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Coffee & Kate: Duchess Spotted Stuck in Traffic

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Happy Saturday! "Coffee & Kate" this weekend is better than just a chat, because we have some new photos of the Duchess to enjoy! Yesterday, Kate was snapped smiling behind the wheel of her Range Rover as she idled in London traffic. 


It's likely Kate was on a school-run, and in one image you can see a PPO sitting next to her. There is a full selection of photos on the Daily Mail here. Unfortunately, I can't tell what Kate is wearing, even in the images that are relatively close up, although she isn't wearing earrings.


While you are at the Daily Mail checking out Kate, you can also enjoy this photo-set of the Pipster riding her bicycle through London on Thursday. I love how often Pippa rides that bike, even in this chilly weather. 


Now we just need some pictures of Carole to make the day perfect. :) It's a busy morning for me, so pardon the brevity of this post. I hope wherever you are, you get some time to relax this weekend! 

43 comments:

  1. Happy Saturday, Jane.
    I just love your posts. Thank you for always finding the perfect photo.
    Isn't it wonderful that this 'new generation of the royals' makes the monarch more relatable to 'us common folks'?
    Have a beautiful Saturday!

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  2. Yes - where IS Carole, we don’t see enough of her these days :(

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    1. I miss seeing Carole, too :(

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  3. Love these pics...but I am wondering....why isn't Pippa wearing a helmet? If it sounds like critique, it is. I don't know if it's required by law to wear one in London but even if it isn't, she's riding on the road road with cars transiting around her. Don't know.

    I love HRH candids, the best! Maybe she's wearing tiny earrings, pearls? I hope so! The two things I don't leave my house without no matter how otherwise bedraggled: lipstick and earrings.

    Sylvia

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  4. Please please please. As Dianas brother said on her death, Every editor who paid for intrusive photographs of her has blood on his hands. I love to follow yourblogs, and know that it is done with love, but you keep reposting these off duty images. Its wrong. Its harmful and intrusive. Please stop.

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    1. There a BIG difference between the candids of Kate that Jane posts and the circus that surrounded Diana. In general the invention of the internet and the ubiquity of cell phones with cameras make comparisons between the two situations rather apples and oranges. I can't imagine a scenario today where anyone would be chasing Kate's car in order to get a photo because there's simply not the same incentive.

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    2. It really isn't the same as with Diana. Someone could have snapped these and sold them to the papers just because they were in the right place at the right time with a phone. Diana had 50-100 photographers right in her face at close range all the time. They poked her, they called her names, they were rude about her family, just so they could get her to look their direction and snap a photo that would make them thousands of pounds. As much as we all admire Kate, she has never had a real Diana experience. Hopefully she never will. Diana was a phenomenon we are unlikely to see again. If the paps ever did to Kate or Meghan what they did to Diana I doubt we would ever see them accessible again. William and Harry wouldn't tolerate it.

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    3. Diana was chased and taunted by the paparazzi when she no longer had a PPO at her side. An occasional candid photo of Kate does not fall under the same heading IMO.

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  5. I wish Pippa would wear a helmet:(.

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    1. No helmets in Europe, if you ride a bike the whole day , you can't carry the helmet .... Everyone has a bicycle and it's not dangerous at all...

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    2. Bicycle helmets aren't required by law in the UK although the British Medical Assoc advocates their use. Like with other mandatory safety measures (seat belts, vaccines) there are downsides to legal requirements. One study anti-helmet proponents often cite: less cycling after imposition of Australian helmet laws likely leading to a less healthy population overall. Another study suggested motorists drive closer to cyclists wearing helmets perhaps perceiving them as more experienced cyclists. But the data in that study were gathered by the researcher *himself* riding around with & without a helmet! So there may have been bias (even unconscious bias) when collecting data.


      While there is some controversy about requiring helmets, Pippa has been photographed wearing a helmet in competitive European races but helmets are typically required in those races. But a yr or two ago she was frequently seen in London wearing her faux-croc skin helmet. So it seems odd she's always helmet-less now. She's also photograped wearing winter colors when cycling that may be fashionable but don't increase visibility to motorists.

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    3. No helmets in Europe? I don't understand that.

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    4. Anon, my understanding of the medical studies done with helmet use is they do make a a real difference in head injury from bike accidents. It is actually easy to carry your lightweight bike helmet with you all day long. I live in a community where it rains, has heavy traffic and people use bikes as their only form of transportation to and from work and for their normal day to day errands, groceries, going to the dry cleaner etc.

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    5. The rates may differ across European countries Anon 3:04 but in 2015 the BBC reported there were 23,000 accidents in London involving cyclists (accidents severe enough to involve a police report) over the previous 5 yrs. 

      http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-31612253 

      Other reports suggest cyclists in the UK are 23 times more likely to be *involved in* a crash than motorists per miles traveled and 17 times more likely to be killed.

      https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cyclist-deaths-you-17-times-6021412

      Of course there are health benefits to cycling, the ability of helmets to save lives is sometimes overstated (e.g., concussions still occur as a helmet won't stop the brain from  hitting the skull with an impact), poorly fitted/poorly designed helmets may do more harm than good, and cyclist accident rates may have improved in London since 2015. But I'm not sure it's accurate to say cycling, particularly in European urban areas, is "not dangerous at all."

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    6. Ali, that's not like that...no traffic in Europe, there are bikeways and no accidents at all, we start to ride a bike at three years old....

      Lizzie explained it well.... you should visit Amsterdam.....

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    7. There are more bicycles than people in Holland and Germany and there are no accidents....

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    8. Maybe London is more dangerous than other European cities....

