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Duchess Kate New Patron of Evelina London Children's Hospital

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook two public engagements in London together. Before the couple arrived at their first destination, though, Kensington Palace announced that Kate is the new royal patron of that first stop, the Evelina London Children's Hospital.  This patronage obviously falls within Kate's expressed interest in children and families, and seems a perfect fit for the princess. I think we are seeing a build-up to Kate's 2019 launch of what she has communicated will be her lifelong charitable endeavor. 


Christmas activities are everywhere and William and Kate tried their hands at a number of crafts with the children and families. As always, the little Cambridges came up, and both William and Kate remarked on how much George and Charlotte enjoy these types of pastimes. I imagine Louis will be getting in on the fun sooner rather than later. KP shared this video which features a little snippet of Kate's thank-you speech on her first visit as patron.

I am loving seeing the Annoushka pearl drops. Several of Kate's other everyday pearl earrings (the one son loan from the Queen) are cool for their connections to the royal vault, but I prefer these larger pearls on Kiki hoops that give them a little more swing.


The couple's second stop was the charity Passage, which aids the homeless in many of their different needs, including working to combat drug addiction and mental health struggles. So, again, a charity that is right in step with both William's and Kate's interests.

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There were arts and crafts to work on here, too, and Emily Andrews shared this video reporting that William told those gathered that Kate is much better at the creative crafts. Not breaking news. ;) 


Kate looked fabulous today in this green L.K. Bennett, which we will get to in just a second, but in this lighting you can really appreciate the Christmas-y forest green.

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A fun little video from the Royal Family Channel:

Ok, fashion! Kate tapped L.K. Bennett again today as she debuted a new silk tea dress from one of her favorite retailers. This dress is the Mortimor and is kind of the wintry version of the Montana dress. It has all the elements Kate has been obsessed with of late, including buttoned cuffs, a big bow at the collar, and, of course, polka dots. The oversized pearl buttons are the icing on the cake, and pair perfectly with her Annoushka pearl drops. 


Kate accessorized with Gianvito Rossi 85 heels and the Dora clutch from L.K. Bennett. Kate paired both these with her ensemble in Cyprus last week. I think the olive works with the darker green of this dress. I like that she is changing it up from the usual nude or black accessories. 


It looks like Kate has weaned Louis and is back with her dermatologist. Last week you could see a relaxation in her brow, and today she is even smoother. It just goes to show how moms always put babies first, even before beauty--whether it is refraining from hair dye during pregnancy or skin treatments while feeding. Given Kate's very public profile, her priorities are all the more impressive. And she was radiant today! 



112 comments:

  1. I'm a sucker for polka dots, so Kate's winning me over on that front. I also like that the green with the bow are festive without being overt about it. While I do like having different shades of a color in the accessories, and I like that Kate is doing something different with her shoes, I'm unsure whether the olive actually pairs well with the green of the dress.

    I think it's great that Kate is taking on another patronage. I'm in agreement that this patronage is probably in relation to Kate's launch next year. I am very much looking forward to that.

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  2. I had almost forgiven her for pairing bright red with burgundy and then she goes and wears olive accessories with a bottle green dress. I CANNOT even. Just because colours are from the same colour family doesn't mean they work well together.
    On a positive note, I think the dress is quite cute and her her has been a big hit recently.

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    1. And on yet another hand, the burgundy shoes would have looked charming with this green dress in the spirit of Christmas! She's missing the "mix" part of mix and match.

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    2. Ooh those shoes would have been perfect Robin!

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    3. I agree. But didn't we have a conversation last Christmas where it was said red and green aren't really considered Christmas colors in the UK? That it's more gold and silver?

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    4. Agree Robin, burgundy shoes would have worked really well with the dress. :)

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    5. Great suggestion, Robin. :-)

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    6. What can I say, she needs my advice! LOL!!

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  3. There is nothing wrong with dying your hair during pregnancy. It’s is safe and many woman do it.

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    1. In the 90s, this was a common fear, and women were advised not to dye their hair. I don't know if the fears weren't justified or if they changed the chemicals in hair dye, but it's no longer an issue.

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    2. ? Very interesting opinion, my gynecologist as well as my hairdresser would not agree though. Its only safe under very specific circumstances!

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    3. What does that mean, "a relaxation in her brow"?

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    4. Many women choose to forego chemical hair dye during pregnancy since no one can say it is 100% without risk, particularly from the inhaled fumes. Kate showed noticeable gray roots during the later days of her first two pregnancies. It was reported during her pregnancy with Louis she used a "plant based" dye like henna with indigo. I don't know if that was true but we didn't see noticeable gray roots or a growing out color change as we did before.

      I agree her brow looks smoother than it did a few months ago.

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    5. Sorry, but henna can produce alergies also. When I visited Morocco I was told that I should be careful.
      The problen always are the alergies, they can appear all of a sudden.
      Probably she used not amonia dyes.(but they cover worse) Nowadays they not contain PPD which might be the chemical issue, this one is forbidden.

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    6. Think it depends on the type of henna and its purity.

      https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/how-safe-is-it-to-use-henna-mehndi-during-pregnancy/

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    7. Yes, lizzie, pure henna is only mud,however the one we find in Europe, I doubt it. And there are only two colours, red and black.
      I tried and it did not cover well, the grey (white hairs), turned to orange and the rest red....a mess!

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    8. https://www.madison-reed.com/blog/ppd-and-why-we-don-t-use-it

      I found this:

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    9. Think henna red is usually toned down with indigo, at least that's what I've read, Anon 9:09. Obviously I don't know what Kate used during her last pregnancy but she clearly used something she didn't use when pregnant with George and Charlotte. And the color was redder than some of her previous hair colors.

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  4. The dress isn’t my favorite, mostly because I hate those neck bows, but she looks good and I’m glad the praline pumps were left at home. I’m glad to see her take on another patronage.

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  5. Hi Jane, what do you mean that she must have returned to her dermatologist and her eyebrows being smooth? Like Botox? Sorry, really not trying to create drama, I just really don't know what you mean (ps. I clearly don't visit the dermatologist often enough!).

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    1. I think she means that the deeper wrinkles seem to be gone from her forehead. The magic of Botox.

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    2. I am not well versed in this field, but Kate obviously gets treatments of some kind, and I have felt that for some years now. I did have a reader who sent me a pretty detailed analysis recently on why she thinks it is Botox. I don't know if it is Botox or some other form of smoothing treatment. But, it is certain Kate gets something done. I don't have a problem with that at all. It is a personal choice. It has come up a lot in the past month, which is why I chose to address it directly here on the. Kate looks gorgeous.

