Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Kate's Chic in L.K. Bennett & GOAT for Children's Global Media Summit in Manchester

Following a late night at Buckingham Palace for the annual Diplomatic Reception, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Manchester this morning for the Children's Global Media Summit at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.


The summit looks to inform and redesign the future of media for this generation and explore the impact that digital technology will have in children’s futures.


A wave from the Duchess upon arrival.


They were welcomed by some very special guests. Seeing Postman Pat brought me right back to my childhood :)


A video from Kensington Palace.


Before the summit, the Duke and Duchess took the opportunity to speak to local school children taking part in a "Stepping Out" session.


Next, The Duke and Duchess participated in a feedback session with young children from The Friars Primary School.


They discussed mental health and how it affects them.


Victoria Murphy reports William revealed George played a sheep in his school nativity play.

Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed

The session is a focus group where young people are able to give children's television editorial staff and content producers their view of how they respond to new programmes under production.


At the summit, William and Kate met some of the international delegates who will speak at the conference.


The Duchess then joined a forum hosted by Sesame Street's Workshop.


The workshop is the the charitable foundation of the famous children's TV show, on research commissioned into kindness – a method used to help very young children express issues of emotional wellbeing.


Meanwhile, William attended a short private meeting related to the Cyber Bullying Taskforce, to continue efforts to find a universal tool for children to report bullying when they see it or experience it.


Over the three-day Summit, sessions and keynotes will focus on five key themes: Innovation, Empowerment, Freedom, Entertainment and Education. The Summit was founded in 1995 in order to help secure the future of children’s programming in a rapidly-changing world. Formerly known as the ‘World Summit on Media for Children’, the Summit is held every three years, beginning in Australia. London was the host city in 1998 and the last city to host the Summit was Kuala Lumpur in 2014. For the first time, the content of the event is being curated by the BBC who are working with a group of broadcast partners, academic institutions and policymakers to create a rich and unique programme of content which reflects the world of media through the eyes of a young global audience.


William and Kate met inspirational teenager Josh who created a programme to help other to speak out about their own mental health issues (read more on that here). I loved hearing William's words of encouragement for Josh, as he said, he's a "shining example".


Prince William delivered a passionate key note speech. "Parents like Catherine and me are raising the first generation of digitally-immersed children – and this gives us many reasons to be optimistic about the impact of technology on childhood."


William's speech:

'First of all, a word if I might about this great city of Manchester – to which most of you are visitors.  You may have seen, if you have had a chance to go outside, the symbol of the bee everywhere in the city – the bee is Manchester's symbol, a reminder of this city's industriousness and creativity. 
It is also a reminder of Manchester's community spirit, the sense of pulling together.  Manchester has had a tough year, and I personally stand in awe of the way that the people of Manchester have united in bravery and support of one another.  This community is a great example to all of us, wherever we are from.  I hope you all have a chance to witness some of this remarkable place for yourselves while you are here for the Summit. So, the Children's Summit.  We are all here today because we know that childhood matters.
The years of protection and education that childhood provides are the foundation for our society.  The programme makers and tech leaders in this room understand that. Our childhood years are the years we learn. They are the years we develop resilience and strength. They are the years where our capacity for empathy and connection are nurtured. They are the years where we impart the values of tolerance and respect, family and community, to the youth that will lead our nations in the future. Parents like Catherine and me are raising the first generation of digitally-immersed children – and this gives us many reasons to be optimistic about the impact of technology on childhood.
Barriers to information about the world are falling.  The child of today can learn about far flung corners of the world with previously unimaginable ease. Social media holds the promise for children who can feel isolated to build and maintain friendships. Digital media is seeing today’s young people develop a passion and capacity for civic involvement that is without parallel in human history. Programme makers have access to real-time research that helps them shape engaging, educational content for children in ways that would have been unheard of in years gone by.
We should celebrate and embrace these changes. What we cannot do, however, is pretend that the impact of digital technology is all positive or, indeed, even understood. I am afraid to say that, as a parent, I believe we have grounds for concern.
I entered adulthood at the turn of the millennium. The generation of parents that Catherine and I are a part of had understood the world of mobile phones, the internet, email, and the like for some time. We had every reason to feel confident. The changes we have incorporated into our own lives as adults have often felt incremental, not revolutionary. The vast array of digital television content that many households enjoy today did not spring up overnight. The birth of the smartphone was heralded as a landmark moment.  In truth, though, we incorporated constant texting, checking of email on our devices, and 24/7 availability into our lives over the course of many years.
The centrality of the internet for education, shopping, and the organisation of domestic life has been the work of two decades. And it is the gradual nature of this change – the slow warming of the water in the pot if you like– that I believe has led us to a moment of reckoning with the very nature of childhood in our society. The latest Ofcom research into the media consumption habits of British children shows us just how dramatically the landscape has changed without most parents pausing to reflect on what actually is happening.
Parents who were born before the invention of the World Wide Web now have children aged 5 to 15 who spend two hours a day online. Ten years after the introduction of the iPhone, over 80 percent of 12 to 15 year olds have a smartphone. Most of my contemporaries graduated university before any of us had Facebook accounts – and now 74 percent of 12 to 15 year olds are on social media. And a generation of parents for whom watching television was something that happened as a family around a single set have given a fifth of our 3 to 4 year olds their own tablets.
Now, I am no Luddite – I believe strongly in the positive power of technology; but I am afraid that I find this situation alarming. My alarm does not come from childhood immersion in technology per se. My alarm comes from the fact that so many parents feel they are having to make up the rules as they go along. We have put the most powerful information technology in human history into the hands of our children – yet we do not yet understand its impact on adults, let alone the very young. And let me tell you parents are feeling the pressure. We need guidance and support to help us through some serious challenges.
 Everywhere you go, mothers and fathers are asking each other the same questions.
‘Did you see that so-and-so's friend had an iPhone at the playground?’
‘How can I keep my daughter off social media if all of her friends are on it?’
‘How do I know what my children are doing online in their bedrooms?  How do I monitor what they're messaging to other children?'
‘How do I find out what apps my children have downloaded?’
How do we protect family time and teach our kids about actual connection, when all their communication is through their phone?
How do we convince our children to go outside and be active and fit, when all they want to do is play online?

These conversations are happening right now in our towns and cities and right across the world. We have all let technology slowly creep into our lives. And now we are waking up to the enormity of the challenge technology and modern digital media will mean for children. The people in this room may be the best placed in the planet to help today’s parents, teachers, and caregivers to grapple with these questions. As I said earlier, you are only here because you are passionate about childhood. Your combined experience and insight can be a powerful force for positive guidance. Parents are eager for your advice about how best to combine technology and  innovation with the timeless goal of safe and innocent early years that are filled with love and genuine connection.
Like all of you, I believe firmly in the power of bringing people together, people with knowledge and passion, to tackle big issues confronting our society. That is what I did through the Royal Foundation when we established the Taskforce for the Prevention of Cyberbullying. Bullying through phones and social media is an issue that caught my attention after reading about children who had taken their own lives when the pressure got too much. As a HEMS and Air Ambulance pilot, I was called to the scenes of suicides and I witnessed the devastation and despair it brought about.  And I felt a responsibility to do something about it.
The Royal Foundation brought together the leading players in digital and social media, the ISPs, academic researchers, and children’s charities. And importantly, we brought children and parents themselves to the table, so their voices could be heard directly. What we heard is that cyberbullying is one of those issues that had been allowed to slowly take root. An age-old problem had been gradually transformed and accelerated by technology that allowed bullies to follow their targets even after they had left the classroom or the playing field. The technology we put into the hands of our children had for too many families shattered the sanctity and protection of the home. After a year and half’s work, the taskforce announced a plan of action last month. The sector agreed to four main areas of work: the implementation of standard guidelines for the reporting and handling of bullying; a national advertising campaign to establish a code of conduct for the online behaviour of children; the piloting of an emotional support platform on social media; and finally the members have pledged to continue to work together to offer consistent advice to parents and more material for children to help them thrive online. And you will hear more about this next.
I am proud of what was achieved, but, as I said at the time of the plan’s launch, I had hoped we could go further.  I am very pleased that the BBC has taken up the challenge of supporting one area that I believe merits further discussion: the creation of a single, universal tool for children to report bullying when they see it or experience it – regardless of which platform it happens on.
What we have shown through the taskforce – and what we show when we gather on days like today – is that solutions to our challenges are possible when we work together. We can be optimistic about the way digital media will help our children when we can be frank about our concerns. Families can embrace technology with confidence when they can access the best the best support and advice. And we can be hopeful about the future of our society when we all know that protecting the essence of childhood remains our collective and urgent priority.

