine's response was sincere and it was her question to answer in any way that she determined appropriate. My real problem (as a woman in my 40's) is that the feminist movement, while well intended, is pushing so hard for everyone to feel the same way and express the same "no fairy tale" version of every story. The beauty of feminism is in being true to yourself and feeling confident that you are an equal who can express your views without harsh inequality. One woman's dream and belief need not be expressed by another, merely something she alone is proud to represent. Hats off to the Duchess for being true to herself and her beliefs.

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  12. It's nice to see Kate again in bright, jewel-toned colour and I actually don't mind the frilly collar. But not with this suit and it's heavy wool material; it just jarring together. Am I the only one who thinks that suit (both the jacket and the skirt) is too small for Kate? It just doesn't work in my view. She needs to find a designer who can cut to her frame and stick with it. Her custom designed clothes are always head and shoulders above these clothes she purchases and then perhaps alters to fit her. Or maybe she doesn't always alter them and wears them when they are ill-suited to her body and ill-suited to public engagements like this one. When she is bending over talking to the children, both the jacket and skirt ride up too much. It looks awkward. The Queen and Diana know/knew what they were doing in having clothes designed for them, and specifically for public engagements.

    It seems like a very worthwhile engagement, however, and Kate's suit doesn't detract from the excellent work she's done with this charity and the attention it received yesterday as a result of her visit. I do wish she would be a stronger role model in that she apparently made a comment to a young girl when asked about what life was like "being a princess", to which she replied something like "I am well looked after by my husband". Kate needs to be more assertive and respond like a 35 year old woman, who has taken on an incredible role and has a platform to do fantastic work. She really has never been on her own, as an individual. She's gone right from her parents financially supporting her to her married life with her husband. Perhaps she doesn't really understand that she can and should stand on her own and is her own person instead of viewing herself as an appendage to her husband. I suspect it's not easy to do that when married to the heir to the heir and to a (likely) controlling, domineering spouse like William. Kate is her own person; I hope that concept isn't lost to her after so many years of existing in William's world as opposed to having a world of her own.

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    1. There are so many assertive, strong and independent role model about,that a little sweetness won't hurt.I believe every 4 years old needs to be taken care of and needs to know you don't live your life alone. It was a lovely grateful comment, and Kate as a nice and kind person, who isn't afraid of acknowledging the mutual dependence that real love entails, is perhaps a better role model than those who think only of their own success.

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      Whatever gives you the impression that Prince William is a "controlling and domineering spouse"?
      A month or so ago when it first was realized that the couple were taking the children to the Middletons for Christmas, the complaint was that he was under her thumb.
      My impression is that Catherine prefers to make her children the most important consideration and she doubtless needs William's support to be able to do this.

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    3. Excellent points, 10:41 and Jean.

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    4. Anon 10:41 I am not sure why you seem to assume "strong assertive and independent" women only think of their own success. I know many strong assertive and independent women who advocate for and support the success of others including their husbands and children.

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    5. 1:24, as you say, it is always a matter of " success "with assertive people...I prefer those who try to make others happy, including their husbands and children and allow them and themselves to be sometimes "failures". And why I assume that kind of strong assertive independent woman tends to put herself ( and hers) first, is because I know many of them.10:41

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    6. You think people should strive to fail because that will someone make other people happy anon 1:24?

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    7. I did not say it is always a matter of success with strong assertive independent women Anon 10:41. I said that when they focus on success it is not always only their own success they focus on as you claimed they did in your original comment.

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  13. Kate is an independent woman who understands her role within the institution of the royal family. Much like the Queen Mother who stood behind her husband. Her comment yesterday was appropriate given the context of speaking to a four year old whose sister is in need of constant care and loving. Kate is conveying that as a princess she also needs looking after. Can you imagine if she said, I live in castles, travel the world and meet famous people and can do charitable things and so on. It would just not resonate in this context.
    Jane , I agree. Loved the ensemble and thought the collar broke the severity of it.

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    1. Can you imagine if she said 'I get to meet all types of lovely people, like you, so being a Princess is wonderful!' Much more appropriate than conflating her role with her husband taking care of her.

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    2. anon 8:58-Your comment was the most sensible and yet truly compassionate I have seen regarding this situation. I had not even considered the context of this remark's not only being spoken at an EACH event - with the organization's purpose being to "take care"- but also spoken to the sister of one of the children involved. Kate's remark is amazing in her showing of empathy, not to mention diplomacy and understanding of the immediate situation. One remark that for some reason is not being bandied about is one a father made- that she seemed to be really trying to put herself in their place as a parent In fact, Kate said such words..."I can't imagine " as a parent...

