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Kate & Family Attend Queen's Christmas Luncheon

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Today the Queen hosted her annual Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace. She hosted the party every year for her extended family--those who won't be joining her at Sandringham, where only her immediate family gathers. We never see pictures from inside, but we always get arrival shots, so it is an annual little treat for royal watchers. 


It has been suggested that Kate is wearing the salmon-pink Stella McCartney she was pictured wearing 2011 to a birthday dinner for Prince Philip at the Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire. Obviously, the ensemble Kate is wearing today looks like a lighter pink with a more matte finish, but that could be the car deflecting the light. 


I am not sure. We just don't get the best photos for IDing with these car shots. I suspect all the sartorial-sleuths will figure it all out by the close of the day. It does, though, take me back to when Kate wore this Stella. I remember at the time this was the craziest (and in my mind) most disastrous ensemble she'd ever worn. Now seven years later, she has had a few more flops, but the experimenting has been so fun. And, although I think that dress creased terribly, it has grown on me! 


George and Charlotte were in the back of the Range Rover. The lens got a straight shot of Georgie, but we only see the back of Charlotte's head in the above shot. But, you can see her here below, and appears that she is busy waving to her fans.


Harry and Meghan were, of course, also in attendance today. The Duchess of Sussex might be wearing a tartan pattern of some kind, but it is very hard to tell.


I'll update you all if we get an ID on Kate's dress! 

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  1. Oh my, doesn't George look like his father in that photo!

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    1. That's what I thought too!
      Little Charlotte is so cute; I hope this dress isn't the repeat we think, but I like Kate in pink:) - op

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  2. No clue on the dress ID for me, but definitely not the Stella. She looks radiant though.

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  3. Catherine looks lovely with pink blouse, I don't think is the same dress even with car's glass, the dress look a material made of satin, it's not same fabric.

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  4. Doesn't look like the same dress; it looks more like a crepe rather that rather horrible satin.
    However she looks lovely, as usual and George and his Dad look very handsome
    Nanny Maria is in the car, so surely little Louis must have been there somewhere

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    1. Maybe Louis was with the Middletons? I admit I'm not familiar with the car they have but could 3 children in child safety seats plus the nanny all fit in the same row of seats? I think PC & PC have to be in child seats because of how high up they are sitting.

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  5. It is always a treat to get a glimpse at the Cambridge children. The neckline looks a bit different than the 2011 photos. I bet the sartorial sleuths will figure it out.

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  6. Wow! Kate looks beautiful in the car shots. I like that she has taken to smiling and waving to her future subjects, it makes her look so regal yet approachable. A big difference from previous "don't stalk me, paparazzi!" grumpy car shots. It seems like Kate is modeling good royal behavior she wants Charlotte to mimic (as evidenced by Charlotte adorably imitating her mom's royal wave!)

    I'm also loving this pink dress! The color is really flattering and the shoulders and neck are so cute and appropriate. I'm hoping it's a different dress from 2011 but it looks like it's too distinctive not to be the same. Thankfully the Rover's (tinted? anti-glare?) windows seem to diminish the reflection of the dress and it looks a lot less shiny.

    P.S. The dangly pear earrings are gorgeous and a nice touch!

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    1. I do not remember the grumpy shots.

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    2. Hm, I can’t recall grumpy pictures. I think Kate has consistently been very pleasant, even through nearly a decade of dating William when she was pretty much stalked by the press and had no royal protection officers to help her manage it.

      I would definitely not have shown the same calm, pleasant demeanor for that long! There would be far too many grumpy shots of me, that’s for sure. 😂

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    3. Anon LA...Perhaps you have confused Kate with the Queen? Famous for her "grumpy" expressions--probably because grumpy queen pictures get more attention than pleasant smile queen pictures. Our opinions and perspectives are necessarily colored by what the press /media choose to print--since few of us know the royals personally. And the press view is fed by reader demand--which is shaded by what the media print.....It is a self-fulling prophecy. A circle of mis-information. anon1

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    4. Anon1, yes, the Queen has mastered the "grumpy" pics, both on and off duty. ;-) Sometimes I do think it reflects a "we are not amused" moment, but more often than not, I believe it's simply a matter of being serious vs. smiley, smiley for the camera.

