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New Picture of Prince Louis with Kate & Grandfather Charles

Thursday, November 8, 2018

If Kate's glamorous appearance at the Tusk Conservation Awards were not enough, the Cambridges are releasing a sweet new photo of Prince Louis with his mother and grandfather! Charles is celebrating his 70th birthday this month and commemorative events and tv programs have been in full swing. This celebratory series is sure to be a huge success.  


Laura has already IDed Kate's dress as an Alessandra Rich piece.


I have to scoot. More when I get the Tusk post published, and maybe when we see the rest of the photos.

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  1. I'll take it but I wish we could see his face. Pippa has worn this dress in another colorway, hasn't she?

    Speaking of Pippa, it looks as if we will never know the name of her baby. I thought they would release it as they released the birth details.

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    1. In some ways pippa has it better than Kate. Being a private citizen who is also famous means you can pick and choose what to release to the public. But I am pretty sure we will hear the name eventually.

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    2. I agree Louis' face, Faith, but he does resemble George from what we *do* see.

      And I'm really liking this dress. Color, cut, print...every bit of it.

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    3. Regarding Pippa, I can't imagine why the baby's name needs to be kept such a secret. I mean, we all know she had the baby so why not give him an identity? Do they think they are building some kind of mystery or intrigue? Concerning the sweet Prince Louis' picture, adorable (what we can see of him). I imagine they wanted the picture to be more about Prince Charles interacting with his grandson than about the grandson. The picture is already 2 months old (if indeed taken in September) so I'm sure he (Prince Louis) would have already have changed and grown quite a lot.

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    4. I don't think they are keeping the name a secret. Only they wouldn't do a press release, they are private citizens after all.

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    5. I find Pippa's handling of the media very funny. I thought her wedding show was just OTT - almost like she had to show she is as special as her sister, all the while overlooking the tiny detail that Kate is married to a crown prince. She is happy to parade around in Kate Spade throughout her honeymoon with photographers documenting every move. Yet she complains of being followed everywhere. She seems to bask in the spotlight but also squirm in it.
      Honestly, I may be in the minority but I think Pippa should use her considerable talents in finding a worthwhile pursuit in life, whatever that may be, and disappear from the public eye altogether. I have no interest in knowing what her child's name is - let him grow up in peace and anonymity.

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    6. I think that’s a little unfair on Pippa. Her wedding was technically private, not a public affair at all but took place in a public church (her own) and the media decided to cover it-they weren’t invited. So yes she gave them a wave
      Similarly, so what if she wore nice clothes on her honeymoon-she can afford it and why wouldn’t she?? She also again did not invite any pictures and any seen are really just paparazzi pics

      Why would we expect her to release the baby’s name? It would be a bit like any of us releasing our baby’s name to the press. She’s a private citizen and is entitled to that. People would also be giving out if she did release it-“who does she think she is with a press release” etc.
      She can’t win! You want her to disappear from public life and become a recluse? Why should she??? Ridiculous

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    7. Pippa also married a very, very wealthy man, who (apparently- I wouldn’t know as I’m American) is fairly well known throughout London at least.
      Not only can she afford to wear whatever she pleases, but she and her husband probably prefer the spotlight off their little one. I can near guarantee that they don’t have anything remotely close to the security the royals have, and often times wealthy children are the targets of kidnappings. It could be Pippa is just picky with what she releases to the press, but there are other possibilities to consider.
      Who knows!

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    8. Aren't birth certificates available to the public in Britain? You would think a reporter would have discovered his name by now.

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    9. I agree with everything you said Anon. 1:00. Pippa's wedding was in her hometown (where most brides choose to marry) and she can't help that her sister is married to an heir to the British throne and so the paps descended. I'm kind of happy they did though because, next to Kate's wedding gown, Pippa's is my favorite. But there were no official photos released from her wedding nor did we see anything, except what the designer snapped, from the reception.

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    10. I read news reports that the baby's name is Michael to both honor Mr Middleton and James'deceased brother Michael.

