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Easter Week Break

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Three years ago the Cambridges were touring Australia and New Zealand and I was speedily producing two or three posts a day as we followed the royals on their adventures. That was the most exhausting, but best tour ever, in my humble opinion. So fun! This week leading up to Easter, though,  I decided to go in the opposite direction, and I am on a blogging/social media hiatus...just to see what it feels like after six years keeping a constant pulse on Kate Middleton and her goings on. :) So, I'm not checking or responding on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, but I am still moderating comments here. Can't wait too see you all again at Easter...and to catch up with Kate! 



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  1. Jane enjoy your down time. You deserve it. I just hope we see the Cambridge's Easter. And hope William decides to stay home with his family this year.

    Julie

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  2. Understandable, Jane. We all need a social media/internet detox.

    Happy Easter, everyone!!

    ~ A

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  3. Enjoy your downtime! Kate, and all of us, will be here when you get back : )

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  4. So smart Jane. A regular "time out" is very important. I would suggest stepping back from comments too for a full break - and just let people know that.
    And that Easter ensemble remains one of her best IMO!

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  5. Enjoy your well earned hiatus Jane!

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  6. One of my most favorite outfits on Kate! I am not a fan of those tiny hats either (reminds me of the 1800's) but I do like this one. Just lovely.

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  7. I hope that you have a wonderful, relaxing Easter break, Jane--and that you won't be spending it bent over the books, prepping for exams. If the latter be the case, Good Luck!

    You run a terrific site; expect you'll give us all fair warning should you ever decide to shut it down. Wish you wouldn't reach that conclusion, but life has a way of....

    Best Wishes,

    JC

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  8. Happy Easter and enjoy your break!!!
    Federica

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  9. Enjoy! Happy Easter, Jane.

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  10. Jane - you deserve a good break & rest, enjoy it! I always look forward to your posts, they're very much appreciated :)
    I think W+K+G's tour down under was a highlight for me - mainly because I got a glimpse of them when they came to Auckland, my hometown! But also because we got to know adorable George a bit better :)
    Kate's Easter outfit in Australia remains one of my faves...I hope we see it again.

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  11. I think it's a great idea to let go of social media during Holy Week as it should be a peaceful time. Wishing you and all who celebrate a very Happy Easter.

    The Aussie/NZ tour remains my favorite too. It had great energy while she debuted some of her greatest outfits to this day, and as KG points out, we got to meet PG.

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  12. So wise! Enjoy some rest and refreshment reflecting on the meaning of Easter- How Jesus loved us so much He "emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:8-10

    Enjoy your time, hopefully with family and/or friends! Though we never meet you we feel you are our friend! Hoping you can get a break from your school work too - at least for a few days!

    Easter blessings,
    Kay

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  13. I really enjoy your posts Jane. Enjoy your hiatus, and Happy Easter.

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  14. Fantastic idea! Although I suspect you might open a text book or two At least you didn't give us up for Lent. HA! ------Seriously, I hope you have a chance to enjoy your family and can find some of the renewal that is a part of the season.

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    1. That's funny! Agreed! Thanks for not giving us up for Lent:)

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  15. I can see it now ~ "best laid plans, etc."

    Pippa elopes, Harry gets engaged and Jane is forced back to the keyboard!
    But truly, Happy Easter to all~

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    1. Perhaps it's Harry who has eloped. He was seen arriving at Meghan's house Wed. evening!

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    2. Jean that may solve the problem that he is Church of England and I *think* she is Catholic. ;-)

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    3. Pippa and Harry elope together--with mates. To Scotland. Not Cof E.Ha! I'm still counting on engagement announcement before the May tea party and wedding in October with honeymoon to Africa.

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    4. Love the level of detail anon 1!!
      ~ A

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    5. Go big or go home, A. ---- Actually, more wish than prediction. I would so love to see a happy Harry with Meghan wearing a large picture hat, flowy flowered dress, and white gloves at the children's tea party. How's that for detail? Of course if she chooses to play against type (princess in waiting) she could appear as herself in some YSL creation. PS they could already be engaged...Northern Lights get-a-way?

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    6. I had the same thought, Kaye! :-)

      Harry is with Meghan for Easter so there's a start to Anon 1's guess...

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    7. I'm thinking it's a pre-Easter visit and that Harry will be back in time for Easter services with the family.

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  16. Sonja from BavariaApril 13, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Happy Easter Jane!

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  17. Happy Easter everyone.