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    3. I love your answer anon 8:58, after all she is the princess William and four year olds are not not thinking of the work DoC has to do. Sometimes feminist just put a damper on being a woman. RG

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    4. Sometimes fellow women and men who've been raised to think less of women put a damper on being a woman.

      Feminism isn't a dirty word and those who think it is don't understand what it's really about.

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    5. No one is saying it is a dirty word and it is often the feminists themselves who blighten and cast a shadow over the true spirit of feminism.

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    6. 3:02, there are many facets to being a woman and every last one should be embraced and enjoyed.

      3:50, I tend to agree with you.

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    7. Feminism says, "we have the right to be equal to men". And anti-feminists say, "don't aspire to be equal". That's the difference. The latter is purely negative.

      You want to be a kept woman? Fine. Feminism gives you the choice. But don't tell the rest of us we shouldn't aim to support ourselves!

      Women marching weren't criticizing other women, yet the backlash they got was overwhelmingly from anti-feminists who felt the need to jump in, unprovoked.

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    8. SSM-I wouldn't think that appropriate as the reason she is meeting these people is because of a very ill or dying child.

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    9. Let's just agree to disagree Am. Because, as someone who didn't work outside the home before we were empty nesters, I find being called a "kept woman" incredibly insulting. My husband and I are equal partners in our family and just because I didn't bring in a monetary paycheck for 18 years doesn't mean I was any less important in our home and that my opinion didn't carry any weight. I was also one of those volunteers at school who made it possible for the children of working women to go on field trips, earn money for all of the PTA programs, and make sure there were aids to help the teachers grade papers so they could spend more time in front of the class. I am not an anti-feminist, I just think there are a whole lot of women in this country who have become bitter, judgmental, and shrill in proclaiming their opinions of themselves and others. It's become so bad that the word "feminist" conjures very unpleasant images. Unprovoked? What march were you watching? Let's just say I am anti-the-word-feminist.

      Jane, if you find this too strong or inappropriate, please feel free not to publish it. I'm fine with that.

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    10. AM, this entire thread proves the opposite. If feminists really thought that women have a choice to live the life they choose, this thread wouldn't exists, because just like for everyone else, Kate's comment would be a non-issue. But, no. How dare Kate say she relies on her husband. How dare she let a man take care of her. How dare she "set woman back" by this subservient comment. Why didn;t she rave about her career and her self-sufficiency. Feminists meddle. They mind everyone's business and they tell the rest of us how we should live. If your point were valid, there would be no discussion, but instead there is a blow-up on this post which didn't even address her comment. Fundamentally, feminism rejects the traditional male/female relationship and it looks down on women who choose to keep a beautiful home, raise their children, take care of their husbands, and allow their spouse to take care of their needs. There isn't anything wrong with that model. You don't see stay at home moms screaming about the women who work. But, we always get judged by the feminists who think we just aren't good enough. I am a strong woman. I am not feminist, because all I have ever seen from feminism is the demonization of men and the degradation of women who choose a traditional lifestyle. You keep marching and rabble rousing. The rest of us will fulfill our innate desires to love, to care for, to nurture, and create. Women are powerful. We don't have to BE men to be equal to them.

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    11. RobinfromCA and Mary C let me be very clear that I have no problem with traditional roles, but let me also be very clear that if you think some women do not need to be aware of financial reality then you are woefully naive. Some women *need* to work outside the home. Some women who rely on their spouses to take care of their needs get a very rude awakening when financial and legal realities come crashing down on them in very unpleasant ways. I have no illusions that you will publish this Jane.

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    12. At the end of the day, it is about choice. Perhaps it is a generational thing, but I never experienced being treated differently because I am a woman. Never felt I had to compete with men as such, when competing, it was with individuals, men or women alike and anyway why should there be competition? Your success doesn't depend on another's failure. I feel I can achieve everything I wish. What I hope is to make as many people happy by my choices as possible.
      Reading the comments, I feel there is an ideological aspect to them, that makes them per se unbalanced. No ideology looks at both sides of a question. It is all about winning points.
      All that discussion doesn't reflect anything about Kate, but quite a lot about women around the world.

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    13. Mary C you may not be screaming but your utter disdain for women who chose or need to seek financial compensation for their work comes through loud and clear.

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    14. Bravo Mary C. Applause for well written post. Thank you.

