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Tuesday, January 1, 2019


I did not write a "Best of" 2018 post (although I did put one together on Instagram Stories). Some posts are easier to start than others, and this is one of the harder ones. In legal writing you are supposed to start with the conclusion and then work through the reasoning, so I will begin with the heart of the matter, which is that I am hanging up my blogging hat. I will no longer cover the royals here on From Berkshire to Buckingham

When I started this blog, I never imagined it would grow to this size, and certainly never anticipated the creative satisfaction I would get from writing FBTB, or the many wonderful people with whom I would be privileged to royal watch. I have been very proud to write this blog, and its success is due to all of you who have come to the blog, enjoyed the content, and kept coming back.

I can't think of a worse time to quit blogging about royals. The Cambridge children just get cuter by the day, Kate is about to expand her charitable endeavors, Meghan has injected a new dynamic into the BRF, a baby Sussex is on the way, and the transition of the old order to the new is providing a continuing, fascinating saga to watch and chat about--in short, the blog is booming and royal-watching is more fast-paced  and fascinating than ever. 

But, the blog is a significant investment in time, and I always wondered at what point I would no longer be able to devote that time to this space. I was in prayer toward the beginning of the month and I was struck with a thought that sat in my heart for a few days, and that thought ripened into the very clear realization that it is time to transition to a new chapter. I love this blog, but I want to spend more time reading, thinking, and writing about the law and policy. As bittersweet as it is to stop blogging here, I am excited for my new horizons, and I know that by depriving myself of this creative outlet, that energy will be redirected toward these other areas. 

I can't quite cut myself off entirely, so for the moment, I will try to continue on with my Instagram, account, and I do plan to update and continue to operate Kate's Clothes (www.katesclothes.com). I am not foreclosing the possibility that I will circle back to royal blogging in the future, and if and when I decide to start the blog again, or launch a new royal initiative, I will be in touch here and on Instagram

I will miss this space tremendously, and miss all of you--those who comment and those who have silently, but faithfully, followed over the years. You all have enriched me by your participation and I am grateful for the fun we have enjoyed together, but also for the serious and thought-provoking discussions we have all engaged in via the comment section. I feel very blessed to have listened and thought about the perspectives on life, motherhood, culture, and much more, that so many contributed from so many varied backgrounds and positions. 

I will think of you all often, and pray God's blessings are on you always,

Jane Barr 

P.S. I can't write a final post without a YouTube video to accompany it, right? I think the theme song of this holiday sums up my mood pretty well. Also, if you need to know more about the origin of this song, this is an great video explanation. Ok. I think that's it from this end. I am signing off. Be well, all y'all. ;)





248 comments:

  1. That is sad. But understandable.

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  2. Really,really going to miss you!!!

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  3. Often change opens a new door to something equally exciting and challenging. I’ve enjoyed your blog and wish you well in your new endeavours. I’ve managed a law firm for 16 years and worked with lawyers for 39 years, so well know the time the practice of law takes. All the best to you!

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  4. New year, new choices-good for you for knowing what is right for you . Thanks so much for the thoughtful writing over the years. Best wishes to you!

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  5. Jane, congratulations on your amazing blog. It has always been a pleasure to read your analysis & commentary on the Royal family. I wish you every success in your future endeavours but I’ll definitely miss you! x

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  6. Jane,
    Even though I have only commented a few times, I have been a loyal reader for a long time. I felt a sort of kinship with you because, unlike some Kate blogs, you never let your love of Kate cloud your judgment on outfits that were just horrible...and I LOVED that, because I am the same way...lol
    I will miss this blog, and the wonderful discussions I have read over the years.

    Stay Gold, Ponyboy

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  7. I have never commented on this blog before, but I want you to know I enjoyed it immensely. It was not only entertaining, but elegant!! I will really miss checking in here. Thank you, and best wishes to you.

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  8. Jane, this is my very favorite blog, the first I go to each day to see if there is a new post. Your humour and observations have always made me feel like we are friends. This blog is my guilty pleasure. I am very much in awe of how long you've been able to continue this blog along with your studies and work. Please consider still writing from time to time to let us know how you are doing. Thanks for all you have shared through this blog. Every bit of it is appreciated. Guess I'll have to get on Instagram now, drats!!

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    1. I can't say it better than Mary. So I won't try.
      In the back of my mind and in my heart I sort of felt it coming. I think the toll for your professional and personal life was more than was bearable.
      I don't belong to Instagram. What about your FB account?

      Selfishly, I am at a loss. This was my main connection to the outside world.

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    2. Anon 1, Jane has my email. If she has the time, she could give it to you if you email her for it. I would love to stay in touch with you.

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    3. PS: That last sentence of mine in 1:02 was a tad dramatic, (HA!)....but not too far from reality. As Faith says below: Please! SOMEONE continue this forum. Maybe as a place-holder for that happy day when Jane returns to blogdom. Could there even be Jane franchises? anon1

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    1. I agree!! So sad right now... I wish Jane all the best x

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  10. Thank you for contributing so much. I’ve always enjoyed visiting this blog, and regarded it by far, as the best of them. I look forward following your other, still active, creative outlets.

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  11. Very sad news, but of course wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.

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  12. Law school changed my life for the better and wish you only the best. Your writing analysis will be missed. Go forth and be amazing.

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  13. Jane so sad to hear this news. But someone who has worked in law I completely understand. You will truly be missed. I have read your blog I think since you started. I always check it everyday.
    It will be hard not seeing you here. Good luck in your future in law. 😥❤️

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  14. Jane, your wit and prose will be missed! Your blog has always been my go to...a more cerebral take on the commonly misunderstood pastime of “royal watching”. You never failed to provide context and history where others saw only frivolity. I will miss it! - From a longtime reader, never a commenter (save that one tweet when I wanted to know if you had any replicates for Kate’s honeycomb funnelneck).

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  15. Ok, I am over the initial shock, so will add words to my extremely unhappy face I posted earlier.

    Your exit will be a huge loss to the Kate watching world, Jane, but you must follow your heart. Best of luck in your expanding legal endeavors. I know you can change the world with your words!

    Thank you for all the enjoyment you've brought to all of us who have read and commented here. It's been a blessing to me over the years. FBTB has had no rival in orginial, honest and thought provoking content. Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing the discussions that NO OTHER BLOG would allow. Also, thank you for publishing the occasional pap photos. You have been alone in your courage to do that as well.

    Jane, best wishes in all your future undertakings. You will be in my thoughts and prayers always.

