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Kate in GOAT's Elodie & L.K. Bennett's Delli in Manchester

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

William and Kate made a joint appearance today as the couple attended the Children's Global Media Summit in Manchester. By the looks of the photos, they had a grand time. 


The Duchess of Cambridge arrived wearing a houndstooth patterned coat from L.K. Bennett. Apparently Donna Air has been pictured wearing the same coat, so perhaps Kate took some style inspiration from her? 



The coat is L.K. Bennett's Delli Check, and the Duchess paired it with another new dress from GOAT London! When I said this would be the GOAT London pregnancy, even I didn't realize Kate would take it this far. But this choice has delighted me. Notice the Elodie's darling "gathered funnel collar," and pleated sleeves.  Just enough sweet detailing to make this simple dress flirty and fun. 


She pulled the two pieces together with black stockings and accessories (her Tod's pumps and Bayswater clutch), and added a hint of sparkle with Mappin & Webb's Empress earrings. 


A video of Kate greeting little fans:


William revealed that prince George played the sheep in his school's nativity play, which sparked a million jokes about Love, Actually and the lobster. Doubtless a humble role, but hey, at least the lamb was at the nativity, which cannot be said of the lobster. I am sure George's costume was tons of fun to wear, too. Below is a picture of Prince Harry playing a shepherd when he was a little guy. I don't think we will see photos of George, but maybe someday they will be shared as historical shots.


Recently, William has been focusing quite a bit on cyber bullying, and the Duke gave a speech today about the concerns he feels as a parent surveying the digital landscape in which we now live. I hope William encourages parents to limit digital technology to their children even more, so that the young minds of the next generation can develop and form by interacting first and foremost with the natural world. Apparently, both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates limited their children's access to digital devices because of the impact digital devices can have on mental development, which I think is very interesting. I am glad William is shining the spotlight on this area, because it is such a crucial concern for society. You can read his speech here

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The verdict on Kate is definitely a win! The berry Elodie was sweet and fun and looked great paired with her black stockings, and I also enjoyed that she wore a chic coat, too. We got two separate looks today, which was a real treat. 


This is, I think, the last of the abridged posts as I am about to wrap up those deadlines I had. :) Looking forward to getting backing the swing of things here on the blog. On another personal note, prayers to all of you in southern California. I know it has been a harrowing and horrifying 48 hours, and that the winds are picking up again tonight. I am praying so hard for you, for the firefighters, and for your homes. 


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  1. I join you in those prayers, Jane. So scary! :( Good luck with finishing those deadlines & thank you for the post.

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  2. I think you chose some really flattering photos, Jane. The photos make the dress look flirty and fun, whereas in others I saw the dress really appeared shapeless and almost like a potato sack! Just goes to show perspective is everything.

    Not a fan of the coat, but I certainly love Kate in red.

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    1. I thought the the same about the dress, it looks a little shapeless in some pictures, but in others it's absolutely gorgeous.

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    2. The question is-why would a site choose the least flattering views to publish?

      It could be a matter of their being less expensive or a means of photographic editorialising . There is one photo shown elsewhere that shows a view from the side while Kate is taking one of her usual long strides. It made the coat bunch up. That is apparently the view that has some thinking the coat ill-fitting or inappropriate for pregnancy. Just because a belt is raised to accommodate form doesn't make it ill-fitting. One can argue that the time-consuming task of eliminating every foreseeable , possible unflattering detail should be considered in choosing her wardrobe-and if the goal is to sell the clothes, yes; I would return that a site can choose which photos to show. Which Jane takes great care in doing. She selects the best.

      Photographic editorialising is not a conspiracy theory. It is as old as photography. Just look at the carefully selected file photos that accompany the pictures of politicians and others in the news. One can immediately tell the slant the following news article will take. It amazes me how comments often follow the editorial lead of the pictorial content as well as the written text. A clever means of saying without saying is accompanying favorable text with a photo that tells another story. The image will outlast the words in memory.
      Images are powerful stimulators of memory. If repeated often enough, they are indelible. (if you doubt that--the Twin Towers, Murrah Building firefighter with the infant in his arms, the terrified little girl whose clothes were burnt off by an incendiary bomb-napalm.) A frequently repeated view of the Queen scowling or Kate or Meghan brushing their hair aside in the wind-that may have happened just once or twice at an event- will be the photo that several forums will feature and will give the impression that the act itself is oft-repeated, not just the oft-repeated image of a single act. Psychologically, it makes the same impression. anon1

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  3. Take care to you all over there. Loved Kate in that shade of red. She is glowing.

