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Au Revoir, Paris! Kate Wears Carolina for Rugby & Farewell

Saturday, March 18, 2017

At the conclusion of their event at the Trocadéro, William and Kate were driven back to the Ambassador's residence where they changed and made their farewells. The couple were headed to their final event of the visit, the Wales v. France rugby game at the Stade de France, but they would leave directly from the game to the airport. 

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The coupled thanked their hosts in the courtyard and Kate was given a little parting posy. I love the staff with the cameras in the background. No Carson around to frown. :)

British Ambassador to Paris Ed Llewellyn's Twitter 

Virginie RRD shared this Instagram snap of William giving the little ones some attention. He was discussing sport with the little boy. 

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The pictures from this farewell are a little sparse, which is why a Inatagrammer Tom13637 is our super hero today. He shared this series of pictures from the couple's goodbye. We can talk about it more in the fashion area, but notice how Kate's sleeve is hiked up a little here? 


When Kate wore this coat in Canada it looked very stiff and thick, but today it seems a little thinner and with a little more movement. I liked it just fine in Canada, but I really love it today. 


Even more to be coveted, Instagrammer Tom shared this video. So, yes, he wins the prize and the appreciation and acclamation of Kate fans everywhere. I have regrammed it on my Instagram page. 

Then, it was off to the Stade de France where Prince William would mark a bit of a milestone. It was his first time watching Wales play as patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, a position he just recently inherited from the Queen. Another helpful Instagram post, this one by Patrick Kanner, a member of the French Senate, gave us a peek at the Cambridges' arrival at the stadium. Kate had added gloves to keep away the chill. 



The Cambridges at a sporting match is always kind of a trade off. We can't see much of Kate's outfit and there are not that many pictures, but we are also guaranteed great faces from Kate and William, both are competitive fans:



I don't want to bruise raw feelings. I hear it was a painful game and the French beat the Welsh. I did confirm that, but Kate's faces in all the picture sets gave me a hint about the score. I have compiled several slideshows (i.e., swipe left!). At first, all was well:


But, then, well, not so much. 


Oh well, you win some, you lose some. For myself, at the risk of having virtual eggs and veggies tossed at the blog, I probably would have been rooting for the French anyway. In better news, it was a decade ago last month that William and Kate watched England play Italy in the 6 Nations championship at Twickenham. They really were into the game, but I think Harry's enthusiasm scored the prize for best fan. :)



After her morning in Chanel, Kate chose to a recycle for her final event and farewell to Paris. This red Carolina Herrera coat made its debut in the fall of 2017 during the Cambridges' tour of Canada.


As I mentioned earlier in the post, the coat looked really thick in Canada, but today, I thought it had a levity and motion I hadn't noticed before. Kate wore the coat over what many are speculating is her black Séraphine dress (first worn in New York in 2014). I am not sure. She does have a few cozy turtlenecks... 


If she is wearing her Séraphine dress (pictured below on the right), it isn't the only item from the New York/DC trip that she recycled. Kate is also wearing her UFO booties (see left) that have been in her closet for some time now. The fashion experts have been trading a variety of label options in the last 24 hours, but I don't think there is, as yet, a consensus.


Kate was still wearing her Cartier earrings and carrying her Chanel bag from earlier in the day. When Kate was in Canada wearing the Herrera, she carried a deeper colored burgundy clutch and wore her fringed block heels. This darker Chanel works well with the red of the coat.

The verdict is a win. The ensemble was very streamlined and elegant, probably thanks to the clean line created by the stockings and the booties. The red Carolina Herrera added a punch of color and, of course, was a patriotic nod to the Welsh team. Adding booties gave it a boost of polish and completed the overall cozy, luxe vibe of the whole look. Big win for me!



A long week and a busy weekend. I think this princess is ready to head home. :)  À bientôt, Paris. <3


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  1. This was possibly the longest Rugby match in history: played nineteen minutes extra time! I imagine she was glad of the tights and something warm under the coat.
    I'm finding it difficult to decide which outfit I like best. Be interesting to know how others feel.

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  2. Thank you for showing us close ups of the bag and the earrings! The detail on the handle of the bag is wonderful and further solidifies my love affair with Chanel. Those Cartier earrings are really lovely and I like them much better than the oversized variety. I'm probably alone in that but I think these are more versatile and we'll probably see them quite often. I loved the coat when she first wore it and I think it looks every bit as lovely today. The hitched up sleeve is endearing as it indicates how quickly they had to change and leave. What a treat this weekend has been!

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    1. I can only hope that these Cartier earrings replace those diamond leaf/heart earrings she has favored so often recently!

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    2. I hope they do. While I don't have quite the same aversion to the leaf earrings as others have had, I think these are far more classic and beautiful.

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  3. Well...that's a wrap Jane! Congratulations on those beautiful posts and choice of pics! Can't wait for Thursday...
    Until then...
    Take care!A bientôt!

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  4. Thanks for your coverage and huge efforts this week-end, Jane. I have to say I enjoy your blog so much because you add opinion & perspective into your writing. So regardless of one agrees with it, it gives it a unique perspective.
    So as such, I have three questions for you Jane:
    1) How do you think the couple made it through this week-end post Verbier? The two "steam-releases" (from the President & the "happy" song ). . .helped ease the tension in the room. But honestly, do you think they managed to keep-on, keeping-in?
    2)How do you think William managed to swallow such immense embarrassment? I imagine, that he was very angry when he returned from his skiing holiday (and lashed out on many around him). . .how do you think he processed this all his emotions to keep smiling?
    and 3)How do you think Kate processed this? So many people through out the week-end have shared a wide array of opinions of her. . .of her being spine-less, emotionally abused, and then on the other end of the spectrum, a class-act. How in the world did Kate seem so smile so effortlessly at the Eiffel tower, and provide such endearingly sweet photos of the two of them (more specifically the last day)?

