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Kate Visits Farms for City Children

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Kate is in Gloucester today visiting Farms for City Children. I love Casual Kate and I particularly love Country Kate, which is what we are getting today. The Duchess is wearing the blouse, sweater, and coat she wore in Canada and her Pangolin Pants from India. The boots she has had for years, but they made an appearance on both the India and the Canada tours. (The check might be more in keeping with Kate's Gap shirt from Down Under...)


[Update] Just saw a picture of Kate without her coat. This sweater is not the Canada sweater, which was quite sheer. It looks new to me.
Not pictured above, but visible a little in the photos below, Kate is wearing her Kiki McDonough Lauren Leaf earrings. As you know, they aren't my favorite, but their woodsy theme is appropriate for today, so I think I like them with this outfit! They fit.  


I am a little disappointed not to see a Barbour, and as much as I love Penelope Chilvers, we haven't seen her Le Chameau wellies in a while, but as she has switched up her casual/professional with patterned skinnies and fancier shoes, I guess we can all get on board with a little variety in this area, too. 


All of that is the good news, the bad news is that my schedule does not permit me a full blog post today. I am particularly disappointed about that, because I think this program might be my favorite of all Kate's activity thus far.



According to Kensington Palace, the founders set up this farm in 1976 to allow children from urban areas the chance to experience farm life. I think dirt and grass and sunshine and sky are so important for children, and for adults. One of my concerns with the increasing technology we have is how it cuts us off from reality, from nature. I don't think it is healthy at all. A connection to the land promotes happier and more balanced people, so I think this is a great, great program. I wish I could give more attention to the post and all the pictures that are sure to roll in throughout the engagement.

KP

I hope to expand the post over the weekend.  I hate when life preempts, but these sorts of conflicts don't happen often and I look forward to getting back to normal and dependable posts very soon. :)

71 comments:

  1. Thank you for the initial post, Jane. I love casual/country Kate too :) I wish we'd seen her Le Chameau wellies today, I don't think we've seen them since one of her Scouts engagements? That blouse is the one she wore in Queenstown, NZ, if I remember correctly. I really like her hair & this jacket, she looks very pretty & relaxed.

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  2. She looks beautiful and completely in her element. I agree with you, Jane, that in so many areas children, and adults, have lost their connection with nature. Fresh air, sunshine, and a little hard work are all important and it's so rare now. Even though I grew up in the suburbs we always played outside. There were no video games or cell phones taking up that valuable play time.

    By way of a personal announcement - but on topic for this blog - the US DOD has officially announced (and so we can share) the names of the athletes for this summer's Invictus Games in Toronto and our son-in-law is on the team!! My daughter was told by one of the other teammates wives to *always* be in "full hair and make-up because Prince Harry is at every event and usually with the families. Cameras are going off all the time." Yours truly will also be there as I'm going to take the two oldest grandkids to see their daddy compete! We are very proud of our son-in-law (who will also be competing in the Warrior Games in Chicago) and so excited for this event!

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    1. Robin, thats really exciting!! Is your daughter a fan of the royals too? Maybe all of you could have a picture with Harry.

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    2. Congratulations to your son-in-law.
      The grandchildren will be so proud.

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    3. Robin, that is wonderful news!

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    4. That's very exciting!! And congrats to him! Enjoy it all!

      ~ A

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    5. Congratulations! Too cool!

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    6. Thanks, everyone! Yes, Faith, my daughter likes the royals as well and looks forward to meeting Prince Harry and is already planning her wardrobe!

      Jean, I think the kids will be so excited. They haven't been able to go to any of the training camps he's had to travel to so it will be so much fun for them to see him compete. By the time of the games they will be 5 and almost 7 years old and want to see what Daddy has been practicing.

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    7. Ohhh, how exciting, Robin. Congratulations! AND, you may just find yourself in a position to share a tidbit or two about Mrs Harry. 😊

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    8. I was thinking about that, royalfan! The games will be in Toronto. I may get a photo or two - if we're allowed.

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    9. Not to age myself, but wouldn't that be cool!? 😊

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    10. It will be a great memory for the whole family, Robin. You'll have to tell us all about it afterwards.

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    11. I will share whatever experiences we have! They just got the notification that he has been assigned to a second sport for Invictus. It's going to be a busy time!

