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Kate's Surprise Visit to London Bridge/Borough Market Victims

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday is off to a good start as Kate arrived at Kings College Hospital in South London this morning for an unannounced visit with wounded from the latest London Bridget attack and the terrorism in Borough Market. 


According to Daily Mail reporter Rebecca English, Kate visited with the doctors, nurses, and staff who were on duty the night of the attack and spent time discussing the psychological impact terrorism has on its victims:

Pictures via Rebecca English
Kate met with patients and their families, too, but she did so in private.




There has been a lot of agitation among the public over the course of the last month wondering if and when Kate would make a visit to victims of one of Britain's several terror attacks. Other members of the BRF have made appearances, although after this latest London Bridge incident I even saw quite a bit of negative commentary about the lack of response from Her Majesty the Queen. I think the Queen stayed mum after the last attack because it came so close to the election. Brexit and this most recent election are all tangled up with the raging debate about terrorism, national security, immigration, culture, etc. I suspect that it would have been very hard to craft a statement of any substance that wouldn't have been twisted in one direction or the other. Particularly since it was leaked that the Queen supported Brexit, she was likely particularly sensitive about maintaining her neutrality before the election.  

Kings College Hospital NHS

Kate recycled her popular Rebecca Taylor "Tweed Sparkle" suit. Kate first debuted this in 2012 and wore it again in New Zealand in 2014:


Kate used it for two video productions in 2016, featuring it first in the Mental Health Week video she released in February of 2016:


And then again when she was interviewed for the celebratory documentary The Queen at 90.


Seeing it again here today solidifies its current status as the workhorse suit in her closet. You probably remember that just this past February, Kate debuted an updated version of this suit. On a visit to the Ronald McDonald House, she wore another combo from the "Sparkle Tweed" collection, that time featuring a skirt with a little more flare, and a less embellished blazer to match. She really likes this tweed and it has always garnered lots of positive feedback from fans, too. 


Kate had a bounce in her step when arriving today, which reminded me a little of some her airy attitude in the early days of her royal-status:

Speaking of the early days of her royal status, in this image of Kate saying goodbye on the steps of Kings College Hospital, you can get a good look at Kate's shoes. Those are her Manolo Blahnik "Calogera" pumps which she has only worn once. 

Kings College Hospital
She wore these at Heathrow Airport in 2011 as she started her first overseas tour. I am surprised we haven't seen them since (remind me if I missed a wear) and am excited to see them again. The little triangle cut-out is a fun detail in Kate's usually straight-forward shoe collection. 


Kate wore her sapphire and diamond drops and did not carry a clutch for today's event. I will note briefly, that although we have not seen Kate wear these shoes, they have a lot more wear today than they did on her brief walk to the plane in 2011, so clearly Kate has been wearing them in her private life.



The Duchess brought our favorite PPO today. Mr. Security's intimidating scowl is featured in the first photo of the post, and he is here holding the door open for Kate as she leaves. I know several have mentioned his absence, but he has been at most of her events lately, I just haven't found great photos of him. Good to see the gang back in action today. 

Kings College Hospital Twitter
The verdict is a win. This color is so good on Kate, and I love seeing the shoes make another appearance. Since it is bound to come up, I think that Kate has been enjoying some relaxing summer afternoons with the kiddies and maybe indulging in leftover cake from Pippa's wedding. Since I have done the same, it is comforting to see that Kate is just like the rest of us.  I do not think Kate is pregnant, because she has a big trip to Europe coming up here soon. It is possible she is easing up on fitness and diet in the plan to get pregnant just as she heads into "summer recess" but that is between Kate and William. She looked fabulous today and it was great to start the week seeing Kate. 


Prince William played at Beaufort yesterday and there were lots of sweet pictures of the prince playing with his niece Mia Tindall, who is pictured here giving him a little kiss. I know everyone would love to see Charlotte and George at polo soon. Next weekend is Father's Day, and historically, Kate has brought George to William's polo game on Father's Day Sunday. Next Saturday is Trooping the Color, so we will likely see the family on the balcony, and I am hopeful that the Cambridges will follow that appearance up with a day at polo on Sunday. If they do, it will be Charlotte's polo debut!   




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  1. I was happy to see Kate's presence at the hospital. I am sure she was lending needed support to the victims and their families, to say nothing of the doctors, and staff.

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  2. Sorry Jane did I miss a graph? Why does anyone think she's pregnant I haven't heard that. I actually thought she looked thinner than ever so guess I'm out of the loop or need glasses? Lol

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    1. Me, too I went back and reread! Kate looked lovely and energetic, always so poised and always smiling even knowing she will be analyzed to bits!

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    2. I agreed with Janes impressions - my very first thought after YAH SHE VISITED THEM was was she looked (gorgeously) fuller in that gorgeous shapely suit.
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    3. I agree I don't see anything different about her from before and not sure where these observations are coming from but I guess its wishful thinking as always. She looks as thin as she always does.

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    4. Natalia (Germany)June 15, 2017 at 6:34 AM

      I think the pregnancy speculations came up as Kate wasn't seen for weeks after her last appearence the day after Pippa's wedding, and a lot of readers didn't understand her absence on William's visit to Manchester and on other occasions.

