Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Rebecca Deacon Set to Leave Role, More Details on Paris Trip & Fashion Favourites Restocked!

Hello hello,

We begin with announcements concerning Kate's private secretary Rebecca Deacon. As you may have seen, it was revealed over the weekend 34-year-old Rebecca will tie the knot with Adam Priestley later this month. It's been said the Duchess has been involved in planning the wedding and has "given the nod" for the marriage to take place at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, which can only be used by those with a connection to the Royal family. Of course, Prince George was christened at the Chapel Royal in 2013.


After the ceremony at the chapel, the couple are set to celebrate with a champagne reception at St James's Palace followed by dinner and dancing for 120 guests at the Westminster Boating Base. More on the venue "Westminster Boating Base is an idyllic setting for your wedding reception. The main room is large and airy with floor to ceiling windows and a full length balcony extending over the river. This room has the capacity to seat up to 150 people for a silver service dinner. The Edgson room has a full length covered balcony to the river and is equipped with effects lights and speakers for music and dancing. Our riverside location includes pier and pontoon access making us ideally suited to parties of guests leaving or arriving by riverboat, or the bride and groom romantically cruising off into the night amid cheers from their guests." The Duke and Duchess are set to attend the affair which has been kept under wraps until recently. It promises to be a magical day for Rebecca. Sebastian Shakespeare writes: "My source tells me: 'Rebecca feels William and Kate have pulled out all the stops for them. Rebecca is down to earth, unpretentious and completely charming."


Not much is known about Adam Priestley but I understand he works in marketing and sponsorship for BUCS. You may recall Rebecca was previously in a relationship with William and Kate's deputy communications secretary Nick Loughran, which came to an abrupt end when it was revealed he was allegedly seeing an assistant of Prince Harry's before leaving his post at the Palace for a career in PR. I had wondered if the natural awkwardness of working with one's ex prompted the decision to leave.


Below, the engagement announcement as published in the Telegraph four months ago.

The Telegraph

Rebecca has been by Kate's side from the very beginning. William had been impressed by the organisational skills and ability to work under pressure Ms Deacon displayed when she worked on the 2007 Concert for Diana as an assistant to the producers. Following this, she worked with Harry' charity Sentebale before transitioning into the princes' private office, where she quietly earned the respect of the royals through her hard work and dedication. William knew Kate would need someone she could rely on and trust to help her navigate her new life as a member of the Royal family and with input from his most trusted aide, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Rebecca was their first choice.


Fast forward to 2017 and William and Kate have been married almost six years. Over those years, Rebecca has been a constant, accompanying the Duchess on almost every event, from solo engagements to overseas tours, all the while proving a reassuring aide who has helped Kate make the transition into a future queen. Now, with Kate a mother of two with a major move to London on the cards for this autumn, it was thought Rebecca would be a major player in the expansion of 'Team Cambridge' later this year. It very much looks, however, like that will not be the case. In a statement the Palace confirmed Rebecca is "moving on in the summer". Undoubtedly Rebecca's pending nuptials and likely plans to start a family have contributed to this decision; her role and the time commitment required would only increase in the years ahead. The unpredictable and often demanding schedule, which can include being away for weeks on royal tours, may have proved a factor in her decision to move on.


The Palace statement read:

'The Duchess of Cambridge's private secretary, Rebecca Deacon, is moving on in the summer. Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for all the hard work and support Rebecca has provided over the past ten years and wish her well in the next phase of her career.'

It's certainly going to be very disappointing for Kate to lose her right-hand woman especially at a time when the family are making the move from their beloved Anmer Hall to what will eventually be a full-time royal role in London. I expect Kate wanted to help with wedding preparations in any way she could, not only because she wanted to help make it an unforgettable day, but also as a way of thanking Rebecca for her years of service. For royal watchers, it's going to be rather strange not seeing images like the one below of Rebecca and Kate, after all these years...


A huge congratulations to Rebecca Deacon and Adam Prisestly on their wedding and wishing her the very best of luck in her future endeavours. The question now is, who will fill Rebecca's shoes as Kate's private secretary?

With thanks to Royal Central for first reporting the story.

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I had very much hoped the itinerary for William and Kate's trip to Paris would have been released by now. Various articles have been sharing bits of information, and with embargoes in mind we'll wait until the Palace does officially release news to do our full write-up. While waiting I thought I would share ITV's story with some additional information:

'William and Kate are to attend the Six Nations Rugby match between Wales and France at the end of their short tour to Paris next week. The royal couple are embarking on a two day visit across the English Channel as the government deploys them as diplomatic "soft power" at about the same time as Theresa May triggers the UK’s divorce from the EU.
Kensington Palace has issued more details of the Duke and Duchess’ trip. The Cambridges also plan to meet those involved in the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris as well as the lorry attack in Nice on Bastille Day last year. They will also be the guests of honour at a reception at the British Embassy called "les Voisins" which celebrates the cultural ties between the UK and France. As William and Kate tour the French capital, they’re likely to be introduced to senior French politicians who will influence the EU-UK divorce settlement.'

For those asking, we'll also be doing a 'What Kate Might Wear' post looking at possible designers and looks (wouldn't it be a fantastic time to debut a classic Chanel skirt suit) as the trip approaches.

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Moving on to news of several fashion favourites re-released and restocked, particularly in the dress department. The See by Chloe Pointelle Knit Cotton Blend Dress Kate wore for the unforgettably adorable children's party in Canada with Charlotte and George is now available in sizes XS - XL at Saks Fifth Avenue for $460. With thanks to Middleton Maven for the tip.


The Beulah London Sabitri Dress in powder blue, which Kate wore in Kuala Lumpur in 2012, is now available for pre-order in sizes 6 to 16 on the website. The limited edition piece features "button detailing on the bodice giving a beautifully romantic feel that leads to a flowing skirt". It's also available in a pretty floral monet print.


The Self-Portrait Gown Kate donned for A Street Cat Named Bob is available in several sizes at Matches.


Kate's gorgeous red Preen Finella Dress is back in stock at Net-A-Porter (with thanks to the lovely What Kate Wore for sharing the news on Twitter). The £995 midi dress is crafted from heavyweight satin and has a classic fit-and-flare silhouette that's elevated with a wide asymmetric hemline, front pleated wrap, and box pleats at the skirt.

Net-A-Porter
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A word of thanks to those who voted for Kate's Best February Look. It was an interesting month with a variety of looks suited to the events. It came as no surprise to see your winner though (I really loved it), the Erdem Rhona midi dress crafted from metallic lace in silver and the sparkling Oscar de la Renta pumps the Duchess wore to the UK-India Year of Culture Reception. It was a classic look completed with a pair of pearl Anita Dongre earrings. The McQueen gown Kate wore to the BAFTAs took second place and on the other end of the spectrum Kate's red Philiosophy blazer proved your least favourite.


We'll see you on Thursday, when the Cambridges and other royals will join Her Majesty for a Service of Dedication on Horse Guards Parade before the Queen formally unveils the new Iraq Afghanistan Memorial on Victoria Embankment Gardens, London.

123 comments:

  1. It's lovely that the Cambridges are making Rebecca Deacon's big day so fantastic. While I understand the decision to leave the job, Rebecca will certainly be missed. As Charlotte expressed, big question now is who will take over as Kate's private secretary?
    Looking forward to the Paris trip. I hope she does debut a Chanel suit. That would be perfect.