The BBC also unveiled details of the Own It project, one of the key outcomes of The Royal Foundation Cyber Bullying Taskforce. The Taskforce was convened through The Royal Foundation to bring together social media platforms and internet service providers with those organisations and individuals who strive to protect and support children and young people. Last month, William unveiled a plan of action to protect children and encourage a new standard of behaviour online.

Jack Royston reports as they were leaving a crowd member jokingly shouted "Hi, Prince Harry" to which William replies "I'm not ginger". You can see Kate's private secretary Catherine Quinn in the background.


The Duchess wore the chic L.K. Bennett Delli Check Coat today (with thanks to HeavenQRF). The piece is cut from a fine houndstooth weave in virgin wool. It features a crew neckline, a concealed button-down front and military flap pockets and a flared skirt. It retails for £495 on the L.K. Bennett website and John Lewis.

L.K. Bennett

A closer look.

L.K. Bennett

Kate selected the very pretty GOAT Elodie Tunic Dress in berry; a gorgeous seasonal hue (with thanks to Kate Middleton Style). The £450 piece is described as "Feminine and flattering the Elodie dress in vibrant red has been intricately crafted to offer a chic and stylish fit. A tunic dress with exquisite pleat detail on the sleeves and a gathered funnel collar." As of writing, it's available in a number of sizes on the GOAT website.

GOAT

The dress also comes in red, marine blue and persian green at GOAT and Farfetch.

GOAT

It's one of several looks Kate has chosen from the brand during her third pregnancy. 


The Duchess wore her TOD's Block Suede Pumps.

My Theresa

Kate carried her black Mulberry suede clutch.


And Kate accessorised with her Mappin & Webb Empress earrings.

Mappin & Webb

What do you think of Kate's look today? Did you enjoy the engagement? 

161 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden6 December 2017 at 12:09

    Nice joint event! I'm really impressed with Williams work with cyber bullying and Kate's work with childrens mental health so this joint endeavor fits very nicely into it.

    Good classic Kate looks! I'm personally very fond of the jacket pattern and seems like Kate and I are very similar in that we get into "ruts" with patterns and colours and end up having bought many similar things while we're really into the pattern. My wardrobe have so many navy and white polka dotted pieces! Kind of refreshing that she's a bit like us in that way!

    Seems Goat is continuing to be her go to brand during this pregnancy. Makes quite alot of sense since they have quite a few 60s silhouettes and those work very well when pregnant! I'm also still very fond of the shorter 60s looks with opaque black tights so I'm all for it :)

    Looking forward to seeing more from today!

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    1. I love wearing those 60s dresses with black tights as well! :) I like this one as well but my favourite remains the other GOAT one that she recently wore.
      And yes, I'm totally one of those people who gets pieces or cuts that I love in several versions :) What I think is if you love something, it suits you and is comfortable, go for it! And I certainly adhere to that idea now that all of those 80s things are coming out of the woodworks. I'm glad I wasn't around for them the first time around aand try to stay clear of them now ;)

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    2. ditto, Caroline. My family teases me about buying more than one of a favorite clothing piece, often in different colors. It works for me. πŸ‘—πŸ‘’

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  2. Seems to be a christmassy style. Like the red on Kate and I'm a fan of those shorter dresses. Love to wear them by myself too in winter with thick thigs. Like the red dress paired with that checked coat. Hope we'll get to see her shoes/boots.

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  3. Fantastic engagement today. I admire and respect William and Kate's committment to dissolving the stigma attached to mental health. They have shown a great deal of dedication to learning about the effects of mental health, supporting charities and forums which offer a safe haven for those who experience mental health challenges as well as identifying the various roots of such challenges. It's good to see them both delving into the vicinity of cyber-bullying too, it is an area of great concern for me especially with the advent of social media.

    Kate looks lovely today. I must say that I love the coat but when I saw it, I thought it was fairly "obvious", a lovely black/white coat and I knew she would have co-ordinated accessories but then... I saw the dress and I was really surprised! The pop of colour that was under her coat, just waiting to be unleashed, really surprised me. For one, Kate almost never takes off her coat at an event and secondly, she almost never wears such a bright and contrasting colour underneath her coats. But I'm loving it and hope she does this more often :)

    Love Avee in SA

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    1. True, it's either the dress or the coat that is the focal point. Maybe because they are planning on being there for more than amjust a short time she knew she would need to lose the coat?

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    2. You're right Katie C.H, I imagine that coat may have been a little awkward to sit in at the table so it's a good idea to have a more comfortable and loose-fitting garment underneath :) Hope she does this more often :)

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  4. Oh i love seeing the duchess looks good and how lovely is the coat form goat hmm i love the duke saying that prince george playing sheep was quite good

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  5. I love this dress and coat. The red color is amazing and I've always loved houndstooth anything. The black/white/red combo looks great.

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  6. Also, I wonder if Kate knew the school childrens' uniforms were bright red and dressed to match them!

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    1. LOL. I thought of that too. She blended right in!

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  7. Madhu - from India6 December 2017 at 14:31

    Hi Charlotte,
    I was wondering if it would be possible for you to include a 'William's Calendar' similar to the 'Kate's Calendar' tab somewhere to the side.
    He obviously carries out much more and regular events which most of us are probably unaware of. I think it would be interesting to see the kind of work he focuses on as well.
    Maybe - the date, event and a brief summary of the event in the calendar tab if possible??

    Also, I do love the pop of colour in the Duchesses outfit, but I've still got my fingers crossed that she'll change her hairstyle soon.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden6 December 2017 at 15:47

      Oh! I would love a small "Williams calendar" together with the small catch up parts that show up in the posts! (Many of his events are not announced in before hand though since he does a bit of meetings and such)

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  8. Such a good event. Completely in their wheelhouse. I am hoping since it's a three day summit that one of them quietly pops back in over the next several days. This was a nice, visible sign of support but I hope they also sneak back in for some additional sessions. I also really appreciate it's a global connection. As they will be King/Queen some day, it's good to have a visible presence on the global stage.

    Kate looks good. I like the color combo of red/white/black. The coat is a classic and will serve her well in coming years. The red is cute and a festive pop of color. I am guessing her hair explains the hairnet last night. Less hairspray means easier and quicker to style today.

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  9. I'm loving this coat with the red dress. Classic, seasonal and fun all at the same time. Go team Cambridge. 😊

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  10. First thing I thought—she took her coat off! Hahahahaha. Loved the dress and the coat! And I echo what Averie wrote about W & K’s commitment to mental health. Great all around!

