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Old 10-11-2016, 03:46 PM
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"Daily Mail/Mail Online" now has a couple of photos from some-one inside the plane on Catherine's flight back to the UK.
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:51 PM
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"Daily Mail/Mail Online" now has a couple of photos from some-one inside the plane on Catherine's flight back to the UK.
here we go!
Kate visits The Hague and Rotterdam for first solo trip without William | Daily Mail Online
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:09 PM
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I fear that some on this board and other boards are trying to elevate her to a near saintlike status for her support of mental health awareness, dressing nice and smiling for the crowds at her occasional public appearance.
As always, different opinions are always welcomed here and respected and I believe that there are many among us that feel the same way that you do.

We're really just at the cusp now of seeing both William and Kate stepping into the next stage of how they fit into the British Royal Family's "Firm" and its expected that the time is nearing that the Cambridges will take on full time, royal duties. They have been given the blessing of being able to marry and ensure that the marriage in on solid footing and then starting a family and being able to put their children as their primary focus. This hiatus did absolutely nothing to impede the public's interest in them and wherever they go, they are warmly greeted and appreciated.

For William and Kate, once they step into full time royal duties, they know that their lives will be more hectic and more demanding and it will remain that way for the rest of their lives. Its not too far fetched of an idea that as time passes, we're going to see less and less of Anne (something tells me though that she will keep going and going like the Energizer Bunny until she can go no more) and more and more of Kate. Its the natural progression on how things go.

One reason I feel that it probably is a thing in the very near future that Kate would receive recognition in the form of an order from HM is (and this is just my opinion) that from what I've seen, Kate seems to have a natural rapport with the Queen and the entire family for the most part. She is getting comfortable with the roles that lie ahead of her and most importantly, I think she makes a pretty good team with her husband and brother-in-law.

A lot of royal watchers have been waiting for the day to come when William and Kate step up their game and represent Crown and Country on a more daily basis. I don't think we will be disappointed one bit.
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:12 PM
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Love the pictures here of Catherine meeting the children.
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:20 PM
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Wow! Catherine did a fantastic job on her first solo visit. She was greeted with such warmth and good cheer by The King, officials and crowds. Her royal highness has come a long way in her role and it's going to grow even more.

Yes, I think the time is coming for Catherine to receive a formal recognition for her years of service by Her Majesty The Queen.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/...otterdam-visit
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:14 PM
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Very proud of Catherine. She's doing wonderful things in mental health

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...But the main focus of the day is hosting a roundtable discussion with two of Kate’s charities, the Anna Freud Centre, which supports children’s mental health, and Action on Addiction, which concentrates on the harmful effects to families of drug and alcohol abuse.

They will join with representatives from the Trimbos Institute, which conducts research into the same issues.

“She has initiated a brilliant idea of bringing institutions together that have similar interests,” says Peter Fonagy, the chief executive of the Anna Freud Centre, who joined Kate in Holland. “She’s aiming to help us learn from each other and bring back what there is from each side.”

The bridge-building could signal a widening of her initiative, he says: “Because of her charisma, because of her interest, she is able to bring together people who would not normally be talking to one another and that brings enormous value.”
Read more: Princess Kate Makes First Solo Trip as a Royal
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:47 PM
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Thank you for posting the link Duke of Marmalade.

I guess little George and Charlotte would have been tucked up in bed asleep by the time Catherine got home.

The "Daily Mail/Mail Online" is reporting she took the last flight of the day, from Rotterdam to the London City airport, departing the Netherlands at 7.15pm.

Last on and first off the plane - whisked away in the car on the tarmac before the other passengers could disembark.

And although some-one's photos got made public, it sounds as though plenty of people onboard couldn't resist taking their own memorable snaps of the day they flew with Royalty.
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Old 10-12-2016, 12:11 AM
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Duchess with a pearl earring: Kate*borrows Queen's jewellery to view famous painting on first solo foreign*trip

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Catherine greeting the crowds-
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Old 10-12-2016, 04:21 AM
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Nice tweet from Kensington Palace:

https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/...rc=twsrc%5Etfw

It reads in Dutch:

Bedankt voor jullie gastvrijheid Nederland! Het was gezellig!

Translated in English:

Thanks for your hospitality, Netherlands! It was gezellig! (hard to translate: a mix of cosiness with enjoyablility and pleasantness).
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:10 AM
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Interesting the Foreign Office stresses Catherine's visit says so much about the friendship between the UK and the NL. I guess there was something to the 'soft diplomacy' stories after all.