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    1. Alejandra Ramirez8 March 2017 at 04:44

      Maybe Natasha or Sophie (Rebecca´s assistant) will fill out the role?
      At least while they find someone more permanent :D

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    2. Sophie is a graduate of the University William and Kate attended. :)

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  2. Rebecca's absence, to me, will be like the absence of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton. Two gifted, solid assets, gone. How do you ever replace them really. I understand that Rebecca would want to have a more normal schedule. I am sure she will miss all the excitement and history though. She was present when George and Charlotte were born, etc. Perhaps Natasha will take Rebecca's place and then Kate can get a real stylist (sorry). Although, Natasha may also want a more normal schedule once she is married. I am glad the dinner is at St. Jame's Palace. In some reports the ceremony was said to scheduled at the Chapel Royal, champagne reception at the Palace and dinner at a nearby boathouse venue. It makes so much more sense to have all thee at St. Jame's Palace, in my opinion. I am sure it will be a very beautiful and special wedding. Congratulations Rebecca. ๐Ÿ’

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    1. Surfergirl I think Natasha is tighter with the hairdresser, her name escapes me at the moment. Who knows, just me speculating, but I don't think she and Rebecca would have been as chummy. I wondered about a Natasha promotion myself and that's what I'm a little afraid of, I'm not sure that's the right role for her.

      But honestly what do I know about any of them! This probably seems quite unkind but I just can't shake the sense that Archer and the hairdresser wormed their way in a bit and cemented roles for themselves, and know how to push the Cambridges' loyalty buttons. I sometimes think William and Kate might be a little easy to manipulate in that regard.

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    2. I would hope at some point for a new stylist who can make Kate's wardrobe more congruent. And I'd love to see a more polished Lady in Waiting. Rebecca often looked rumpled, some of her skirts (including at the recent India event) were much too short, and Kate has been left many times looking for a set of hands with Rebecca no where in sight.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden7 March 2017 at 23:05

      I kind of agree Claudia. Not on what the hairdresser and Archer might and might not have done. But I think William and Kate, in their search for reliable people they can trust (a huge need ofc!) kind of make themselves vulnerable towards the people they know they can trust. If that makes sense. Not in any big or bad way, but that they are more likely to promote a person they trust than one with the right credentials. Like the hairdresser for Kate. And I get it, it is a tough balancing act. They really really need people that will keep their mouths shut. But sometimes I think in the fear of having someone that blabs, they go too far in the other way in that balancing act. But as I said, I get it. It's really hard, and I can kind of understand them choosing trust over a few hairs out of place or a good but not the best planner for one they can truly rely on.

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    4. Claudia,

      I certainly agree that Rebecca and Natasha were probably not close at all. Not that they don't get along. Amanda and Natasha, yes, they appear to be very good friends. And I am not recommending that that Natasha take Rebecca's position, even as much as I want her to stop giving styling advice if she is, lol. I was just thinking that that might be the natural progression of things since they might promote from within.

      I have had the same feelings as you about Natasha and Amanda's employment there. I think Amanda was hired because she had cut the boy's hair when they were younger, and there were tours to be made, and then I think Natasha was added as an assistant to Amanda for that and that Natasha was Amanda's choice, as I recall. I think the confidentiality factor was the pre-eminent factor in their employ and their availability for flexible schedules. Not necessarily the most illustrious skill sets particularly being the decisive factor. After marriage Natasha may want to find work that affords a normal schedule, although her fiancรฉ would be in their entourage sort of for tours etc, as he is a royal photographer. (and one of my favorites), so until they have children that may continue.
      Definitely ๐ŸŽถCh-ch-ch-changes๐ŸŽถ, :).
      I wish them all the very, very best and hope that William and Kate readily find the best possible team members. The show must go on........ ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

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    5. I think its unfair to suggest that Natasha and Amanda are only in their positions because of blind loyalty. You may not like a clothing or hair styling decision but it doesn't mean they are bad at their job. Its not like Kate is showing up to engagements in t shirts and bowl cuts. Also there are alot of assumptions of the actual influence Natasha and Amanda have over Kate. We don't know the amount of say Natasha and Amanda actually get in final decisions.

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden8 March 2017 at 15:43

      Oh, ofcourse not Court! I'm not suggesting that at all. They are still doing their job right! It's just, having cut boys hair is not really a full on credential to styling a royal lady. That doesn't mean she can't style her (I think she does a nice job), just that she's not the top person and probably hired more for her trustworthyness than excellence in her field.

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    7. Court you're right, it may be unfair, as I said, what do I know of any of them! Just a sense I have that I was sharing. In my opinion, Kate usually looks good *despite* her team, not because of them. And a good styling team should take what you have and make it sensational. (that weird bun thing in Kate's hair the other day may not have been a bowl cut but it was universally panned)

      And we do have an idea of how involved Natasha is, from extensive interviews certain designers have given (one in the Telegraph recently) about how she was the one making the decisions regarding Kate's clothing and how the pieces were to be altered. That's as direct a source as you can get.

      I just don't think an office PA and a woman who cut hair for little boys should be the chief stylists in Kate's ear. Diana did not have a stylist, but she did work closely with designers and listened to their input on how things should be styled and worn, not just on the design, and she also sought out advice from very experienced people in the fashion industry.

      I think Kate looked fabulous in her early years but - in my opinion - she seems to be regressing a bit, and I doubt she likes that either. Whereas Diana may have started a little rough but just got more spectacular every year. She was a quick study. But she also wasn't relying on Charles' childhood hair stylist (can you imagine!) or one of the office workers.

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    8. They do have resumes. No one is saying they don't. I don't know that cutting the boy's hair is an adequate resume for what Kate needs now though, Mr. Ward's skill sets are a hard act to follow, and I think we all agree that Natasha's administrative skills are substantial. She is not a trained stylist though. Of course Natasha and Amanda have skills. From the questions about Kate's hairstyles over the years and our often expressed longing for Mr. Ward to come on board again, obviously there are concerns about her ability for what Kate needs now.

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    9. Yes we know Natasha contacts designers about alterations and changes but was it Natasha's idea to have the dress altered or was she simply carrying out Kate's request? I think the idea that Natasha is solely responsible for Kate's wardrobe is a bit overblown. As someone who hated Kate's pre wedding style, I think her style has gotten better and the style risks she has taken recently have paid off.

      Also Will and Harry were little boys 25+ years ago. Do we know what Amanda was doing between then and working for Kate? I doubt she was just cutting little boys hair.

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis9 March 2017 at 03:38

      I agree with Court. After all, Claudia, I doubt Kate would be contacting designers herself about desired modifications even if she was the one who thought of them. That seems a little odd for a senior royal to be doing, and also time that could be much better spent on other things. Personally I get the feeling that Kate tells Natasha what she wants, and then tasks Natasha with doing all the web browsing and such in order to find the most suitable options. I'm sure Natasha probably also tells Kate what the newest styles are and such, but I think Kate is making a lot of the big styling decisions herself. Or perhaps Natasha does make the decisions but in that case I think Kate trusts her to do it because they have similar tastes. I say this also because Kate tends to dress quite similarly to her mother and sister (and until very recently did makeup like them as well), and I feel like that would be less the case if Natasha was making the choices more than Kate.
      Going back to the time thing I mentioned above - that's the biggest reason I wish Kate would get an actual stylist. I do think a stylist would help her look more put together in general, especially in terms of accessories, but also Kate's strengths are not being put to use if she's the one spending time deciding what clothes she should be wearing. As a royal, she could spend that time doing what royals do best (and can help the most number of people doing) - regular engagements promoting charities and such. Why not let someone more qualified, who also would not be of better use doing something else, be the one to make clothing choices for her?