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  11. This conference is a very important event for William and Kate to be involved with. Both of them seem to relate very well to the children and it's nice William is making a speech. The Sesame Street round table discussion on kindness is am important thing to be involved with.

    I like Kate's coat very much and the pop of colour underneath. I've expressed my feeling on this short girlish tent look before and will just say my feelings haven't changed.

    I was terrified by large figures like the Postman Pat one when I was a child!

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    1. (little early Christmas shout out to Pippin.πŸŽ„ πŸ–πŸΆ)

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    2. LOL, Julia. I loved Postman Pat as a child, but if I saw him in real-life & at that size, I would've freaked out too. Paddington Bear on the other hand, not as scary...I think it's the size of Pat's nose that's overwhelming!

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    3. Pip sends his love to you Surfer Girl with hopes you're safe from those dreadful fires in Southern California.

      He and my other two can't wait to 'help' Julia and Leo in the kitchen at Christmas! All that food and delicious smells.

      I'm with you Kiwi Girl - although Postman Pat was after my time. I do think the size of the nose is part of it, although I never liked clowns or Disney figures either. (I date back to the dinosaurs.) A wonderful show though.

      I loved Paddington Bear and I wouldn't have been scared of him - I still have my soft toy, embarrassing as that is to say. My mum loved him too.

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    4. Thanks you two. :) So Pippin has siblings?
      (hugs to them too) :) I'm sure they will be the most attentive helpers. 🐢🐢🐢

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    5. Not siblings but they are their own little pack - devoted to each other - and huge 'helpers' in the kitchen.

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  12. SierrafromMontana6 December 2017 at 15:24

    I like the look - but I would have done short little booties and then maybe a top bun for the hair. However, she looks lovely as usual. Glad to see them both out and about doing their charity work!

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    1. Yes! Short booties or even her knee high boots with a top bun would have been a bit more chic.

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    2. I think the top bun would show of the earrings more as well. I'd love to see her off duty look more...

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    3. Yes Yes Yes agree, so wish she had worn short Boots- would have made this outfit POP!!!!
      I love Kate's hair at the moment- young, fresh, practical & chic :)

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    4. Sierra. There is a photo of Kate, prior marriage, outside her home in Chelsea, emptying the trash. She had a grey sweater, leggings and the cutest (looser) updo. Anybody remember that photo?
      I would love to see her wear that kind of updo again and less severe updos once in awhile. She can rock anything but is so cute in a little looser updo.

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    5. I'll have to check it out. I know she will one day be Queen with William and understand her style is bit more conservative, but I wish she'd just change it up a bit now and then. I wonder if there is some protocol she has to follow in her status in the royal family. Charlotte - is there a sort of dress code?

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    6. Here's a couple of views of her hair that day:

      https://i.pinimg.com/originals/63/10/a6/6310a689b1e04febd0baa44128219d04.jpg

      https://i.pinimg.com/736x/33/00/e1/3300e1c9586fba1fa0bd83ec9b1cd7ba--catherine-cambridge-duchess-of-cambridge.jpg

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  13. I love this dress! I'm so glad she took off her coat so we could actually see it! She always looks fantastic in red.

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  14. I'm very interested in this engagement but short on time, so will pop by later to read the post more thoroughly. Quick comment about the fashion- I like the coat and dress a lot. The shorter simple dress with the monochromatic leg is a great look for her. Like allegraflora, its a go to look for me in the winter months, so I can appreciate the style a lot. I do think she needs to be in maternity clothes at this point though. The coat is not hanging well which distorts the whole silhouette. It was not made for a pregnant body and just ends up looking bulky and making her look thick around the middle. The dress is faring better but something funky is going on in the shoulder upper back/ chest area. I think she's gone up a size to fit the baby but in doing so, has made the fit odd elsewhere. So a theoretical but not actual success for me. I would love to see her in this again when she is not pregnant. Disappointed with her hair as it doesnt seem to have an actual style but I know how hard it is in pregnancy to make ones hair cooperate at times. I feel that she is tired today.

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    1. She may look tired as she had a massive Event the previous night @ Buckingham Palace..........and she's pregnant :)

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    2. I hope people who are especially in child and youth rearing years and/or involved in children & youth profession, take the time to read the entire speech addressed by William. It is also a good read, to the point, which happens to be a contemporary concern in a well packed speech.

      Charlotte- Lately it must have been an evolving challenge to juggle two different blogs whose subjects are active back to back. You still continue to keep up with your quality standard, meeting and exceeding deadlines.

      Thank you for being an inspiration and a work in progress.

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    3. Erika, are you not going to say anything about the other lady in the red pant suit who is just owning that room? Holy smokes!! I couldn't wear that for love nor money, but she just rocks it!

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    4. The crazy busy print one! Yeah, wow. That would be hard for most anyone to wear. She does look amazing in it though. The kids must have thought it was great. The fit on her is perfect.

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    5. The crazy print one! I would never buy it (except for pyjamas) and I don't really like it, but on her? Amazing!! She is schooling us on how to totally rock an outfit. I absolutely love her whole look.

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  15. Gorgeous dress. Glad they are highlighting this important issue.

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  16. I agree, Erika. Maternity clothes are made for a reason. Fit being that reason. Great fit, more comfort.
    And maternity clothes now are not the same as our mom's or grandmother's. And HalleluYah for that, lol.
    There is some awesome design in maternity wear these days.

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    1. There really are lots beautiful and en vogue maternity clothes out there that would look so much better on her. This is her third pregnancy. She's got to realize buying larger sizes of regular clothing just does not work after a certain point. We are at that point Kate!!

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    2. So agree. I want to see proper maternity wear from now on! LOL

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  17. Catherine Quinn is present and accounted for. Right on Kate's heels. Didn't see the younger woman with
    CQ today. Did anyone else see her?

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    1. Maybe that supports my hunch that she is to be Meghan's assistant?

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    2. That is what I was thinking also, Patricia. But did she start training before the proposal? Did Kensington Palace know something we didn't?

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    3. Patricia I. Or (just a thought) perhaps the young woman that has been with CQ was a student at Oxford and was doing a special project or paper on something to do with serving the Royal family, etc. Perhaps she got special permission to "shadow" CQ for a length of time as part of her research.

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  18. It was a nice engagement for the Cambridges and moreover they can tick a box in the visiting the countryside coloumn. I have seen a tweet thanks to bluhare in the morning, supporting EACH and a Christmas Tree Decoration Festival from 6th Dec till the 10th. It would be really lovely to see Kate there too. Camilla has something similar every year and I love that very much!!

    On a different note, I have not seen wearing Kate such a badly tailored coat for a really long time. I love the pattern but this one is at least a size bigger and it hangs on her without any sense. I guess it is not a mat coat.
    I don't comment on her red short dress because there is not much left to say. From fashion POV today's look is a huge miss.

    Thank you Charlotte!

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    1. I agree on the coat. I thought it was an odd cut as well: bulky & hit at a an odd place on her legs making it look sort of matronly. She always looks so pretty, but the coat just didn't work for me.

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  19. Zora from Prague6 December 2017 at 16:01

    Great engagement and a nice look. Will have to come back later when I have more time. Thank you, Charlotte!

