Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Kate in Rich Green Hobbs for Norfolk Children's Hospice Visit

The Duchess of Cambridge visited her patronage East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Quidenham, as it continues fundraising for a new purpose-built hospice in Norfolk.


Kate received a very warm welcome from local schoolchildren who were incredibly excited to meet her.


Nell Cork, whose brother Finnbar died aged five last year, presented The Duchess with beautiful flowers.


Nell's parents Tristan and Claire are paramedics who have advocated for greater funding for research into brain tumours. Very sadly five-year-old Finnbar died of a brain tumour last September. Richard Palmer reported "The Duchess of Cambridge hugged bereaved parents Tristan and Claire Cork and told them: "I'm a mother and I can't imagine what you've been through." . The family were supported by EACH throughout their son's illness - no doubt it was very emotional for them today.


EACH at Quidenham supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions from across Norfolk. Their family centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, wellbeing activities, and therapy and counselling – all meeting the individual needs of the child or young person, and the whole family. Since its opening in 1991, the increasing numbers of children with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs visiting Quidenham means the hospice has outgrown its current site. A new purpose-built hospice ‘The Nook’, will help to provide more families with the same facilities as those offered by EACH hospices for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.


Kate helped launched the Nook Appeal in 2014. EACH describes plans for the new hospice as "Our vision to transform children’s palliative care in Norfolk and deliver even better children’s hospice care services. EACH currently provides specialist care and support for 351 children and young people with an additional 417 family members receiving face-to-face therapeutic support. With high demand in Norfolk we are caring for 131 children and young people and 215 family members. The nook will allow us to do this while offering greater choice in a much improved, significantly larger, and more appropriate environment. This will positively impact on care delivered both in the hospice and in the community throughout Norfolk."


Take a virtual walk through The Nook by viewing this video.


The Duchess toured the current facilities of the hospice and met families who use the services at Quidenham as they take part in an art therapy session.


More from the Mail Online:

Kate met four-year-old Daisy Benton on a visit to East Anglia's Children's Hospices in Quidenham, Norfolk, today. Daisy's sister, Isabella, six, who has a number of neurological conditions including complex refractory epilepsy and global developmental delay, is a patient at the centre. Kate laughed uproariously as the youngster excitedly tipped an entire pot of pink glitter onto her picture during an art session. 
 Play specialist Rachel Turner, who was running the sesson, said afterwards: 'I was worrying about not getting paint on her because Isabella, bless her, is very vigorous with the paint and the glitter.' Isabella's mother Michala Benton, 42, said afterwards: 'My other little girl Daisy asked her what it was like to be a real princess and Kate said she's very well looked after by her husband. Daisy is four and absolutely loves princesses. 
Kate also said about her kids that Charlotte and George run in different directions all the time. She was very down to earth and was happy to sit with Isabella.' After the session Kate looked around at the toys in the room and, gesturing to some plastic dinosaurs, in what is thought to be a reference to her three-year-old son George, she said: 'I can see these going down very well with someone I might know.'

A lovely shot of Kate and Isabella.


Kate was asked what it's like to be a real princess :)

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Kate chatted with staff at the hospice.


Visiting the sensory room.


Kate posed for photos with families.


The Duchess clearly enjoyed meeting the children.


Before the visit concluded, Kate received an update on the appeal. Chief Executive Graham Butland spoke about Kate's 'journey' since she became patron in 2012. He said 'Then that journey developed into your first public speech.' Kate smiled and interjected - 'terrifying'. Mr Butland continued: 'Terrifying, well I can tell you my former chairman was equally terrified that day.' Rebecca English noted " After Mr Butland's comments, Kate held her hands to her face as though she was blushing from his remarks.".


You can watch a video of that moment below.


The appeal aims to raise £10 million and following mammoth fundraising efforts they are almost half way there. Graham Butland noted "We still have some way to go before the new hospice can be built, though, and we need continued help from individuals, trusts and events, and as much corporate and community support as possible." I follow EACH on social media and have been enormously impressed by their tireless fundraising work. From a festive fun run in Norfolk to local businesses hosting golfing events, the people of Norfolk are truly rallying behind the charity. Royal reporter Victoria Murphy joined Kate today and noted how "cramped" the Quidenham hospice is.


For those who are considering donating to The Nook Appeal or wish to find out more, please click here.


Kate looked elegant in a rich green jacket and skirt by Hobbs London.


Below, the boiled-wool Sinead Jacket. It has a sleek collarless cut with with a subtle peplum and bodice detailing to the back to define the figure, and fastens with an exposed front-zip for a contemporary finish. 

Hobbs London

The matching A-line Sinead skirt is crafted from a stunning floral Italian wool-blend, featuring clean lines and slit detail on the reverse. Both the skirt and jacket have been sold out for some time.

Hobbs London

The Telegraph reports Kate purchased the suit over a year ago:

'It's the first time Kate has worn the elegantly-cut Sinead peplum jacket and pencil skirt, which cost £189 and £110 respectively, but intriguingly she must have bought her outfit some time ago. "The skirt and jacket are from a past season and came out in late August 2015 and would have sold out in the AW15 sale," a Hobbs representative told us of The Duchess's outfit.
That means that the latest Kate could have bought the green suit is December 2015 - implying the Duchess's wardrobe is planned meticulously and exceptionally well in advance. It's been suggested before that Kate buys clothes well in advance of wearing them to avoid being seen in the same outfit as other guests. And, of course, it dampens the impact of the so-called Copy Kate effect; fans of her look can't buy her exact item because it has long sold-out.'

Kate teamed the skirt suit with the Gerard Darel Josephine Blouse (with thanks to Middleton Maven). Crafted from pure silk the blouse features a collar with ruffled hem and button fastenings down the front framed by black stitching. The tie at the top of the blouse gives an extra piece of detail. The £175 was on sale at John Lewis before selling out. As of writing, it's available in several sizes on the Gerard Darel website.


Gerard Darel

I believe it is the first time we've seen Kate wearing a piece by the brand. More on its background:

'The Gerard Darel brand was established in 1971 by founders Gerard and Daniele Darel. Championing a simple, chic and ultra-feminine aesthetic, Gerard Darel has embodied French elegance for over 40 years. From its first collection, the brand has continually displayed soft, dulcet tones and classic chic cuts at the core of its timeless and refined pieces.'

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The Duchess accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Morganite Cushion Drop earrings.

Kiki McDonough

And completed the look with her black suede Mulberry clutch.


You can view a video from the visit here.


A lovely engagement in support of a wonderful cause!

When will see Kate officially next? Kensington Palace announced, on 6 February, William and Kate will attend ‘The Big Assembly’ by Place2Be hosted at Mitchell Brook Primary School, as part of the Heads Together campaign to start millions of conversations on mental health in 2017. The Big Assembly, on the theme of kindness, is one of many being held at primary schools across the UK to mark Children's Mental Health Week (6th to 12th February 2017). There's also a very sweet video of Kate and Pippa as bridesmaids (and little James Middleton stealing the show) at their Uncle Gary's wedding in 1991. Kate was just nine years old at the time - it offers a very candid look at a special day for the family. You can view the video here.

243 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden24 January 2017 at 13:22

    It's great seeing her visit one of the hospices. It must be so emotionally heavy to visit these kids, but also so rewarding!

    Childrens hospices (or rather the need for them) is something so extremely sad. I cannot imagine the sorrow of a sick child. But it's also such a beautiful place. So much love and precious moments must happen in a place like that! It's a kind of hope and oasis in an extremely hard circumstance!

    I like that her art therapy interest was incorporated into this visit. Alot of their visits show how all these things are interconnected.

    I hope the appeal keeps growing. It seems that it would really go to a worthy cause that needs it!

    I looooooooooooove this suit. It's perfect. The small peplum, the colour, the fabric. Everything about it is perfect! So professional and so stylish. WOW! I am especially in love with the tweed-y fabric! So perfect for this time of the year!

    I would have skipped the peter pan collar, but I like that she's playing with the garments!

    I hope we see these pieces mixed and matched with other things sometime as well :) I like that she's wearing more separates!

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    1. Agree with everything you say, Rebecca. The plans for The Nook are amazing. What a great facility that will be for children and their families.

      I love the Hobbs suit too. Great color, cut and fit. I wish she had left the lacy blouse behind too. Too dated and sweet. A black turtleneck would have worked better if she felt she needed something underneath the jacket.

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    2. I agree Erika, I think a black turtleneck would have been a better option.

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    3. She definitely needed something underneath or we would be seeing a lot of skin when she bent over. I don't mind the blouse. I like the turtleneck but not with the jacket zipped and it looks more polished zipped, I think.

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    4. Caroline in Montana26 January 2017 at 16:52

      I actually like the blouse better than a black turtleneck, think the black would taken away some of the "lightness" of the outfit, if you know what i mean? I also agree Id love to see her wear these as separate pieces. I really wish she would wear this jacket with a good pair of black straight leg pants, not the skinny kind!! I voted for the Gap Pants in the previous separate's poll:) she looked wonderful from head to toe, this would make a lovely St. Patricks Day outfit! Im glad she draws attention to the Hospice, must be a heart wrenching visit.

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  2. Spot on look today! Humbling to be surrounded by children in a hospice setting.

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    1. I agree, very humbling and emotional.

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  3. Love the color and texture of her Hobbs suit. Wish the jacket was a wee bit longer however ;)

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    1. I do agree! It's a tad skimpy! A good look except when bending over.

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  4. Such a wonderful cause, and obviously in need of advocacy.
    Gorgeous in green, a great professional look.

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  5. I'd like to see the jacket on its own with jeans or trousers.

    The skirt suit, for me, is too similar to the Erdem Allie coat.

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    1. I agree, that I can just see Catherine wearing this jacket with her skinny jeans or pants and a turtleneck or shell! She looks great today and more importantly, for such a good cause.

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  6. She looks wonderful! 2 for 2 this year!

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  7. I love when she visits hospices. There are so much joy and sadness there at the same time. And as she is good at laughing and making friends with kids, she shines.
    Also what a good idea to have an art therapy with these kids. Well done!!


    On a less trivial thing, I love the colour and the idea of the suit, although the jacket could have been a bit longer, I agree. The tweed is so wintery, but I am not so keen on this one, it looks too drab too me. But I applaud her for trying something new.

    Thank you for the quick post Charlotte!!

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    1. ..." so much joy and sadness there at the same time." Anett, I think you have summed up the spirit of this children's hospice. Lovely thought. :+)

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    2. I agree with annie. That was a lovely way to put it Anett. Hopefully the kids get as much out of her visit as Kate does. It must be difficult; especially with two healthy kids at home.

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  8. Hi Charlotte,

    Thank you for the quick post! This is a great cause for HRH-nice to see her there as it feels as if the children's hospice cause has been out of the spotlight of late...

    This suit is lovely-great colour, fabric, etc. But I think the choice of blouse is awful. It's too fanciful and little girl (with the Peter Pan collar) for the modern, sleek lines, colour and metallic details of this suit. Sigh....

