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The Duchess of Cambridge Current Events 1: April 29, 2011-January 2012
 
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Arms of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Welcome to the Duchess of Cambridge
current events thread #1

29 April 2011 - 31 January 2012

Catherine Middleton current events, covering the period November 2010 to 29 April 2011 can be found here.

Topics related to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can be found in the royal wedding subforum.

Princess Agnes 05-04-2011 10:25 AM

I'm not quite sure if this should go in here or in the royal wedding part of the forum so please move it if needed.

Diário de Notícias
Kate Middleton já tem boneca vestida de noiva - Especiais - DN

And now for the hurried translation:

Kate Middleton already has a bridal doll

The replica of the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day costs 100 € and can be ordered online. It's handpainted and made out of porcelain.

The creative team at Ashton-Drake Galleries, a company that makes collection dolls in the US, created an almost exact replica of the bride Kate Middleton on her wedding day.
Only five hours after the world caught its first glimpse of prince William's bride leaving her car towards Westminster Abbey with her dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the doll, the tiara and dress were ready.
the bride's replica, created by chief seamstress Ashton Drake and by designer Yermen Romero will start production briefly. Each porcelain doll will be handmade and carry a certificate of authenticity. The dolls can be ordered at the company's website at Collectible Dolls from The Ashton-Drake Galleries Online

windsorgirl 05-05-2011 02:05 PM

myroyal's: DUCHESS CATHER

Funnily enough, I was thinking that she might need to do some grocery shopping about now. :smile:

LadyFinn 05-05-2011 02:09 PM

Housewife Catherine pushed a trolley out of a Waitrose supermarket at Menai Bridge near Anglesey today.
Kate heads down the aisle again | The Sun |News

Sonjapearl 05-05-2011 02:16 PM

She looks good with straight hair.

It cool those two are keeping it real.

Lady Ann 05-05-2011 02:38 PM

This has a lot of pictures...

Kate Middleton heads down the aisle again as she goes supermarket shopping - mirror.co.uk

Sonjapearl 05-05-2011 02:39 PM

They're still calling her Kate Middleton???

I thought the paparazzi didn't bother them on Anglesey. Guess not.

texankitcat 05-05-2011 02:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LadyFinn (Post 1248795)
Housewife Catherine pushed a trolley out of a Waitrose supermarket at Menai Bridge near Anglesey today.
Kate heads down the aisle again | The Sun |News

I love it! How many Princesses/Duchesses have we seen do this?

Marika86 05-05-2011 03:10 PM

She might be a royal, but she's still got the common touch: Katie Middleton goes shopping... and even pushes her her own trolley | Mail Online

Catherine looks lovely, I like her with straight hair

HRHduchesskate 05-05-2011 03:22 PM

I think it's wonderful to see, Despite being Duchess of Cambridge she is still so down to earth and obviously enjoying life as a housewife. She looked great.

Duke of Marmalade 05-05-2011 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sonjapearl (Post 1248813)
They're still calling her Kate Middleton???

I thought the paparazzi didn't bother them on Anglesey. Guess not.

Maybe they were told that the royal housewife will show up at the local supermarket to prove her stay-at-home-without-servants ambition.
Kate looks rough, the housework must clearly be taking its toll.

With how many bodyguards did she show up there protecting herself and the world famous huge engagement ring?

Thena 05-05-2011 03:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sonjapearl (Post 1248813)
They're still calling her Kate Middleton???

I thought the paparazzi didn't bother them on Anglesey. Guess not.

Looks like at least one paparazzo didn't get the message. And look at how many news outlets picked up the pictures. He's certainly made his money's worth.

Also, I can't help laughing at the fact that the Daily Mail felt the need to blur out the face of Kate's protection officer in one of the photos!

Lady Ann 05-05-2011 03:38 PM

Kate Middleton's waist slimmed down on Grazia royal wedding cover? | Mail Online

Zonk 05-05-2011 03:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Thena (Post 1248842)
Looks like at least one paparazzo didn't get the message. And look at how many news outlets picked up the pictures. He's certainly made his money's worth.

Also, I can't help laughing at the fact that the Daily Mail felt the need to blur out the face of Kate's protection officer in one of the photos!

Nowadays it doesn't have to be someone who is officially a paparzzo. Anyone can take a photo send it to a photo agency and make a quick 40K. For all we know this could have been someone shopping though it does look like a regular pap shot.

In the Washington Post magazine they did an article about this guy who became a paparazzo, he took one particular picture (can't remember who) and it basically made him like 50K plus.

BritishRoyals 05-05-2011 03:51 PM

It's wonderful to see the new princess continuing on her everyday life, but for their sake, I hope these photographers leave them alone. God knows Anglesey attracted them because it was in the middle of nowhere and out of prying eyes. Hopefully it's temporary...