    I'd love to hear your opinion!

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    1. She did take lessons in preparation of being a royal so that might be part of "how" she did it regardless of what she was actually feeling. I thought she did a fantastic job as a professional royal this trip.

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    2. Regarding Kate, I've seen how Carole can still smile and hold her head high during tough times. I think her mom was an example to her, plus her mom probably encourages her to keep calm and smile on (at least publicly).

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    3. I doubt we actually saw their emotions. William always seems more genuine (even if that means he looks angry), whereas Kate's always grinning waaaaay too big at jokes that aren't that funny. Being a royal takes a lot of faking, it's not their fault. I'm not saying they weren't happy during this trip, but if they weren't, they could've faked it.

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    4. Perhaps she did not see it as a problem. Maybe she thinks the anti-William Media struck again. I think a lot of people interject how they think Kate should feel based on what the media hyped vs what she knows of her husband. I certainly did not see and even subtle indications of a problem. The looks between William and Kate were no different than before last weekend

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    5. Eva B can not agree more.

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    6. Numerous times on this trip I noticed their steps out of sync in a way they usually aren't. They walked apart and entered rooms with space between them that isn't usually there. She held the railing rather than his hand walking down the staircase to their grand entrance. Does that mean anything is going on? No not necessarily. Just as every comment pronouncing she must certainly be pregnant is not always accurate.

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    7. Although I questioned William's judgement in taking the trip so close to 1, the Commonwealth celebration, and 2, the Paris trip, what exactly did he do that was so terrible. He skied with his friends, he had drinks and lunch with the guys, and two women, one who reportedly was there with her boyfriend. He drank a bit too much and danced by himself, looking rather silly, and he spoke to a few women, who heaven forbid, were not his wife. Then he was photographed with his hand on a lady's waist, for a brief moment. So that all adds up to his having cheated on his wife? I think not, and as usual, the press have made a big thing out of nothing. If he were not Prince William, second in line to the throne, no one would have noticed or cared.

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    8. Tedi, today I spoke with a married woman who is Kate's age. She brought up the subject so I was curious about her opinion as a mother with two little ones. Her take...nothing to get excited about and she even suggested that it could have been related to thoughts of Paris and Diana. No prompting from me...I promise. ☺

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  5. Running the risk of sounding overly critical, BUT: i cannot for the life of me understand why she insists on pairing this bright red coat with burgundy accessories. It's just so odd and random and those colours don't go together at ALL. Seriously lost for words. And sorry for the rant!

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    1. Exactly. I've thought to myself "do people actually pair burgundy with red?". I wouldn't.

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    2. I know! But this time, given she had just debuted the Chanel bag hours ago, I can forgive her ;)

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    3. Totally agree - and I am sick of xmas red with black. So 80's. So Santa! She really doesn't need to recycle so much. We know she's thrifty. But she's also a princess with a huge budget and a global stage. Let's get this fashion thing down, ok?! It's important, obviously and there is really no excuse for so many misses. :(

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    4. Gosh - so glad some of you agree. Thought I was the only one who found this colour combo totally off. I can see why she'd want to wear the new chanel bag but it just doesn't work with this coat.

      Also: I don't think there's any shame in recycling, especially if an outfit is on point. But sometimes her fashion choices are a bit questionable.

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    5. In that case, someone failed to send the black/red/80's memo to CP Mary or Queen Letizia. :-) I suspect they see it as a classic combination.

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    6. Right you are Royalfan. Did you catch Letizia in her red coat and black skinny jeans?

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    7. Red and black have always been a classic combination. You would be hard pressed to find a decade where it wasn't worn. When did mainstay colors become generational?

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    8. Yes, AND black leather pants, if I recall correctly.

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  6. Haha, Harry's enthusiasm definitely wins! :P That last shot of W&K at the game is lovely...very subdued, in comparison to the shot of them 10 years ago at Twickenham. They're a gorgeous couple.

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    1. Kiwi-I believe they are subdued because their team just lost in overtime and are likely worn out, as well. There may have still been a chance in the older photo. At least that's my take. It was nice to see they had a chance to loosen up a little after a crazy week and hectic weekend-especially to see Kate resting her head against William's shoulder. She seems completely oblivious to the cameras. While in public. they are never completely "off stage," but this is as close as it gets. They now go home to two lively little ones who will have missed their Mummy and Papa and will claim their attention. A sweet, but also sometimes exhausting business. Nanny has probably been with them, even when at Granny Carole's house; she will need time off before events scheduled a few days from now-then Kate's assistant's wedding, although I don't believe we know the date yet.William perhaps will be back at his pilot job this week.

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    2. Yes, I bet that game was exhausting to watch, it was so close! & 100mins of nail-biting action on top of a whirlwind tour! I would look subdued too...they both did really well on this short visit to Paris :) & extra kudos to Kate, for exhibiting strength & grace...looking forward to her engagement at Best Beginnings on Thursday.

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    3. "...strength and grace..." That about sums it up, Kiwi. Hope this past week will finally prove beyond a doubt what Kate is made of. She didn't burst out on the world this steady, shining light that she is now. One has to give William credit for recognizing a diamond in the rough.

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  7. I love the red coat and it looks great on her. I think there are 3 options for what she is wearing underneath:
    1) The Seraphine turtleneck dress (which even though it is classified as "maternity", is constructed to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy. It is a form fitting dress as well, so she could very well be wearing it.)
    2) A black turtleneck with a skirt.
    3) An unidentified black turtleneck dress.

