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Kate's New Position + January Events Announced

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's the very first post of 2017! I do love new beginnings--the day after birthdays, the days just after the new year... I hope everyone is still running strong on his/her resolutions! I think Kate and William's resolution might be to continue the busier schedule of 2016 into 2017, because the couple have announced new engagements for January, much earlier than they generally do. They have two events scheduled for January 11th, but we will get to that at the end of the post. Before their calendar was updated, we had fun news about Kate just yesterday! 



The Duchess of Cambridge was made a lifetime honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society. Kate spends most of her time in public in front of the lens, but the princess has a penchant for amateur snapping. As everyone who reads this blog knows, she always packs a camera when heading overseas. Like anyone, Kate enjoys taking pictures of the people and places the couple visit.
In Canada in 2011, Kate was pictured clicking away like any tourist or proud wife as Prince William maneuvered a helicopter in a public flight demonstration. 


Since then, we haven't seen her camera as much, but we know she has continued to pack it along and take pictures. Some of her photos from her visit to SouthEast Asia were released to the public in 2012, featuring misty scenes of the mountains and black and whites of the rainforest.


She was snapped with her camera just last April while on tour in India. Kate was ready to capture photos of the incredible wildlife the couple saw on their dawn Jeep tour of the Kaziranga National Park. 

Scott Furssdonn Wood
Of course, Kate is most famous for choosing to forego professional photographers and take most of the historic pictures of George and Charlotte as they grow herself.  



Kate accepted her honorary membership last month, according to the Telegraph. It is hard not to speculate that this could be a prelude to patron status. In the same article, Amelia Christmas, a spokeswoman for the RPS said:
The Duchess is a great, positive role model for anyone interested in photography. She has proved her own skills with her portraits of her children, which are not just family snapshots.
There were some whispers when this news broke, royal watchers wondering why Kate should be awarded an honorary membership for a few family pictures, and I think the above quote sums it up nicely. As the Duchess of Cambridge, and one of the most popular royals and celebrities in the world, Kate is an ideal public figure to encourage young people to take up a camera. 

Upcoming Events

Turning to the most pressing question, when and where will we see Kate next? The duchess has two events on January 11th. Her first is a joint-engagement with William. The couple will visit the Child Bereavement UK's London centre. The last time we saw the couple step out for Child Bereavement UK, of which William is patron, was on their Away Day in Wales in 2015. The duo went abseiling at the Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre, which was celebrating a number of the royals' charities that day. 


Kate will then wave goodbye to William and head to The Anna Freud Centre's Early Years Parenting Unit in London. Kate was made patron of Anna Freud Centre in February of 2016, after visiting the charity a number of times, pictured below in September of 2015.


If you missed the epic "Best of" 2016 post, don't miss it. ;) I am interested to hear what your favorite moments of 2016 were. You can see that post here

49 comments:

  1. Oh, this is good news! I wonder if they are announcing early to take pressure off HM as she continues to recover from her cold. Whatever the reason, I look forward to seeing the fashion!

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  2. Jane, I mentioned this in the last post:
    "It is a paid membership that she has been bestowed. Anyone can become a member of this society as long as they pay 2800 gbp. They have waived this membership for her.
    Let us pause and look at facts before we start gushing."
    Can we please acknowledge what this really means ?
    Kate takes great pictures of her kids and is enthusiastic about photography - perhaps this is a great hobby for her. But this is not some huge recognition of her skills.
    As you do point out - this is PR for the RPS who wishes to get more people to join their society and for more young people to start photography as a hobby - all of which will ultimately profit them. Hence they waived the 2800 GBP they would require to grant her membership.

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    1. I don't think anyone is gushing Anon 11.22. As with royal patronages, the RPS, has recognized the potential benefit of her honorary membership to highlight their society and so they have made the announcement. Really simple and nothing to get worked up about. Numerous royals are honorary members of numerous organizations, universities and so forth.

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    2. I don't disagree, but I am not sure what you are pointing out that has not already been acknowledged. No one, to my knowledge, has suggested that Kate is some Mario Testino. This post, and most reports I have read just point out the facts, Kate has been made an honorary member. She loves to take pictures and many of hers will become very, very historic portraits. She was offered this membership to highlight the RPS...no mystery here.