      I think Anon12.35 summed it up beautifully.

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    5. I think she just meant that Kate is smiling and waving, which we haven't gotten a lot of in the past... Usually she's just straight faced or looks something like what Prince Harry does in the above picture of him.. I think she's changed for the better and I believe it has to do with Meghan. Wether or not they or friends it doesn't matter but I do think they can learn a thing or two from the other!! First I thought no on the dresses but once I see them closer together like Jane has them idk?? She should know it creases horribly!?!

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    6. We only see what the photographers decide to snap, the editors decide to publish, and the operators of internet sites choose to show us. What we see depends on where we're looking and what we're looking for. Perhaps, if we are seeing more smiling Kate, it is not because she is smiling more but because photos of smiling Kate are being published more. I imagine it would fit the agendas of some forums to pick the non-smiley ones for Kate. Kate is generally on the royal reporters' nice list since her impressive return from post-partum semi-retirement. We will see the more flattering Kate photos. (maybe Kate isn't more relaxed and smiling more post Louis; maybe her relaxed photos are just getting published more--there's a thought) The media can say they are now publishing relaxed Kate photos because she is more relaxed since return, thereby escaping the need to admit to previous photographic-editorialising.)
      If you don't believe in photographic editorialising, just reflect upon the photos that accompany stories of various world politicians. Those photos rarely are directly related to the event being discussed. They are pulled from some photo morgue and chosen to make a wordless editorial statement .

      One can't smile continually without looking like the runner up in a beauty contest. The fixed-frozen smile with blank, non-smiling or deer-in-the-headlight eyes. I would actually prefer a neutral face to a continual fixed grin. I have also read criticisms and comments about Kate being "too smiley" from times before Meghan was on anyone's radar, smiling or not. anon1
      PS actually, when Kate smiles and waves I get the impression that it is directed at on-lookers in the crowd rather than at the cameras. There are photos of Harry and Meghan taken during their wedding carriage ride that illustrate this as well. Contrast this to the one of a royal turning around in front of St. Mary's and smiling and waving directly into the camera.

      Kate doesn't seem to be looking directly at the photographers but at someone nearby in the crowd. When others wave and smile there is no mistake that they are performing for the camera. It is all in the eyes--where the focus is. The press love this. Perhaps they think the smiles are for them--that they are being recognised personally. It is all for the image.

      Perhaps, as royalfan suggests, there are car photo ops where a play to the press is not called for and a more series aspect is appropriate. Camilla and Meghan can be counted on for a smile, no matter the occasion and whether or not those around are smiling, too.

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  7. They all look so happy. I hope they have a lovely Christmas and joyous New Year. They all have much to celebrate this year and much to look forward to next year.

    As for you, Jane. I do hope you have a wonder holiday season, filled with your own joy and laughter and wonder.

    A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all FBTB followers and commenters.

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  8. I have never seen the photo of the Salmon dress from 2011, thankfully! If it is the same dress, IMO it's the winner of the Ugly, Unflattering Dress Contest. Phew!!

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  9. This dress is realy not that bad, Madonna wore the silk bow dress once and that was better pictured. When they pictured Kate it reflected too much. You dont see the reflection here because of the car. Bulletproof windows are very thick and the windows are matte black. It is paparazzi proof because they can still see through all the flashing lights.

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    1. Agree it looked better on Madonna. But it was still pretty shiny although not so creased. The windows make a difference I'm sure but the neck looks higher today too--- maybe the bow-thingy was done up differently?

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    2. Yeah, I like the dress as well. I'm almost certain it is the same one, it's very much in the Kate style.

      BTW here is Madonna in the dress: https://whatkatewore.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Madonna-Stella-McCartney-Dress-Catwalk-Queen-.jpg


      I just don't think Kate has good luck when wearing that kind of fabric. Or at least, when being photographed, some fabrics don't photograph 'true'.

      For those that doubt this is the same Stella dress, recall Kate wearing Christopher Kane here: https://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2017/05/kate-in-christopher-kane-at-buckingham.html

      That blue coat looks fairly different in each photo due to the natural lighting, flash, and overhead shadows. It goes from a sheeny ice blue to almost a minty blue to a duller greyish blue.