    Nice to see HRH in what is usually a slow season.

    Best to all your readers.

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  9. Oh i love the duchess wearing she good with her kids. I would steal that she wearing. Its perfect for. Her

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  10. I love everything about her engagement today. A very engaged, hands-on effort from Kate, she's making an effort to continue being a part of each phase of this appeal which she helped launch. Great continuity from her! I do hope that the hospice raises the funds it needs :)

    I love when Kate wears skirt suits, she never gets it wrong and it is always such an elegant and sophisticated deviation from her dresses. I think i also like seeing Kate in skirt suits because it is a very Diana-esqe look. Lovely colour, style, silhouette, everything :)

    Love from Avee in SA

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  11. This kind of looks like something the Queen might wear, but in a good way! Very ladylike and vintage. I love it.

    It also looks like she got a haircut!

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    1. I think she got a haircut too, it looks good :)

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  12. Wow, what a wonderful engagement. I can only imagine how difficult that must be to be patron of a children's hospice. It's such a worthy and needy cause and very bittersweet. It's perfect for Kate. I imagine it must be doubly difficult for her, as a mother, to meet with the parents and kids, but what a great way to raise awareness. I love The Nook initiative. I hope it gains further traction and support. It makes me feel quite emotional, and I don't even have children of my own, yet.

    It was great to see the art therapy and activities being incorporated here. I'm in the arts industry, so it's especially close to my heart, but I know that it's important to Kate, too. I'm glad they could work that in.

    Her look is chic and professional today. I love the rich green color and the fabric! What makes this choice stand out to me is the detail of the peter pan collar. It packs an added little punch to what could possibly be just another skirt suit. The tiny peplum detail is fabulous, too. I would love to see this jacket come back with pants or jeans, so I hope Kate recycles it. Her hair looks lovely again, as well. I'm always happy to see a glimpse of the 2011 just-married curls on Kate.

    Great post. Thanks, Charlotte!

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  13. These initiatives are so important. Happy to see them supported.

    This outfit is terrific. Love the tiny bit of white at the collar. The suit is perfect professional power dressing for the DoC. Just a few days ago Queen Letizia had on a blouse, culottes and mid calf boots with a very interesting swing coat on. The coat was later removed. Some of us noticed and were bemoaning the endless line of flowy dresses worn by Catherine and asked where were her suits? Today was a great response. Also there is a wonderful full face head shot circulating of Catherine. She really looks great today - hair, makeup. But as always, her best accessory is her very inviting smile.

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  14. Lovely quote from kate

    “My daughter asked her what it is like to be a princess and she said she gets very spoilt by a lovely husband who looks after her.

    “She was warm and genuine and you can see she cares.”

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  15. Overall thought she looked wonderful. The suit is gorgeous in cut and fabric. The two pieces make great separates also. I love the color as separates not so much as a whole. A bit too much green for me. The blouse to me is an absolute miss. The sweet frilly collar does not work and takes away from the neckline of the suit. A top with a high collar or turtleneck would work well or wear a thin crew neck tee/top for coverage between the jacket and skirt at the waist. The earrings are a nice contrast. Love the black clutch and shoes with the green.

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  16. Incredibly worthy cause, just unimaginable what these parents are going through. A Royal visit brings well needed attention and support from the public. And Kate seems to have done very well, honestly I'd dissolve into tears, so I admire her composure in the face of such pain. Parents said she was very approachable and chatty.

    I do wish she would work on that "chit chat" though. Meeting and chatting to people is not as easy as you think, it takes work and practice. You need to anticipate what might come up and what your response will be. According to the reporters a young girl asked Kate "What's it like to be a princess?" and Kate replied "I'm lucky, I'm very well looked after by my husband."

    ????????????

    Cringing on many levels. Not sure what one has to do with the other. How about, "it's so nice because I'm able to meet people like you!" "I'm able to visit so many places and see lovely charities that are helping people" She has to know by now a question like that comes up, it has several times before. And the "looked after by my husband" - it's her go to response and I'll admit I just don't like it, and I don't like when she portrays herself like this, not to mention the message it sends to young girls.

    I have come to the conclusion that she wants to be in the shadows behind William, she thinks he should be the star, and that's admirable to a point, he gets the top job. But it's ok to stand in your own shoes as well. The DofE may be the consort she's emulating, but he carved his own, quite substantial path as well.

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    1. What about the flip side of the message, about how a husband should treat his wife? That is a pretty powerful positive statement about that relationship. I consider myself pretty independent (and my husband does too, so much so it took me a long time to realize I didn't have to do everything on my own and I was now part of a partnership) but having my husband there to support me and take care of me when needed makes me feel cherished, loved, and appreciated. Those are all very important in a marriage as well.

      I think her chit chat is better than the few snipets we get from the media as they don't report every word she says to the individuals she meets at these engagements. I think they pick out what helps them sell which I don't blame them for necessarily because that is part of their job.

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    2. I don't think it matters what she says Claudia. Someone is going to take offence and not like it. Clearly she sees her role as a support to her prince and a mother to a prince and princess. I expect the last thing Kate thinks of herself as is a princess. I think a big part of the message she sends to young girls is that you can be a wife, a mother, a professional and a volunteer and do it with grace, dignity and charm. Not a bad message. Her day will come and she knows it. She isn't in a hurry.

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    3. Sorry for multiple replies but I hit Publish too soon. I agree that Kate is a behind the scenes type of girl, where she feels most comfortable, providing the opportunity for William to shine. I don't know if we will see anything else from her for a while but maybe that will start to change as the kids are in school and as she matures. At least we can hope. It used to bother me too but then I just accepted that it was her. I'm a spotlight kind of girl so wanted her to be the same and she just isn't.

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    4. I agree, Marnie. There IS solid value in what she does.
      As for the hospices I, personally, could not visit hospices like she does. I would be a basket case. Couldn't do it. Could not do it. Period. KUDOS to her.

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    5. Sometimes I answer questions with a response that may not make sense to the person asking, I realize after the fact. But in my mind there was a perfectly good reasoning behind my answer, that I didn't elaborate on.

      I took Kate's words to mean "Being a princess is still new to me and a lot of pressure and there's a lot to learn, but my husband, who has been royal his entire life, is helping me and supporting me in my new role."

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    6. She is certainly not a spotlight type of girl. A gentleman paid tribute to her today and she was clearly very uncomfortable with it. He also thanked her for what she does publicly and for the things she does for the hospice that do not reach the press. Video can be viewed on Victoria Murphy"s twitter feed.

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    7. Julia from Leominster24 January 2017 at 18:53

      Not to take anything away from today, the cause is an extremely important one, the visit is lovely for the family and staff and Kate is wonderful with the children, I loved seeing her pose with families too. And the suit is elegant. I think it very nice she buys ahead and pulls things out when it seems right.

      But I agree with you completely Claudia - Kate always sounds like the little girl who never grew up - Peter Pan isn't limited to the collar. I suspect she has never had to take on individual responsibility, but was always protected by her parents and then her husband. But it makes me sad that she only seems to see the world this way - and it isn't the first time she's said something like this, as if the only thing she values is someone to protect and cosset her. For what it is worth, I wouldn't want to hear the same remark out of William either I'd rather hear "We make a great partnership." Because being taken care of is about taking, not giving.

      I'm certain Kate wants to give, but I wish that would be reflected in her remarks. The royal family can lead to that sort of protectiveness - seeing snatches of the real world - sometimes at its most difficult, but at the same time protected from reality themselves. But I hate to see her make that remark to a young girl as a definition of what a princess is in today's world. Because a princess today is about having your own project, goals and desire for achievement outside of your children and your spouse.

      I know there are others who disagree and loved that remark, like Shine above and I respect that. And I'm sure we're all glad William is a supportive husband - I've never doubted it. Mr Leo is supportive too, even cosseting, and I was the ultimate Mary Mack when it came to my mum, but I still see my identity as what I've done myself and I hope when Kate's my age, that will be the case for her too - for that sort of pride in her own achievements would be the ultimate gift she could give George and Charlotte who are going to need to make their own way, and would love to be proud of their mum, much like William and Harry obviously are of the independent path Diana forged, even in the face of adversity.
      As for Philip, I wish she would take him as an example. No man could be more independent and had a huge number of causes of his own. And whilst I'm sure he saw himself protecting the queen, she is a lady of great independence too - and many ladies I've known of her generation were. So I hope for lots of separate engagements for Kate - not because I don't like seeing her with William but because she desperately needs, like all women, princesses or no, to be able to stand on her own, because the it's never clear what the future will bring.

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    8. Julie I do see that side of it, but it just hit me the wrong way, I have to say. If she was asked about being married, or how the children were doing, or something else and responded "I'm very lucky William is a terrific husband and father" - but this just struck me a bit odd. Obviously not everyone will have my reaction! I was sick last year and when people asked how I was recovering I often said, my husband is taking terrific care of me so I've great support which helps. But that was quite a different situation. This is a young, healthy woman being asked about her job basically, her public role. I thought it a very odd response.

      Marnie I do actually think it matters what she says, and I think you gave some good examples of what she *could* have said, how she appreciates all the roles she has and what it allows her to do. Pam your suggestion would have been good too :)

      It's possible she does work hard on this, but like JN says is a nervous nilly out in public and, in the moment, her prepared responses fly right out of her head, happens to everyone.

      Again the more she does the better she'll become ;) Sophie Wessex said in an interview that this was the hardest part of the job and the Queen was her role model, that HM was the absolute expert at small talk and listening.

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    9. Claudia, I tried to reply to a comment below with similar suggestions to the ones you made. I'm new to commenting after reading for a very long time, so it's taking me a while to figure out how to navigate. But I am also cringing on so many levels and really wish she had answered differently. She wouldn't overshadow William by telling people she enjoys the substance of her role.

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    10. Welcome KRH, and I still feel new because there are so many long timers here! And I agree, she can support William while still being her own woman.

      Julia, "We make a great partnership" is a brilliant suggestion, and I had this thought: Imagine if a 4 year old asked a woman "what's it like being a doctor?" and the woman said, "I'm well looked after by my husband." People would be scratching their heads, including the savvy 4 year old. It's daft!

      We're certainly not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, the bigger point is that this is an area she still needs to work on. It is most definitely a learned skill that takes work, it requires prep work.

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    11. I honestly don't think she is as dependant on William as you make out she is Julia. We have often seen flashes of independence from her and at times when William is present. From what I have read, he defers to her in their private life, but in their public life, I think they are trying their utmost to avoid the debacle of Charles and Diana. It is really early days for this couple and I think as she evolves, she too will make her mark in her own way. Todays remark can certainly be interpreted in many ways and maybe it was fitting for the environment she was in.

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    12. JN here's the conclusion I've come to on that (just my opinion) The royals tried so hard to avoid the Charles/Diana problem, they've inadvertently created another one. I believe not asking more of W&K, not bringing Kate along a *little* faster was a mistake, I often think she's less relaxed and confident now than a couple of years ago.

