Monday, 12 August 2013

Official Photos to be Taken by the Middletons, Balmoral Visit, Love at the Palace + More

Hello Duchess Kate readers,

We have a varied selection of updates to share tonight beginning with the question on many royal fans' minds: when will we see the official photos of William, Kate and George? Unlike William's RAF announcement, which we've been told would happen "soon" since last December (it really is expected "soon" at this point... honestly), the press have been assured the photos will be shared by Kensington Palace's Twitter Feed (@Clarence House) shortly - most likely early next week.


We are all excited to see if the royal photos will be taken at the Palace or the Middleton family home in Bucklebury and of course who the lucky royal photographer with the opportunity to take these historic shots is?

Will it be Getty Images Chris Jackson who took the couple's official photo before the Canada tour in 2011, a seasoned Press Association snapper, or possibly William's favourite photographer, Arthur Edwards, who took the unforgettable shots of the Cambridges dancing in Tuvalu?


According to reports circulating in the media today, the photographers could very well be Kate herself, Pippa, Carole and Michael Middleton. In a break with tradition the Cambridges may choose to use their own photographs of Prince George as official portraits.

More from The Mirror's story:

'Kate will break with the tradition of using a celebrity snapper and choose from images taken by herself, sister Pippa and parents Carole and Michael Middleton.
'A royal aide confirmed: "One of the options they are looking at is releasing a couple of family photos they have taken themselves. The new parents are keen not to disrupt three-week-old George's routine with a formal shoot, so Kate is sifting through photos taken at the Middletons' Berkshire home."'

William and Kate are very much modern royals and we have already seen time and time again that they plan to follow their own rules, such as spending Christmas with the Middletons instead of following tradition at Sandringham. We know Kate is a keen photographer and has a keen eye, so family photos would offer a much more relaxed and intimate view of the family. Some will be disappointed that the first official photos of the future monarch will not be taken in a formal setting at the Palace. We'll know for sure next week, which option the Cambridges have chosen - I for one think it is quite possible we'll see family photos.

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William, Kate and George plan to travel to Balmoral  "in a matter of days rather than weeks" according to the Express. Prince Philip, who has been convalescing at Sandringham in Norfolk, will join the Queen for her annual summer break and is said to be very eager to meet his great-grandson. The Queen briefly met Prince George at Kensington Palace before travelling to Scotland last month.

More from The Express:

'For the first time in more than a century, three heirs to the throne are alive and the 87-year-old Queen is expected to pose for photographs with son Prince Charles, grandson Prince William and great-grandson Prince George.  The last such picture was of Queen Victoria in 1894 with her son, grandson and great-grandson: Edward VII, George V and Edward VIII respectively.'

A photo of Her Majesty with three heirs will be very special and of major historical importance to the Commonwealth not to mention to the family themselves. It's been quite a week at Balmoral thus far, with a visit from Sarah, Duchess of York over the weekend.  The Queen invited her former daughter-in-law to stay following Princess Beatrice's 25th birthday celebrations. Kate and George are reportedly planning to join William in Anglesey before the trip and the family will travel to Scotland together.

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In other news, Prince William has asked his former nanny Jessie Webb to come out of retirement, at the age of 71, to help care for Prince George. He and Kate have approached Jessie - even though the late Princess Diana fired her.

More from The Mirror's story:

'Jessie is regarded by royal aides as a trusted pair of hands who protected the young William and Harry when their parents were going through a traumatic divorce. When Wills was a vulnerable and bewildered boy witnessing screaming matches between Charles and Diana, Jessie often found herself scooping up the lad so he wouldn't have to see his mother sob uncontrollably. The retired nanny is said to be sorely tempted to help the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.'

In surprising news, Kate's right-hand woman Rebecca Deacon has fallen in love with the Cambridges media adviser Nick Loughran. Thirty-year-old Rebecca, assistant private secretary, has become a very important person in Kate's life and found herself working closely with Nick whilst planning engagements. Both Rebecca and Nick, who was a former press officer at the City of London Police, visited Kate in hospital. A royal aide said: "The in-house romance will bring the Cambridges' emerging court even closer together".


