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Kate's Final Engagement As She Goes On Maternity Leave

Saturday, March 24, 2018

On Thursday, Kate undertook her final engagement before the birth of Baby Cambridge #3. The Duke and Duchess joined SportsAid athletes at the Copper Box Arena, Olympic Park, to meet with young people hoping to compete in the Olympic, Paralympics, and Commonwealth Games.


This is actually a video of Kate and William leaving the Copper Box Arena, but I like the perspective on the Duchess's ensemble:



Kate has clearly worked much closer to her due-date than she has the past two pregnancies, and she didn't partake in any of the games, but Prince William enjoyed some time with the wheelchair basketball players. 


The Cambridges have been supporting SportsAid for years, and I really enjoyed that they undertook this event together as Kate's farewell engagement.

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The second stop of the day was at St. Luke's Trust community centre. According to KP, "St Luke's Community Centre provides services and activities for locals, including a fully-equipped cookery school, which runs community classes on healthy, home cooking & avoiding good waste." I assume KP meant food waste not good waste. I have a warm fondness for whatever staff member or intern writes KP's tweets. They have almost as many typos and errors as yours truly. ;) 



The two took part in prepping for a Commonwealth Big Lunch, a meal which includes recipes from all over the Commonwealth. Kate told attendees that George and Charlotte love getting their hands dirty, so making pizza is a favorite for the little royals. 

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I always enjoy events where William ends up in an apron or chef's hat. Somehow he makes the unusual on him look super chill. In still shots he looks like he is using careful precision and thought... 

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But, in reality it was a pretty indiscriminate game plan:



Kate seemed a little more in here element:



Rebecca English of the Daily Mail shared a number of fun videos from this event, including this one that gives us a nice shot of Kate's blouse:


In 2013, Kate's official farewell engagement was to christen the Royal Princess cruise ship wearing her Dalmatian print coat from Hobbs, although she subsequently attended Trooping the Colour before George arrived on July 22. 


Kate wore the magenta Mulberry to wave goodbye before Princess Charlotte said hello in 2015.


For third maternity leave, Kate chose skinny jeans that haven't been IDed, a floral printed blouse from Hobbs, and the original GOAT Coat (aka the label's Redgrave). She paired these bigger pieces with her Stuart Weitzman Power pumps, Mulberry Bayswater clutch, and her Annoushka pearl earrings. 


Meghan Markle and the excitement of the upcoming royal wedding are on everyone's mind right now, so there was the inevitable comment that Kate took a cue from Meghan when selecting trousers for this event, rather than her usual skirt or dress. I understand why many of us might leap to that connection, but Kate has been wearing skinnies to sporty events since she married William. This was not an unusual or out of character look for Kate. 


Today's look was a win for me. It wasn't a smash hit. I think the ensemble worked, and when you look at it, it feels like "it works" was the attitude Kate had, too, when she put it together. No judgment there--Kate has clearly pushed her public engagements much closer to her due date than she has in the past, and I imagine she wants to sit back and rest, rather than trying to plan out the perfect maternity ensemble.  




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  1. Hi Jane, sorry to ask, but how do we know that she has been working closer to her due date than with Charlotte? Has there been a statement? I would have missed that...
    I quite liked the style, I must say I enjoyed seeing her in something different than a dress after many months.

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    1. I should have clarified that is my opinion. Each time she scheduled another event, people pushed the due date out in their heads, but I think she has worked closer to the due date. I actually think that probably is because of the dynamic Meghan has brought to the family.

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    2. How do you think the Meghan dynamic impacted Kate’s maternity leave scheduling, Jane? Interested to hear your thoughts.

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    3. We will probably never how close to the due date she worked. Even if she gives birth next week, who knows if the baby was just born a bit earlier this time.

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    4. If I interpret the Meghan dynamic correctly, I think that Meghan is used to not being a private figure. She's put herself "out there" as a result of her career. Kate came from being a private citizen and had to slowly come to her comfort level with crowds and photographers being interested in everything she does. Meghan will jump into the job running and I think there is a desire to avoid any comparisons. Although Kate will have maternity leave, I think we'll see her back more quickly than in the past. I believe she will make it to the big summer family events like Trooping and Ascot for sure and we know she'll be at the wedding.