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  3. That's wonderful for Rebecca, but I'm sure it's a bit bittersweet for both her and Kate. I can imagine Rebecca is looking forward to a more normal schedule and married life, but I agree with you, surfergirl, that it'll be a bit of a transition out of such an "exciting" role. Kate must be very sad to lose such a friend and helpmate. It'll be impossible to replace Rebecca, but I hope she can find someone like her. I wonder if Kate is feeling stressed with all of these impending changes? Tours, a secretary change, a move to London...I know she has plenty of help, what with being a duchess and all, but it must weigh on her, still. I'm really wondering if we'll see her wardrobe solidify once she is finally installed in London and fully taking on the royal role.

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  4. It isn't a surprise really, but I wonder what the feminists will make of a woman making this decision to accommodate her personal life. ๐Ÿ˜œ

    On a serious note, I wish Rebecca well and I do envy the wedding venue described here. A small wedding at a rather grand setting. Lovely. ๐Ÿ’‘

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden7 March 2017 at 22:03

      Uhm.. I don't think you have a good grasp on feminism... but this is not the right venue for that discussion.

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    2. Oh royalfan, why must you poke the bear ;)

      By definition, a feminist is someone who supports feminism, which is the theory of equality of the sexes. I've never understood why that is an insult, as I believe in human equality across the board. If Rebecca or a random John Doe wants to make a decision to accommodate their personal life, have at it. Male or female.

      Trying to compare Rebecca to Kate is silly and you know that. Kate, after many years of consideration and thought, *chose* to marry a man who held a taxpayer funded public role. As his wife and consort, which entitles her to the same funding, housing and protection, she is also be expected to fulfill a public role. She willingly entered into a role where being a stay at home mum was not going to be an option. She can make the choice to avoid or limit the public side of it but there will rightfully be reaction to that, her decisions have consequences.

      Rebecca is obviously a private citizen. If she makes a last minute decision to run away with Harry and support for her starts coming out of the public purse, I imagine many members of the public, feminists or not, will have something to say about the decisions she makes.

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    3. Claudia, once upon a time Miss Catherine Middleton was a private citizen ... with more than her fair share of free advice available to ponder. ☺

      For the record, I support any choice a woman makes because it is HER choice to make. Not always the case here so, yes, I went there. Guilty as charged. ๐Ÿ˜‡

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    4. Thank you Claudia. You make excellent points and took the words right out of my mind :)

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    5. Feminism is about choice (as Emma Watson so wonderfully reminded us recently) so hopefully they will avail her of that!

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    6. You're talking in circles royalfan, it doesn't even make sense. I think you're working too hard to correct a poor comment? No ones here to follow and comment on Miss Catherine Middleton, the blog is for HRH Duchess Kate.

      MM

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    7. Julia from Leominster8 March 2017 at 00:45

      After dating William for almost a decade Miss Catherine Middleton should have had a fair idea what would be expected of her. If she wanted a private life, she could have said no to William. Others did decide that wasn't the life they wanted. Once you assume a position that carries public financial support, if only security, and provides housing, you've signed up for the responsibilities.

      As for Rebecca, since Kate doesn't work anything like full time, it's possible it may not be a full-time role for Rebecca. Perhaps with marriage, she doesn't want a travelling job (where her hubby doesn't go along) or she wants to start a family. But it's also possible she's going to use her experience to get a job that is full-time and pays better. Royal positions notoriously don't pay well. She and her hubby may want to buy a house. Or she may not really have been that happy.

      Since with Jamie and others we didn't assume he was quitting because of family reasons, I don't know that we can assume that with Rebecca. There could be many reasons and the marriage just provided a reasonable excuse.

      Most younger women I know work. Some do it because they love it. Many more, including Julia here, did it to pay for houses and bills and a lifestyle we could not afford without us both working. I'm not complaining, that's simply the way it is for much of the world.
      But not for Miss Catherine Middleton. A magic wand was waved and she was handed a rent-free flat in London, and a country house, tennis courts, and design the way she wants it, nor worries about paying for the best schools or staff.

      I'm not jealous of this = it is part of being a working princess which carries burdens as well as benefits - but I expect her to BE a working princess - not a stay-at-home mum. Because she is a public servant representing a whole lot of mums who would like to stay at home but can't. We know she will never be required to work as hard as most women - that's fine, but we do expect to see her carry through a reasonably full working schedule.

      I've often thought the queen handed William and Kate too much too soon - giving neither a sense for how real people live and the responsibilities they have - something you only really discover when you are sitting with a chequebook and a pile of bills. The queen has a natural sense of duty and always has, but not every royal including her own sister, did. The one thing I will say for Meghan is that she probably pushier because she's had to make her own way. And that I do admire.

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    8. Ah, Claudia, I think I may have to demote Heidi and elevate you to my spirit poster. I could not agree more.

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    9. Well, royalfan, there is a difference between someone taking a break from work or quitting work to raise a family vs. being at the beck and call of their boyfriend. Of course women should make whatever choice makes sense for themselves, but I think it is also society's prerogative to raise an eyebrow or two when that choice seems strange to them. If all able-bodied 25 year old women started staying at home on their parents' dime because they need to be available for their boyfriend wouldn't that be a sight to behold? What would be the future of such a society?
      I think most women looked askance at the loss of agency it implies when a 25 year old woman voluntarily gives up her right and ability to stand on her own two feet financially because it suits her boyfriend. In cases like this it is hard to distinguish between her choice and his.

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    10. um ya, you don't understand feminism if you think "feminists" will have something to say about this. But good attempt at trying to throw some shade that way.

      Wishing all the best to Rebecca (and Kate too) in her future endeavors

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    11. Work is overrated.
      If I had to chose between a free flat in the city and working flexible hours at my parents business versus my current 8 hour a day job, the choice is easy. Kate did what she wanted to do to make her relationship work. I don't understand why she is being vilified for that. She is hardly the first woman of privilege to do so.

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    12. Work is overrated? Work is necessary! If I didn't work I'd be living under a bridge with all my possessions in a stolen shopping cart.

      Today is International Women's Day. Here in the US those of us who value women and what women can do are wearing red. It was not that long ago that women were treated as property of their husband's when they married. Anything they owned prior to marriage became their husband's -- *if* they owned anything. Their children were their husband's -- they had no rights at all. So I celebrate the fact that today we *do* have choices, and if people want to live off mom and dad while waiting for their boy/girlfriend to call, that's their choice even if I think it's a poor one that shows a lack of self confidence and awareness.

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    13. Oh and anon 03:01 here - what would you say if 25 year old man did that ? Waiting around for his rich girlfriend to call? Do you think that society would throw a fit or two or what?

