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Duchess Kate Snapped Unloading Range Rover at Windsor On Easter Sunday

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

There were reports that the Cambridges spent Easter in Bucklebury, but photos that surfaced recently suggest the family came to Windsor for Easter Sunday. These photos were taken by a couple visiting the State Apartments at Windsor Castle on Easter Sunday, but they got to see more than just the antiques as a view out of one of the windows revealed a very famous family of four arriving.


Although I only see Kate and George in these four snaps, the man who shared them said all four of the Cambridges were unloading the car, and William and Charlotte were both there. 


I wonder if the family spent Holy Week with the Middletons and then the day/night at Windsor on Sunday before heading to Norfolk? 


TeaTimeWithTheCambridges spoke to the man who took the photos, and apparently, Charlotte is the child Kate is holding. William got out of the car first with Lupo and George, and George waited by the door while Kate got Charlotte out of the car. George does love to stick close to mom. :) [I think the child in her arms looks like George...] It is always fun to see sweet photos of Kate being a normal mom. 


This Tuesday has seen a spate of candids of the Cambridges. After their Windsor Easter, it seems the Cambridges decided to decamp to Anmer for more time in the country, and Kate was photographed by a fan at her local Waitrose shopping on Easter Monday. The DailyMail has a whole bunch of snaps, and you can see them here. I love the guys in the back watching her from a distance. Talk about a celebrity in the house. 

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The parking restrictions outside the Lindo Wing go up on the 10th and the media can set up on the 11th, so I agree with those speculating Baby Cambridge is due mid-month. Let the Great Kate Wait continue... 


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  1. I've never commented before, but I love your blog. After all the negative publicity the Cambridges got for arriving at church after the Queen, I just thought I'd mention the following. Seeing the photo of the Cambridges arriving at Windsor Castle on Easter Sunday with George and Charlotte makes me wonder if they perhaps didn't arrive late at all after having been held up in traffic, but rather that something happened while they were at Windsor Castle - perhaps concerning the children - that made them late leaving for church. Perhaps they originally intended to walk down to the church with the other members of the family, but something happened to make them change their plans, and the Queen arranged that they be driven to church in one of her Bentleys. Just a thought.

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    1. I checked with the guy who took the photos but apparently this was at 4pm in the afternoon so maybe they went to church and then picked up the kids from grandparents before going to Windsor?

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    2. What I think happened is this: they drove to Church from Berkshire in the morning. In a Bentley. Got caught in the traffic, hence the 2 minutes late arrival. The children came later in the landrover. When they arrived, Kate helped them out of the car. It makes sense IMO, what do you think?

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    3. LoL This is all so silly.

      But I think it's more likely they drove down early from Bucklebury that morning, were delayed on the highway, late settling the kids with a nanny at Windsor (and possibly getting dressed). Then and with no time to unpack the Range Rover, they hitched a ride in one of the Queen's Bentleys to the Church...

      They likely even crossed paths with the Queen in the process, as they were only 2 minutes late.

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  2. It's possible that the Queen is encouraging more focused images of the Cambridges in their role of next crown family. The placement of the Duke and Duchess in the frame behind the Queen as she exited differentiates them from the other senior members at Easter and in contrast to an image of Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in the picture as well. I think it's interesting that indeed the Cambridges were not late at all but at Windsor. The Queen sent a car even as they could have walked. The only result of this could be the pictures of the Cambridges arriving in a Royal car- not a Land Rover but old style Bentley- after the Queen's arrival to be met by the clergy. Then a second set of photos with them departing in the same retinue as the Queen as the other senior members leave from a second entrance. It scotches any snipes that the Cambridge family might have arrived late from afar and then left early from any family gathering. Clearly they were at least overnight in the Castle. Were they officially supporting the Queen in the absence of Prince Phillip's attendance at the service?

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    1. Not sure I understand your comment, Grtlkes. Are you suggesting HM sent a car for W&K but made sure it would arrive late? And purposefully did that on a holiday C&C traditionally spend in Scotland? So the outcome would be no C&C and W&K entering the service after HM, effectively signalling that they, and not HM (and certainly not Charles), are now "the rulers?" Your comment seems to read that way to me. But that scenario seems extremely unlikely IMO. HM is unlikely to depart from traditional views of the monarchy, especially at this late date, a traditional views she must want the public to accept, and even to embrace. (And even if she was likely to depart from a traditional view, I don't know of any evidence suggesting she believes Will would be a better *immediate* successor than Charles nor do her beliefs ultimately matter in matters of succession so far as I know.)