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    5. I agree that I think she is working closer to the due date. I think she knows that her pregnancies go past her due dates. Also, with 3 kids she may take a longer maternity leave. That would be totally understandable with 3 little ones at home. Maybe they will take some months away at Amber to really rest, recover & adjust to baby #3.

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    6. Have KP, BP, or CH ever used the term "maternity leave" in official press releases that the public see? Or is it a term applied to Kate by the media? It does seem to produce an angry, defensive, or emotional response at times with some people.
      I can't find any official press release that this was Kate's last appearance before the birth, let alone any official reference to "maternity leave." anon1

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    7. I recall reading that she took longer with Charlotte because she pushed herself and regretted coming back so quickly with George.

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    8. Jane, I agree that it’s probably because of the dynamic Meghan brought to the family. It’s no slight to Kate. She was a private citizen who had a rough time with the press prior to her marriage so it’s understandable she was not as comfortable with the limelight

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    9. It could be the Meghan dynamic but it could also be the Prince Philip retiring from public life and Brexit dynamic. As the future queen consort and mother of the future king its important for her to be visibly engaged during this period of transition.

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    10. There is a difference between being comfortable with the limelight and seeking the limelight.
      By her smiles and relaxed demeanor and ability to respond to and be responded to by those she visits or greets, I would say that Kate works well in the spotlight; she just has not sought it. A good attitude to have in a family with such a strong matriarch. Actually,"Comfort" is very much a subjective term, a feeling, that only Kate can speak of with authority. anon1

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    11. In my own opinion, I also feel that Kate has "worked" closer to her pregnancy due date. Kate seems to be very comfortable and confident this time. Her self confidence just seems to glow anymore.

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    12. I disagree MM dynamic, whatever that means had anything to do with Kate's schedule. Had she not been in existence, I believe Kate would have worked as long as she has. IMO, her doctors took into account the probability of the baby coming past the due date, like its siblings. Also the fact that she had no complications. They do not need to be as cautious as they were with George.

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    13. Also isn’t she living closer than she was with previous pregnancies? Or is that not accurate?

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  2. I hope that she worked further into her pregnancy and will not sit down for 5 wks before baby #3. Maybe since she will miss most all of the Commonwealth stuff she wanted to get in on some of the action.
    Also I worked full time 9-5 until I was 40 wks pregnant 2x! But I am not a future Queen of England so...

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    1. I too worked up until I was two weeks away but the difference between Kate and most of the rest of the world is that if my water broke while I was standing in a museum there wouldn't be a pack of photographers there taking hundreds of pictures to splash across the world's media within the hour. (Oh, no pun was intended when I used the word splash!)

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    2. PPS--That would be Norm Crosby, "Master of Malaprop." And Rich Little still lives.
      (I assume my previous posts will show up at some point so that this PPS makes sense.)anon1

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    3. Goodness me “not sit down for last 5 weeks..” I hope she DOES LOL and has a great rest now and time at home with her other kids and time with her Mum and her own good self! Reflection time, day dreaming time and preparation are so important before a life change if possible so why shouldn’t she if she chill now if has the means!! I took 3 months off before my first baby was born so we are all so different !
      Theresa Australia

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    4. We are indeed all different! For me it would have been a nightmare to stop working before birth :) I simply need the pace, pregnant or not.
      Even when i was pregnant with the third, or mostly then, as this was my longest pregnancy.
      But i understand that some women prefer to enjoy time at home before the challenge of new baby.

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    5. For us in the United States we have developed a martyr tendancy when pregnant since we don’t have basic food leave given to us. I worked until the day I gave birth and was happy to so I didn’t loose my mind but having time to rest would have been a nice option. Kate can’t play it so close to the line like another poster said. She has to control when she delivers as best she can. If she went into labor spontaneously while our or at an engagement it would be so embarrassing for her with all the media attention. If I was her I would always be induced or have a c section!