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    3. I am not sure it is the same dress, but if it is, it has aged well, I think the eye is now better accustomed to that kind of shelves, bows and embellishments. It looks better with the fabric seemingly matte.

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    4. I think it is the same dress. If it is a shiny crepe it will reflect light under flash bulbs and look much shinier than it is. It is probably not that shiny in real life - probably has a sheen to it but not satiny. I think Madonna looked better in it because she is shorter - Kate's dress looked a bit small for her.
      Either way she looks lovely. I've been looking for those pearl earrings but can't find them on the In2 website. Anyone know any duplicates?

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  10. I don’t think it’s the same dress. The neck and the shoulders look different, plus the material and the color. I really don’t like neck bows, they’re too fussy for me.
    Supposedly Meghan is wearing an Erdem she had already. It looks like it to me, from the pics I have seen. I don’t like Erdem, generally. Again, too fussy.
    Both ladies look nice though.

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  11. If it’s the same dress it has photographed soooo much better! Kate looks beautiful, the color suits her (how can she good look wearing any colour?) and the hair is fantastic today. Add her smile and the wave and she is picture-perfect. My beloved William was very handsome too ;)

    I saw a couple of pictures when they were leaving the palace and the kids had super red cheeks, it seems they had a lot of fun!

    Sophie was very pretty with her glasses too, had never seen wearing them.

    Meghan was wearing a dress she had worn to a tv interview a couple of years ago, according to some Instagram accounts. I find it weird that the bump fits but it does look the same. There are also a couple of shots of Harry and Meghan walking into the palace, what a shame we didn’t get any of Kate to identify her dress :(

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    1. i think that its not weird that the bump fits. When I was this stage in my pregnancy i did not wear maternity clothes because i found that they made me look much more 'bumpy' than I was. I think in general she has been wearing a lot of maternity clothes to accentuate her bump but she is still at the beginning of her pregnancy so she could totally fit and look nice in regular clothes

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    2. 5th (or even 6th) month isn't hardly the beginning of a pregnancy. ;-)

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    3. I found it weird because the other day her bump seemed squeezed in the floral dress and I don’t think her older dresses are bigger than that one...

      Anyway, let’s not comment much on Meghan because I don’t want to be called a hater and get angry near Christmas ;)

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    4. Maybe, Anon 7:29. But the Erdem dress looked pretty tight on her torso in 2016 & the overlay material is not a material that stretches. Regardless, I wouldn't say Meghan is "still at the beginning of her pregnancy." Admittedly we don't know her exact due date. All we know is that she'd had her 12-week scan by the time the pregnancy was announced in October. But even assuming she was only a few days past 12 weeks then (most people think she was farther along, perhaps as much as 16 weeks) that would still mean she is *past 22 weeks* now. Her dress choice earlier in the week for the Brinsworth House event suggests she is past the point of being able to wear all types of non-maternity outfits. Because she is fairly short and has a short waist, she may look farther along than she is but at 22+ weeks it's not still early pregnancy. Although very rare, some babies born at 22 weeks have survived and 50-70% born at 24-25 weeks survive.

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  12. I don’t think it’s the same dress (thank goodness!). I love these In2Design pearl earrings...they’re gorgeous with the pink shade of her dress. She looks really lovely! & it’s great to see Charlotte waving to her fans ;) I like how Meghan recycled an Erdem from years ago; looks like such a pretty dress.

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  13. I am just not a fan of pussy bow shirts. She can pull them off since she is tall and slender but I have tried and I am built with wide shoulders and ribcage and I look just plain ridiculous.
    I know it’s in style but it is just a mumsy look I am not a huge fan of.

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  14. Oh my goodness. George is so big and mature looking. No hint of babyhood left in that young boy. Time flies.

    Happy Christmas to everyone!

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  15. I just absolutely love these earrings!

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  16. Adore the color pink on Kate, the family looks happy to go for lunch. Wonder who was sitting with Louis as I saw their nanny in the back seat with George & Charlotte. I must say I do wish Wills & Kate were spending the holidays with the Middleton’s as I think it is so important for them to spend time & experience the holidays also. It give the entire family a chance to embrace both families. I hope they are not pressured to be with the queens Many relatives dues to negative press regarding Meg & Kate & wills & Harry. The queen will have a huge gathering of realatives & a rigid routine of clothing changes. The Middleton’s would be relaxing & comfortable & having two new babies: Louis & Arthur. On another note Carole mentioned the family would all be together. Makes me sad for Kate’s family. Also thought Sarah & Diana should have had the opportunity for their children to spend a Christmas holiday with their family so the children could experience both families.