Sonjapearl 05-05-2011 03:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zonk (Post 1248858)
Nowadays it doesn't have to be someone who is officially a paparzzo. Anyone can take a photo send it to a photo agency and make a quick 40K. For all we know this could have been someone shopping though it does look like a regular pap shot.

In the Washington Post magazine they did an article about this guy who became a paparazzo, he took one particular picture (can't remember who) and it basically made him like 50K plus.

That's painfully true. I believe Princess Letizia mentioned that people take pictures of her daughters with their cell phones when she takes them out.

And with many people struggling in this economy, any way to make a quick buck will do.

CrownPrincess5 05-05-2011 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade

Maybe they were told that the royal housewife will show up at the local supermarket to prove her stay-at-home-without-servants ambition.
Kate looks rough, the housework must clearly be taking its toll.

I thought maybe you were exaggerating but she really does look rough. If I didn't know any better I'd say she's hitting 40! Nothing about her life is hard so I don't understand why her face is so harsh, rough and old looking.

Anyways It's nice seeing her out and about:)
I like her hair and the poncho.

Lady Ann 05-05-2011 03:57 PM

:previous:
I think it is the wieght loss, as soon as she puts a couple lbs back on she will look fuller and youthful again...in my opinion.. I dont' think she looks at all as bad as you put it though..:whistling::eek::ermm:

Dukedom 05-05-2011 04:10 PM

It was a very grey and rainy here in North Wales today. Nobody looks that great in that kind of light, plus she has minimal make up on. I'm sure when she starts to put some weight on she'll look better.

While I agree she should be left alone by the paps - if it was them and not some opportunist shopper, it's also very cool to see a Duchess doing her own supermarket shopping. :)

KittyAtlanta 05-05-2011 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marika86 (Post 1248830)

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Again, the newspaper got it wrong. Although the Princess Elizabeth and Philip spent time together on Malta, they make it sound like it was a solid 2 years, which it was not.

No one can get anything right these days. (yes, I'm crabby right now!!!) LOL

Skippy 05-05-2011 04:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CrownPrincess5 (Post 1248866)
I thought maybe you were exaggerating but she really does look rough. If I didn't know any better I'd say she's hitting 40! Nothing about her life is hard so I don't understand why her face is so harsh, rough and old looking.

Anyways It's nice seeing her out and about:)
I like her hair and the poncho.

I think that is a bold statement to make, have you had an insight in her agenda for the last couple of months? I think it's easy judging when on the sideline.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lady Ann (Post 1248867)
:previous:
I think it is the wieght loss, as soon as she puts a couple lbs back on she will look fuller and youthful again...in my opinion.. I dont' think she looks at all as bad as you put it though..:whistling::eek::ermm:

I agree.

ZaJa 05-05-2011 07:19 PM

Nothing about her life is hard? She's judged by millions of people daily whenever she walks out of the house. If she doesn't look the part, the way we imagine her, she's criticized for it. In the grand scheme of things compared to a homeless person or an underemployed person she might seem to have no care in the world but everyone has something to worry about and pressures they're put under.

CrownPrincess5 05-05-2011 07:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lady Ann
:previous:
I think it is the wieght loss, as soon as she puts a couple lbs back on she will look fuller and youthful again...in my opinion.. I dont' think she looks at all as bad as you put it though..:whistling::eek::ermm:

Or it could be stress and genetics. If she is stressing I hope she'll stop. I'm just saying she's to pretty to be looking like that.

Okay I'm going to explain myself: When I say nothing about her life is hard I mean she doesn't have to worry about bills. She doesn't have to clean her house. She doesn't have to worry about paying rent. She doesn't have to worry about where her next meal is coming from. No worries about putting clothes on her back. No worries about taking care of her kids. She doesn't have to worry about having no hot water...or even running water for that matter. She doesn't have to worry about gas prices. She doesn't have to work her butt off or sell drugs just to make a dollar. The list can go on and on. You get the picture.

So yes her life is not hard. It's frustrating being scrutinized and in front of the cameras but not hard. What I described above is hard.

Lenora 05-05-2011 07:27 PM

I 've found Kate's looks "harsh"(from shopping pics on Daily Mail).It seems she's getting back on Earth after all the stress around the wedding ,but at the same time I have a feeling she's not too happy by the supposed separation from William during his duty on Falklands.
But I'm very sure she'll enjoy their tour in summer to Canada and US.By the way,does anyone know if they pass by in Quebec(Montreal)?
Anyway,Kate is very natural and this is admirable feature

PrincePatrick 05-05-2011 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CrownPrincess5 (Post 1248966)
Or it could be stress and genetics. If she is stressing I hope she'll stop. I'm just saying she's to pretty to be looking like that.