    On a different note, I think the body language between Kate and William this weekend spoke volumes. They are a couple in love, who enjoy one another's company, and respect each other. Just look at their eye contact, smiles, their stance as they lean towards one another. It is all genuine and natural; not forced. If anyone has a chance, check out Camilla Tominey's article:
    http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/camilla-tominey/781038/Camilla-Tominey-give-Prince-William-break-Kate-Middleton-Duke-Cambridge

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    1. I saw something different in their body language but they seem to have made up somewhat over the course of the trip

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    2. Sarah, thank you for posting that link. I hadn't seen it and I feel it sums up exactly how I feel about the whole Verbier "incident". An interesting read. I did feel that a little too much was made of it.

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    3. I am in LOVE with those booties! It's autumn here where I live and even though we've had exceptionally hot weather I think a trip to the shops might be in order. I need to get a new winter wardrobe ready and they will be perfect for me! Hope I can find a pair :)

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    4. Sarah, thank you for the link. I read the article and I think it reflects a good dose of common sense.

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    5. I don't think all is well with W&K, but rather that Kate was making a huge effort over the weekend.

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    6. My issue with the Verbier weekend was never that William went, that he skipped the Commonwealth services, or that he had a weekend away from Kate. I'm OK with all of that. I'm also one who continually points out that he is not next in line so his work load doesn't need to equal that of HM or PC. My issue is what William chose to do with his time there when he was off the slopes. I feel like he should know better than to think the cameras wouldn't capture every move and he should know exactly what they they would do with it. He should have been more thoughtful of what Kate would feel. As Ms. Tominey's article asked: "Why doesn't he care?" I feel like his mother would slap him upside the head for such a blunder because nobody knew better than she did what it was like to be humiliated by what the press printed about her husband and her marriage. Sadly, in her case, the press was right which I don't think is the case with William but he still needs to be more sensitive.

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    7. Possible that this the Seraphine dress. I bought 2 dresses from Seraphine for my pregnancy and they indeed are fitting even after pregnancy. I was lucky enough to loose more weight than I had gained :-) and they still fit nicely. For the ladies that are pregnant or are planning to, the dresses are sooo comfortable and some are really affordable specially when you know you can still wear them afterwards. Thank you Jane for all you do here!

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    8. Sarah, so agree with you. Anon 8:01 & 9:38, from the Shamrock presentation though the rugby game, I saw many looks of caring and respect between both William and Kate we have always seen between them in the past.

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    9. Thanks for the link, Sarah. I was looking forward to a positive take, after the "let's get William" media melee of the past week but ---am I the only one who felt a few thorns among the roses? she interspersed some fairly terse remarks in with the sympathy. She managed to include a lot of the same media bashing and then says, she thinks differently. It seemed "good cop, bad cop" to me . I think the headlines were, again, deceptive. The writer is saying "let's look at this a new way," while also airing the same verbiage.

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    10. Eva B. Yes we did. Perhaps a little more self-conscious or wary than usual-understandably. Every nuance of every gesture and glance was being analysed -still is. That may be what some see as stiff or insincere.

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    11. Had they been touchy feely, me thinks there would have been cries of "acting" or "trying too hard." At the end of the day, they have to please the Queen AND be able to look in their own mirror; I think they passed with flying colors.

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    12. Without a doubt, royalfan.

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    13. Perhaps it was the black turtleneck dress that she wore to the hospital in Liverpool during their first year of marriage.

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    14. Enjoyed reading the Tominey article. But I wish she (and other Royal writers) would include William's work for the EAAA in his list of official Royal duties, since he donates his salary right back to the charity. Doing so would then put him at the top of the list of Royal days worked. William is anything but lazy.

      Nothing more annoying than reading "workshy William" headlines. Ridiculous British tabloids are so desperate to sway reader opinions, and sell sell sell.


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    15. I agree, Laure Belle. I really, really dislike the Workshy William and Do-Nothing Kate titles the press have given them. And then they wonder why they have no desire to interact with the media. I think they are far more gracious with them than I would be!

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  8. Lovely trip to Paris, I have really enjoyed it! In general I feel a little bit sad that Kate and the kids did not get to go skiing. I wonder if it will still happen? It's still possible.. I would love to see them all in the snow together!
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    1. Just because we  haven't seen pictures I wouldn't assume they haven't been on a family ski vacation (or any other sort of private vacation.) There have been plenty of gaps between official events for lots of away times. And last year's pictures of the ski trip did seem a little forced and intended to poke a stick in the eye of the British media.

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    2. Yeah. I doubt that if they hadn't had the bad press they would've given the pics.

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    3. I think last year's attempt to share with the media proved that the press was ungrateful and they will never do it again.

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    4. I thought the spin is usually that they offer up the photo ops when there Has been bad press? Or perhaps I'm confused by your wording, anonymous 9:42. Lizzie-we find out later many times that during those "gaps" William has been at his job or helping HM with chores or giving speeches-check KP Twitter. We also have learned later that Catherine has been filming for up-coming viewing or attending fittings or planning meetings. Or, heaven forbid, being a Mummy or playing tennis- could explain those arms. No doubt with a tax-payer funded tennis racket. ;+]

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    5. Yes Anon 1, “many times” we do find out those things, but not necessarily **every** time so there easily could have been multiple short vacations either involving the whole family or involving only certain members. (If he had not been seen, I doubt Will would have announced his trip to Verbier!) I agree with Robin that the family ski photos from last year backfired so I would not expect that to be done again.