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    3. Ooh, yeah, it could be fillers or some other cosmetic procedure. I just call everything Botox for the forehead area. She does look good.

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    4. Agreed, she gets Botox or something done and there’s nothing wrong with it, good for her

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    5. I would peg Kate as maybe a diamond microdermabrasion kind of girl. No injections of toxins into the skin. She just seems more health conscious than Botox or other chemicals.

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    6. I am 6 years older than Kate and am starting to have a few wrinkles. Is there a magical way to smooth your brow that is healthy? Also I see some women that use botox regularly and the result when they are older is not pretty, they cannot stop because when the effect wears off it looks awful. If there is someone that can recommend an organic way to do it, I'd love to know! I have also started having grey hair, and plant based dies are much better for your hair and health, although chemicals last longer.

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    7. Eeeks - khaki / forest green don't go, but the dress is lovely, and she looks lovely.

      And she does look fresher. With the amount she is photographed, good for her.

      @Jane: have her facial treatments been a hot topic in the press? Or do you mean in personal reader communication to you?

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    8. Robin the only reason I'd think Botox is because she does show "bunny lines" at times. Those can be genetic but I don't recall seeing them when she was dating Will and we did see a fair number of photos taken.

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    9. What are bunny lines?

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    10. Kate got fillers after Charlotte's delivery - sometime in 2017. She came back one day with puffed cheeks and a very very wonky eyebrow (too much botox). I think that she got a bit of filler this past week and maybe a small amount of botox as well.

      Helen - I would recommend regular glycolic peels or microdermabrasion. It won't get rid of the wrinkles but make them less visible and will give you a beautiful glow. I did 30% glycolic peels till a year ago -you have to do three or four in a row. I would get one series in the summer and one series in the winter. It burns like crazy but is amazing. Right now I have stopped glycolic but I have a 10% lactic acid peel that I use at home once a week after a nice exfoliant. I am no amazing beauty but I have absolutely flawless and young skin. After a particularly active summer or winter if I have been hiking/camping or skiing a lot sometimes I will do three or four sessions of microdermabrasion. Between glycolic peels and microderms I would probably choose microderms because they give more immediate and sustained results.

      I would also recommend buying the most expensive serum you can afford. That goes on clean skin before your regular moisturizer. If you do a series of peels or microderms and start a routine with a great serum and moisturizer you can definitely reduce the appearance of some of the wrinkles.

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    11. Helen, here is some info on bunny lines.

      https://www.zwivel.com/blog/bunny-lines/

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    12. Robin - technically Botox is very natural. It's the same neurotoxin that can kill you if you come across it in improperly canned food rather than your dermatologists office.

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    13. Whether it is botox, hyaluronic acid or vitamins I hope she keeps it to a minimum. I really find her wrinkles refreshing! Maybe it is because I compare her with my Queen (Letizia) who is 10 years older than Kate and wants to look like she is 30, which I find ridiculous. One thing is wanting to look the best you can and another thing is wanting to be an eternal young girl...

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    14. Rosman, thank you so much! I'll do a copy paste of your comment to keep it!
      Thank you also Lizzie! Now I know I have no bunny lines yet, I am so glad! I don't know what Kate does, she looks great with a few wrinkles, but I hope she doesn't overdo it like queen Raina...

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    15. BM,
      What’s wrong with wanting to be and look young, I don’t know anybody who dosent what to look younger than their age.

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    16. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a little freshening up and I also don’t think there’s anything wrong with preferring to age completely naturally either. What bugs is when people don’t know when to stop and get unethical surgeons that will do whatever as long as the patient has deep pockets to pay for everything and then the person ends up looking like the Madame puppet. Not saying any of the royals look like this, but I live in LA and I’ve seen some awful plastic surgery and good plastic surgery so I like to delude myself into thinking I know what looks good and doesn’t. :-)
      And to me, Kate looks good.

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    17. Rosman, thank you for the tips. :-)

      6:48, most women do want to look their best and there's nothing wrong with that, but in extreme cases it can look fake. I look a woman like Queen Maxima, for example, and I think she's beautiful and much prettier than a typical model half her age.

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    18. royalfan,
      I love Queen Máxima. She has very questionable taste in fashion sometimes, but she has such joie de vivre all about her that I can almost forgive all of the bug brooches and ill-fitting Natan. And she is very beautiful.

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    19. Looking good does not mean looking younger than your age, 6:48.
      Interestingly, Maxima, Letizia, Mathilde, Rania are the same age ( Rania may be a few years older and the youngest is Mathilde)They have a different approach to beauty and aging.
      As for Kate, she has a very mobile and expressive face. I would think a shame is she made it smooth expressionless with botox. I believe that she is very thin, and looks better in the face with a little more weight.

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    20. Anonymous 6:48, I don’t like people who are 50 and want to look 25 by filling their faces and dressing like teenagers. One thing is wanting to look as best as possible at your age and another is wanting to be young eternally. If you compare Queen Rania (or Letizia) with Queen Maxima I much prefer the latter. They are all the same age but she has embraced her age and wrinkles beautifully and naturally (although of course I am sure she uses vitamins and fillers to look better) while the other two want to look as if they were still 30. Youth is very overrated right now...

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    21. Ha! You're right, lizzie, sometimes she does show bunny lines. I guess we would have to look at Carole and Pippa to see if it's a family thing or created by Botox. I have had Botox but not cosmetically. I had it to treat my migraines for about a year until it stopped working. Even though I had it in my scalp instead of my face it was not a pleasant experience. I can't imagine using it by choice. I think my biggest pet peeve regarding cosmetic "enhancements" are the cheek implants. Seriously, not attractive.

      I also love Maxima. Her fashion sometimes goes awry and you're right, Anon23, about the bug brooches! lol But her hair and her color choices are always interesting to me. You're right, she has joie de vivre!

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  6. Kate is lovely as always. Quite a provocative last paragraph. Guess I'm taking the bait though.

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    1. I don't see it as "provocative". Obviously, none of us will ever know what Kate does or does not do, so in that sense it is perhaps 'purely speculative'.

      However, I don't think it is crazy to say that Kate clearly does something. I remember that Pippa was photographed before her wedding coming out of a Spa Clinic in London carrying a shopping bag, and I'm sure the sisters being as close as they are would talk to each other about some beauty stuff, maybe even treatments.

      I think anyone who knows anything about skincare knows that topical products are limited in what they can do for you....you need some kind of derm/MD/machines to actually rejuvenate deeper layers of the skin (that can't be accessed by creams and lotions).