      I think W&K were just late. Who knows why. One of those things that happens to all of us sometimes but as Jane said, it was awkward in that situation. As other posters have said, the photos of Kate unloading the car likely happened later on. It's more likely W&K did travel from the Midd's house in the AM as has been widely reported. So traffic issues are likely the explanation for their tardiness. If they were staying at Windsor, then their tardiness is less acceptable (in the absence of it being a royal plot masterminded by HM.) Regardless, I don't think anyone would have expected Kate to walk to the chapel *in heels* even if it isn't far.

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    2. Maggie - MinneapolisApril 4, 2018 at 12:09 AM

      Charles and Camilla nvr attend this service-they celebrate in Scotland instead, and I imagine that has a lot to do with making sure that on a very important day for family that is head of church, the most senior royals are represented in Scotland and not just England. But actually this time they're in Australia on tour so anyways no matter what this was nvr about trying to exclude them or something.
      And I agree with lizzie-if they weren't late & alrdy at Windsor & Queen sent them car, how could the order of arrivals at church possibly have gotten messed up?
      Btw Cambridges have a very nice Bentley of their own so not sure we necessarily even know that they were in queens car. And yep, they were prolly definitely late and it was awkward and broke protocol, but it happens and as long as it doesn't happen regularly it's gonna be okay lol.

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    3. Charles and Camilla opened the Commonwealth Games in Australia this morning, so I suspect they were possibly en route on Sunday

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  3. I can't even imagine walking into a grocery store and seeing Kate there picking up a few things. Would you say anything to her like you would to anyone else? Have you ever tried this? Did you like it? What a surreal experience and I never look that chic at the market!

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    1. I think it was quite rude of the person who took the photos of Catherine in the supermarket. How would she feel if she was followed around and photographed while going about her private business? If I ever saw Catherine in such a situation, I wouldn't speak to her. I would like to think that I would leave her in peace to get on with her shopping.

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    2. I agree. It was rude

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    3. Agree, I would never snap and would not want anyone snapping me.

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  4. I think she is holding George as well. You can see the white detail on his sweater over her shoulder. And, as you've already said, George does stick close to mom :) I can imagine that Will and Charlotte are already inside and George is waiting for her to finish in the back. My oldest is like that too :)

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    1. She is holding George in one and Charlotte in the other

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    2. That’s impressive to carry her four year old on her front while that far along! Supermom! Go Kate. She sure loves her family :-)

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    3. If I were Duchess of Cambridge on my 9th month of pregnancy I certainly wouldn't move a finger unloading the car. Where is William? Where is staff?

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    4. We have seen two snapshots...we have no idea what if anything Kate carried in and if anyone helped her. That said, being 9 months along doesn’t keep you from doing things. Kudos to her for setting a good example for her children and showing that she can take care of hinge too, if that was what she was doing. I know when I was that far along I liked to prove what I could still do. It gets annoying when people constantly try to handle you with kid gloves!

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    5. Maybe she wants the baby to come sooner rather than later! Actually, my daughter carries her kids (well, not the 7 year old) in her final stages of pregnancy. It's what mom's do if they aren't high risk and put on restrictions of any kind. It's an indication of how healthy Kate's pregnancy is!

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    6. Ellen and Robin agree. If you are a normal healthy pregnant woman you just go about your business. Anyone with more than one kid is carrying kids, groceries etc around. I do not understand this focus in this day and age on "pregnancy being a disability"...If you are at high risk you actually are for the most part bed ridden for the last few months, anyone else can play tennis, deal with their other kids etc. The changes to your body happen slowly over 9 months, you adjust. Most women gain what at the most 25 to 30 pound over 9 months. I think most women without any other issues can deal with this:):).

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    7. Reading blogs about Kate makes me wonder how much some of the readers would have admired me during my pregnancies: working until 1 week after my due date (even standing during work, amazing!), dealing with two other small kids while pregnant, running, dressing up,... even cleaning the bathroom! it is actually normal if you do not suffer from any complications ;)
      I do not want to make fun of anyone here, but it makes me smile a bit each time when i read such a comment. However, probably this are mostly ladies that have not been pregnant yet, so possibly one day they will see that themselfes!
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  5. PS - two separate sets of Kate candids in one day!! It's not Easter -- it's like Christmas morning!! :)

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  6. Jennifer from the SouthApril 3, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    Love the pictures, thank you so much for sharing! I agree that the child in all the pictures looks like George. We can also see William in the door way of some of the pictures, with his hat on. Loving the new Range Rover they've been driving!