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  3. Kate looks lovely - and tanned! I'm glad she has visited victims & staff in London...I have to admit, I was disappointed not to see her go with William to Manchester. But I agree with you, Jane, with the timing of the election, I think now was a good time for Kate to pay a visit. And as HM & William were in Manchester, I think it was appropriate that Kate followed behind Charles & Camilla, by visiting those affected in London.
    As you suggest, Jane, I think she has had a summer holiday of sorts...I hope she gets right back into royal engagements & look forward to her upcoming schedule. I think these gaps in her calendar make people (including me) a bit edgy.

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    1. She must have been away. She has markedly more color than the last time we saw her. Good to see her here. I was surprised that she was surprised that some victims were women though. It's as if she weren't caught up yet. Not that it is important but I think she looks lovely as well. Love these shoes.

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    2. Was she surprised? I haven't read that.Only that it was more impacting to staff to have so many women stabbed. But nowhere did I read that she didn't know there were women among the victims, of course she knew, it would have been strange if all the victims had been men.
      But it feels awful to discuss it, what a senseless tragedy, my prayers and thoughts to all affected.

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    3. Faith, I don't think the Duchess was necessarily surprised at the gender breakdown - she no doubt had done her due diligence.

      It was more a case of her understanding agreement when the medical staff who were on the scene said that THEY had been initially surprised, Like saying "I know, right!"

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    4. I read it in the Simon Perry article for People but maybe I misread. Perhaps you are right Kaye and she was just expressing shock that women had been attacked. I'll go back and read it agan.

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    5. Faith, I have just been watching a news item on the Duchess's visit and they showed an interview with a nurse who had met Kate today. The nurse explained that she had told Kate how shocked the medical staff had been to see so many women with stab wounds. I imagine this is because most injuries of this type they usually see will be on young men who have been in fights etc, and not women. Therefore the Duchess was simply responding to something which was said to her.

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    6. I think they just should have said she's on holiday. Better to take criticism on that but instead they make it look like she'd rather sit at home than comfort victims. IMHO.

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    7. Ok, I read the article again and stand by what I said. The way in which it was written makes it sound as if Kate was surprised that women were among those stabbed.

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    8. The ER director has been quoted multiple places--not just People--as saying Kate was "surprised." It is *possible* she was trying to be empathic because the director had talked about how hard seeing female victims was for the staff who are apparently quite accustomed to seeing male stab victims. Still, her choice of words/reaction was unfortunate. He was talking about staff shock as patients were brought in and during the immediate aftermath. She was visiting 1 1/2 weeks later. Even in the US we have known for quite awhile women were stabbed and aren't surprised or shocked, just saddened.

      I honestly have thought for a long time Kate isn't very good at thinking on her feet and suffers from significant social anxiety. Otherwise she wouldn't have used the word "interesting" in India after being told about intentionally maimed children. If she had more practice conversing in those sorts of situations I think her anxiety and ability to converse would improve. But there are too many gaps in when she makes appearances for that complete adjustment/desensitization process to happen.

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    9. I'm rather puzzled about this. I am in England, and we seem to be reading in newspapers and seeing on Television news that the hospital staff were surprised about the number of female victims, rather than Kate being surprised about it. Here is a quote from the Daily Mail.

      Dr Tunnicliff said that while frontline emergency staff were trained to deal with such incidents, the volume of patients and the fact that so many of the victims – six out of the 14 brought in – had been women, deeply affected the hospital staff.

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4595490/Duchess-Cambridge-meets-London-Bridge-attack-survivors.html#ixzz4jpaX0vXM
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      I'm sorry, but I've never heard of People, is that an American publication?

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    10. Sorry, if I seem to be getting a bit obsessed with this point. However, I just saw this online. Lynne Watkins Hulme was the person I saw being interviewed on Sky news earlier this evening.

      Kate asked staff how they coped with the incident. More from the Mail Online "Speaking about the night, head of nursing Lynne Watkins-Hulme told her: 'What was really noticeable on Saturday night was the amount of female patients that were involved. That was quite traumatic for the staff. We are not used to so many females being injured. She added: 'We are used to seeing people who are stabbed. But to have six women who were stabbed, multiple times - it was just the amount of people - that was upsetting."

      We are definitely being told by people who were working in the hospital that they were surprised when the injured arrived that night and not that Kate was surprised when she visited today.

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    11. Direct quote from People:

      “And while we were are quite used to dealing with young men that stab each other, this time there were quite a lot of ladies who had suffered serious, multiple injuries. That was quite shocking to many. The Duchess was surprised to hear that.”

      So either surprised to hear the staff was shocked? Or Surprised to hear women were injured? Either way both have been main news so I think she's missed something. She is also very bad on her feet. And I think seemed nervous today did a lot of chatting and hand waving, not so much listening in that line.