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    11. I agree that Pippa is in a no-win situation. The press has been interested in her because she is Kate's sister and she has handled the intrusion with a sense of humor while getting on with her life. And I would not blame them if they keep their baby's name, and any other details, private for as long as possible. Imagine the hoopla if they did release it?

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    12. Pippa isn't an entirely private person. She does write a column and is front and center for several charities. Its not out of the realm of possibility that there would be interest in her child. In Britain, parents can take up to a year to register the birth certificate. If the name is not known by then, it certainly will be.

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    13. A whole year? That's interesting. I imagine we'll know before then and if it is Michael for Pippa's dad and James's late brother then that's really lovely.

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    14. I don't think Pippa's wedding was OTT. It was a typical country wedding and she would have had the same if her sister had not married William.

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    15. I'm sorry if I am confused but is the consensus here that Pippa's wedding was *crashed* by photographers ? If so I am truly surprised because I think that is wrong. From what I know, it is a fact that Pippa hired a PR firm to *rollout* her wedding. With announcements being dropped periodically on the arrangements like royal weddings. There was a separate spot for the media which was *expected*. The whole wedding was orchestrated to have maximum effect in the media. Nothing about it was intended to be private - it was a public affair all along. This is my impression. Jane will correct me if I am wrong.
      Second her honeymoon - there was a contract in place with Kate Spade. She wore their clothes exclusively, was photographed doing so and got paid in some form in return. Again - I think this is a fact. Jane will point out if not.

      Pippa thrived being in the spotlight during her wedding and afterwards. I used to like her tremendously and was very sympathetic to her prior to the wedding (ask anyone who knows my posts from other places - perhaps royalfan can attest to that). But her handling of the wedding and her expectations showed a different side to her. To me at least. She wants her cake and to eat it too.

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    16. Yes, Rosman. :-)

      I understand where you're coming from and I don't disagree with some of the proactive steps Pippa has taken on her own behalf. Where I (and others perhaps?) are coming from is that Pippa did not solicit the attention; she has *managed* it because she had no choice. The interest in Kate's family has been unprecedented in comparison to other royal in-laws. But I do think that after the honeymoon she became more protective of her privacy.

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    17. I agree royalfan. Even then think that her handling of her wedding showed some aspect of trying to keep up with her sister. If she wanted to just manage the media she would have let the photogs take pictures outside the church when she was coming out - like other non-royal brides. The overt showmanship was just icky to me. The thing that took the cake for me was her copying Kate as she entered the church - the picture where Kate was half-turned to the photogs. Very famous one. Except, in Pippa's case it was so coy and posed and deliberately done, as to be almost unattractive in its lack of spontaneity.

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    18. I don't know that anyone will come back to this post and actually check on the comments section but I did want to share that just hours ago, The Sun has released an article saying the baby's name is Arthur Michael William Matthews. https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7712444/pippa-middleton-baby-name-arthur-michael-william-matthews/ Perhaps someone was reading the post here and decided to get the word out? You never know! Anyway, it happened and now we know. Welcome little Arthur and congratulations to Pippa and James. Laura

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    19. Thank you, Laura. I'm surprised at three names, to be honest. Is this common on that side of the pond? :-)

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  2. So this photo was from the documentary for Charles's 70th?

    Faith, see link below re: Kate's dress. It looks like Pippa's bespoke christening dress by the same designer but seems to be exactly like the dress Abigail Spencer from Suits wore to H&M's wedding. I like it better without the belt AS wore (& as a non-maternity style--wasn't crazy about Pippa's dress.)

    https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/fashion/fashion-news/a22098778/pippa-middleton-dress-prince-louis-christening/

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    1. Thanks Lizzie, that's where I saw it. The christening and the wedding. I didn't like Pippa's rendition at all either.

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    2. I'd love to know what shoes Kate is wearing

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    3. I like this dress! provided it's the one AS was seen in at H&M's nuptials. Hope that Kate wore it sans belt, and am keeping my fingers crossed that she bought a new pair of shoes, or heeled sandals, to wear with it; navy? tan?