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It was wonderful to see such a positive reaction to our post on Bucklebury, and in related news, Bucklebury Parish is offering a mug created by the talented Emma Bridgewater in celebration of the birth of Prince George. The commemorative mug retails for £19.95 at Ms. Bridgewater's site and is a lovely piece!

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Meanwhile, it seems Beatrix Potter is set to win another fan - Prince George. Kate has apparently decorated her son's nursery with characters from Ms Potter's classic books. Palace officials suggested antique furnitures but the Duchess wanted a more relaxed theme. The books' most popular characters include Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Miss Moppet. It has been speculated Kate used the same company that created William's nursery - Dragons of Walton Street who specialise in handmade furniture painted with characters from Beatrix Potter and other popular books.


 We'll be back on Wednesday with news on William's Anglesey engagement!

65 comments:

  1. Great post as usual but I am rather disappointed that gossip (that is all it is) about their staff has been published in the national press.

    ~they are neither public figures not celebrities. Their private lives should remain private. JMO.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills13 August 2013 at 01:55

      AMEN!!! I totally agree with you.

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    2. I'm sorry but I cannot disagree more with your statement that they aren't public figures. Of course they are. William is 2nd in line to the throne. If that doesn't make him (and by extension his wife) a public figure, I don't know what would.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.14 August 2013 at 05:08

      bluhare I believe CP was talking about Rebecca and Nick.

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    4. My bad. I see that now.

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  2. The first official photos of Prince William (and Prince Harry) were taken against canvas-type backgrounds. It was assumed that they were taken at KP, but they could have been taken anywhere. In baby George's case, most likely they were taken at the Middleton home, with the photographer remaining a question mark...for now. :)

    I really like the idea of a Beatrix Potter nursery (and the rumored source for the furniture). On so many levels, it shows how much attention is being paid to tradition. AND Beatrix Potter works equally well for boys and girls (IMO) so it would keep shopkeepers guessing along with the rest of us. LOL.

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  3. I am SOOO tempted to order the mug, but the delivery fee alone would be $39 to the USA. :(

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    1. Sarah from Calif.14 August 2013 at 05:08

      Yikes! $39.00 ouch

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  4. I thought it was a joke that the former nanny had been asked to come out of retirement to help care for Prince George of Cambridge. I did hear a few days ago on US news that Kate and George were going to Angelsey however. There were 2 stories in the news on the latter. Kate must feel a bit disrupted with no real home of their own other than the cottage at Kensington and their farm house in Angelsey which I am sure she will want to help gather her most personal things up herself before they officially vacate that residence. What a great idea to pick from some family pictures and release a few of those vs. doing a formal sitting now.

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  5. I'm very glad for Rebecca Deacon—she works so hard and it's great to see her happy! And, the mugs are absolutely lovely! A perfect way to celebrate :)

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    1. I'm assuming that Nick has fallen in love with her as well . . .

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    2. Agree!!Although the affair should have been kept private and out of the press,IMO. They do make a lovely couple, though. I love the mugs too but the cost of the mug and the shipping makes it an enormously expensive purchase!!Cant wait for the pictures, I'm sure the candid pictures taken will be much more natural than the stuffy formal pictures, that were otherwise planned to be taken,
      Thanks Charlotte for this update!!xoxo

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  6. Ana B. from Brazil13 August 2013 at 01:11

    Good evening to you all!
    I hope you've had a terrific weekend :)
    I can't wait to see the photos! Particularly, I'm expecting to see pictures taken by the family instead of a professional photographer. I think it will bring more intimacy and truth to the images.
    Great news about Rebecca's new found love! Congrats and good luck to her!
    I bet Prince George's nursery is a dream come true! I love Peter Rabbit! That is a lucky kid!

    I've been having such a good time talking to Pauline and now Bluefire on FB! That's great to put a face on a name, a face on a friend from the blog! Hope many more of you can join us :)

    Charlotte, thank you again!

    Hugs :)

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills13 August 2013 at 01:54

      Hey Ana B- I really enjoyed our talks. I hope we will continue with them. I just sent bluefire a friends request so it will not be long before we are all talking up a storm. We need to get Kate from Texas too. So Kate from Kate if you read this, first are you on facebook and second do you want to enjoy us on facebook?