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    1. Are we sure the Misdletons aren't going to Anmer so they are all together in Norfolk? Or are Pippa and James spending the actual day in London with their teeny baby and the Matthews family?

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    2. @Anon 8:08 It's also quite possible Kate's family will all be gathering at Anmer Hall so that they are all able to be together

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    3. I'm not sure Carole ever said the Cambridges were expected to spend Christmas Eve/Christmas Day this year at her house, Anon 8:08 although many people have said she said that. Assuming she was quoted accurately in the Party Pieces newspaper article (a big assumption!) it appears to me Carole was speaking more generally about events that have happened during the many Christmas seasons her family has had and not about specific plans for this year. One thing she spoke about was her "tradition" of putting a tree in each grandchild's room at her house so they could decorate their trees themselves. The only years since they married W&K have been with her family on the 24th & 25th are 2012 & 2016. They had no children in 2012 although Kate was pregnant with George. In 2016 George & Charlotte could have decorated bedroom trees themselves although Charlotte was then only 19 months old. Regardless, that one year does not a tradition make! I expect what Carole meant is the Cambridges always visit for a few days before Christmas each year and bedroom tree decorating by children happens then. There could be after Christmas visiting too while those trees would still be up. Those things could easily occur this year too so I wouldn't assume (as some have) that PG & PC won't get their own trees at granny's this year because of Sandringham. And as others have said, the Middletons might be at Anmer this year for Christmas Day. Of course, the senior Matthews have two new grandsons this year too so it's not unlikely Pippa will spend some of the time during the holiday season with her own in-laws.

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  17. I am not sure this is the same dress, I really hope not. The fabric looks softer in both color and texture.

    Blogger and Google are giving me a hard time staying signed in to make comments. If my ID doesn't show up this is RobinfromCA.

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  18. George and Charlotte apear to be towards the middle of the back seat. Nanny is next to George. I wonder if Charlotte is seated next to Louie and "waving at him" (e.g., paying attention to him) rather than waving at people along the curb. She is such a cute, expressive little girl.

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    1. How big is the back seat of a River if it can fit 3 car seats and an adult?

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    2. It looks to me as if there are three rows of seats. Nanny and baby in the back and behind them, George and Charlotte. I forget where I saw the pictures but some site was showing the top of a carseat next to the nanny who is in the backseat behind William and Kate. I think they were the photographs taken when leaving.

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    3. It a three row car it seems! So the baby seat and the nanny are in the second row and George and Charlotte in the third one. That’s what I’ve read...

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  19. I like Kate in just about any shade of deep pink or berry, so for me this is a win, despite the pussy bow. Do I think it's the same Stella worn in 2011--that's a crap shoot. So much photoshopping goes on that lack of sheen, today, doesn't mean much. Love the earrings.

    JC

    P.S. Wherever Kate winds up spending Dec.25th, it's to be hoped that it was by her choice...and by no RF order. And to everyone who reads and/or comments on this site, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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    1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well JC.

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    2. Thank you, JC. Hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

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    3. Thanks JC. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you & to all who are here.

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  20. I just saw that Natasha Jackson just gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Congratulations to Natasha and her husband!

    This also confirms my feeling that Kate has been working with someone else for at least the last month or so as Natasha would have started her maternity leave in November.

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  21. I have to vent a little apologies before hand, whether there is any truth to the Royal feud rumours but reports on them is heartbreaking considering the effect it might have on the Queen. I read that she still keeps on top of all the goings comings in her family. Can I say Harry and William should be ashamed if they are fighting, they should consider their grandmother the Queen what she has gone through in her life she had to steer the royal family through political strife, changing public opinions, assassination attempts, her own children personal problems humiliations now in the twilight of her life she can't be expected to clean up her grand children mess.