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  3. The photos you've chosen today show the ensemble in a better light and, while I was hesitant about the blouse before, I actually like it here. I just wish it had been a bit longer. The print works well on the whole. I agree that Kate has worked closer to her due date. I maintain that it is because she's got two under her belt now and knows how far she can push it. And now the Great Kate Wait begins! I always find it exciting and anxiety ridden at the same time! Still pulling for a girl.

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    1. Yes I agree re your theory you tend to feel tougher and more able to know you will be okay with subsequent pregnancies
      Theresa
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  4. Everyone is different. Each pregnancy is different. I had to stop working at 6 months per doctors orders. We don't know what her doctor told her. Unlike her, we don't have to worry about every move we make being chronicaled and critiqued. I think very few of us could handle it as well as she does.

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  5. PS I think my use of "malapropism" may be a misuse of the term. A famous one is the use of 'Dom Deluise" instead of" Dom Perignon " in Sleepless in Seattle. There was a comedian who used to specialize in that sort of humor. Rich Little? anon1

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    1. Norm Crosby. He was the master of the malapropism!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY6KyCuqeoA

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  6. It was a wonderful day of events to begin her maternity leave. She looked terrific, but I am sure she is ready for the arrival. Wishing you a safe and easy delivery dear Kate.

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  7. IDed by the talented WhatKateWore FB peeps Kate's pants: https://www.seraphine.com/eu/black-slim-leg-maternity-jeans.html?ranMID=42153&ranEAID=QFGLnEolOWg&ranSiteID=QFGLnEolOWg-6yPc.C2bUuZonUyitn5NVA&utm_source=Rakuten&utm_content=1&utm_campaign=rewardStyle&utm_medium=affiliate

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    1. My understanding is that SĂ©raphine's staff told Laura that the skinnies were not from their label.

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    2. I think both William and Katherine are more visible because the Duke of Ed. retired and they have moved closer to their future roles. Also with the Duke retired Williams father s reported unease about them stealing fhe spotlight becomes less an issue of the attention being spread too thin. Prince Phillip did the work of two full time Royals. I think Katherine will be back sooner and longer.
      Going out on a limb: I think if the queen has her way they will repeat the Duchess of Cambridge’s slower roll out to allow the new marriage to develop. This is v Prince Harry’s pr which might be carried a ay with it s own story. Especially if they plan to bring a child into a he marriage soon. It worked well to keep up he initial enthusiasm for K’s your h and beauty on a measured blast after the he excitement of the wedding. William and K could have capitalized on the excitement and blasted their wattage but instead chose a quieter path. Speaks to their confidence and oldest kid measured style.

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    3. Grtlaks: there seems to be an opposite strategy regarding MM. Kate's introduction was slow and long, so much that one wonders if the RF should not have capitalised more on her youth and beauty. For there was all this talk about laziness, reluctant royals and so on. But with MM it is the other way round. To much, too soon, with the risk of a negative reaction of the public that she is forced on them.

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    4. Anon. 3:50, I think you're right. They've not figured out how to strike the right balance. After the initial rush of MM appearances I do think they've pulled back a bit. It is interesting that she has been invited to royal family events as a fiancee. Certainly not what has been the norm in the past. They do need to roll her out more slowly because, as enamored as Americans are with all things British, not all Brits return the feeling. Forcing an American into the public eye as a member of the BRF with too much and too soon could certainly backfire.

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    5. Your kidding, right?

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    6. Anon 6:16, who are you addressing?

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    7. I agree with Robin that the Meghan introduction should have been rolled out more slowly. She had some exceptions made right from the beginning combined with her very extroverted personality is just a bit overwhelming. I remember when I was asked to join a church board and one of the members suggested I just sit back and listen more the first 6 months. Don't immediately try to make too many suggestions or try take over. Give it a bit of time. That was very good advice, as it also showed respect for other board members. It's easy to want to come in and try to change everything to your way of doing things but its somewhat disrespectful of those who have been there for years and know the ropes.