      Now back to business...lol I think Rebecca's business should be kept ou to fthe news. She is a private employee of the royal couple. So we need to leave her business that way.

      Hugs to your Ana B

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  7. Marci in Salt Lake City13 August 2013 at 01:13

    I love Beatrix Potter and it's heart-warming to think of the nursery being decorated with her iconic drawings. Just a few more days until we see the pictures! I hope at least one of them is taken by Kate herself. I would love to see little Prince George through his mother's eyes so to speak. The travel plans sound wonderful to me. It will be sweet for the royal side of the family to get to know the baby somewhat, and in a more relaxed atmosphere than anywhere else. I am also happy about the news regarding the nanny. I really did wonder how in the world Kate would manage all her obligations without one. I am also interested to hear about the Duchess of York's invitation to visit Balmoral. I am all for happy endings and wish she and Andrew would remarry (but of course only if they both wish it).

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  8. One more comment (for now...LOL) regarding William's nanny... I recall the very same story after William was born. Supposedly, Charles wanted Mabel Anderson to come out of retirement to care for Prince William. I questioned whether Diana would have entertained that given how determined she was to be a modern, hands-on mother.

    Time will tell, eh? ;)

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills13 August 2013 at 02:00

      So what happened to all the stuff of them both being hands on parents? I know the duchess will need help when she returns to her royal duties but again neither one of them are full time working royals. I understand that this nanny is one that you do it her way or no way. I don't think that will settle to well with the Duchess. But do they really need a live in nanny? But they will do what is best for their family.

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    2. Pauline, I don't think anything happened to them being hands-on parents. :) Personally, I don't believe this story. But it is a "good" STORY while we're waiting for pictures. Naturally, they will need SOME help from time to time, but I don't see them wanting a f/t nanny. And I definitely don't see a young mother wanting a nanny who is 71. Sorry, but it doesn't make sense IMO.

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    3. There is a lot of royal protocol involved in raising and training an heir to the throne. William, I am sure is convinced of this. His grandmother taught him and he had good nannies. I am sure he will help Catherine see that it needs to be this way. There will be things Prince George will need to learn that Catherine cannot teach him.

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    4. I really can't see them wanting a 71 year old to look after their baby! Also could a 71 year old keep up with the routine of a baby, night feeds etc.

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    5. @Anonymous 03:27

      I agree that there is a lot involved in raising an heir to the throne, but are you saying that a nanny would be more qualified to raise this child than his own mother?? If so, I really disagree. Nannies are trained to do a job, but I do not believe that one would be better qualified to tackle the extra responsibility of preparing this child to be King...that will come from the Queen, Charles and the baby's parents.

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    6. royalfan, I don't think Anonymous 03:27 was referring to raising a child in the sense of feeding him, teaching him to read, taking him to play, etc. While Catherine will certainly be a great mother, she did not grow up in a royal household and so there will be things in that aspect that she may be unfamiliar with, things that a nanny who has worked with royal heirs before would know better. Nothing against Catherine.

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    7. Who would be better to raising the little Prince then his own parents. William is a great teacher to his Catherine. So any nanny they do employe will not teach the child to be a royal. It will come from his father & mother. People need to give Catherine more credit then they are. She has been around the royal family for many years and she has learn alot. So I think she & William will do a good job.

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  9. Sarah from Calif.13 August 2013 at 01:29

    Pictures homespun or professional....I really will be thrilled with either but if I have to pick I'll take Kate's.
    How very special that will be to see a picture of 3 heirs to the throne together Wow! No really WOW!

    I hope and pray the Balmoral get away will be a blessing for all. A stroll through the woods, fish that you've caught by the lake or river, relaxing on nice spread out blankets or chairs for those like myself who don't jump up as easy as I used too. Sounds lovely.
    Who doesn't love Beatrix Potter! Adoreable.

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    1. I almost can't believe that the Palace "suggested antique furniture" - really!! Have none of them ever had a child? The Beatrix Potter furniture is beyond cute, and she is a National Treasure. Dissing Miss Potter - off with their heads!!