There's like ONE bad shot where there are shaddows on her face (under her eyes, etc...) She looks great in the rest. Anyone who thinks she looks terrible or old, have one of your friends surprise photograph you on your way into the grocery store and we'll see how good you look!:argh:

Lady Ann 05-05-2011 08:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CrownPrincess5 (Post 1248966)
Or it could be stress and genetics. If she is stressing I hope she'll stop. I'm just saying she's to pretty to be looking like that.

Okay I'm going to explain myself: When I say nothing about her life is hard I mean she doesn't have to worry about bills. She doesn't have to clean her house. She doesn't have to worry about paying rent. She doesn't have to worry about where her next meal is coming from. No worries about putting clothes on her back. No worries about taking care of her kids. She doesn't have to worry about having no hot water...or even running water for that matter. She doesn't have to worry about gas prices. She doesn't have to work her butt off or sell drugs just to make a dollar. The list can go on and on. You get the picture.

So yes her life is not hard. It's frustrating being scrutinized and in front of the cameras but not hard. What I described above is hard.

I agree, it is stress and the weight loss..although she was always thin she had a round young healthy face. When she lost them two dress sizes(as reported) she lost alot of weight from her face.. she might not have all the worries that we do but, she was shopping for her own food and I think she is cooking and cleaning(as reported not that I can't be 100%) but, what is hard for you or me is diffrent story to her now. Can you even think of the stress that has come along with being William's girlfriend and now wife,,the weight of what must be expected of her, The wedding was the first act of a life long play..
but I agree with you about not having to suffer for things the way some do..but i dont think it is genetics look at her mother...and the father is nice looking for and older man.

just saying:flowers: apples and oranges, happy posting!!!

CrownPrincess5 05-05-2011 08:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrincePatrick

There's like ONE bad shot where there are shaddows on her face (under her eyes, etc...) She looks great in the rest. Anyone who thinks she looks terrible or old, have one of your friends surprise photograph you on your way into the grocery store and we'll see how good you look!:argh:

Lol that was funny:lol:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lady Ann

I agree, it is stress and the weight loss..although she was always thin she had a round young healthy face. When she lost them two dress sizes(as reported) she lost alot of weight from her face.. she might not have all the worries that we do but, she was shopping for her own food and I think she is cooking and cleaning(as reported not that I can't be 100%) but, what is hard for you or me is diffrent story to her now. Can you even think of the stress that has come along with being William's girlfriend and now wife,,the weight of what must be expected of her in the times to come. The shadow of a mother-in-law she will never know but the world will never forget. just saying:flowers: apples and oranges happy posting

but I agree with you about not having to suffer for things the way some do..but i dont think it is genetics look at her mother...and the father is nice looking for and older man.

I totally understand what you're saying. I was just trying emphasize the hard life that some go through and the life she doesn't have to worry about. But I do agree, I'm thankful I'm not in her position. That can be emotionally terrifying :)

charlottestreasures 05-05-2011 08:52 PM

I wish people would leave her alone and not pick everything little thing
apart.
Hope this is an exception to the press finding her.

This is just a natural pretty girl.

Iluvbertie 05-05-2011 09:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by charlottestreasures (Post 1249001)
I wish people would leave her alone and not pick everything little thing
apart.
Hope this is an exception to the press finding her.

This is just a natural pretty girl.


Unfortunately I don't think this is going to happen because people will buy the rags and other publications that have stories about her and so the gutter press will write them. As the industry is sooooooo competitive the better publications will also have to print them or lose market share so we will be subjected to many stories.

In addition it isn't just the paparzzi any more. A lot of people with mobile phones take pictures and can send them through to the press or simply upload them onto the internet.

Unless they remain totally holed up inside their home pictures will appear on the internet regularly - even if not actually in the press.

Princess of Durham 05-05-2011 11:38 PM

I should look so "harsh". :)

Actually, she is probably still tired from all the tumult of the past few months and just now beginning to be able to relax. Whatever .... she is a beautiful girl, no matter how people try to spin it. There will always be pictures taken that are less than flattering.

dazzling 05-06-2011 02:42 AM

Im not sure why people can be harsh on Kate or surprised that she is out grocery shopping. I don't get what the big deal is, William & Kate didn't seem like they were getting tons of staff to do it for them. Kate has expressed that she wanted to be a housewife & if she enjoys doing that with the house shopping, then good for her.

She looked like any other person going to the store, dressed casually & no make up.

biboquinhas 05-06-2011 04:47 AM

I think she looks lovely and she still have that normal look and I really really hope that she never loses this espontaneity:flowers:

Kataryn 05-06-2011 04:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 1248839)
Maybe they were told that the royal housewife will show up at the local supermarket to prove her stay-at-home-without-servants ambition.
Kate looks rough, the housework must clearly be taking its toll.

With how many bodyguards did she show up there protecting herself and the world famous huge engagement ring?

Depends on who you want to believe - between one to five protection officers...