    Question to all other readers. Does anyone have the time and desire to start a Kate blog where opinions and discussion are not totally censored? No one can take Jane's place but it would be nice if there were a space to continue the conversation. I have thought about doing it myself but I really don't have the time and my husband would probably divorce me ( not kidding!). Anyway, I think it would be a great idea if someone has the leaning.

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    1. Faith you said it all. A HUGE lost.
      What are we going do do now??
      And yes, I would so welcome a space to continue the conversation... There are so many wonderful posters here, I feel like I am loosing all of you too. And I don't want that!

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    2. Yes, I feel the same way, Helen. Jane has nurtured a lovely community here.

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    3. I Second this. I am traveling with family in Spain right now and haven't been posting that was really shocked to read this, of course. I hope that we can continue our conversations elsewhere. Jane you deserve all our gratitude for providing us with this forum where we can comfortably express our thoughts. Thank you and wish you all the best for your future . We will miss you and hope that you reconsider your decision to continue this wonderful blog.

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  16. Best wishes for health and happiness in 2019. I have not commented often, but loved your blog. I will continue to follow your IG page.

    Hope from USA

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  17. I’m sad to see you go, but you’ve got to do what’s best for you. Enjoy yourself and best wishes.

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  18. So sad for us, your fans, but we are happy for you! I have enjoyed your writing so much and, I hope, at some time to be able to read more of it! Happy New Year and best of luck to you!

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  19. This is heartbreaking, Jeanne. i so much enjoyed your posts, especially your analysis posts. I am so sorry to hear the news. We'll all miss you and I wish you the absolute best in your career. Thanks for everything.

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  20. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.Loved your blog. Please don't leave..

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  21. I’ve really enjoyed your blog, but understand the juggles & priorities! Best of luck. Ingrid, Dublin, Ireland.

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  22. Jane, although I am sorry that you are hanging up your blogging hat, thank you SO much for all the posts over the years. I have been in awe of how you have juggled all your commitments and wonder if you ever sleep!
    It’s only in the past six months that I’ve made an occasional comment but I’d been one of the silent readers for several years before that. I’d never really read a blog before but this one caught me and has been such a pleasure to read - kind, insightful, balanced, humorous, educational - and I shall also miss many of the “regular” posters (anon1, Robin from CA, Jean from Lancs, BM, KiwiGal, JC, Orange County Grandma, Faith, Mary, Sylvie, Anon in LA to name but a few).

    I wish you, and the cohort of regulars, a happy, healthy new year, and thank you for the haven this place became.
    Kx

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    1. K, you did a much better job at listing some "regular" posters than I. It's been a pleasure conversing with you and everyone else through the years. A happy and healthy 2019 to you as well!

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    2. Of course I would add you, K, of recent times and lizzie-my worthy debate partner.
      It just hit me--this is saying good-bye not just to Jane- but also to this coffee-klatch/graduate seminar forum and all its participants as well.

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    3. I only became a regular recently but being part of this community has been fantastic! Best wishes to you all :)

      BM

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    4. K, that’s lovely to mention many of the regulars here :) A happy 2019 to you! xx I’m a fairly recent addition to FBTB ,along with BM ;) I’ve enjoyed all of the posts & frank discussions on this wonderful blog, it (&Jane!) will be missed very much...

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    5. Royal-watching really won't be the same. Especially when big things happen (& they will) I know I'll be wondering what Jane & each of the regulars are thinking (including my debate partner--guess we'll declare the unfinished debate about Camilla from last week a draw, Anon 1?) But chatting with folks here has opened me up to some different ways of thinking about culture & history, including the culture/history of the BRF. So thanks everybody!

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    6. It really won't be the same. I know I'll be wondering what all of you are thinking about a new outfit Kate turns up in or something possibly scandalous is being reported. I'll want to visit with you when the inevitable change takes place at the top. We need to find a new meeting place!

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    7. A new meeting place would be wonderful! Although I've been a quiet member most of the time, I realy would be proud to be a Part of it.

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  23. I'll just add a NOOOOOO!!!
    And a THANK YOU

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  24. Will truly miss you and your blog and your posts on the Middletons and your lovely writing style and unique perspectives! But we all do understand! Wishing you all the best.

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  25. Royalfan, Robin CA, Anon 1 and so many other long time readers and commenters, I feel as if we have become neighbors who drop over one another's homes for some tea and royal chat! I will miss interacting with all of you within this forum.

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    1. Lizzie, ali, anon 23, Mary, Helen, KiwiGal, JC, Sylvie, Jean from Lancs...so many!

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    2. Rosman.... a new friend on this site :)

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    3. Oh, boy. :-(

      I'm traveling and will post more later, but I would live to exchange emails with you, Faith, and the other ladies you mentioned. Perhaps we could figure out a way to keep a mature conversation going ...

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    4. Royalfan, Jane has my email. Let's try to figure something out.

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    5. I’ll miss reading everyone’s comments as I found everyone here to be quite level headed and able to have conversations even when everyone didn’t agree. It’s a lost art these days.

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    6. Faith, thank you. I emailed Jane to ask if she would be so kind nd give you my email address as well as some of the other regulars here if they wish to have it (I did NOT mean to leave them out in my initial comment here).

      In the meantime, we need to think about how we can do this … does anyone have a copy of Blogging for Dummies? :-)

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    7. Please let someone continue this blog in another iteration! (Faith - you’re exempt because I don’t want it to cost your marriage! :P) I will miss all of you...Robin from CA, anon1, lizzie, royalfan, Rosman, Jean from Lancs, JC, Anon23, ~A etc. I know some of you comment on the other Kate blog, so I’ll see you there, hopefully! :)

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    8. I’ll join the other blog then to keep in touch with you all :) I hope we can think of something to comment on everything that is coming ahead!

      BM

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    9. As an occasional anonymous commenter, I’d love to be included in a discussion elsewhere! You have become my friends :-)
      AP

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    10. Faith and I have each other's address. Faith can you corral everyone's email ? we can then figure something out once I am back in the country. Off to see some flamenco now.

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    11. It would be great if we could find a way to exchange email addresses. I will miss all of you ladies who have been here so long. Jane has my email address as well. Would love to hear from royalfan, lizzie, anon1, Kiwi Gal, Jean from Lances, JC, BristowMom, BM, and any others I left out. I don't care for the other Kate blog so it is unlikely I'll be over there.

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    12. Please count me in. This is the only blog I've followed and I will miss all of you very much. I comment only from time to time, but I have been a faithful follower and have thoroughly enjoyed our conversations.