    Can I say how I also feel very sad when I read reports like how painful it is for Royal Family to go to Sandringham/Balmoral because of the stifling rules, don't worry once she is gone I doubt if half the traditions will be carried on. Sad the public and even her family seem to take the queen for granted, she has been a rock and in good health and led an exemplary public life we all forget that she is only human and isn't going to live forever. I am sure the traditions the family scoff at will one day be missed when the Queen isn't there to enforce them, we don't appreciate what we have until we have lost it. Harry and William should relish spending time with her, they shouldn't dragged kicking and screaming to Balmoral, they should be proud and happy that she is still around to give them guidance not everyone is this lucky.

    I don't blame the wives they married into the family they can never be expected to love and respect the Queen like her own blood grandchildren, it is on William and Harry to enforce family unity. I hope William and Harry put a stop to any silliness and act with maturity that is expected of their station in life and honour their grandmother I doubt at this age she asks for much it won't kill them to fulfill her wishes.

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    1. Im not sure we can believe much of what is written in the press. None of this may be true.

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    2. anon 4:32--your comment sort of serves as an example of the self-fulfilling prophecy remark I made earlier concerning the flow of information from press/media to public being circular. With tabloid news it can truly be said, "What goes around, comes around." Again and again in various permutations.


      anon 4:32--you are correct that HM keeps tabs, either personally or through her staff. There was a recent report that the person who oversaw BP communications for "the royals" had resigned. It did not specify any particular royals being overseen. This person had previously been head of communications for the POW. There apparently was also a change within CH communications staff. Since the differentiation was between the DD Cornwall and "the royals," I assume that the BP head included more than the DD Cornwall and the Queen; otherwise it would have referred to the Queen's head of communication. It seems obvious that there is a central hub as well as individual offices. A tabloid associated these changes with the Thomas Markle handling. This story lead to one of the few full retractions that tabloid has printed. Apparently, the story had struck a nerve with BP and possibly the Queen. The usual policy seems to be to refuse commenting on such stories.

      There is indeed a central clearinghouse for royal communications and I believe scheduling was also included. I have long maintained this opinion. It only makes sense. Otherwise, one would have royals bumping into each other all over London. I think the main effort is to coordinate the activities of the Queen, the POW and wife, and Charles's sons and their wives. There are events on the same day but scheduled for different times of day and day versus evening and night events. And it is all overseen by a BP head of royal communications. At least tat was the implication.


      The feud stories were mostly generated by slow news days, as far as I could tell. The longer this story keeps being renewed, rehashed, amended, augmented, and perpetuated the harder it will be to erase it from the public's memory. In time, the issue of truth as the basis of a wide-spread rumor becomes lost. I have observed this process over and over again with popular stories and themes about the Cambridges and others.
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      Associated with the feud stories were stories that Meghan and Harry would spend Christmas separate from their feud partners the Cambridges, with theSussexes with the Queen and Doria at Sandringham. The Cambridges were to isolate themselves at the Middleton home. Of course, the Doria attending story became Doria invited but refusing invitation story--an obvious effort to back-up the original story without having to admit a possibly false statement. Then the associated William and Catherine will avoid H&M by spending Christmas at the Middleton home was played upon. Carole's quoted remark about being with the family for Christmas seemed to back up that view. That view required the assumption that a shared Middleton/Matthews/Cambridge event would necessarily mean it would be held at the Middleton parental home. The fact that the Cambridges have hosted family celebrations at their Sandringham home numerous times was ignored.

      The latest, as far as I know, is that the Cambridges and Sussexes, sans Doria, will be together with the Queen at Sandringham. I suspect there will be another "quartet" picture from the church walk demonstrating unity. Reminds me of the Wizard of Oz promotions with Dorothy, the cowardly lion, the tinman, and the scarecrow, arm in arm, skipping down the Yellow Brick Road. I have my ideas which royal each character might represent in the media eye. I think Charles is definitely the Professor behind the curtain--the Great and Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Ha!
      Where the Middletons and Matthews will be is open to speculation. anon1

      I suspect, if we traced back some of the "facts" known about the royals to origin, we will find a tabloid reporter at the source. Not KP/BP/CH or any royal quote available on video.