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    3. Why are you going around and posting this same comment on multiple blogs. Trying to stirr something up?

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    4. I have to agree with both takes on it. The membership is no great shakes, slow news cycle is making it more than it is. So I don't think anyone's trying to stir something up, just trying to keep facts as facts.
      However, as Jane points out, the goal is to get more people interested in true photography - and who better than a world famous celebrity who loves (maybe prefers) the other side of the lens. I think Kates photos are quite good, but even if they were just ok, it's her INTEREST in photography that's the attraction.
      Nice post Jane!

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    5. I agree, Jane. She isn't a professional photographer. Maybe those in the know would say she's an excellent amateur photographer. She's enthusiastic, she's good, and she's recording history from a prospective we wouldn't otherwise have. The Queen is its patron, and she used to take photographs, yet, she's not a professional. The RPS must want to keep its membership diverse, and it is interested in this important historical record both women preserve. Katherine USA

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    6. 11.22, I think you are putting far more effort into minimizing this honor than anyone here has put into exaggerating it.

      And as Jane pointed out, some of Kate's photos will go down in the history books, whether the thought is appealing or not.

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  3. Hurrah- that is an engagement nearly four weeks earlier than last year - good omen. Jane, I was wondering what you thoughts are in respect of the 'Cambridges are to relocate to London' reports that were circulating last week? I suppose it is a case of wait and see, but I would be interested on your take on it - Linda xx

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    1. Linda, those stories started the morning after I made a comment here that they would likely be changing their primary residence to KP. It was part of the "does the Queen get to see George" discussion, which was part of some other debate, I forget what.

      I'm no seer. This was simply re-cycled news from months ago but it reminded me that at least some of the royal writers read the blogs and aren't above borrowing ideas from time to time.
      I think we discussed that "sources having knowledge" and like references could very well be one of us. Sobering thought. How many of us are truly experts or have insider knowledge?

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    2. Do you have any examples of actual journalists quote blog commenters as "sources with knowledge"? Seems like some wishful thinking

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    3. Oh my goodness it's astounding how few of you seem to know the origin of this. That's more sobering than anything because royal fans should be up on royal news if they're going to comment this much.
      Aides from KP have repeatedly told reporters that the Cambridges PLAN has always been to move to London full time when George is ready for school.
      William HIMSELF indicated as much during the BBC interview last year when he said he would be done at EAAA when his contract was up in spring of 2017. So that's as chief a source as you can get.
      Now while that may be the PLAN William and Kate certainly have the right as parents to change their mind and decide Norfolk is the area they want for school.
      But they have always indicated themselves or through aides that they intend for it to be London. Review articles and interviews going back to George's birth, it's fairly consistent.

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    4. Every one forgets that HM before she was queen, lived with HRH Prince Phillip on Malta in the house Guardamangia between 1949 and 1951 where Prince Phillip was stationed as a Royal Naval officer. HM at this time was the heir to the throne and not, as William is, the heir to the heir. Prince Charles and Diana I bet spent more of their time before the kids went to school in Gloucestershire than people realize as there was not the coverage of their lives as there is today. So who cares where William lives. When his grannie requires him I bet he is there in a nano second.

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    5. Not to sound patronising or sarcastic, but..."re cycled news" indicates its been around. The timing of its re-emergence was a bit of a coincidence to a remark made the day before by a blog commenter after virtually months of no mention in the press.
      That was the point.

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    6. I'm sorry anon 1 but I have a hard time believing the "reemergence" of the topic of where the Cambridges will base themselves depended on a blog comment. More likely it is a very slow news period and where the Cambridges are spending their time has been a "go to" topic since they were engaged.

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  4. The Queen is Patron of the Royal Photographic Society--maybe another patronage which will eventually be passed to Catherine.
    Nice to have some engagements so soon.
    I suppose whether or not they will relocate to KP, depends on where George goes to school, but that will not be until Sept.