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    15. Robin, you said it! Whether we work in the home or outside of it, everyone should respect each other. The contempt that is often shown by women to those who stay home (I have a special needs child who requires a lot of care) is heartrending. Kate may have a hard time thinking of quick responses and say something she'd like to have back-- who hasn't? She should practice more. And this attacking attitude masks Kate's need to continue to push herself to relax during events. Instead, the media and theme becomes "angry women" rather than a salient point that Kate can better herself by thinking about. S

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    16. This is not a comment about the "'Princess Remark." I am confounded by your second to last sentence, S. ..." need to continue to push herself to relax during events." Can one both push and relax at the same time? The last time someone said that to me I was giving birth. Ha! Actually, I can't recall any BRF member who has been more relaxed at an event than Kate, excluding those chemically assisted by cocktails, of course. Laughing "uproarishly" when the little girl she was sharing with dumped a whole container of glitter on her project- does that sound uptight? Obviously, by the comment one of the adults nearby had about the girl's glitter habits, everyone around Kate was relaxed with her.

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    17. Catherine has said the same "I'm well taken care of" comment to multiple people since becoming a royal. So her comment is not at all directed at the little girl who asked her this question. This is just Catherine's typical response to this question.

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  14. I think the suit would look better with a black, finely woven merino turtleneck, black tights, and black boots, but perhaps this reflects my age. The young seem to favor combining pieces that traditionally don't "go together" in the eyes of the mature!!

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  15. I really love Kate in green, and this suit was a win for me; the texture is fabulous and very on season and point.
    While I normally like the Peter Pan collar, this time I felt it was a little off. Very happy that she's giving this charity such a high profile; she's doing an excellent job as a royal, as Jane pointed out very eloquently. Go Kate, go!

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  16. Love the suit, not the blouse as I commented on above. Dark green is a great color for Kate as is this shorter more form fitting silhouette. I'm not having any issues with the fit and don't find this siut inappropriate. When she is standing, nothing pulls. Pencil skirts pull a bit when one walks or bends which is part of the appeal as dar as I'm concerned.

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  17. Love the color on Kate and the proportions of this suit is spot on! My, her legs look really lovely too. I don't mind the blouse- I think it lightens the heaviness of the fabric and when she bends over, she is not showing any skin. I like the black or navy blue turtleneck suggestion for underneath but I'd prefer bare legs and not boots. A definite win for me today. I hope she continues to support EACH through the years--this is a charity that does life-saving work each and every day and is a great support for its families. Keep on truckin' Kate the Great!!!

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  18. This was a fabulous day for our Duchess. She really shines when she's with children and families and she's really starting to openly show some of the compassion that Diana was so famous for. She's always been compassionate in my opinion, but hugging mothers and fathers as well as the children seems to happen more often lately. I thought the suit was lovely. The problem with a suit like this is that it can appear quite a severe look - professional but severe. The Peter Pan collar brings it back a little and makes it more youthful. I think that's why it works so well in this context.

    As for the "princess" comment, I don't think Kate thinks of herself as a princess at all, so owning the label in any way would be difficult for her I think. We don't know the context of the question and answer, so it may be that it was the best possible reply at the time in the circumstances. I actually think that if she had acknowledged in some way that she is a princess, there might have been a hue and cry over that.

    Thanks Jane for all you do for us on this blog. I like the fact that your posts come a little later in the day, it tells me that you've been thinking about the event for a few hours before you have your say on the day and the clothing.

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    1. There is much going on in the family right now about the rights of the "blood princesses" and Kate may be trying to stay as far away from that can of worms as possible!

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  19. I loved this outfit! Suits are the best on her enviable frame!

    As to the princess comment, I find it sad that we have reached the point in our world where it is considered demeaning to credit your husband with taking good care of you. Of course, she is capable of taking care of herself, but how nice it is she has someone to trust and to love her and care for her. Women can be protected and loved, but successful and strong at the same time. The two are not mutually exclusive. I'm happy she can be confident in the love of William!

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    1. Hi Toni, for me, that would have been a great response had the child asked what is the best thing about being married or something in that vein. However, she asked what is the best thing about being a princess which is her position, in essence. She should be proud of what she has accomplished in her own right and relay that to young girls. Its not arrogance its empowerment. She is their role model whether she wants to be or not.

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    2. Is that what Kate said? "what is the best thing about being a princess?" That is actually only one interpretation of the remark among many. How do we know the reporter and/or mother wasn't just as free in quoting the statement? Slippery slope. Just heard that Mary Tyler Moore has passed away. I wonder what she would have had to say about this discussion?

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    3. Anon 1, Mary Tyler Moore isn't a member of the BRF and isn't a princess, so I think what she would have to say is totally irrelevant.

      I, however, would LOVE to hear Princess Anne's opinion on the matter. It would be an extremely different take on it.