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    8. Meghan is shaking hands and kissing babies. She isn’t changing British politics. Why not let her start to do positive things (ie attend charitable events to bring them exposure) id she feel comfortable with it. She hasn’t had any gafs even!

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    9. Runnergirl I love that analogy and it’s true, it doesn’t always sit well to see the newcomer speak out as if they might know as much as those who have been there for years.

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  8. Lovely article! Just a quick note, George’s birthday is July 22, 2013– not June 22 (in section about her final engagement prior to his birth). Otherwise, she worked VERY close to his delivery:)

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  9. It's funny how almost everything is a bone of contention among the various "anonymous" bloggers. It's probably a very good thing this is an online forum and not face to face! Having said that, I still enjoy all the wonderful photos and interesting details and certainly appreciate the effort it must take to keep up with the blog. On a separate note, Meghan has certainly looked quite beautiful on her recent outings with Harry. Both Kate and Meghan are fun to watch and appreciate!

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    1. Interestingly I think that if the anonymous commenters who take offense were face to face with everyone they wouldn't say most of what they say. It's easy to be negative when your identity is hidden. Just my personal opinion but I think a lack of respect for people, places, things, and human life in general is why we have so much contention in the world.

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  10. Kate wore jeans both times in Canada, the 'goodbye engagement' in Anglesey after the birth of prince George and Valentine's day at RAF. I adore Kate for her classic and timeless style. She is glowing and I can't wait for baby #3!

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  11. I throughly enjoyed Catherine’s last engagement and she dressed for comfort. Jane, what are we to do while she is on maternity leave? I'm not a fan of Meghan, she doesn’t seemed as refined as Catherine is. I know Catherine has been at it for 6 years but Meghan has a long way to go! She is marrying a Royal and she needs to step her game to act and look like a Royal.

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    1. I think Meghan is doing just fine. Meghan is her own person and Kate is her own person.

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    2. Pity you didn't leave it at two sentences. Me thinks that would have been more refined.

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    3. Haha good one ROYALFAN:)

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    4. I think there is room to discuss how well Meghan is transitioning to her new role. I think she is a gorgeous woman and I love most of what she wears. Whatever bumps she may be experiencing in adjusting, I don't know I would peg it to a lack of refinement, which I define as taste in clothes and general ability to politely interact with people. That being said, other opinions are permitted. I don't mind a debate on this topic, but comments need to be directed at the debate and not at the person commenting. So, if you disagree with Anon 6:44, definitely jump in and respond, but please make sure your response addresses the topic, and is not really just an attack on the reader herself/himself. Thanks in advance for keeping this a place where we can civilly discuss and sometimes disagree-- in a refined manner. :)

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    6. Understood, Jane. But it didn't appear that starting a sincere discussion about Meghan was the goal here. I honestly thought it was a very rare comment that got by you given your schedule. But I stand corrected. Live and learn, eh?

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    7. Anon 6:44
      What do you mean by look like a royal? Please explain?

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    8. Meghan lacks experience in representing the BRF and in British style and protocol in general. I think we need to give her time to settle in. She wouldn't have been my ideal choice for Harry but it wasn't my decision to make so I need to give her a fair shake. William, Kate, and Harry will help her along. There have been and there will be bumps along the way. I believe it's how we and she deal with the bumps that will show where the refinement is in the long run.

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    9. Robin, I tried to post a comment earlier but it seems something I said was off limits (?) so it hasn't shown up. I agree with you that Meghan doesn't have the familiarity with BRF protocol, but I actually think that makes her a good match for Harry provided they can find some balance (which I have faith they will be able to figure out). William & Kate are the more traditional couple both in their temperaments & in their role within the BRF. Harry & his wife have a very different role. I have commented before that I think part of what draws Harry to Meghan are the characteristics she has in common with Diana. Megan will have a steep learning curve (as did Diana, Kate, and Sophie) and some bumps along the way are inevitable but I have hope that it will all work out in the end and the BRF will benefit for having 2 strong couples who can work together to connect with a great number of people.