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    12. Anon 5:52, People is indeed an American pub. It reports almost daily on Kate. More often than that  when there's nothing to say :) But plenty of UK pubs have reported Kate's "surprise" when speaking with Tunnicliff about female victims.  DM has for example:


      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4595490/Duchess-Cambridge-meets-London-Bridge-attack-survivors.html

      He could have been misquoted when he said Kate was surprised (its at the end of his quote) or Kate **may have been surprised** (although she should not have been) or it could have been a misguided attempt at empathy on Kate's part as she tried to "mirror" today the reactions staff had days and days ago during the actual emergency (that backfired IMO if that was it) or Kate could have been surprised the gender balance affected staff. A nurse is also quoted widely about the staff's difficulty with seeing female victims but she is not quoted about anything Kate said. 

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    13. Lizzie I agree with your assessment of Kate in social situations and how she doesn't get enough practice. I had a stay-at-home mom so I support Kate, but she also married a guy knowing a lifelong CAREER came with it (and being a role model). They are doing a disservice to her by not moving her along.

      I often see Kate quite like Michael - the quiet, strong, steady supporter in the background. Pippa, on the other hand, I think is like Carole and loves to socialize and be in the spotlight. That is ok!! It does mean though that Kate needs more engagements, so she can reflect on what she could do differently and quickly put it into practice. I'm also shy, so I can empathize and sympathize with her. I've watched videos of Kate chatting at engagements and some of the things she says are painful and I'm embarrassed for her. I know she's nervous, I'm sure the people she's chatting with can sense she is, but they're so enamoured it slides. However, you don't know this as the photo ops show a smiling, gorgeous girl.

      ~ A

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    14. Lizzie and anon 6:30, I can see the ambiguity in the quote. It could have been that she was surprised that women had been stab victims or surprised that the staff was shocked to see female victims coming in. Of course, she could have been misquoted as well. Also, I do agree that she stumbles on occasion when conversing during public engagements. "Can you test the smell by smelling it" during the Fortnum and Mason discussion about teas comes to mind. Hopefully, it was a case of nerves at the hospital and not that of being unprepared.

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    15. All the publications cote Dr Tunnicliff " the Duchess was surprised to hear that" It seems obvious 1/it is his interpretation of the reaction of the Duchess 2/ he speaks about her reaction to what she has been told, the added impact of the stabbing of women because it is unusual.
      Well what reaction is the correct one to a nurse saying she is more used to men being stabbed than women and that is the thing that made it more difficult for staff? Pity? Sadness? Interest? I guess surprise isn't that bad. IMO, anyway.
      Add to that there aren't many synonyms of "shocked" and he had used the word twice in a row, perhaps he changed it to "surprised" for stylistic reasons

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    16. Agree totally with things said here about Kate's anxiety. Learning from past experience likely gets lost with the gaps but perhaps more importantly for Kate (as it appears from the outside anyway) long gaps between events allow her anxiety to build back up. I'm not sure Kate lacks necessary professional "small talk" and "public speaking" skills so much as her high anxiety level interferes with her ability to use/demonstrate the skills she has. (We get things like the smell comment Faith mentioned)

      I'm not saying Kate ought to do  appearances 5 days a week. That might be ideal in terms of becoming comfortable with the work but I know it's unrealistic for the BRF. But if she typically had a few days of appearances *spread out* each week for a fair number of weeks vs a few days a month of bunched events as we often see, I'm pretty sure her anxiety would lessen and her demonstrated skills would increase. We've often attributed Kate's bunched-event schedule to her desire to have long uninterrupted stretches of time with her kids. That may be the reason for her hot/cold public schedule but I *think* we tended to see some bunching before the kids were born (although admittedly the bunching has become more pronounced.) So I think it's also likely a way to avoid appearing until it can't be avoided any longer, then she grits her teeth, "stiffens her British upper lip" and "gets it all over with at once" followed by blessed "freedom/escape." But if one were trying, I don't think it would be possible to work out a better way to maintain social anxiety!  And it all becomes a vicious cycle. Avoidance, building anxiety about required future events, a bunch of events scheduled so close together so that each single event in the series must seem even more overwhelming, difficulty during events because of anxiety, escape once the series of events ends, avoidance, building anxiety....

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    17. I think it was poor writing or deliberate misinterpretation by People. They often write things that read oddly. I read info in various places and interpreted it as-- Kate was surprised that the staff was shocked by how many women patients came in with stab wounds.

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    18. It sounds like something that could easily be lost in translation. To be honest before this comment chain it has never crossed my mind that ER doctors would see more male stabbing victims than female stabbing victims but I guess it makes sense.

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    19. Gosh, that sentence got completely misconstrued, didn't it. Words can be twisted around like that, and the sentence changes meaning. Much care needs to be taken when reporting the truth, whatever it is.
      Kate is exceptionally good at listening and giving supportive verbal feedback. She does not come across as anxious, quite the opposite. Very calm and considerate.
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    20. Kate comes across as quite anxious to me. Sometimes she grips her clutch so tightly her hands turn white. And saying it was "interesting" to hear orphan children have been intentionally maimed in India so they will be more effective beggars doesn't strike me as an appropriate or empathic response. I doubt she felt it was merely interesting but think she could not think on her feet. And there are other examples of her anxiety holding her back.

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  4. I am happy she paid this visit. It was the right thing to do and it would have been a pity if she hadn't. I suppose she was away on holiday and has just come back.