      My guess is that Kate is taking some cues from Carol, who looks great and yet naturally so. I don't know if Jane allows links here, but this I think is a recent photo of Carol, who seems relatively line-free without that kind of taut and shiny look that Hollywood actresses have....

      https://peopledotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/carole-middleton-1.jpg?crop=0px%2C26px%2C1800px%2C946px&resize=1200%2C630

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    2. I don't think there has been any recent change to her face, other then loss of pregnancy fullness. If you take another look at the photo of Kate hugging that little girl it is obvious she still has forehead lines. The light seems different in that photo and the angle of the camera shot as well. That may account for some photos that make her appear more wrinkle-free during this same day. I also noted some dark roots in these photos. I think the henna rinses from her pregnancy days are growing out as the rest of her hair looks lighter to me--reddish cast.
      I do agree about the comments on the other royal ladies. Especially Maxima. She seems like such a delightful person to know and very at home with herself. No one has mentioned Camilla, who has a vastly different appearance in photos, depending on whether the photographs first go through CH or are more candid (un-photo-shopped) She has aged naturally, although perhaps not well. I think she deserves some credit for not clinging to her youth. She obviously still has a strong spirit of fun, however. Sophie seems to be aging naturally. I think she looks more attractive as time goes by. And then, we have the Queen. A legendary complexion. I doubt anything other than healthy diet, exercise, and good thoughts. Maybe a few creams and lotions.

      I am, however, concerned about Kate's pregnant sister-in-law, who really doesn't show any forehead or other lines. She also must have continued her hair regimen--not a gray hair or errant curl.

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    3. Jane doesn’t bait she just says it how she sees it, and always has! Always enjoyed her writing because of it!!
      Theresa
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  7. I like the dress but don’t love it, it’s like yeah it’s ok but could have been better. I could accept the shoes since they are visually separated from the dress and the different non-matchy greens are less noticeable but the bag is a big no. Besides, I think I was waiting for a pretty coat and high boots since we are in December! I find the whole outfit more like an October one...

    I did not like the hair today either and I don’t see her face different from recently, I even think she looked prettier during last week engagements. Or it may be me having a bad day and projecting it into Kate lol!

    As for the patronage, it suits her very well and of course it seems to be related to her big project but I think further explanation is needed. What does she do as patron? I am sure she does much more than visiting once a year and I hope they start to make clear the behind-the-scenes effort she puts on it and every other institution she is engaged with. With everything that is going on now I think W&K need to make clear and accesible to everyone everything they do.

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    1. Besides visits, which I'm sure we will never know all of, just having her name on the letterhead as Royal Patron opens doors for investors and other high profile individuals to join the cause.

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  8. I like the dress on Kate. Because it doesn't have a belt or definite banding at the waist it doesn't look as high-waisted as many dresses she's worn have and so it seems to flow better. I'm not sure about the shoes and clutch though. While everything doesn't need to match and I'm kind of relieved not to see the ubiquitous nude shoes, personally I don't think olive complements the hunter green of the dress. But still a nice look overall. Not flashy, not especially trend-setting, but nice!

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  9. I'm really happy about this new charity; it's been fun watching her grow in regard to service. She has made some big-hearted choices.
    Maybe this dress is one of them. I like the color and the dots - I usually fall fast for Kate in green - but either the bow or the buttons (or both together) made this a "myeh" look for me.
    --OP (been posting a while, decided to initial re: anonymity queries:))

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    1. Welcome as OP, it is so much easier for some kind of identifier. One is still "anonymous" no matter what moniker is chosen.

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  10. I like it. Don't love it. But like it just fine.

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  11. My random thoughts:

    The dress is nice. Not spectacular but pretty. Catherine looked lovely in it.

    The olive shoes and clutch with the forest green dress gets a big ol' thumbs down from me.

    I love watching Catherine with kids. She has such a tender spirit for children. Her focus on young ones in her patronage seems like the perfect fit for her. I imagine she will do much good in her royal life. She's picking causes that matter and that matter to her.

    I know we aren't talking about her, but Camilla seems to have the same way with children. Her event at Clarence House with the reindeer last week was delightful.

    Have a wonderful evening everyone.

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  12. I like her dress. It is calming somehow. Kate is not overly obsessed with her wardrobe and I think it is a healthy approach. Always looking up-to-date-current in the fashion department gets exhausting to watch. Nice to see some normal clothes and not always expensive high fashion.

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  13. I actually really love this dress- green is so pretty! And I'm partial to "frumpy" dresses myself- high necks and long sleeves. Somehow they just seem so classic and demure. And the high neckline is perfect for visits with children. I'm a special ed teacher and when I wear outfits, I can tell you that high necklines are the best!

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  14. As usual my dear Jane, you nailed it!
    This is a great patronage and it goes hand in hand with what she is doing in New Year!

    Also you nailed it with the brow, sometime ago when she returned from her maternity leave I saw her face not at 100% but then someone commented that she has three kids and that is tiring, so I just though to shut up and don't say anything bad about her
    But yes, last week and this week she looks rejuvenated

    She must have done the same she did with George, I remember reading somewhere that she wanted to breastfeed him for 6 months so it looks like she did the same now
    She is in a tricky position, because if she doesn't look at her 100% she gets criticized and when she does, she also gets criticized!

    Luckily she is strong and here I feel we can all voice all of our opinions, respectfully and in peace :D

    Good job Jane!

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    1. Agreed! I think it is quite admirable really, how she balances it all. If she looked 100% perfect 100% of the time with 3 kids running around, I'm sure she'd get the weight of judgement from all the opinion columnists like "ooooh she can only do that because she's rich and has a staff". And yet if she looked too mumsy or 'let herself go', I'm sure we'd see another series of articles like "omg Kate get it together".

      It's kind of nice actually, to think as long as you have the basics in place (good haircut, good dentist, good diet, regular exercise), you can basically skip a few salon trips and the retinols or whatever for a year or so, and then get back to things when you can. I like that Kate shows this sort of achievable beauty (although of course she has the great facial structure that probably helps hah!).

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  15. I so appreciate your candor, Jane! It seems quite evident that around the time of the London Olympic's in 2012 that Kate has used fillers and botox (at that time, she really overdid it). In early 2017 in the lead up to Pippa's wedding, she was clearly using Botox and fillers; that time, however, she looked "fresh" and youthful.