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    13. I can collect the email addresses of whomever wants to keep in touch. I have rosman's and royalfan's already. Perhaps, we can come up with a way to keep on discussing all things royal together. I'll ask Jane if she would be so kind and connect us. So, if anyone wants my email please let Jane know and, hopefully, she can help us out.

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    14. I would love to exchange emails with you! Just tell us how to do it and I think a lot of us will be in :)

      BM

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    15. Faith, I'll be happy to help in any way I can. Feel free to email. And please keep me in the loop. Jane has my email address and I am fine with her sharing it with the regular posters here. We definitely need to come up with a way to keep the conversation going. :-)

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    16. It goes without saying that the loss of Jane and her blog is immense AND as it also means the loss of so many of you of whom I have so enjoyed your honest well written and intelligent comments.

      (Please include me wherever ya'll gather. Jane has my permission to give my email addy.)

      I know it is in best interest for Jane but it is a supreme loss. There are no words to express thank you to Jane for all her hard work on the blog while endeavoring towards her career in law.

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    17. I agree with all of you about the loss...If you manage to gather, I'd love to be included...and it would be great if Jane could drop by once in a while to join the conversation!

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    18. What do you all think about a closed FB group? A "We Miss Jane" place where we can share photos and conversation?

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    19. Robin, I like the idea, but admit to not having any social media accounts. Yes, really. :-) Would the FB format permit us to have the sort of discussions we have enjoyed here?

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    20. Ladies, Faith and I have already exchanged email addresses. Please email Jane... :-)

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  26. So long, farewell, Auf Weidersehen, goodbye. May your pastures new be all you hope for, an dshould you decide to return we would love to have you back.

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    1. Definitely :) I’ll be keeping an close eye on Instagram 👀

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  27. Thank you so much for your effort and commitment to the blog! I have really enjoyed your wonderful writing and your perspective on all things Kate. Looking forward to continuing to following you on Instagram. Wishing you all the best!

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  28. I'm so sad! Your analysis and perspective is SO good. Always good to choose the better portion, but you'll be missed!

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  29. Read with tears in my eyes. Your blog is among the most professional in the royal watching sphere. I will miss it tremendously, but do wish you all the best. I hope you continue with your IG page!

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  30. Goodbye, Jane, I will miss you so much. I have followed you in silence for all these years & have SO ENJOYED your wit, your insight, your courage & integrity on this blog. I am literally in tears as I think about the hole your absence will leave. God bless & inspire you always.
    ~lcb

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  31. Wow Jane, I read a lot of blogs and now and again someone will decide to pause or stop altogether, and that's fine. But I have to admit to feeling a jolt when I read your opening - I will definitely miss your writing. However, like everyone else, I wish you all the best as you go forward with your career, hoping that perhaps you will come back some day. Happy 2019! Patricia

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  32. Oh no! Say it isn't so! 😞 Of course, I wish you well, Jane, and respect your decision. But I'll surely miss this space and everyone in it.

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  33. Noooooo are you kidding me :(

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  34. Very sad news for us readers, Jane, however it is understandable given your busy schedule. Sincere and heartfelt thanks from all of us for a terrific blog! Best wishes for a prosperous legal career. You and your amazing blog will be greatly missed by many. You are a talented analyst and gifted writer and your commentary has always been enjoyable to read.

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  35. Jane,

    I loved your blog and you will be missed a lot. I remember reading some recent unkind comments and hoped these meanies didn’t hasten your departure. You are a gracious person and wonderful writer. We will miss you!

    Best of luck,

    Suzanne

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    1. Suzanne, I've been thinking the same thing re: the meanies. But, I've also wondered how Jane kept up with all of this through law school and life in general over the past several years.

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    2. I considered it as well, but I really don't believe so.

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  36. Well that's a bummer for us, but I know we all wish the best with everything you want to do.
    Many thanks for providing the space for us. We are grateful!!!

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  37. I am saddened to read this, but I bless you in whatever you do next. I have so enjoyed the balance and quality of your blog and am grateful for the time you have given.

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  38. Thank you Jane for all the great coverage you have done. I have been one of the quieter readers and have totally enjoyed what you have done but also, your opinion and insight on different matters. I will greatly miss this blog as it is my go-to on Kate. I only wish you the very best for your future and hope that one day you shall blog again.

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  39. I'm so sad to hear this! I've followed your blog for awhile now and am heartbroken you are ending it. Do you have other blogs you would recommend for Kate?

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    1. This is a little awkward, because I have gotten a number of responses for this, which I have not published. I don't want to wade too deep here, particularly in my final post, but there is a blog that has plagiarized from multiple sources over the years. As a result, I have had a long-standing policy of never permitting a direct reference on my page.

      There are a lot of Kate blogs out there, obviously, and my own recommendation is Susan's What Kate Wore. She's a lovely blogger, and you'll always be in the fashion know if you follow WKW.

      Just to keep the drama down, I probably won't publish comments with other links-whether they include the offending blog, or other blogs, to maintain some anonymity. Sorry to have to get into this, but I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings here at the end when holding your comments.

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    2. I agree with you on WKW. It is always written nicely and does have the most up to date fashion information. It is where I will turn to see new Kate fashion choices without you here to guide us. It is important not to get sucked into the rabbit hole of Kate blogs. There is someone on Pinterest who photoshops pictures of Kate's face onto other people and passes them off as new outfits. I really don't see the point of taking the time to even do that.

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  40. Vous allez me manquer. J’adorais lire votre blog! Heureuse année 2019.

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  41. I'm sorry to see you go, but I know that running a blog is time consuming; and you have another life with deadlines and obligations that must be met. Although I have not been commenting for very long, I have read your blog for years and regarded this space as a very special one with a community I've grown to "know" so well. I'll miss your independent analysis of royal life, particularly your thoughts about the role of the Cambridge family in the grand scheme of the institution we know of as "The Firm." You encouraged a broader discussion of the BRF, and you were fierce when you needed to be. I wish you could stay here much longer, but life changes, and so you must go. Thank you for the joy you brought for so many years through a blog called "From Berkshire To Buckingham." I enjoyed the journey! Continue to be fearless, and good luck in all you do Jane!

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  42. I have read for years & appreciate your insight and information so much. And the community you've built here. One of the sanest around, to be honest. ;) Oh. It feels like a deep loss! You will be missed.

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  43. Thank you Jane. I will miss this blog and your commentary immensely. I was, however, wondering how long you’d be able to continue once you started law school (my husband is the General Counsel of a major corporation and he has VERY little free time).
    I wish you all the best and will follow you on Instagram ( IrishSetterMom here!).