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  5. Catherine's visit was well timed. No hospital wants a royal visit in the early days following a major incident: the staff are much too busy and the victims too ill. I was on the staff of a Manchester hospital when the IRA bombed the city, so I know how it works.
    The first of the two weeks when Catherine had no engagements was the schools' half term holidays, so hope she got to take the children to the beautiful Norfolk beaches.
    The second week should have had the Spanish state visit; postponed because of the election, probably had a blank week--difficult to fill in the run up to an election.
    However, if she has been away with her Mum and the kids, good for her.


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    1. I'm glad no other Royal took that advice or where would we be?
      "Let's all stay away from the hospitals" - yes, and right into a republic we go.

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  6. It's about time. I wouldn't just say agitated, Jane, I'd also say disenchanted. She'll be the future Queen and to give her a pass because of the press she'd take away from Harry's trip, Pippa's HM coverage and the election is ridiculous, IMO. Caring and showing support trumps that. She's mostly a stay-at-home mom and I accept that, but Manchester and London happened on their turf. Her delay and only London is unacceptable.

    And if she's enjoying summer weather with the kids instead of visiting earlier, well many have been in the hospital recovering, or continuing to be first line responders or can never enjoy another summer as they were senselessly murdered.

    On the fashion front, what we've come to expect from her when there is a tragedy - trusty wardrobe items that won't distract from the purpose.

    ~ A

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    1. I agree. Also, it's incorrect to say the Queen has been staying away - she visited the victims of the Manchester attack in hospital.

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    2. Disenchanted is a good word. And that was very well said. And quite sad.

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    3. Anon 3:50 the Queen did respond quickly to Manchester and at her age! Even my husband, who doesn't pay a fraction of attention to the BRF as I do, commented on that. My response to him: EXACTLY and why couldn't they have deployed a younger royal(s) sooner?!

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  7. Eh, who cares what she's been up to privately. Maybe she just didn't want headlines to be about what she was wearing, instead of about the victims. People read way too much into things (hey, I've done it too). Maybe security wasn't comfortable with her being out and about so soon after the attack, since she's one of the most popular royals. Who knows.

    About this outfit - I never noticed the collar details before because her hair's been covering them in previous appearances. I like the tweed and the fringe, but there's just a little toooooo much going on for me with the flowers. They look a bit granny-ish to me (anyone heard of yo yo quilts?).

    Hope she's having a good summer at home with the kidlets. Two young kids is definitely a circus, I can attest to that!!! Nothing wrong with putting her family first right now (and I'm still hoping for a 3rd Baby Cambridge!).

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    1. Ditto on the collar. I'm glad that she came and seemed engaged talking to people. England has been (and continues to be) under intense challenges, and needs its royal family out in force if safe to do so. Good catch on the shoes Jane. S

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    2. Had never noticed the flowers along the collar either! I don't love them but they don't bother me too much, I still think the suit is lovely.

      In the photo of her sitting down you can clearly see how scuffed her shoes are. I wish she'd had the leather treated beforehand, it seems unprofessional to wear dirty/scuffed shoes at official engagements.

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    3. Kirsten--I don't see scuffs. And do your 6 year old or more shoes still look new? Mine don't--and they sure don't look as good as these Blahniks.

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    4. anglophile - If you click on the picture of her sitting down to get the full resolution photo, you'll be able to see clearly that the tips of her shoes are worn and scuffed and they definitely need to be resoled.

      It's totally ok to have shoes for a long time, I just think she could afford to keep them in better shape or replace them.

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  8. I think it's a good thing she didn't visit immediately after the attacks - when the staff is too busy, but am I the only one who thinks now too much time has passed? Sure, better now than never, but it feels like KP saw the reception William had when visiting victims and wanted to repeat the move.

    Just yesterday I was thinking "oh, G&C didn't go to the polo - they must be in Bucklebury or just not in town" but seeing Kate today (and given the rumours that the four of them were at Highgrove yesterday) I'm left scratching my head as to why they didn't go. It would have been lovely to see them with their cousins. For a couple that insists so much in (unrealistically) having their children live normal lives, we rarely see the little ones actually living normal lives.

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    1. I had the same thought when I saw The photos of Will playing with Mia and the Phillips girls. Those children have a far more "normal" life than G&C ever will but will also understand the BRF in ways many of their peers never will. Having G&C at casual events such as yesterday's seems like such a natural way to blend "normal" and "royal" I wonder why they don't join them more often.

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    2. Couldn't agree more with your second paragraph, Becca! With how often William plays polo, particularly when they know their young cousins will be there, they should be bringing the children (or at least more often than they do). William, like many children trying to do the opposite of your parents, is taking it too far to an extreme.
      ~ A

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    3. Just because W+K don't jump at every chance they get to expose their children to the press/public doesn't mean G+C don't have normal lives. G+C will have to spend their lives in the limelight soon enough, so what is wrong with wanting to give them a childhood away from the public eye?

      I'm sorry if I step on some toes here, but those who say G+C are too sheltered probably just want to see more pics of them in the Daily Mail.