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    1. I think she has gotten a small amount of filler in her cheeks over the past week, probably half a syringe each. She looked particularly haggard last week and now she doesn't. You can also tell because usually after getting any injectable the brows or eyes can go a bit wonky. You can detect a small amount of wonkiness on one of her eyes and eyebrows.
      I don't think it's something to be conscious or ashamed about - I am all for enhancing our given looks.

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  16. I like the green but the dress is too fussy for me. Granny like. And let's face it - not that many women can pull off this kind of 80s style. Kate with her figure and her height and that face will look like a goddess in almost everything. Me at all of my 5 feet 2 inches - I'd probably look like a tiny little dumpling in this.

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  17. I am curious why you comment on her skin/botox but mention in rules not to comment on her weight or appearance. Isn't this the same? I think she is just gorgeous!

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    1. Discussing beauty treatments is very different from suggesting that Kate is anorexic. One is a perfectly acceptable cosmetic choice the other is a mental disease.
      The only reason I brought it up at all in this post is that it has been very obvious in the past month and I was getting a lot of DMs. I don't like to make a huge deal about personal cosmetic choices, but because I don't think there is any shame in them, acknowledging this one at the end and letting those who want to chat about it do so is not a huge issue in my mind. As I say, very different from eating issues, although even so, not a topic I'd want to raise often.

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  18. I like the dress. LK Bennett has always been a good team player in her working wardrobe and it is true to her style. I don't care for the bag and shoes with it, however. On the other hand, yea for no praline pumps! Love seeing the Annoushka pearls back on duty and going so well with the dress! Kate is very steadily rolling out her new royal niche and I think she will be a dynamite patron who brings her charities together to accomplish things they can do better as a whole than as separate entities.

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  19. While I like the color and fabric of this dress and the pearl buttons, the style is too granny for me. I wouldn't wear it and I'm in my sixties. My theory is - and I don't know if I can explain it well - is that with Diana's absence there is a missing sartorial generational step
    between Catherine and Elizabeth. People frequently comment that Catherine needs to dress more befitting a future Queen. But she is measured against Elizabeth today - a 90+ year old. She doesn't have the buffer of an intervening generation. At similar age, Elizabeth dressed to her age. But it seems that Catherine cannot, for when she dresses to her age she is criticised as being too young and girly. What I do like about this dress is that it is ordinary. One cannot feel that in making the visit, she is also taking on the posture of a fashionista. Visually, and to make it age appropriate, I would have shortened the hemline to the knee and simplified the sleeves.

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    1. You might be right about the  gap, Lolo. But I don't *think* I compare Kate to HMTQ. Some use the terms "regal" and "looks like a queen" to describe some of Kate's outfits. I've not done that as I don't expect her to look like a queen now since QEII is still on the throne & then there's Camilla. But I also don't usually think Kate looks too matronly either. There have been some odd choices (the poppy "bathrobe" & the flowered mustard tour gown) but those I found more odd than matronly. I tend to compare Kate's daytime looks more to professional women in cities in the US since that is what I'm most familiar with. And I compare her to how the professional staff of the UK venues she visits seem to dress. While I know she doesn't fit in either category, & staff may dress up more when Kate is visiting, it tends to look jarring to me if Kate is photographed in a "girly" mini-skirt and clunky boots while all the women at the place she's visiting (including women Kate's age & younger) are wearing more "traditional" professional outfits with knee-length skirts & heels. It's not that an almost 37-yr old woman can't wear a mini-skirt. Of course she can (especially in social non-work situations.) But I've never seen mini-skirts, jeggings, or fashions I'd call especially girly (girly as in obviously young) worn--at least not worn successfully-- in more *traditional conservative work environments* if the woman is in a professional role & dressing to advance. (I'm excluding kindergarten/ elementary school teachers, artists etc here)

      To me much of what Kate wears is classic in style, meaning the style can be and often is also worn by older women. But that doesn't make it a matronly style to me. The less-classic things she's worn (like boho styles, prairie styles) tend to be one-offs while the classic styles are the repeaters. That suggests to me Kate might actually like classic styles.

      When QEII was Kate's age, she'd been on the throne for 11-12 years. I suppose she "dressed her age" but in the 1960s, similar daytime styles were worn by women aged 25-55. (After 55 was almost elderly then!) So the styles QEII wore at 37 were worn by women older and younger than she was. That is, unless one was wearing 'hip" Chelsea stuff like Mary Quant's mini-skirts and hot pants with a Vidal Sassoon haircut or wearing hippie "counterculture" clothes like bell-bottoms and tie-dye. Sometimes I think some (not suggesting you are Lolo) wish Kate would wear the 2018 equivalent of the hip 60s & I just don't think that will ever happen!

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    2. There may be a gap, but I see it this way … First, Kate has a penchant for vintage styles and, second, she has been extremely careful to not be seen as a clotheshorse. And I think she's been wise in her approach.

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    3. Another thought- Kate may not be queen now but when she does become Queen Consort the photos taken now will be resurrected, just as HM's earlier photos are. Her appearance will be judged retroactively as that of a future queen, not as that of a typical British woman. HM dressed fashionably and youthfully but never was "trendy." If you look at photos of Elizabeth before she became Queen --in her early twenties--you see a conservatively-dressed woman for other than white-tie occasions. (At that time "strapless" gowns were in fashion.)I think HM knew where she was headed just as Catherine does and dressed accordingly.

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  20. I love the color of the dress and the style (very classy and ladylike) but not a fan of the polka dots or the mismatched accessories. I think white shoes and clutch (or pearl colored) would've lifted the outfit!

    As for Kate getting botox (or a good night's rest :P) I do agree she is looking more refreshed and her age. Little touch ups are nothing to be ashamed about, specially considering stans have been shaming her for looking older.

    I do feel bad for Kate, being in the public eye since she was 20 and having to deal with the public expecting you to look the same when she's nearing her 40s. I hope she embraces aging gracefully when it's time to do so.

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    1. Anon from LA, I agree with you about feeling bad for Kate being in the public eye for such a long time. The previous blog article, about Kate's former flat being on the market, had a beautiful picture of Kate at age 25. It reminded me that Kate has been under a microscope for most of her adult life. This cannot always be a comfortable place.

      While I do not personally care for this particular dress, the dress made sense for the event, looking serious for the new patronage and appropriate for leaning over children and getting down on their level. It matters most that we were paying more attention to the children and the message of the day.