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  20. What a wonderful event!! William and Kate seem in their element around children and glad to seem them involved in this global forum. Mental illness and cyber bullying are excellent causes to champion. I always like when William has a speech, he does it well. Kate looks lovely, as always. The houndstooth coat is a great classic staple to any wardrobe and like the mix with the retro style and pop of color. Would have loved to see some ankle boots and lower the heel somewhat, but the chunky heel is good too and on trend. A great event with some very nice photos of Kate and William. cc

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  21. Topic of summit is very important and it goes together with passion of couple to help children.
    Perfect outfit.Grey coat is classic and dress adds energetic colour.

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  22. Love the coat and dress. She looked wonderful after a "night out". I loved seeing the plaid very well matched at the seams in this coat.I actually think the fit is really good. Even the best maternity clothes can have an odd fit as every woman grows so differently and adds weight in different areas. It is true that many regular items do not work at all when pregnant but I think this dress and coat work as well as any off the rack maternity items would.

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  23. Thank you Charlotte for the wonderful post. What a worthwhile event - so appreciate what they are doing. I thought Catherine looked wonderful today. On a side note: at a risk of being a pain, Catherine's coat pattern is actually a Glenurquhart (Glen Urquhart) check, more commonly known as a glen plaid - not houndstooth. Thank you again!

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    1. Great catch Lis!! cc

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    2. We, even though living only a few miles as the crow flies from Glen Urquhart, tend to call this the Prince of Wales check.

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    3. That is so cool. Since a child I have known that as glen plaid. didn't know it was affiliated with a real place. A place called Glen Uruhart. And now, because of DKB, I also learn that it really called the Prince of Wales check. Thanks Cecilia.

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    4. I have googled it now, and I see that either name can be used. The Glen Urquhart name is older. Perhaps it is only the British who use the Prince of Wales name. And I suppose here in Scotland we should really call it Duke of Rothesay . . . Glen Urquhart runs down to Loch Ness at Drumnadrochit, surfer girl, twenty miles or so from us. Castle Urquhart, now ruinous, on a promontory sticking out into the loch, is there. I have always thought that the castle in the children's film Brave is based on it.

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    5. thanks again, Cecilia. I can just picture it now. I love this kind of stuff. :)
      Is all this, including yourself, lol, close to that estate that Pippa's husband's family owns?

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    6. I googled it also Cecilia. The castle is located on such a beautiful and scenic point there by Loch Ness. Nice place for a castle. Nice place to take a hearty picnic, do some fishing, and watch for the Loch Ness monster. And maybe stop by and have a spot of tea with James and Pippa. All inspired by Glen plaid. :)

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  24. Love this engagement and William's speech! As a parent myself, his words could not ring more true. I love how they are involving the young people in being aware about social media and their implications.

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  25. I forgot to mention - George as a sheep? Can you imagine how cute that is? I'm glad both William and Kate get to see these school plays and do so without the paparazzi knowing. George seems to be thriving in school. Bless him!

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    1. I seem to recall William was a shepherd in one of his first school plays - so now he's herding George!

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    2. They are most certainly the Barrymores of the family. :)

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  26. I like that they both had different aspects to be engaged in, all in one event. I really liked William's speech.
    Fashion, love the coat and the dress. My only quibble is the colour of the tights. I think they almost read navy in these pictures. I think a darker black, more opaque tight would have been better, but that's just me nitpicking ;)

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    1. They orchestrate that one nicely. :)

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    2. And I thought lighter black hosiery would be nicer! Each to her own. . . :-)

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  27. First time poster here - wonderful posts Charlotte! I’m so thankful for your hard work with this blog - yours posts and everyone’s comments truly brighten my day.
    The DoC looks wonderful in this shade of red. This dress is classic with a modern twist with the sleeves and length. It definitely works for her! I actually thought about purchasing this item before she wore it but decided against it as I did not see myself in these sleeves. The coat is exquisite and so well tailored. I have to say LK Bennett items are so well tailored overall and the stitching is classic. Her makeup is spot on and I like her hair and I like that she is trying different styles.

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    1. Thank you and welcome Amy Charlotte :)

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    2. Yes. welcome Amy Charlotte. :)

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  28. Awh. George was a sheep. ⭐️

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    1. How cute is this kid........so wish we could see pics!!!

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    2. George is an actor now. He and Meghan will have a lot to talk about. :)

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  29. Charlotte, fantastic interview with 'In Good Company'. We all know you do an amazing job and I am glad to see others recognizing it too!

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    1. Katie, I agree 100000%!! Wonderful interview which I thoroughly enjoyed! PLEASE write the book(s), Charlotte, honestly, I´m sure I would buy them all! You are such a talented writer!

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    2. Congratulations Charlotte what a wonderful interview!! You really are amazing and obviously very disciplined to juggle all that you do. Alway good to gain insight about the effort that goes into the blog. I second Anon 18:07 that with your writing talent, the book would be a big hit. cc

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    3. Wonderful interview! I would definitely buy your book if you ever decide to publish.

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    4. Caroline in Montana7 December 2017 at 18:11

      Can you post a link to your interview or did i miss it? :)

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    5. Charlotte - what a wonderful interview. It is so nice to hear from you and to get another side of all that you do. Thank you very much for the link. That blog looks wonderful as well. Bravo!

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  30. What interview???? The links, the info? lol
    What interview?

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    1. A reader has set up a terrific website and I chatted with her about my experiences blogging. It's here: http://ingoodcompany.today/

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    2. Zora from Prague6 December 2017 at 21:19

      Thank you so much for the link! The interview is fantastic, congratulations, Charlotte!

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    3. Thank you so much for the link. Such an excellent interview, as expected. I am so happy for you. :) And, I am so happy to know that "In Good Company" exists. Integrity is spreading. lol
      And thank heaven for that. :)

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    4. Anonymous in Colorado7 December 2017 at 05:23

      I loved reading your interview, Charlotte! You're so articulate & to keep providing us with two quality blogs AND maintaining a full time job! I'm exhausted just TYPING that ;-) Teach me your time management skills please! :-)

      xo

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    5. yes. lol. Colorado you definitely need a rest after that. Sit down, kick back and have a yummy cup of Earl Grey. Re-energize for your next text. :)

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    6. Caroline in Montana7 December 2017 at 18:17

      WONDERFUL article Charlotte!! We here always knew you were the best so its very nice to see you acknowledged! Thank you for endless hours of enjoyment and ill buy any book you write:)

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  31. Hello, does anyone know which tights the Duchess wear? Would love to know.

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      Apparently Kate wears Wolford tights and the John Lewis Barely There Non-Slip range.

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    2. The mystery is finally solved. Thanks Charlotte. :)

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  32. HRH Carherine was wonderful in her elegant cut coat and a very good loose dress for pregnancy, I was happy with her husband. No doubt I love this Duchess future Queen of Uk for simplicity, smile and these projects so good of so much importance.
    From Portugal-Lisbon

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  33. Maggie - Minneapolis6 December 2017 at 19:23

    While the tidbit about George is adorable, imo the Cambridges really need to stop talking about their kids. As usual, George is dominating headlines and articles instead of mental health. It's not the Cambridges' fault, but they have to know better at this point.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden6 December 2017 at 22:15

      I get your point Maggie, but it's not like they're walking up to the media telling them tidbits. They are having small talk conversations with people they meet. Obviously alot of those people ask about the kids or they get on to topic of family, which is fairly normal in simple small talk. Then the reporters walk around asking people what the royals said (or they hear the conversation) and it gets reported. Would be very odd for the royals to be stand offish during those small chats. And honestly, I doubt the headlines would be about the event either way. If not about the kids, it would be about clothes (new, repeated, cheery, somber doesn't matter) or Harrys engagement etc. Because the actual important stuff does not a good headline make.