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  44. Bad news for us commenters :(

    I thank you for this space, I used to read but was lazy to comment but one you start it seems you can’t stop ;)

    I’ve loved reading your posts filled not only with information but with your personal opinions. I appreciate all the effort and dedication you have put into this blog and thank you for allowing commenters to be free to state their views. Thank you also to the big majority of comments that have expressed their disagreement without being rude, that says a lot of the readers of this site and also of Jane and the way she has handled the comments.

    I wish you the best Jane, good luck on everything you do!

    BM

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  45. Jane - thank you for an insightful, educational and entertaining blog. I am a long time but silent reader who has appreciated your writing for many years —I’m sorry this is the occasion I am using to let you know! You will be greatly missed and I wish you well in all your future endeavors. Thank you for FBTB — MJ in MI

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  46. Oh Jane so sad to read your blog is closing. It is and has been a delight to read and share a comment. You will be deeply missed. So totally understand how busy you must be. Thank you thank you for all of the wonderful blogs you have written. Miss you already.

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  47. Jane, I'm grateful for the time and effort you devoted to the blog over the years and I wish you all the best! I'm so sorry to see this blog go, however, I do understand. It is your life, after all! :-)

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  48. Having gone through a work transition this year I completely understand how shifted time demands make you change your focus. And with all of the thoughtful insights you have provided, I know you wouldn't take this decision lightly. Your blog will be missed as a space that was able to critique Kate's fashion while still being a big Kate fan! I look forward to continuing to follow on IG

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  49. Jane! First off, congratulations on making the decision to rebalance your life and focus your prodigious talents on your career and other interests. Heaven only knows how you have continued this blog with your other responsibilities.

    Please know, however, that you leave a huge hole in the royal watching world. Your unique perspective simultaneously reports royal news and cogently reads between the royal tea leaves in an amazingly balanced manner. I will very much miss your blog.

    Best of luck and go forth and shine in your future endeavors.

    Many thanks and ❤️ from California.

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  50. Jane thanks for doing this all these years. I have loved it.

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  51. Dear Jane,

    First of all I wish you and all your readers a happy and healthy 2019! I'm saddened by THE news of course. It was such a delight to read your kind prose And for all the efforts and research I can only deeply thank you. But your life is important and no one should stay in your way to happiness and accomplishment, not even Duchesses 😊
    Dear Jane I wish you all the best! Greetings from Belgium!

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  52. I was so happy to see a new post this morning, but then so sad to read your news. I'm going to miss this blog very, very much, Jane. As a few others have already said, it's been my guilty pleasure. But if you feel it's time to move on to other things, then I will respect your decision. I'm sure it wasn't made lightly.

    I wish you nothing but the best going forward. Thank you for all your hard work over the years.

    And please do think about coming back one day!

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  53. I've dreaded this moment. Wishing you all the best.

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  54. Jane! Say it isn’t so. This makes me so sad. As many here, I love Kate and William and the children and let’s face it- all the royals. Your blog and our friend over at What Kate Wore are literally my two stops EVERYDAY to stay up to date with our royals. That being said, I’ve often wondered how you keep up with the amount of work it takes to write thoughtfully and keep up with all the news. I’ve aways found your personal thoughts and honest perspectives refreshing. I also appreciate your faith notes that you infuse into your blog.

    I say all this not to make you feel bad for hanging it up, but only so you know how much you’ll be missed. I’ve only added a few comments over the years, but I’ve been here with you every step of the way. Congrats on your decision and your future career! I know you have such a bright career ahead. All the best to you!

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  55. As a fellow lawyer I completely understand your decision and felt it must be coming. However, I feel sadness to face reality,mixed with enormous gratitude for your efforts and a loss for very democratic,friendly space you've created here. I also feel joyful anticipation for the new possibilities awaiting you :)
    I have been faithfully following since Kate's Australian tour,with just occasional comments. Anyway, I have immensely enjoyed open, bold, diverse and respectful discussion on various topics and I do believe both counterparts-Jane and the community - contributed vital input to create the atmosphere. I want to take a moment and thank all the more vocal regulars for all the '2ct' you've contributed-you have made a fortune! I will surely miss this Kate the Great club and hope for Jane to organize an occasional reunion!
    Agne

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  56. Thank you, Jane, for your thoughtful viewpoints and posts, and the fabulous photos. Best of luck in all your adventures!

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  57. Jane, best wishes for your eventful future. I have always enjoyed your writing, observations, critique when necessary, and I always thought you picked the best pictures of our dear Kate. If there are any publishers out there, I would buy a coffee table book with Jane's blogs. Thank you for these many years of great pleasure! You will be sorely missed!!! Let us know where to find you from time to time!!!

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    1. HoosierLori - you brought up a good point! Jane always chose the best pictures to go with her funny, thoughtful posts 👌

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  58. Thank you, Jane, for what you have done. I am only an occasional commenter but have been a reader for years. Your late blog filled a certain niche for me that the two others I read regularly do not. One is for quick posting, the other for in-depth fashion analysis, and yours here for a more discerning take on events, overall analysis and opinion even when it is flatly negative, and I happen to think that because you almost always had to post several hours after an event I think you always chose amazing photographs that the other sites passed over or weren’t available by the time they hit publish.

    Is there any way we could continue to follow you in your law & policy career? IIRC at one point you had revived a blog about your life at law school or something.

    Anyways, thanks and best of luck in your future.

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  59. I will definitely miss you! I've been a loyal follower and a huge fan of your blog for the last several years. I've really enjoyed it, and wish you the best in your new endeavors! You've done such a terrific job with your blog, and I'm sure great new things are on the horizon for you!

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  60. This is sad news, indeed. It would be remiss of me not to thank you, Jane, for your years of good work here and to all fellow posters, I'm gonna miss you. Now, I'm off to figure out how to sign up to Instagram; in the meantime, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you'll start up again, one day, Jane.

    Best of luck to you all.

    JC

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  61. Jane,

    Thank you so much for your blog. I'm one of those who rarely commented but faithfully read, and I always enjoyed your perspective and that of those in the comments. Will be watching the Instagram and Kate's Clothes. Best of luck with the legal focus! :)

    Bri

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  62. Have you considered selling your blog?

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    3. Anon 7:53pm, I know people sell blogs, but I could never sell FBTB. I started it in college, wrote throughout my twenties (including three years of law school!)--it just has a lot of memories wrapped up in it. I will leave it up here, and who knows, maybe come back to it at some point down the road.

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  63. Thank you so much for your time and efforts for so many years putting together this blog! You will be missed but as the wife of a lawyer, I wish you the best in your preofessional career! Congratulations for making this decision for yourself. Will continue to follow you on the Insta, your writing and thoughts are always appreciated!