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    1. As I recall, there are numerous photos of HMTQ with her camera out and taking pictures - especially while she was still Princess Elizabeth. As Kate has the same hobby I can see HM eventually passing that patronage along to her.

      I've never thought of them as "relocating" whilst moving between Anmer and KP - just a difference in which of their homes they spend more time. Eventually, they will probably use Anmer more like HM uses Sandringham as their work commitments keep them in the capitol more often and they won't want to disrupt the children's schooling. I'm happy they've had a couple of years to enjoy the country life they enjoy before settling into a heavier working schedule.

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    2. Hi Jane, long time reader but first time poster. Jean's comment about the Queen being patron made me think that this lifetime award to Kate could be strategy to keep a royal patron after HM passing in case Charles doesn't continue to support. There must be a lot of the 500 plus patronages HM holds that have similar concerns about the future. I think this was a clever way to keep sponsorship while encouraging future growth. Well done RPS. And thank you Jane for a fun, positive blog to read. Happy New Year.Sun from DC

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    3. Anon 7:12, you make an excellent point--one I suspect other groups will follow to establish some kind of continuity while HM and PP decide which patronages to pass along to others. MM

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    4. I think time will tell, if it is a good idea to choose Kate as a patron to whatever charity as she tends to visit her patronages once a year or less. She even skips galas and dinners and anniversaries.

      Nice surprise she attends one the 11th. Her last visit was in 2015. Since she was so keen on supporting hospices, it is another disappointment in my book. Hope her interest in mental health lasts longer.

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    5. Technically, one has to first be scheduled for an event before one can be said to skip it.
      If not, I suppose one could criticise Camilla for missing the China state visit or a number of appearances that Charles attended or Harry for missing the recent soccer/football game.
      Perhaps you could try another book.

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    6. Colloquially declining to attend an event ca be referred to as skipping it

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    7. Anon 2.10, all royals tend to visit their charities or do something for their charities once a year. Sometimes they don't even do something annually. Maybe you should look at all royal visits iof patronages to see how they operate before criticizing one individual.

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    8. When I read and comment on a Camilla blog etc I will call out them too until I talk about Kate. You must be the Anon who likes playing with semantics, but at the end of the day she was not there. I keep my own book thanks.

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    9. Well, along that line of thought, I'm "skipping" the Inaugural ceremonies.
      Was I supposed to be there? Was I invited? No and No. Slots are limited in the enclosure. Besides, my husband the Congressman
      will attend and I will take my turn at home with the kiddos so the Nanny can have the night off. Ha!



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    10. Perhaps, the way royals and their patronages have historically interacted should be up for reevaluation. Just because something has always been done a certain way, doesn't mean it's effective. I thought W+K took on only a few causes so that they
      could devote more time to them and make a difference. I was disappointed that Kate didn't show up at the Each gala too. They are struggling and could have used her support. After all, isn't that the whole point of being their patron?

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    11. If you weren't invited and weren't expected then no you are not "skipping" the inauguration notwithstanding whatever your husband does anon 1

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    12. Exactly, anon 8:01-

      The person meant to be there will be/was there. You can't decline, refuse,not show up, reject,overlook, skip something that was never on the table. I'm sure the charity leaders are well aware of who is and is not expected. There are always issues and concerns we have no knowledge of. Even for us average Joes and Josephines. If You don't want to be unfairly judged, don't do it to someone else. GOLDEN RULE 101.

      I bothered to continue in this discussion because I believe forming a conclusion and worse,
      character judgement, from incomplete information is not only unfair, it is unwise at best. That line of thinking has become the modus operandi of the internet and is spreading into everyday life outside etherland. I have found myself slipping into judgement mode. There is a very fine line between giving an opinion and voicing a judgement. It demeans the person making the assumptions as well as the intended target. And being unfairly judged hurts and demeans one, from the Queen to the footman.

      Yes, we have a right to our opinions and no, I'm not trying to stop all discussion.

      Parents have a duty and right to discipline their children, but if I ever see a child being abused, I will stop it, if possible.
      No, I'm not comparing Kate to a child. I am pointing out that my rights end where your nose begins.
      End of Rant. End of this discussion for me. Feel free to continue without my in-put.