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    2. Hmmm...the Palace had an issue with Beatrix Potter just like the Queen had an issue with Diana not using Charles' old baby carriage. :)

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  10. Great post. Its obvious William and Harry loved their nanny. Any idea why Diana fired her?

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    1. William and Harry had a few nannies over the years. Supposedly, in this case the nanny didn't always agree with the way the boys were being raised and it was decided that she would leave when Harry joined his brother at Ludgrove boarding school.

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    2. Diana was notoriously jealous of anybody who got too close to the boys. She fired one of their first nannies, Barbara Barnes, and later became almost insanely jealous of Tiggy Legge-Bourke, a woman Charles hired to spend time with them after the separation. Diana actually insinuated at a dinner party that Tiggy had aborted Charles's baby, and nearly got hit with a libel suit for that one. She was a lovely, gifted woman, but she was really insecure. William has always been loyal to them and seems to have made peace with his mom's difficulties. I think this is a lovely gesture if true.

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    3. While Diana was quite insecure, in fairness to her, I thought at the time that Charles hiring Tiggy was an extremely tactless thing to do, quite typical of him.

      He had always favoured older nannies and then suddenly after the separation hired this cute young girl who was photographed repeatedly with the boys and called them "Mummy" things like "my babies" at an age when they were too old for such talk from anyone but Mum.

      William and Harry no doubt never realized how inappropriate Tiggy's actions were but I remember mothers cringed at the time, particularly separated or divorced ones.

      The only thing that stopped me from agreeing with Diana that Tiggy was a mistress given the extreme personal nature of her contact with the boys, was the fact that Charles was in the thrall of Camilla and preferred older maternal women.

      I took the hiring of Tiggy as more a spiteful act against Diana and was not surprised she saw it as such.

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    4. @ Anonymous 14:10

      Amen. I totally agree with your comments. May I just add that supposedly Camilla had her own concerns about Tiggy's "role."

      And yes, Diana was insecure and perhaps didn't always react to things in her own best interest, but IMO too much focus is put on HER insecurity rather than the actions of others that she would respond to.

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  11. Jane from New England13 August 2013 at 03:35

    I think family photos are fine, but i think there should be formal photos taken, too. Prince George will be King of the British Commonwealth one day, and these are historical documents. Wouldn't it be sad if there were no photos of the Queen or Prince Charles or William when they were young.

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    1. Don't worry Jane! There will be BOTH family and formal photos like in other Royal families.
      Wait and see.

      Monica, France

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    2. Jean from Lancs.14 August 2013 at 15:59

      There will certainly be formal photos at the Christening.

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  12. They can scarcely be expected to drop the little tyke with a passing housemaid enroute to a public engagement so a nanny seems like the natural solution for those times. Doubt the Duchess will be giving over full time childcare to anyone, but it's been reported she is expected to return to royal duties in a few weeks; and the Duke's military reassignment, however "soon" it may be will bring both of them closer to full-time duties as senior Royals.

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    1. Hi Greybird - I agree with you completely. I think it's best to have a nanny that Prince Georgie develops a relationship with and that William and Kate trust. The nanny can travel with them too. After all, it would be unreasonable to expect Middletons to give up their business and careers to be on-call babysitters.

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  13. I thought she wasn't going to have a nanny? That their families would help with baby George?

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    1. Maybe they dont want a whole team of nannies but they do need extra hands esp when Kate goes back to work (hopefully in the Fall).
      Kate's Family probaly would love to help out as much as they can but they have a successfull company to run

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    2. Don't believe everything you read in the press. The media said all this guff about not having a nanny - there has been no statement by the couple.

      It stems from the fact the Duchess has not employed a maternity nurse who (apparently) helps mother and baby in the early stages. Normal in royal and upper circles - Diana had one after both births.

      Then comes a nanny.

      Being practical she is going to have to house the nanny so it would be after she has moved in the new Apartment in KP.

      And her schedule isn't just the engagements - there will meetings to plan etc.

      For info. Sophie Wessex has 2 full time nannies and her children are at school. She has engagements on average 2-3 days a week, but also does overseas tours.