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    14. Julia from Leominster8 March 2017 at 15:34

      It was an understandable choice but not a wise one. Kate would have been a much better princess for work experience - from understanding professional dress to public speaking, to understanding, by experience, the responsibilities most people carry which includes not being able to pop off work on demand, to having true confidence in herself in a setting surrounded by strangers. You get none of that from working at home.
      I don't think any of us fully realised how much that lack would show up in Kate, she is a charming girl but the difference between her and the poise of royal women who had some work experience can be seen. Whilst I understand why the royals started Kate slowly, I also think that didn't help. And that business about the press bothering her was nothing more than an excuse. If she had been in a building all day, it would hardly have mattered and she was constantly in London, clubbing and shopping.
      I have to confess when Kate was dating William, I kept waiting for her to take on some type of work, an art gallery seemed like a natural fit. Many would have jumped to employ her and she had the degree to avoid claims of nepotism. later when she said she would have liked to have been a teacher, I thought how great it would have been if she at least tried to train for that. I liked Kate, I thought her a good choice overall and simply lovely, but I was concerned about the lack of work and not alone - Kate felt she had to mention it in her interview.
      No woman should ever feel she needs to give up developing herself to please a boyfriend. I'm not saying that Kate didn't feel that - I suspect she did, and we've seen it break up relationships with Harry - the blame is on William and Harry and the example they were raised with - with Charles - who were so spoilt, they thought a woman should be always ready to go on holiday or be available for a quick date.

      I just hope George is raised differently - although where he will learn that, I don't know. But the royal family is always learning. We've heard here - they're learning from Diana - but not always in the right way - there are ways they could learn from William and Kate too. I
      suspect if Diana had been around things might have been different because that kind of spoilt women-at-their-beck-and-call may well come from the lack of a mother. And not to get off on Camilla again but the kind of fawning she gives to Charles would be nothing but a terrible example. Both William and Harry often don't seem too mature.

      What all this has led to is a rather retro princess at a time when the family as an institution needs a strong young female in a leadership position to seem relevant. Meghan is almost too much in the other direction - too self-promoting although she might develop in this direction. That's why I'm very wait and see on her - on one hand - I can't abide all the coy hints - on the other hand I think she has that fire in her belly that Kate lacks - that comes from having to make it on your own, and I have nothing but admiration for that.

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    15. So many thoughts, one better than the other.

      Bluhare +1000000000000
      Loving every words of yours!!!

      Julia
      Nicely put and thanks for your husband's feedback on the February outfits. Enjoyed it very much!

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    16. bluhare where is my memory these days, do you recall the celebrity woman who gave an interview recently, telling how, despite being famous, she couldn't get a credit card in her own name in the 70's! The 70's everyone! Even though laws were passed in that decade it was some time before many banks would give a woman credit without a co-signor, usually a husband. Just to give a little reminder of where things stood not too long ago. This has nothing to do with Kate ;) just sharing a little history. Choice is only truly choice if the options are fair and equal as well.

      And bluhare I'm happy to share the title with Heidi :)

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    17. William had a part in all of that. It wasn't one-sided. He wanted her to be available is my guess. Working for her parents wasn't a work-shy thing in my opinion. It was a way to survive the intense media horde that hovered around her at that time and still allow her to be productive and available to William as his schedule permitted.

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    18. We've come a long way, haven't we bluhare. Still a long way to go.

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    19. Kate is working, has been working and her workload is increasing. She moved four times, set up four households, was pregnant with and gave birth to two children, went on numerous tours, attended a State Banquet, hosted the Chinese leaders with William, hosted the POTUS and FLOTUS, assimilated successfully into the Royal family, visited numerous charities and charity functions, attended numerous Royal functions, maintained friendships, keeps physically fit, maintains a presentable work wardrobe, and a healthy marriage and all within only five years, with the whole world watching her every move. And people make it sound like she is a weak-willed, non-productive, entitled, lazy person. She clearly none of those things.

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    20. When these conversation arise I always wonder when comments are made that Kate willingly signed on for a "publicly funded" lifestyle and therefore the public can insist on how she perform her job. So the question that always arises to me is, if in fact most of the British Public is unhappy not only with Kate's job performance but also William's, then why doesn't the public just fire them? i.e. stop supporting them with your taxes? Clearly the Royal Family or at least William and Catherine are not adjusting after many years so it is time to dock their pay? I really am interested in this. Ali

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    21. To be clear I believe every *person* has the right to choose whatever path in life they wish. But because I also value personal responsibility, I believe everyone has to deal with the consequences of their choice, one move almost always affects another.

      If you choose to marry a prince, that choice may limit your other options in life. If you choose to marry a politician, that choice may also dictate where and how you live. If you choose a life of crime, don't be surprised if you must go to prison instead of on holiday :) If you choose to focus on a career and spend most of your time working, that may affect your personal life. If you choose a freelance lifestyle and work only occasionally, you may not end up being CEO of a prestigious company! And so on and so on.

      Everyone makes choices, everyone doesn't always understand you have to live with the consequences.

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    22. The good news is that for those who think Kate lacked "real" work experience before, she is getting "real" work experience now, senior royal work experience, lol. I think Kate has fully and diligently applied herself to everything set before her. School, boarding school, athletics, university degree, a public job (until media hounding precluded that), contribution to the family business, royal duties, marriage and parenting responsibilities, philanthropic endeavors.

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    23. Julia from Leominster8 March 2017 at 17:50

      Could happen Ali, a lot of things have been happening - the potential for Scottish devolution, Brexit that were unthinkable not so long ago. But you can love an institution and think it's right for a country without thinking every member is doing their best. Just because you may not think a political leader is perfect - of any country - doesn't mean you throw out the whole system. But William and Kate are riding on youthful attractiveness in what's not an elected position. A lot more will be expected of them, or down the road, something could happen.

      At the moment, the nation has other concerns and the continued love for the queen is the real glue that is supporting the monarchy. When Charles assumes the throne, that could change. I don't want it to. I believe the vast majority of the nation still wants a monarchy in theory, but I would never underestimate the situation or think any member of the royal family should take anything for granted.

      You know Surfer Girl, I know women who have moved four times with no one to help them - in cases of military wives, sometimes not even their husband - and who had to pay for their home and everything in it, who had babies, held a full-time job and did volunteer work for charities, travelled on business, without flying first class and having everything taken care of for them, still had to make a great impression, took care of and paid for their own clothes -and had a good marriage and no one thought them particularly remarkable for all that.

      Kate's a charming girl. Whether she is weak-willed or not, I don't know. I don't think she's lazy but I don't think she has a strong work ethic either. She is hugely entitled - but with that entitlement comes responsibilities because she is a public servant. I certainly wouldn't call her the most productive princess I've ever seen - or even close - but the good thing is, she seems to be doing a bit more. She has actually done at least an engagement a week for the last couple of months (until this one) and we are happy to see it. Of course, her ninety-one year old mother-in-law is doing more, but that's the way it is. (And no, I don't expect Kate to be working at ninety-one. I don't think that will happen. Just because abdication is a dirty word to the queen doesn't mean it will be in the future.)

      I have hopes for Kate. She is lovely and by all reports charming to meet. She hasn't developed a lot of charitable interests so far, or a strong identity. No one is going to hand her the type of humanitarian award Raina just got. But her work load is increasing and it is unquestionably pressuring to do this under the public eye. So I cheer every little step of the way. But that's not to say more won't be expected.
      I don't like her or dislike her - as I've said many times before, I'm a monarchist who sees each royal person in context. So I don't have stars in my eyes about Kate, although this year, I've been very pleased so far. But she's what we have - so all we can do is hope for the best.