      Pam I also meant to say I think your interpretation would have been a lovely thing for her to actually say!

      Anyway, as lovely Charlotte would say this is not the talking point of the day, it was the engagement, which was a wonderful cause. Just an observation from some of us on how she's performing in her role. And don't discount 4 year old girls everyone, they're quite smart and savvy at that age, flexing their independence! Believe me, I had 2!

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    13. It might also be in relation to the age of the girl. 4 year olds are not stupid by any means, but when they think princesses, they see Disney, pretty dresses, balls, and princes. They don't think networking, fundraising, charity work, and meetings. Maybe Kate was trying to answer on her level -'My prince is great.'

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    14. I hit publish too soon....if she had said 'Being a princess is great, I get to work on many different worthy causes, meet so many great people, and make a difference in the world.', she would have been ripped apart by people pointing out her lack of engagements, patronages, etc. Badly worded as it was, maybe it was the best answer at the time.

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    15. I think it's being forgotten that she was asked the princess question by a little girl who is more familiar with Anna, Elsa and Cinderella. It's not really the place for an in depth answer. Remember when the kids at the school were wondering why a Princess was not wearing a fancy gown and tiara when Kate visited.

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    16. Claudia - I do think it wasn't the best way to answer the question to my adult ears but it may hold entirely different meanings in the perspective of a child and think that there is something positive to find in that comment as an example to young girls.

      What did we really know at 4 about being independent and what a princess meant at age 4? At that time we were probably only informed or knew of princesses by Disney cartoons and fairy tales which always end with you marry your prince and then you live happily ever after.

      Nothing after that, no the princess went on to be well informed in mental health and helped to kick off a national campaign to change the conversation in mental health or become patron of several charities. Or the princess then went on to become an icon for a generation of people in addition to bringing attention to and ending stigma against HIV and AIDS, etc., etc., etc.

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    17. Skippyboo, I agree with you, we need to remember who was asking her the question. My granddaughter is 5 years old and she would want some very simple answer too although her Princesses tend to be unicorns (don't ask.) Plus regardless of feminism, the only reason that Kate is a Princess (Princess William would be her official title) is because she married a Prince. So I think it is very good that she answered that her Prince treats her very well.

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    18. I don't think it's a big deal but I admit Claudia's doctor analogy brought it home for me! It's a weird response, even to a child. No one has children? I do and they could understand "it's wonderful to be able to visit so many people and places" and really that's more in keeping with the Disney princess characters. Elsa Anna and others are active, don't wait for a Prince kind of women! if you've watched it as many times as we have you'd understand!
      Meanwhile I love the green, I agree with whoever said she looks fresher again, the kids are probably settling in! I don't think the collar goes with it and don't like the jacket riding up in back, should have been a little longer.
      Thanks charlotte!

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    19. Just want to add Claudia, that I think it has been better to bring her on at a slower pace, than too quickly. Too quickly has not worked in the past. Unfortunately we are in a here and now society and that also does not always pay off. I think the longer outlook will pay off in the long run, given Charles and Camilla are waiting in the wings. The BRF must also have this view, because they cannot be oblivious to criticism, but they are continuing to do it at their own pace. Time will tell if it works out.

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    20. Oh how grateful I am that nobody takes notes on my small talk. The world would tear my words apart. People wonder why nobody has been "up for the job" of marrying Prince Harry, yet we find fault in nearly everything Kate says. Even something as sweet as saying she's well looked after by her husband. I really don't know how Kate does it.

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    21. Maggie - Minneapolis25 January 2017 at 00:38

      The little girl only being 4 is exactly why Kate's response bothers me so much - so many princess stories ARE about being saved by the prince - it would have been nice if Kate dispelled that myth by showing some independence, or at least choosing NOT to show dependence. Let's not forget - Elsa in Frozen was one of the first disney princesses to not be saved by a man - that's why I loved Frozen so much.

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    22. I think the answer was appropriate for several reasons. First and foremost, the question was posed by a child who, most likely, was thinking in terms of castles and ball gowns. Had a teenager asked the same question, I suspect that Kate's response would have been different. It was an answer that a child could understand. (Imagine the backlash if she had used the opportunity to pat herself on the back!)

      Second, Kate is diplomatic and chose an answer that did not imply that she is choosing her coronation gown and tiara while, at the same time, giving her husband a well deserved kudos (one that isn't exactly forthcoming in the press, etc.).

      The response was humble, simple, AND non-threatening (if you get my drift). DIPLOMACY 101.

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    23. I think the answer was appropriate for several reasons. First and foremost, the question was posed by a child who, most likely, was thinking in terms of castles and ball gowns. Had a teenager asked the same question, I suspect that Kate's response would have been different. It was an answer that a child could understand. (Imagine the backlash if she had used the opportunity to pat herself on the back!)

      Second, Kate is diplomatic and chose an answer that did not imply that she is choosing her coronation gown and tiara while, at the same time, giving her husband a well deserved kudos (one that isn't exactly forthcoming in the press, etc.).

      The response was humble, simple, AND non-threatening (if you get my drift). DIPLOMACY 101.

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    24. She's four! At the risk of insulting, Kate:

      I get to wear a crown sometimes!
      I have tea with the Queen!
      If I wasn't a Princess I wouldn't have met you, so I'm very happy I am!
      I had to make sure that when I married a prince he wasn't really a frog so I kissed him to find out.

      All that being said, Kate might not be a great on-the-spot thinker. I can't tell you how many times I've left someone, or hung up the phone, and wondered why I hadn't said the brilliant thing that just occurred to me.

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    25. Claudia I completely agree with the cringe. I felt the same way as soon as I saw that. I hope in the future she might have a better response than being taken care of--from a woman who just turned 35, who has a huge platform upon which to make a difference, to be a role model for so many young (and old!) people... it seems an old-fashioned response.

      I do think that it is definitely a response to be valued--I'm very happy for her that she and her husband have a good relationship, that he takes good care of her, that she feels supported. I don't criticize the words or the sentiment, just the timing. When a small child asks you what it's like to be a princess and you respond that you're taken care of, it seems to invalidate working hard, being independent, and making a difference. All things that we want for Kate to show to some degree.

      I do think the perfect response would have been, "It is wonderful because I can meet people like you!" which would have made the girl feel special and given value to the people who look up to the royals and the people who worked hard to make that day happen for everyone.

      All in all, not a huge deal. But something I hope will change. Certainly it wouldn't be the appropriate response from, say, Princess Charlotte when she is grown.

      Such a beautiful engagement though, all over. A wonderful cause, beautiful people, meaningful interactions. And that's what I think is most important. I'm happy she brought attention to this charity and I sincerely hope they raise the money they need soon! I thought Kate looked absolutely gorgeous (and so fit omg she's had two children, how does she do it? I've had one and I'm falling apart!)

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    26. I feel like Kate cant win because there will always always something she wore/said/did/didnt do that can be picked apart. I prefer to look at the positives. She is supporting and bringing spotlight to an important cause. She is doing more engagements and visiting her patronages earlier in this year than last. She is wearing an appropriate outfit in a pretty colour (though for the record I agree that the blouse doesnt go with it). This comment came from a reporter who heard it from a mother who heard it from Kate - thats 2 degrees of seperation where it could have been altereed in translation. She was talking to a 4 year old - not really the platform to discuss women's empowerment. Let us take the worst case scenario - she was asked the question and made an off the cuff remark that wasn't well though through - how many of us have done that before? It happens to us all - the difference is that the press is not waiting nearby to report on every silly thing we say. I feel like sitting behind the anonymity of our laptops we find it easy to pick apart every little aspect and hold her to a frighteningly high standard of perfection. How many of us can honestly say we would have given a perfect answer in that moment? Thinking about it with benefit of time and hindsight anyone can produce a good response. The lack of kindness is truly wearing me down.

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    27. I entirely agree, Julia. And I think Kate is actually sounding quite backwards by saying something like that. Most princesses today are independent women in their own right who do support their husbands but also forge their own path where causes and projects are concerned.
      Like you I think that one of the greatest things that she could do for Charlotte in particular but also George is to show them that even if you are not the heir yourself you can and should make a difference in the areas you care about. That's not to say that she doesn't do that at all - she does have some wonderful causes just as this one. But showing a bit more strength and passion in her pursuits would also go a long way in improving her self confidence in public settings.

      To those citing Disney princesses: Disney has in fact also come a long way where princesses are concerned and today's most popular Disney princess is Elsa, an independent woman and remarkable role model for young girls. So to think that most girls still believe that princesses wear pretty dresses and marry princes and nothing else, is quite ridiculous.

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    28. Julia, you mention that Kate has been cosseted and taken care of her whole life and her answer reflects that. I see where you are coming from because she has repeated the comment about "being looked after" many many times since she was married. An alternative perspective could be that this is her way of showing appreciation for the royal family ? I feel that Kate, like Camilla, is very careful to keep her husband and in-laws pleased at all times. Hence these remarks of appreciation. Royalfan mentions below that she lives in an old-fashioned institution. I wonder whether these kind of comments are par for the course to thrive in the royal family.

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    29. I don't want to keep responding on this, as it seems it makes it a bigger deal than it is! But just to push back a little, that *nowhere* did I see anyone suggest, myself included, that she should have given any kind of grim response about "duty" or "female empowerment." Nor have I seen anyone here showing a "lack of kindness" because a public official, when asked about her *own* role, gave quite a strange and out-of-place response. For heavens sake!

      Imagine if a 35 year old Charles was asked what it's like to be a prince, and he responded "I'm well looked after" - people would be howling! The headlines would be pompous, spoiled Charles at it again.

      A lovely: "It's so nice to be able to go places and meet wonderful people like you!" is about as easy and non threatening as it gets. And would even meet royalfan's standards of humble, simple, diplomacy 101 :)

      Kate is going to be asked this question, the other royals have heard it as well. Harry was asked just last month and was ready for it and his response was charming.

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    30. Random thoughts:

      Julia

      I love this so much!!!! Thank you for that!
      "So I hope for lots of separate engagements for Kate - not because I don't like seeing her with William but because she desperately needs, like all women, princesses or no, to be able to stand on her own, because the it's never clear what the future will bring."

      Claudia

      Keep buggering on!!!
      I absolutely adore reading you and your Charles comparison sums it all up!!

      And finally, huge applaud to Bluhare who would not only make a magnificient poet but PR and press release writer too.