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  14. I see no harm in mentioning Rebecca's romance. Nothing salacious about it and no great press attention will be paid to it. Aides have previously put themselves forward. Kate's two boy attendants at the wedding were the sons of current or former staff members.

    Never heard that Jessie Webb got fired. Thought that was Barbara Barnes but maybe both of them were. I think it's unreasonable not to expect William and Kate to have a nanny. They will presumably in the future have busy lives and whether they just want to go out to a movie now, or have evening engagements later, they will need a live-in nanny, especilly if they take George on tour.

    A seventy-one-year-old, if that rumour is true, isn't likely to take over too much. William and Kate aren't a normal couple. I doubt if he's actually doing much nappie-buying, no matter what he says. Whether Jessie comes on or not, they will end up with full-time help.

    I rather doubt the antiques versus Peter Rabbit story, although for all we know the Peter Rabbit part may be true. The nursey at Kensington Palace where William and Harry were raised was photgraphed back in the Eighties. It was furnished with tasteful modern furniture very much like any normal nursey and no antiques in sight. Doubt that anyone is trying to impose anything different on William or would have the slightest objection to Peter Rabbit.

    While a few candid photos would be charming, I hope Kate and William will choose a professional photographer, regardless of where the photos are taken. The quality of photos would simply be higher. Kate is a decent enough photographer but nothing remarkable, and the photos of her in her youth don't point to any particular talent on the part of the Middletons. These photographs will be historic and should be treated as such.

    Frankly, I miss the days of Cecil Beaton and Annigoni who who captured an almost magical quality in their photos and portraits which set the royal family apart. Much to be said for it.

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  15. Charlotte, do you think that the photographs will also see Kate and William? Will it be the only pictures of the little prince?

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    1. Hello Melanie,

      I do believe we'll see one of William, Kate and George for sure and it is very much thought we'll see it by this time next week. It's hard to believe George is three weeks old, this summer is flying by...

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  16. I have a question about what's going on with a photograph of the three heirs of the throne........

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  17. Jean from Lancs.13 August 2013 at 12:29

    I don't think she ever said she wouldn't have a nanny, only that she would not have one in the first few weeks--the so-called month's nurse. If she is to carry out public engagements, then she will have to have someone--she cannot leave him with the local child minder.
    I do hope they release a family photo of little George--after all if they bring in a photographer they cannot instruct so young a child to "smile please", the most treasured ones are of the child awake and wanting to play.
    If they do go to Balmoral, they may take the 4 generations photo there---wasn't the Queen Victoria one taken there?

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  18. I can't wait to see the pictures whether they are formal or taken by family, I'm sure they will all look nice. I think the mugs celebrating George's birth are absolutely adorable =) I would love to see what his nursery looks like, but probably never will.

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  19. It was told Kate planned to stay with her mom for six weeks. But there are so many stories that I'm confused. It sounds mad for me to hire 71 old woman to look after baby. I don't think they would be so selfish (the woman worked hard all her life and earned some rest). Maybe they want to get some tips from her. After all there is still the royal protocol, however modern they try to be.

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  20. I am glad HM has decided to include Duchess Sarah in family celebrations again(although I read that she has to skedaddle before Prince Phillip arrives because he doesn't approve of her). I felt more than a little bad for Sarah when she was excluded from the wedding.

    LOVE the website - you have a wonderful touch.

    Maria in Boston

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  21. I greatly support the idea of releasing family photos as George's first "official" portrait. I remember seeing William's official baby portraits. The baby looks uncomfortable, Charles looked stiff. Only Diana was photographed nicely enough. Family photos would have less of these problems as everyone is relaxed. Just leave the official portrait stuff to the christening. Christening photos have more of a historical significance anyway.