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    24. Court, Kate is not being vilified, she's being criticised and there's a difference. Many people may choose not to work if they had the chance but then they cannot be surprised if they are characterised by the public and the media as being work shy.
      Yes, Kate was a private citizen but one that was already in the spotlight and as such you must be aware that what you do and do not do is being watched and may come back to haunt you.
      Kate had every right to decide what she did but she must now deal with the fact that it has lead people to question her work ethics. And in her royal life so far, she hasn't done much to rectify that image. If she doesn't want to be a full time royal, I'd even say that is fine for a while but there is no reason why she cannot put in the hours that a regular part time job would require.
      Finally, if making a relationship work required one person not have a job and be available 24/7, almost no one would have one :P
      It also makes me wonder whether she'll encourage or enable Charlotte to lead that kind of life in her 20s. I hope not.

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    25. It's interesting that Kate's parents obviously had a very strong work ethic--founding, building, and maintaining a very successful business. And Carole Middleton was doing all that while at the same time raising 3 children in what sounds like a very hands-on way. Is it possible that somehow Kate's parents (maybe particularly Carole) wanted to somehow protect her children from having to struggle in the ways she did, or give them opportunities but without the stresses she and her husband had? I don't know, and I don't know if Carole, and maybe Michael, Middleton's aspirations for her children were in part that they wouldn't need to work as hard as she did but could follow their inner voices, their hearts, so to speak? I don't know but the difference in work ethic between parents and children is striking.

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    26. PS The above comment is NOT to say that I find Kate to be lazy or ungrateful for her blessings, or anything like that. On the contrary, I think she seems very grateful. But I agree with others that her work ethic and drive are not what, for example, her parents' were.

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    27. I know what you are saying about "ordinary" women Julia, but Kate did those same things, albeit with help. So her time has not been empty.
      That was my point. :)

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    28. Claudia, I do remember reading about that! And like you I can't remember who said it, but it was fairly recent.

      When you think about it, the pill was only widely available in the late 1960's I think? so it makes sense that prior to that women were in the home with the kids. They didn't have much choice. But now we do, and that's a good thing. We are lucky to live when we do and where we do. I just saw an article (written by Meghan Markle!!) about how some girls in 3rd world countries can't go to school when they start menstruating because they do not have products available. It was a good article too.

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    29. It still baffles me that anyone thinks royalty "works". And that anyone looking to marry William was interested in "service". You do realize Diana became so involved with the public because Charles ignored her? You do realize that Phillip developed the DOE scheme because he hadn't anything else to do and his male ego had a hard time accepting his place as 2nd to Elizabeth? You do know Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was a socialite who delighted at always being the guest of honor?

      Royal "work" means being the gracious guest of honor. No one ever questions whether Camilla is "prepared" for being a consort because she did not hold a job or have a career. What job did Elizabeth, the Queen do before she took over? Nothing. Bertie? Nothing. If the job of being royal is "being the gracious guest of honor" Kate is more than prepared for her role. She's not ever going to run any of the charities she associates with -- anymore than Phillip, Diana, and Camilla did/do. It's those folks "job" to support their spouse - not run the country. The reality is Kate can stay home all she wants and do whatever she wants -- when she's being asked by William to support him.

      Finally, it's so strange to me to hear she COULD BE so influential and so inspiring. So could everyone else in the world. She just isn't. It's like asking a tulip to be a rose. She's not really interested in anything outside her bubble. Is she prepared to be the future Princess of Wales and Queen Consort of England? Yep. So long as she doesn't forget how to be gracious. And with all her privileges, what's really to complain about?

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    30. Thank you, surfer girl, for ably supporting Kate. It is good to see her accomplishments enumerated and valued, given the constant refrain of she just never has done enough. My opinion is that she is a person of common sense who knows how to employ her ability and how to balance her life. And I firmly believe that she has the strong support of the Queen, who has before her the results of her own life - both public adulation and accomplishment and a certain amount of private pain.

      That pain has also affected the monarchy. To a certain extent, the Queen probably neglected her oldest children, and then she became monarch at an early age. Now she knows the results of her own combination of choice and destiny, and doesn't want that for her heirs and their children. Kate and William are the beneficiaries of her experience and wisdom.

      I also think that the early nesting years are coming to an end for them, and that they are finding a new balance. I agree that a summary of William's activities would be good, because we need to witness his transition in order to understand Kate's. I would hope that his future subjects will give him their full support as he matures into his destiny, and Kate as well.

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    31. Maggie - Minneapolis9 March 2017 at 03:56

      Royalfan, on International Women's Day of all days, please don't tell me you actually think feminism is as simplistic as the idea that any woman can make any choice she wants no matter what? Feminism is the idea that qualities and characteristics traditionally and stereotypically deemed to be "feminine" should not be demeaned or valued less than those seen as "masculine." Lol feminism is not the idea that women can continue receiving the benefits of a job (or the BRF equivalent) even after choosing not to do them as expected (maternity leave aside). Also, let's please not forget that women have been pressured/forced for centuries to not work and instead stay home and take care of their families. In fact, if Kate were a guy who chose to work little throughout their 20s and early 30s, she would receive MUCH more public criticism than she does, because she's a woman and her personal choices fit many of the stereotypes than feminism is trying to end. Now that's not her fault at all, but the point is, the criticism she is receiving is a feminist issue.
      In fact, if Rebecca IS quitting because she wants to focus on her husband and perhaps having children and the demands of being a senior royal's private secretary are too much for that, then it's actually an incredibly perfect example of the stark difference between Kate and most women. Kate didn't have to give up her taxpayer funded renovations, rent-free flat, taxpayer-funded security, or any of the other many perks that come with being a senior royal when she decided to focus on her family. Rebecca has to give up her salary and benefits in order to do that. As do many other women, especially because often it's cheaper to just not work than it is to get that salary but have to pay a nanny. Kate didn't have to worry about that either. Now if we find out that Rebecca is still being paid by the Cambridges a year from now despite not working, then sure, I'll be just as frustrated about that as I am about Kate's workload.
      Which kind of leads me to my final point, which is that imo this is more about class, than feminism.

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    32. The Queen and Prince Phillip, in loaning that very special bracelet to Kate, seem pleased with Kate, performance and otherwise, in my opinion. To me, that bracelet spoke volumes.

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    33. Thanks, Patricia. And, the Queen's perspective, that you mentioned, has, in my opinion played an important part in William and Kate's game plan and with the Queen (and Phillip) signing off on that.

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    34. Julia from Leominster10 March 2017 at 06:02

      If I believed you, Florida Moxie, I would turn republican which would be a sight indeed. In fact, what you describe is the most discerning republican argument. Gracious guest of honour will not make it. But I don't respectfully believe this.
      The queen may not have been classically educated, not as much as Queen Mary who helped redefine the royal family's role as the political one continued to diminish. But she studied constitutional law, and, if not in the precise words of The Crown, she embraced Queen Mary's sense of duty.
      Philip with The Duke of Edinburgh Awards is specifically applying the educational views of Kurt Hahn. It is an insult to him, like him or not, to suggest he did that solely to have something to do. It goes directly to his philosophy.
      Charles may fumble on some of his schemes, but he has a real interest, a real desire to seek the best for his nation. I may not care for his personal life, but I give him that. He pushes against the limits he does have.
      Diana was an empathetic natural with tremendous charisma. She was visiting nursing homes long before she met Charles. She could have been a stay-at-home mum when she separated from Charles - probably the royal family would have been delighted but she had a huge desire to help others.
      As for Bertie, the idea the man who saw the country through an horrific war was merely a gracious guest - I don't believe that.
      As for Camilla, quite frankly, I believe Charles didn't marry her originally, because she simply doesn't have what it takes - so yes, I agree she is unqualified. I believe Mountbatten, who knew something of charisma, was strongly opposed to her. All you have to do is imagine Camilla in Diana's place coming out of the rather dismal seventies - not the strongest time for the monarchy. What would have happened is questionable. She continues to offer little to the role - although age has blurred some of the issues -which is why William and Kate are so important.
      As for Kate, I don't know. We will see. I believe her parents did her no service not pushing her to fill that decade with something, but I can see the difficult position of having a daughter courted by a prince, or I believe Kate would have found a profession. I don't agree with Bill Gate's view on leaving comparatively little to his children (relatively) but he is wise to say they need to learn how to work. But if Kate keeps her retro role as wife and being a gracious guest of honour, she have best encourage George to find another profession - because he will need it. That won't support the monarchy today.

