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Old 02-12-2014, 09:51 AM
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Let us all stop, pause, and think for a moment... While we have many royal families all over the world, no matter what happens, the British one gets the most press attention.

Now imagine you are from your backgrounds, you accept the proposal to marry into this family. Thanks to modern day technology, the internet, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, camera phones, etc... no matter what you do, say, dress, everything is critiqued and criticised upon, from your waist, to your eyes, your eyebrows, your waistline, your hair and color of it, your clothes, shoes, jewels, etc...everything... the lines on your face, to the bags under your eyes.... can you imagine living your life like that? Sprung onto the international scene, comparisons to your dead mother-in-law no matter what you do, comments about Camilla, your baby, your husband's receding hairline, your personality...... how any sane person can handle all that.

I give her a TON of credit. In 3 short years she seems not to have cracked. She seems warm and open and has taken to the role. William is certainly VERY protective of her...but then he saw what happened to his parents' marriage, to his poor mother.

I do NOT blame her for being a little guarded. Members of the press and aristocracy rip on her parents, her sister, her brother. They rip on her. Good for her for taking the reigns and for helping to shape the future of this dynasty along with her husband and brother-in-law. I do not know any of them, but you can tell the Queen is relaxed and happy because she knows the future is VERY secure with William and Catherine.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:56 AM
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:07 AM
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I love this dress and the necklace is gorgeous and significant loan. I wish she would have won her hair up for maximum effect of the necklace.

However, I do understand why she has kept the hair. It took me years to change my hairstyle. I would experiment in front of the mirror but would go back to the usual before I went out. The more you feel people are judging how you look, the more likely you will remain in your comfort zone. Her hair is her safety blanket and she is likely to keep it like this. Frustrating because we want to see her experiment, yes. But it's no reason to insult her
Day: Hair down
(Black Tie) Evening: Hair up
What is the problem?

She already had her hair up several times, and - as much as I remember - everybody (incl. the press) was super-happy about her hairstyle.
Being a Royal does not allow you staying in the Comfort Zone. For this she even does not yet have her own mirror, but even the most popular stylists in the whole UK.

And yes, for me this was a shame, getting the approval to wear such an important piece and hiding it behind a curtain of hair .

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Old 02-12-2014, 10:32 AM
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:46 AM
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To all those who complained about Catherine's awkward posture or facial expression on the red carpet (or gold, as it was in this case) should have a look at this video. The time from leaving the car to entering the building was a few seconds. Just shows how pictures can often be misleading.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:49 AM
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HRH Princess Beatrice of York also attended the gala last night but I didn't hear of her attendance or see any pictures of her arrival-
Princess Beatrice wears a black wrap dress to the National Portrait Gallery charity event attended by the Duchess of Cambridge | Mail Online

Duchess of Cambridge visits National Portrait Gallery, home of little-known Middleton family paintings-

"As patron of the National Portrait Gallery, it is to be expected that the Duchess of Cambridge’s own image is hung on its walls.

But few will know the gallery also holds nearly 20 portraits of two of her distant relatives, Dr James and Harriet Martineau.


The notable figures, going back six generations of her father’s side of the family, have portraits stored in the vast collection of the NPG."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...paintings.html
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:06 AM
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To all those who complained about Catherine's awkward posture or facial expression on the red carpet (or gold, as it was in this case) should have a look at this video. The time from leaving the car to entering the building was a few seconds. Just shows how pictures can often be misleading.
Very true. How many times have the videos shown what actually happens at an event when pictures only lead to speculation?

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Let us all stop, pause, and think for a moment... While we have many royal families all over the world, no matter what happens, the British one gets the most press attention...
Excellent post that sums up the last three years of their marriage. Even her husband is guarded in his own way after dealing with the media coverage his entire life.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:15 AM
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Let us all stop, pause, and think for a moment... While we have many royal families all over the world, no matter what happens, the British one gets the most press attention.
Excellent post!!! Very few could withstand all the negative things said about her.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:22 AM
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I agree that we shouldnt nit pick everything but I just saw a picture of the event on wonderwall. I see what luvbertie was talking about when the bright light you can see thru the dress . I just think she needs a stylist not just for fashion but too watch for things like this. A black slip would have solved all of this.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:39 PM
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About the Duchess' hair which seems to be the most important of topics, my view is that it may well be her husband's choice! This doesn't mean that she's merely 'the wife', with no opinion of herself or her appearance. I well recall my own experience when first married and my husband's plea for me to retain my long hair, which became a nuisance to me which I longed to cut and have shaped. Eventually, I just did it, when I became pregnant for the first time and it became too much of an effort to care for properly. The Duchess doesn't have this problem, of course, but she does have a husband who has, years ago, commented off hand on Catherine's 'beautiful hair'.