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    10. Anon 4:50, I don't have any comments that are being held. Yours must have gotten lost in transit! :(

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    11. Unlike politicians the citizens don’t have a say in who joins or leaves the BRF. Because the royal family is a “family”. People can call Meghan and Kate vulgar and all the derogatory names they want, but at the end of the day all that matters is that their husbands and the royal family loves them and they both are in it till the end.

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    12. Anon 9:26, can you explain what you mean by vulgar? Genuinely asking.

      Anon 6:44, echoing a PP's comment - how does Meghan not look royal?

      It seems that some people think that being a Kate fan means you can't like Meghan. I like them both and especially appreciate that their styles are so different from each other. Makes royal watching even more fun.

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    14. I didn't see anyone call Meghan vulgar. That would be a horrible thing to say but it was not said here at FBTB that I've seen. Maybe you saw it on another blog. That's one comment I think Jane would hold back but she doesn't do that often. Sometimes comments just go missing. I've had it happen as well. Cyberspace is full of things that have gone astray!

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    15. I agree with much of Anon 4:50's comment.  Will and Harry have very different roles in the BRF. But they also seem to have different personalities (since early life!) and, to some extent, as adults they have different interests. Some of those differences may be because of their different life roles. But in ordinary life, sibs often aren't much alike personality-wise or interest-wise. It seems much of the criticism of Meghan (including assigning adjectives like "vulgar" as Anon 9:26 did, Robin) has arisen or is defended because Meghan is different from Kate. But why in the world would we expect Harry to marry a copy of Kate? I don't doubt he loves his sister-in-law but that doesn't mean he'd be happy married to her or to someone like her! I don't know if the marriage will last...none of us do.

      It also seems a bit unfair to compare the "royalty quotient" of a yet-to-be-married Meghan to an married-almost-7-yrs Kate. Anyone who marries into the BRF will have adjustments to make. I think some have forgotten Kate did too.

      Many here and elsewhere have said the monarchy needs to "modernize." Maybe that just means using Twitter and other social media effectively and giving interviews like celebrities do. But I'd hoped it meant those marrying in didn't have to come from a cookie-cutter mold.

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    16. Robin, the comment that said vulgar has thankfully been removed. Thanks Jane for catching that! Anon 7:13

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    17. RobinfromCA , Anon 9:26 called her that derogatory term but thankfully Jane removed that comment.

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    18. I agree lizzie, I think people automatically compare Meghan to Kate and think that just because they are part of the royal family Meghan has to act and dress like Kate and if she doesn’t she is unrefined, classless etc. I believe the people who think like that forget about how the royal family is just another family with different types of people. I mean I don’t think there are many families that have two woman who married in have exactly the same taste in fashion, style, music etc.

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    19. When people make comments about Meghan not acting or dressing "royal" enough I can't help but think of the York girls. Seeking the limelight, trying to love a celebrity life with plenty of socializing and not so much working, short hemlines and edgier fashion.... Meghan seems much calmer and more conservativly attired than some of the blood royals.

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    20. To the poster who wrote Unlike politicians the citizens don’t have a say in who joins or leaves the BRF. Because the royal family is a “family”.
      Exactly. That is why people feel they must have their say. They do not chose who is going to represent them. Paradoxically, the rules that did not allow the RF to marry categories of persons, like Catholics, were rules that guaranteed the will of the people, and democracy. The people felt they could veto a marriage if the chosen spouse wasn't what they expected. Now this rules have been relaxed, the scrutiny and criticism has soared. For people feel they are forced to accepted whoever the prince fancies. The people are in fact worse off than 2 generation ago, although it must be nicer for the royals to marry the person they like. If only they kept the rule of choosing suitably.