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  18. Happy Easter, Jane! Here's a link for you to enjoy when you are back from your well-deserved break: http://www.vogue.com/article/princess-diana-garden-look-inside?mbid=social_cp_facebook_cnt

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    1. It looks lovely, but the article can be misleading because the garden itself has always been there. The flowers, etc., are in honor of Diana.

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    2. P.S. ... just Google "Kensington Palace Sunken Garden" under *images* and you will see the various versions of the garden over the years.

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    3. It looks lovely. I've seen this sunken garden in many different incarnations but I think this is my favorite. Any time you completely fill something with flowers it's a win for me!

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  19. DM is reporting that it will take 30 minutes on a "good day" to get George to school. Some were wondering about the time and I thought I'd share.

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  20. Happy Easter! Enjoy your net free day!

    I think my fave tour was the Australian too. I loved her look back then. She looked so beautiful, I miss those days fashion and weight wise too.

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  21. DM is reporting that Meghan is no longer going to be the spokesperson for a leather goods company. Looks like quitting the Tig is just one of many changes.... tick tock till engagement news?

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    1. I got the details wrong... I read the thunbnail & not the whole article. She is quitting her clothing line at a Canadian dept. store. They had announced last year that her line was expanding and now, poof, it's gone.

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    2. I got the details wrong... I read the thunbnail & not the whole article. She is quitting her clothing line at a Canadian dept. store. They had announced last year that her line was expanding and now, poof, it's gone.

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  22. Happy Easter all.....

    I hope everyone is having a great day with family, friends and chocolate!

    Well I think the Duchess looks radiant, elegant and every inch a royal. I too thought the hat looked a bit like a nurse's hat but..ah..so what. It. Is still classy and polished. Love it.

    And dear PB and PE They really do need help. PB's dress in nice attempt at something spring-like (it looks like it is a light lilac color). But velvet purple ankle strap shoes are way to heavy for the lightness of the dress and should only be worn in the month of December. She needs a cute light sandal. Her fascinator is too low and looks like it is about to slide off her head. Not too mention it looks like a lid off a canister in my pantry attacked by a can of gold spray paint. And PE...is it a dress? Is it a coatdress? Is it a trench coat?? At any rate it is a poor fit with so many buttons pulling in the wrong directions.

    Sophie looks lovely in pink and I wish I could get a better look at her shoes....looks like a d'orsay style wth a cap toe...?? Very elegant from what I can see.

    I am not usually so negative. I read all the comments on this blog...often more than once. And sometimes it feels like Kate can do no right. Yet for the most part I think she always looks elegant polished and classy which is not as easy as it sounds. If she errs on the conservative side ....I can understand why.

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    1. I've found Kate's tendency to wear suede court shoes year round odd because where I live (southern US) suede is primarily a fall/winter material. But I admit I have never heard of a shoe style that can be worn during only one month of the year! What is the reason Bea's shoes should be worn only in December? I'm very curious!

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    2. Sophie tends to have fantastic shoes - I hope as Kate grows more confident in her role she will experiment with footwear the way Sophie, Letitia, Maxima, Mary & Victoria do.

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    3. I think there are shoe people just like there are hat people. Or big bling people. Or boot people. Or purse people. Apparently, HM has 200 of those expensive black purses. (I read that on MSN, I think) Camilla loves her large and showy jewels. Kate is great in hats, but Sophie and Victoria, not so much. Leti seems to avoid hats. I think it is a matter of personal taste, not being confident in one's role. I'm not sure why shoes would count as much as, say mental health work or being a supportive mate to the royal spouse. I also don't recall Catherine promising in her marriage vows to love, honor, and wear cool shoes.anon1

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    4. Well anon1 since I was talking about *fashion* on a fashion blog I was simply stating my hope to see Kate is some jazzy shoes at some point. So no I didn't take into account her mental health work or her marriage vows because those have nothing to do with fashion and quite frankly I doubt Kate herself considers her marriage vows every time she goes to her closet and decides what to wear.

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    5. 11:44, 6:37- "I think it is a matter of personal taste, not being confident in one's role." The difference in our views. My remarks you cited were supporting that statement.

      Perhaps you could give statements supporting your remark, which has the understood premise that Kate lacks confidence now. It would be interesting to hear how referring to lack of confidence in her role-officially, William's wife- relates to fashion, if you consider this strictly a fashion blog. Frankly, I think Kate shows great confidence in her official role as William's wife. Some of the European royals you mentioned have husbands who have/had mistresses during the marriage. I imagine their role confidence as a wife could have taken a blow and they may need to be admired for their appearance by others.