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    13. Anon 7:28 here. I would like to point out that just because she wasn't there doesn't mean she was not invited. Royals do their schedules months in
      advance looking at all the possibilities and deciding what to accept and what to decline. It is highly possible that the invitation was extended and the DoC decided , for whatever reason, not to include it in her engagement schedule. I find it hard to believe that EACH did not initially want her at that event.

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    14. Btw anon 1, how do you know the event was never on Kate's table and therefore, did not decline?

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    15. Kate is a patron of EACH whereas you are not a "patron" of the US government anon 1 so expectations about her presence at EACH fundraising events is entirely different than any "expectations" about your presence at an inauguration.

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  5. She has always been passionate with photography since her Middleton days. From the party pieces-catalogy till now. I like her style and she deserve her membership.

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  6. I may be mistaken, but didn't she get her degree in Art History? This would encompass photography. It's difficult to find anything legitimately objectionable in this appointment.
    -- Frozen in MN

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  7. As I'm going back over this post (I read it quickly on my way out the door to school this morning) I am reminded of how much I love the houndstooth dress. RL wasn't it? I hope we see a repeat of it soon! I'm also reminded of how happy I am that the fringe is gone. I hope she wears more RL in the future. I imagine wearing too much of an American designer would be frowned upon but she looks really good in his designs.

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    1. I agree! I'd love to see her continue to choose/choose more RL designs! He does classic country really well and that look really suits Kate.

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    2. RL does suit her style (except the lace lapses, but I think that is fading out of style by now-it is nice for not wrinkling, though.) He has some starkly plain, beautifully-tailored long gowns.
      Wasn't Mr. Lauren a sponsor of one of the charities?
      PS Robin -I thought that houndstooth print was a great, versatile addition to her wardrobe.Right now I'm imagining yellow accessories for late winter/early spring.
      What about Tori Burch..I would like to see again that black and white print from George's first engagement. :+)

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  8. Kate's pictures of her children, which in my opinion are wonderful, will have historic merit. She is a terrific role model, and deserved the honor.
    Looking forward to seeing them on the 11th.

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  9. Two random thoughts today:
    1. I miss the Aquatalia boots and booties
    2. Did anyone make a 2017 picture calendar of the Duchess?

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    1. I haven't seen such a calendar here in the US. I would imagine getting permission to use all of the images from the various photographers might be an issue.

      She does seem to have abandoned the boots for now. I think she is really working hard to strike a balance between dressing to her style and dressing to fit her role. She's been experimenting more in the past year but that's a good thing. I would hope she doesn't become like Princess Anne who wears clothes that are 20 years old and hasn't changed her hairstyle in 40 years. ;-)

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    2. I agree Susan - I really miss the Aquatalia boots and booties!

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    3. I bought several pairs of Aquatalia boots after seeing them on Kate, love mine

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  10. You have said before, Jane, and I too hope that one day Kate will put on a charity exhibit with photos collected from all her royal tours. In the meantime, I am perfectly content with the sweet family photos she releases. I think it's absolutely fabulous that she is proud to share photos of her family ESPECIALLY because she is not a professional photographer. My best friend's motto is "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" and I think that motto aptly applies to Kate's photography.

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  11. I think she is good with capturing personality and mood- her very individual children as well as the playful oranutan and misty mountains. I enjoyed them. She'll be a savy patron if/when.

    The idea of a charity auction is interesting, but after the tempest created by a very vocal minority when she only published her photos , I wonder if she is ready to put Herself out there again.

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    1. What tempest are you talking about? And why drag it back up?!

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    2. I wonder what technique Kate used to bring out the brilliant blue of Charlotte's eyes in the newborn and first birthday photos? Sometimes her eyes almost look brown.

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  12. Hi, I know this is off the topic. Is it true that the duchess secretary Rebecca Deacon is now engaged?

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  13. Favorite moment of 2016- right now, Bhutan, View of Will and Kate, she seems to be supporting him-arms around each other as they get ready for the final ascent.
    I can't help it. That photo is so romantic and tells such a story.
    An hour from now I will probably have another favorite. Ha!

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