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    21. Some say Charles was forced to "choose suitably" the first time and look how that turned out. (Of course if he hadn't chosen Diana we wouldn't be debating *Harry's* choice!) I'm not an expert in British history, but from an American/ outsider's viewpoint I'm not sure it's entirely accurate to say past royal marital choices tended to have met with the approval of the people or were made seeking that approval. Seems there have been a few conflicts some major and some more minor including as recently as when Princess Elizabeth married Philip. Of course in the past choices were often politically motivated to consolidate power and love wasn't a big issue, especially if royal men weren't expected to be faithful to their wives.

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    22. I'm trying to understand your point Anon 5:27. Are you saying that "the people" (of the U.K.? Commonwealth?) are not as well off (financially? politically?) than they were when Queen Elizabeth came the throne because the royals now have more freedoms to chose their spouse? Or that the royal family is less able to represent the people (abroad?) because there are fewer restrictions on who can be a royal spouse? I'm asking honestly.

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    23. I just scrolled up and saw that a comment had been removed. I knew Jane would never let something like that stand. I don't think anyone thinks Meghan needs to be a copy of Kate - well, I don't at least. My comment about bumps along the way are more about talking over people and interjecting comments before deferring to the ranking royal. It seems archaic but it is the protocol of the BRF and what people have come to expect. Fashion wise, she's a little less conservative than Kate but I think that's fine unless she's representing HM. As for the "blood princesses" - they are not really working members of the BRF. They tag along (as in the fashion week reception Sophie & Kate hosted) and they attend family functions but they don't go out and represent the crown at official functions. That's why their father's knickers are always in a twist. Like W&K, I'll bet Harry & Meghan get along far better with Zara & Mike.

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    24. 7:36 well I guess I mean the royal family is less representative of the people, in the sense of embodying the country, because there are fewer restrictions on who can be a royal spouse. The royal spouse is not obliged to met the conditions they were decades ago. Also in the sense that the people ( parliament) have less power to have their say in the choice of spouse.
      Lizzie, true about the unlucky marriages, but it was one of the penalties of being a royal. It made amends for their privileges. Of course Charles and Diana end of marriage was very bad for the RF. Hence the focus now on stable marriages based on love. But cynically, marriages based on love are not always more stable than those based on convenience and suitability...if both parties know the kind of marriage they are entering , which was not the case for C&D hence the tragedy

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    25. When did parliament have veto power over royal marriages?

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    26. The Parliament, under the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement, laid down various conditions, as did The Royal Marriages Act. All those laws have been amended and many the restrictions ended. The changes came into force in March 2015.

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    27. I wouldn't compare the two, it's not fair to either one, but if I must say that Meghan looks amazing. Far better than K for the last couple of years - her sleek, modern style is elegant and yet cool, understated, but so stylish - classic, but young - all the right proportions, luxurious fabric, not a lace high neck ruffle midi dress to be seen! Her attitude is flawless - so sweet, unpretentious, relaxed but enthusiastic - and in love with Harry who adores her. It's the perfect match, and she is wonderful! And I wish darling Kate all the best! xox

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  12. Aside from Kate having the experience of two pregnancies behind her, I think her working closer to her due date has more to do with all of the senior royals stepping it up because of PP's retirement.

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    1. I'm sure that is also part of the whole equation. HM is also slowing down. I have no idea how she continues to do what she does at her age. She's quite the example of work ethic!

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  13. I think Catherine will give birth weeks before her April 23 Due Date. She looks much farther along than she was with Charlotte at this same point in time. We'll see, I can't wait!

    Those are definitely Maternity Skinny Jeans she's wearing. I'm surprised the brand has not stepped up to ID them, considering they'd likely sell out if they did. They look really good on her, and I love that coat again, it's very close in color to her natural skin tone.

    Belle

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    1. No one officially gave any exact due date suche as 23rd.

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    2. Sorry, I've read several articles that cited "inside source" saying the couple is "working around" an April 23rd due date--Saint George's Day, which stuck in my head. Also this recent Vogue article. So it's probably all bunk.

      https://www.vogue.com/article/kate-middleton-jenny-packham-mint-green-dress-coat-maternity-celebrity-style

      BUT, Ringo Star was Knighted on March 20, and he reported that Prince William told him Catherine was due "any minute now". I like this date better :p

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  14. While we are talking about her due date... when is it exactly? or what do we know about it? I probably missed something, but all I can recall is that "she is due in April"...