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    35. Julia, nicely put and I agree with what you said. More specific clarity on your position. Very nice, and kindly presented. :)

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    36. Julia - thank you for your perspective! You speak of "duty" as if we all understand what this is... and what I understand it to be... is gracious guest of honor. The duty to what? Be present? That is what everyone describes about the life of QEII. In so far as we got to this conversation as to what the role of the CONSORT is -- it is as obfuscated as is the role of monarch and POW. In so far as most of GB only know Elizabeth and Charles in those roles -- who knows what will happen when the chairs shift. I still maintain that Kate is prepared for her role -- because all the role requires is to be a gracious guest of honor and support the spouse.

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    37. A lot of it Moxie may have to do also with the defined role of patron as that is a role that they have. Also I believe their Constitution defines a lot of what is being discussed. The parameters are laid out rather specifically within there if my understanding of that is correct. It is not as arbitrary as one might think. That is my guess anyway.

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    38. Julia from Leominster11 March 2017 at 16:44

      That certainly didn't define the consort Queen Mary, who herself defined the new role of embracing charitable interests of the nation to give meaning to a monarchy increasingly stripped of its political role, or Philip who has countess interests and gracious would hardly be an adjective to describe him or the Queen Mum, staying in London and visiting bombing sites during the war and involved with numerous issues after she was widowed, or Diana and her many interests or any of the European monarchies where princesses are pursuing causes actively. Maybe Kate is looking back to Charlotte of Mecklenburg for her model.

      Duty in the royal context means putting your nation and its people before your personal wishes and interests - balancing your family life with that. Or as Queen Mary to one relative - "we are NEVER tired and we love hospitals."

      Today a lot is expected of a princess or queen consort - we're looking at Raina, Maxima, Mary as examples. Monarchies must always adapt to the times to survive and the retro role of being a gracious guest and supporting a spouse is not going to make it. But I do believe Kate will build into the role - she has just had an unusually slow start.

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    39. Julia, interesting conversation. Are you speaking of Queen Mary who visited homes and never left without a piece of jewelry, furniture or artwork to add to her collection? What does one do at these hospitals but be gracious guests of honor and receive flowers and unveil plaques with one's name on it? Philip has countless interests because Philip has time to have countless interests - he developed a sport for men and women of leisure like himself - Carriage Driving. His main job is to follow around behind the queen on her duties and make it interesting for her. When he's not needed there he sure does entertain himself with lots of activities - where he is usually the center of attention. We are absolutely on agreement with the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth - she adored going out and about and being the guest of honor in her different patronages.

      As you know, my perspective is non-sentimental and I'm not a countryman - but for me, the idea that Kate is going to sink the country/monarchy because she's not helping to change the world or is not being seen as helping to change the world is at odds with the idea of monarchy itself - which is to maintain their status quo. If the UK wants leadership with leadership skills - perhaps they should hire some -- rather then rely on a traditional birth order and try to make a square peg fit a round hole.

      Enjoyed the conversation!

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    40. Zora from Prague13 March 2017 at 22:31

      Just a small point, Maggie: when you say "Also, let's please not forget that women have been pressured/forced for centuries to not work and instead stay home and take care of their families" I don't think it's quite correct: actually, women stayed at home, took care of their families PLUS worked - both inside and outside their families. Often in the field, as cooks, bakers, seamstresses, maids and numerous other jobs. Whether or not they had a help in the house depended on their social status. In poor families, only older children helped with work; families with higher income were able to hire a maid; more money - more maids, etc. Rich families in towns had a lot of servants. Aristocracy had butlers and other personnel in addition to that.
      All those years, lots of women did the extremely important job: kept their families' integrity, raised children, protected and preserved a certain level of culture within the family, maintained the families connections with relatives and friends, often helped poorer people or those who were worse-off. (Single ladies often worked as teachers, nurses, etc.) At least, that's more or less what it looked like in a great part of Europe. And I believe millions of women in Africa or Asia today don't know the concept of "not working" at all.
      In my country, back in the 1950s there was the idea that females must be "freed" by the ideology. They were considered just as capable as males as to the possible workload: hence, the factories full of "working women" doing 12hrs shifts, women driving tractors and bulldozers etc. Women COULDN'T be stay-at-home mums even if they wanted to. And a lot of them wanted to, and were desperate about having to put their kids in daycare for the whole day when those kids were just a couple of months old. There were no private nannies - all women had to go to work. Not going to work was illegal, such a person would have been called a parasite and gone to court. I sincerely wish that you never experience such devastation as this period had brought on. Devastation of moral values, of relationships between people, of traditions, of family integrity, of culture, mutual trust, sense of duty, common civility, of everything. 27 years after the change (1989), we still feel the consequences of the time when women had no choice but to "go to work". So, while I believe we as women are endowed with extraordinary qualities I also believe these qualities can flourish and bring a lot of good to the world in many different forms.

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  5. I'm not French but I'm quite sure that 'voisins' means neighbours not cousins as ITV reports. Cousins, on the other hand, also means cousins in French. It's a French word originally, I believe.

    I'm sad to see Rebecca leave - I think she did a great job and she and Kate seemed to get on so well.

    On a fashion note, I so love that Beulah dress and am very much hoping for a Chanel suit!

    I must say, France, Germany and Poland, I'm somewhat jealous ;) While you'll get William & Kate, my country will get Charles and Camilla. That's not to say that I don't like them but as an avid follower of this blog I would have obviously preferred a chance to see Kate ;)

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      Yes, voisins means neighbours :)

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  6. Anonymous in Colorado7 March 2017 at 22:01

    A Deacon marrying a Priest-ley!! Sorry I had to ;-) I wish them all the happiness & hope Rebecca enjoys this next season in her life. So many changes in the air for the Cambridges!

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      Very sweet!

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    2. And, her mother is a pastor. :)

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    3. The perfect match indeed!

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  7. This could be a very interesting time at KP, with such a significant change in a prominent position. I hope they choose her replacement wisely, choosing skill above familiarity. I fear they tend to stick with a close, loyal group, regardless of skill or talent, and I think that has contributed to some of the bad decisions in recent years.