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    4. I can't speak for other posters but my comment was more about G&C playing with other BRF children at these types of events - which aren't BRF focused but also have cameras present. It's a middle ground type of exposure that G&C will have to get used to and I can imagine that it can only help them learn to navigate the strange public/private life they lead when surrounded by peers who are also navigating it (although of course to a lesser extent).

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  9. In a bit of a tangent, but still very much Kate related...one of the guests at Natasha's French wedding posted a photo of the menu/reception program all lovely and tucked into a napkin, etc. On the stationery there is a sketch of the French Chateau they were married at. It looks like a very similar style to the sketch Kate did for Pippa's ceremony program. It hasn't hit the press, so I'm wondering if Natasha & Chris didn't announce it to their guests, but what are the chances Kate did it for her? The two seem close and maybe in a way it was a wedding gift. Perhaps Kate even framed the original or a larger scale version and that was their gift from the Cambridges? Very much in line with Kate's homemade gift giving, and with talents like that why wouldn't you?! Of course, speculation :-)

    You can view it here, just click/scroll to the third picture in this Instagram post:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTjVchXlvNt/?taken-by=natalierushdie

    ~ A

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    1. Wow, good eye! They are very very similar, and I bet you're right. Otherwise...what are the chances, unless it's some kind of a British tradition to have a sketch of your venue on the front of your program and everyone does it?

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    2. Cool, Anon 3:18, I may not be too crazy!
      ~ A

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    3. Interesting ~A.

      I don't know what is common in Europe but including a sketch of the church or venue in the wedding/reception program (sometimes in the invitation) is quite common in the US. Often if it's a church or commonly used venue there is already an existing suitable sketch that can be used. But if not, couples these days can simply convert a photo into a "pencil sketch" using freely available online programs that do the conversion. (They work well for buildings, not so great for portraits IMO but they are still fun to play with) Kate might have done this sketch but I kind of doubt it. But that's just my opinion.

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    4. Lizzie I am in Canada and have attended numerous weddings in the last 12 years and have never seen a venue sketch!
      Even if it is common for th Brits (who have so many gorgeous venues), then wouldn't that give Kate an opportunity to offer as a wedding gift?
      Anyway, it was all fun, with basis, speculation on my part :-)
      ~ A

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    5. Sketches of the wedding venue are pretty common. So I don't think there is any reason to think Kate drew the above-linked sketch since the wedding couple didn't say that she did. The only reason people think Kate drew Pippa's is because James said Kate did. If he hadn't said that Kate did, no one would have thought that that sketch wasn't a pre-made thing that is commonly used by couples at that venue.

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    6. I guess that's yet another cultural/style difference we learn about here ~A! I haven't been to but one wedding in the last yr and it was quite informal (no programs, no menu cards at the backyard picnic-type reception) But over the past say, 10 yrs,  I'd estimate that probably 80% of the formal ceremonies I've attended used pencil drawings of the venue on programs. I know for one of the churches involved, a sketch of the church is the default for both wedding and funeral programs although parties are permitted to choose not to use it. (I don't know that many do though.) 

      I'm in the southern US.


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    7. Lizzie while reading through your 10:36am post I was thinking "does she live in the South?", then you said you do. You classy southerners! ;-)

      I think sketches could even be lovely on the invite, particularly if they were on the invite insert regarding directions for getting there. Or am I getting too carried away now?

      ~ A

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    8. Thanks for your kind words ~A. I don't know about classy but we Southerners do have our ways!

      I have seen drawings on invitations. One in particular I remember was of the ornate entrance gates to a sort of park/public garden where the ceremony was held. It did help us out-of-towners find our way (this was before GPS in cars, something I still don't have anyway but do now have a smartphone)


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  10. Please, I was so hoping this blog could stay away from constant baby speculation - as Jane herself said, "..but that is between Kate and William." So this begs the question, why bring it up at all?

    On a lighter note, I also was glad to see Mr.Security and is that Rebecca deacon in the "green fire exit" photo?

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    1. I'm with you on the baby speculation, Kaye. Just leave well enough alone until there's an announcement--it's not a foregone conclusion that there will be a #3, and it's none of our business until it happens.

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    2. I'm with you ladies!

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    3. I agree with you ladies. Jane, please don't give the rumour mill any fuel for their fire!

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    4. Everyone above, I didn't take it as Jane adding fuel or starting rumours. Weight gain, linked to pregnancy rumours, is VERY common in her comments section. I felt she was commenting and engaging in that discussion, giving her opinion without having to comment on comments. I thought she was being proactive ;-)
      ~ A

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    5. Would someone please let me in on this! Where does anyone see a sign of pregnancy? Bump watch has gone crazy it seems to me!

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    6. Totally agree! The 'is she or isn't she' guessing game is getting tedious. Also, I don't think that she's gained any weight. To me, she looks as slim as ever.

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    7. Anon 9:28, correct. :). I don't think she is pregnant, but I wanted to weigh in before the comment section took it up.

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    8. As much as I would like a third baby Cambridge, I don't think we are getting one anytime soon, if ever. I'm also not sure why people thinks she looks vacation tanned. I don't see it--maybe a little sun from playing outdoors with her children, gardening or outdoor tennis?