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    6. It would probably be hard to avoid being photographed on the slopes. But good luck to them if they did. They always look so happy in the snow, and they deserve to be happy 💕
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    7. The family managed last yr to avoid being photographed when on a ski trip. The photos that were commisioned by the family weren't released until they were back home. That's why I say we have no idea if the family went skiing this yr or went anywhere else. I think it's fine if they did but lack of photos doesn't mean they didn't go.

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    8. I thought part of the criticism of William was that he had to know he would be photographed. Not hiding at all. Yes, there COULD be secret vacations. And the Queen COULD have a robust Mr. Brown stashed away at Balmoral as her predecessor did-but not likely.

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    9. To me Anon 1 the term you've used--"secret vacations"--implies the Cambridges are expected to inform the public when they are going on vacation or at least should inform us after the fact about their travels. I disagree with that implication. Just because we don't know, doesn't mean it didn't happen. (Absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.) The idea that a very wealthy family, a family with access to private jets, a family where neither parent has the kind of work responsibilities that require a public presence 5 days a week, week in and week out, that that family hasn't traveled/vacationed away from home for over a year except for work travel simply isn't credible IMO. (There were stories about a summer trip last yr but no official confirmation so last yrs ski trip is the last vacation the public knows about)

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    10. A "robust Mr. Brown"....

      Love it! Ohhhh the images..... :-)

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    11. They might wear wigs!!! And different ski outfit, making them look just like any family with their two kids (and 100 protective officers circulating!).
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    12. Robin, I totally agree with you on the point about the media here - their near hysterical reaction leave very little reason for William and Kate to share details of their holidays for quite some time (and if William's long memory is anything to go by, ever).

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    13. I might have to do a thought exorcism, royalfan...images. Have you seen the film about that time in Queen Victoria's life, royalfan? I believe it is based in part on letters/diaries. I think it is called "Mrs.Brown" or the like.That lovely actress with the short white hair, a Dame, actually, played the Queen. I'll think of her name after I hit publish. Ha! Mr. Brown Was robust. A Scotsman. Think Sean Connery. A very sweet story. HM did have a similar relationship, completely innocent of course, with her Master of the Horse, or whatever he was called. Otherwise, her life might have been lonely, Phillip being Phillip.

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    14. Ah! yes, lizzie. These are the times I wish this blog was on Skype. ;+] I would have been winking or blinking or nodding when I said "secret."---Of course, there was the highly anticipated Caribbean getaway of a couple years ago for which the Cambridges were shamed in advance and that never happened.The island vacation the last two Januaries that never happened. If there were pictures of pregnant Kate in a bikini, I doubt the media would miss much else. Personally, I hope they follow the Queen's example of slipping away on schedule or the Cornwall's quiet visits to Scotland ,or the Wessex discreet holidays on sunny beaches. No one seems to mind those. If W&C announce ahead of time, unless they plan to vacation with the Queen, there is always increased security risk as well as the mob of press. Some vacation,----PS I do understand that you didn't think they should have to inform about the private trips, but then you go on to talk of their being wealthy, etc. I'm not sure what you mean.---If I had their life, my favorite get away would be home,relaxing with my family.

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    15. Yes, Anon 1.... Dame Judi Dench in "Mrs. Brown" -- 1997. I know it well. Good movie. 👍😊

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    16. All I meant Anon 1 is that being wealthy with access to private jets may mean short trips can be done more easily without drawing attention and may be able to be arranged more quickly than if one traveled by commercial carrier.

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  9. Alejandra RamirezMarch 19, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Uhhh! Great point of view regarding the coat, you are so right!
    Maybe she was wearing a stiff dress in Canada or maybe she didn´t have enough opportunity to move (:p)
    Nice job on the blog!

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  10. Love the Carson comment, Jane!!!

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  11. I loved all the outfits, but am I the only one who feels this vist was a bit pointless? A reception, a dinner, visit to a museum, and a rugby match. We see Princess Anne fly over Europe just for a few hours to attend rugby matches so I don't get why William couldn't do the same. The only "real" event was the visit to the military hospital, otherwise it looks just like a party.

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    1. Was not Williams choice. He advised foreign office that he was going to rugby as Patron as he has to do with foreign travel and he was asked to extend his time there for diplomatic reasons. There is no way that soft diplomacy can be measured. The royals pave the way for the actual diplomats to do the work. All reporters including French have hailed the trip as a success. These visits and tours may seem a party to observers, but speak to reporters and they will tell you that they are anything but a party.

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    2. There was the launch of the Brexit related neighbor initiative and the meeting with the terror victims, which seemed quite poignant. I appreciate your remarks, anon 6:26,but I do think there may be an anonymous or two who is attempting to liven up the conversation a little. Perhaps being a bit of devil's advocate. I can't believe anyone these days could be truly unaware of the intricacies of international diplomacy.

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    3. It has been the way for generations in Europe. That's what royals do. Aid the government in an elegant and subdued way.
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    4. (I'm Anon 9:41) Absolutely, 11:26. It's understandable they went to represent the Monarchy and to charm France (one of the largest EU leaders) after Brexit; however, I feel the events they attended weren't 'important' enough, sure, a welcome dinner by the Ambassador makes sense, but honestly what did they /really/ do? For the 'cousins' campaign, only a reception (I'd have planned something like a visit to an school or The Council, where this campaign will really be put into place), then a visit to the museum without any real purpose, meet children, and the game? It honestly felt as if it lacked any significant event, not including of course the meeting with the attacks survivors. I'd have planned an event regarding The ArtRoom since a similar campaign is being developed in France, another regarding athletes that just participated in the Olympics, or even to learn what are the plans for the 2024 Olympic Games Campaign, they could've gone around the city seeing possible venues or so; maybe also an event regarding the César Award, since William is President of BAFTA and the César are the French equivalent of the BAFTA or an event regarding mental health, something the Cambridge and French consider to be very important. It's a shame because they support amazing causes and it's so easy to create events with them, I literally came up with these just now, but they still do little with them.