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    3. According to what I read, William made the comment to schoolchildren whom he had asked about their Christmas plans. Why wouldn't he have mentioned his own child? I don't think they are obsessive about talking about their kids and if the Press choose to pick that part up, what's the harm? Some parts of the media are never going to focus on William's more serious side and better they pick that up than some of the other mean comments in the press I read this morning.

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    4. Nope. No way Jose'. Wiiliam is not in any way to blame, in my opinion. The media picks out what they want, like picking a needle out of a haystack. They interview people in the walk-about lines and glean what they want.
      Even the smallest random comment about George or Charlotte or any of their normal family interactions SELLS. It is surreal. And people ask William and Kate about the children too.
      Here's how I would go through a meet and greet if I were them, "Hi. Nice to meet you. Um humm. Yes. Sorry I can't comment on that. Hi. Nice to meet you. Uh humm. Yes. Sorry I can't comment on that. Hi. Nice to meet you. Uh humm....
      Because, whatever they say or don't say, as a Royal they can't win. :)

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    5. I see your point and agree that it's very frustrating that there is a global summit happening and the only thing the press remembers is an offhand comment about George.

      Of course, if W/K never mentioned the kids, then they would be even more blasted for keeping the kids squired away and off the grid.

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    6. Rebecca - you are articulating your points in excellent form. One wonders - what is the point of these "public" visits. Is it so the royals can be portrayed as leaders in their country - or so that they shine the spotlight on others who are leading. Every reporter/press decides what they are going to feature in their stories. Clearly there is more interest in the children and most likely because there is no other sharing of news about them except through these public outings. Maggie is correct that the lead will always be about the children if they talk about them only in these venues - and that has got to be frustrating for the folks who host the Cambridges to highlight their cause. One could foresee that invitations for the Cambridges could dry up since organizations do not receive any benefit from it. The Cambridges can certainly talk about their kids without needing to do it via the organizations. So I say, yes - it is the Cambridges fault.

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    7. I completely disagree. I think William and Kate are giving just the right amount of information and tidbits about their kids. Other royals and celebrities sell their children far more. But naturally the media will focus on that because it's what people want to hear. It does however also bring attention to the causes indirectly. If they didn't talk about their children at all, people will also complain about them being too possessive.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden7 December 2017 at 13:36

      Interesting points Moxie. But also, is it more important how they sound in a headline or how they sound to the person they're talking to at the engagement? Also, if widespread spotlight is the point of these visits, does Annes visits not count at all and have no impact? I dont belive that is the case. I actually believe that headlines about George and Kate's clothes bring more people towards the charities than the less reported on royals. That doesn't mean that the less reported royals are not doing a big deal. The more people the royals meet one to one and make a good impact, the less "abstract" they seem and a person who met them and liked them have a bigger chance of being favourable of the royal family. And the people they meet feel seen. I think there is a balance to be found.

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    9. Maggie - Minneapolis7 December 2017 at 13:42

      To those reacting rather adamantly to my post - friendly reminder that A. I already said it's not the Cambridges' fault that the media might choose to blow up one small thing and B. I'm not saying they should refuse to answer direct questions about the kids! Just don't bring them up as much uninvited. And I know I might sound nitpicky about specific circumstances, so also to be clear - if this was the only time or just one of a few times this happened, I wouldn't have brought it up. It's just been happening a lot ever since George has been old enough to do anything, esp with Kate on her engagements. So it happening here just reminded me I wanted to bring it up, and that over time, a trend/pattern perhaps can be observed that is fair to comment on.

      Rebecca - I totally agree that if directly asked, it would be rude to appear standoffish. That's the part that really amuses me about the Cambridges though, esp William! When asked in the past about what George got for his birthday, he refused to tell. And Kate has shown that she at least somewhat agrees with my point - rmbr that time when Andy Murray explicitly asked about the children and she politely declined to answer, saying that the day was about Andy and his accomplishments? I've always found it a little odd for her to say that then, while very often bringing up her kids at engagements.
      And I'm not saying be rude about it. But Kate, especially, seems to almost rely at times, on talking about her kids as a "crutch" for conversing with people at engagements. There are many examples of conversations where a parent might be talking about something related to their own child, or even their own life, and Kate will respond with something about how either Charlotte or George likes/does the same thing. And I totally get why it may just be automatic for Kate, since she can indeed sympathize with things as a mother herself. But when the other person doesn't bring up the kids, I think Kate (and William) can avoid bringing up new specific details about their kids without seeming rude. In fact, some would think it's less rude to respond to another parent's story about their own kid by keeping the focus on that kid, rather than mentioning the kids who already get plenty of focus. To be clear, I'm not trying to imply that I think Kate is trying purposefully to keep the spotlight and focus on her own kids. Just that what she intends and how it is perceived/reported on can be different things, and she cannot be a successful royal without learning how to make those things more equal. Also other times it's planned, but imo still not done right. For example, earlier this fall when she opened the Place2Be Conference and gave a speech about the importance of teachers focusing on mental health, she mentioned one line about being a mother dropping her own child off at the school gates and worrying about having less control over their upbringing. The fact that Kate was doing the school run now dominated headlines and articles, instead of the other great points she was trying to make. I think if she was going to mention something about her kids, it should have been in greater detail, in order to help make the point of the overall speech. The one line certainly hinted at the fact that the issue she was talking about is something that affects her own life, but why not expand on that more? Otherwise, why bother adding it in, without much detail to help boost her overall message, but with the risk of it taking over the news cycle for them? The garden engagement last week proved similar.

      Also I agree with Moxie that the Cambridges can share things about their kids without relying on official engagements like these to do it, which seems to resolve the points of almost every response on this thread about either the public complaining that the children are too hidden away otherwise or anyone who said that they enjoy the little tidbits (I do too, btw!).

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis7 December 2017 at 14:11

      Also this isn't a huge deal and I'm just honestly kind of curious, not for the purposes of proving my point, but just bc it's always interesting to see how people think in different ways - like...I dk if I just have a weird view of kids and interacting with them, but I honestly fail to understand why a group of *children* would even care that some younger child was in a nativity play and that William went to watch. I kinda thought it was weird that William brought it up to a bunch of kids, while asking about their Christmas plans, even before I noticed the amount of attention it got. I'm not mentioning this as criticism! Like I said - honestly just curious, esp about whether living in the US has given me a warped view of how British children might view the Cambridge children. My initial response was that children may get excited about the idea of princesses and princes and perhaps even real live Kate, but they do not usually have much of an understanding of why a royal baby/child is an exciting thought. Kids don't have the cognitive capacity to *appreciate* the historical importance that a kid younger than them who seems like nothing special might play - they might *know* George is a future King, but he's obviously not visible at all, and when he is, it's not really in ways that would appeal to the youngest generations and their dreams of dashing princes and beautiful elegant princesses. Am I misunderstanding how UK children are taught to feel about the youngest royals, bc they actually live in a country with a monarchy? I also honestly was a little surprised when at one of Kate's recent engagements, she asked a young girl about her favorite color and when the girl said it was pink, Kate said that was Charlotte's favorite too. In my mind, kids do not care much about the vague child of an adult having a similar opinion/interest. This other child remains basically an abstract concept to the child talking to their parent. Also it seems to presume that a little kid would even know of Charlotte's existence, and if they do, that they would care. With adults, even if they don't care about royals it seems safer to assume esp on a royal engagement that they will know who Charlotte is and that there is some significance to her being mentioned, even if they think that significance is silly. But there's a lot of kids who have never had a reason to hear more than perhaps a vague mention of a royal baby at some point....in this day and age, do adults really bother trying to explain to their own kids why people are excited about the royal baby? Or even bother telling their own kids when a royal child is born, etc? So as I was saying, I was a little surprised about Kate responding to the little girl like that. Not that I think she was being intentionally rude or even unintentionally rude...just seemed like a weird thing to say to a kid, esp for someone who is known for communicating well with them. But also if I remember correctly, articles talking about it depicted the girl as excitedly telling reporters that Kate said she had the same fav color as Charlotte, thus implying she knew enough to be excited about that. So that would indicate I'm wrong, maybe? I suppose there's also a chance that upon being selected for participation in a royal engagement, kids are taught about the royals so they can understand why the event is even happening, and/or after being selected maybe they go home and pepper their parents for info about the royals. Or the girl's demeanor might have been interpreted in a particular way to fit a particular narrative. Who knows. Honestly just curious about British kids, and how much at a young age they may truly understand or care about the royals' purpose.