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    2. Anon from LA, I absolutely agree that it has to be hard to have a million pictures of Kate from her early 20s and people scrutinizing her aging process. I remember what Diana's brother said at her funeral that she was taken "at her most beautiful and radiant." We will always remember her in her prime whereas we will watch Kate age and she will forever be compared to Diana. Fortunately, Kate seems to be made up of a more confident nature and has a fabulous support system including a husband who does not see her as a threat to his position. She has inner beauty as well and will be a fantastic Princess of Wales and Queen Consort.

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  21. Re Kate's appearance on Dec. 11, much as Robin, above, and several others, the dress is "nice" and very Kate. I do think that green--just about any shade--agrees with Kate, and this forest/hunter green looks best. So I don't fault the general colour, nor even the polka dots--fear not; this is just another Kate-phase, much like lace used to be. She'll out-grow it, and will, inevitably land where I'd like to see her: on solid colours and streamlined looks; she's got the figure and height to pull these off with panache. This style evolution could've come about far more quickly IF Kate had had the $$$ to engage the services of a first-rate stylist, not necessarily British, and IF she'd been a trust fund baby.

    To introduce an offshoot comment, I sometimes compare Kate to Diana, but only in the sense which weighs their backgrounds. It's quite easy to see that Diana was a trust fund baby, that she was married to a man who could easily afford to pay for a professional stylist and wardrobe, and that she was, for the most part, deprived of parental/familial emotional support. By way of contrast, it's equally easy to see that Kate lacks in the parental funding dept.--as far as I know, her parents haven't set up a trust fund for her, and borrowing shoes/clutches/dresses and occasionally being given a bit of the ready to purchase a dress or two doesn't cut the mustard. On the other hand, Kate's had, over the many years that she's known William, a good deal of familial emotional support, or so it would seem.

    Hence my advice to anyone who's had the misfortune to meet and fall in love with a future British king would be to cut her losses/break her own heart, unless she has both considerable financial and emotional backing. Both are necessary.

    Lack of a professional stylist results in what we have here: a decent dress, in a colour which suits Kate, but, unfortunately with polka dots and clashing olive green accessories. (Some might be wondering why William doesn't support his wife financially; the truth is, as I've stated in the past, that William has little to support her with; he drew the short straw in his mother's will--or, more properly, Diana asked her father to leave her portion of any inheritance to Harry, figuring that William would inherit the fabulously wealthy dukedom of Cornwall, and neglecting to factor into her will the possibility of her early death.

    On the whole, as events have unfurled, I would say that William may be, with the exception of Kate, the most unfortunate of men. And I could write an essay on that subject!

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    1. Please, write it! Looking forward to reading it ;)

      I agree with you about the stylist, although Kate is easy to dress because she is tall, pretty, charming and natural she could do better!

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    2. I agree that Kate would benefit from a stylist, but it’s hard for me to attribute the lack of a stylist to not being able to afford one. Kate wears custom clothing from Catherine Walker, Jenny Packham, Alexander McQueen (to name some of the big designers) regularly! Someone who lacked funding wouldn’t be able to afford those bespoke items!

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    3. I wasn't aware Diana influenced her father to leave some of his money to Harry, JC. I had assumed he left everything to his son and nothing much to any of his daughters (as his son apparently has said he intends to do with his own estate.) I did know Diana's will left her sons equal shares & it has been reported they each received approximately 13 million dollars at age 30. And I did know the Queen Mother left more to Harry than Will. Still, between them, Will & Harry shared almost 18 million dollars from her estate. Even if Will got only 1/4 while Harry got 3/4, that's still 4 1/2 million dollars to Will. With that kind of money invested (even conservatively) and many other expenses taken care of (no mortgages, for example) I just don't see Will as not having the financial *ability* to pay for a stylist for Kate IF she wanted someone besides Natasha. Maybe he doesn't *want* to pay---personally I think he might be cheap-- but I also doubt Kate really wants a dedicated stylist on her staff. I know you and I disagree on how tight-fisted Charles is. But I just don't see the occasional problems with Kate's wardrobe stemming from a lack of money although I'd like to read your "essay." As Anon
      3:18 pointed out, Kate does wear alot of bespoke &/or designer outfits--outfits presumably paid for by Charles. And she did have other shoes in her closet besides olive to wear with this hunter green dress! And I'm pretty convinced Kate LIKES polka dots (& lace dresses)...it's not a matter of not being able to afford anything else :)

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    4. I don't think the issue is because Kate should have a stylist but can't afford one. She could absolutely afford one if she wanted one, because her parents are multi-millionaires and so is William. I think she wears what she likes, and she trusts herself, and she knows she hits it out of the ballpark often enough (an American saying) to cover things that may not be spot-on. To me, the olive shoes and clutch with the forest green dress are in that category (not her best), but she still looks fabulous. She has that gift.

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    5. JC, I don't know how much money Kate has (or is given) to devote to her wardrobe, but even if there was no limit to it, I suspect she has wisdom to not go down the road of Diana's love of fashion ... or to upstage (at least not too obviously) Charles' current wife.

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    6. It's just my personal opinion that Natasha is not actually Kate's official stylist. I think they probably talk about fashion, they may look at things together and Natasha probably actually does the shopping. However, I think Kate makes the final choices in the end and chooses what she likes. Her style is too consistent for her to have an official stylist who would follow more trends than Kate does. It would be nice if someone had said to her that olive green and forest green don't play well together but, overall, I don't think she needs or wants a personal stylist. It just doesn't seem to be part of who she is. She knows she needs to look nice and presentable just as she knows there is a certain expectation of glam and designer brands but I don't think making a statement with her clothes - outside her color choices to compliment where she's visiting - is part of her personality. In the end, Kate is a country girl who fell in love with a prince and has adapted to the lifestyle she's inherited as a result of marrying the man she loves. She has an occasional misstep in her fashion but, for me, her genuineness and kindness override any fashion issues. The work is more important to her and that is a huge part of her charm.

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    7. Robin, having a professional stylist doesn’t have to imply that she would dress more fashionable and become an it girl. She prefers more classic attires, that’s perfect, a good stylist could help with that too. I agree that she does not make a show of what she is wearing and, as I said before, she has the body and the personal charm to good look in anything, but we all can always do better!

      My biggest criticism to Kate’s style (apart from the praline shoes with everything) is the fact that she has bespoke pieces that are so similar to one another. I get she may like the style of a dress/coat but having two or three almost identical ones? The stylist could help suggesting small variations that kept the ‘concept’ but made the clothes look different...

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    8. Robin, I do agree with you regarding Natasha; I believe she *helps* but is not a stylist.

      BM, I truly believe this is Kate's strategy as it pertains to fashion. The Queen, too, has very similar designs in different colors and textures. It's their work wardrobe.