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    31. If Charles had been speaking to the pre-school aged sister of a recently passed child (Finnbar) who had been taken care of at the very facility where he was visiting-yes, I would hope he would have the tact, empathy, and sensitivity to reply just as Kate did and not throw off some remark about going places and seeing people. (this is in response to Claudia, 16:27)

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    32. Maggie - Minneapolis25 January 2017 at 22:45

      I'm sorry annie, but what about Kate's response showed "tact, empathy, and sensitivity"? Really...a 4 year old child excited to meet a real princess would be offended if Kate said being a Princess is about something other than her husband, because the 4 year old's sibling recently passed away? What? The child's mother even said she loves princesses - little girls love princesses because they are not normal. It's not empathy to talk about your husband to a little girl!
      I also don't understand why people think the child's age makes this response more okay - I would hope dearly that no 4 year old girl chooses to look up to a princess because of her prince...I would hope the 4 year old would look up to the princess for who she is herself. Her age is exactly why this response is so disappointing.
      If Michelle Obama was asked what it's like to be a First Lady, what would people say if her response was "oh my husband the President takes great care of me"? Even if it's to a four year old?
      And to everyone saying it's unfortunate Kate's every word is so analyzed - I have two things to say.
      First, if she said more, then not everything would be "picked apart".
      Second, yes, it must be stressful for her absolutely. But guess what? The immense attention paid to everything she says is the same attention that ensures that a 35 year old woman making a 1 hour visit to a hospice with no speech or big new initiative or anything flashy is reported widely about in a way that helps the hospice. It's the same attention that ensures the royal family retains its taxpayer funded security and free housing and many other benefits, like discounted leases for cars (including in-laws), and more. With great power (and free money) comes great responsibility. Or in Kate's case, not that much responsibility given her low engagement numbers in her 5 years as a royal.

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    33. Caroline in Montana26 January 2017 at 17:06

      I think it actually sent a very positive message that she has a good man and that he does take care of her!! i don't see anything wrong with that!! Young girls need that message more than anything, whats wrong with having a supportive husband?! and i think it would be awkward to say a fluff line about "getting to visit charities and getting to chat with people". my 2 cents:)

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  17. Julia from Leominster24 January 2017 at 15:59

    It's lovely to see Kate visit the hospice bringing so much support to families who have lost or are losing a little one - so sad about little Finnbar and I hope more funds come for research. Thank you Charlotte for providing as always the link to donate. If I recall correctly, this was the hospice may of us donated to when George was born.

    It so nice to bring attention to the staff too - if a visit is difficult for Kate, it is a very hard but worthwhile work for the staff who gets to know the children, only to lose them. And for families, having an ill child is so tragic and puts so much pressure on the parents and on the other children. Hospices do wonderful work.

    I love the suit but to me it looks just a trifle tight. I suppose I'm old-fashioned. Ii's tight on the model too. But I like Kate in suits and it's a fine colour on her. Do wish she would cut her hair at least a bit but oh well. Julia needs a haircut too!

    D.M. reports an odd comment on Kate's part - that when asked what it's like to be a princess, Kate said that William takes care of her. To me, that is very strange, as if she is a small child that needs looking after. I suppose she means she has a supportive husband but I wish she would see her role in context of her own projects or at least the people she meets. Perhaps that will happen someday.

    She apparently also said she was terrified by her first speech there - and I did think that was honest and nice to acknowledge.

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    1. I agree Julia, about her odd answer. This "taken care of" occurred before. Maybe, and not to defend her but on the spur of the moment, nothing better came into her mind. I suppose having and doing more engagements could help her being more prepared for the unexpected in the future. Kids can always surprise adults with questions like that:)

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    2. I believe her reply was meant to assure the child that she too has a person who takes care of her, even as a princess ( as she is to that child). Her words are very comforting and thoughtful and appropriate in this setting. I also think it is respectful to mention a spouse in this way, especially her prince!

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    3. Speaking of cringing, I mentally cringed when I saw that comment highlighted in today's post, as I envisioned the remark being pounced upon by some. Apparently, it is a reporter's interpretation of a parent's interpretation of a remark made to a four-year old little girl. I seriously doubt that little girl was referring to Kate's charity work or chances of meeting people. The little girl likely wanted to know the princess life from a preschooler's viewpoint, which very much would include being taken care of. Kate's reported recent remark to William concerning his chances of running a marathon illustrate how little she is under William's thumb. She shows polite deference to his royal role, but there is no sign of subservience. Far from it.

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    4. Maybe she was just trying to find a suitable answer for such a young interlocutor; a childish intonation is ok when you speak to a child. Furthermore, it seems to me that she is trying to underline, with those words, that "the lesson is learned" and the mistakes done with Diana are no more done with her.

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    5. In her answer you can also read: "I am not a princess on my own, I am Princess William".

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    6. I may change my "handle" to ann=nonymous. Ha! ................My 18:57 comment should have been positioned as a reply to a comment higher up, not to Julia's remarks, by the way.

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    7. Julia, this reply IS meant for you. Agree with most of your remarks-about the color-I liked the color of the "'Kermit the Frog" coatdress on the Australia tour.It does bring out her eyes. As much as I enjoy the Morganite earrings, I think those other green ones or even gold and pearl ones might have worked. I believe Charlotte mentioned that the garment was purchased over a year ago; as I recall, Kate was quite slim at that time. I do believe the dress is form-fitting. I can't understand remarks about her lack of curves. Very obvious curves going on there..........Yes, the visit must be a difficult one for Kate. The staff|volunteers do have a more frequent exposure to that particular group, but they can at least know they do what they can. Kate must spread her efforts over a number of sad experiences, often not knowing how the children and families are faring on a day-to-day basis. I should think that might be difficult as well. She has, on a number of occasions that happen to reach the public's notice, formed a bond with a particular family or child and has seemed quite distressed when the outcome is not good.

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  18. As a lover of peter pan collars, peplum, and green, this look is a WIN WIN WIN for me. Kate can pull off practically everything but she looks wonderful in this suit.

    On a more important note, I am always struck by how wonderful Kate is with the children. She is so wonderful at engaging them and playing with them, getting down to their level, and talking to them with ease. It really is so inspirational to see. She's also brought so much awareness to such an underfunded but extremely important cause.

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  19. Zora from Prague24 January 2017 at 16:05

    Thank you for the post, Charlotte! What an important cause. These people's work deserves real admiration...
    I'm not a fan of green; however, Kate looks great and I do like the fabric.
    I love the expression of the girl in the first photo who is looking and smiling at Kate ! I bet she'll never forget being so close to her. :)

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  20. Nicole from France24 January 2017 at 16:24

    I do not know why, but I do like seeing Kate on her own during such visits, not just fllowing William (I hate when she starts her speeches with "willima and I ..." or "as william has said ..." !) , she looks much more herself especially for such charities , and her visit takes a greater importance. sorry to say that the suit is a total miss to me (not the colour, I do like it, and it makes her hair colour absolutely beautifull) for the design, the jacket is too high on the waist (as she has hardly curves, peplum always look not at the right place on her body ...) and it's quite awkward when she bends to talk to children ! and I do not like at all that peter pan collar (I do not like peter pan collars in any case !) not matching with the material . am I the only one to think she looks younger ? new make up ?
    she must be a very strong minded person to be able to meet so many people dealing with very difficult situation and at the same time smile , listen to these people and say comforting words , this must be invaluable for all the persons she meets !

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    1. I noticed she's been looking more like the newly-married Kate again lately. Perhaps she did adjust her makeup? I think her hair is part of it, too. Long and sleek instead of tied back with those butterfly clips.

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    2. I also like it when Kate is on her own. It shows confidence and that she is working member of the royal family and not just an adornment.

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  21. She must shed a few tears in private around these events and probably hugs her children a little tighter on days like today. Thankful she brings a spotlight to such a meaningful area. God bless any family going through this or who have gone through it.

    Wonderful outfit today!!! The peter pan collar doesn't really match the "seriousness" of the coat and skirt :) but is a minor point. Love that material!!

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    1. I'm personally not a fan of Peter Pan collars either, but perhaps knowing that she would be meeting and interacting closely with children today she decided, together with her pretty pink earrings, to add a little 'childlike' fun to her ensemble with the collared blouse.

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  22. Rhonda - Wisconsin24 January 2017 at 16:38

    I really like this suit. She looks lovely, professional and this shade of green is amazing on her! As a Mom, this would be such an emotional visit (for me). I love the work that they do with the children and families. What a wonderful cause to support. Overall great engagement!

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  23. Agree that a black turtleneck would be great. But I also think Kate wanted something softer near her face when she would be interacting with children. Perhaps that was also the reason for the pink earrings, where one might expect emeralds. I love the green suit.

    It must be a sad duty to visit hospices, and yet such a comfort to surviving siblings and parents.

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  24. Sierra - Missoula MT24 January 2017 at 16:54

    I love seeing our Duchess out and about supporting her causes. I am noticing she is starting to look at the tiny details of her outfits. Pairing her black pumps and clutch to match the tiny black detail on her collar. Lovely!!

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  25. Such a great cause, and the nook project plan looks so beautiful. Hopefully they can get all the funds they need to accomplish it.
    Kate looks beautiful! That color looks so good on her

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  26. I really liked the engagement and her outfit. I agree it was sort of a Diana look, with her own twist. I am one of the rare people that like her in green. I think she looks ravishing in green. I think she did well in this engagement.
    I have to say that comments like "being looked after" seem to be her go-to when she is asked a question she is uncomfortable with. I suspect that down-to-earth as she is, she does not dwell on "being a princess" as much as other people do. And questions on that topic make her uncomfortable. But that particular comment of being looked after sounds a bit childish - something we could expect from a teenager, not a 35 year old mother of two. So it would help if she rehearsed some more meaningful answers to those questions. There is also an aspect of being a role model to the young girls who ask these questions. I mean, you don't want a four year old to grow up thinking that "being looked after" by one's husband should be a goal in one's life. So I hope she does a post-mortem of her comments at these engagements and has some practised answers going forward.

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    1. Kate, as she often does, was attempting to bridge a gap in order to communicate on a personal level; this time the gap was age. She was indeed speaking in terms a four year old would understand.

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    2. I consider myself a pretty independent woman, but I take care of my husband and he takes care of me, too. I don't know why people these days see marriage as something irrelevant or demeaning. Good for her if she values her relationship with William. I liked her answer, and she hasn't left a four-year-old with the impression that a husband is the only thing (after all, he wasn't even there!).

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    3. @ hrhdhd. I so agree! Great post.

      On the topic of Kate's outfit, I really like it. Not the blouse. Not the super high heels. The color and style is so pretty!

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    4. I think that we have all said things in the past that we thought didn't come out right.. I know I have. So I am going to chalk it up to this being one of those occasions for Kate.
      To hrhdhd: On reading the comments I don't actually think that people are demeaning marriage. I certainly would not - being in a happy marriage myself. I think that some people thought it was an odd thing to say.
      I thought that Claudia expressed it very well above - if my six year old asked her pediatrician how it is to be a doctor and she said that her husband takes good care of her I think my daughter would be very confused indeed.
      As I said above, I think that Kate needs some practise with off-the-cuff remarks.

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    5. Nicole from France25 January 2017 at 10:20

      Annie, don't you think that even a girl of four could understand a princess saying that she enjoys beeing so because she can help people ? this little girl was attending probably because she (or her family) needs help, and even a small child can understand the notion of "help" . let's say that Kate was not ready for the question, has been surprised . I have read in another post that she now needs to build her own legacy, she will not do so though such replies ... she is known now as a good wife, a good mother, a clever hearty woman who made her way in the RF without fuss, she could now add another picture of herself : an influent woman, who thinks by herself and does not need to be "looked after" all the time, even if it feels nice beeing looked after sometimes ....LOL

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    6. Kate was speaking to the sister of a little boy who was cared for at and by EACH. That little girl spent her brother's last moments with him, while he was being cared for in that environment.In that context, Kate's response was brilliant. BBC has just put out a short video about that little boy, his family, EACH, and Kate. You should watch it.