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    5. They were there a little over 24 hours. Security and time constraints did not allow for them to make stops all over Paris. Some of your suggestions would be great for other, more planned and less-rushed visits. However, I believe the game with the children was related to the "neighbors" initiative. It wasn't just a reception; it was who was at the reception. Their mission was diplomatic, not humanitarian. The cause was reassuring France that GB is still a neighbor and friend, despite Brexit. The purpose of the museum visit was related to the exhibit that will be coming to Britain. The theme is the continued back and forth and sharing. Strictly trade and commerce. I am certainly no expert. I just read what Jane wrote, for the most part and I had no trouble figuring it all out. Twenty four and a few hours they had in Paris, less if you don't count the rugby game, which was primarily related to William's position as royan patron. I think they did an amazing job, considering most of the visit, including the entertainment, was whipped up at the last minute, so to speak..----I do think you believed what you said and weren't just trying to stir things up.

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    6. Programs on visits and tours are set by the foreign office and host country. This is obviously what the French wanted to highlight in a visit of less that 24 hours. This visit wa not about their charitable causes. A longer visit would most likely have seen the linkage.

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    7. William and Kate do not dictate or plan their itinerary. On a tour they can make suggestions but this was a very short trip and they went where they were directed to go. Remember, the initial trip was to just include William at the rugby game until the Foreign Office got involved.

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  12. Kate looks beautiful, but her choice of red with burgundy will forever will confuse me! lol

    William disappointed me in Verbier and he disappointed me on this trip. He needs to mature a lot and stop taking out his bad moods in public. It makes Kate work overtime to help maintain their image.

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    1. In my work, I come across a number of veterans. Yesterday I spoke to a Vietnam veteran and his wife, who both said that they thought Prince Harry was doing a wonderful job in regards to mental health issues. The Vietnam vet said that it had taken 40 odd years before his PTSD had been taken seriously, and that you could not un-see or in-experience events. The conversation we had was honest, emotional and wonderful. We all thought that having first hand experience is important in understanding what soldiers go through in wartime. Also that Harry had an advantage there, because he had been to Afghanistan and Iraq, but William had not been allowed to go. I think that could be one issue that William is grappling with in his journey to maturity. Even though he has done a great job as a helicopter rescue pilot, never to be ignored. I just wanted to share that with you lovely people.
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    2. William behaves like an entitled toff. He doesn't have a sympathetic bone in his body except when it comes to himself. Yes, he lost his mother, but he is not the first nor will he be the last. I think he has been coddled his whole life and now comes off as a petulant adult. I pity Kate--she no longer looks like the confident young woman she once was.

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  13. The Paris trip went by too quickly!! I really love the red coat. It was nice when Kate wore it the first time in Canada, but I thought it was gorgeous this time around. Such a lovely shade of red… and the black accents really made the color pop. I also loved the dazzling icy blue Jenny Packham evening gown she wore at the British Embassy… very Downton-ish. It’s one of my favorite evening dresses ever.

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  14. Sorry but I really think this coat needs to be retired. Jane has sensitively excluded photos that show exactly where the top buttons fall but there are quite a few images out there in which it is on full display. On WKW one reader simply commented that button placement does matter and, indeed, it does. Very very surprised to see this coat again. No one on her team noticed this? It is a gorgeous color and looks beautiful paired with black but the button placement is more than unfortunate.

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    1. I have no issue with the button placement and find the discussion peculiar.

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    2. I totally agree Faith. What was the designer thinking? And for no one to notice on her team? I can understand Kate wanting to wear red to the game but she had other options in her closet.

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    3. Well, I'm with you Alice...I just see a red double breasted coat. ;-)

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    4. Isn't it incredible, Lizzie. I can see how it escaped notice once but twice is really unfathomable to me.I can't understand how she is not seeing that.

      Alice, I think you should go over to the WKW site and look at the photos in the "Kate in Red and Black...." post. It's rather obvious.

      And yes, royalfan, that's exactly what you see but Im not sure double breasted is the accurate description:)

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  15. I read that Kate does not speak French.
    Does she speak any foreign language? I guess not.
    How is that possible that a princess does not speak any foreign language? More than others, a princess of the United Kingdom? In times of global living?
    This is really embarassing, I believe.

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    1. I have read a variety of statements on her language abilities. If someone has a reputable source or school records of her foreign language proficiency that would be great.

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    2. She wasn't born royal so she may not have extensively studied it growing up. I did as a student and I don't remember a lick of it. Some people don't have a knack for spoken languages. I'm sure if the crown felt it necessary, if in fact she doesn't speak other languages, they would require lessons. It isn't like she is Princes Mary from Denmark.

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    3. Her French is supposedly better than Williams. She spoke a bit on her first trip to Canada and Emily Andrews said she has heard her speak and it is okay.