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  22. Kkushy in sunny South Africa13 August 2013 at 18:14

    Any new parent will agree that any help is a help, and I admire Will and Kate for realising sooner rather than later that a nanny is NEEDED even if not WANTED...George has to be safe and secure at ALL times n which better person to care for him, then the same person who cared for his dad...Life is busy and even busier with a newborn, so hat off to Kate if they are getting a nanny. Yes, Kate can be a hands on mum and have a nanny too!!! Y not???at least she has the option n the privilege to do so.
    Can't wait for the pics of george. Any pic will do right now;)
    Once again charlotte, a lovely post. Well done.
    Take care ladies.
    Hugs from Kushy

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    1. A friend of mine is in South Africa at the moment, what a wonderful place it is:)

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  23. I do like the idea of presenting the private photos taken by Meddletons to the world and I think it most likely to be the Cambridge's choice in the end. :)

    Katka
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  24. thanks for another great post very excited for those photos!

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  25. Elizabeth in Colorado14 August 2013 at 00:31

    HI Charlotte, Such a great post! Happy news for Rebecca, and I actually hope that the new parents get some outside help. At any rate, I just got back from a trip to England and Wales (mostly Wales). I was in England (alas, not London) when the little prince was born. It was such an exciting time. I got out to Anglesey-so beautiful! I can see why they have loved it there. I ended my journey in London and saw the painting in the National Portrait Gallery (I still think it doesn't do her justice). Interestingly, so soon after the birth, they had updated the information on the wall next to the painting to include the fact that she is mother to Prince George. I saw The Diana Memorial Playground and the Diana Memorial Faountain. So many children were playing in both that Diana would've been pleased. Also, I went to the dress exhibit at Kensington Palace. That was so interesting! I would like to send you a photo of one of Princess Margaret's dresses. The fabric is so similar to one of the dresses Catherine wore on the Southeast tour; it's quite astonishing. It's the one with the gold embroidery. Margaret wore a turbin with it. Thanks heavens Catherine didn't. Of course, the exhibit was to show how styles change. I had such a memorable time and got some great pictures (but nothing as cool as Kate's in Texas of the Trooping!)PS I totally agree that while some candids would be nice, Jane from New England has it spot on when she says formal photos would be nice for historical reasons.

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA14 August 2013 at 06:15

      Elizabeth, how very exciting! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I have never been to Wales, but hopefully one day. I have a friend from Wales who goes back every year to visit her relatives. Her pictures are always amazing! The National Portrait Gallery painting...glad someone who has seen it in person as I have has the same opinion. Just isn't Kate. Hoping her next portrait we see a real smile and a tiara!!! :-) I'm DYING to see the new exhibit at KP. I saw "Victoria Revealed" last summer and when I was there a few weeks ago. I would love to see your pictures! Thanks for your kind comment about my pictures. I am definitely NOT a photographer, but really enjoyed that day and the whole experience of Trooping the Colour. It was fantastic and Kate looked amazing! Again, so glad you had great trip!

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    2. Elizabeth in Colorado15 August 2013 at 02:04

      Hi Kate, I saw the Victoria exhibit too. Could you believe how tiny her wedding dress is? The guard told me she was she was only 4'10"! I'd love to show the one photo of Princess Margaret's dress, but Charlotte has not responded, so I'm not sure how to do this. As to your comments below, I love Beatrix Potter too and did my first two sons' rooms with that theme. The first book I read my first child was Peter Rabbit. The stories are all so sweet. I hope you get to Wales someday; it is a truly beautiful country, and I thoroughly enjoyed my tour.

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  26. Kate, Texas, USA14 August 2013 at 06:03

    Oh where to begin? Charlotte, the post is filled with great tidbits of info! :-) First, the photos of our lovely Cambridge family.... Looking forward to seeing them. I for one really hope Arthur Edwards gets the first shots. I really, really like him. I think he has covered SO much from Diana dating Charles to now the birth of William's son. I know how much it would please him and he would do a wonderful job! That being said, I think the first photos will likely be family pics from the Middleton home. Wherever the pictures are taken and whomever is the lucky photographer (even if it's mummy :-)), Prince George will be adorable. The official photos will happen. It is my understanding that the 4 generation picture of the Queen, Charles, William, and George will be taken at Balmoral. Perhaps they are saving the formal shots for that time. I think it's interesting and definitely a great historical moment that both times this has happened, it's been with a reigning queen and 3 male heirs. REALLY looking forward to seeing that photo!