      Nice to see Louis again, too. From the side shot we've been given, he could easily be mistaken for his older brother, IMO.

      JC

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    4. I love the dress and, yes, it does look familiar. Although I am NOT taking credit for pointing it out.

      http://theenchantedmanor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Kensington-Palace-Princess-Diana.jpg

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    5. Good spot, royalfan, even if you're not taking credit! Fashion really does repeat itself. Diana's "spots" period.

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    6. Yes, it does, Robin. :-)

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  3. Finally! I was wondering when we’d see him! Love the dress

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    1. I think it’s so odd they released baby photos of George and Charlotte that Kate had taken. So odd they aren’t following suit with Louis. I feel it is a great PR move and most people LOVE babies.
      ~ A

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    2. Maybe they do not want to expose the children to what is going on both on KP twitter and ig. I wouldn’t blame them...

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    3. BM I think it’s a possibility and it’s been debated here before. My opinion is that with the roles/family they’re born into it’s in William & Kate’s best interest to provide us with opportunities to see them grow in a way they can control. They can control the setting, occasion, etc so for the children it feels like any other family photo day instead of being in front of a pack of photographers.

      Personally, I was disappointed we didn’t get first day of school photos this year and that we didn’t get baby photos of Louis taken by Kate. I feel the more they withhold photos the more curious people are.

      With Charles’ birthday and the upcoming holidays I’m hoping the Cambridge’s have some great moments to share with us.

      ~ A

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    4. Yes, I agree with you! Last year school pictures were beyond cute!! My point was that the comment section is a nightmare right now and they may not want to expose their children to the insults they (K&W) are constantly getting...

      I think that they haven’t released anything either because they are doing it now for Charles’ bday or because it may have been seen as a way of ‘recovering’ popularity after the S tour. Popularity in the terms it is being measured now, that is, the likes of every picture...

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    5. With all the complaints about the expense of the tour, the hoopla surrounding Charles's birthday, and the announcement that the KP offices are going to split, W&K may just want to maintain a very low profile right now. Probably very wise. Keep your head down and do your duty while recycling favorite wardrobe pieces and don't over expose your children. Very smart indeed.

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    6. I agree, Robin. It's a timing issue; a lot has been going on and we should add Eugenie's wedding and H&M's tour to the mix.

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  4. Lovely dress! I thought I had already seen it before and yes! An attendant's of Meghan and Harry's wedding wore it there. Abigail Spencer (Suits' actress) I thought she looked lovely.I wish we could see it completely on Kate! :( Love your blog Jane, silent reader here!A hug from Argentina.

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  5. Oh my heart! What a lovely shot!

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  6. The dress is so Pippa!

    There is a new (for me, at least) photo on Pinterest of Kate, Charlotte, Nanny, and a pram (with Louis in it, I assume).

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    1. Could you please provide the linke?

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    2. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/144607838020585777/

      Hope this works!

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    3. New for me as well. Thank you for posting it.

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    4. I think I recall seeing this before and wasn't there discussion about what Nanny is carrying?

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    5. You're welcome, royalfan! I was excited to find it and wanted to share it here.

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    6. I think the photo was published here last summer. I asked what that thing was Nanny is carrying and someone (sorry don't remember who) said it's a platform that attaches so an older child can ride too if he/she gets tired. Seems like a good idea but not so good if it has to be tossed in the pram with the baby or carried by an adult until needed. Would be more useful IMO if it stayed attached to the carriage but folded up out of the way if not needed.

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  7. What a sweet photo!

    I don’t believe all tabloid rumours, but I believe where there can be smoke there is fire. I’ve heard numerous reports about the Sussex wedding planning that Harry would say whatever Meghan wants she gets....and Meghan didn’t get the tiara she wanted. Also, Meghan disagrees with how Kate interacts with their joint staff - perhaps another reason they’re splitting offices sooner than we thought?

    ~ A

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    1. I thought she chose the tiara she liked the best?

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    2. I think that someone made it up. I didn't recognize the name of the reporter. I won't believe it unless it comes from a traditional royal reporter with quotes from an "insider". That usually means some aide spilled the beans.