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    4. Considering where she was educated, I would think she would have studied French.
      In fact at the Somme commemorations she spoke with French children who said she spoke to them in French

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    5. She was heard speaking competent French to the President of France and/or other dignitaries at the memorial in France. A royal writer stated on Twitter recently that she personally had heard Kate speaking French. I believe she studied French at Marlborough and has certainly had plenty of opportunities to practice it since. IF- I think you made the leap from supposition to judgement without a pause for the facts. Ali made the pause. We have all made the leap, one way or another I think- either in sympathy with or disagreement with the Cambridges. I wouldn't want someone to form a conclusion about me, especially a negative one, based on rumor and I don't think it is fair for those in the public eye. Petty criticism has become a form of entertainment on the internet. Because of the nearly limitless potential for spread of mis-information it goes beyond gossip at the hairdresser's in potential for harm. There have been several stories about the Paris tour that have been accepted as fact that sound a little suspect. If I have been a part of spreading them, I truly regret it. This language rumor is just one of them. Sometimes even previously trusted sources can come up with "fake news." That's why we have retractions.

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    6. Is gossip at the hairdressers any more ok? In a globalized world social media is the new hairdressers.

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    7. Not ethically better. Impact wise, it is 5-10 people versus hundreds or thousands reached. Plus, the hairdressers is face to face , sometimes with people who can see your circumstances-is this a thin woman talking about other thin women, for example. Is it an apparent well-to-do person critiquing the self-centered life of a peer? It is the apparent anonymity of the internet, in part, that separates it from the hairdressers . The only way to really be held accountable is to use a consistent name. People say things on the internet they would not say face to face. It is not equivalent at all.

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    8. Well unless you are saying it to someone's face in the hairdressers it's not any less "face to face" on the Internet. I'm also not sure how a consistent name makes any difference either because a chosen moniker doesn't provide any context about the things you talk about (weight, class, etc).

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    9. Regarding Kate's attempt to speak French..the French dignitaries probably speak English much better than Kate or William speak French. So rather than listen to W or K struggle to speak French, the French people just revert to English to make it easier for everyone involved. My daughter realized this when she interned in Spain. If she tried to speak any Spanish, the natives immediately switched to English.

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    10. Barbara, that makes perfect sense.

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    11. Obviously, you are correct about the average person's mastery of English in Continental Europe. I recall an exchange student from Germany I went to school with in the 60's explaining that English was a routine subject for them. However, it would be a matter of courtesy and diplomacy, not expediency, to communicate in the host language, at least in part. William tries. It seems to be a matter of great amusement between the two-William's butchered French. According to press members, Kate does better than just struggle. They were not private tourists on holiday. Even JFK attempted to speak German in Berlin-who can forget, "Ich bin Ein Berliner?"

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  16. I think I'm in the minority here but I was sort of underwhelmed by some of Kate's sartorial choices on this trip.

    While I love the Catherine Walker coat, I thought it looked much more polished with her hair up and with the hat. I think she could quite easily have had a dress made by the same designer so that she could simply have removed the coat for the Paris arrival - I also tend to think Kate could wear hats more often so I would have been happy for her to keep that on for the arrival.

    I was very glad to see Kate branching out in her style with the McQueen dress and great accessories, but again, I just didn't love the whole ensemble...Something about the entire look lacked chic for me...


    I did love the evening Jenny Packham - everything about the look was amazing (although I don't think I will ever get on board with the sparkly shoes...)

    I was thrilled Kate wore Chanel, I loved the bag, I loved the Cartier accessories, but the bespoke dress just didn't work for me...Something about where the belt sat on her gave the whole thing a funny feel for me. For once, Jane, I'm not in agreement and I really wish she had gone with one of Chanel's regular tweed suits...

    But, to end on a positive note, I really loved the Herrera coat with the booties. A lovely end to the trip :)


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    1. Recently I read somewhere that the current trend is to a higher waist. Now one is left to wonder if Kate was ahead of her time or if she inspired the look. I think it's probably the former. We've seen that she will sometimes find something in a designer line and hold on to it for a season before its debut.

      I love the look of the Chanel she chose to wear but I would love it just as much if she had gone with one of the suits or one of Coco's little black dresses with long pearls and a very chic hat with her hair back. She could so carry off that ultimate classic style!

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    2. Robin, without a doubt kate could pull it off! 👍

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    3. It would be fun to see, wouldn't it?

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  17. The NYT's had an fun little piece on Kate's Parisian fashion choices.

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  18. Thanks Jane for Such Wonderful Coverage. :) I always love your particular selection of photos & your own unique spin that you put on your coverage! Merci :)
    ps: May favorite pic is the last, with Kate cozied up to William with her head on his shoulder. Marriage is complicated. What Kate showed us in spades (if it was ever in question to anyone) She's in it for the long haul & The UK has a Real Gem in Her! :)

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    1. Becca, I appreciate this comment and the one you made about re-watching The Crown. Kate is the professional and works hard to do her job very well. A real credit to the UK and the Crown. Kate knows she will face more conflict in her role and as William's wife. I think she was so hurt by William. They are fantastic as a team; how do you do teamwork with that pain? Kate seemed she wasn't finished with the pain when this trip began, but it seems she healed during the trip because she is so good at her job, and she felt successful in her professional role again. Maybe she let go of the pain when her impact was realized in full. Before marriage, Kate said, "He's lucky to have me." That seemed to be her feeling during the initial engagements this weekend. No doubt William recognized it and realized his irresponsible behavior had great consequence--Kate's feelings. Something else you remind me of Becca. Somewhere this weekend I read an opinion that during March 2007 when William needed to commit to marriage, he broke up with Kate to end the long courtship; this March before he leaves his job as pilot and takes on full-time royal duties, he acts as though is royal birth is irrelevant. Life is complicated, and commitment is probably always risky for William with the tremendous loss he has experienced. Again, no one is better than Kate to help him deal. Lucky man. Katherine USA

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  19. In hindsight, I now wish that Catherine had worn a beret if only once. She wore a beret pre-marriage. So what if she began with the Catherine Walker and a beret instead of the hat she chose?