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  64. Good luck. Never commented but always read from the beginning, always enjoyable, insightful blog and comments. Good bye and Good luck to everyone.

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  65. Jane, I’m a long time reader (years long) .. and I have never commented... I’m so sad you won’t be updating the blog anymore, I always enjoyed your analysis and commentary ...I wish u the very best of luck in your law career, and thank you for all the amazing work u have done over the years and will be checking insta regularly ❤️

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  66. This has been my favorite blog for years. Thank you Jane for all your hard work. You are an immensely talented writer. Best of luck. I hope one day we may hear from you again.

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  67. Happy New Year All!

    And thank you Jane, your blog is what continued my interest post royal wedding 2011! I truly appreciate the analysis and well written content, you give so much more than pictures and fashion thoughts.

    All the best (and hopefully some more free time)! I’ll definitely still look forward to Instagram posts 🙂

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  68. I have to be honest, I hate it when I see good-bye posts from beloved bloggers. I understand, but I hate it. I feel slightly better when I read that you were praying about it, because I'm a Christian so I value following the Lord's leading. But I STILL hate it! ☺️

    I have loved your blog and I will miss you immensely. But I wish you all the best for your future.

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  69. I will miss your opinions so much! I've always enjoyed your candid comments on Kate's wardrobe, whether my opinions differed or were in agreement.

    Looking forward to shorter, but still appreciated insights, on Insta!

    Best of luck in this new chapter Jane!

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  70. So sorry to hear that you will discontinue your blog. I always enjoyed your blog as you were less superficial than other blogs. Thanks for bringing up topics that I was also questioning and offering fair insight. You kept it real.

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  71. So sorry to hear that you will discontinue your blog. I always enjoyed your blog as you were less superficial than other blogs. Thanks for bringing up topics that I was also questioning and offering fair insight. You kept it real.

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  72. I felt this coming but it's still a shock. Thank you, Jane, for many wonderful years and good luck!

    Wishing the best to all the readers here as well. It's been a great community.

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  73. Good luck in your future endeavors. I really enjoyed your blog and following along with you. I can appreciate how much time you devoted to it. Thank you for all these fun years together following the Duchess. Your voice and opinions will be missed, but wishing you well in Your future endeavors.

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  74. Goodness me, this is a blue day, feels like losing a friend ☹️. Good luck Jane, all the best for what I am sure will be an amazing and successful career. Thank you, thank you for a great blog, I have enjoyed it very much and will miss it very much. Linda x

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  75. Thank you for all your hard work Jane- I’ve enjoyed following your blog for years and I wish you success in your future endeavors!

    I’ve long thought about starting my own blog and finally decided to give it a go! It’s in its early stages, but I will be following both Kate and Meghan and I hope to have many lively discussions! I hope it’s ok to include a link to my site here? It’s: https://cambridgesandsussexes.blogspot.com/?m=1

    Thank you,
    Anne

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  76. Oh I'm so sad. I saw your 'best of 2018' post pop up and was saving it for the end of my working day. At 4pm I could wait no longer - this is not what I had been hanging out for. As so many have said, yours is my favourite Kate blog Jane. It's insightful and written with such affection - without being sycophantic. Your posts have been such a treat for me, I will miss them embarrassingly way too much! All the very best for your future endeavours. Eek re Instagram - I'm trying to work out stories but can only see 2 photos (both from the Scandinavian tour) and no polls or comments...

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  77. Omg...I read this blog for more than 7 years. It is my preferate one about the royals. This is sad. I am a quiet reader, actually this is my first time here, writing. Thank you Jane for this time, a time of joy and a break from job, motherhood, home, troubles and real life. Hope to "see" you soon...

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  78. Hello Jane, I'm a follower for years but never comment until now. I think your blog is outstanding and you're a fabulous writer. Insightful respectful and so honest. Very wise and balanced and so young. My daughter also loves your account,it was she who first introduced me to your account. I will miss you and your brand of class can't be replaced. I also love Kate William and the Middleton family.the world needs your refinement and decency. Best of luck and God's Blessings in your career. Pauline.

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  79. Hi Jane This has always been my number one, favourite Duchess of Cambridge blog. But as another commenter noted, I too have wondered throughout 2018 whether the time wasn't drawing near when you would give up writing this blog. It has obviously not been an impulsive decision, but one which has been prayerfully reached. What a blessing to know that you allow the Lord to direct your paths. May He continue to guide you into all that He has planned for you in the future. You will be missed but I will know that "somewhere out there" you will still be faithfully following Kate! You will be missed by me and many others. God bless you and keep you. With love in Jesus.
    ~Mo

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  80. Indeed, Dear Jane, ce n'est qu'un au revoir… Anyway, you are just an amazing woman, lady, and I just want to thank you very, very much for who you are and all what you did, gave, created. Carpe diem.
    Bonne et heureuse année 2019 !
    Karine, a long time reader, from the Loire Valley ;)

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  81. Hi, So sorry to read you are stopping with your blog. I think you did great. You had a few opinions that I personally didn't share but it was always nice to read a different view on things. Thanks for all the time and effort you put in your blog. I wish you all the happiness in the world. Good luck with writing and beeing busy with law.

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  82. Dear Jane, "From Berkshire to Buckingham" was my favourite blog and I've read it with great pleasure. Thank you so much for your hard work and your time! All the best for you! Greetings from Berlin

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  83. I will miss you so much, always reading your blog for so many years, I'm Italian and I don't write often here, but I read all your articles and I follow you on Instagram, isn't the same thing of this blog but ok... good luck!! deoriss

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  84. So sad Jane, but totally get it. I'll be joining Instagram immediately!
    What will you do with the BLog account? Mothball it? Close it? Could we still access old posts?

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  85. Damn it's January 1st not April 1st... This is by far the worst post you've ever written bc of all the reasons you said about it's booming Royal time.. I will have to get on Instagram more bc your so amazing! Thank you so much.. After a royal event I always wait on you to write about it then I'll look at the DM or Sun etc.. I do wish you well in all you do I know you'll succeed in life as long as your passion is there you've brought us so far into their lives. Thanks again.. Valerie from Memphis, TN! Ps I'm seriously 😥😪😰 right now!!

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  86. I've been a reader so long before just commenting. Jane good luck to you and have safe new year.

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  87. Jane, you realy will be missed!
    Thank you very, very much for all your work, heartwarming, joyfull and always clever!

    Perhaps you could start a fb-group for all of us feeling lost without you, selfish and dramatic, sorry!