    Speaking of Balmoral and off the topic of the Cambridges...The Yorks. I was surprised, but glad an invitation was given to Sarah. There's obviously been forgiving and healing in that situation. I wonder if after Prince Phillip passes that Andrew and Sarah will remarry? I know Prince Phillip is not a fan of Sarah, but they obviously still love each other. Hope she enjoyed her stay. :-)

    As far as William and Kate bringing his nanny back, I think it might be good. With all that's already going on in Kate's life with leaving Anglesey, renovating and decorating 2 new homes, having a newborn, and starting back to Royal duties, a nanny will definitely be needed. It's alot for one person to manage. Kate will handle falling back into her royal role with style and grace, but will have to have help with little George. Whatever Will and Kate decide, they will definitely make the right decision for their family and George.

    I love hearing about blossoming romances around KP. Congrats to the couple! I think as long as no details are shared about their relationship, there's no harm in an article being printed. I think a new romance is refreshing and fun!

    Kate choosing Beatrix Potter - timeless and classic! Who doesn't love Beatrix Potter? A good choice in not knowing the gender that it could go for boy or girl. I love that she chose sweet Peter Rabbit!

    I read and article written by Camilla Tominey about George's name honoring Diana's family and thought it would be nice to share.
    "MUCH HAS been made of the royal connotation of Baby Cambridge's chosen names George Alexander Louis, but as veteran royal watcher Margaret Holder points out, there is also an interesting, overlooked link to Princess Diana's family. The three names are the names of Prince William's cousins - George McCorquodale (son of Diana's sister Sarah), Alexander Fellowes (son of Diana's other sister Jane) and Louis Spencer (Diana's brother Charles's eldest son and heir)."
    I thought that was interesting! I wonder if it was intended to honor Diana's family as it does the Windsor side?

    Looking forward to hearing William share about George at his engagement tomorrow! Thanks for the great post!

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  27. Sounds like the Palace needs to get its stories straight and just wholesale drop the "they're just like you and me" bit they're trying to do on William and Kate. I have to think that plans to hire a nanny have always been in the works. Children of a certain class and from a certain level of wealth are raised largely with the help of nannies.
    It also sounds like they need to stop putting the cart before the horse with the announcement of all these upcoming "announcements." First we heard that William's RAF announcement was going to be made immediately, nothing. Then all the confusion about Kate's due date. Then the "announcement" about Kate returning to her "job" and some upcoming engagements. Nothing. Now this photo call announcement seems to be turning into another nothing or something entirely different. I also thought the photo call was going to be on or about Aug. 6, the date William was supposed to return from his "paternity leave."
    Nothing.
    They need to get a non-Palace PR and media relations person hired ASAP. Whoever is handling media relations for them is doing a horrible job, it's like a what not to do list of PR and media relations.
    I don't see the harm in announcing Rebecca Deacon's relationship. Since people have seen her in public with Kate, they naturally become interested. It's nice that she's got a relationship of her own.
    I'd guess that there will be formal photos. The queen still has the final say over things and there's no way she's going to allow, first of all, the Middletons to rule the roost, no matter how much William is in their thrall, and second, the first and only baby photos of her great-grandson, presumably a future king, to be a bunch of Kodak snapshots.
    Also, it's disappointing to see the level of Diana-bashing that goes on here. Yes, she had some issues. But I'm going to bet so does Kate and Pippa and William himself, so do we all. Keep in mind that the Palace PR machine painted and presented the same rosy, homey, "just like us" portrait of Charles and Diana and William that we are now seeing them paint of William, Kate and George. I'm not saying there are issues but it's worth remembering that the picture we're now seeing of William and Kate in the media is almost word for word and photo for photo the same one we saw of Charles and Diana in the early years of their marriage.

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    1. I honestly don't think the Palace is trying to sell anything. IMO William & Kate are simply doing things differently than past generations (AMEN) and the PUBLIC is responding favorably.

      And I too am disappointed whenever Diana is bashed. IMO much of it is the result of a PR campaign to make HER out to be a loose cannon in order to detract from the actions of others. She was not perfect, nor did she ever pretend to be, and at times she may have responded from the heart rather than her head, but there were factors working against her from before she said "I will".