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    7. But pediatricians don't have princes. Princesses do.

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    8. Caroline in Montana26 January 2017 at 17:44

      Im struggling with this Doctor VS Princess comparison! Not even close to the same thing. one you go to a LOT of school for and you save lives, its actually a profession and you have to be smart. the other you are either born to it or marry into it. Really really don't see how you can compare them?!

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  27. I do like this very much! I like green (although not several of the green pieces Kate has worn in the past), but it works for me in this suit. She looks very professional and her hair looks great (I think parting in further to the side makes a difference).

    I was just enjoying looking at some new items from J.Crew yesterday, where I have shopped for years for both casual and professional clothes, and choosing a couple of looks that I really like that it would be nice to see Kate wear to engagements such as today's. They are the Sheath Dress in Lightweight Tweed -https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/dresses/weartowork/PRDOVR~G0951/G0951.jsp (which also comes as separates: https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/suiting/Novelty/PRDOVR~G0944/G0944.jsp), and the Cap Sleeve Dress in Glen Plaid -https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/dresses/weartowork/PRDOVR~F4993/F4993.jsp.

    This has got me thinking, Charlotte, about a "Choose your Dream 'Professional' look for Kate." Maybe not as fun as choosing gowns and jewelry for some, but I would enjoy it. Kate will need more professional looking clothing as her Royal duties increase, but while still looking fresh and fashionable. It would be a fun challenge to find some things for her!

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    2. Pam, this suit-lover (you should see my closet, lol) LOVES your idea!! Yes, please! :)

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    3. Pam, that is an awesome idea. I would love that very much as well.

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    4. Another suit lover here RF. :)

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  28. Tammy from California24 January 2017 at 18:19

    I absolutely LOVE this outfit! The only thing I am wondering is why she didn't pair her green Kiki earrings with it. They would have looked lovely. LOVE the silk blouse underneath, very much!

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    1. The green Kiki earrings would have been perfect with this outfit Tammy. And, I liked the blouse with the outfit also. Very vintage. Loved the suit. Loved the color.

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    2. Totally agree on the Kiki earrings. I like it even better than my initial reaction (pearls to complement the blouse).

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    3. I agree with your suggestion for these earrings as well. She doesn't wear those enough either! Oh the choices in jewelry she has...sigh and envious sigh.

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  29. " 'My other little girl Daisy asked her what it was like to be a real princess and Kate said she's very well looked after by her husband."

    I find this to be a really unfortunate comment from the Duchess. Of all the things to focus on about her role on the international stage, which brings her into contact with people from all over the world and lets her speak about issues she holds dear, she cites being well looked after by her husband as the answer to what it's like to be a Princess. I'm afraid this overshadows the fashion for me today. I love Kate, I know it's work to have a happy marriage, but I wish that young girls and women weren't raised with such a focus on the men in their lives.

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    1. I have to agree with Marnie and Claudia regarding this comment. How great would it have been for her to comment on what she can DO because of her position not what the position does for her ( William being a great guy)? Such a lost opportunity. Oh well :-(

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    2. I agree 100%, especially when it would have been a lovely opportunity for Kate to indicate that she appreciates more about her role than just being "well looked after." She gets a lot of criticism for being focused on the comforts of her status rather than its substance, some of it unwarranted, but this answer will just feed into that. I know hindsight is 20/20, but I wish she'd have said something about her status letting her meet wonderful, special people like little Daisy.

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    3. To be fair to Kate, she was no doubt answering off the cuff and to a very young girl. I don't know if this was the right opportunity to say something more political/socially aware.

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    4. Agreed, it is a very strange response. I can only hope it wasn't quoted correctly or taken out of context. Perhaps she meant something along the lines of, "It can be tough but William helps me."

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    5. Agree, very disappointed with her comment. What is this, 1950? And especially with all the protesting this past week-end, it's clear that the world needs stronger female leaders. The Duchess has a huge platform and this is what she's telling little girls?

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    6. Zora from Prague24 January 2017 at 21:34

      Just a couple of thoughts regarding Kate's answer to the little girl's question about a real princess...
      Every kid knows there's a prince and a princess. The prince is usually both tender and brave and sometimes has to fight to rescue his princess from a dragon or another kind of danger. Kate wouldn't be a princess without her prince, that's for sure. There's no dragon to fight these days. So, in telling the girl her husband looks after her well, she seems to be saying: my prince loves me, I'm precious for him. "A pretty powerful positive statement" as Julie from NC noted above. Rosman remarked Kate does not dwell on her being a princess, other commenters noted she is not the spotlight type of person. She may see herself as a mother, a patron, a photographer... whatever, but in her role of a "princess" it's her prince who her identity is based upon. That makes sense, IMO, and I'm sure it made sense to the little girl.
      And when she starts her speeches "William and I", I hear the echo of the Queen's "Prince Philip and I..."

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    7. Sarah Maryland USA24 January 2017 at 21:42

      It just further cementes for me that Kate would fit in better as a woman in the 1950s and not a woman in the modern world

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    8. The BRF isn't the most modern of institutions. Consider the age of the current "Boss". :) Kate fits in perfectly at this time, and she and William will have THEIR opportunity to modernize it a bit as time goes by.

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    9. Zora,

      Kate's comment reminded me of the Queen's comment that Prince Phillip has always been her "strength and stay". And, the Queen has often prefaced her comments with "Prince Phillip and I", I agree. And, foundationally, William and Kate prefaced their wedding statement by saying, "Being strengthened by our union" we will endeavor to reach out to the lost and hurting. She emphasized that she is doing her "princess" outreaches under that umbrella, unlike Diana, who had to forge her own way without the cooperation and support of her husband and the firm. Having a supportive Prince is not something to be reticent about or ashamed of for her, apparently. They are a team.

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    10. It's sad to me to see that some people are displeased that Kate does not fit their perception of what they want a woman to be--independent, cause driven, taking huge strides to change the world, staring down all opposition to "stand across the world like a Colossus" as Shakespeare's Cassius once said of Caesar.

      It seems important to remember that many women value the role of helper and supporter, and do not feel compelled to wrestle the world to their submission. That should be OK. We are not all the same and shouldn't try to push each other into our mould.

      Her comment about being well taken care of by her prince was beautiful on many levels, not as shallow as many seem to think.

      First, she conveyed to the 4 year old little girl, that the joy of being a princess is not in the things which surround her or that she gets to wear or do, but in the security of a beautiful, loving relationship. What mother doesn't try to teach her daughter this--that a true prince is one who loves and values you, not a man who can shower you with stuff. Then you can be a "princess" whether you live in a palace or a flat--because you are valued by the one to whom you gave your heart.

      The other message that response gave to the mothers around her was that she understands that she has the title she has because of the man she married, not because she is somehow elevated. Looking at the comments about how warm and kind she came across to the mothers there, she doesnt seem to think of herself as somehow set apart, and her comment helped show that and maybe even alleviate some nerves.

      So here we have a kind woman who was asked by a little girl about what its like to be a princess. She focused that child's heart on the importance of relationship instead of possessions and surroundings or even causes. Good for her. The importance of supportive and loving relationships should never be seen as outdated--they are the heart of life. And supportive relationships will do more to help a heart and a life than any foundation or speech from someone you see once could ever do.

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    11. Good 4 Kate - your comment made me think. Because, I am one of those who sighed sadly when I read her response, and one who I think your comment was aimed at reaching even thought I had not posted my thoughts yet. So first, let me say in my defense that I would like to think my own reaction was not because I want her to fit my "perception of what (I) want a woman to be" - its more to do with what I want a royal prince OR princess to be in 2017. I have expectations. They are mine, and I don't expect others to share them, but they are mine. One of my expectations is that with the privilege of this life - which she has married into and I'll get to that - there are some responsibilities - and some opportunities. Rather than focusing on that, her answer was focused on the more literal and direct one which is really an answer to: "what is it like to be married to Prince William?" And so one of my initial thoughts was do we really know how the question was phrased by this girl? (We only know her mother's 2nd hand account). Maybe the question really had been "What is it like to be married to a prince?" We don't know for sure b/c it wasn't tape recorded, so that's a real possibility and if so, then her answer was lovely and spot on. Alternatively, that may be what Kate "heard" in her own mind when the question was asked - and thus her answer. (Asking questions is a big part of what I do for a living and I often have to redirect people to really listen to the question and not leap ahead to where their first thoughts take them and it really is a challenge). If this is this the case then my initial reaction returns because five years in I -and I will own this openly - expect her response would have evolved a bit to encompass her opportunities to reach out and make a difference - as she doing that very day! She could have said "You know what? For me being a princess means caring for others, honoring their contributions, supporting them in their struggles, and sometimes, when nothing else can be done, simply being there with them. Anyone can be a princess in their own way." Of course Kate may feel this way too, and be shy and not want to share that - but it just didn't come out that way, and that, in my view, felt a little like a missed opportunity. But I liked your comment's message that her definition in terms of the relationship is a positive model for others to hear.

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    12. Kate has to get asked this question all the time. How wonderful if she had taken the spotlight off herself and said, "The best part about being a princess is getting to meet someone like you."

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      Thanks for expressing this view better than I did.

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    14. Maggie - Minneapolis25 January 2017 at 22:48

      "Every kid knows there's a prince and a princess. The prince is usually both tender and brave and sometimes has to fight to rescue his princess from a dragon or another kind of danger."

      Zora - this makes me so sad. Yes, fairly tales and Disney movies have made it seem like the Prince saves the Princess. But most adults (hopefully) know that in the real world, the princess does just as much saving as the prince. The stereotype of the prince, or the male in general, as the protector is so wrong! How is it okay to use such a sexist stereotype as a defense?

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    15. ariagurl. Thank you for your thoughtful response, and your great observation regarding the question and response. You are correct that we neither heard the original question nor the full response. We heard a reporter tell us what a mom paraphrased about her daughter's conversation with Kate. That does leave a lot open for interpretation--I hadn't thought about that!

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    16. You know Maggie, we have come a long way since the 60 and talk about sexual stereotypes. Anthropologists now also consider the men's point of view. And there is something in men,that makes them natural "protectors". They need that role. They are much more prone to suicide for example, women more to attempted suicide, which seems to be more a shout for attention and, yes, care and protection.