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    3. Meghan doesn't disagree with how kate interacts with staff..... it's kate who disagrees with how meghan treats staff. Meghan is according that article not treating staff well.

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    4. Honestly, we’ll never know the exact truth of what goes on behind closed doors. I’m not saying that to add drama, it’s just the truth.
      ~ A

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    5. As has been previously  discussed on the blog, there's alot of mystery about the process of borrowing any type of jewelry from the Queen. We just don't know the procedure. How is the process started? Who says what to whom? How much "free choice" does the borrower have? While we don't know the procedure I don't think any of us think it's like "placing an order." Regardless, here are the two accounts:

      Meghan said (in audio recordings about the wedding) at BP she and Harry were shown "options" (i.e., a selection of tiaras) to choose from & she quickly decided Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara was her favorite. And that's what she wore.

      Stories in the press have recently claimed (per the usual unnamed "royal sources") Meghan wanted to wear a specific tiara with emeralds that wasn't offered as an option. Harry got worked up & tried to intervene with the staff present (because he says what Meghan wants, Meghan gets. Others say Meghan was being "difficult.") The Queen refused to lend the one Meghan supposedly wanted, purportedly because it's provenance could be questionable. If she wasn't asking for the Greville Eugenie later wore (one that could have already been set aside for Eugenie when Meghan made her choice),  the only tiara that immediately comes to my mind is the Vladimir. There are some questions about how Queen Mary acquired it but QEII has worn it multiple times in public and has worn it fairly recently. Frankly, I think the Vladimir would have looked odd on Meghan especially with her understated dress. It's just too "showy" and really more of a "queen's" tiara vs a bridal one, IMO.

      So we just don't know. Either or neither account could be true. Or maybe both have elements of truth. As ~A says though the same press stories also said there were clashes over shared KP staff. If true, maybe that sped up the split but I think a split was inevitable at some point regardless.

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    6. If any of it is true (a big if) I am guessing that, since Eugenie had to put off her own wedding to accommodate the Sussex wedding, she was certainly going to get her first choice from her grandmother about which tiara she would wear. I agree, lizzie, that the Vladimir is far too grand for a bride marrying the 6th in line. If it were worn with pearls it would also too much resemble the Cambridge Lovers Knot which is Kate's go to. I actually thought Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau approached being a little too grand. I know that Kate has worn the Lotus once in the past (and I suspect it was a symbolic wearing for the Chinese state dinner) but I thought it would have been more appropriate for Meghan's wedding in a smaller venue with such a very plain dress.

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    7. True...we will never know the truth. It could be as innocent as Meghan having a tiara in mind and assuming she could borrow it for her wedding day and instead learning that she had x-number to choose from. And, yes, I could see Harry attempting to intervene, but …

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    8. Royalfan a key thing you said was Meghan may have assumed she could have a tiara that wasn’t offered - assuming you can have access to a belonging of the Queen’s is very entitled. Adds more fuel to my opinion of Meghan...

      People is now reporting these same stories...

      ~ A

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    9. No publicity is bad publicity as long as they spell your name right?

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    10. RobinfromCA, What makes you assume Eugenie had to postpone her wedding. H&M got engaged in November, E&J in January; also Harry is further up in line to the throne. H and E are both the Queen's grandchildren so to insinuate that Eugenie got first dibs on a tiara makes no sense. I'm sure a grandmother wants all her grandchildren to be happy and not just one of them.

      Just generally:
      The entire story is just made up bogus nonsense. They take snippets of something that could be true and then spin it into a crazy out-of-proportion story. Example 1: Ppl assume Meghan and Kate aren't best friends because of their different personalities. Now all you have to say is that Kate is unhappy with how M treats the staff at KP and that they've fallen out. Makes total sense cause ppl already believe they don't get along. Example 2: Kate has a reputation for not working enough. Just say a source revealed that Kate sits around KP doing nothing all day while her staff do all the prep work for her engagements and she doesn't even care about the charities until she's on her way there in the car. Also makes total sense cause people already perceive her as someone who doesn't pull her weight.

