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Obviously, that practice only applies to the Queen's Christmas celebration at Sandringham. What goes on with other royals' exchanges among their own family is another practice indeed.
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:13 PM
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Obviously, that practice only applies to the Queen's Christmas celebration at Sandringham. What goes on with other royals' exchanges among their own family is another practice indeed.
Except Catherine and William attended the family Christmas at Sandringham and William is part of his own family (obviously). So the no expensive presents just silly ones doesn't exist, not when you apparently by your wife a pair of almost two grand earrings.
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Or perhaps they weren't a Christmas present at all.
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:27 PM
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Anything is possible, of course, and just because the earrings made an appearance on Christmas doesn't mean they were a gift for that occasion. But, on the other hand, William or someone else such as Charles and Camilla could have given these or anything else to Kate, for that matter, within their own private gathering or celebration. I'm sure exchanges of gifts don't just only occur at Sandringham with the Queen, aunts, uncles and cousins - the extended family - and this is the occasion for inexpensive gifts. What they exchange with each other privately is another matter and they decide the value of what they want to give.
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Am I wrong to be expecting a link to the Queen's Christmas address? I suppose I can google it, but I'll probably end up with years past and have to wade through them.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:00 PM
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Try this link for HM's speech:

BBC News - Queen speaks of hope in 2011 Christmas Day message
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:19 PM
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Thank you so much, Baroness. Makes me very emotional to hear her.
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You're more than welcome. The speech is especially poignant when she speaks about family, given the current situation with Philip.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:39 PM
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Yes, it is very heartfelt and poignant. We sat here thinking that she is aware of Time and Mortality, and, also, of her ability to affect people deeply. She's not, of course, a very emotional or dramatic woman, but she is an amazing Queen - a woman who leads and motivates through her own person. Her appeal to the central value of Christianity (forgiveness) cannot be stated enough. It's very clear that it's a comfort to people to have a visit from a royal family member after a disaster, and it's wonderful that they've developed the inner resources to do that kind of work.

Really, Prince Charles having to visit/comfort the Welsh miners must have been quite difficult. Prince Philip does look a bit frail in some of the footage.

It was a marvelous speech.
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:53 PM
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Read more: William for England! (At least he's got the shorts) | Mail Online

Hope it's ok to post here since it did happen on Christmas Eve
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Except Catherine and William attended the family Christmas at Sandringham and William is part of his own family (obviously). So the no expensive presents just silly ones doesn't exist, not when you apparently by your wife a pair of almost two grand earrings.
The earings could have been in her stocking. They get stocking Christmas morning. Besides, a private gift from husband to wife would not be shocking in the least.
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Except Catherine and William attended the family Christmas at Sandringham and William is part of his own family (obviously). So the no expensive presents just silly ones doesn't exist, not when you apparently by your wife a pair of almost two grand earrings.

The 'silly' present is what you give at the public giving on Christmas Eve. There is no rule that a couple can't give each other expensive gifts in private.

It is a bit like a lot of families I know that are quite large where rather than buying 20 or more small gifts for the extended members of the family - which results in 20 fairly useless things - each person is given one person to buy for to a maximum amount - you still spend the same amount but you buy a good quality gift e.g. my family know that I will be moving into my new home shortly before Christmas next year and that I will want to put new kitchen appliances in my new kitchen so my present this year was a picture of a new microwave - to be purchased when I move in. No doubt I will get something similar next year.

Of course each husband/wife children combination gives each other presents separately to the large gathering around the tree after church on Christmas Day.

I am sure that William gave Kate an expensive present for Christmas, just as I am sure she gave an expensive present to William but they would also have both given the Queen etc the 'silly' present on the tables on Christmas Eve.
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These links are not working for me. Drats .

As for the earrings, I agree with those who said that they were a private gift from either William or someone else (and not necessarily a Christmas gift either). I see no issues with it.

Thank to Baroness and ghost_night for the video links. Her Majesty's speech was ver poignant given her own situation with her husband at the moment, and because it touched on something that is important to her. When we're passionate about something, we tend to express ourselves in a more sentimental way that brings the said passion across to others. This woman has very strong values, which include realizing and recognizing the importance of family, especially during the holiday season.
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"Hola" El multitudinario debut navideño de la duquesa de Cambridge ** Google Traduttore

Kate joins royal family at Sandringham for first royal Christmas - hellomagazine.com
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:37 AM
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A video (scroll down to the one titled 'Royal Christmas').

Royal patriarch in the hospital - Video on mnsbc.com

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Kate Spends First Royal Christmas at Sandringham While Duke of Edinburgh Stays in Hospital | British Royals
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:24 PM
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Well, if this is how Christmas went, I'm getting a little worried . However, it did provide a little laugh, which I was in need of.

Surviving Christmas with the Royal family - Telegraph
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On tumblr a lot of people think this video at 3:10 shows that Kate and Princess Eugenie don't get a long. I don't know, I think it's all kind of ridiculous.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:27 AM
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It appears that HM looks back to get the Princesses to help her with the flowers, then William steps aside to help usher them through to the front; Eugenie was followed by Beatrice. Kate was receiving instructions from the man at left (security?) to go across the way to greet other people. She does turn to look as Eugenie passes, but that's hardly a condemnation. People will read into it what they will, I guess!
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On tumblr a lot of people think this video at 3:10 shows that Kate and Princess Eugenie don't get a long. I don't know, I think it's all kind of ridiculous.
The person who makes these videos seems very strange to me... and very much like she's reading into things that aren't there. I don't get it.
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The person who makes these videos seems very strange to me... and very much like she's reading into things that aren't there. I don't get it.
I often think that the people who make videos like this are jealous because of the attention Kate receives. They are often fans of other royal ladies who don't get anything like the sort of attention that Kate does. I think perhaps some Diana fans are disappointed that the British people have taken to Kate in the way that they have, believing that Diana was the only woman who was able to do so. Perhaps I'm wrong.

I look forward to seeing pictures of HM and Prince Philip heading to church on Sunday, all being well.
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