      Shoes simply appear to be an after thought with Kate. It has nothing to do with gaining confidence. In fact, if she lacked confidence, the first thing she would do is hire a stylist and dress to please everyone but herself and her husband.

      The reason for my strong objection is that there are a number of popular judgements of Kate and others out there that are not based on observable fact, but on the person's feelings and thoughts. They are perpetuated every time a statement is made based on that judgement. Even though one may not intend to cause it, that is the effect. Repetition Is an effective means of propagating and reinforcing an idea.anon1.
      By the way, Camilla is definitely a hat person, whether by personal taste or an effort to please her husband by imitating the QM. Beatrice is indeed a shoe person-shoes seem to be the focus around which she forms her style, perhaps to the detriment of her total look.

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    6. I think I understand what you are saying Anon1 but I’m not sure these statements of yours are based on “observable facts” either. Both seem to be strongly influenced by your feelings and judgment:

      “In fact, if she [Kate] lacked confidence, the first thing she would do is hire a stylist and dress to please everyone but herself and her husband.”

      “By the way, Camilla is definitely a hat person, whether by personal taste or an effort to please her husband by imitating the QM”

      I could just as easily argue that Kate's tendency to wear the same type of shoe over and over again MAY BE a sign she is afraid to stray from some perceived standard in her royal role. And if she IS dressing for professional appearances mainly to please her husband whether he is present or not (something none of us know) I’m not sure I would interpret that as a sign someone is confident in her marriage. Perhaps we should simply acknowledge that rarely are ANYONE’S posts composed of pure facts. And isn't expressing opinions the whole point of a comment section?

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    7. Anon 11:44/6:37 here - for clarity and to confirm I'm not lizzie I'll call myself "Shoe Lover"

      anon1 - the "role" I was referring to was Kate's position as a senior royal woman which is why I referenced other senior royal women who are roughly her contemporaries. Those women form a small and exclusive group of women who regularly represent their respective monarchies and are expected to do so in fashion that most women do not regularly wear - which includes hats, gowns, jewels, crowns/tiaras and yes expensive shoes. Many people pay attention to what these women are wearing and numerous articles and blogs have been written about their fashion and what they wore. So what these women wear is not inconsequential even if they have other roles as charitable patrons and wives/mothers as well.

      Here is a link to an article where Sophie references her own changes in fashion style in relation to her personal evolution in understanding her role as a senior royal: http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/612253/World-Exclusive-Sophie-Countess-of-Wessex-The-Queen-interview

      And here's Jane's own take on Kate's style evolution as she has grown into her royal role - including a reference to Kate's growing confidence when it comes to taking fashion risks: http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2016/05/commoner-to-duchess-of-cambridge-5.html

      My initial comment @ 11:44 was entirely about SHOES and my personal desire that if Jane ever adds a Section VI to that "Kate's fashion evolution" post it will include some pictures of Kate experimenting with bolder shoes just as she has begun to experiment with bolder gowns (the dust ruffle Erdem), hats (the wide brimmed hats that seem to have replaced the perchers she favored as a newlywed) and jewels (the Cambridge tiara is significantly bolder than the Cartier tiara she wore at her wedding).

      The focus of my comment was *not* about Kate's confidence in her role as a senior royal - which I tried to make clear with my 6:37 follow-up comment though it seems I wasn't clear enough - and it certainly wasn't a value judgment about any perceived lack of confidence that she "should" have at this stage in her royal life. My comment was a "wouldn't it be nice" thought just like all the "wouldn't it be nice if Kate wore Diana's jewels" comments that routinely pop up in these comment sections. Why do I think it would be nice? Because I happen to love shoes and it would be swell to see someone wear some extraordinarily beautiful shoes that I would have no reason to incorporate into my own wardrobe.

      Quite frankly anon1 you have taken my light-hearted comment about SHOES and completely twisted it to create a controversy where none existed. Why? I don't know. But I hope that if Kate does ever experiment with bold shoes you won't be so easily offended.

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    8. I do agree that some people are shoe people while others may be hat people, etc. Prior to her marriage, Kate wore classic pumps, espadrilles, ballerina flats, and boots. Basic choices, really.

      As the DoC, I believe that Kate's general approach to fashion has been cautious because of her place in the Firm and the photographer-magnet factor. I have no doubt that Kate's style will continue to evolve, but I don't see her doing anything radical in the near future. First, it's not her style and, second, she knows better. ;-)

      @6:48 regarding Sophie... I'm sorry but I cannot buy into the idea that someone with a PR background and nearly twenty years as senior royal under her belt suddenly had an epiphany about the importance of fashion. IMHO, she played it safe for a reason and, similarly, she has started to have a bit of fun for a reason.