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    11. Maggie - Minneapolis7 December 2017 at 15:07

      Also Rebecca - you make a good point about the conversations just being small talk happening in the course of engagements. I guess my thinking is that while it's "small talk", that seems to still be an important part of any engagement, esp for Kate, who often does not give quotes/say things more "officially" about the issue at hand, and so "speaking up" for something for her is all about pictures of her at the engagement, and then whatever she says in those individual conversations. So is it unfair to suggest that perhaps it isn't the most strategic to approach these conversations exactly as she (or any of us) would do "small talk" when running into some friends at the grocery store or something? And that they should be more strategic about ensuring even the "small talk" helps with the bigger message/cause they are trying to promote? Not to the point of being rude, but to a middle ground that should exist despite denials by some. Why not seem just as charming and friendly as Kate already does while also trying to keep the discussions somewhat focused on the engagement topic, esp since presumably that's why the people she's talking to are even at the engagement; bc they have some personal connection to it.

      You do bring up another good point about the risk of emphasizing spotlight leading to the minimization of the Princess Royal's tireless work. That's a fair point, but I don't think it's unfair to say that while Princess Anne's effort *far* surpasses the workload of the Cambridges so far, she simply does not possess the same power at this point to make as much of a difference for charities as the Cambridges potentially can. The reality is that the Cambridges have an incredible opportunity bc of all the media attention they still attract relative to most of the BRF, and it's great for their charities. So given how little they have to do in comparison to many royals in order to draw attention to the causes they wish to promote, it doesn't seem like asking much to say that they not waste that power, and instead maximize it.
      Of course, as you pointed out, talking about the kids can often be the best PR strategy for bringing attention to a cause. It can just be different at times, imo. Instead of "Charlotte's favorite color is pink too!" or "George was a sheep in his nativity play" - things that have NO relation to the issue being promoted in the engagements - why not bring up the kids in ways that actually have to do with the engagement topic? Like Kate mentioning a few years back that she was introducing little George to messy play, while on an engagement that was promoting things like that for the emotional development of very young children, was great. It revealed a fact about a royal kid that would get some extra attention in the press, but in a way that encourages writing about the broader topic that made her bring it up to begin with (so does writing about Kate's clothes, bc they encourage pictures of her at the event, and also at least some context about what she was doing while wearing the clothes). Whereas articles about George being in a nativity play don't need extra context that would connect to the issue of mental health being discussed at the engagement, if that makes sense, thus encouraging all the articles that only talk about the play and not the engagement at all.

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    12. Maggie, for purposes of an interesting conversation, I'm going to challenge the assumption that Princess Anne does not wield more power then Kate. There is an assumption that press=money for charity. And I simply don't think that is true. I think money=money and Princess Anne is the daughter of the Queen. She has the ear of her mother who has the ear of the UK parliament and the world. Those with the most capacity to give - often don't seek the attention of giving. Their philanthropy happens at private dinner parties behind closed doors. Do you want the ear of a billionaire at dinner at Buckingham Palace or the attention of press outputs intended for the average working class person who has not as much to give? I think Princess Anne wields more power then folks recognize. And I don't think she minds not being reported on in the press at all.

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    13. Caroline in Montana7 December 2017 at 18:18

      Rebecca Sweden, i agree with you 100%!!

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    14. I don't think Anne would mind a bit more attention but I'm certain she's reconciled to it from the Diana days. She did get a bit snappish when asked about the birth of George as I recall.
      Royal function in multiple ways. Yes, press attention is extremely important. Royals aren't just about raising money for causes. (my issue with the royal foundation of William, Kate and Harry.) By bringing attention to a cause, a place, an issue, a charity, an event - a popular royal who has his or her activities reported brings attention to whatever it is. It may help a charity raise money, it may make people think about cyber-bullying, it may highlight a resource that will be useful - even vital to someone - and I could go on.

      So the more attention the better even though probably nine out of ten, especially these days, the headline may not be what one would wish. The attention is still there.
      But that doesn't mean the actions of a royal that aren't publicised aren't important and fund-raising may be the least important of that. A royal's presence may highlight an honour being given to someone, they may offer comfort to those in need, they may give thanks to those who are working quietly behind the scenes - this to my mind is one of the most important things as many people's works go unsung. They give people a boost, they add a little colour to a day...and it goes on. Having a royal mentioned on a letter your charity sends out may be very important as are statements - but to my mind, the visits count most of all.

      It would be nice if all royal activities were covered more and they used to be but the world is changing and becoming more celebrity driven.
      That's why to my thinking it is vital that royal and celebrity not be muddled - royals have a gravitas, a purpose, they represent their nation in huge and small ways - celebrities are about glamour and they are often ephemeral - they come, they go, they fade from view - whilst, in theory, royals last.
      On the subject of small talk - that's what royals are about - chatting with people. They can care about issues but they often can't go too deep or it becomes political. And that can never happen. Not being political is what makes royals timeless - whether it's May or Corbyn or someone else, royals carry one.

      I truthfully don't think it matters if George makes the headlines if it gets a paper to publish - it still brings attention to critical issues and maybe George will make someone read or click on that article who wouldn't if the headline had just been about a speech and a subject matter. That, at least, is my hope.

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  34. William gave a wonderful and important speech. I really enjoyed reading about this event. Loved the "he was a sheep", and "I'm not ginger" remarks. William has a wicked sense of humor. After last evening's gala they both must have been tired. Kate looked her usual beautiful self. I really liked the red dress.

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  35. Hello! I do not comment frequently but I really love to follow this amazing blog here and via Twitter. Thank you, Charlotte, for your hard work here keeping us updated about the Duchess’ life. You’re always so kind to everyone, just a real life princess! I loved to read your interview, really interesting. And can I say I love your entire name, Charlotte? It suddenly makes me think of my favourite tv series!!
    Sorry for my bad english.
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  36. Hello! I’m not sure I was able to send my first comment so I’m trying again.
    I don’t comment frequently but I really love to follow this amazing blog here and via Twitter. I would like to say thank you to our dear Charlotte. Thank you for keeping us updated about the Duchess’ life, you’re always so kind with everyone just like a real life Princess!
    I love to read your posts and I enjoy reading the comment section - always so filled with kindness and inspiration.
    I read your interview, Charlotte, it was really interesting. I’m just starting to follow your other blog - the one about Meghan - and all I can say I’m really, really curious and glad of your choice to create a blog about her.
    Can I say I LOVE your entire name, Charlotte? It suddenly made me think of my all time favourite tv series, Downton Abbey. I immediately thought I had to say it here in the comment section!
    Sorry for my bad English.
    Thank you to Charlotte and all the kind ladies here in the comment section!
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    1. Emi, your English is impressive, and eloquent as well. No need to apologize!