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    3. I don't understand why you are dragging William and Kate into this. Both William and Kate love Balmoral and Sandringham so I'm not sure where you got the idea they are being dragged "kicking and screaming" to go there. They go to Balmoral every year except when Kate had Hyperemesis Gravidarum and even used to spend time there before they were married. It's a very special place for them.

      They also love Sandringham. Don't forget Anmer Hall is part of the Sandringham estate, their preferred home and where they lived there the majority of the time until last year. I wouldn't call it unreasonable of them to want to spend Christmas at the Middleton home every few of years.

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    4. I also recall reading more than one reference to W&K spending quiet time at Balmoral during their courtship. Even the Middleton's have been photographed at Balmoral before and after the royal wedding. And we have seen photos of W&K attending services with the Queen. In comparison, we have not seen photos of H&M attending services with the Queen, and instead there were stories about H&M spending a week with C&C at Castle Mey given the "close" relationship between Meghan and her new in-laws. Perhaps they did. On the other hand, the story appeared at a time when the tabloids were running with all sorts of stories about the Markle's, etc. Time will tell, but I did expect to see at least one photo of H&M at Balmoral during their first married "Balmoral season". And this NOT being the case does add credibility to the tiara articles.

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    5. Hmmm...unsure about this dress; I can see arguments for both sides. But I'm far more impressed with these photos of a happy Cambridge family. :-)

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    6. My apologies Anon1. I neglected to thank you for the The Wizard of Oz analogy. How very true. :-) I fully expect to see a "by Royal command" performance on Christmas Day.

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    7. 1:12 pm update-...the feud saga continues. Latest attempt to keep the story going: the Cambridges and the Sussexes will be together yet separate still at the Queen's Christmas- the Sussexes will be ensconced with the Queen at her Sandringham residence while the Cambridges have been relegated to a separate residence--the implication being that the S's are favored over the C's. The flip side interpretation of that arrangement is poor pregnant Meghan must suffer the cramped quarters afforded those royals staying with the Queen while Kate has the luxury of a Colonial mansion. Much is made of the fact that last year all were together at Anmer Hall. The Cambridges are snubbing the Sussexes. This is supposed evidence that a feud and split have occurred since then. Never mind that circumstances not involving feuds have since evolved or that we still don't know for sure where Meghan and Harry will stay or why. It has been conjectured (although presented as fact) that they will be with the Queen.

      The latest on the Doria story is she was not invited but of course would be welcome. That almost sounds credible. That will nicely cover the tabs in case Doria is seen at church on Christmas Day. Or that Doria would appear later to celebrate the holiday with Meghan. All the bases covered. The stories are probably safe since we usually do not know the details of what actually goes on behind royal walls. The tabs can make up any story and usually not have to worry about being proven wrong to the point of requiring a retraction. The story is just altered to fit the facts. There are signs that the traditional BRF silence on personal matters (following the TMI 90's) is changing in response to constant internet humbug.


      Although the facts presented are slanted they are basically facts. Later in the story we learn that Meghan could not have stayed with the Queen last year as the couple were not married at the time. Although unmarried couples have quietly been accepted, for the two to have cohabited during HM's Christmas festivities would have dominated the headlines and brought sharp criticism to the Queen...Head of the Church, etc. Remember the humiliation Charles and Camilla had to endure and still were not allowed/chose not to have a church wedding. Also, we are informed, the Colonial mansion is the C's home just a mile from the main mansion- so an easy commute and really not that separated.

      The explanatory remarks almost seem like attempts at presenting an even-handed story. However, the headlines and taglines tell a different story--that the feud continues. There is actually a catchy name for it: "the War of the Walses." The initial impression that the Cambridges and Sussexes will still remain separated although both will attend the events and thus the feud continues. Many just read the headlines and don't bother with reading the story.

      The Feud is alive and thriving and still getting clicks --including mine. I have decided to follow this story until it dies. Actually, I imagine this has already become a part of royal lore. A few weeks/months from now it will be an accepted fact that there was a feud. A favorite theme with guaranteed reader appeal that will be a staple for slow news days. BRF rivalries and petty spats also serve to support republican themes. anon1
      Just once I would like the reporters and their various forums to admit it is a patchwork of isolated events-some based on fact, some not- combined to form a believable whole.