    Feels like take that is splitting up and i m a teenager again 😓

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  88. I have always loved your style of writing. You are a wonderful writer,Jane! Thank you for your blog these past years

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  89. Man. This hit me like a gut-punch when I read it. As many others have mentioned, this was one of my daily internet stops, and the carefully worded, insightful, witty posts with lovely pictures (so thoughtfully chosen, often the nicest around the blogosphere) never failed to lift me. The comment section is definitely one of the best of the best in terms of depth of knowledge and perspective on BRF with so many eloquent and respectful posters. LEAGUES above any other Kate blog out there. You are so professional, frank, with such a good eye for photos, and are able to elevate yourself from gossip to careful, almost historian-like 'reading between the lines.' I hope you realize how special this project has been to many readers-- on a low day, reading a few back-posts in the archive has definitely lifted me out of my own law-school ditch. I hope you find happiness and fulfillment in your new year. Many thanks for your years of dedication.

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  90. Thank you Jane, I’ve been a follower from the beginning, and looked forward to every post. Your writing is excellent and informative, balanced and entertaining. Kate has had a real friend in you, and in all of us. It’s been wonderful watching her story unfold, and watching the new royal family bloom. A happy life to you and to them! Cheers!

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  91. Thank you, Jane, for the wonderful blog. This is my favorite royal watching space, and in my humble opinion, the best one. You do such a wonderful job bringing in historical perspective and your own honest take on events. I will sorely miss it. Best of luck on your new endeavors!

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  92. Thank you for all the work you did on this blog, Jane - but knowing you're in law school, I've been wondering how you'd juggle it all. Be proud of the marvelous work you did here and all that you achived in the BRF community. I'll miss your insights and writing, but all good wishes for the future - you'll excel in anything you try.
    Long time reader,
    OP

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  93. Marie from ChicagoJanuary 2, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Jane, when I read this post, my first thought was "seasons," and my second was gratitude for the years of your writing and analysis that we all have enjoyed. Like many others, I will truly miss this blog, but I know we have many different seasons of our lives and hope that perhaps there may be one where your time and inclination will lead back to something like this blog again. May God's blessing go with you into your new season.

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  94. Needless to say, when I saw this post I gasped in surprise and sadness! I've been reading this blog for several years and have enjoyed the community. I wish you the best of luck in your life endeavors Jane! You have a wonderful way with words and hope this continues on in your legal career! Thank goodness you aren't cutting us of cold turkey and will be looking for your IG posts! Best wishes! SierrafromMontana

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  95. Woow, estoy impresionada y triste a la vez...
    Te sigo desde el compromiso de Kate y William y todos los dias entro a ver si hay una novedad. Entiendo que hay momentos que los intereses empiezan a cambiar y sobretodo el tiempo que hay que dedicar a estar al pendiente de cada uno de los movimientos de Kate y no solo eso, sino investigar lugares, personas, asociaciones y la ropa!
    Desde un inicio me encantó tu forma de escribir, ya que no solo dabas datos, sino una opinión muy refrescante y con respeto, con ideas claras y sin llegar a ofender a nadie.
    Espero que te vaya muy bien en todo lo que emprendas ya que eres una persona muy dedicada... Estaré perdida con el seguimiento de Kate y te voy a extrañar...
    Hasta pronto!!!

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  96. I was wondering why this felt like a break up then I realized I have been reading your blog for seven years! However, this isn't an angry divorce but a hail and farewell. Thank you for sharing your love of Royal watching and best wishes for a happy and prosperous future.

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  97. Oh no, what a pity! All the best, Jane! Your blog is/was amazing!!! Greetings from Austria

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  98. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!:''''''(((

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  99. I'm enormously sad to hear that your "From Berkshire To Buckingham" blogging days are over! I understand your reasons for curtailing this effort but I'm still let down. Your coverage is a stand-out among all the other Kate blogs. I love your writing, and in particular,YOUR perspective. I read a lot of blogs but yours is my favorite. I checked in daily, and my heart always beat a little faster, and happier, when I saw a new post. My fingers are crossed that you will circle back eventually. But for now, I send you much gratitude for all that you've given to your followers. And warmest wishes in all that you pursue this new year.

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  100. I've enjoyed your blog in the past but think you're making the right decision now.
    Best wishes to you.

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  101. Jane - thank you so much for all you've done (and do) to keep Kate fans in the know. I've only commented a few times but I feel like part of a family of sorts. You are truly amazing and I send you good wishes and nothing but the best. I will still check in on this page in case anyone else is taking up the blogging or starting an off-shoot of this one. I will follow the Instagram but I don't have FB. Will miss this immensely. I have to stop writing because my eyes seem to be watering. It's just allergies, I'm sure. Not tears. Definitely NOT tears......

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  102. The best to you in all your endeavors Jane. I always enjoyed reading your perspective, and will miss you, but I know you will have much success as you go forward.

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  103. Dear Jane,
    Thank you for all of your beautiful blogging over the years! Yours was my very favorite Kate blog, and a new post was always a delightful treat. I hope that your next season of life treats you well, and my God bless your future endeavors.

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  104. Very sad to hear this, but good for you for doing what you need to do. :) I'll continue to follow you on Instagram, and hope to see you blogging about royals again sometime in the future. Thank you SO MUCH for your amazing coverage of our favorite Duchess over the years. Your blog has been my absolute favorite for Kate news. Cheers!

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  105. Jane! I am so sorry to hear this, but appreciate your honestly and passion for your next chapter. I have have enjoyed reading your blog from Day 1 and have appreciate your unique view and perspective on Kate, the paparazzi and the BRF. Your opinions have been spot on and I've appreciated reading them throughout the years. I will miss coming to this space for a new post, but will look forward to continuing to stay in touch over IG. Happy New Year and best of luck in your new adventure.

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  106. I think we all knew this day would eventually come but we hoped it wouldn't. Thank you for the years of entertainment and thought provoking royal watching, Jane. All the best to you in your future endeavors. I hope we'll see you sometime again.

    To all of you with whom I've enjoyed visiting with in the FBTB community, I will miss your insights and witty banter. There is no place better than the comment section of this blog to visit and share opinions and ideas.

    Robin

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  107. Who will make those wee comments about Mr Security now!! I have loved being part of this blog. Thank you Jane your humor and quick wit made me laugh often. I have enjoyed your writing style and your passion for keeping this blog alive.
    Go well Jane.

    He aha te mea nui o te ao?

    He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

    What is the most important thing in the world?

    It is people! It is people! It is people!