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    9. I agree, Royalfan, The Queen has a certain work style and has had it for some years. And A. Kelly's design elements are similar across outfits but the outfits seem distinctive enough that one can tell the difference between them. (Different colors, of course, but also different buttons/fasteners, different numbers of buttons/fasteners, different collars, different seaming sometimes, matching solid-colored dress vs print dress underneath, different sleeve details, etc.) Or if they aren't that different, since TQ always wears hats, different hats or old hats with new trimmings give a distinctive note. But some of Kate's outfits when put side by side are practically identical. The most dramatic example of course is the bespoke dress worn to H&M's wedding and the dress worn to Charlotte's christening. Even days later, many still were sure they were the same dress. And there's the pink/turquoise dress debate over whether the pink one was dyed. (I don't think it was. I think Kate bought two dresses.) I agree with Belle that a stylist could be helpful, if only on a temporary, consulting basis. Not to try to change or to dictate Kate's style but to help her refine it.

      I don't really see Kate's wardrobe the way I see HMTQ's. We'll see Kate in a mini-skirt suit one day and a midi dress the next, followed by a spate of very similar lace dresses or very similar bespoke coatdresses. So to me, the nearly identical outfits make less sense than they would if Kate had adopted a kind of work "uniform" as HMTQ has.

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    10. to those not in the know, lizzie and I have, over time, differed regarding Prince Charles and the manner in which he dispenses his annual millions.

      lizzie, I don't know precisely how Diana's father's will stipulated who got what. Naturally, as is the way of the aristocracy and landed gentry, the oldest son, and in this case, the only son, would've received the loin's share, but some "crumbs"/hundreds of thousands, maybe more, would've been left to Diana and her sisters.

      Regarding the estate of Diana, much of the value of same consisted not of cash/stocks/bonds but of gowns, jewellery, furnishings, etc. some of which would've lost financial ground over the years, and, because Diana was no more an HRH, her estate would've been subjected to the massive death taxes levied upon the general British populace, further eroding anything either sons inherited. And, if you'll forgive the speculation, it's my opinion that HMTQ somehow managed to acquire much of Diana's gifted jewellery, which is why we see so little of it on either Kate or Meghan. Perhaps she broke it up and sold it, ticked off because Charles apparently had to borrow from her in order to meet Diana's divorce demand of a very large lump sum payment--and the Queen is very fond of her money.

      End result: Neither William nor Harry are filthy stinking rich, altho Harry has more $$$ than his elder brother, and has held it longer. Even if the two had enjoyed an equal payout, William has had to support a wife and, of late, three kids, whereas Harry's has been allowed to grow unfettered, until this year.

      As far as I am able to decipher RF finances, Charles is responsible for the travel costs of both sons when they are on official duties and is also responsible for their official wardrobes, and those of their wives--and, presumably, of his grandchildren when they're required to present themselves for, say, a balcony appearance. He's also responsible for payment of their office staff--a double-edged sword, to be sure. But William and Harry are each responsible for their household staff--nannies, cooks, housemaids, valets, etc.

      I think, but am by no means sure, that Charles is responsible for his grandchildren's education...certainly, the Queen seems to've paid for the education of her three youngest children's children.

      So that leaves William having to pay for any and all household staff--and it leaves Kate having to make up the shortfall, and--the JC jury is still out--Someone has to pay for the Cambridge kids' education...but...WHO? Not to mention, it leaves William stuck with the bills for all four of his dependants, when off-duty, as would be expected of any traditional family man.

      And that's my answer to doubters, written on the fly.

      To those who think they might be interested in why I believe William is so unlucky, here's a hint. How many people do you know who'd like to be subject to two masters, i.e. HMTQ vis-a-vis the current POW? And how many of those poor souls who foolishly think that"d be easy, remember that Kate wasn't wanted by either of the two ruling family parties, albeit for two different reasons.

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    11. I agree that a stylist wouldn't necessarily change Kate's style, I just think Kate doesn't want one or she'd have one. I'm sure she could afford it. I would like to see her experiment more with color than style. She likes sleeves, collars, and modest length so I think, much like you said, lizzie, that textures, fabrics and colors would help so much. It's always so exciting when she turns up in red or pink! Then we get a steady stream of blue and green again. The color block sheaths she used to wear were so flattering on her but I can see that they are less convenient when she is at an activity where she's interacting with children. Her hands on approach, as opposed to just being a casual observer seems to require the longer, fuller dresses and skirts. We may need a letter writing campaign to discourage her from wearing those praline pumps ever again! I do hope she doesn't get stuck in the Camilla rut. I can't tell the difference between anything she wears because it all looks the same. Especially her formal evening wear with the dreaded floor-length heavy satin a-line dress with matching coat. So much money, so little inspiration.

      BM, Even though Letizia does whatever it takes to stay young looking (which I think is fine as long as she doesn't start looking clown-like as some Hollywood women do) she has so much style and she's beautiful. I love to see what she's wearing and I often wish Kate could wear some of the designers Letizia wears. I also love the way her girls dress. Leonor and Sofia are both so pretty. They are a lovely royal family. My husband lived in Spain for a couple of years before we were married and we've been back a few times since. We love Spain and they are my second favorite royal family.

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    12. JC- I believe Charles covers the full household expenses for both of his sons (and their families)- Charles has the huge income from the Duchy of Cornwall and, if I’m remembering correctly, when the royal finances have been published, roughly 5 million pounds was listed for expenditures on William/his family and Harry (this was a few years ago when the royal finances provided slightly more info than they do now). These expenses were not further broken down, but since Harry was unmarried at the time and William and Kate had kids and two residences, it was believed that the majority of those expenses were to support William/his family. I do not believe Charles only pays for official expenses for his sons/their families, but covers their entire living expenses. Quite frankly, with expenses close to 5 million pounds for a single year, William would be unable to afford his current lifestyle for very long before he was broke!

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    13. Robin, Letizia’s beauty treatments and style are very criticized here! The false eyelashes, all the ‘experiments’ she does with her hair, the fact that you can clearly say when she has had Botox or whatever she uses because she suddenly shows up with supper filled cheeks or has no expression on her face...
      Not to mention her fashion! I could list a lot of things but the most recurrent ones are that her dresses are always one size small (especially around the bust area), she uses sleeveless dresses at any time (you can usually see her at a photo group with a sleeveless dress with all the other people wearing coats or jackets) and she only uses Spanish brands occasionally. Add to this her attitude and the public fight she had with the Queen mother and you get why she is not appreciated at all!