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    8. Royalfan, if I recall correctly, Kate and Will were not pictured at Balmoral during their first year of marriage. It’s only been in the last few years we’ve seen pics. I don’t think it’s fair to say the rumor regarding the tiara is true just bc Harry and Meghan weren’t pictured for one year.

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    9. Anon10.54, if you limit the comparison to that alone and not factor in other things, then I agree with you.

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  22. a little off topic but will do you think Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding be televised?

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    1. As much as I would enjoy watching (Lady Gabriella is a very elegant young woman), I don't believe it will be. Perhaps a spread in Hello!...?

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    2. I don't believe it will be either since she is 50th in line to the throne

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  23. Felt the need to make a comment, Lizzie 10:45, I also read as many of the above commentators shared, Carole Middleton share she was looking forward these to having “all” of her family home for the holidays. In most families couples with small children rotate attending The Christmas holiday at each other’s family homes. It makes sense to share bot sides of each family the traditions they hold special. Kate and William should be able to rotate families as it is importance for their children to enjoy both families. The queen will have an enormous amount of family joining her. Also no one above stated William & Kate did not enjoy going to Sandringham. Was perplexed by that statement. They enjoy the country life.

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    1. I can't access the 1st article about Carole right now Anon 7:49. When it first came out I couldn't open it, then I could,  and now I can't again. Perhaps the quote you reference was in the 1st article. I know it's not in the 2nd article as I can access that one. I know in the past I did not read *either one* to say definitely the Cambridges would be at Carole's Christmas Day this year and so I'd like to see the full context of the quote you mentioned.  But in the 2nd article, Carole is quoted as saying about Christmas, "I try not to be too set when it comes to the schedule. Generally, we go to church in the morning, then a walk, open a few presents (with more in the evening). Then champagne and smoked salmon for lunch, and the main Christmas meal in the evening – but with young grandchildren, maybe we’ll move that forward and have it at lunchtime."

      Carole has had a young grandchild since Christmas 2013! So saying "but with young grandchildren MAYBE we’ll move that forward and have it at lunchtime" makes me think she is speaking generically about Christmas (and speaking as a "party-planner" despite disavowing that label-- the articles were about Party Pieces anyway, not about her private life.) But I suppose one could read it as meaning she is talking about this Christmas in particular and thinking for the first time about adjusting a mealtime because of her grandchildren. It seems unlikely to me though as does the description of casual, throughout the day present opening with kids!

      I agree it is important for grandchildren to spend time with both sides of the family and agree it's ideal if that happens during holidays. I disagree it's important to alternate houses. I'm pretty sure the Cambridge kids see the Middletons during the holidays at Anmer Hall if not at the Middleton house. (And I'm sure the Matthews grandparents want to spend time with both their grandchildren too. So I'm not sure why it's so often assumed here that Pippa & her husband & son would be at the Middleton house or Anmer for the holiday, as a matter of course.) 

      But there's another disconnect re: the articles. While I can't access the 1st article now, Jane mentioned in her blog Carole said James lives at home when he isn't in London. But it was widely reported (& confirmed with photos and quotes from James) in late Sept he was living in Scotland working at Pippa's father-in-law's lodge after his marshmallow business essentially went belly up. Maybe he was back in London less than two months later and his job in Scotland was just a distant memory? Or maybe Carole was speaking in more general terms? Or maybe the interview was done much earlier than it was published and Christmas plans hadn't been finalized? Whatever, there's enough fuzziness that I'm not ready to conclude the already finalized Middleton plans for Christmas were wrecked by the BRF at the last minute.

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    2. Lizzie, I think Carole was speaking in general terms and would not reveal any specific plans that, by default, would reveal additional information. It's also not unreasonable,for example, to make a reference to spending time with family at Christmas and NOT have it be the actual day. Just my two cents. :-)

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    3. royalfan-Yes. I think that is likely what she meant. The holiday, not just December 25th.anon1

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  24. This is a little off topic but I just saw the pictures of Kate and pippa former apartment In detail, and wow what a nice apartment that is. It’s almost like a house. When Kate and pippa were leaving their I am pretty sure that gorgeous bathroom counter was filled with makeup, nail polish, hair straightener/curler, hair brush etc. I almost imagine Kate standing their doing her makeup in that bathroom.

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