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  108. You will be missed! I looked forward the most to reading your Royal takes out of all of the blogs I read. I look forward to continuing seeing your thoughts on Instagram and will hope you decide to come back to the blog at some point! I really appreciated the line you walked between 100% fan-girl and criticism at times. Even as I suspect we would disagree about a lot of other areas of life, I found myself agreeing you with you most of the time about the Royals and always thought you were respectful and thoughtful.

    That being said, of course things change and it's understandable that you need to step away. Kate is only to get busier as the years pass and the blog would be an increasingly larger commitment, not smaller.

    Good luck! I hope that this step away helps you ramp up your life and work elsewhere. :)

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  109. Dear Jane, I am so sorry to hear that you are leaving the BRF community for now. I have so enjoyed every post you've made and will miss you terribly. You write so beautifully and bring so much more to your blog than just Kate reporting. Your analysis of everything from fashion to the future of the BRF is so interesting and important. I have given up on other blogs because they are more reporting vehicles than a blog of opinion and discussion. I know there is a place for such blogs, but I'm more interested in your opinion pieces. Your legal training really shows in this space and I will miss it very much. All the very best to you in the future. As a lawyer myself I'm hoping to be able to find your writings about the law going forward. Take care. And to all of the lovely commenter on this site, if you do put something together as a group, I hope you will let me know as I will really miss all of you as well. Royalfan is a particular favourite of mine, but there are so many others as well. Happy New Year to all.

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  110. I have followed this page since day one, this was my favourite blog. You have always been spot on with all the information you have provided. Your writing is excellent. I for one have learnt a lot from you. I have noticed that some other blogs have been either shut down or not carried on with after a period of time due to the workload entailed. Obviously due to the popularity of the subject. I will miss you but will follow on Instagram and Kates clothes, you will be missed on this page, but thank you for all the years on learning and interest. Take care

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  111. really gonna miss your words, Jane! :(

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  112. Dear Jane,

    Thank you very much for your incredible work. It was a pleasure to read your articles and to follow the royals with you during all these years !

    I wish you all the best ! :)

    With love,
    Marie (from France)

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  113. We will miss you so much! Thank you for all of your hard work.

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  114. I am a lurker who has followed your blog for a long time. I've never commented but I just wanted to say that I've *always* looked forward to your posts and appreciated the way the content here was presented. Having blogged myself in the past, I know how hard it is to create quality content, get it out there, and moderate comments. Know that this site will be missed. Best wishes to you as you move on to begin another chapter. I'm cutting back on time spent on social media but will continue to follow you on instagram and look out for your posts. I hope you have a very happy and prosperous 2019.

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  115. Jane, thank you so much for all of the hard work and time you have put in to this blog! I have enjoyed reading your opinions and insight on the BRF. Best wishes and good luck!

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  116. Dear Jane,

    While I completely understand your reasoning, I can't help but be sad. Your blog has been wonderful, and I feel like I'm losing a dear friend. I didn't comment often, but came to value your insight and thoughts on Kate, her clothes, and the royals in general. You will be greatly missed. However, I hope that your newly found free time will take you to other new and exciting things that you love.

    Sending you hugs of gratitude and friendship,

    Jeni

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  117. Dear Jane,

    This is sad news for me as I quite enjoy your blog. But I understand that you are making the choice that is best for you, and choosing to focus on other areas of your life and work, and I cannot be upset at that. So while I will miss your blog, I truly wish you the best in your law career, and in your personal life.

    Take care, and thank you for all the work you've put in to the blog over the years!

    Leslie

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  118. Thank you for the many years of this wonderful blog! I will miss your insights and comments. Reading this blog was the start of my royal watching, and I will miss this part of my daily routine. I wish you all the best!

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  119. Im a long time lurker, but want to say thanks so much for the insight and balanced viewpoints over the years! I have truly enjoyed the journey and the open and sometimes fierce debate in the comments. Much love and blessings fir all that is ahead! Lx

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  120. This is the day I have been dreading since you started blogging. I follow several different sites but yours always was well written, thought out, and clear. I'm going to miss your writing style, your ability to set tone and tenor of the issues, and just knowing that FBTB is there for me to read. Good luck and I for one will continue watching this site to see if you do circle back. Susan M.

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  121. Jane,
    You wrote about the royals with understanding and insight for many years. Thank you for taking the time to share your interest and love. You brought smiles and laughter to many faces. I will miss your blog.
    Best wishes.

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  122. Dearest Jane,

    Several years ago, I came across your blog. I never expected to find someone who was an instant, kindred, Royalphile, like myself. And to boot, you write much like I would about the subject. In fact, many times I would kick myself for not coming up with the same idea myself.
    Back in the '80s, I was the only person under age 16 (that I knew of), who eagerly and enthusiastically bought up the gorgeous hard-cover books which documented Diana's day-to-day life. I still proudly have them. I knew so many details of which photo was taken and which outfit she wore to which location. Upon her tragic demise, my family, and even friends I hadn't heard from for awhile, were literally sending *me* their condolences. My daughter once gave me the biggest compliment, when after viewing photos of Diana, she said seeing Diana made her think of me.

    Well, at this point, you seem nearly analogous with Kate to me.

    I certainly understand how difficult it must be to stay on top of such a monumental blog project. I really hope you will at least allow the blog to remain online as-is, because it is genuinely worth preserving your hard work and information. You can be so deeply proud of what you've contributed and accomplished here. I know I deeply respect all the time and effort you carefully cultivated and documented with each post. Perhaps you can contribute something once in a while? I know your audience would love that, too! Thank you again for this wonderful escape. I will miss it so very very much, but will assuage my sadness by following your Instagram page more closely. :)
    Please don't be a stranger.
    Blessings to you, my fellow Anglophile & Royalphile,
    Kristi L.

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  123. Dear Jane

    Thanks you from all your hard work on the blog , we will miss you!!

    Good luck on this new chapter.

    With love Ella.

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  124. Oh Jane, this news is so sad, even though it is very understandable! I have enjoyed your blog so much, and I will miss your wonderful, witty, kind and insightful posts. This was such a great community and such a bright part of my day. Anyway, thank you for all that you did with your blog, and best of luck with your new projects!

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  125. Jane, wow, I am in sadness but at same time I totally understand. I remember when I first found your blog you took the time to respond to every comment. Those were the days my friend.

    You provided such a unique space for all our thoughtful critiques. You gave us encouragement for freedom of opinionated espressions. Thank you!!!

    I wish you all the best. Please know you will be so very missed.