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    9. if YOU COMPARE PHOTOS TAKEN IN VARIOUS LIGHTING, her skin tone changes. Plus-how does one judge a tan when all one can see is a face with makeup and legs with hose? A tan is best noted when the person is wearing swim ware, or at least a sundress.(sorry, KEYS STICKING.) for EXAMPLE, THERE IS A PHOTO OF HER IN FRONT of a blue backdrop in which she actually looks pale. The possible reason for the tan reference?-it almost seems like a slur- Having a tan used to indicate that one had 1) leisure and 2) the means to have a sunny vacation. It may just be one of those words that has acquired emotional meaning for some. These days, even city-dwellers can get a tan. I think saying she has a "sunny vacation" tan may hint at something else: tan= vacation= uncaring, irresponsible-whatever the current rhetoric is.
      I don't think commenters here are necessarily trying to make her look bad; I do think some may be influenced by reading sources that definitely have an agenda or the commenter simply made a statement and felt obligated to stick to it, despite available photographic evidence to the contrary.

      That whole "surprised" discussion has the same end-point-to make her look inept. "She should know better. She doesn't read or is mis-informed..." etc.- actual remarks I have seen in reference to this zooming in one word of her remarks...or someone's remarks. It also serves to distract from a discussion of the value of the visit.
      It is little chippings away at a character that can do the real damage. A single broad character assassination attempt can be quickly countered and dealt with. It is the whisperings and innuendo that hurt the most in the long run and Kate has faced this for many years. I guess her real crime is falling in love with a royal and trying to make the best of it.
      The 'surprise" debate?I took it that she was surprised the staff encountered so many stabbings on a regular basis. I am not convinced she used the word surprised herself. It may have been the listener's interpretation of her expression, as I believe you said above, Anglophile. Or the doctor overheard the discussion or a discussion of the discussion and the nurse's surprise magically turned into Kate's. Maybe the doc is republican. Ha! Maybe he had a reporter standing in front of him, microphone shoved in his face, and he had to say SOMETHING..Who knows?
      Certainly none of this is worthy of a repetitive,detailed discussion, let alone a character judgement-although not always explicitly said, often implied. Also, I have no doubt this one statement of mine will be pounced upon to discuss--that I have continued the worthless discussion. Guilty as charged.

      Anglophile, your injection of a cool, reasonable voice gives me hope for this comment section. But not enough to subject myself to personal insults by various/one anonymouses on a regular basis. Ha! anon1

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    10. Maybe I wasn't reading closely enough but I didn't detect any hint that comments on Kate's tan contained any hint of a slur or that she did anything wrong in the acquisition of a tan.

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    11. Wow, Anon1, I see that you're as happy as ever!!

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  11. I frankly couldn't care less why she's been away, and trust that she has good reasons. If that reason is simply 'I'm mostly a stay at home mom' then that's great. But I agree with the comment further up (down?) that said that she must have been on holiday. Can you even get a tan like that on the beaches of Norfolk?? She looks like she's been in the Mediterranean!

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    1. Oh yes, you certainly can! I was on the north Norfolk coast just a week ago and got a lovely sun (and wind!) tan.

      Regardless of where she's been, good on her for turning up and boosting morale for staff and patients alike.

      Jane, this is my first time posting but I've been reading for a while now and am in awe of how you juggle fun, fair and interesting posts with your "real" life. Thank you for making life a little more light-hearted!

      Anon - Kx

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    2. The beaches around Norfolk are beautiful and go for miles. Google it and look at the pictures, you would want to go! I have spent summers in both Ireland and Scandinavia, and I can tell you that the sun in the north gives you a beautiful golden tan. The Mediterranean tan is usually much deeper, of course depending on the person's initial skin tone.. Kate looks radiant, and I do not think that she usually over tans anyway, she could have been doing anything from gardening with the kiddies to holidaying in an undisclosed location with the Middleons! Who knows...
      Royal Watcher

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    3. One of the worst sunburns in my life was acquired in Cambridge (U.K.). The British sun is no joke!

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    4. She does not look all that tan, but simply being out in the garden with the kids will give you a tan/some color. It does not take much, I have to buy different shades of make up depending on the season because just running around in the Spring/Summer causes a change without any all day "tanning" near a beach.

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    5. I'm going to toss it out there, the Brits probably burned a hole in their ozone layer during the Industrial Revolution, long before aerosol cans took the blame. (Regarding comments of amazing tans in England)
      ~ A

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  12. The picture of Kate from a few years ago - blue suit, carrying a Mulberry tote, hair blown out. One of my favorite looks. She was headed to CA on their first overseas visit, I beleive. I imagine she was a bit excited and nervous. I thought she looked professional and stunning. Too serious to wear all the time, but I really liked it. Even her hair color.

    I don't know if she was on vaca or not. I can get as brown as a berry just out in the yard gardening. I think Kate and her "people" need to get a better sense though of public perception. If these comments are any clue, people are not happy.

    Blesses to the UK. Virtual hugs.