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    4. Probably as relevant to Kate and the BRF as Malania Trump, except for superficially- clothing, for example. But we're not talking clothing in this discussion of Kate's reported words. Women as role models was the off-shoot topic. I'm sure Anne is admired for being loyal and hard-working for the monarchy by some, but I'm not sure how many young women would consider her a role model for the modern woman. MTM was the first "modern woman" role model on US television. Before her, we had housewives in dresses, pearls ,and high heels. Laura Petrie wore capris and flats and managed to make her needs and wishes known without staging an up-rising or even being bossy. MTM carried feminism a little farther with Mary Richards-the independent single woman who had 'spunk." Mary Tyler Moore was an activist in a quiet and ladylike way in real life. She apparently did not have the joy and support of a loving marriage partnership earlier in life as she did with Laura's Rob. I see Laura Petrie in Kate. but I also see a lot of the spunky Mary.

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    5. Agreed, anon 1. Too bad the celebrities of today don't have a hint of the class MTM had. Set an example by how you live your life, not by what insults you hurl at people.

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  20. I haven't read any comments yet but certainly had mixed feelings about this outfit when I saw it yesterday. I love the color, the fit, the cut, and the Peter Pan collar. Why wasn't it winning with me? Then it finally dawned on me why I couldn't just all out love it. Boiled wool makes me itch. So, as I look at Kate in this outfit all I can think about is how itchy it would be! Of course, this is just a personal thing so, overall, it's a fashion win - as long as I don't think about the fabric!

    I hope your week gets better, Jane!

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    2. Sadly, no. Wherever it touches my skin - even at the wrists. I have overly sensitive skin. I have to cut the tags out of every top, blouse, and sweater I have or be sentenced to constant scratching, tugging, and redness all day. In cold weather I have to layer because all of my sweaters have to be cotton. No wool unless I have a long sleeved, turtle neck, cotton shirt underneath. :-(

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    3. Robin, I share your wool "issues". I love it, but cannot tolerate it against my skin.

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    4. RobinfromCA, I share your issues. no wool. As much 100 percent cotton as possible. A few blended cottons but no cashmere or blended wools or pure wool except in lined skirts, coats and blazers. No wool scarves for my neck. :(

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    5. Nothing says "style" like a big red rash climbing up your neck! ;-) Scarves are our friends.

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    6. LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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    7. Right there with you on the itchies lol! I am a cotton girl for sure and no amount of layering can save me from other stuff. I sometimes dream over the beautiful outfits the Duchess can wear, but I wouldn't consider putting them on because of the fibers of the garments. She's lucky she can tolerate those blends so well. Oh and I loved her outfit (though not how it would rise up on the back of the jacket). I do think that she would have looked amazing in pearls with this ensemble. The pearls would have accented her blouse beautifully. Maybe even a broach or something also. :)

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  21. I love Kate in suits, wish she would wear them more often. The green color was spectacular on Kate, and her hair and make up were perfect. A win look for me.
    Her visit to EACH brought much needed joy to people who are going through unspeakable sorrow. If for a little while, a beautiful, compassionate princess visits, that is everything.

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    1. There is that, too, Tedi. A leader in one of the organisations Kate recently visited commented on the role of a royal patron. One aspect he mentioned was the lift in spirits such a visit offers to both staff and family members alike.

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  22. This is a winner to me. Love the colour, cut, and fabric. I would wear this for sure. It also matches my oval emerald and diamond engagement ring.

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  23. A further thought on the response Kate gave to the little girl who asked what it was like to be a princess.....Victoria of Sweden's husband, Prince Daniel, was asked a similar question by a child a few years ago..

    “What is it like to be a prince?”

    “It’s nice to be a prince. I mean, I had an opportunity to meet you here today, so that’s really delicious.”

    It's difficult to imagine him responding in the manner that Kate did, such as "my wife really looks after me." If this story is accurate, it is an indication of how Kate views herself and her role. It is concerning. Posing this question to Countess Sophie or Princess Anne would certainly elicit a different response as well. Kate is submissive and appears to be out of touch with the real world of women in 2017. Hearing this type of response a few days after the protests from women around the world in relation to absolutely archaic comments about women from President Trump is disappointing. Perhaps Kate will evolve as time goes on and she matures a bit more, hopefully so. Her own mother is a great role model for a strong and successful woman who balances a career and motherhood as well as a successful marriage. I wonder how Carole would have replied to a question like that?