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    1. I love their new Range Rover, too. It’s so sleek!

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    2. Kiwi Gal, it looks like the 2018 Discovery!

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    3. Sonja from BavariaApril 3, 2018 at 11:52 PM

      Jennifer , I also think Kate is holding George because the child's hair looks so blonde!

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    4. I think you’re right, Jay! It’s a nice model.

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    5. The base price (no extras) is $50,000! Probably not as expensive in the UK as here but still a very nice car!

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    6. Oh my how can you guys tell this much from the photos:):) I can barely make out that we have some people and a car. I assume it is the family cause the pictures are posted as being at Windsor and the car and the figures "kinda" "sorta of" look like the Cambridge's. But beyond that it could be a bunch of other Mid size SUVS and figures. I believe you but on my small screen computer I just can not see any of these details.

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  7. When Kate goes out, is there a bodyguard somewhere close by? I don’t see one.

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    1. You can be sure that she will always have a bodyguard with her. I imagine they are trained to blend in with the crowd so as not to draw attention to Catherine's presence, and because she if off duty, but they will certainly be there.

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    2. Was Mr. Security accompanying Kate to Waitrose? I think I spotted him as she was loading the car at the supermarket.

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    3. Yes, always. They are often inconspicuous.

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  8. Such a lot of work weekending at a variety of country homes and castles!

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    1. That’s what I was thinking! Traveling with my kids at that age was exhausting. They just don’t sleep as well when they aren’t in their own beds!

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    2. It’s good training for the royals though since extensive travel will be a part of their lives.

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    3. Maggie - MinneapolisApril 4, 2018 at 7:44 PM

      It's highly possible they took the royal helicopter from Windsor to Anmer, which they get to do for free.

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    4. It is not that much work:):) even doing cars the whole time. Up with Kates folks for several days, drive down to Windsor, what 4 hours from her folks, either Sat evening or early Sunday. Church, lunch, afternoon at Windsor then drive up to Anmer Sunday or on Monday morning, which is less than a 3 hour drive from Windsor. Most families do that much commuting on holidays pretty regularly. And as Maggie said they might have taken the helicopter for some of the trips. But really all these spots are pretty close to each other, not a big travel issue even with young kids.

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  9. Amazing, Kate is 9 months pregnant and still able to carry a 4 year old

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    1. I found that really amazing, also. She is one fit lady!

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    2. Sonja from BavariaApril 3, 2018 at 11:53 PM

      I am amazed as well, I thought you were not supposed to carry heavy thingy during pregnancy

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    3. Haha I just made the same comment above!

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    4. It’s totally allowed and realistic go carry your older child when pregnant. How can you not? Also, since you used to carrying that child from before and during your pregnancy it isn’t hard to do it at that point. It’s harder to not carry your child like you sometimes can post delivey.

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    5. I just hope she is stil not carrying him when he’s 6, 7, 8.

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    6. Ellen, she might have been carrying George, but as others have said at his age he is probably not wanting to be carried, for my kids I think age 3 was about the end of that, so most likely she is carrying Charlotte.

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    7. In one of the photos you can see the yoke of George's sweater over Kate's shoulder which suggests she picked him up at some point - maybe to see something in the distance? Then in the second photo she is carrying Charlotte, who is smaller and does not have hair as blond as George's.

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  10. While I understand it looks like George, Kate is carrying Charlotte in the second pictures. George and William had already gone in the door as Kate retrieved Charlotte from the back seat and carried her in.

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    1. I suspect she is carrying Charlotte too. George is almost 5 yrs old. I don't think we've seen her carry him for a couple of years--- I don't doubt that she could do it even when heavily pregnant but by that age most boys aren't anxious to be "picked up" and carried by mom (cuddling is different :)

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    2. Hee hee lizzie, so true:):)

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  11. Are we sure this is Kate at Waitrose?

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    1. No - looks nothing like her. I was excited at the DM headline and then I looked at the photos and thought ‘that is not kate’ ...

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    2. No - looks nothing like her. I was excited at the DM headline and then I looked at the photos and thought ‘that is not kate’ ...