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    9. No accidents in germany and holland? That must be another germany than i know :)
      And obviously it is not useful to generalize europe. No way one could compare switzerland where everyone has 2-3 bikes AND helmets at home with Croatia, where some people cannot even afford a good quality helmet.
      Personally i think that wearing a helmet is each ones choice, but possibly pipa should think about her influence as role model. Especially since she likes promoting a healthy life.

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    10. In the Netherlands our culture is the bicycle without a helmet, in Germany also, they have kilometres of paths for ride.....
      I only have seen a terrible accident and it was in Copenhagen, he was drunk...
      In Switzerland, I didn't see so many bicycles for everyday....

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    11. Also in Germany there is no speed limits for cars... Did you know that?? However bicycles have the priority to pass....
      Don't tell a Dutch to wear them...a healthy life is riding a bicycle everyday ...

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    12. In Switzerland, you can see basically everyone on the bike, independently of weather and time of the year. From pupils to university professors. First hand information for you ladies, and my contribution to this disscussion ;)
      However, I agree that Pippa might be seen as a role model and take such decisions carefully even if they don't seem relevant at first.

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    13. In Denmark helmets are rarely worn either, it has been even gone to the pools.....
      You can't think that riding is dangerous.... and driving ... and going out...

      A Danish

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    14. I have lived for a few years in the Netherlands and seen 3 accidents. One of them very serious. A Dutch emergency doctor told me once he wished helmets were compulsory. He said it would be the only way, for people didn't want to wear an helmet, it wasn't done. But accidents are frequent. Which is understandable as people use their bike on a regular basis.

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    15. Americans saying what is safe or not, you can search in which country in Europe helmets are worn...or mandatory..
      Pippa a model!!???! yes for my life!!

      Switzerland has a lot of mountains, which part are you talking about?? Northern countries are flat.... Even in Austria there aren't so many bikes as in The Netherlands where there are more than people...
      That's all..

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    16. Ok sorry. I didn't want to compare any countries. And i especially do not want to make claims about any country i have not lived in. All I can say are facts about the country I live in, which is Switzerland. Sure we have mountains, but 3/4 of all people live in cities.Yep, thats the real Switzerland, no Heidi for everyone. And realisticallys speaking, even in mountain regions you would not need to jump over a mountain to reach the next village, they are mostly connected by their respective valleys. Allright, enough about geography in Switzerland :)

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    17. The thing is that for the Danish, Dutch and Germans cycling is their way of life .Obviously there are bikes all around Europe, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, France, etc... and the helmet issue it's not about money,as someone said, that the Swiss can afford two of them, its cultural.
      These countries have special paths parallel to the roads. In the Netherlands bikes are from a different colour depending on your level, it's a way of life, however London, Paris and Madrid for example are more difficult cities.
      I am from Spain, but I have visited most of Europe. Here the helmet has become mandatory only on the roads although cycling is not very common in this country,we are not good cyclists. You can hire a bike to visit Madrid, no helmet, because you find them on the street, it would be a problem, where will you obtain the helmet??

      It's complicated.... they feel the helmet is not safe,

      Also as someone said, in Germany there is not speed limit....

      Respect is important and every country has its culture.

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  6. Pippa's sunglasses remind me of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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    1. They do, royalfan :)

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    2. They do look like Jacqueline Kennedy.;)

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  7. Pippa does look very chic, but like others, I’m concerned she is not wearing a helmet. I’m sure I have seen her wear a helmet before, which is odd. I’d feel so vulnerable without one, especially riding around London!

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    1. In Europe , especially northern countries we have decided a helmet is not necessary, everyone rides perfectly and uses the bicycle for everything, it's not dangerous at all.... You can't carry the helmet the whole day..

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    2. I don't understand why you would have to carry your helmet with you the whole day. Couldn't you leave it with/attached to your bike? That seems like a silly reason not to wear a helmet. I understand that using a bicycle to get around is more commonplace than it is here and that wearing a helmet is not the law in Europe like it is here (Canada) but to say that it isn't dangerous is false. There's a reason helmets became the law here.

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    3. That's not right, the studies says there are not accidents enough to wear a helmet...at least in Europe..

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    4. I think European motorists are more cautious of bike riders because the bicycle has been used as a main mode of transportation for far longer than in North America. We visit The Netherlands once a year where practically everyone rides a bike and I rarely see helmets there. I wouldn't go outside my own neighborhood without one here. What I'm wondering about the photo of Pippa is if she's worried someone would take her purse right out of her basket!

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    5. Robin - I’d feel like someone would nab my purse, too!

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  8. I so enjoy candid photos of Kate and Pippa. They seem more real and a sort of look into that facet of their lives. The vehicle looks so sparkly clean....even the side windows.

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    1. I like seeing them around town doing mundane things too. Makes them seem more multi dimensional since we see them in mostly a professional or charitable capacity.

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  9. I think she's fine without a helmet. My children wear helmets when biking but I don't. We never did growing up, so I just don't. If we snowmobile or use the 3/4 wheelers, everyone has on helmets.

    She's not on a motorized vehicle and she's an adult. Her choice.

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  10. Fun photos. Thanks for the post Jane.

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  11. Always enjoy your news on the royals.

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  12. The Duke and Duchess must spend a large part of the day ferrying the children back and forth to school.
    I suspect these photos were taken from a distance as Catherine does not appear distressed at all.
    With Diana the photographers were up close, as they were with Catherine when she was living and working in London.
    The PPOs would not allow that now.

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  13. Fun photos! I wonder how long it will take for this school run to get old. I remember when George's future school was announced speculating that the traffic across town twice a day would be horrible.

    I agree, Jean, that the photographers were much closer with Diana. They were literally in her face.

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