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    2. I love Charlotte's full name, too! It sounds so English :)

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    3. Hello Emi! I just wanted to give you a big welcome and to say how I miss Downton Abbey as well. Charlotte's blog is great and I hope she continues to blog until Kate is Queen consort.

      I know you are busy, Charlotte, but have you thought about blogging about the Cambridge children? There will soon be three, what fun! I know they're just kids but it would be a wonderful chronicle as they grow up and it will be the first of its kind online.

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    4. Susie, there is a page on this blog for George, Charlotte, and I assume Baby #3. But I would think at this point there isn't enough real data to really blog about them without dipping into rumors and stories spun by paparazzi. But as they get older, that would be a fun blog to follow.

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  37. Wow! I love this look on Kate! The dress is adorable, and I love the sleeve. A little flair! I also love her coat! A+ today πŸ‘πŸ»

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  38. I'm loving her red dress. I really like the tucks at the neckline and the sleeve. The dress appears to have a nice swing to it.

    I do agree that booties might have worked. Or that somewhat closed shoe that she wore upon arrival in NYC - don't remember the brand. Maybe they were never ID'd? I also really like those TOD heels.

    Great event and glad that these are topics for them both. William's speech was great!

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  39. The dress is cute but way too short like many of her other Goat pieces have been in the past. It would be near obscene for her to wear it without black tights on. Also, there is far too much difference between the length of the dress and the coat.

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    1. I couldn't agree more! In fact, that was the first thing I thought when I saw her without her coat!

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  40. Dearest Charlotte
    Such a wonderful interview. Many thanks for your dedication to this marvelous blog.

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  41. I wish we could have seen photographs of George as a sheep, but am also happy the family can enjoy privacy at George's school. I am not familiar with Postman Pat (I fear my childhood may have been poorer because of that), but I grew up watching Sesame street and continue to value the lessons it taught me. Such an important engagement for William and Kate to attend together. I also like that they split for part of the time and attended different events.

    I love the print of the coat, but not a fan of the pockets. I saw this coat and thought immediately of two of my least favorite Kate looks: the light blue Alexander McQueen coat that has been worn several times since the Australia/New Zealand tour (most recently I think at the 75th Anniversary of the RAF cadets) and the white Emilia Wickstead dress from India.

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  42. I think Kate is looking much better today - more rested. I was worried about her after the last outing. I thought she looked unwell. I LOVE the fact that William is talking about the downsides of social media and how to deal with them. Love it that they don't let their children have ipads. Too young! We don't know how this technology affects the BODY. Thanks for what you do Charlotte. Blueskygal Arizona USA

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    1. Speaking of how IT technology can affect the body. Just a quick tidbit on that. There apparently is a new thing. They are called emf shields. The experts say that cell phones, laptops, etc. function with electromagnetic frequencies. That is what makes the remote for your television etc. work also and includes bluetooth. They say that that frequency causes red bloods to vibrate a lot and they say that that is not good. They are just finding out about it. So, they have discovered that circles of foil-like material that you put on your IT stuff can protect the red blood cells. Don't have the clinical studies at hand but they are easily googled. Kind of a neat discovery. Like surgeons washing their hands before surgery. They didn't use to do that. Or like chlorine in drinking water. Having clean municipal drinking water was non-existent without it. Like quarantining disease areas. That was a revelation and now is standard procedure.

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    2. surfer girl thanks for bringing up the emf shields. I survived lymphoma last year and am planning to get one in 2018. When I had an MRI done recently the nurse listened really closely when I talked about the EMF clearing device. We are being zapped daily! And this is not a good thing. Blueskygal Tucson USA

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    3. Very interesting an important, Surfer Girl.

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    4. particularly for children, and adults who wear the behind the ear hands-free units, those who sit with their laptops on their laps, and those who sleep with their phones by their heads, particularly while recharging them.

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    5. Blueskygal. So thankful you made it through that. :) And it is good to spread the word about the power that's inherent in our electronic devices.

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  43. It looks as if this was a great summit. Prince William’s speech was lengthy but he said some really good things re childhood and early media/on line tech impact. The Duchess of Cambridge looked lovely as usual. She is always sooo professional. I like her style of approach and relatability. I also appreciate Prince William’s sense of humor. In both reports of someone responding as if they didn’t know him, Prince William played it out well with humor. Charlotte, another post that I have enjoyed. Thank you.

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  44. This is a style that Kate really favors that I hate: a very short dress but with a very high, fussy, almost Victorian collar. So she looks like a nun from the waist up and an Austin Powers girl from the waist down. It's weird. Surely a less high, tight collar (maybe a nice scoopneck/boatneck/v-neck) with a slightly longer hemline (above the knee but not so short) would look more hip?

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    1. Personally, I think her look says PA/Secretary in her 20ies. A first proper job! The short dress, bouncy hair tucked behind the ears, a heavy winter coat.

      I will never get this: what's the point with a closet full of similar-looking clothes. Did she really need a new coat for this?

      On a higher note: Kate looks really good: healthy and strong.

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  45. Charlotte, I echo others here that enjoyed your interview about blogging. What a great insight into the process! You came across really well & I truly feel that you are "one of us" (Kate/Meghan followers) :) I can tell it is one of your passions, judging by your dedication & prompt, thorough posts. It's been great following your blogs & reading the multitude of comments from people all over the world. You should give yourself a pat on the back! :)

    Onto the Cambridges' visit to Manchester - I was impressed by William's speech. I would like to follow what him & the Royal Foundation achieve with their Cyberbullying taskforce. I hope we see many more engagements relating to this cause in the near future. With children & young people engaging more & more with technology/social media, the negative impact that it could have on their mental health & development is increasing. Good on William & the Royal Foundation for attempting to tackle this issue.

    I liked Kate's GOAT dress & the colour looked great on her...I would've liked the coat, also, apart from it looking a couple of sizes too big on her. I'm with Erika & others that wish she would wear proper maternity clothes at this stage of her pregnancy. I think it would be more flattering for her than wearing oversized outfits. I don't understand why she she has a habit of doing this while she is pregnant. I really liked the bespoke blue Emilia Wickstead dress she wore while pregnant with George to an evening event. I think the empire waists are very flattering for her while she's pregnant. It looks like she is always trying to hide her tummy area.

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  46. William's engagement is a follow-up of his former job as an air rescue pilot. I like to see how his life is in his own hands, his work as a Royal doesn't efface his personality and his experience, instead his former experience is moulding and enforcing his image as a Royal. Good job! In another side, the presence of Meghan is somehow enforcing the image of the Duchess, they are different and this is good because in Meghan we find the strength of an action-woman, in Kate we find the poise of the Royalty. They will be a fantastic team.

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    1. I agree, Paola. good to hear from you. :)

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  47. It was a pleasure to read your interview charlotte! When reading your blog you can literally feel the love and passion you put in it! Hope you will never stop writing ;-)

    Ps for quite a year now your blog has become part of my daily routine and to me it feels like a friendly and peaceful place 🌿

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  48. It was an excellent speech - thank you Charlotte for printing it in its entirety.

    I very much enjoyed your interview Charlotte! The blog has developed brilliantly over the years thanks to your amazing work.

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  49. My comment from last night must have been lost, or not posted. Any way, it was to say, William's message addressed a contemporary concern in a well packed speech.

    Charlotte or commenters/s, can you please post the link for Charlotte's interview.

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    1. Hello Anon 15,

      I just checked spam and there's no sign of your comment, my apologies.