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    1. This is in reply to anon 5:09's comment......Where did this Daniel anecdote take place and what was the history behind the interaction? Again, let's figure out what was actually said, IF it was said, and why it was said before making some of the remarks made about Kate here. Mature? Appropriate? Kate was able to understand immediately that this little girl was speaking as the sister of a little boy who had been cared for and probably died in the EACH facility Kate was visiting. Check the new BBC video- that little girl held her brother in her arms as he was dying. The pre-schooler was not asking for a statement or role model of female assertiveness. Kate was speaking to the child, not to blog commenters or the media. I have never seen Anne sitting and laughing and playing with children in a hospice and hugging them and their parents, so I agree-I doubt she would have responded as Kate did. Actually, I don't know that Daniel has visited a children's hospice either. His reponse was PR perfect, I will say that.

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    2. Oh come on, kids that age are very focused on themselves and say what they mean! It's basic child development. She wasn't concerned about Kate's wellbeing and if she'd meant what her favorite part was, she would've said it.

      What do little kids do? They pretend to be adults with jobs. It's one of their favorite games. Firemen, policemen, chefs, etc. And "princess" is alwats on the job list for girls. A four year-old can't understand titles in any other context. She meant, "What do you do all day?"

      Can you picture any other profession giving that answer?

      Bet the Queen, who understands the monarchy needs to be seen as doing good works FOR her subjects and not just being pampered rich people in order to survive, had a good cluck over it.

      And that's not feminism. That's common sense. It was a missed opportunity to highlight the good work the royals do as she explained her job (or failed to). No way around it.

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    3. Don't think the Queen even batted an eyelid over it. It has really been blown out of proportion on blogs. Everyone else seems to have moved on to relevant global topics and are really not concerned what Catherine said or did not say to a little girl.

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    4. Fair point Am. It would have been a good PR answer if she focused on the duty of the role in the way the Queen has.

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    5. You are very angry Am. This is the report of something Kate "maybe" said and even IF she does have the feelings you're projecting on her and she actually does see her role as the pampered, protected, spoiled wife of a dreaded male - so what? I don't believe for one minute that's what she meant, thought, or intended but if you really do then you may want to follow someone more in line with how you feel instead of insisting everyone else feel the way you do.

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    6. Anon 1:

      You have your facts incorrect. Daisy, the 4 year old Catherine spoke this comment to, has a sister named Isabella, whom Catherine was sitting next to while in arts and crafts, who is helped by EACH. Daisy is *not* the sister of the little boy who died - that little girl's name was Nell, and Catherine spoke to her outside. Daisy and Isabella's mother said Daisy asked Catherine the "what's it like being a princess" question because Daisy is obsessed with princesses.

      On top of that, Catherine has said this same "I'm well looked after" comment several times since she became a royal. She's said it to different people about not just William but of HM as well. When asked anything about what her life is like, Catherine's response is something about being "well looked after".

      So, anon 1, your assessment that Catherine said what she said because she was comforting the little girl who asked the question is incorrect.

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    7. Anon 8;18- Yes, Isabella has several challenges, including epilepsy. Her mother was grateful for Kate's kind attentions to her- taking care of her, so to speak. SO- wrong sister, but both had siblings being cared for at Each and the sister was 4/12. The only reference I could find to Kate's making this exact remark is the current one. The references to Daisy were on an uncredited U-tube clip . Perhaps you could list the documentation for those several other times she said those words, as well as the context and complete remarks during which these all occurred.

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    8. This is starting to play out like a schoolgirl playground disagreement. Honestly who cares how many times she has said it in the past. The whole point of the visit has been overshadowed by zealous blog commentators. She visited a charity which does tremendous work in a very difficult, tragic area and brought some happiness to those present. Why even Mt. Butland was appreciative of her efforts with Each mentioning that she does much more than what reaches the press. How many times do we have to keep going in circles with this?

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    9. I did, however, just find the origin for the Daisy story-Mail Online. All other stories about the incident evolved from there. I suspect many, of not all of the she said the same thing etc. stories also had their roots either there, the Express, or another tabloid and spread from there. I have noticed that tabloids often start a story and later refer to their own original story as printed elsewhere as proof of further like stories. Self-perpetuating prophecy.

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    10. Because Anon 1 asked:

      Catherine said she's being well looked after while William is away in March 2012: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2112023/Duchess-Cambridge-Kate-Middleton-Queen-board-train-1st-day-Diamond-Jubilee-tour.html

      When asked about her job in June 2012, Catherine said she is very well looked after: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/kate-middleton/9337502/Duchess-of-Cambridge-joins-camping-trip-in-the-woods.html

      Catherine also said in the engagement press interview that the thing she loved most about William is that he looks after her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISuo54nSCGI

      It's a common theme for Catherine. Not saying there is anything wrong with it; just that the idea that this is new or somehow a mistake is not correct because she's said the same thing multiple times now.