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    9. Well royalfan I refer you to the Erdem dust ruffle dress as exhibit A in Kate does occasionally does do radical things fashion-wise. But I guess your insight into Sophie's mind is the final word. I'm sure her reasons are quite nefarious.

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  23. Was that you, lizzie-637, or answering instead? I meant the feelings and thoughts of Kate And others- the targets of the judgements

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    1. I'm not sure what you are asking Anon 4:47. If you are asking if I have ever posted as anyone but lizzie (like "anonymous") no, I have not. Alwaysbeen lizzie. I was just commenting on the ongoing discussion here. I see anon1's point that sometimes repeated opinions tend to be seen as "pseudo facts." But my point was that we all tend to think of our own posts as factual and those of others as only opinion. And often *all* posts are really mostly opinion and that's ok. I don't really have an opinion about Kate's confidence level, but think choice of shoes or choosing a professional wardrobe to please Will could easily be argued either way (showing OR lacking confidence) And as long as Jane approves a comment, people should be free to express opinions on that or any other topic.


      I do still want to know why Bea's shoes were appropriate only for the month of December.  Laura in Canada, are you out there? :)

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    2. lizzie-I fully expected you to see the weakness in my argument. Your input is most welcome. I was just confused that perhaps the comments were from you. My computer and/or this site were giving me trouble and I couldn't elaborate in my 4;47 comment.
      Lizzie, my main concern is that the original statement did not say IF Kate is lacking in confidence, or even assuming Kate is lacking in confidence. It was reported as an acknowledged fact, not as an opinion. Just as the bullying in school issue is often reported as credible fact. Or that Kate THINKS she is long-waisted, so she creates a false waistline. I have seen this repeated by royal writers as a given fact. Confidence and the lack thereof is a very personal, private construct. It can be guessed at, but unless one personally reports it, it is not something to be judged from the outside. I see no evidence that she is not confident in her role as William's wife at this point. Perhaps in the past in her royal role when she had appearances where she was the center of attention such as in giving speeches or interviews. but certainly not in the past year or so, could such a supposition have been accurately made.
      I usually preface my comments about motives and choices with qualifiers such as perhaps, or maybe. I didn't say Camilla IS trying to etc. I clearly indicated I did not know what she was thinking or feeling. It seems like belaboring a point but I think there are too many rumors going around that have become accepted as fact merely because they were repeated frequently without anyone questioning their authenticity.

      THAT'S all I'm saying.-----anon1-and obviously, anon 4:47

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    3. anon1 I refer you to my comment above about SHOES.

      Shoe Lover

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    4. anon1 at 9:26 above you said "Camilla loves her large and showy jewels." No "I think" or any qualifier, just a statement that you are certain you know her feelings towards her jewels. Did she tell you how she feels? Did Kensington Palace release an official statement confirming Camilla's feelings towards her jewels? Or maybe all of us sometimes make off the cuff remarks. Something about glass houses....

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    5. See my 8:05 comment to lizzie."I fully expected you to see the weakness in my argument." I was illustrating my point about making assumptions and apparently it worked.
      Hope this reply to anon 8:36 passes the censor.anon1

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    6. If you seen photos of Camilla, you would know that she does indeed love her large hats and equally large jewels. The proof is in the photos...no need to sit down and chat over tea or wait for CH to state the obvious. :-)

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    7. Well royalfan anon1 requires footnotes with specific citations for other people's comments so I wondered where hers were.

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  24. Sorry, anon 8:36....lizzie already beat you to the punch in her 5:14 comment, which I addressed in my 8:05 comment---"I fully expected you to see the weakness in my argument." It is nice to know some were paying attention to what I said. And I did expect your type of remark when I wrote it. I was hoping to illustrate my point, which I obviously did.

    It might help if , instead of just reading and targeting certain commenters, for example, you could read an entire thread to understand what was being said. Since your handle is Anonymous only, I assume you also made other replies under Anonymous that illustrated you did not bother to read a whole thread- for example, following Jean's remark about the Spanish State visit- which you apparently did not read before commenting on my reply to her. We don't know for sure what stones you have cast since you refuse to maintain an individual identity, although the strident, accusatory tone is obvious in multiple replies to me and to Jean and others.anon1

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