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    2. The Palace learned many lessons from Diana's death and one of the primary ones was that the monarchy and the royal family was seen as cold and remote and far, far removed from the public, the regular British people. They also learned that the British public won't put up with that for long, they want to see their royals. The Palace has an entirely new opportunity with William and Kate to portray them as the couple next door, which, of course, they aren't and they never will be. They have led and will lead extraordinarily privileged and protected lives full of unimaginable wealth and advantages, their every need, wish and whim is catered to. If you don't believe that there's a full-time staff of public relations people and media relations and communications people at work to make sure that the "folks next door" image remains in place, then I've got some good swampground to sell you in the Mojave Desert.

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    3. Elizabeth- I am really tired of you bashing William and Catherine. You write like you know what goes on in the Palace. On what the Queen thinks and how she tell's everyone what to do and not to do. This is so untrue.

      You put William and Catherine down for everythign they do or get. Yes they are a weathly couple. Most of the funds are from William's trust fund that was set up first my the Queen Mother and then by his own beloved mother. So what is wrong with having money. You must be very jealous of their life style. And I take it you do not live in the UK but in the United States.

      I do live and have lived in the UK all my life and the people of the UK love the royal family and think that William & Catherine are doing a wonderful job. And they love Catherine and how she has adjusted to being in the royal family.

      And what the hell is swampground? Or are just trying to be funny???

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  28. Jean from Lancs.14 August 2013 at 14:33

    Well, at least Prince William has confirmed that they will be leaving Anglesey at the end of next month. Didn't say where they were going.

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  29. Thanks, Charlotte, for the great post baby posts.

    I think it's completely appropriate for them to have a nanny ASAP. I had one for years because of a very demanding job. It's wonderful to have the dependability as well as the flexibility of full time help with whom you and your child have built a relationship. Since Will and/or Kate will have duties during the day and in the evenings, I'm not sure what else they could do.

    The Middletons are obviously caring relatives but it's not realistic to think Carole could give up her business to become a full time caregiver. Also, I think there would quickly be a lot of negative public comment about such an all-encompassing role for Carole. I'm sure the comments on "social climbing" and "commoner/royalty" comparisons would quickly become very unpleasant and pervasive.

    Prince George will have staff and servants around him ALWAYS. There's a distinct advantage to learning about this presence in his life from the beginning, especially when the expectations on his parents are constant and increasing.

    Speaking of photos, this month's Vanity Fair magazine has a cover story on Princess Diana and Hasnat Khan. The magazine runs an entire double page spread of photos of Diana walking in the street, to her car and to various appearances. You can tell how desperately the Press still misses her after all these years! There is also an article on cricket by Pippa that is quite entertaining. It also has a very nice photo of her. The Middleton ladies cannot take a bad photograph!

    I'm curious if anyone wonders if the new Prince's name-George Alexander Louis-is a sly tribute to the Spencer family? Given his names are the same as William's three maternal cousins, the children of Diana's siblings, is that just coincidence? It seems somewhat deliberate but it's hard to get an accurate sense of how close William and Harry are to the Spencers. Any thoughts?

    Not sure if I'll see the Diana movie. The one thing I've noticed is that Naomi Watts is too short to play Diana. It's very distracting in the clips I've seen to date. Maybe they do a better job in portraying Diana's stature in the movie. They certainly manage to make Tom Cruise and other actors appear much taller than they actually are so filmmakers can do it. Maybe Charlize Theron would have been a better choice?

    Hope everyone is well. Enjoying your comments as always.

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  30. looking forward to those pictures of prince william princess kate and the little prince george

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  31. i think Kate is incredibly foolish to not take at least 90 full days minimum of maternity leave.

    She is entitled to have privilege.

    By not taking it, she seems to be trying to please the public by going back to her duties faster.

    Big mistake.
    By doing so, now she will be EXPECTED to take 62 days or less with her next child.

    Very foolish to box herself in that way. She is ROYAL now by virtue of being married to Prince William.
    She should never allow public opinion to dictate to her to such a degree. The public will always have something to carp about and a 3 month maternity leave is acceptable.
    She should have made quite sure to establish her privacy and right to family time from the get-go.

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