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  3. Country/casual surrounded by children is Catherine at her best.
    I wonder if she is going to take this patronage from the Princess Royal

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    1. That would be my guess, Jean.

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    2. Anne will likely be assuming some of her father's patronages and will have to pass on some of hers. Unfortunately, neither of her own children will be helping her in this. Andrew may assume some of his father's work; but, again, neither of his children are set to take on their father's current duties-few though they are.

      Edward and Sophie will likely add to their load-again, their children are too young to assist with their current responsibilities. Alexandra and her brothers are ill and/or aging. I don't believe any of their children are very active patronage-wise.
      There will likely be a bit of a hard look at the current patronage system, out of the lack of BRF members old enough or willing to carry on

      Probably we will see this pattern with Charles taking on many Phillip's
      duties and then Charles handing off more to William. I am sure this was always in the plan for the future. The buck sort of stops with WC. If they had loaded down with patronages, their children would not have been old enough to take up the slack. Instead of taking additional patronages, he went to work as a pilot. I think it was a very useful sort of activity to fill in the waiting time for Prince Phillip's retirement. Along with helping HM out with investitures and overseas travel. Not to forget William's own work and charities. And a wife and two children. Harry is free to go here and there, supporting his personal interests ,because he does not have the burden of a next heir-- or a family to tend to...Yet.
      The announcements of Phillip's plans for this Fall fit in with the plans for William leaving EA charity and their plans to increase royal duties with a shift of
      base to KP.
      Just because we don't know the plan doesn't mean it doesn't exist. :+]

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    3. I'm sure there has been a plan in place for some time. This is a family that has their calendars scheduled out six months in advance so planning is something they're very accustomed to doing. I'm sure the whole family knew well beforehand but good on them for not allowing a peep outside the family circle to start the rumor mill! Now it's just for us to wait and see how it all shakes out.

      Anne has so many of her own I don't see how she can take on any more of them. The same with Charles. I think the Wessex's, the Cambridge's, and Harry are the most likely to step in. Prince Phillip did say that he was happy to still be a patron but that he would not schedule any more visits. At less than five years away from being 100 I think that's more than fulfilling his duties.

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    4. Anonymous 11:28 I agree with everything you said except that Andrew does few duties. He has a very busy schedule, mostly related to supporting a business related agenda (not his businesses-businesses in Great Britain and the Commonwealth.)
      He just doesn't get the publicity or credit because the media prefers to denigrate Andrew and his family. He has his faults, but lack of work as a royal is not one of them.

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    5. Anglophile-thank-you both for your support and your correction. I had thought Andrew's official business duties had been curtailed somewhat after the fairly recent investigative journalism piece by a respected source revealed some rather shady business transactions for his personal gain, using his influence and position. Was this proven incorrect?

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    6. Anonymous 8:38 Andrew stepped down as the UK trade envoy after some controversy but he still supports numerous business initiatives. Read at his website--
      http://thedukeofyork.org/supporting-british-prosperity/

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  4. Nice engagement. I think she photographs so well when she is outside during this type of event. Her hair looks great hair. Like Jane, usually I can't stand these earrings but they do seem to work well with her outfit and the tone of this venue today. Also, I like the grey jeans/ jacket combination.

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    1. These earrings do seem to go well with the very casual outfits. I don't dislike them as much as some others but they aren't my favorites. Today, however, they're just right.

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    2. They are just right ☺

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  5. I think Catherine's outfit is very appropriate. I like seeing country Kate, too, and how she may look on a lot of her "off" days.

    Going back to their radio appearance a couple weeks ago, one DJ asked her: "the media calls you Kate, William calls you Catherine, and in an interview once Harry called you Cathy - which do you prefer?" I never heard the answe, but think it's cute she may be known as Cathy, even just to Harry.

    Being a vegan for ethical reasons I get a bit sad at seeing photos like this. I believe in engaging with animals, but I prefer that advertised and done through farm sanctuaries....not places that may eventually turn them into supper. Or does anyone know if this is a sanctuary for animals?

    ~ A

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    1. It's not A - someone said they found out the lamb is going to be lamb chops in 6 weeks. I agree with you so was very sad about that.

      Also that interview they said Harry calls you Cath - she said, "oh? I'm not familiar with that one but I'll pretty much answer to anything!"

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    2. I agree that it would be really sweet if Harry had his own nickname for Kate.