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  4. I liked the dress very much; it's basically an expensive smock, but worth it, think.--Hey, all expectant mothers deserve to look good; makes them feel good, too.-- I enjoyed the styling of the collar and cuffs, and there's no denying that red, or berry, look great on Kate. Two thumbs up, here.

    As for the coat, can't say that I'm as keen; I don't think the fit flatters Kate. Maybe it will, post pregnancy.

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    1. This could've been my exact comment - agree!

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    2. Completely agree! The dress was a great choice and very flattering on Kate. I wish I could say the same for the coat but it is just not working at all for her pregnant body.

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    3. I could get on board with booties or shooties.

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    4. I agree too JC. I so like the dress and color. Kate shines in red. The coat is awful and does not look good on her.

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    5. The dress is lovely, but the coat does not fit for her bump. She wore perfect pregnancy coat during her second pregnancy. Booties would have been a better choice.

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    6. She may have felt booties too casual for the event. Her husband gave the keynote speech and both had leading roles to play in this international forum. The heels were dressier.
      I do appreciate that she has been wearing safer-looking heels.anon1

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    7. I may be in the minority, but I think booties (when worn with a dress or skirt) seem to "shorten" legs.

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    8. I partly agree royalfan. I think booties worn with the longer coat would have visually shortened Kate's lower legs & made them look "stubby." I think booties would have looked nice with the dress though since it is so much shorter than the coat and lots of leg above the knee also shows. All in all, I think Kate kind of had to choose pumps with that coat (or tall boots but I'm a little tired of that look with super short dresses--- think it *sometimes* looks dated or a bit juvenile.)

      I'm sure George was a cute sheep. I tend to forget students still do nativity plays at private Christian schools since I'm mostly aware of public school activities in the US where nativity plays would never happen these days! At least not in my region of the US. Even having kids sing certain songs may invite criticism. "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"? Might be iffy. "Frosty the Snowman"? Probably OK although I believe the magic snow he was made of was "Christmas snow."

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    9. Good point about wearing a *shorter* dress and booties.

      Regarding your second paragraph, well, I agree and it's a rather sad reflection of modern times.

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    10. I don't know where you live, but our gradeschool does a live nativity. Christ, besides religion, is a huge historic figure. So....

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    11. Anon 10:02, true about the historical figure but in the Pacific Northwest of the US public schools stay away from anything referencing Christmas. Programs are of the "Winter Wonderland Concert" type.

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    12. I'm in the southern US anon 10:02. While the south is often called "the Bible belt" these days Christmas connections--even the more secular ones-- are edited out of our public schools so far as I can tell. The school break in December is now winter break not Christmas break, school celebrations are of the Winter Wonderland variety ali mentioned (roasted chestnuts, snow, & skating on frozen ponds are acceptable for kids to sing about although all of those things are in very short supply around here!), schools don't automatically have Christmas trees or bulletin boards with trees, and even St. Nick himself (based on an historical figure) often isn't welcome. Because Linus recited Luke, a teacher was disciplined for showing "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to her 2nd grade class a few yrs ago. Having children perform a live nativity? People would faint dead away. (And then some would likely jump up & sue :)

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    13. Back in the day, we started school with a Bible reading and The Pledge of Allegiance at a public school on the US-Canadian border area.
      I don't know if even The Pledge is still recited.
      I don't think it is just religion that has been discouraged with American youngsters.
      Schools are Federally supported in part . There is no established religion per Constitution but then freedom of expression is also guaranteed. I guess the religious-themed school-sponsored events should be confined to religious schools. But still..."In God We Trust."
      Tricky question.