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    11. Thank-you anon 7:36 etc.. I know you have better things to do with your time than humoring a fellow commenter and I do appreciate your efforts. I do wonder...of course I do- Ha!, Anything since her newly-wed days of 2011-2012? In the first, William was away in the Falklands and the question she was responding to rather begged for that sort of reply He obviously was not "taking care" of her. She did look gorgeous in that green outfit when she appeared with the Queen. It was a subdued shade of green and HM still dominated with hot pink. The second, also in 2012 and not speaking about William. The third, the utube, was dated 2011, but it was from their 2010 engagement interview. If I hadn't made a remark in four, nearly five years, I would be a bit miffed if I was accused of saying it all the time. Also, the complaint was that she was making statements of dependence on William-only the engagement interview remark referred to him. I knew I hadn't read anything recently in the past few years to indicate she was repeating this remark. My concern is that, as this was old news, it was resurrected to distract from Kate's obvious ability to communicate caring and concern and the good she was accomplishing. It is a common tactic that seems to have been successful in garnering attention and clicks. Neither the recent reruns nor the past instances appeared in what could be considered, by the British at least, as respected, credible forums. So, there is that, too. And, by the way, the DM seems to be a common source.

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    12. Angry? Ha. Not really. Just a little over the spinning. Like people have pointed out, it's a common response for her. I'm not going to get into another feminism argument, per Jane's request.

      I don't follow Kate because I think she can do no wrong. I find the monarchy fascinating as a former Bostonian (since we basically started the American Revolution) and she's a future Queen Consort.

      I haven't quite made up my mind about her yet, tbh. The evidence pointing towards her being a scheming social climber out to nab William from the beginning is fairly damning, but she doesn't seem to relish her role. So maybe she was just being pushed by Carole. I hope one day we'll get more of a glimpse of her personality beyond her being "nice". Then I'll tell you what I think, alright?

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  24. I am really a fan of the Peter Pan collar, but today's blouse with the green suit was jarring to me. I think the fabrics clashed...the rough boiled wool demanded a more solid fabric in the collar. I really don't like to criticize Kate's choices, and she's almost always spot on, but I would definitely have chosen a different blouse, albeit with a Peter Pan collar!

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  25. Maggie - MinneapolisJanuary 25, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Just one quick thing - I think it's Kate's 3rd engagement of the month, not 2nd? No worries on the mistake of course! Just thought I'd point it out. Also entirely possible I'm wrong :)

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    2. Sorry to be pedantic, but it's actually Kate's fourth engagement this year. On the day she wore the blue Eponine coat dress, she had a solo engagement in the morning at the Anna Freud Centre and a second in the afternoon with William at Child Bereavement UK.

      Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog Jane. Keep writing!!!

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  26. Orange County GrandmaJanuary 25, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    Oh my god people why are you all putting Kate down for a simple statement. A little girl asked what is like being a princess. The little girl would not understand if Kate went on telling her she lives in a castle, travels the world, gets to wear expensive clothes etc. etc. Kate is a very strong woman who just happens to love and support her husband. That is part of her job. And in return William loves and protects her. If being spoiled by your husband is bad then many lucky women in the world must be less of a woman.
    I am glad she said she is well looked after by her husband. I see nothing wrong with this statement.
    So let's not kill her for that statement.

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  27. Hi Jane. Was wondering if you would chime in regarding Kate's statement of being well looked after by William. Many here think it was a bad comment. I think it was a great one. Very simple. She has made that statement once before and nobody went crazy about it. Thanks b

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    1. I think it's fine (maybe) to say she is well looked after, as part of a longer (by a few more sentences) answer. She could have included something like she gets to meet interesting people, etc.
      Perhaps if she had a minute or two to think about it, she would have answered differently.

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    2. I think her comment is exactally how she views her role. She is the wife and mother of a future Kings. She see's her primary job to support her husband and raise a well balanced future King. There is nothing wrong with this! Yes she can also be a spokes person for all the other charities and make a difference as a role model to the children she is talking. I see no reason to criticise Kate for choosing this over championing a so called "feminist" agenda. Women have a choice and this is what Kate has chosen and should be respected for this just as as the "feminists" want to be respected.

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    3. Perhaps she did say more, Jay. We don't really know what Kate, or the mother, or the child said before Kate's remark. We don't even know how accurate the quote was. I'm just trying to point out that there is an awful lot of judgement of Kate going on based on what? the worst part is that preoccupation with criticizing that remark led the comments away from what she actually did with these children and families. Or even what she wore, which is what Jane stated she was looking forward to talking about. I was one who was distracted, so I'm not casting blame in any particular direction. If it had been an isolated comment, perhaps; but there was an immediate and extremely strong reaction. It was that kind of comment.I sincerely doubt that Jane was not aware of the gossip about that remark. That she didn't mention it speaks very loudly to me. I am also fairly certain that she realized that someone was bound to bring it up. ..........sorry. Jane. I could be completely wrong about you here.