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    3. Anon 1:53 ... yes, makes me sad. I'll restrain my further opinions on this as it isn't the forum and we aren't here to debate how we view/treat animals. I did some reading and it even includes a dairy farm...

      ~ A

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    4. Hi Anon at 1:05pm,

      Catherine is called Kathy by her family and friends. Here's the link to a video clip released a few months ago of a 9-year-old Kate with Pippa at a lovely family wedding. At 3:02-04 in the video, you will hear Kate's family calling her Kathy.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4145244/Footage-Kate-Pippa-Middleton-bridesmaids-1991.html

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    5. I'll bet moving from Kathy to Kate was a pre-teen "I want a more grown up name" thing. So many girls go through that and especially if their names have a "y" or and "ie" at the end. Debbie becomes Deb or Deborah, Jenny becomes Jen or Jennifer, etc.. Even boys do it. We know a Danny who became Dan, and a Joey who became Joe. Of course Friends came around and made Joey cool again! :-D

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    6. This may not be correct, but I believe her uncle was the only family who called her that, at least during that clip. Kate may have said she will answer to almost anything, but she didn't say what she prefers. She is not one to correct people in public.
      My big brother used to call me a disgusting name, which I will not repeat here, and I generally answered to it. Who else was around that would answer to it?Doesn't mean I appreciated it; it just meant he was bigger than me. :+]

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    7. Anon 12:07 if it was the uncle I find that normal. My uncles and grandpas had the same nickname for me that no one else ever called me. Not a rude nickname. As an adult they will still call me this out of affection. My parents, brothers and husband don't call me this.
      Sorry to hear your brother had a disgusting name for you.
      ~ A

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    8. Wow, I thought I was just giving a possible reason why Harry may have referred to Kate as Kathy. I didn't realize this comment would offend. I know that William wants the press to refer to the Duchess by her real name Catherine as it is understandably more formal, yet I don't think he has any issue with her fans calling her Kate.
      My reasoning was that William most likely doesn't call his wife Catherine in private. When I saw that video and for Harry to use that same nickname, it was a pretty good indication that that's what William calls her. Harry, as a brother-in-law, is more likely to take his cue from William than from the Middletons as that would be less appropriate.
      We call her Kate here on this site and on other fan sites, so I'm not sure why saying that her own loved ones use a nickname is somehow offensive. I thought Kate's response about being willing to "answer to anything" was her very tactful way of handling the question as Harry apparently forgot that he should use Catherine in public. I very much doubt that Harry would call her Kathy (in private) if Kate found it "disgusting".

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    9. He meant it lovingly. ;+] It was a play on my name.

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    10. Anonymous 4:06 Who on earth said they were offended? And no one said Kate found any nickname disgusting. Anonymous 12:07 said her brother called her a disgusting nickname. Maybe you read and replied too quickly?

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    11. Agree, Anglophile. Also, it was at least a third-hand quote and that
      "answer to anything" remark has been quoted from at least one other situation. That current story had Harry saying "Cath" -indicating a brief form of Catherine, not Kathy. My story about my brother was to illustrate that one does not have to like a
      name to answer to it. As Anglophile pointed out, the term "disgusting" refers to my nickname, not Kate's.
      I hope this clears up any mis understanding of my meaning.

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  6. I love the pangolin pants, hair, boots, and charity/activity.
    The check shirt + sweater (repeat style if not exact items) I find dull.
    Very cool outing for the Duchess!

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  7. What a great event! Minus the dreaded hair clips, she looks gorgeous. The volume in her hair makes her look so sophisticated, despite the surroundings. I too would hope for a Barbour. As an American, I wasn't aware of the brand until Kate wore it and I'm a big fan now. They're my fashion splurge. I love this parka too though, and seeing her with kids and animals is such a treat. I saw that Princess Anne is already the patron of this organization, which is too bad because I'd love to see Kate take them on. A wonderful cause.

    Jane, thanks for taking the time you had to do any post at all!

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  8. Not a big fan of the pants with those boots. Also a no on the checked shirt. The jacket and sweater fine. No on the earrings with any outfit and could not see clips but if she is using clips in her hair a no for that also. Lovely outing and in general she looked relaxed and happy.

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    1. Ali, I don't like the pants and the boots. I think the boots have a Robin Hood appearance to them. Too costume-y.

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    2. Isn't the jacket from her friends line?

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    3. Yes. The wife of one of the godparents.