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Privilege to have The Duchess here. Her visit said so much about modern friendship between UK and NL (&thanks to Aad Hoogendoorn for photo!)

https://twitter.com/nickheathfco/sta...85803025891333
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:42 AM
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Lets face it. When we really think about it, relationships between nations are very similar to relationships we have as individuals. We can be best friends with another person even if they have different viewpoints on politics than we do.

Its not rocket science.
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:18 AM
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The Duchess of Cambridge has written the foreword for this @GCHQ puzzle book supporting @heads_together
https://www.gchq.gov.uk/news-article...er-puzzle-book

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Aspiring code-breakers are being challenged by the UK's national intelligence and security agency in a new puzzle book backed by the Duchess of Cambridge.

GCHQ is releasing its first puzzle collection, which includes a foreword written by Kate, whose grandmother was a Bletchley Park code-breaker during the Second World War.

In the book's foreword, the Duchess writes that she is "immensely" proud of her grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, and her twin sister, Mary, who were part of the Allied effort to break enemy codes.

She said: "They rarely talked about their wartime service, but we now know just how important the men and women of Bletchley Park were, as they tackled some of the hardest problems facing the country.

"In a new century, their successors at GCHQ continue this intellectual tradition. Like their Bletchley predecessors, they have become well known for valuing neurodiversity and understanding the importance of mental well-being."

All GCHQ proceeds from the book will be donated to Heads Together, the campaign spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, to tackle stigma, raise awareness and provide vital help for people with mental health challenges.
Read more: GCHQ releases first ever puzzle collection for aspiring code-breakers | London Evening Standard
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Old 11-04-2016, 09:37 AM
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LIVE Blog: The Duchess of Cambridge is making a visit to Gloucester women's centre @TheNelsonTrust

LIVE: Duchess of Cambridge on surprise visit to Gloucester women's centre | Gloucestershire Live
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Old 11-04-2016, 09:56 AM
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Kate Middleton wears a blue Mulberry coat as she visits Women's Centre in Gloucestershire | Daily Mail Online
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:45 PM
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Lovely pictures of The Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Gloucester

https://www.paimages.co.uk/headline/897216
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Old 11-04-2016, 03:47 PM
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I love that she did this engagement- more of these unannounced visits that focus on vulnerable people and helping meet their needs would go a long way towards defining Catherine's royal role and her goals


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Buried w/in this article is reference to her private visit to a nearby women's prison where she spoke to staff and to prisoners. Good for her, it's never easy to walk into a prison as a visitor, IME, and it's clear that Catherine seeks to understand the problem so as to more effectively focus on solutions rather than just cutting ribbons and unveiling plaques.
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Old 11-04-2016, 07:43 PM
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As part of her ongoing work to highlight the effects of addiction and mental health difficulties, the royal mom visited the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre in Gloucester, around 100 miles west of London.

She was also introduced to women who have accessed support at the Women’s Centre, and listened to their own personal experiences.

“We know that she has a special interest in this area and she understands the needs of those using our services,” chief executive of the trust, John Trolan, tells PEOPLE

“We see her as an inspirational individual who can motivate our staff as they continue to work in this very difficult operating environment.”

Trolan says they see their role as “preventing women going into prison and if they have been there, prevent them going again. We seek to support them so they can turn their lives around.

“Everybody agrees that these women should not be in prison — they are low level offenders.”

He adds of Kate, “Her insights are impressive and her interest is sincere and it’s very obvious from the other work of she does and the interest she shows on the area.
Read more: Kate Middleton Visits Women's Prison
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Old 11-04-2016, 10:17 PM
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I knew showbiz can be catty.

And I heard the quote that the Duchess of Cambridge asked if Bob the cat was purring, or was he growling, when she gave him a pat at his movie premiere.

But, has poor Bob had his reputation besmirched?

The "Mirror" has posted a photo of Catherine's events today where she has a big bandaid across her hand.

"No comment" was the official response when the cause of the injury was asked after.

Bob, unless they say you did it - I'll believe in your innocence!

(Growling reports or not.)
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Old 11-04-2016, 11:00 PM
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I knew showbiz can be catty.

And I heard the quote that the Duchess of Cambridge asked if Bob the cat was purring, or was he growling, when she gave him a pat at his movie premiere.

But, has poor Bob had his reputation besmirched?

The "Mirror" has posted a photo of Catherine's events today where she has a big bandaid across her hand.

"No comment" was the official response when the cause of the injury was asked after.

Bob, unless they say you did it - I'll believe in your innocence!


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