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    3. I’m pretty sure it’s Kate, though she does look a bit different. I recognise her Joseph coat & black Russell & Bromley boots.

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    4. You can also see her heavily pregnant tummy underneath a white blouse in the photo above. (I think I’ve been studying these pictures way too closely!).

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    5. I looked at the Daily Mail photos, and I'm still not 100% convinced!

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    6. Did you see the ones in the parking lot Jay? It’s clearly Kate.

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    7. Anon 6:28, I guess it must be Kate. She does look different to me--maybe it's just the nature of the photos.

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    8. Jay, agree it did not look like Kate, and it may not have been, but I also recognize that the photos are not good and very enhanced for the newspaper so who knows, it may well have been her. But this is crazy, I only care cause there is so much pure BS being printed in the press that one does not want to become numb to false stories.

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  12. Sonja from BavariaApril 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    Such a lovely surprise! It feels like we didn't get amy candids of the entire Cambridge family for months, and now two different sets emerge on the same day :)

    I love seeing Kate do normal mom things such as going grocery shopping or holding/carrying the children (though I am amazed how she can still do that when 9 months pregnant! But then I remembered the candids of her in her barbour jacket playing with george (in a full body kind of suit - I don't know the English word haha) at some kind of farm or playground and in the hay - she was also heavily pregnant and carrying him. But that makes it more likely again that she was holding Charlotte and not George in these pics... Oh well :)

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  13. Maggie - MinneapolisApril 4, 2018 at 12:45 AM

    1 thing I noticed is that at some point in pics they all seem to be distracted by something to the left (our left). Pic 2 w George & 3 w Kate seem to have them looking in exact same direction. Maybe Lupo or Charlotte ran off or smthng & then george had to be scooped up before he tried to join the escape? Haha :P
    Also the kids look rlly different to me in the pics she's holding them. 2nd one looks smaller & like they're wearing pink. But who knows!

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  14. Considering they are spending a few days in Norfolk and the parking restrictions starting from the 10th, she is probably not due until after mid-April.
    She went on maternity leave 5 days earlier in March compared to her pregnancy with Charlotte, and the parking restrictions also start 5 days earlier. Looks to me that she does not feel pushed to work closer to her due date in this pregnancy by any family dynamics (not referrering to Meghan specifially), that is good for her!

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  15. Maybe I am mistaken, but I think the woman carrying the child is Carole... Doens't look like Kate to me.

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  16. What coat is Kate wearing in Waitrose?

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    1. The dusky pink Joseph coat that she wore to Cheltenham in 2013. I like that coat on her.

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  17. I wonder if they brought the children to see Prince Philip begore his surgery.

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  18. It looks like it's a mad rush before baby arrives. I'm sure they have a very tight schedule!

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  19. Love that the future Queen of England unloads her own car and buys her own groceries. I realize that she doesn't always do this, and has a huge staff, but it's charming nonetheless.

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    1. I think many people of means, and the BRF are far from the wealthiest in the world ,enjoy doing their own shopping, Not charming just a very human characteristic to want to shop and pick out stuff yourself.

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  20. I find it incredible that Kate's bodyguard would stand and watch while she loads all the groceries at such a late stage of pregnancy. Where is male chivalry? Catching Kate shopping for fun like clothing, etc. makes sense, watching her do a full week's grocery shopping seems just a little bit ridiculous, given her circumstances. Odd at best!

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    1. Diamond ripples, I am a huge fan of male chivalry but remember that Kate's bodyguards are there to protect her and need free hands, alert eyes and ears to do so. Imagine if, heaven forbid, someone tried something - a split second dropping the bags before being able to protect and defend Kate could make a huge, and tragic, difference.
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    2. If Kate didn’t want to go shopping herself and load her car she wouldn’t have. She choose to do so. She could have choose to send someone else or have it delivered.

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    3. My guess is the normalcy for her might be refreshing. I have no doubt she could hire out the task but she’s smiling and may enjoy doing it. Plus bring on the contractions ;-)

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    4. She might want to do the shopping but still be grateful for help lifting the bags.

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    5. The thing about packing your own bags is that you get to determine how heavy they are! Also if she did not want to lift her own bags she would have not gone to the store herself.