      The girls are beautiful and, especially the young one, kind and very smiley.

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    14. JC, I understand what you are saying. You could be right on a number of fronts but first a few points. The figures I cited for inheritance amounts from Diana were *after* death duties according to published reports. (I previously wrote W&H inherited 13 million each calculated in US dollars. Some sources say it was a bit more, perhaps as high as 16 million.) Diana's estate was reduced by death taxes, of course, but since W&H didn't inherit until they were 30, investment had pretty much recouped the loss. I believe their inheritance from the Queen Mother (18 million in US dollars between W&H, precise division unknown) came from a trust so I don't know if that was subject to death taxes. Regardless, while Harry likely did inherit more from the Queen Mother, Will has inherited much more than a trivial amount from the two estates!

      You are no doubt correct Will pays some expenses using his inherited wealth. But unlike with most couples, W&K have many expenses taken care of for them. For many professional people in their 30s, mortgages and other housing expenses (like renovations), work clothes, & work transportation are huge parts of their budgets. Not so for W&K. And while Will MAY have to pay for his household staff from money he inherited (like Anon 8:06 that's not clear to me) it's not as though he's ALWAYS going to have to do that. I'm  American but even I can't imagine the UK without HMTQ yet we all know that day will come. And when it does, and Charles becomes king, Will becomes the PoW and controls the Duchy of Cornwall himself. He may also inherit more money from TQ's personal wealth. And unlike most people, he and Kate don't have to worry about saving some of Will's inheritance to be sure they can survive in old age, huddled by an electric fire. I also kind of doubt they are worried about saving money for their children's university expenses as many parents are. So I feel sympathy for Will's situation for several reasons but his financial situation is definitely not among those reasons. I also don't think Kate's wardrobe "misses" come from a lack of funds.

      As to whether HMTQ absconded with some of Diana's jewelry as you have hypothesized, personally I doubt it. But neither of us has evidence to prove our beliefs. What HAS been reported is that Diana's mother and her sister Sarah (named as executors by Diana) successfully petitioned in court to change some of the provisions of her will. Diana asked that her 17 godchildren be given a 1/4 share of her personal property (excluding jewelry which went to W&H under a separate provision) with W&H receiving a 3/4 share. The change they  requested resulted in each of the godchildren receiving *one* item each. I'm pretty sure Diana had more than 68 items of value in her personal property! The executors also changed the time for W&H to receive their inheritance from 25, as Diana had requested, to 30. So I'd be side-eyeing them IF some known pieces of Diana's jewelry aren't ever seen again. (But to be fair, we don't know if Diana had disposed of/given away certain pieces of jewelry after separating from Charles either.) Finally, the fact that we haven't seen Kate wearing more of Diana's jewelry than we've seen doesn't mean much to me. If I had been Harry and owned 1/2 the collection, I'd want pieces held back too for my future spouse to have the "first wearing" even if I was not planning to outright gift them to her. After all, we hadn't seen Diana's aquamarine ring either until Harry & Meghan married. And there's not been enough time for Meghan to wear much of anything else. Except for "Big Blue" I don't recall Kate wearing Diana's jewelry when she and Will had been married less than 7 months either.

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    15. lizzie, you are indeed a worthy opponent! But, what worries me is the distinct possibility that the good citizens of Cornwall may no longer be willing to support the status quo; that is, there's no guarantee that W&K will assume the lifestyle currently enjoyed by Charles. Without same, W&K would remain at the mercy of Charles and Camilla--not enviable. And it must be mentioned that Charles likes to live large; William is quite likely to discover the cupboard is bare once he becomes Duke of Cornwall.

      Thanks for the interesting rebuttal--I'll have a "think" on same.

      JC

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    16. JC-4:10--"the loin's share." Love it! What a lovely typo. An appropriate one, at that. Very descriptive of primogeniture.

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    17. I don't think anyone is reading here anymore but here goes...JC I don't think it is up to Cornwall residents to decide. Since the arrangement is a result of an act of Parliament centuries ago--and likely updated since, I believe it would take another action by Parliament to negate it. Meanwhile, I think the Duchy of Cornwall funds are safely in the hands of whoever is Duke. Charles and his management team have apparently been good stewards.

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    18. Actually, Edward III started the whole thing for income for his "eldest living son." When he died, it passed to the second son, who became the oldest living son. Parliament did intervene in the 19th century. Currently, Parliament is technically involved in regulating/over-seeing the Duchy of Cornwall. Since the Duchy is composed of properties in a number of other SW England counties, abolishing the Duchy would be extremely complicated. I don't think Prince Charles or Prince William need be concerned about loss of the Duchy any time soon.
      What I want to know is whether the latest amendments to the laws of succession negating male primogeniture which place Charlotte ahead of Louis--does that extend to the Duchy--since the stipulation was for the oldest living male and heir of the sovereign. Apparently, the Duchy reverts to the Crown when the monarch has no son, which happened, for example, with George III (his grandson became George IV) and, I believe Queen Elizabeth II when she was heir to her father but not a male.
      Something interesting to me that I learned whilst internet surfing--there is no stipulation on how the Duchy funds should be used by the Duke. Theoretically, Charles does not have to use it to support his family and charities. That is what he has chosen to do. It brings up interesting points. Could a threat of withdrawal of support be a means of control of his family? Anon 12:05

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  22. I've noticed for a while now that Kate seems to have a subtle sheen to the tops of her cheeks - I think she might actually be using highlighter which I love!

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  23. I do adore that Kate is wearing shades of green, it’s a fabulous color it is so very complementary and refreshing on her. Hopefully she is out of the blue! Retiring from and over abundance of shades of blue. LK Bennett is appropriate and supporting British fashion not too mention always looks lovely on Kate.
    One thing I feel for her having to work so hard with having the 3 little ones at home and having to spend so much time away from them, as they will only be little for a brief moment in time. Dont misunderstand, I adore seeing photos of Kate and have a soft spot in my heart for working Mothers.

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    1. I don’t understand why people only feel sorry for mother’s what about the dads. Whenever prince William is working nobody ever says oh I feel sorry that he has to be away from his 3 kids a lot. Kids have mothers and fathers nobody is superior.

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    2. It is pretty sexist.

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    3. When William said he wanted to see his children, people called him reluctant and workshy. I think it is more that he is the one that has the job, and Kate is a supportive spouse. The queen had to leave her children a lot, and people though she was putting duty first.