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    1. Sonja from BavariaMarch 25, 2018 at 7:48 AM

      They din't say anything more specific than April, but people have been guessing about mid to late April

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  15. I agree! My comment was not at all a criticism of Prince Harry or Ma. Markle!
    I do think the Cambridge’s benefited from the slower roll out and the older members of the family may see the difference in the pressures young royal marriages are
    exposed to if given some shelter at the start.

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  16. Sonja from BavariaMarch 25, 2018 at 7:47 AM

    To be honest, this is probably my favourite outfit from this entire pregnancy!
    I am so excited for the birth of the baby - do you think we'll see William take George and Charlotte to the hospital to meet No.3? Or will W&K just bribg the baby home to meet the siblings there? I would love to see George and Charlotte at the hospital together :)

    At what time did KP usually tweet that Kate had been admitted to hospital? I think I remember it was sometime in the morning, but I'm not sure anymore how early...

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  17. Sonja- it depends upon what time of day Kate goes into labor and when she is hospitalized. The Queen must be informed first, before an official notice, at least for the birth, and I think also for the beginning of labor or at least hospital admission. Apparently, HM is not awakened in the middle of the night for such news. Media can't be notified before HM. There is unofficial news from "sources" who have a Lindo Wing watch. Remember Kate used the back entrance with George to avoid this, but was snapped anyway. There was a bit of a brouhaha about this invasion of her privacy, as I remember.

    I think all this contributed to Kate's laboring at home as long as possible with Charlotte.
    If this baby arrives during the night we may have unofficial news she has entered the hospital but not of the birth until 6 or 8 AM the following morning, after the Queen has been informed, no matter when the baby was born.(I forget which is the cut-off time) anon1

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    1. Just curious anon1, where did you learn that HM has to be notified before anyone else when labor starts? I've never heard that before. I can see it for the birth but labor seems odd - especially if she isn't willing to hear the news before her alarm goes off. I'm sure the Middletons answer their phone in the middle of the night and C&C probably do to for big family events. Strange.

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    2. Sonja from BavariaMarch 26, 2018 at 4:49 AM

      Me too - I knew that the Queen has to be notified about the birth before it is made public, but about the start of labour? That would be very interesting :)

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    3. Hi Sonja and Robin--I actually did not declare the labor part as a fact-"... at least for the birth and I THINK also for the beginning of labor or at least hospital admission." Also, I said "Media can't be notified before HM," not "the Middletons" I don't think I even mentioned the Middletons or C&C. If Kate goes to the hospital at 4 AM which she did with George, I believe, KP isn't going to Tweet it until later. I don't think KP Twitter has ever announced anything in the middle of the night. If they did, they could have deflected that huge media/Twitter storm with that emergency meeting, Phillip retiring brouhaha that had to wait until 8AM for publication

      Of course, there were masses of media surrounding the Lindo Wing with George, watching The Door--they weren't waiting for official announcement of Kate's hospitalization.

      Sonja's question was regarding a KP tweet- when does KP usually tweet. I can't recall an example of hospital admission/labor being officially announced in the middle of the night for a royal baby. I suspected this could have something to do with notifying HM because the media certainly are available 24/7. That was my rationale for my opinion--("I THINK") which I assumed was information obvious to others. The source of an opinion is the person giving the opinion, for whatever reason. Perhaps it would have been helpful to scanners if I had originally capitalized "I THINK."
      Imagine, the Queen awaking in the morning to find her morning papers ablaze with the official announcement that the next heir but one's wife was in labor with her (great) grandchild. "Your Majesty, while you were sleeping we decided to announce..."