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  28. I am not a fan of Peter Pan collars on grown women of any material:) but the reason this combination to me is so odd is that the suit is zipped up very high which really pushes the collar up and just looks constricting and tight to me. I agree the fabric of the blouse does not help but some others have said it might have worked better if she had unzipped the jacket a bit to show more of the blouse. I had not thought of that at first but I think that would really help. She did look wonderful and seemed very at ease in her setting.

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  29. I know I will probably catch some flack for this but it is still my opinion...

    I'm liking less and less of Kate's wardrobe. I think she'd be much better off in VB than some of the other designers she champions.. I don't dislike this as much as her last floral dress but still... I'm not sure what's happened that makes her go for the higher end all the time, it seems? I think the last outfit that I truly loved was while on the Canadian tour and even then she hit some rough patches.. Maybe I just am not current or instyle?? What I truly loved was what she wore when she was pre wedding Kate... This just doesn't do a thing for me.. She is still beautiful and I still admire her greatly but her clothes while going up in price have gone down, to me, in stlye points.. I love the lace dresses she's worn all of them, Micheal Khols last Christmas, Ascot etc but the normal outfits for day to day I rarely like.. Please don't be too harsh on me but seriously she could do better, bc she has!!

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    1. This was hardly a high end outfit. As her role continues to evolve, and it has in the last year, she will most likely champion the higher end designers. She is no longer pre-wedding Kate. She is older, has become a mother of two and is taking on more responsibilities, so of course her fashion will change. Same happens to us all.

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    2. Valerie, I think Kate has a very hit and miss style for many of us:) But frankly even in her early years the tendency was there for what many of us do not like as much. But, it is her taste. Lace, lace, lace, Peter Pan collars, overly fussy floral prints, inexpensive and more importantly inexpensive looking jewelry, (even if pricier), questionable hair clips, etc, etc. She is a gorgeous woman and is fun to follow and she has some fabulous fashion wows, but I think she really on her own is not that good at a sophisticated look, which is why so many say get a stylist, she has the basics just not the whole picture on how to style herself. I will follow her regardless of her choices, just because she and William and the kids are fun to follow.

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    3. I hope nobody is too hard on you for your fashion likes and dislikes. We all have different tastes. I love almost all of her lace dresses except that white Ascot dress. The price has definitely gone up. I wonder if part of the problem is that "high fashion" usually comes down the runway in somewhat bizarre forms that need to be altered for the everyday person as opposed to the high street fashion Kate wore before her marriage that's already been tailored for someone other than a runway model. Although I have enjoyed more of her fashion than you have, maybe she just needs some advice on how to alter them a little better.

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    4. Kate's 2016 wardrobe is largely forgettable, with monotone colors and no pop of a colorful scarf or hint of personality, which has nothing to do with "high fashion" versus common wear. Kate's off to a more interesting start for 2017; I think she's trying to up her game. So far, so good. S

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    5. I agree that 2017 is off to a great start!

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  30. Ahh Jane I love you but your blog is getting bored. Kate could go put on a mini denim skkrt and you would say you love it! Give us an honest and not totally fake and only good opinion for once!

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    1. Hahaha! No, that's not so. :) First of all, I have genuinely loved this month's pieces. I wasn't crazy about her ensemble for the cub scout's, and I think I said that. I gave her Festival of Remembrance outfit a downright bad review. I will say that seeing her in the Erdem was a real jolt, in that when you put that ensemble next to... the Heads Together Christmas party outfit, it's night and day. Sometimes comparison helps. :) But, I think she has been doing well recently. I particularly think 2017 is off to a great start. I LOVED both these last ensembles.

      I appreciate your honesty, though. I think this comment made my night.

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  31. That green fabric screams doctor's-surgery-waiting-room-chair to me. I like the style but the colour/texture let's it down for me.

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  32. Who would have thought that an "off the cuff'comment to a child and published through numerous others, who possibly heard only in part, should become such an issue for the feminists.
    There can be little doubt that Catherine is a strong character--she had many years of hell as "William's girl friend"--as did her family.
    I suspect most of those who now criticize her would have been screaming blue murder.
    How would any of us like to be pulled to pieces every time we put our foot outside the door?
    Her answer seems to me to be very much to the point--being a Princess isn't much fun, but she is happily married to William.