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    11. There's actually a third emerald tiara ladies that Prince Albert had made for Victoria. It was displayed recently though I can't remember where I remember seeing the photo of it. I can imagine a situation where Meghan wasn't clear about how jewel lending works in the BRF (which gets put down as entitlement) and Harry getting upset because he's so focused on making everything "perfect" for Meghan. I sometimes wonder if Harry might be going a bit overboard in a misguided attempt to "fix" for Meghan all the issues he couldn't save Diana from.

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    12. You make some fair points Kirsten. And we don't know what really happened re: the tiaras. But it does make perfect sense to me that HMTQ WOULD favor Eugenie over Meghan so far as tiara selection went. It would also make sense to me during  wedding planning for two upcoming family weddings for a mother to favor her soon-to-be-married daughter over her son's intended. That wouldn't mean she loved her daughter more than her son nor would it mean she somehow disliked her future daughter-in-law. Similarly, in wills it's pretty common for women (who have close female relatives) to leave their jewelry to their daughters, granddaughters, or sisters and not to their sons, grandsons, or brothers regardless of the marital status of their male relatives. And at least in my experience, no one finds that an unusual practice. (And sons are more likely than daughters to inherit their father's jewelry like a special pocket watch, cufflinks etc.) So while they are both grandchildren of the Queen, since Harry isn't the one wearing the tiara Eugenie and Harry aren't equivalent in this situation IMO. Also though, we don't know how these loans are made. Perhaps Eugenie already discussed her preferences or maybe Andrew did or perhaps even before Eugenie indicated a preference, the Queen herself thought emeralds would be a flattering choice for her. (And if so, she was certainly right!) Finally, whenever Meghan chose the tiara she wore, it's close to certain it happened *after* Eugenie's engagement had already been announced.

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    13. Well, today they are reporting that her closest aide is leaving after six months and that Meghan "moves on" from people. Apparently the royal household (is the BP ?) shared a nice statement on her, but not Meghan. Not sure what to make of it except that this is consistent with what others from her past have said and also consistent with her handling of her family. I mean, no one other than her mother was invited, so, clearly she has no problem moving on from people. There have been a number of articles complaining of poor handling of staff. Maybe there is some truth to it .. who knows.

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    14. Kirsten what I think could be plausible to E&J having to delay there wedding, is they may have been told they couldn’t have it close to H&M’s wedding. Just a theory. My cousin and I got married a month apart, but that was okay because they were small and private in comparison to these two royal weddings. Even then some family may have been annoyed, lol, but no one said anything to us.

      Mike & Zara were only married a few months after W&K, but they didn’t have a public, Royal wedding that required media coverage, rehearsals of carriage rides, etc.

      I wonder if from a PR perspective and scheduling that E&J were told “October you can marry”. If they weren’t wanting a public, royal wedding they may have had more flexibility with dates.

      Just my thoughts.

      ~ A

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    15. Now they’re reporting that Meghan’s PA abruptly quit, as in she didn’t give lots of notice to help them transition...

      ~ A

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    16. ~A, I can't argue with that.

      Kirsten, I cannot remember the book or documentary where I learned this, but Sophie and Edward postponed their engagement and wedding because of Diana's death. So, yes, in a family that is also a very much a Royal Firm, rank matters and if both couples were getting close to making future plans, then Harry's rank came into play. Don't kid yourself.

      And likewise for the tiara scenario. Yes, the Queen is a grandmother, but she is very much The Queen and protocol applies.

      As for the Kate not pulling her weight debate, again, we're talking about a Firm where the junior members don't make the rules. William is next in line after a father who is not the most popular individual and has a history of resenting the prospect of being eclipsed. I truly believe that they haven't been free to chart their own course. And I also believe that not everyone values the role of a mother in the day-to-day life of her children. Talk about pulling one's weight.