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    1. Lolo, I would've liked to have seen Kate don a beret on her arrival in Paris, I think it was a missed opportunity! She looked so cute in her beret before she got married...some suggested it would have looked too costumey, but I felt her CW outfit in Paris lacked that little extra something.

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    2. We didn't actually have arrival photos as we had on other tours. That would have been a great moment for a beret.It was straight to the President for the welcome. It was a little more like a sort of mini State visit context than a tour, to me. We don't see arrival photos for State visits to GB, as a rule. ----Yes, a beret. I don't know when it would have been, though. Is the beret still the symbol of France that it was in the past? I really don't know.

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    3. As a Parisian, trust me, had she worn a beret everybody would have mocked her. It's seen as tasteless and like something only mimes and tourists who don't know better would do.

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    4. Anon 12.42, I did suspect that...appreciate the confirmation.

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    5. Glad you said that 12:42 because I would have thought the same thing.

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    6. Thank you 12:42- I'm sure Jane enjoys seeing "Paris" pop up on her monitor when you log on to the blog. Not exactly a name of one of the little towns she spoke of, however. I've actually only ever seen berets in films. So that explains that. Although, I think Maurice Chevalier wore them. Perhaps not. I will say Kate would be cute in a beret-or perhaps a tam? I think cute may be the operative word. I do agree that the green CW lacked a little something. I thought she would have her arrival dress under her shamrock coat and then just remove the coat for the welcome. I believe it was initially outdoors, though-so coat appropriate. The President met them outside.

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    7. Anon 12.42. I understand. Yet I don't think it's remarkably different to wearing a red maple leaf on a hat in Canada or items she's worn on other overseas trips that pay homage to the host country. It can be respectful and also cheesy. Chanel is something, but on a certain level, it's a commercial establishment, hardly a national symbol of France. So what would have worked? A fleur-d-lys pin? Anything? I didn't necessarily mean I had a vision of a classic beret it could have been a hybrid. There are several hats owned by Catherine that would have served as reference to France. And btw, I also have lived in Paris and elsewhere and berets are fairly ubiquitous.

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    8. Thanks for your input, Anon 12:42, I had a feeling that would be the case. As Lolo mentioned, I wouldn't have wanted a beret per se, but something beret-esque. I think something resembling a beret would've been a sweet homage to the host country, if a little cheesy. I love berets & Kate wears that style very well. I think it also would've given a hint of artiste flair to her outfit, harking to her art history background, but now I am going into costume/stereotype territory. The Chanel outfit was the right balance of style & a nod to Paris, though the logo belt irked me a bit.

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    9. anon 1 - 'cute' definitely being the operative word re Kate wearing berets :)

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    10. I think a beret would have looked like the Chevy Chase movie called something like European Vacation. Not a good look :)

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    11. Haha, lizzie, true! Now I might take back all that I said about berets after you mentioned that movie :P

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  20. I agree, it would have been awful to have worn a beret.

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  21. This was a great trip, from start to finish. As a couple, they are a great asset to the UK. Kate was every inch a princess, she exudes charm, warmth and caring. Plus, she is drop dead gorgeous, put her in a sack, she still would be beautiful.

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  22. If anyone has mentioned this here or elsewhere, please forgive me. I have no wish to be accused of copyright infringement. :-)

    But has anyone considered any similarities here...?

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/1b/df/3f/1bdf3fe429bb7c1a24601ba53bb7b727.jpg

    In 1988, Diana arrived in Paris in a red coat and in 2017 her daughter-in-law departs in one. Coincidence? Perhaps. Nod? Perhaps......

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    1. Nah, just a coincidence. I think we all read too much into things.

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    2. If Kate's Diana looks are all coincidences, she has rewritten the statistic books on the incidence of coincidence. Ha!

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    3. PS, royalfan, Kiwi, Lolo- notice the hat in royalfan's Diana link below? It looks suspiciously like the hats worn during the French Revolution. At least in "A Tale of Two Cities." I am now thinking about how films have impacted our view of the world, but I promise not to expound on that theme. ;+]

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    4. I am with the coincidence. I can not imagine anyone with a healthy mental state giving tons of fashion nods to a deceased Mother In Law, no matter how famous or loved the person might be. Perhaps for a formal photo or painting to be hung etc you might reference another famous photo or painting, once in awhile.

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    5. I really do think it's coincidence. There are only so many colors. I think Kate does copy Diana's clothing and jewelry choices at times (recently in Oct when visiting the hospice Diana opened, for example. The coat was plaid, the oversize pearl earrings new, and the clutch much larger than what Kate usually carries.) But here there were other reasons for Kate to wear red besides "Diana channeling"---like the game. I might have been more persuaded had Kate worn red on arrival in France but even then if searching for necessary symbolism in the choice because we are conditioned to think Kate's clothes are so often symbolic, red could have been intended to represent the common connection of red in the flags for both the UK and France (although thats not such a big deal common connection since after white, red is the most common color used in flags worldwide.)

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    6. Anon 1, good point about Diana's hat!! :-)

      Ali, most of us wouldn't be engaging in these nods to our mother-in-laws...I get it...but Kate's scenario is a little different IMO.

      Lizzie, your reference to the game is a very valid point.

      Thanks for chiming in ladies. :-)

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  23. Gold buttons and all, royalfan.

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  24. Well...to be honest I don't understand the hotel staff with cameras. I'm not aware but I assume it's at least 5 stars hotel. Well real 5 star service is when you are discrete and you are acting as normal as possible in front of your super star guest. You dont ask autographs for your granny and you don't take selfies with your gest. I work in a 4 stars hotel and I don't see myself filming my guests in any circumstances.