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    6. I suspect as others have said that as a guard you are acting as a guard always. If you are loading bags into a car you are not doing your job. This is were she we read about breaches of security or celebrities being attacked I suspect that guards in some of those cases have crossed over to doing other duties, maybe at the insistence of their client...but always a bad idea.

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    7. A bodyguard is neither a butler nor a relative.

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    8. You don't have to be a butler or a relative to help a pregnant woman! I am very grateful to all the perfect strangers that have helped me!
      It is not the bodyguard's job, I see why it could be dangerous, but he must be wishing he could lift those bags for her.

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    9. Kate would not have gone shopping herself if she was not ok with lifting her own bags.

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    10. Kate has a lot of people on board who could have done it, one of them her husband. She has gone because she wanted, not because obligation.

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    11. Kate did have a choice about doing her own grocery shopping. Many pregnant women don't have that choice. I agree she wouldn't have chosen to go shopping if she didn't feel able to do the full task. She knows her RPO isn't going to lift and carry bags for her. If she wanted or felt she needed that sort of help either she wouldn't have chosen to go to the store or she would have requested store personnel help her or she would have taken a member of her household staff with her. As others have said too she filled the bags herself so she controlled how heavy each one was (and she certainly controlled how much she bought.) I am sure none of the bags weighed as much as nearly 5-yr-old George (if that really is a picture of her carrying him at Windsor) or nearly 3-yr-old Charlotte!

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  21. He is there to ensure her safety; were he to be packing the boot, he could not be watching what was happening or have his hands free.

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  22. Well, if there is only one bodyguard, he certainly cannot see what is coming up behind him. Seems like it would be fairly easy to attack from the back in this case! Unless of course, he has eyes in the back of his head. I have a sneaking suspicion there might very well be another guard, possibly in another vehicle, in which case there is no excuse for not giving a pregnant lady a hand.

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    1. Except that his job might prohibit it and staying on detail for the royal family probably requires following protocol.

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    2. I almost sure that there is an understanding that the guards do not "cross the line" so that Kate does not feel smothered. I cannot imagine how it would feel to never be alone in public, even when doing basic errands such as shopping for food. If kate were in distress I am sure he would step in - but merely putting bags of groceries into a car? That's not an emergency.

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    3. The bodyguards are "shadows". They are there, but as a ghost. They can't interfere.
      PS: Despite being some known affairs...

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  23. That is Mr Security with Kate at the shop Kiwi Gal. I would recognize him anywhere!

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    1. He’s so tall & handsome ;) I just couldn’t tell from the back whether it was him or not!

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  24. It looks like she is picking up an order. I highly doubt she went shopping leisurely.

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    1. It would be a poor service if picking up your order entailed going through the aisles to fill it yourself!

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  25. No idea when this snap was taken. When was the Easter Church service? Assume it was in the morning. So if this snap is in the afternoon maybe they were packing to head out to Anmer:). In our family we often loaded up then went in for one more good bye.

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  26. The "No Parking" sign and the press pens are outside the Lindo wing this morning so while we are waiting, I wondered if I might mention a piece of info. which not directly concerning Catherine has some effect on her. Prince William's private secretary is leaving in July and a senior Civil Servant (Simon Case) is replacing him.
    Presently he is working in the "Brexit" Dept, but was previously private secretary to David Cameron, when he was Prime Minister.
    Prince William's secretary is most senior in the KP office, so has some effect on Catherine.
    Found it interesting that both the Duke and Duchess have now got much more experienced secretaries.

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    1. Excited that the birth is imminent! Very interesting about the change in staff. I think it has much to do with their increasing public roles. They seem to be taking on more and more patronages and William now stands in for HM frequently.

      On the Prince Phillip front - a hip surgery is worrying at his age. Has anyone heard about his recovery?

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    2. He has been discharged from hospital at midday today

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    3. It is a big deal but a bit less so now since a spinal can be used instead of general anesthesia. A relative of mine (nowhere near PP's age) said her surgeon said the use of spinals is becoming much more common with hip replacements (esp when the surgery is "elective" and not caused by a broken hip.)

      Here's hoping for a good continuing recovery for PP.

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    4. Interesting they don't have to put you under a general for the surgery anymore. So much safer than it used to be.

      Thanks for the update, Jean!

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  27. Didn't get a chance to read all...but seriously?? William or anyone watches her unload a car and kids and doesn't help??? I saw the pictures at the grocery store and her officer is letting her load her car, just watching. I think they should be helping this gal who is about to pop.

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