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    17. Not an assumption. Eugenie and Jack wanted to get married in September but, because H&M "might" have been on tour then they had to move it to October. Jack's grandmother is the one who told the press so I'd guess that's a pretty good source. As it turns out, they could have had the September date. Yes, Harry and Eugenie are both grandchildren of the HM but Harry wasn't going to be the one in the tiara. I'm sure Eugenie was given first choice over Meghan. It's also been reported that Eugenie is particularly close to her grandmother. I actually hope this story isn't true because I hate the thought that Harry would steamroll his family saying things like "What Meghan wants, Meghan gets."

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    18. Rosman, I tend to agree with your line of thinking because I don't think anyone takes on a position like that without being committed to staying the course for the foreseeable future. And, yes, it's difficult to define "foreseeable future", but surely for a longer period than can be spoken of in terms of months.

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  8. Finally!! The picture is sooooo cute! I hope new pictures are released although I understand that they do not want to expose the children all the time. I wonder if KP will share this one.

    I love the dress, I hope we can see her wearing it again to get a full shot. I have a very similar one from Zara, it is shorter but still lovely. And uterque has a similar long one too (I am not sure if Uterque is available everywhere...)

    BM

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  9. This photo is taken from the BBC1 programme about Prince Charles.
    I was hoping we might get a photo from it.

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  10. Just caught up on my royal news and DM has quotes from Camilla saying that Charles does all the Harry Potter voices to her grandchildren. At the same time William all but complains that Charles does not spend enough time with his children. What is that about? Do Camilla's grandchildren live near Charles and Camilla?

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    1. I thought that was a very odd comment from Will too, Rosman. Of course, we don't know what goes on behind closed doors but it was my impression in the past Charles wanted to see his grandchildren more often than he was allowed to. Not that he was banned but perhaps not encouraged or accommodated. Over the years we've seen a number of photos of Charles interacting with Camilla's grandchildren. That's nothing new. (And he always seemed pretty good with Will and Harry as young children.) But at RF events (Troopings, weddings, christenings) I've not been sure PG & PC really knew who Charles was. Certainly I've never seen any interactions between Charles and Will's children.

      It was even odder to me Will advised Charles to slow down and work less. Huh??? I know many people here have a more negative view of Charles than I do. I'm not trying to start a debate on the issue of Charles per se, but I think most people--even those who don't like him--would agree he has always worked pretty hard (per BRF standards) and done some things that make a real difference in people's lives. (e.g., Prince'ss Trust begun when Charles was 28.) So I agree with Will that Charles works alot. But at a time HMTQ is slowing down, Philip has retired from public life, & Charles is closer to the throne than he's ever been, more, not less, is expected from Charles. And, after giving the appearance of being a "reluctant royal" well into his 30s, Will has been a "full-time" royal for only about 15 months. While he's done some very good things since stepping up, surely he's not suggesting he'd gladly take up the extra work if Charles slowed down.

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    2. I think we're at the mercy of editing. Will's comment didn't even sound like a complete sentence. Even those of us who really don't like Charles (and I'm one of them) will admit that he works very hard. But maybe there is the feeling that he could take more time to visit the grandchildren instead of packing every weekday full of engagements all over the country and flitting off to Highgrove on the weekend where Camilla's grandchildren live nearby and can see them regularly. If I were W&K I might resent that a little bit.

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    3. You are right it could be editing, Robin. And we don't know if W&K have invited Charles & Camilla to visit over multiple weekends in Norfolk and C&C have always declined. There was a story that Charles invited the Cambridge family to visit him at the Castle of Mey this past summer while Camilla was visiting her family but they declined. But that story may not be true. And there have been stories about things Charles put in place at Highgrove for his grandchildren (at least for George) but those stories may not be true or it may be that W&K don't like going there. Still, if it wasn't editing it seemed a little weird to me for Will to suggest that with HMTQ in her 90s Charles needs to work less. Are the packed engagements he does during the week really not worthwhile in Will's eyes? Or does Will's idea of full-time just not jibe with Charles's? I remember he thought Diana worked too much when he was young too.