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    14. When I was young we did the same in southern public schools anon 1. We even had a live nativity in 3rd grade. I was chosen to be Mary but really wished I'd been assigned more of a background role. I was afraid I'd trip on the way to the manger from the inn or even worse, drop "the baby." (Fortunately I did neither.) The teacher told my mom my eyes had a "dreaming" quality & were right for Mary...turned out those dreaming unfocused eyes just needed glasses!

      Where I live the Pledge is still allowed, at least for now although not all school systems do it. And for those that do, the children are not required to stand or say the words.  And they are told they can say most of it but leave out the words "under God" if they wish. I do understand both sides of the issue. Like you say it's tricky... but I'm glad I didn't have to make those complicated decisions when I was in elementary school!

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  5. While I like the red, I don’t care for the dress itself. The neckline is odd and the dress has no shape. Black booties would have looked nice with the outfit.

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    1. Another vote for black booties.

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    2. The pumps were nice but the outfit definitely could have looked great with booties!!!

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  6. I totally love this dress and a piece, the coat too but I have to say, I don't think the coat really worked on Kate while she's pregnant. It's quite bulky and didn't particularly flatter her, in my opinion...But the dress looked great and I'm loving these Todd's pumps!

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  7. This look was a total win! Kate looked fantastic in the red and is really glowing at this point in her pregnancy.
    She also looked fabulous in the couple of photos we glimpsed of she and William enroute to the Diplomatic Reception.
    Thanks for the update Jane, looking forward to you having a bit more time!
    Prayers for California.

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  8. Catherine looked beautiful--loved the coat. Couldn't see the dress, except for a bit of red when the when she waked and a bit at the neck.
    I was just opposite to where Catherine was talking to the children and all the TV characters.
    Think I'm blocked out by the camera on the right.
    That was the third time I have seen her in Manchester--don't really see as much as you do in photos or TV, but the atmosphere makes up for that. The children were really excited

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    1. Oh! You were there, Jean! How exciting!

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    2. Lucky lady. 🤗

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    3. So happy you got to see her, how exciting!

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    4. Wow--you got to see her!!

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  9. I don't care for the coat. It looks too busy with the checks and pockets. Kate's belt buckle appears to be a different color (or maybe that's just how it appears in the photos). The fit seems to be off too. I do like how the checks line up at the pockets and seams--a pet peeve of mine when they don't :)

    I love the dress!

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    1. I like that the seams and pockets line up, as well. Otherwise, it would've bothered me as much as that big button at the top of the coat does LOL

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    2. Oh yes, the enormous button :)

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  10. I think a true maternity coat would have been more flattering (how early is too early to pull out the Seraphine?) but that dress was adorable and she looked lovely. She has really gotten the hang of the shorter hemline dresses for this pregnancy

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    1. I love the Seraphine coat that she wore in NYC. She looks so much better in maternity wear at this stage in her pregnancy, but I must admit, GOAT is a second runner-up in the maternity department (early stages). I love this GOAT dress on her, especially the berry shade. But the LK Bennett coat is not flattering at all. I love the check fabric, though.

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    2. I wonder if Kate might give Seraphine a miss for this pregnancy because the company makes a big deal of the fact that she has worn a number of their designs on their website.

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  11. Kelly F from TexasDecember 7, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Agreed - the dress is terrific - color, neckline, sleeves. All of it. I wish she’d chosen a maternity coat rather than buying a “regular” coat in a larger size. I feel she looks a bit “stuffed in” when she is still a very fit, beautiful woman - just pregnant! But the red dress really does suit her!

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  12. I like the look - but I would have done short little booties and then maybe a top bun for the hair. However, she looks lovely as usual.

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  13. Loved her look, both the coat and dress. I found the fit of both just fine. The red shade is great on Kate.

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  14. Love today's looks, but a tiiiiiny part of me wishes she would have worn suede boots!

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  15. Um Jane, I don’t like to contradict you, but there was OBVIOUSLY more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus. Duh!
    ;)
    -TMM

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  16. The funnel neck and sleeves are some cute details on the dress. I do like the coat itself but agree with others who said it doesnt work that well with her pregnant body. Also, am I the only one who thinks that the button on the coat looks like one of those electronic security tags they put on clothes?