      If someone wants to question what I actually said, that is fine with me; but I feel at this point as though the intent is more to criticize or ridicule me or prove me wrong than discover my source of information.
      That and the fact that some recent comments of mine that have been edited out and/or deleted--the latest an edited out remark in the format of expressing appreciation for Jane's blogging- I made what I thought was a humorous, tongue-in-cheek observation about a remark Jane had made about herself ( thus my comedian remarks in my PS and PPS that were not deleted and now are without context--just sort of hanging out in the comment section) . Also deleted recently, another response I made to a remark that the author later claimed was "tongue-in-cheek" and thus that comment stood and mine got deleted. True, the comment I objected to was about Kate, not Jane. It still feels as though some comments by some commenters are allowed while similar comments from others are deleted and/or receive an editorial criticism.
      I don't expect editorial policy to change.
      I have so enjoyed my time here but eventually everything has an end. anon1







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    4. anon1, as a neutral reader I didn't get the impression that either So ha or Robin were trying to trip you up or ridicule you.

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    5. 2:18, I would never try to trip up anon1 or ridicule her as we have always been friendly. I was genuinely asking a question. I've also never seen Sonja from Bavaria make a rude comment to anybody. Those of us who have been around here for a long time and who use names or some sort of moniker to sign with (such as JC and anon1) pretty much know the tone of each other's comments. And Sonja signed her comment with a smiley face. Not too terribly sinister I would say.

      Anon1, my comment about the Middletons and C&C was to comment about the oddness of HM not wanting to be awakened when a new baby enters the family. When our new grand baby is born in May I will certainly call my 89 year old mother if it happens in the middle of the night as she would direct her wrath my way if I didn't! It just makes me wonder if HM ever stops being "The Queen" even with close family members. As to your comments going missing or being edited, I never see that but being on the west coast usually makes me late to the game. I missed the comment with the word "vulgar" as well since it was up and then gone before I had a chance to even get up. I can understand sometimes needing to take a break from the commenting but please don't stay away too long.

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    6. anon1 I’m so sorry you felt pounced upon. I did not take those comments from Robin and Sonja in an accusatory tone at all, but that’s just me. I hope you won’t stay away too long, your comments are a highlight of my coming to read here.

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    7. I appreciate your explanation, Robin.

      Aimee-thank-you for your sweet compliment. You made my day!
      Sonja-I should have made it clearer that I was giving an opinion, not quoting a source, as we so often do here. anon1

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    8. anon1, glad you're still here! Sometimes things go bump in the night. Now it's on to royal baby speculation! Boy? Girl? Day? Then, of course, there will be the Godparents to speculate over. Fingers crossed for Harry! Then it will be the wedding! Who are the bridesmaids? Will William get to be best man? Lace or satin for Meghan's dress? Tiara? Which one? Oh, the lists are endless!!

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  18. This is slightly off topic but do you guys think pippa is pregnant. She has recently been seen wearing flowy jackets and in one of the picture which shows her walking her dogs it looks like she has a bump.

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    1. Oh, I hope so! Wouldn't that be wonderful for her?!

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    2. Oh that would be wonderful since her potential baby would be close in age to Cambridge baby #3 and her brother in law Spencer's first baby. Where did you see the photos?

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    3. Ellen, I saw the photos in the daily mail

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    4. Ellen, I saw the photos in the daily mail

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  19. Love that GOAT coat. She went out with a bang.

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  20. It would seem that Catherine is still proceeding with some work at home, as it has been announced today that she has become patron of the V and A.
    Before George was born there was some information about HM not being awakened at night , but I cannot find it anywhere. The Prime Minister also has to be informed

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    1. Wonderful! The V&A is one of my favorite museums!!

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  21. Kate is noticeably further along this pregnancy at St Patricks Day then she was with Charlotte, who was “due in April” but arrived in May. As close as Harry and Kate are, I’m almost certain he asked her if she was comfortable with a 5/19 wedding-of course she’ll want to look good-so I’m guessing she’s actually due in early April and expects to give birth by mid-month (esp given Williams “any minute” comment.). Anyhow-love this outfit. It’s the most “normal” everyday maternity wear we’ve seen:)

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  22. Jane, are you planning on a gender/ name poll? I know that would be more work for you but it would be fun.

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