      It's here, it's very brief. http://ingoodcompany.today/2017/12/05/the-top-duchess-kate-blogger-charlotte-crawley/

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    2. Thank you Charlotte for checking spam, and the link. I can't wait to visit the link. No problem at all about the lost comment, it happens. Hold on, I just scrolled up, and this time, it seems to have joined your latest group of posts. It is there/ 7 December 2017 at 01:24

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  50. Please Charlotte can I have the link to your interview?

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    1. Hello Paola,

      I just linked above :)

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    2. Charlotte,
      You said “it is not about me” in the interview. For the community of readers whose numbers show over 5000, just those who participate in style polls you post occasionally, is a reasonable sampler of the unaccounted number of readers. There are also commenters here. In all, like the interviewer said, you dominate the highest traffic for searching DOC / Kate. For most, if not all, who follow you (there is social media/twitter too), it is also about you. Several months ago there was also another interview with you. I wish both are posted on the side of both blogs, and continue as a collection of your interviews. More will take place with time. As time goes, and your archives build, the possibilities are endless. It is not surprising of the offer. Some commenters here have also suggested that (won’t say it here /spoiler alert).

      The interview itself and your responses give a glimpse into the making of your blogs. To find a confirmation you do this solo is amazing. Over all the sprinkle of your generous humility, and giving credit where it is due, is once again very much you. I won’t give away the rest, before others have the chance to read it.

      It had been a blog beyond your subject matters. The historical back ground of places ( UK and the couple's traveling destinations) times, people and events you post makes you an ambassador to your country.

      It gets better with time to have known about you and your blogs.

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    3. ...ambassador for your country / at 16:10 /revised

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  51. I love the color of this dress. I love the pattern of the coat. I love the red with the black and white.

    I really dislike the fit of all of it on Kate. Her maternity style is just not at the same level as her not-pregnant style. She really needs to embrace maternity clothing. Her best looks during her pregnancies with George and Charlotte came when she wore actual maternity clothes. Having had two children (especially the second pregnancy) you need the maternity clothes much faster the second time and just wearing bigger clothes makes the clothing fit terribly as evidenced here.

    Kate really does look lovely in red. :)

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    1. Agree about the maternity clothes and her best looks during her pregnancies.

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    2. The coat Catherin wore to this event is not oversized. If you look at the fit around her bust and neckline, it is fitted and not loose or baggy. Looking at the coat in the picture from the catalog it clearly shows gathers on the back because there are no darts to create a waist.

      I love her red dress too. The neckline detail is very unique and the bell sleeve detail is very 'in' at the present. Plus I love the '60s vibe myself. She looks great in jewel tones.

      Border Terrier lover :-)

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  52. SurferGirl hope you are ok. just read that San Diego is at extreme risk with these awful fires.

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  53. my family and I are fine. thank your thoughtfulness Cherie, :). our prayers are going out for those who dealing with the fires.

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    1. Good to know you are ok. So sad about those fires. :(

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    2. It's just awful about the fires. Absolutely dreadful time for those in the area.

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    3. Surfer Girl-It is good to know you and your family are ok. It is some bold fire. Most of all, I hope people in the fire's proximity will be ok;property can be replaced.

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    4. Hopefully the Santa Ana winds will subside soon and make containment much easier.

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  54. I was so interested to read your interview Charlotte! I blog as well but I keep my blog private because I couldn't handle the trolls. Funny enough I became interested in blogging after reading a book many years ago by a woman in Canada who had a spot on a local radio station where she would talk comment about life and current events from her perspective. She died young sadly but left a wonderful legacy for her children and friends about her quirky way of looking at life. Now we have blogging and so many wonderful blogs out there.

    I appreciate your blog because it is intelligent. It isn't just about fashion but also about the causes that W & K espouse and why. As I have said before William actually interests me more than Kate right now but I like her, I like the way she handles life, I think she is a good role model for young women who want to be something different than what our celebrity-obsessed, career-driven society tells them they ought to be. I realize she has choices that aren't available to everyone but that she still chooses to put family first, to espouse non-glam causes speaks to me.

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  55. Maggie - Minneapolis7 December 2017 at 15:51

    I was impressed by William's speech, esp that it discussed the nuances of technology's effect on kids and how while dangerous, also has its benefits. Their mental health campaign at times frustrated me bc of a lack of nuance and some specifics past the point of "talk to someone", but this speech was not at all like that. His task force is an important step for action too, hopefully.

    I imagine I will get denounced for this next thing :P, but I will say, this cyber task force makes me feel like William and Harry have moved onto a second step in relation to HT, while Kate remains in neutral. In October, Prince Harry announced a new big initiative in coordination with the Armed Forces for his common focus on veterans' mental health, and William announced the projects his cyber task force had decided to undertake after months of discussion and planning. Both did something big in terms of a second step...but Kate has not announced anything similar, and instead now, doesn't seem to even have as much of her own niche to focus on as before bc William is moving into a part of children's mental health. Now I'm not saying she and William are competitors - but it made more sense to me when it was Harry = armed forces, William = male suicide, Kate = children's mental health, and I think it sounded the best for PR purposes - like every member of the "team" perceptually brought something to the table, esp a specific interest/expertise, etc.
    And before, even though William did engagements and talked about it too, Kate was the one with the patronages and causes to focus on children's mental health. Now it seems like she may have begun the focus and may be continuing it in her usual ways, but William seems to be actually *acting* in some way, or at least spurring/coordinating action of others, while Kate is still just bringing attention through her engagements with existing organizations but not doing anything bigger now. Where is Kate's second step?

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  56. Oh Charlotte, I so enjoyed your interview!! You are amazing and my respite in the royal news storm. Your blogs are full of beauty, integrity, accuracy, and in-depth information. I am so very thankful you keep these blogs going while holding down a job. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Sincerely, Sarah (aka florida girl)

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  57. When is the date for the Scandinavian tour?

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  58. I love the colour red on the duchess! Some people will think the dress is too short but Catherine loves that style and she should to show off her beautiful legs !

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  59. I was very impressed with William's speech raising so many important issues and clearly both he and Catherine have the same concerns over the pace of technology and the effect on all aspects of life for children from a young age. It was good to see them both at this major event. William has been far more involved with the media so it is good to see Kate now becoming more involved. I thought Kate was smartly dressed but must admit like some others do feel the goat garments are a little too short.
    I thought Kate looked stunning for the Diplomatic reception and that necklace was lovely, The dress appeared to be lovely and I hope we may at sometime see more of it.
    Pure conjecture on my part but I wonder whether that iconic photo of the Queen DoE C & C and W & K at last years diplomatic reception was taken & published as it was known privately that that would be DoE last one.
    W & K held a board meeting for their foundation at KP yesterday. I notice that both W & K now quite frequently hold private meetings at KP do they count as events they should do as it is work related.
    Glad to see they are attending the Grenville Towers memorial service but very disappointed that Kate is not attending the Star Wars premiere film at the Royal Albert Hall she is a patron of the foundation she should be there but I doubt if William will mind as he usually gives the impression when he is with H & K that he prefers H's company.
    I am surprised there has been no word on the date of the Scandinavian tour.

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  60. When the number of comments reaches 200, remember the Load More button! :-)

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  61. You mentioned in the interview that you started this blog for friends. Do they still follow you here, Charlotte?

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  62. Has anyone else noticed the enormous bag Catherine Quinn had charge of? I can't remember Rebecca Deacon carrying anything quite that bulky. Wonder what goes into it.

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  63. They do. One of them started her own blog in a completely separate field and it's been a great success.

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