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    1. Anon 745 I just wanted to say that was very nicely put. A very kind critique. And you're right. Whatever she does is their choice, but in their position they need to be aware of public perception or they will pay the price. And personally I would hope they would actually WANT to go out and comfort the country.

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    2. That is one of my favorite looks for her too, Anon 7:45! Very professional. I would love her to repeat this look more often.

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    3. Thanks, Anon 8:31, appreciate it!

      Oh, Jay, we agree on so many things! I just don't normally comment. Remember the reply, "Best comment ever.", to your William hair comment? That was me! I'm your virtual BFF on Berkshire to Buckingham!:) Haha I always wonder, "What's Jay like IRL?"

      Anon 7:45

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    4. Maybe you should start going by "Anon 745" since so many people enjoy your comments :)

      8:31

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    5. Love it, Anon 9:32/7:45! I would be honored to be your virtual BFF :) I read your comment (at 7:45) and thought you totally nailed it!

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    6. Sarah Maryland USAJune 13, 2017 at 12:05 PM

      Agree with you so much! No matter what anyone says I think maybe some of her people may look online sometimes at the blogs to get the mood of people they would be smart to do so
      As some people have been expressing displeasure in her not going with William to visit terror victims it just seems like weird timing that all of a sudden Kate decides to go visit some people effected by the violence.

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    7. I can't imagine her staff reading the comments sections of blogs. They read I suppose the press, perhaps the headers of blogs but I am sure they don't have the time to read comments. And comments wouldn't be that useful for them as almost all posters are women and the majority of them American. Not very representative.

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    8. Oh, they read the comments section of blogs. They are very interested in what people say and also in what Americans have to say. Who do you think visits the U.K. and stops at royal palaces, landmarks, etc.? Americans.

      Reading blog comments is reading feedback from their consumers.

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    9. I am sure they don't view people as consumers and that they don't care about the tourists opinion. If it were the case, they had better study the comments of the Chinese which I think visit the UK in larger numbers than any other country. They have to be in synchrony with the British and theirs is the only public opinion they have to care about.

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    10. Thanks, Jay! It's good to have some testosterone around here, we need it.:) Here's to more Kate watching! And maybe some MM watching too!!

      Anon 7:45

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    11. Nat,

      Must disagree. We are consumers of the royal brand, which is what they are selling.

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    12. Sarah/maryland here is a thought--maybe Kate's team asked the hospital when it would be convenient to visit and the others just told the hospitals when they were going to visit,

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    13. i don't think they spend much or any time reading blogs, and I don't think they are influenced by them at all. Blog readers are a small population, the number of commenters even smaller. They have other means to ascertain public opinion.

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  13. I thought Kate looked wonderful. I thought she may have put a bit of weight on which I think suits her. Overall, a really nice look for her.

    Love reading this blog and you do such a wonderful job every time you post Jane. Thank you for your hard work that you do for our enjoyment. (Just a quick note, Mia is not Williams niece but his cousin once removed).

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    1. Agreed, she looks womanly and radiant! Everyone should be able to feel comfortable in their own skin and as someone like Kate who lives in the lime light constantly it must be incredibly difficult to balance self confidence with continuous critique on every minute part of your appearance.

      Body image is a struggle that women and girls around the world battle with everyday when looking at incredibly (and often unhealthily) thin and photoshopped women on the covers of magazines. With all of the time that Kate must spend in the spotlight, if she is able to project a positive image, that it's alright and even good to be healthy and in shape (with a radiant smile) without feeling the need to be model thin, perhaps her photos could provide an encouraging counter to other magazine covers.

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    2. I think Kate is still "model thin".

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    3. Indeed she is, 9:45!

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  14. Haven't read the above comments yet...sometimes I think it best to state a point-of-view uninfluenced.

    Fashion first. I dislike this tweed suit and always have. (Poor fit; the jacket's too short and the skirt's short and too tight, IMO.) The updated version is better. Both are off-the-rack; Kate would get a much more flattering fit with a bespoke outfit. In the meantime, it might be in her best interests to avoid this label.

    One thing I do like is the absence of a clutch. Call me crazy, but I have always associated SMALL clutches with evening wear; during the day, I prefer shoulder bags or small handbags the size Kate debuted in Paris.

    Hence, I am giving this outfit a reluctant one thumbs up, entirely due to the lack of a clutch.

    I've been reading other sites, some critical of Kate's lack of appearances of late, and some critical of her delayed reaction to the two recent terrorist attacks...a "too little, too late" atmosphere, re the latter. People seem to have forgotten that W&K were supposedly scheduled to participate in the Spanish? Danish? State Visit, which was called off due to the British election on June 8th--too close to same; hence, the longer wait between appearances. I also think/speculate that Kate might well have chosen to spend as much time as possible with her kids, without interrupting George's schooling and dragging him off to London (as far as I can tell, the only nanny on the payroll is Maris Teresa and she sure doesn't work 24/7, more like 37-40 hours per week), disrupting his schedule. Kate might simply want to be there for both kiddies while it's still possible, particularly given her upcoming July tour to Poland and Germany, and rumours of a fall tour to Scandinavia, George off to his Reception Year of schooling in September and presumably, Charlotte off to nursery school in January. After all, Kate wasn't raised by a nanny, wasn't raised as a royal or by--not when a preschooler--wealthy parents, and just like many of us, she may want to raise her kids the way SHE was raised, as a hands-on mum. Hats off to Kate!