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  9. I love to see her in a country setting, and it's lovely for the children to interact with the animals. If that precious lamb is going to be slaughtered, that is very disturbing to me. This should be a sanctuary for animals, thus teaching children how to be kind to all creatures.
    Kate looks terrific, as always.

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    1. One of the things they said was that many kids don't know where their food comes from and that's part of what they teach. I would say that is most likely true. They have no idea their beef doesn't come pre-cut and packaged in cellophane. Personally, I'm a carnivore but I won't eat babies. No lamb or veal. To many vegetarians and vegans that seems hypocritical but it's the line I draw.

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    2. Robin, in a cheeky tone I'll say if they want to teach them where it comes from take them to a slaughterhouse ;-)

      BUT as someone who used to eat animal products I absolutely understand what you mean - beef taco is cow, bacon is pig,etc.

      When I used to eat meat I wouldn't eat veal, lamb, duck eggs, etc. I agree that everyone gets to draw their own lines on what they will or won't eat. We can try to educate each other, but ultimately we should be accepting each other and choosing what we surround ourselves with. Not "bible thumping" with plant-based diets.

      ~ A

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    3. I completely agree with you. Everyone has their own way but it is most important to respect that.

      Now (in an equally cheeky tone) visiting a slaughterhouse might put them off food altogether!

      Was anybody else forced to read Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" in high school? To this day I won't eat any "processed" meats. No lunch meat, nothing stuffed in a tube a la the hot dog or any sausages. :-p

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    4. But it's not a sanctuary, it's a working farm. I think that people in urbanized areas often don't understand the food chain. I have a friend, he's 50+ years old. A group was out to dinner. I can't recall how we got on the topic, but he announced, "I don't eat pork". The table fell silent. He looked at us, "What?" He asked. Someone said, "But you are eating a ham sandwich!" And he replied, "well of course I eat ham, I just don't eat pork". Hilarity ensued.

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    5. Cheeky response accepted Robin ;-)

      ~ A

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  10. It's a farm. There are sanctuaries but this is unapologetically not one. Nothing wrong with that. Sustainable, local, organic- includes your meat as well as your eggs, dairy and veg. I guess I just wonder why you wouldn't want our youth to know the truth about where their food comes from? It can only make them more aware and connected to the planet we live on and that could never be a bad thing. And Kate is teaching those values to her children by the sounds of it, good on her!

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  11. I really do think this is Catherine's favourite kind of appointment, casual and getting stuck in with children. I read an interesting article on Daily Mail online. It was the Vogue editor commenting on the photo shoot that they did with Catherine last year. What seemed to have struck her the most was Catherine's absolute lack of vanity. Perhaps that explains why she never quite dresses up what she wears to look "fashion plate edgy." She is neat and presentable but not overly concerned with her appearance. And I've seen two incidents that confirm this: when she got down in the grass in her beautiful church outfit with George collecting Easter eggs in New Zealand, and when she carried Lupo the dog next to her pale pink dress without a care in the world! I really love this trait about her.

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    1. Exactly. I remember when that one Kate fashion blogger met Carole (was it at Wimbledon?) Carole said something like: "I've heard of your blog; Kate was never into fashion at your age". Kate was more sporty than into teen fashion magazines, and when we see pap photos of her she is usually very low key. Lack of vanity is one good way to describe that; she always looks presentable, but not vain.
      ~A

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    2. This trait speaks volumes about her as a person. And it's all good!

      I recall seeing daily images of a reality-type celebrity and i felt so sorry for her child who appeared to be little more than a matching accessory as mom focused on the attention she (mom) was getting.

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    3. It's a very endearing quality she has. This is a woman who is very comfortable in her own skin and very secure in her relationships. When it comes right down to it, while we love to see what she's wearing, I think it's this unassuming quality about her that we find so appealing. Probably what William noticed as well.

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    4. Robin although your comment is generally positive you are making some significant assumptions about both Kate and everyone else who reads this blog. If you were anyone else anon 1 would probably start accusing you of spreading rumors!