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    17. Zora from Prague26 January 2017 at 13:38

      Maggie, we are thinking and talking about fairy tales, not doing a psycho-sociological discourse on the roles and stereotypes! :) I don't know what is so sad about a prince rescuing a princess from a dragon… To me it would be sad if the prince let the dragon eat her! If I apply a "non-sexist" attitude to a fairy tale (and I believe fairy tales are an important part of a child's life) I may come to a pretty absurd scenario: seeing a princess in danger, the prince would tell her:" Dear beauty, as I'm fully aware you are an independent woman rejecting all kinds of macho-behaviour on the part of men, I'd rather let you deal with the dragon yourself. It might occur unfair and unmanly to some as I have a sword and you are tied up but nevertheless, I'm not going to offend you." I hope you can see my point. Of course there are lovely fairy tales - in fact a lot of them - in which it is the girl, the woman who by her intelligence, trueness and a brave heart frees/helps a man. Actually, sometimes no-one else can free a man from his misery, a curse or even death than a young woman.
      Of course, no kid grows up just with fairy tales. They come to know "real world" soon enough through everyday life, TV news etc. It's the parents’ task to help their children understand the differences but still, IMO, for some of us the charm of fairy tales provides a welcome relax from the strains of everyday life, even when we are adults.
      To sum up, I've never thought of classic fairy tales (I’m not referring to Disney films, rather to good old books) as sources of "sexist stereotypes". (Moreover I wasn't using it as a defence- a defence or who against what?) On the contrary: I think many of them contain deep wisdom and can teach kids a lot of good concepts, such as: there is both good and evil in the world; it is necessary to fight against evil, to help each other, to believe that things can end well. You are entitled to your own interpretation of course but I still do believe that a prince rescuing a princess from danger is a positive thing :)

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    18. Great comment Zora. If fairytales are a problem, then I suppose escaping to a familiar chick flick is also out of the question. 😉

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    19. FACT: The child is four.
      FACT: Asked what it's like being a princess
      FACT: Answered that my husband takes care of me. (And the answer is in quotes which means the reporter is being verbatim. What's not said is what went before or after.)

      That's it. I don't know why we're into feminism, empowerment, etc etc. I think it was something she wasn't expecting and did not give the greatest response to a child that age. If a four year old asked me what's so great about being Princess bluhare, I'd tell her that it meant I can dress up every day, banish people I don't like from my palace, and if Prince bluhare is in a good mood, he'll bring me breakfast in bed. And if called on it (some four year olds are pretty savvy) I'd tell her that's what I WANT to have happen! It's all about pretend. And Kate gave a non-pretend answer.

      But I do agree a great mountain out of a small molehill is being made. So she's not that great off the cuff. Most of us aren't.

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    20. Very sweetly said Zora. And I agree. I think it is a role men love to fulfill. I know that after my husband passed, my brother took me out to dinner and my son, visiting from college was there. I had left the table for a few minutes and when I returned, after a few minutes, my son briefly left the table also. While my son was away from the table my brother shared with me that my son had thanked him for "taking care" of me. It is a guy thing. Inherent in them I think. I remember being surprised by the comment because I am healthy and prosperous, thank God and have always felt myself to be fairly self-sufficient. But, once I thought about it, I knew exactly what they meant. And, I am more than grateful for that male covering of caring and protection. And, they just instinctively are providing that, in my opinion. ❤

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  30. Hi, I noticed you said Kate is wearing the Morganite earrings, I looked closer, it looks like she is wearing her Green Amethyst and Diamond Drop Earrings, which would make more sense since she likes to color coordinate her outfits and jewelry

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      Thank you so much for your comment. I double checked and they do seem to be the Morganite pair, although the green amethyst would have been a lovely choice with the suit :)

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  31. What a wonderful engagement. I echo the other comments that it must be very hard emotionally kind of day to be in that environment but you can see she really brightens up the people around her.

    I really appreciate that she took the time to take pictures with families. I don't ever remember her doing this before. Hugging the parents that lost Finnbar was another favorite moment from the engagement. In the picture Charlotte included it looks like she is tearing up as well. It looks like it was a well planned visit and she must have stayed for quite a while. Having an art therapy session was brilliant and it shows how down to earth she really is to laugh uproariously about the glitter incident. I bet it gave great comfort to the parents and Daisy.

    I hope the Nook can raise the funds it needs. It would be nice to know how far away they are from their goal. I also liked that the community has also rallied around the cause.

    On to fashion - I love this suit. I love the color, Kate looks great in it, I love the fit and styling. The little peplum is so flattering. I am not a fan of the shirt and like others said I think a turtle neck would have been a lot better. Her hair is beautiful. Last week at the Heads Together briefing I kept thinking "Welcome back Mr. Richard Ward!" This week her hair looks lovely and her make up is very pretty.

    I was hoping Kate would wear her emerald and diamond drop earrings.
    http://www.katesclothes.com/earring/emerald-diamond-drops/

    I do love these and she doesn't wear them enough, not since 2015 even. But I also like her Morganite earrings as well. Shoes looked great. An all over great look for her. I would also like a repeat of the jacket with jeans and another shirt. It would be an outstanding look for her next sports engagement. :-)

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    1. I agree with your comments, Julie. Her hair looks like the Richard Ward days, I think the more defined side-part makes her look younger too. I wish she had worn the emerald & diamond drop earrings as well, they would've gone so well with this outfit.

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    2. Kiwi Gal, I was also struck by the difference such a small change as a defined side part made; I really liked it!

      Juli, I also really liked this peplum. It was almost like the front of the jacket was fitted and then only in the back was this mild, flattering peplum effect.

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    3. I really liked the peplum detail too :) Johanna, I'm glad you pointed out it's only noticeable from the back, such a cool effect & very flattering.

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  32. I am so happy that her hair is finally growing out from early months. I love it this length and perhaps a little longer! She looks so endearing today and I absolutely love the color green on her. Well done!

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  33. I love this outfit on Kate and the colour is wonderful. As for the accessories. Does she really need to wear heels that high? She is already a tall lady and those heels just make bending over to talk to people look awkward and could eventually cause back problems.

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  34. I love her in green too. It brings out her eyes and complexion while providing a nice contrast to her dark hair.

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  35. The children's princess at work playful and attentive with the children; serious and attentive with the grownups.
    Outfit pretty and appropriate. RG

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  36. She looks amazing! I wish she would wear more green. It suits her :)

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  37. Green - the colour of hope! Very befitting for this sensitive visit. Kate looked lovely in this suit, I especially like the silk blouse with the peter pan collar, I think it ties in well with the rest of the look.
    Beautiful engagement, glad to see her supporting this very worthy cause and I hope the Nook appeal raises the money it needs. The family of the little boy Finnbar made me tear up too. Loved the story of Isabella dumping the pot of pink glitter onto her picture & Kate's reaction :) She's amazing with children, very sweet & attentive.

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  38. Sarah Maryland USA24 January 2017 at 20:38

    Do you know how I think Kate could help raise money for the nook appeal? Hosting a dinner at Kensington Palace. I bet there are a ton of people out there that would pay good money to rub soldiers with the duchess. She could host a dinner that would invite potential donors as well as some of the families that would benefit from the new hospice being built
    These visits are all well and good but I think being more directly involved in the appeal would be something I would want from Kate
    She attended a fundraising dinner last June but I want her to be directly involved in the planning of one. I want her to take more initiative. She has such an amazing platform to do it.
    As for the outfit, not a huge fan of the material but I like the color

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    1. I have the same thought about many of Kate's causes. She shows up at engagements such as the one today, which is good for publicity, but what does she actually DO to raise money for causes? Hosting a dinner is a great idea.

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    2. I know it's probably auto correct but I had to laugh at the mental image of the DOC and invited guests "rubbing soldiers".

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  39. Great visit, hard as it must be. She does an excellent jobs with the kids.

    Not to be shallow, but several comments on fashion - I loved the color. I am big fan of this green. I did not like the Peter Pan color(I feel like it looks fussy and dated), but I am so excited she went for a contrast in her earrings! Complementary but not matchy-matchy. I have read a lot of commentators on Twitter ripping Kate for all of her 'expensive' new clothes. This is new, but certainly in the price range that an average young professional would invest in.I would love to see the jacket again with jeans/neural trousers and a printed top.

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  40. As my name is Sinead and outside of Ireland, it's an unusual name , I have to love this suit, the colour is beautiful on Kate. I love when she wears suits, they look very sharp and professional.

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    1. I do agree, Sinead, and cheered when I saw this new suit. :)

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    2. I agree! I've wanted her to wear more tailored suits. But I remember an interview with Diana when she said that every time she looks at an outfit she thinks about bending down to children, will the top droop too low or anything come up too much in the back? Wise approach, since at almost every engagement, even evening events, there's a child with a posy!

      So on that long winded note ;) I wish the jacket had been a touch longer.

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  41. It's an interesting idea and Kate has had a few charity functions at KP. I 'm just not sure a royal can directly solicit funds. Usually another individual ( the Marquis, for example or Richard Branson) sponsors the event with the Cambridges or Catherine as honored guests, or honorary hosts, if the event is not in their home. Kate very well may have had a hand in the planning of these events, but there is a fine line protocol-wise between what is acceptable and what is not. The royals must not be seen as being indebted to a particular individual or firm. I know I am not explaining this very well. Perhaps someone with more knowledge of the ins and outs of royal fund solicitation could explain better.......I believe she does take quite a bit of initiative which she may not always be given credit for. I am thinking of the Heads Together initiative which we just recently found was possibly Kate's brain-child.

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    1. Sarah Maryland USA24 January 2017 at 23:42

      I love the heads up campaign but with EACH two years into their Nook appeal and still struggling to raise funds I would think it would be nice Kate does something more hands on to raise funds

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    2. Annie, I think you are correct. They cannot be seen to solicit funds and Prince Charles was recently in hot water over that.

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    3. Glad you realized this was a reply to your 20:38 comment, Sarah. I post comments appropriately but they often end up under some other comment....I'm not sure what could be more hands on than the attention and support she shows those families. That is her role as a royal, not fund-raising itself. I don't know what more you can expect within her very circumscribed role....a bake sale, perhaps.....Seriously, though- I know what you mean. A 10,000 pound a plate evening or two could rack up the needed money quickly- I guess on the order of political fund-raisers in the US, to which those trying to gain the ear of the candidate flock. I know Charles leaned on his influential wealthy acquaintances to help him with restoring that Scottish manor house but that was done rather discreetly and privately on an individual basis. I also would love to see Kate offer an auction of her photographs, as you or someone suggested. I really don't think it would be THAT different from what Charles does with his various farm projects. There is the problem: if she gets actively, personally involved in fund-raising for The Nook, would she be expected to do so for her other patronages? It is possible she has already contacted her wealthy acquaintances quietly for donations.....

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    4. Courtney from NC25 January 2017 at 05:14

      I find it interesting that just because the dinner wasn't hosted at KP Kate gets zero credit for it. I'm almost certain that at the very least their relationship with both the charity and the hosts were instrumental in bringing the event to fruition. Like I said at the very least. I think even if she did start hosting things at KP or planning them like an event planner people would have negative things to say about it.

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    5. Thanks for your input JN. I knew there was something I had read..