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    4. My take on the comments is this … the spotlight is on Charles so, naturally, they are rolling out all the PR they can and Camilla can add her grandchildren into the mix. And as far as William's statement is concerned, it's possible that it was a very diplomatic come-back to the "Charles doesn't get to see his grandchildren" stories with William "wishing he would slow down" so he (Charles) *could* spend time with them. In other words, don't blame us...you know where we live. :-)

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    5. That's what it sounded like to me, royalfan, that maybe William wished his father would slow down enough to enjoy his grandchildren. The whole thing about William's comments just seemed off and not in character for him. As for the Castle of Mey, I don't know about the royal world but in the real world it is far easier for the grandparents to pick up and go see the grandkids than for the parents to pack up the little ones and all of their necessities to travel. It's also hard for the littles to be entertained for very long in a place that is completely an adult world. Add that to the fact that Kate had a newborn and I could see, if it's true, that they wouldn't want to travel. Grandpa, however, could have easily made the trip to visit if Camilla was with her family.

      Honest question here: Does Charles look well to everyone? In the snippets I've seen from that program he looks to me like he may have blood pressure issues. His cheeks look really red. The only people I've ever personally known with that type of redness have serious blood pressure problems. Well, except one friend of my parents when I was a teenager but that guy was a raging alcoholic which I am quite sure Charles is not. Any of you medical types out there have an opinion?

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    6. Lizzie, you write :surely he's not suggesting he'd gladly take up the extra work if Charles slowed down.
      IMO it is exactly what he is suggesting. I think it is the message he has been giving for years: as long as the older royals, the Queen and PP but also the Kent,the Gloucester, all of them, are active, I don't want to push them out, or to take their job, but I won't sit there and wait or invent things to do, I'd rather do something, like the air ambulance. As for my father, he is 70, our job is to help the Queen, and I can take a lot of that now I am still young and vigorous, only the Queen doesn't like to share, and my father doesn't want to slow down.
      That's my take on William based on what he says and how he says it. On the other hand, there is the family aspect, and his feeling that your work shouldn't be an obstacle to seeing your children or your grandchildren, and his feeling that Charles always chooses his job before his children.

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    7. Maybe, Helen. It seemed odd to me though and as Robin said, out of character for Will (as an adult senior royal) to say those things. Of course Will has matured but in the past, I don't recall Will saying much about supporting Charles's work. Supporting the Queen, yes. And it was reported he did not want to take on any work associated with The Prince's Trust when Charles asked. That might not be true, of course, but it was widely reported.

      Agree it may be harder for families to travel. (One reason I wonder if they really went to Mystique for weeks last summer. The long plane ride with 3 kids...yuck!) But not so sure I agree young kids would be unhappy if taken to the wilds of Scotland for several days. Teenagers maybe would :)

      I'm not a medical type Robin but I do know rosacea usually gets worse with age. I'm hoping that's what we're seeing here with Charles and not something worse.

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    8. After reading these replies it seems to me that royalfan may be closest to the truth. Some diplomatic comeback on Charles' allegations that they don't share the children enough with him.
      I also noted that they are doing Centerpoint engagements (introduced to William by Diana) on the day of Charles' 70th. Interesting. Also interesting - the dress worn by Kate in the photo with Charles.

      Lastly, this is a message for Julia from Leominster. If you are reading will you please get in touch with Jane Barr for my email address - Erika and I would like to speak with you offline.

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  11. Since Louis and Charlotte are the spares and not the heirs are will and Kate still required to release pictures and information about C and L. It’s obvious that Kate doesn’t want to expose her children too much but i am just wondering if they are required to release info about George but not Charlotte and Louis.
    Also, since Harry children are so far down line of succession I don’t think it’s necessry for him to do a photocall with the baby after birth in front of the hospital. I also think they should not receive any titles because I don’t think they will do any royal duties.

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    1. I am guessing that Harry's children could, by nature of birth, be called prince or princess. Any other titles will most likely not be bestowed. The same with Andrew's girls. Of course, Harry could decide, as Princess Anne did, that his children will not have any titles at all. Zara and Peter are just Zara Phillips Tindall and Peter Phillips. Edward and Sophie's children are Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn. None of them have an HRH before their names. I don't know what (or if) new titles they might assume when Edward becomes Duke of Edinburgh. I suspect, however, that Harry's lovely bride will opt for the titles but she could surprise me. Ultimately it is up to the Queen and then Prince Charles.