    I would love to see Kate in Chanel *provided* it's styled well! I am of the opinion that NO Chanel will be better than poorly worn Chanel :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden7 March 2017 at 23:08

      This transitional year will be interesting. Alot of things will be changing and hopefully falling into place. Kids schools, KP as full base, more engagements, new (and maybe more) staff. It can be a bit of a shaky year, but it might also end up shaking loose some things that might land better than before. It's just a wait and see situation and I have high (but not unrealistic) hopes for the future :)

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    2. Sarah Maryland USA8 March 2017 at 03:38

      I agree with you Claudia. That is why they still employ Natasha even though she stinks as a stylist lol
      They seemed to have surrounded themselves with people who are too afraid to tell them when they are wrong
      I think Williams old private secretary Jamie was the only one who could put some sense into William and it is easy to see how bad the relationship between the press and KP has gotten since Jamie has left
      Heck i just hope her new private secretary starts encouraging Kate to get out more because even six years in I still feel like I know nothing about Kate

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    3. Sarah Maryland USA8 March 2017 at 03:42

      I don't think Kate is going to wear Chanel because Chanel was famous for being a German sympathizer during WWII
      But who knows but I'm just venturing a guess

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    4. Sarah, I agree. I hope whoever they hire takes Kate in hand and helps her figure out what she should be doing. I don't think Rebecca has done a very good job there, and she looks like she just got out of bed some times. Although if you believe the articles written (and I know a lot here do not) William surrounds himself with people who do not say "no" to him, and I suspect Kate is the same.

      From what I understand Jamie Lowther Pinkerton was one who would tell William when he was on the wrong track, in his opinion. I don't think either one of them have had that since, and it would be nice if Kate understands that someone saying no is sometimes a good thing.

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    5. Julia from Leominster8 March 2017 at 15:39

      Diana made a point of wearing Chanel when she went to France so I don't think there was too much worry about the German sympathizer part (although it was true). I think today the firm is mostly associated with Karl.

      There are other great French firms. Balmain often has wonderful classic clothes I've seen on the online sites that would look great on Kate. It's always nice to see clothes of the country worn by a royal lady.

      Unfortunately, France no longer entertains very formally for royal guests due to the government - with such a fabulous history of elegance and style, that always seems odd to me but is how it is. Other royal women haven't let that weigh with them and have dressed formally but Kate is unlikely to - if there is any type of official reception.

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    6. That's what I was thinking Sarah. She was a Nazi supporter. Hope this isn't off-topic but instead helpful. I have a habit of extensively researching companies that I use to find out where their gross and net gains go, who their founders were, what they believed, what they supported, who is currently on their board, where their factories are, and how they treat their employees. Also, what other companies/investments they have and what interests they support in as much as that information is available. Follow the money. I like to know who I am doing business with. It is really amazing the things you can learn that way. I don't support businesses that have any ties to subversive, immoral or violent groups. Just my personal way of not funding those things. It all started years ago when I found out that Kraft Macaroni and Cheese had been around for decades. I figured that, given that, they must have substantial capital reserves available for other things, but what other things? Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is like it's own little nation, with revenues that exceed some small countries. And they still maintain a healthy market share due to successful branding and historical (generational) presence. My research on Chanel hasn't started though as I usually buy made in America items as much as possible. Yes, I forgive people from the wars, but I will not support current violent or oppressive agendas. (Osama Ben Laden's Family had diverse wealth coming in from the sale of gum Arabic for one thing, etc.) I am currently researching Campbell's soups, lol. For real. Their soups are cooked in the cans I have been told and I am wondering about the aluminum, nickel, etc. in the cans and how it interacts with the food at those temperatures. Given the data available that aluminum is not healthful for consumption, it has me starting research about those things. (Just as a helpful note, if your stainless steel cookware doesn't hold a magnet inside, it may contain enough aluminum and nickel that can leach into your food, according to Dr. Don Colbert, a Christian public health Md. from Florida and others. (He has credentials a mile long, btw). Because all 18/20 stainless steel is not created equal. I took a magnet with me to buy my stainless steel cookware. That doesn't apply to non-stick. You have to go to the online places that describe the various non-stick components of the various cookware brands. That takes courage. Even ceramic cookware is not created equal. Research is available for those also. My research on those things started when I found out what they allow in our cookware. I was not a happy camper and am happier now that I am an informed cookware purchaser. And don't get me started on lead in lipsticks, yes, lead.) I am definitely going to see what direction the house of Chanel took after Coco's passing. Follow the money as they say. It may not change the world to exercise educated spending, but it doesn't hurt it either. And with the internet it is easier than ever. And, you will be amazed at what you find. Hope this wasn't off topic.

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    7. Kate has already worn Chanel I believe. A jacket from her private collection on her first trip to Canada.

      http://www.katesclothes.com/jacket-blazer/chanel-peachy-pink-tweed/

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    8. Julia from Leominster8 March 2017 at 17:57

      An interesting write-up Surfer Girl. Looking into the royal family can get a bit complicated as well.

      I like to see Kate wear British designers for the most part, although an occasional foreign one doesn't bother me. I do think on tours, it's nice to wear something representative of the nation being visited. A surprising number of companies had unfortunate links during the war, and the royal family too.

      I think Kate could wear Chanel without too much question, but there are other designers. She will be visiting Germany later too - I seem to recall Diana wearing Escada there.

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    9. I would especially love to see Kate in something from Lanvin. I think the Lanvin house, even though Alber Elbaz is no longer there, is such a powerful combination of chic and elegant, edgy at times but almost never too edgy, never without remaining rooted in something solidly elegant. And Kate could look fantastic I think in some of Lanvin's very architectural, for lack of a better word, designs. A search on Polyvore shows tons of good (sold-out) examples:
      https://www.polyvore.com/lanvin_dresses/collection?id=1130840

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    10. I don't think that the fact that Coco Chanel was a nazi sympathizer would necessarily play a great role in whether or not Kate wears Chanel. She isn't alive anymore and the company isn't even owned by her descendants.
      Karl Lagerfeld is a very rude person. I was going to argue that that wouldn't necessarily deter her from wearing Chanel if she likes the clothes but while doing a bit of research on Chanel, I stumbled upon this comment of his: "Lagerfeld later caused another controversy, on 31 July 2012, when he criticized Pippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton, for her looks. The comment was made when Lagerfeld was praising Kate Middleton, for her "romantic beauty" before adding: "I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back." (Wikipedia)
      So I think she might not wear Chanel after all. A pity for the clothes, which are so pretty but not for Lagerfeld.

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    11. What about Givenchy, Dior or Gaultier?

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    12. Maggie - Minneapolis9 March 2017 at 04:04

      I'm interested to see how this year goes, because note that the KP letter said the Cambridges would be *increasingly* basing themselves in KP - not fully. And it explicitly still called Anmer their home - now that could just mean Anmer is still one of their homes is all but the way the letter said it, that Anmer would still *remain* their home, along with the other language, leads me to believe that this may not be as complete a transition as we thought/think. Although with George in school I don't know how they could avoid not being at KP during the week except holidays. The letter also didn't also mention anything about an immediate increase in duties starting in the fall. So combined with Rebecca leaving, my guess is that Kate, and perhaps William too, will not really be upping her/their workload until next year, although I hope I'm proven wrong.

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    13. I think Chanel is too iconic a brand for Kate to pass on wearing during her trip to Paris, although there are many other labels for her to choose from, as Julia mentioned above. Maybe Dior?

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    14. Cristin from Germany9 March 2017 at 10:14

      I agree with you, Caroline. Karl Lagerfeld should stick to what he does best, that is design and photography. Usually nothing good comes from it when he opens his mouth.
      Not only because of his remarks, I don't think Kate will wear Chanel (or any other French couture house). I think she might rather opt for Celine, Chloe or younger labels like Sandro and Maje, that are still up there in price but not fully luxury. I always wished she would wear more Stella McCartney and since Stella's shows are part of Paris Fashion Week, that would be a good choice to celebrate English/French connections.