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    1. Haha, yes, it does! The big button was very distracting...

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  17. I loved the dress and the coat! I think the coat will look better post pregnancy but it was fine for this occasion as well. I think the outfit as a whole was a complete win!

    I agree with both you and William, Jane, that technology can be both a blessing and a curse. Children who get too much screen time definitely suffer from the effects in school. One teacher I work with said that she can tell which of her Kindergarten students get too much screen time by their attention span deficit. If it's not moving or flashing they have trouble relating and concentrating. Living here in the Silicon Valley you see way too much of it. Interestingly, many of the corporate execs in our area (Apple, Google, Facebook) are sending their children to an ever growing number of "no-tech" schools. One such school is the Waldorf school. Completely tech free. While other schools are proud of their technology/computer labs/multi-media set-ups, those who sell them want a back to basics education for their kids. Steve Jobs didn't become a genius by playing video games!

    Also sending prayers to our friends down in the Southland. It's been a rough fire season here in the Golden State.

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  18. Love the red dress, and after a late evening, they both looked refreshed. William's speech was terrific, and spot on. Such an important event. Loved the "sheep" comment, and Harry's picture as a shepherd is just adorable.

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  19. Sorry, but I find the looks really boring. In my opinion, the houndstooth is the most boring pattern of all times. The red dress is the most boring red dress ever. I get that the sleeves and the neckline should have given it something interesting, but maybe with the hair down, it just didn't pop out enough.


    On the other hand they both are so lovely with the kids and you can really see that they love when their job is to interact with children. The authenticity of it is beautiful!

    That was not a win for me fasion-wise. I think in general I would love Kate to surprise us more. Look at Charlene! Yes, I knowwwwww BRF-styles are different.

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    1. GOAT describes that coat as houndstooth, but in my part of the world it's actually glen plaid,and houndstooth is a whole 'nother pattern. Hate the pocket flaps when the coat is actually worn by a real woman with real breasts.

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    2. Yes, 8:43, because of the finer pattern here, I think it's more plaid than houndstooth. And as I write, I am imagining a very bold houndstooth print with this dress!

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    3. I noticed that too. The coat is definitely a glen plaid and not a houndstooth. Houndstooth is the cute Ralph Lauren dress Kate wore to the Anna Freud Centre a couple of years ago. That deserves a re-wear!

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    4. Did she once wear a Hounds tooth patterned coat with a royal blue dress? Or the other way around? I need to check Kate's Clothes. I thought this was Prince of Wales plaid when I first saw it. I had a dress years ago in wool blend with that plaid in that color. That was a great dress. Long sleeves, round jewel neckline, princess tailoring with a gored, circle skirt. It was a classic. I could wear it today. So versatile---with jewelry, scarf, jacket, day or early evening.anon1


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    5. She wore a Reiss Hounds tooth coat with self belt with the teal Emilia Wicksted pleated dress. Also, a POW plaid coat dress to the Singapore state visit when she was still looking ill from HG.anon1

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    6. Good detective work, anon1! Kate's Clothes is the best place to find what she wore and when!

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  20. Jane good luck with your deadlines. And I swear, even though I doubt it (a little) I swear Kate or someone near her reads this blog because, Kate is growing her hair out. It must have been the comment sections hate of the short hair! (I like it, but I understand).

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    1. Yes,I agree. Remember the toe nail polish incident? It's like she was showcasing them.😉

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  21. I hope this is allowed: I watched a really interesting National Geographic special called Diana, In Her Own Words. It was really eye-opening to hear her describe her life as she saw and lived it. Really makes a lot of sense why her sons and DIL have chosen to work so much with mental health. Diana struggled, it’s heartbreaking.

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  22. Mary from ManchesterDecember 10, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    I love the coat and dress. They look comfortable but chic. I agree with Ari. The hair growing in is a welcome bonus.

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  23. I doubt they read the blogs but probably their security people do. Some sites can be so rabid. Could the Cambridges write a book about surviving cyber sniping and cruel comments? I think the Duchess of Cambridge can relate pretty well to the young people struggling with unkind on-line behavior!