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    5. Mommy Dearest, royalfan? :+]
      Marilyn Monroe had an endearing quality, I think. Perhaps just vulnerability and a child-like essence. However, when we compare her confidence and social skills to Meryl Streep's, for example, it is obvious which one was the one comfortable in her own skin and secure in her relationships. We base this conclusion-on seeing how the two conducted themselves in multiple situations and from verifiable facts about their lives.
      Or, even compare what we know of George VI and his brother Edward VIII. Which one secure in relationships and comfortable in his own skin? There are assumptions ( for example, Kate must be allergic to horses since she rode to her wedding in a car) and then there are conclusions based on known information-(Kate loves and enjoys children)

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    6. 1:09 - What? I'm afraid I haven't got the slightest clue as to what you find objectionable or rumor mongering about anything I said. That she's positive? That she's comfortable? That we might like her for more than just what she wears? That William likes her for more than what she looks like? Somebody slap me right now for being so evil!

      While I really miss Diane's comments here and wish she would join us again, I am beginning to see why she's decided to be a silent reader. One can't even make a positive comment without criticism from one of the Anonymous criticizers.

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    7. Robin and Anon, I couldn't figure out what it meant, so I thought maybe it was a lighthearted private joke. I will delete.

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    8. Yes, a very high profile, look at me, Mommy Dearest. Ha! 😊

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    9. Robin, I was trying to support you without giving attention to another. :+]----perhaps my 5:10 comment was not yet visible and you had not seen it yet before your 6:26 pm comment. With blog conversations being distorted by time constraints, it is sometimes difficult to know who is responding to what and which comments the responder had seen before responding.... One batch of moderated comments broke off yesterday just before my 5:10 comment, which did not appear until this morning.

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    10. Nope, your 5:10 comment wasn't showing yet. I blame Google. Sometimes things show up completely out of order but they end up being posted in order. Does that make sense? You do realize that Google is the evil empire.

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    11. Ha! I thought Reagan said that was Russia--but before Google's time.
      I read in a spy/tech/thriller/detective novel that it was created by the government to spy on its users. With everything being hacked these days there is no such thing as privacy. The mobiles and email that ease the way for illicit romantic trysts these days can also be the means of discovery and grounds for divorce. Of course, a fortunate few had portable telephones in earlier days.
      Annonymous

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  12. Jean from LancsMay 4, 2017 at 6:33 AM

    Interesting news that the Duke of Edinburgh is "retiring"
    I can see many of his patronages falling to William; Catherine and Harry.
    Prince Philip has given great service to this country for almost 70 years: he has earned the nation's thanks and a happy retirement.

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    1. Truly the end of an era.

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    2. I found his humorous response to the comment of being sorry to see him stand down to be a great way for him to announce his retirement. I think that at nearly 96 years old he's earned the rest. I agree that we will see William, Kate, and Harry take on a good majority of his workload.

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  13. Maybe it explains why we haven't seen that lovely Easter outfit again. Grass stains. :+]

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  14. A great big Thank You to Prince Philip is in order for his years of service, and devotion to The Queen. Well done.

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  15. Jean from LancsMay 6, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Yesterday The Queen received Aung San Suu Jyi in audience and for lunch.
    Prince William escorted HM.
    Seems to me to be an indication of things to come.

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    1. Things to come...As C&C not being scheduled to accompany HM at the opening of Parliament? I couldn't find any reason for this particular alteration of plans due to the election. The change in date and elimination of a parade two days after Trooping, yes. No explanation for their not being included beyond saying it would return to the usual protocol next year. It is striking to me how much this version of the opening of Parliament mimics that of the Scandinavian royals, including dressing down and not wearing a crown.
      It also seems possible that Prince Phillip will have gone into retirement just prior to the rumored Trump State visit. I was enjoying imagining a confrontation between the two.
      This was a very conveniently inconvenient scheduling of an election.

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  16. I know this is off topic but do any of you guys think that Kate will have a third baby? I hope they do

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    1. Was there ever any doubt? Meghan has been photographed in Berkshire at a Harry charity polo game. I think Pippa's wedding will follow soon, before the May 20 rumored date and that she will appear at the BP children's tea pay with Harry. The rumor was she will take a week off Suits filming for the wedding around the May 20 date. There is a Canadian holiday around that time and the show will likely have a short hiatus then anyway. Yet, here she is--already in Berkshire on May 6, two weeks from the wedding.
      I so don't want to be eating my faux fur hat on the village green with anon1.

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  17. Anonymous 3:34 When could Pippa's wedding be fit into the schedule earlier--Kate is going to Luxembourg Thursday, as you said the tea party you mentioned is next Saturday, the 20th is the following Saturday.

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