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    2. Harry is a duke. I imagine that if he opts out of royal titles his children will have the courtesy titles due to a duke. Lady for a girl and a marquess/earl or whatever for the heir and Lord for any other children. Similar to the children of the Earls of Gloucester and Kent.

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    3. “Harry’s lovely bride” has a name and it’s Meghan. I know you don’t like her but not calling her by her name is immature, disrespectful, and childish.

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    4. I cannot imagine H&M following in Princess Anne's steps and not wanting/accepting titles for their child (children). No way Jose. The freedom may appeal to Harry, but I cannot imagine Meghan denying her children as much status as they could possibly have.

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    5. Roya Nikkhah wrote and an article about a month ago saying that harry and Meghan have opted out of any titles for their child. She seems like a pretty legit royal reporter so it might not be just rumors. I agree royalfan that Meghan will never deny her children as mush royal status they could have. Meghan is the mother of the grandchild of the future king, she will make sure her kid gets titles that are befitting.

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    6. Anon 5:00, I did not think calling Meghan "Harry's lovely bride" was in any way unkind. It just goes to show that people who are looking to be offended can find a way no matter what.

      And aren't you just a peach calling me immature, disrespectful, and childish. It's so easy to name call behind an anonymous post but I'm sure you are a far better person than I and, obviously, so is Her Royal Highness, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

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    7. Mariane, I am not sure the same rules apply. Royal titles don't follow the same logic as hereditary ones. But you are right, Kent and Gloucester are a good parallel.
      Anne as a woman could not give any title to her children. Did the queen wish to bestow a title upon M.Philips on her marriage and he/Anne refused? I have never know the story.

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    8. Titles pass from the father and Harry is a duke so baby Sussex will be earl/lady, but will not be an HRH unless the Queen steps in to "override" the current rules regarding HRH titles. Harry & Meghan have no control over the HRH whatsoever. Anne's children have no titles bc their father didn't have one.

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    9. RobinfromCA,
      Well considering the tone of your posts about Meghan recently the context of “Harry’s lovely bride” seems very sarcastic. And whenever I believe somebody is being treated unfairly and disrespectfully i will always call them out for it whether it be in person or anonymously. And yes this is a blog so how would I know if Robin is even your real name so in a way you could be attacking Meghan anonymously all this time. Hypocrisy at its finest.

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    10. Anne's first husband, Mark Philips, turned down the title HM offered him upon their marriage. In turn, HM offered to grant the titles prince/princess upon their births but Anne turned those down as well. As the titles do pass through the fathers (although I wonder with the new system) the sovereign can override and offer a title.

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    11. Anon 9:57am, on this blog I ask everyone to read every ambiguous comments in the light most favorable light, and even to go so far as to let little things slide, also in the pursuit of peace. If for nothing else, for my sake. If we could move on from this wobble, I think it would be for the best. Thanks, all!

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    12. Sorry, I don't think my comment was clear, speaking of ambiguities. :) This line of comment is closed to further input. My apologies to anyone who submitted further back and forth.

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  12. This dress seems popular! Abigail Spencer wore it at the Royal Wedding in May and Pippa wore it too i think.

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  13. To the Anon who has submitted at least twenty ludicrously incendiary anti-Meghan comments: they aren't going live, and they won't go live. No more in that vein should be submitted.

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  14. Such a cute baby. (Of course, I love all babies)
    He does look like George, from what we can see!
    I like Catherine's dress a lot. Navy and white is such a classic combination, one of my favorites. It looks good on almost everyone, and especially nice with Catherine's coloring. I wish we could see more.

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  15. I love this I tire of Kate! Not a fan of the full length picture of the dress, but Kate looks beautiful in the picture.

    I love the gates in the background, too.

    You can have dinner at Highgrove and even eat outside in the garden. I was wondering if any readers have ever done this and did they like it? Was it worth it?

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