Generally speaking, I think it unhelpful to carp and criticise any person's appearance from candid photographs which can capture an unflattering look or a partial, half-formed reaction of a split second. All of those in the public's gaze are victims of this, from time to time, and the Duchess, with her high public profile, is far from being immune.

To date, there has been precious little to complain about in her behaviour and attitudes to her duties and obligations, hence, any perceived flaw in her appearance becomes a focus for her critics. It's all so much puerile nonsense! She has good taste in clothes, she has access to stylists and dressers, she is a wonderful advertisement for both British couture and the more accessible and affordable High Street fashions which the majority wear and she carries her clothes very well. As for 'slouching' - we all do it, unconsciously, depending on the situation we find ourselves in, not to mention that very high heels project one's body forward! The Duchess is actually tall and elegant in appearance and as straight as a ramrod, as any healthy and fit young woman should be.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:48 PM
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I agree that we shouldnt nit pick everything but I just saw a picture of the event on wonderwall. I see what luvbertie was talking about when the bright light you can see thru the dress . I just think she needs a stylist not just for fashion but too watch for things like this. A black slip would have solved all of this.
it has a black slip
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:57 PM
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I agree with Polly, I have wondered for some time if Katherine's choice to keep her hair "as is" is due to the fact that her husband loves it that way. Many men prefer longer hair and I'm guessing that this may well be the reason she keeps it long. I do agree that with her gorgeous hair she could be wearing very beautiful and elegant up do's for more formal occasions. I suspect that this will happen in time.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:23 PM
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Let us all stop, pause, and think for a moment... While we have many royal families all over the world, no matter what happens, the British one gets the most press attention...
I understand what you are saying; I've been taken aback by some of the posts on this subject. But one of the reasons I enjoy reading about the royal family is because I like to see their clothes and their look. I'll bet Catherine watches stars on the red carpet for the same reason.

If it is okay for me to say she looks fantastic, than it should also be okay for me to say that I don't love how she looks. I agree that comments about her weight or the look on her face at the second the photographer took a picture are unfair. My daughter often criticizes my appearance. She doesn't use the negative tone of some of the posters, but I think disagreeing with some of her choices fine.

The lack of a private life is more damaging, in my opinion. I don't care what she looks like when she is out shopping and I refuse to click on candid shots of her in public or buy tabloids that publish them. Catherine has not publicized her private life and she deserves to be able to walk the streets without being harassed.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:34 PM
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No comments on the speech, or how she interacts with the other guests which are important elements to this engagement. She appears to do these aspects of her role very well. As this isn't the fashion thread, should we perhaps be a little more balanced in our comments about this current event?
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:42 PM
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I'll comment on her speech. It was very amateurish. Very basic and brief, and poorly delivered such that it appeared she was not familiar with it. She should have read it out so many times that she could recite it without referring to her notes more than a few times. Yet she paused in the wrong places and had to refer to her notes far too often. And the blunder at the end was sad, not cute. Whatever she has been doing for the last three years since the wedding, she hasn't been having public speaking lessons.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:49 PM
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Public speaking isn't easy and doing it with media's spotlight on you adds pressure. I think with more public speeches on a regular bases, she will get better and better with time. Her late mother-in-law also needed a voice coach after several years of not so good speeches. It took years of practice for other members of the royal family to master the art of public speaking.

I thought her short speech went pretty well. Although she stumbled on her words in the end but handled it with grace and a smile. It was good to see her kicking off her official engagements for 2014.

I'd like to hear about some joint engagements coming up.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:52 PM
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Public speaking isn't easy...
I agree with your comments regarding her speech. She has improved since her first ones. As you pointed out, not everyone finds this to be easy. I've noticed that Prince Edward is good at giving them, but likely his theater background in college and as a career has helped him.

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No comments on the speech, or how she interacts with the other guests which are important elements to this engagement. She appears to do these aspects of her role very well. As this isn't the fashion thread, should we perhaps be a little more balanced in our comments about this current event?
Dman posted a link to a video from last night's engagement in post #97.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:01 PM
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Agree. I thought her speech was fine. This is only her 5th or 6th one (someone correct me if I'm wrong), so I don't blame her for still being a bit of nervous. I know when I have to speak in public, I'm always frazzled no matter how often I practice.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:45 PM
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Being a Royal does not allow you staying in the Comfort Zone.

This only works if you are trying to please the majority of people, but that is nearly impossible.

Secondly, the hair "rules" you posted are pretty outdated. There are lots of people that wear hair up for day and down for night depending on the event and their mood.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:07 PM
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All this talk about Kate's long hair brought back memories of myself and my husband at that age. I HATED long hair, he loved it. I wore it long. Golly gee.
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