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    1. Jolanta-I think we're lost a little in translation, Hotel having a different meaning in French. It was not a stop for itinerant lodgers; it is the British Embassy, which is really beside the point, as it may have been a bit tacky, but all in the spirit of "neighborliness."

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    2. OK...but staff still is staff. They should act accordingly.

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    3. The setting was a little more personal than a hotel and IMO this was like a recognition/thank you for the staff. Also note the more "private" courtyard.

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    4. I think in this sense, the word hotel is referring to the type of building that it is. Hotel particuliers are basically mansions that were built for aristocrats as their city homes. Characteristically, they are freestanding with a central courtyard. The are really interesting architecturally because they would house all the amenities of a traditional mansion but within a limited ( relative term) space.

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    5. Jolanta-I kinda agree and thought it tacky on one level, even if done just to reward the staff. There were some who complained bitterly the hotel staff in Canada in one instance were not allowed to take pictures. There may be nuances and differences we cannot know to set the two apart. I doubt it was a matter of learning from public outcry as much as a completely different context. This was an Embassy-the British Embassy, not a hotel; they were in a broad sense, employees of the Duke and Duchess; the whole visit seemingly revolved around British/French cooperation and being "neighborly"-and I assume many of the staff were local resident people. If the Cambridges had stayed at a commercial hotel, I doubt we would have seen this. I enjoyed seeing the photos of curtains drawn back-more staff, perhaps. That is something else not usually seen. We also can note that ,as Jane reported, some of the photos were from one of those by-standers, not Chris Jackson or other press photographers. I think maybe more was shown, including security detail, than ordinarily is allowed to be shown.( as well as a very alert Mr. Security) It is even possible that such an opportunity has occurred before, but was just not photographed. (to use lizzie's rationale. Well, my rationale at times- Kate's private visits to charities. Many times I have stated that just because we don't have photographs, doesn't mean it didn't happen-Ha! I'll give you your point if you'll give me mine, lizzie)

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    6. Embassy staff are absolutely not staff of the BRF.

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    7. "...in a broad sense.." meaning in their role as representatives of the government, which they officially were. "...British/French cooperation..." etc. I don't believe I mentioned the BRF.

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    8. The Duke and Duchess are the BRF and were there in their role as members of the BRF. And yet, in no sense whatsoever are embassy staff also staff of the Duke and Duchess any more than the Duke and Duchess were employees of the British government.

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  25. Sonja from BavariaMarch 22, 2017 at 12:18 PM

    I have never seen these photos of kate before, this outfit looks so pretty, effortlessley stylish:
    http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-09february2011-london-1000-minimum-per-usage-kate-middleton-and-camilla-81557271.html

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    1. These are from the engagement period. Camilla and Kate went to lunch and a nearby patron told us all what she had eaten. It was quite lunch. :) Kate is wearing DVF here, it is a dress he has worn a few other times. The jacket is from Whistles. I like this outfit, too, and I love this particular outing. Such an exciting time in the run up to the wedding...

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  26. Orange County GradmaMarch 22, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    I do hope William realizes what he has in his loving wife. But for him act like he did on his boys weekend I really wonder if he does. I just watched their engagement interview. I really had to laugh at some of his words. He said he learn from the past. What did he mean? And that they are looking to spend the rest of their lives together. Again if he continues to act like this I don't see that happening. I am worry that with them moving back to London he came get out of hand. He really needs to grow up and be a husband and father. Not some guy that goes off and flirts, dirty dances, and god knows what else. I bet Kate was really hurt. I would hope William had the balls to call her and give her a heads up about the pictures. And explain nothing happen(??). But maybe he didn't because he doesn't care? I am not sure if I could trust my husband anymore.
    Then I read another interview William where he said that Kate and George (before Charlotte) we're is priority .
    Well again he sure has a funny way of showing it.
    I hope this was one time.

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    1. That's quite a condemnation of a husband and father because of an evening his wife would have been aware of. We should compare William's role as husband and father with that of his own father...and Kate's role as a wife and mother with Diana's. William has come a long way.

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    2. I agree, royalfan, that William is worlds better than his father but, I also agree, this was an ill-advised foray that made him look more a bachelor than a married father of two. I am a staunch supporter of Williams but this did make me a little angry with him. I think what disappointed me most is that he knew how things like this made his mother feel. He looked quite humbled on the Paris weekend so I'm sure there was discussion. And Kate emulated the "Keep Calm and Carry On" theme. She's a gem!

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    3. I do understand, Robin. And I certainly agree that Kate is a gem. The crown's best, IMO.

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    4. Agree Robin. And so far as Kate being aware of it, Royalfan…..well, sure I’m pretty sure she knew he was going to Verbier and likely knew which “lads” he’d be traveling with. But I seriously doubt he said to her back at Amner Hall, “Hey Babe, you don’t mind if I get publicly drunk and dad dance in a club this weekend do you? I expect the guys and I will party with whatever young women we can find including during lunch on the slopes. There might be photographers too since there usually are in Verbier. Are you cool with that?” And if she WAS aware in advance this was the likely way things would go while he was gone, then he is quite the jerk, IMO.

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  27. I am so saddened by the events that took place in my beloved London yesterday. As Jane feels about Paris is how I feel about London and it makes my heart hurt for them. HMTQ issued this statement today:

    "Following the shocking events in Westminster, Prince Philip and I are sorry that we will not be able to open the New Scotland Yard building as planned today, for very understandable reasons. I look forward to visiting at a later date.
    My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday's awful violence.
    I know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police Service and all who work so selflessly to help and protect others."
    ELIZABETH R.

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