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    4. I don’t think Kate (or William) are really away from their family that often- if you look at the number of day each month that they make appearances, Kate seems to make appearances about 8 days a month (excluding tours). These are also not 8 hour working days. That means she has nearly three weeks of each month when she’s not making appearances. She is very fortunate that she is able to spend a great deal of time with her family.

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    5. I think the problem was the way Will explained staying home, Helen. As I recall, he made it sound like working parents are bad people who don't care about or prioritize their children. (He'd also complained Diana worked too much.) I think his comments happened around the time when KP tried to claim air regulations required Will "to stay home & rest" and not do any kind of royal work if he worked 20 hrs in a week for the air ambulance company. That wasn't true, of course. The regulations only limited flight time and as a part-time employee Will was nowhere near the limit on that. (And even if he had been, the air reg folks said publicly so far as they were concerned pilots were free to work other jobs in their free time.) So Will's comment along with the air reg snafu meant work shyness was pretty easily presumed.

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    6. Here we are having the same conversation about staying at home/ laziness we usually have about Kate! It shows at least it is not gender related, the parent that stays at home is presumed to do it out of work shyness... You are right, they were other reasons to label William reluctant, but why should wanting to be with the children be one of them?

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    7. And about William making it sound working parents are not good parents, I have observed any praise for stay at home parents is automatically seen as a slur to working parents, it is very clear on this blog. You cannot praise Kate for staying at home without people retorting it is lack of respect for working mothers. IMO praising the one is simply praising, not attacking another's choice. Also, it is healthy children are allowed to voice their perception of their parents choices. William has an emotional void. It may not be rational but it exists and he is right in a way. He feels he wasn't the first priority for his father and that his mother was often away. That is true. He wants to be different from them, that is also obvious.

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    8. All that may be true, Helen. There may be an either/or attitude in that saying X is good is often assumed to mean Y must be bad. But in Will's case, he was *quite direct* in saying negative things about working parents. Not only was that out of touch for a future HoS because all parents in the UK aren't financially able to stay at home, it did occur close in time to the snafu about air regulations. Taken together, it's not hard to see how it fueled work shy charges. His desire to spend time with PG was not viewed in a vacuum nor did he speak of it that way.

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    9. Maybe he was thinking of his own parents with that comment rather than working parents in general? He has made a few digs at Charles for his work schedule (not there for the grandchildren, etc) and even about Diana. I have commented elsewhere that I think Harry has some resentment towards Williams spot in the hierarchy, and I also think that William has some resentment towards his parents for spending a fair amount of their time and attention out of their home. The Cambridge family life is quite different than what Charles & Diana set up for their children (and it’s not just because the Cambridge’s are actually in love).

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    10. Helen, people say the same thing about working moms too. Whenever people praise Meghan and moms for having a great work ethic. The stay at home mom brigade attacks us for calling them lazy with no work ethic. But our praise for Meghan and working moms have nothing to do with stay at home parents. So it’s their on both side, if you praise one it means you are attacking the other. It’s sad really.

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  24. Helen I think that’s the problem, most people don’t apreciate when a father wants to be the supportive spouse and be a stay-at-home dad. I think with William it was different because both he and Kate weren’t working a lot so it may have come off as work shy. I know it will be controversial in the comment section to bring up H &M but I’ll do it anyway. I personally would love to see Harry be like Kate and be more of a stay-at-home dad and Meghan do most of the working like William. Considering Meghan loves to work I don’t see it as a remote possibility. I say it because I am tired of most people labeling fathers bad if he dosent work and mothers bad if she doesn’t stay home. I personally think one parent should work less than the other to care for the kids more and I don’t care which gender they are.

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    1. I agree with you! Here in Spain we are changing the law so that both father and mother have an equally long maternity/paternity leave. But there is still a lot of stigma towards stay at home dads...and also about stay at home moms, don’t forget everything that has been said about Kate.

      As regards H&M, I don’t agree (wouldn’t agree if it was W&K either). As much as I love Kate, she is only relevant in her position because she married William so the ‘important’ one here and the one who should be fulfilling his duties towards the firm is him, not her. I would support they both have parental leave but if one was to reduce his work it would have to be the consort one in my opinion. The same applies to Meghan. The same would apply if the ‘true royal’ was a woman.

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    2. I agree with you 10:33. Parenting should be looked upon as genderless. Stay at home dads should be considered just as good as stay at home moms. If it is decided that a couple would like a parent home with the children, it should be whichever one wants to be at home more. Dont be so quick to say Meghan would be the one preferring to not be home with the child however. She's waited a long time to be a mother and she may not be the main caretaker. I've seen it happen more than once.

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    3. should say, "may not be happy not to be the main caretaker"

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    4. BM,
      I see what you are saying, I didn’t think about it at first, since William and Harry are the actual royals I guess it requires them to work full-time for the firm than their wives.
      I think the stigma around stay at home dads is coming from the very traditional people who say that men are the providers and protectors and woman are the the ones who nurture and care for children.

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  25. So we got a glimpse of Kate and Pippa old apartment. We got a glimpse of William and kate’s Angelsy home. We also got a glimpse of some rooms in Bucklebury. I would really be nice if we can get a glimpse into their private residence in Amner hall and KP. We are probably never going to cause it’s private but it would be nice if we could. Maybe for the kids birthday Kate can release a picture of the kids playing in their rooms. I would Love to see how Kate decorated her children’s rooms.

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    2. We have seen he inside of Anmer Hall. There were the newborn couch photos and those darling pictures of Charlotte for one of her birthdays.

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  26. Lovely news about the patronage. Having worked with the Evelina in my "real life" I cannot stress what an incredible place it is. I guessed Kate would take on a children's hospital and thought it might be GOSH but I'm thrilled it is the less well-known Evelina Children's Hospital which can do with the raised profile.

    The most important part of her outfit to me is that we have not seen the hated Gianvito Rossi praline heels since November 4th. That is over a month without a sighting! I believe this is now a record since they first appeared and attached themselves to Kate's feet for 95% of her engagements. Let us hope we do not see them again anytime soon!

    She looked so radiant and happy today! Catherine's hair always looked gorgeous but it looked particularly lovely today. The dress is pretty and suitable for the two events. We know she likes the vintage style 40s style dresses and polka dots so this dress is definitely in her comfort zone. I think the colour and pearls make it more interesting. Of her three recent polka dot dresses outing my ranking is the Alessandra Rich, LK Bennett and then the Whistles burgundy dress.

    As always I'm happy to see her supporting British high street fashion.

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  27. Heureusement que le patronage est plus important que la tenue... Mon dieu.... une chemise de nuit.

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