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    1. Grtlks, that is a well stated understatement.

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    2. Mary from ManchesterDecember 11, 2017 at 9:34 PM

      Agree with RoyalFan. Well said. OMG Grtlks, you are so right. The "Waity Katie" was bad enough, but they hounded her and followed her everywhere, yelling things at her. The things they wrote about her and her family were awful. And that went on starting in 2002. It got worse for her family after the wedding.

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    3. I do not think any of them read blogs including security, but they do get automated security links from firms that have a computer system to monitor keywords etc. on the internet to be on the look out for threats. If I was in the position of a Royal, I would never read any comments about how I should dress or behave. If I was in that position it would be vital for me to keep "myself" to be my own person, dress how I want, keep my own identity.

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    4. "Blue Peter" has awarded The Duke and Duchess gold medals for their work with Children's mental health.
      For non-British friends this is a BBC children,s programme which for many years has honoured work for children. It was doing it when mine were small-at least 50 years.

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    5. I am sure they never read blogs or the like but they must be regularly informed on the press. Remember how William knew about the reaction to his dancing in Verbier?

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    6. ali-I agree. I'd hate to be the person assigned to read that drivel. It is mind-warping. I read one tabloid comment section once and was numb and in dis-belief. Even some blogs promoted as Kate-friendly allow comments that are unkind at best and often rude and sometimes cruel.
      I think Kate has chosen to be true to herself and I have said this many times.anon1

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    7. Thank-you for that information, Jean.

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  24. Rumor has it that Meghan and Harry will be guests of the Cambridges for Christmas Eve and that Meghan has, in an unprecedented move, been invited to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Another rumor is that she has asked Harry to stop smoking and he has. Bravo, Meghan!

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    1. Mary from ManchesterDecember 12, 2017 at 11:44 AM

      @Robin Kate was also invited to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Sandringham in 2010 after her engagement to William but he was on duty with the RAF Search and Rescue so she spent the holiday with her family.

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  25. I hope all the rumors are true, Robin. I think the invited to Sandringham one started with US Weakly(spelling intended), famous, I believe, for more than one "Kate's Pregnant With Twins" exclusive.
    I thought Kate didn't go December, 2010, because William wasn't going to be there--not an easy introduction to the RF festivities. There were various stories--she wanted to spend her last single Christmas with her family, for example. The media is playing up this "unprecedented" angle, while conveniently ignoring the fact that William wasn't there, because it sells the Kate/Meghan rivalry they are promoting. I really don't know how they can continue to withhold an invitation to Jack Brooksbank, who has been around for years, if Meghan does attend. I would love it if another engagement were announced in time for Christmas events.

    It will be satisfying to see Harry finally walking to church alongside someone special.
    I imagine Meghan will be there. For one thing, I don't think the Queen can afford to be seen as slighting an American. The US-UK political situation is rocky enough as it is. Camilla's posing with men wearing cartoon Trump masks is still a thing of recent memory and didn't ease the tension.

    Whatever happens, it has been built up so that there will be a big story for the tabloids. What if she isn't there after all this build-up? Somehow, it will be seen as all Kate's fault. Ha! (she refused to invite them to Anmer Hall and there was no room at Sandringham etc.) Another favorite story of the tabloids-the Kate/ Meghan rivalry. Those two could be photographed hugging and braiding each other's hair and the story would be someone made them do it for PR.anon1

    Random thought-I wonder if the Cambridges anticipated H& M's joint appearance this year and decided to spend last year with the Middletons?

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    1. Mary from ManchesterDecember 13, 2017 at 1:40 PM

      anon1, They do spend the holiday with the Queen but they don't do Christmas day lunch. They go back to Anmer Hall and have her family there. They do attend Christmas eve festivities because that's the Queen's real Christmas. They exchange gifts then and have dinner. The Middletons are invited to go to church with the RF but don't go to dinner or lunch at Sandringham.

      It sounds like Harry and Meghan will do all of it, too, but will spend Christmas day after church at Kate's house for lunch and probably they will bunk there, too.

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