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  42. I am not a fan of green usually on Kate, but this is stunning. Love it :)

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  43. I like her in green, but not the way she styled this suited look today - the Peter Pan collar with the jacket all zipped up, is dated and not in a good way. A MUCH lower heel would have been good for today with all the bending over she needed to do - and also would have given her a little more casual vibe which this occasion could have used. I would have put a light weight cowl turtleneck under the jacket and left the jacket open so when she bent over, there was not peeking at the skin up her back. I would have put it with the kilty heels she first wore in Canada or another lower, more chunky heel. She needs to stop wearing these 5" spikes so often - she got rid of her obsession with the platform nude heels - now it's time to ditch the 5" pumps at least now and again.

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    1. I bet the little girls love her high heels. Flats or chunky ones are not as glamorous.

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    2. Agree with the shoe issue. Way to high and formal for the occasion.

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  44. Thank you Charlotte, I was thinking that there was an engagement soon and, poof, there it was. I commented above about Kate's words to a child about being a Princess and, probably thinking too deeply psychologically, I believe it was a reassurance to a small child facing a very scary world to be told that there are supports, that you don't have to go through life alone. EACH is about families and Kate's comment that she is grateful to have a family that supports her to me hit the mark. Not that I think she was thinking about that, we all say things off the cuff, not thinking that people are going to pick up one sentence and parse it to death.

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  45. Thank you JN for sharing the video from Victoria Murphy on Twitter. I definitely would have blushed if I was the Duchess in that situation.

    I loved seeing a suit today. I think suits are a great professional alternative for the Duchess to the much-favored coat dress. I love the picture above of the jacket with jeans. I think it would make a great casual look for Kate. I really didn't like the Gerard Darel Josephine Blouse with the suit, but I would love to see this blouse with jeans or better yet, dress pants.

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  46. The silk blouse must be just heavenly to wear. Kate always dresses well for the occasion!

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  47. I don't know how she got through it, but bravo to her for treating these precious children as normally as possible. To lose a child is just unthinkable, and if Kate brought a little bit of light into their lives for a moment, that is what should be commended. I don't think a discussion about what she should have said to a small child is relevant. Little girls are looking at a princess, and perhaps her prince charming. Reality will be in their young lives soon enough.
    She looked lovely in the Hobbs suit, but more importantly the children, both outside and inside, were thrilled to see their real life princess. That's enough for me.

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    1. Well said Tedi! I think those beautiful children had a memorable day and Kate's interaction with the children was heart warming. Loved the video of her with the children!! cc

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    2. Zora from Prague25 January 2017 at 21:40

      I couldn't agree more, Tedi.

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    3. Like I said, Tedi. Kudos to Kate. I do not think I could visit a children's hospice. I would be a basket case and no help to anyone in that situation. As much as I love helping people, that is just one thing that I doubt that I could do. I could help in other ways, but a visit. Don't think so. And, to have the world media watching your every nuance and, obviously your every word. Who can bear that? Kate. :) (Not me.)

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  48. I really like the suit. I prefer the blouse on the model, though. Also, would have loved to seen her emerald earrings instead of the morganite.

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  49. Hi! I soooo hate the peter pan collar! It ruins a beautiful suit for me. Charlotte (UK)

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  50. I love the answer that Kate gave the little girl. It's within her reach to become a wife one day, but not really a princess. And men who treat their wives well all make them feel like a princess surely! What woman with an abusive or even an unkind husband feels special. Kate probably hasn't thought it through as carefully as I have as it was an 'off the cuff answer." But perhaps the way her husband treats her makes her feel more of a princess than holding the real deal position. In this world where so many families are fractured by divorce how lovely to see a couple who truly love and support each other and are not afraid for the whole world to see it! Incidentally, I love the suit but not the blouse with it.

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    1. Caroline in Montana26 January 2017 at 18:04

      very well spoken!! you are very correct, no women with an abusive or unkind husband feels special or princess-like. i see nothing wrong with being a positive model for marriage, not all women see staying home and raising their kids and supporting their husband as "old fashioned" or wrong because they are not working harder on the global platform to change the world. In my opinion the world needs more families like this as the breakdown of marriage and family is really heavily contributing to those problems that others so desperately want her to fix!!

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  51. Children hospices are such sad places and i can't imagine the pain of the families. I commend these people for making the end of lives of these children as nice as possible in the circumstances. God bless them. Also his speech to Kate was very touching. I am so pleased to see all the work Kate, Wills and Harry do for children in hospice care and for children suffering with mental illness and for children who are bullied. They are not letting so called past taboo topics stop them. God bless them. Also Kate looks gorgeous.Thanks Charlotte for a great post.

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  52. I adore Kate's green suit! I l love when she wears suits, she so rarely does but whenever she does wear one, it's simply gorgeous and fits her perfectly. I like the color also, it's a great shade of green and looks good on her. Unlike some, I enjoy the blouse with the suit as well :)

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  53. The color of the suit is just fantastic, I love the blouse, and this is my favorite pair of her earrings, so overall I love this look!

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    1. For once, it was not too much of a Kermit the green! The suit was very well tailored and was very smart in appearance. I like the peter pan collar of the blouse too, very chic!! It all worked perfectly and id give a 10/10 for this look!XOXO

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  54. I also want to comment on the video from Kate's uncle's wedding in 1991. I enjoyed seeing that very much. I always wondered if Kate had been "Katie" as a child, so it was fun to hear her being referred to as "Katie." Also it was very interesting to observe her personality as a child. I know people sometimes change, but I believe the Katie in the video is very much the same person as the Kate we know now. Incessantly smiling, but quiet and reserved, not boisterous or talkative at all. Content to not be the center of attention. I think of my own 4 daughters at that age, my youngest just turned 10. I have two who would have behaved the same way at age 9, and are still the same now. - quiet and happy to stay in the background. I have one who would have been chatting up a storm with everyone, laughing loudly and mugging for the camera, and she's the same now at age 20. My just-turned-10 year old would be the complete opposite, running and hiding from the camera and refusing to smile (she's very self-conscious already!). Anyway, just thought it was interesting to see the same Kate back then - reserved but always smiling, upbeat and cheerful.

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    1. Is that true Charlotte, have you seen it? It's funny Pam cos that seems to go against the line that the family always called her Catherine.

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    2. In that video her family calls her Kate not Katie, I believe. And yes, she is incredibly poised and cheerful. She must have been a very easy child for her mother to deal with.

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    3. MM, that video is readily available in recent outlets, The Mirror, The Telegraph, etc. All you need to do is google Pippa. Make sure you find the one at the reception where Gary Middleton is handing out gifts to the bridesmaids. And, yes, she is called Catherine, Kate and then Katie is that portion of video.

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    4. Pam, I agree with your thoughts about Kate's personality being the same now, as it was back then. She's always seemed a cheerful, polite & upbeat person, & even at the tender age of 9, she displayed these qualities also. I echo your sentiments Rosman, Kate must've been a dream child for Carole to look after, very poised at such a young age.

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    5. Rosman, no, if you listen very closely and turn the volume up, when she is being called up to accept her gift, both the man in the gray tuxedo and the man in the red say "Katie." The man in red says it quite loudly and clearly in fact.

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  55. My final comment here.It seems people are so quick to express disappointment in something Kate has done, worn, said. I am disappointed that some many comments, probably most on this post, revolved around criticizing Kate for a remark that may have been inaccurate or out of context in the first place. What compounds this censure is that we should all be aware that Kate was speaking to Finnbar's sister. We didn't take the time or allow time for the context of the reported remark to be clarified. If this were the first time that something Kate did/wore/said had been judged without knowing the facts, we might have the benefit of the doubt. Which we denied Kate. Again.

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    1. And, that, is why I am on team Cambridge, Annie. :)
      To give whatever support I can for nice people who are doing good things, like William and Kate.

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    2. Caroline in Montana26 January 2017 at 18:09

      I'm with you Annie, hasn't that poor old dead horse been beaten enough?? I see from the comments below, that apparently it has not:(

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  56. This comment section has been one of the most interesting I have seen. I would say that we are universally agreed that this was a great engagement for Kate. Majority loved her fashion choice although with some small tweaks suggested for a possible re-wear and there were a few that didn't like it. So that leaves the discussion around her comment to the 4 year old girl.

    This particular topic I found the most interesting in reading the various responses from everyone from different countries/cultures. It's very apparent that we all have strong feelings about what a 'modern woman' should be and how she should act. I say modern woman because I intentionally wanted to take the princess out of the equation. Through this discussion I discovered something about my own beliefs on this topic.

    I strongly support a modern woman being "independent, cause driven, taking huge strides to change the world, staring down all opposition to "stand across the world like a Colossus"" to quote Good 4 Kate. This is how I was raised and what my mother taught me. She instilled in me that I have the power to do all these things and not to let anyone tell me I can't.

    But what I discovered is if I support a woman to make this choice, I should also strongly support a woman that chooses not to. That would rather be in the back ground, have a more traditional role in life and the home, "a woman in the 1950s" to quote Sarah Maryland USA.

    Because in the end it is their choice for their life and one isn't necessarily better than the other, they are both different and both fulfill a much needed purpose. Aren't we really supporting a woman's right to choose what to do with her life and not be told no or discouraged from being what she wants?

    Now in terms of the princess concept, I think Zora from Prague summed it up best with her comment "in her role of princess, it's her prince who gave her that identity." That really struck it home for me because without her marriage to Prince William she is Catherine Middleton, not Duchess of Cambridge, princess, or any of her other titles. Simply Catherine Middleton. So when asked "What's it like to be a princess?" it seems only natural for her to refer to her prince. Prince William by all accounts is a loving and supporting husband, they have deep respect for another and a strong marriage.

    I think her choice to be in a supporting role is exactly what Prince William needs in a partner and he is lucky to have found that in Kate.

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    1. Julie, I didn't interpret any of this conversation to be about career driven women vs. those who choose a more traditional role. I viewed it as a discussion about her statement of how she views herself in her role. Unfortunately, that statement seemed to revolve around the way in which her husband treats her and not anything else. I would hope most of us that are stay at home moms could come up with something more substantial to describe our raison d'etre.

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    2. This is overly picky here and I have zero problem with how she answered however, one option for a "perfect" controversial-free response could be, "I really like my role because I get to meet wonderful people like you." :)

      Again though, I see absolutely nothing wrong or controversial with the way she answered.

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    3. Sarah Maryland USA26 January 2017 at 00:09

      For most women they can make their own choices. But most women don't live in publicly under palaces trailed by publicly funded protection officers
      So no kate can't chose to be a stay at home mom. If she wanted that life she married into the wrong family

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    4. Nicely said, Julie from NC. Thank you.

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    5. Erika, I'm not trying to make it something it's not. I was just making an observation about something I learned and trying to highlight why Kate should have support for her choices and how she is using her role. Which is more traditional then what some people might expect.