    I noted that Jane (Barr) mentioned that we usually see William playing polo on Father's Day and that Kate and George have attended same. However, the Gloucester Festival of Polo, hosted by the Beaufort Polo Club, usually held on Father's Day, was held this past weekend and all of the usual minor royal suspects--the families of Peter and Zara--were there. Think the date of this polo get-together has been changed, that Kate and the kids were no-shows this year, and don't expect to see them next weekend.

    JC

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    1. Except royals always have to adapt to public events. If something happens they need to change their schedule. Flexibility. As someone else said they should want to be present in times of such awful national tragedies.

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    2. While I don't necessarily fault Kate for not visiting earlier I do understand how others could feel differently. The BRF has an important role to play and part of that is simply showing up particularly in tough times. Every member of the family will have to figure out how to make that role work for themselves but there are times the BRF must throw their schedules and desires out the window and simply show up:

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pinterest.com/amp/pin/311663236687904882/

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    3. Remember, William and Catherine are not yet full-time Royals. And once they are, they will still be a Duke and Duchess, not Prince and Princess of Wales, or King and Queen of England. They won't have those titles for a long time.

      Official Royal public appearances like this are scheduled by The Firm based on that hierarchy. They don't just get in their car and drop in. Logistics such as an acceptable Meeting time with Hospital Staff, Media Coverage, Security sweep etc... have to be worked out and agreed on first.

      I think William & Catherine take a lot of flack for stuff like that which is out of their control.

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    4. That's just not true belle. There are set events they must attend but the rest of the schedules each household sets. Read any book by a former private secretary or staff member they go into great detail on this.

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    5. Anon 6:38, can you list a book that includes this great detail? I know each household sets their own agenda for exclusive charities of which they are patron, but when national tragedies strike? I have my doubts they are so autonomous then.

      Belle

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    6. JC Thank you for pointing out the postponed Spanish State visit. This delay and the snap election changed lots of schedules that couldn't necessarily be filled up last minute.

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    7. JC & Anglophile ~ if the Spanish State visit was cancelled that means they then had the time to visit earlier (unless they took a last minute vacation out of the country, which hasn't been shared). A state visit didn't prevent them from going earlier. And William still hasn't visited London victims yet, and as future King that is so disappointing. For pete's sake look at how fast Adele, who admittedly has anxiety over security concerns, made it to the London building fire the same day!!

      Anon 12:51 I disagree that W&K won't have a title promotion to P&P of Wales "for a long time". To be realistic the Queen is in her 90s....even if that's 10 years away it isn't that long, because as she scales back they have to step up more.

      ~ A

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  15. I have to say, the constant pregnancy speculation re Kate is very annoying (not talking specifically this site, but everywhere). People have been saying for the past 9 months that they are totally sure Kate is pregnant because reasons. But the constant speculation is gross, because it's basically saying the only reason women are allowed to gain weight is if they are pregnant. A woman's weight fluctuates all the time, for various reasons, and to constantly question whether she's pregnant because she may have put on 1 pound is ridiculous.

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  16. It came to my mind too, that there might be a tiny belly...why?
    Her suit looks tighter and in profile pictures you might see something. As well she makes some moves in the videos where she maybe tries to hide the belly or touch it.
    Anyway, she looks lovely ansd if there is a baby on it's way we will hear about it :)

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  17. Catherine looks different to me in these pics, I'm not sure why, but then I watched the video, and noticed her lower stomach was protruding in an odd way, so I figured that was the reason Jane included the pregnancy statement? Maybe she's been home with morning sickness?

    Or maybe she was on holiday to unwind after the wedding, and just indulged in some good food.

    Belle

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    1. I can almost see what some might think is a baby bump but she has had two children and I don't care how much Pilates you do those muscles will never knit back together like they were before babies!

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    2. So true Anon 10:27, and this reminds me of Jennifer Garner who addressed her latest pregnancy rumors informing everyone that her "baby bump" was due to having two babies--and that it would be there forever more!

      Catherine always looks amazing, and can wear a suit from 5 years ago today...

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  18. If I may say so Mia is not William's niece. She is his cousin once removed. Starchild

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  19. The hospital received casualties from the fire as well. Hats off to them. An intensely busy time, unfortunately.

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  20. First blessings to all those impacted by the last few months of awful events in London. The terroist acts and the latest fire. What an awful few months. With regards to William and Catherine, thought she looked great in the suit and love those shoes!!! Glad to see both of them out doing various events. I have no issue with the amount of "work" either of them do. It will be fun to have them in London this Fall. I so hope the children love the new schools and that William ad Catherine learn to love the City life and embrace it and realize that if they are not passionate about it they do not need to live there forever:) Plus they can escape to the various lovely homes the Royal Family owns. I have grown to appreciate why the Queen has so many "Houses" that she goes off to, it gives her a break in routine, gives her new surroundings and in her case most often gives her a chance to be closer to nature and and horses:):)

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