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    15. Surfer Girl you have shone a light on my way of purchasing artifacts "following the money". Thank you so much for your lesson.

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    16. my pleasure, Paola, :). Happy to be of help.

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  8. Regarding the February top look I think it is very cool that Anita Dongre met the Duchess at the event while the Duchess wore her earrings.

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      Imagine what a cool experience!

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  9. Longtime reader, first time adding a comment. Charlotte, I think you would be a fantastic assistant to the Duchess. You are wise, discreet, organized, and a wonderful writer!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden8 March 2017 at 13:07

      Welcome :D And I agree on your take on Charlotte!!

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    2. Agreed, Zoey.....Charlotte, you were my first thought as well when it was revealed that Rebecca was leaving. You'd be a terrific asset to the DoC :)

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    3. Julia from Leominster8 March 2017 at 15:46

      I completely agree with that - few people have the understanding and grace, tact, discretion, warmth and sense our Charlotte would. To get someone who has taken the pulse of public opinion would be a fine thing indeed. But I'm not certain Charlotte would want that post - it's probably thankless and poor paying.

      I do hope they get someone with some outside understanding, not someone from the unreal cocoon of the palace, which is never quite up to the times. And it would be great to get someone who would be listened to - I suspect William and Harry aren't the greatest listeners to their advisers - that has shown at times.

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    4. I agree too :) but then we would lose this wonderful blog. Selfishly, I would never want that to happen.

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    5. I whole heartedly agree! Charlotte, I'm sure all your readers would give you a fabulous reference. Please tell the palace to contact us!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    6. Charlotte would be the perfect person to fill Rebecca's position. Seriously.

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    7. Zora from Prague8 March 2017 at 18:35

      You're right, Julie from NC - we could all write a letter of recommendation for Charlotte! or rather a lot of letters....! :)

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    8. That is a great suggestion. Charlotte would be perfect. Alas, would she have time for us?

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    9. I echo every one else, Charlotte, you would be wonderful in Rebecca's former position. I say it not because I think you should or should not take it :-), but because you deserve recognition for the wonderful qualities you have that are evident on this blog!

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    10. Julia your remarks are interesting... they need someone who can afford to take the job with little pay and be available on demand... who would be able to take that on but an aristocrat with no responsibilities and a trust fund?

      And I do not vote for Charlotte, because then she'd have to give up the blog and that we cannot have.

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    11. Charlotte is overqualified for the role :P We'd miss her here too much! x

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    12. Cara, Australia.9 March 2017 at 10:16

      My vote for Charlotte too! What a fab idea. Do Kate's people read this blog???? Email Charlotte ASAP. Her blog is her CV.

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    13. You are all so sweet and your comments really made me smile :)

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    14. Moxie, you're right. Charlotte may be an aristocrat with a trust fund!!

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  10. What a golden opportunity for Kate to add French pieces to her wardrobe. Hope she has fun with it. :)

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  11. Okay. I just re-read that. Is the Westminster Boating House part of St. Jame's Palace?

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  12. The rose printed pussy now Kate Spade dress is now at the outlets in the US for 60% plus an additional 20% off! Sadly not my size...

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  13. Rebeeca will be miss its sad. She keaving. But im Hope she enjoy her. Next. Journey in life

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  14. What a wonderful companion, friend, and loyal supporter Rebecca has been for Kate. I think it's truly lovely that her wedding venue is such a special and intimate one. Kate, I'm sure is both happy and sad that she is about to lose someone so special and close to her ... it will indeed be strange not to see Rebecca by her side. I agree ... I would adore to see Kate in stunning Chanel ... perhaps we need another "Our choices for Kate in Paris" poll? Lots of changes ahead for the Cambridges, a new school for George, resettling into London life, I'm guessing a lift in Royal appearances ... and maybe a new Royal wedding ahead?? Ah! Just dreaming, I want to see Harry as happy as Kate and William are. Absolutely can't wait to see her Paris wardrobe, and the tour schedule ... I'm imagining her choices will be gorgeous and she'll really step it up for this one! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. I think we'll have a royal wedding soon. I know it's gossip, but apparently there are another set of photos taken at that wedding last weekend showing Harry and Meghan looking very much in love, and being *ahem* a bit on the physical side with it. And that's why Harry looked so mad in those photos. It wasn't Meghan; it was the photographers. Apparently, a media outlet is bidding on them. At least according to Lainey Gossip, who is based in Toronto and has some connections there.

      And if I were a smug so-and-so (which of course I am not), I would point out that I said that in the prior post. :)

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    2. Yes, most humble bluhare. Duly noted. :)

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    3. Indeed, surfer girl. And if there's a one to recognize humility in others it's you! :)

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    4. Is that a joke???? ๐Ÿค”, :)

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    5. or is that one of those bless your heart type things? lol

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    6. If that was one of those bless your heart type things I totally think I did not deserve that.

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    7. It was not a joke. It was a reply to your obviously humorous comment to me. Unless that wasn't humorous in which case it did not deserve a response.

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    8. sweet as usual. :) (I should have known.)

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  15. I am surprisingly sad to hear Rebecca will be leaving her post with Kate during the summer. A lot of changes are a foot indeed. Rebecca has her own assistant so hopefully Sophie will be promoted to the position.

    I think it's a bit unkind to comment on Rebecca look when she is next to Kate. Kate makes almost everyone seem frumpy. Remember when she met Nicole Kidman in LA?!

    Looking forward to all the tours this year. I'm secretly hoping for a visit to Bermuda for the Americas Cup as well.

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    1. I don't think people are saying she's frumpy. I said she looks like she just got out of bed sometimes, which means more that she doesn't take the time to make sure her clothes are pressed or unwrinkled and her hair is brushed. After all, even though she's not the subject she's still in quite a few photographs taken while Kate is meeting and greeting.

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  16. ILoveElephants8 March 2017 at 16:43

    Cant wait for the Paris trip. I hope she wears a dress by Channel. I don't think she has worn a dress by that designer yet. but I could be wrong.

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  17. Sarah Maryland USA8 March 2017 at 19:02

    Today is international women's day and I hope the next private secretary Kate has will be smart enough to maybe have Kate out today doing something in recognition for it

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    1. Kate is probably spending International Women's Day doing what she loves doing best as a woman, spending time with her children and family. There is no fault with that. I did the same, and nothing can replace it. To each her own thing!

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    2. There was a royal women who did something in recognition of the day today, but I am loath to mention her name. :)

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  18. I love the winner of the poll. Although the Erdem Rhona dress won, I voted for the BAFTA McQueen dress. Both are beautiful proving your readers have great taste! Thanks for all of the updates. Sorry to see Becca leaving, but wishing her a happy future. She is such a cute lady with the smarts to go with it.

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  19. RD sure does love that blue coatdress! I wish her & Adam all the best for their future together :)

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  20. I wish Kate would repeat some of those lovely dresses worn on that tour in 2012. There were some gorgeous pieces that deserve a second outing!

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  21. I am so excited for Rebecca Deacon. How wonderful that she's getting such an affectionate send-off from Will and Kate. As soon as I saw your picture of the reception venue, I thought, "That looks like the wedding venue in 'Love Actually'!" And I'll be darned, it is!

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    1. Well spotted. I love that movie. The Comic Relief sequel looks like it's going to be brilliant :)

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