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    6. Julie, thank, what a wonderful comment and exactly what I think but am not able to express!
      Erika, her role as a princess isn't hers, but her husbands. She would have answered differently if asked about her role as a SAHM

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    7. Julia from Leominster26 January 2017 at 09:59

      If Kate had said it only once, I would have let it go, but being taken care of has become something she's mentioned several times.
      I don't consider myself a great feminist but I do feel even if they are to be a stay-at-home mum, they should have both a career area and a sense of independence, because I've seen death and divorce change things in a wink of an eye. And Kate, like all royal family members, is seen as a role model, not just for that four year old. As for that four year old, probably tiaras and dresses are the main princess thing, but being taken care of by a husband sounds no more princessy than say, meeting children like her all over the world, probably the best answer. Even Disney now makes their princesses independent.
      The royal family may be old-fashioned but they will hardly sack a young member for being a trifle more forward thinking, indeed to survive the family must be. Sophie certainly is. Strong women have been considered the best of the royal family - Camilla with her self-serving flattery, is hardly a role model for anything.
      I'm always puzzled at the "we must avoid another Diana" who was one of the most successful members. Yes, avoid bad marriages, jealousy by a husband and incompatible personalities but there's no reason why William, who has said he wants a modern monarchy, feels that way. Diana's sense of her own achievements, if not taken too far, is fine to emulate.
      A number of us both here, and in the county, including the then P.M. defended Kate against Hilary Mantel's remarks, but it's as if Kate saw those remarks and embraced them. It's an immature attitude, not one that people are going to want to see in a princess, especially as she ages - and certainly not an attitude anyone wants Kate to pass on to Charlotte, who is very much going to have to move beyond a husband who cossets her. What Kate teaches her own children is the most important to me.

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    8. Julia, Diana was successful despite her husband and this was a major part of the problem with her in laws. Kate is part of a team and this is a TRUE success for the RF.

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    9. Julia, you said that beautifully and I agree wholeheartedly. The DoC is a role model for young girls whether she wants to be or not. Even though her role is
      steeped in tradition, that doesn't mean
      her message needs to be archaic.
      Modern times mean girls can not depend
      on being taken care of in life and must
      learn self sufficiency. I wish Kate's
      messages could be more proactive than
      that because that's the reality for most of the
      women and girls she will interact
      within her role. Unfairly, every outfit she
      wears, whatever she does, and
      everything she says will be analyzed
      worldwide simply because of who she is.
      With that type of power comes responsibility, in my mind. I don't my daughter to hear that being taken care of is the best part of anything. I want her to hear that what she can DO is going to be the best part of who she becomes.

      Natacha, I would say that she is a princess because of her husband but she IS a princess. It is her profession and she has her own platform and causes because of it.

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    10. Yes,she has made that remark several times when speaking of her husband. IMO it is simply a nice grateful compliment. It does not reflect anything, only that she feels happy she has an attentive husband and wants it to be known. And for the children, is it a bad start in life to know your father takes care of your mother? To be in a loving family? What they are learning now is about family life.
      It is true one gets the impression that William is very protective. Perhaps because he wants his wife to have what his mother never had. Sometimes he tries too hard. For George, it will come more naturally, having witnessed it his whole life and I'm sure he will be a lovely husband. As for Charlotte, having a very attentive and generous father, who treats her mother with respect will make a secure little girl of her and may make her somewhat hard to please in the matter of husbands, not a bad thing. As for their institutional role...it must be so difficult to balance. A sense of duty, but no sense of entitlement. Representing a country but never giving one's opinion. Not being able to choose your destiny but a country having enormous expectations of you. And so on. No parents coaching book prepares you for that. There is however something Kate can teach them, because she has it: to be kind, humble and grateful.

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  57. After reading your update I can't help but reiterate what so many have said before, she is so natural with children. ❤

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    1. Such a natural :) It gives me warm fuzzies when I see her interacting with children.

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  58. I think you right about that Pam. Kate is the same now as then. Did you and your daughters watch William and Kate's Royal wedding together?

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    1. No, I watched it alone. My older girls are interested in the Royal family now, they went with me to London and went to Trooping the Colour together, but back then they didn't care enough about it to get up early to see the wedding.

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  59. My admiration of Catherine grows and grows. I remember an interview with Princess Diana where she talks about engagements like this, and when she finished, and got in her car, and dissolved into tears. I very much imagine that Kate has the same reaction. It must be beyond difficult to smile, when your heart is breaking at the circumstances that you have just witnessed and heard about. So, when people get annoyed about off the cuff comments she makes about being "a Princess", I want to roll up in a ball. It's like nothing Kate does is good enough. Please, can we just be kind and respectful or say nothing at all. She again looked beautiful today, stunning in green, and glamorous hair. I'd love to see some new trendy shoes, but it's really irrelevant. I love, love, love this blog but some days I wish people would just think a little more and be kinder in their comments. We're all free to have our own opinions so based on that, I continue to read and enjoy them (mostly). Let's just remember that she was not born to this life, she is still learning, and in my view is doing a beautiful job with her choice of highly emotional and challenging charities.

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    1. Dee,
      I have had those same feelings and reactions. As I have said more than once, the criticisms seem so surreal to me given the facts that you said. They are nice people doing good things. In our world today, you think that would be supported and lauded not lambasted on a regular basis. To me, the fact that she showed up at a hospice and maintained composure and gave of herself far outweighs questioning her comment. We do not know the full context of the statement anyway. Hugs to Kate from me and a BIG Thank You. 💐

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  60. I think as many have said that this was a fantastic engagement for Kate, and she does such a wonderful job with children--she is so genuine, warm, curious.

    As to the extended discussion about the response Kate gave to Finnbar's sister's question: it seems that everyone at EACH enjoyed meeting, chatting with Kate immensely. If that is the case, it does not make sense to micro-analyze Kate's answer. Everyone at EACH seemed to love her visit, her goal was accomplished, and that is the important part.

    Some will probably say that as a member of the BRF she has to understand that what she says will be analyzed. That position does not make sense to me because it is so overwhelmingly blowing a small thing way out of proportion. It would be reasonble for a royal to be criticized for disrespectful political or personal comments (eg Prince Philip's gaffe in China long ago) but not so much beyond that.

    I think we all (myself included of course) understandably have an image in our minds of the person/princess we want or wish Kate to be. Could I think of another response Kate could have given that would have been more feminist in a positive way in some sense? Yes, but I feel it is not Kate's responsibility to fulfill my dream of what I would like the perfect Kate to be. And so while I empathize with the idea of Kate presenting a stronger independent woman image, I really wish everyone would just relax a little bit, bring things down a notch, and not over-analyze a lovely and heart-warming moment with a child.

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  61. Check out yesterday's campaign regarding mental health. It looks like this is a Canadian organization so the Heads Together concept is going global.

    http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/#EXT=CORP_OFF_URL_letstalk_en

    Yesterday for every text, call, tweet, and Instagram post, Facebook video view and use of Snapchat geofilter, Bell contributed 5 cents was donated to mental health initiatives. According to the website $6.5M+ was raised. I participated by tweeting.

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    1. wow. What a positive result. yay, Cambridges. Thanks for the GOOD news. :)

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  62. I cannot really understand the false issue of Kate's answer to the little girl. Yes, it's a false question: because an old-style woman was not looked after by her husband! The old-style woman had to take care of her husband. Here lays the difference, Kate is subtle enough to understand it, and a lot of commenters aren't.

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  63. I have been a regular reader of this blog since 2012 and this is my only second post. My first attempt at posting a few weeks ago was not published! Charlotte - you do a great job with your detailed research on everything involving Kate - be it her clothes, details on the engagement, charity organization which in my opinion is a huge commitment and is a testament to your passion. In reading through all the comments, I thought I would weigh in with my 2 cents worth :) - in reading through the comments, none of them come across to me as offensive or micro/psycho analysing the said response. Of course we should give Kate the benefit of doubt since the original question may have been lost in translation as its not a direct quote. If indeed the question was - What its like to be a princess ? - I find the response unrelated. I agree her role as princess is through William but the question is not how she became a princess. And the interpretations provided in the comments supporting her response seems to me like too much of analysis which I doubt of a 4 year old child would ever bother with. Also the possible responses offered here are not feminist-like or complicated - infact more simple and fun for even a 4 year old to understand. That said, I think we should let the readers express their opinions without pouncing on each other and there is always the option of skipping to read the comments if one doesnt want to.
    Now to the main event, Kate is such a natural and its extremely heart-warming to see her interaction with the adults and kids alike. Being an introvert myself, I know how daunting and anxious it is walk into a room full of strangers with all the cameras trained on you and still project your real-self. Big Kudos to her every single time she steps out. I always feel happy to see her out and about on an engagement.
    -PI

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  64. Jennifer from Canada26 January 2017 at 17:22

    It was great to see Kensington Palace tweet about Bell's Let's Talk Day. Bell is a large communication corporation in Canada. To clarify, this was not Bell's first endeavour, they have Olympian Clara Hughes as their spokesperson, and have had other Let's Talk days. They have a number of TV ads. I wonder about knowledge going the other way, as there was mention of the upcoming Invictus Games in Canada at the same time. In any event, it's great to see the visibility of the issues of mental health gaining traction.

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  65. What is it about 4 year old girls and brides and princesses? I can't count the number of times I've been to a park or someplace where a bride walks by that the little girls are completely entranced.

    Anyway, I have no issue with Catherine's response to Finnbar's sister because of context. That girl held her brother as he was dying. In that girl's mind feeling safe and worrying about death and being taken care of is prominent. I've worked with children in that situation and they worry and have separation concerns. Catherine saying that she is well taken care of serves a dual purpose. It preserves the princess myth and assuages the child' anxieties about a big scary world.

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  66. I enjoyed reading about the event and also have great admiration for Kate and her charities. The outfit she chose for today IMHO is lovely. Feminine and yet professional. The color, fabric, fit - the jacket wasn't to short for me - and the pretty blouse - that's not a peter pan collar IMO, as it's quite narrow and slightly angled - all works.

    I do wonder how the Telegraph knows this to be a fact - That means that the latest Kate could have bought the green suit is December 2015 - implying the Duchess's wardrobe is planned meticulously and exceptionally well in advance. When I saw this suit and read it was from a previous season, I thought hey, I wonder if she purchased it for St. Patricks day and then never wore it given she wasn't present last year. How do they know it was for this event (when it most likely wasn't on the calendar) and planned in advance?

    I am also wondering in what context Kate made the comment about "she's very well looked after by her husband." After all there are no quotations. Did anyone see this in a video? Was the mother standing directly next to her daughter? Was there anything else said prior to that or after that statement? There are so many comments made regarding those eight words.

    Having never been married - given numerous trust issues and infidelities, when I hear those words I feel nothing but happiness for her. Lastly, I believe when and if Kate makes comments along those lines that she's being very humble. I would suspect that William could make the same claim.

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  67. A wonderful cause to be highlighted and I hope we can all in our lives wherever we live give some measure of support to our dying children and their families as they make that heart breaking journey into the long black night. I thought, in addition to highlighting the cause, Kate brought some light and happiness into the lives of the people there today. She was dressed appropriately, professional but approachable in a soothing colour. The rest and sadly the majority of the comments on the blog pall in insignificance in the face of the day and the cause.

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