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  126. Dear Jane, I will miss you and your blog. This is my first comment, but I have been a loyal reader. My interest in Kate and Pippa brought me here, but I stayed because of your quality writing. I will miss it. I wish you all the best. If you ever find the time to blog again, I will come back. You could blog about the weather it would be incredible. Thank you!

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  127. Thank you, Jane. This has been a great space for many years....smart, playful, so well researched, written and always with a really honest perspective. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!! Sylvia

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  128. I've never commented before ... but read the blog everyday. It is the best of all the kate sites. Could Jane (or someone ) continue it on a paid basis? I would be happy to pay for access....
    if all readers gave £1 / $1 / £5 / $5 how many of us are there?

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  129. Have followed you for years and this is the best blog out here. You will be greatly missed and where will we go for clear reporting on the royals and frank discussion :(

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  130. Jane, I have commented on your blog once in awhile but I have read your blog always. Losing this evokes similar feelings for me to when Diana died (now what am I supposed to read for "Gal Pal" entertainment?), and even to when my sons grew up and moved away (now what am I supposed to do with all this extra time in each day?). Actually, the time always filled quite rapidly with other amazing and wonderful people and interests, so I know to Keep Calm and Carry On. Everyone else already said so much I heartily agree with about your impact, your new direction, and the sadness to lose you and this blog. Therefore in closing, here is my wish for the very brightest and best that life can bring you- who brought me so much. Fond farewell. -kat

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  131. Julie Suid-TerrellJanuary 3, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    My first thought was oh nooooo!My second thought was I can't imagine how much time goes into this and my third thought was, Go live your life! My last thought is
    Thank you so very much!

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  132. Thank you for all the years you’ve dedicated to this blog! It’s been an absolute pleasure reading your posts and thoughts, I wish you all the best in your future projects!!!

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  133. Jane, wishing you all the best.
    Thanks for the many moments of "escape from reality" and downright fun throughout the years. I'll miss your thoughtful insights.
    -TLP

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  134. I was a long time lurker (found your blog after the engagement!) but have only started commenting recently.

    I'm very sorry to see you go Jane, but not surprised. I know you have talked about your career and I absolutely support you putting yourself and your vocation first. I hope one day you will come back to royal blogging but until then... THANK YOU! Thank you for building not just a successful and delightful blog but a fair and interesting community for us royal watchers.

    I would also like to thank the regulars for their thoughtful commentary and I hope to see you ladies (and guys) again! Or if anyone is open to the idea maybe we can pick a social media site and create a discussion group such as a subreddit. Anyone down, let me know!

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  135. Hi Jane
    Sad to read those news today.
    I have been following you since the birth of Prince George... I like your posts and analysis of things. It was quite unique.
    I will definitely miss it. But I do understand that you are moving forward.
    I will stay connected through Instagram
    All the best
    Emma

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  136. Once again I am late to the party. I am so stuck in Instagram, that I kept forgetting to come to the blog (as I always faitfully did).

    Jane, although I am going to miss you and your writings, it's also showing a change of the times and I'm sure you've noticed.

    I am not sad because I know where you'll be, but I am sad because this is one of the rarest places I had left on the world wide web, where I'd read top to bottom.

    "I will think of you all often, and pray God's blessings are on you always" and so will I to you, my friend.

    May you continue to be blessed in 2019 and beyond.

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  137. You will be missed! Best wishes in all you do.

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  138. Noooooooooooooooooo
    What now? Will I have to read hello or something ? Please don’t go

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  139. This is the first time I comment, but I am happy to do it now to thank you. Thank you indeed Jane for your time and this marvellous blog you created! I am very grateful for all those moments I spent reading your articles about the duchess of Cambridge, because it was not just about fashion or Kate’s news : your blog is an elegant and smart place, and I enjoyed to read you. I totally understand your decision and wish you the best! I will be delighted to follow you and Kate on Instagram. Thank you again from France :-)

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  140. Thank you, Jane for the many hours of enjoyment I have had reading your blog. I will miss the very cordial atmosphere here at FBTB. I wish you well in all that you do in the future.

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  141. Dear Jane: Just wanted to add my heartfelt thanks to you for the many years of royal insight. I first started following your blog during Kate and Will's Canada/US tour after their wedding. Your writing was so fun that I soon went back through the archives and read everything there. Since then, I've followed the blog and instagram faithfully. In particular, I enjoyed the insights you shared from photos, pointing out Mr. Security and Rebecca Deacon, guesses into what Kate might be feeling or thinking, and documenting her growth as a person and duchess over time. I admire Kate's composure during difficult personal moments and her love of family because you pointed these qualities out. Thank you for leaving us a trove of posts and photos even as you move on to new endeavors. God bless you.

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  142. Thank you so much for your dedication to this blog! I am a new reader, but have loved reading your thoughts and learn more about the Royal family. Good luck and thank you!

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  143. Thank you Jane, for years of intelligent and fun writing. I loved reading your opinion about things.
    I have been reading this blog for years, but first time commenting - as I really want you to know your work was greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

    Good luck with your future endeavors.
    If you do it as well as you blog, it will be a huge success! D.

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  144. Well phooey! I just recently discovered your blog. Best wishes!

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  145. Dear Jane,
    Thank you so much for your blog. I have followed it from the beginning, and you have brightened my days with it. After a career in finance, I decided to switch gears and classically homeschool my four daughters. With such a transition, it was your blog that inspired me, as some days were hard being a new stay at home mother. You will be sorely missed.

    What I've appreciated following your blog is the classiness of Kate. A trait that is needed in today's world, and a trait that I am trying to cultivate in my four daughters. As a former professional woman turned homeschooler mother, I too, love reading and books.

    With that, perhaps you would share your book lists? I follow some fellow readers on Goodreads, and your book list would surely be enlightening. Would that be something you would consider? You have a wonderful voice and analysis, and I'm sure I speak for many others when I respectfully tell you how much you will be missed here.

    Thank you so much!

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  146. Sonja from BavariaJanuary 4, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Dear Jane,
    It is so sad to hear that you are quitting blogging. I have always enjoyed reading your thoughtful analysis, whether on fashion related topics, or on other things such as the Middletons, Kate's role or her relationship with Meghan (even though I haven't really commented anymore over the last year pr so). But of course I understand why you made that decision (I can't even imagine how much time blogging takes up) and only wish you all the best of luck for any future (law) projects you will tackle!

    Thank you for so many insightful observations amd for being a part of my "Following Kate Routine" for so many years! Your blog was the first Kate blog I discovered, and always my favourite.

    I look forward to still hearing from you on instagram about all the things Kate- related :)

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