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    1. Why isn't much fun? With all the platform she has to make a difference, her words by the way!
      No one would care about her and her words if she hadn't married into the royal family, now, that comes with certain responsibilities. Like it or not.

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    2. Makes you wonder doesn't it Jean. I mean women supporting their fellow women feel she should be off to the tower for her for such a horrific remark which has been filtered numerous times! I wonder what reception Camilla will receive for her unfortunate remark last night. After all it goes against everything that Charles promotes.

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    3. Anon 8.17

      I do not know what Camilla said. But maybe she proves a point, just because you are married to someone, you have to be always in agreement? Good for you!

      Camilla at her age comes down as a woman who can put together some thoughts on her own.

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    4. Exactly right, Jane. She has a quiet strength and does not need to "roar" (I'm reminded of Robin's comment above). ๐Ÿ˜

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    5. Before I read all those comments, I just thought her remark was a lovely, grateful appreciation of her nice attentive husband. Nothing to do with her role, even less with women's rights! I read it as " what's the best of being a princess? My wonderful husband "

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    6. 9.08. Read the comment before you come to that conclusion and see some reporters twitter feeds. This was not a thought of her own, but a response which is damaging to Charles, especially in light of his recent public initistives.

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    7. Very well put, H. I saw nothing significant in her comment beyond reinforcing my belief that they are blessed with a loving marriage. Women are reading far too much into a simple comment - this definitely demonstrates why the Royals rarely give interviews - as my teenage kids would say, "take a chill pill, ladies".

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    8. Please don't blame feminism for a few grouchy remarks! I'm a passionate lifelong feminist and I see no problem with what Kate (allegedly) said. I figure she knows her life far better than I do, and if the best part of being a princess is indeed that William takes good care of her, then more power to her. She gets to have her own (alleged) opinions about her life.

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    9. The over the top and borderline offensive comments on this topic - on this blog at least - are not from the women expressing disappointment with Kate's views. They are from the other side. If Kate's comments were indeed taken out of context (which may very well be true), I'm sure she's shaking her head and wishing they weren't, because they sound so off key in today's world. Thank goodness for the feminists who have paved the way for all of the opinions on this blog.

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  33. GOD BLESS YOU LIVE KATE, you serve is adorably

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  34. Does anyone know why the Middletons no longer travel to Mustique? This is two years in a row now that they haven't gone. Just curious!

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    1. Good question. I know it gets really hard with little kids to travel that distance so William and Kate might go to closer places till the kids are older. The rest of the family?? Maybe this year it is because of the cost of Pippa's upcoming wedding.

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    2. HAha , Ali- maybe this year's island visit IS Pippa's wedding.

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  35. I agree that Kate's remark was off the cuff and she may have selected different words in hindsight. Also, I agree that her statement was a tiny element of an overwhelmingly wonderful eengagement. However, I must say I'm dismayed that a whole bunch of posters on here think it is more than ok for a woman's role in life to be defined by her husband.

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  36. I really like when FBTB readers jump into a good debate and the one sparked by Kate's comment certainly ignited an interesting discussion. As opposed to a personal critique [e.g Kate is ugly or Kate needs to gain some weight] or attack, this was fundamentally a sharp disagreement on personal philosophy, and as always I enjoyed hearing what people think and why they think it. It seems to me have reached the end of the discussion for the time being, though, and it is probably best to call the topic closed for the moment. All other remarks welcome, but the debate which has really shifted from a discussion about Kate to feminism v. traditional will be on hiatus. :)
    Again, though, really interesting to hear the varying perspectives. Thank you for weighing in; I read all the comments with attention.

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    1. Thank you for creating this platform where these discussions can happen. I too enjoy hearing all the different perspectives.

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    2. Wish I had been reading from the bottom up, Jane.HA! I spent a lot of time on my comments above for nothing. Guess this blog will survive without another one or two of my remarks. :+)

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    3. I am curious, however,why anon 9:27's remark today about SAHMs was approved and mine made at about the same time were not. The 9:27 comment was obviously a continuation of the discussion you had closed at 6:54 AM.

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    4. Hi Jane, I'm pretty new here, and I really appreciate how you open up your blog for different opinions along with interesting blogs about Kate. Thanks for making this a dynamic place to meet and discuss. S

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    5. Agree S. I believe the 9:27 remark was yours.

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    6. Well now I'm just bummed I didn't start reading the comment from the bottom so I wouldn't have wasted so much time writing comments that will never get published.

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    7. A thanks for the platform to debate interesting Kate related topics with well informed and intelligent people from me too Jane.

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