I don't think she looks rough at all, just a bit pensive in some pics. Well, she is not a young bride anymore but how she looks is surely only William's affair - he must enjoy looking at her. We all others are just onlookers...
Especially as there is no guarantee that these pics are in fact fresh. They could have been taken weeks before the wedding and would not look any different. Maybe one of the paparazzi already had the pics and got tired of waiting for her to show up somewhere.

But if it is really from yesterday then for her it's surely a public appearance and I bet she is hoping that the newsworthiness of her going shopping will wane and wane fast.

I like the pic where she is talking to the people. She's really nice.

madrid 05-06-2011 05:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 1248839)
Maybe they were told that the royal housewife will show up at the local supermarket to prove her stay-at-home-without-servants ambition.
Kate looks rough, the housework must clearly be taking its toll.

With how many bodyguards did she show up there protecting herself and the world famous huge engagement ring?


I wonder where five protection officers live?

dazzling 05-06-2011 05:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 1248839)
Maybe they were told that the royal housewife will show up at the local supermarket to prove her stay-at-home-without-servants ambition.
Kate looks rough, the housework must clearly be taking its toll.

With how many bodyguards did she show up there protecting herself and the world famous huge engagement ring?

Wasn't she living with William for a few months? I would've expect when she was that she + help of William were doing things around the house :smile:
As for the bodyguards, I would think she had one with her at the time, She doesn't have a choice to leave or not with or without one now.

Iluvbertie 05-06-2011 05:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by madrid (Post 1249133)
I wonder where five protection officers live?


There was a report some time ago that they live in the garage and that Kate had given them a kettle or something like that.

I am sure that they have acceptable accommodation and more than a kettle but this report was before the engagement announcement when the media were all 'waity Katey'

HRHduchesskate 05-06-2011 06:01 AM

I think Kate looked great while spotted out grocery shopping. Throughout the coverage of the wedding I heard several reporters comment on how youthful she looks, I would say she looks her age but no more, We have no idea what stress she may be under as everyone will recall about Diana no one knew the toll royal life was taking on her personally.

texankitcat 05-06-2011 06:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iluvbertie (Post 1249140)
There was a report some time ago that they live in the garage and that Kate had given them a kettle or something like that.

I am sure that they have acceptable accommodation and more than a kettle but this report was before the engagement announcement when the media were all 'waity Katey'

I am curious where the protection officers sleep as well. From what I read of earlier reports, Kate had set up a small refridgerator, a hot plate and space heater in the garage for them so they could have their tea and stay warm. If there are indeed five, I would think the P.O.'s work in shifts, with those off duty or on standby staying at regular accomodations. I would think a mobile home on the property would be the best way to accomodate them. I have to wonder if the number of P.O.'s is accurate though. Five for one person seems excessive unless travelling on official duties.

Christo's Girl 05-06-2011 06:39 AM

Has she not pushed a shopping cart before?

Skippy 05-06-2011 06:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Christo's Girl (Post 1249151)
Has she not pushed a shopping cart before?

It's new to us that we actually see a royal doing that :lol:

I don't mind; although she is in a very different position, she is still a human being - just like us. She can't live off the air either.

Thain 05-06-2011 07:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iluvbertie (Post 1249140)
There was a report some time ago that they live in the garage and that Kate had given them a kettle or something like that.

Quote:

Originally Posted by texankitcat (Post 1249146)
From what I read of earlier reports, Kate had set up a small refridgerator, a hot plate and space heater in the garage for them so they could have their tea and stay warm.

That was a temporary set-up at her parents' house during the engagement.

texankitcat 05-06-2011 08:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Thain (Post 1249180)
That was a temporary set-up at her parents' house during the engagement.

Oh, okay. I thought it was at Anglesey. Thanks for the correction!

Kataryn 05-06-2011 08:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iluvbertie (Post 1249140)
There was a report some time ago that they live in the garage and that Kate had given them a kettle or something like that.

I am sure that they have acceptable accommodation and more than a kettle but this report was before the engagement announcement when the media were all 'waity Katey'

The article was about those who had to protect the Middleton-house in Bucklebury which was not equipped with a place for security staff. As it was only a short-term job (till the wedding), they made do with the garage and the Middletons made it as comfortable as possible for them.

OTOH when William rented the farmhouse back at the end of 2009 or so, surely the house was assessed by the Royal Protection Squad and when agreed to it, they either transformed an existing structure (like a shed) or build a new security cubicle for the Officers on duty. I recall that there was talk about the building of such a structure for the Protection Officers at Camilla's private home, so this seems to be the standard procedure. As for the amount of officers, they surely need 5 or even more of them in order to protect both and the house round the clock.

i read that North Wales police has stocked up their staff on Anglesey by 15 policemen who patrol the area and are called in to help when William or Catherine go out. So I guess that most of the "5" protection officers at this Waitrose store were driving over from Bangor police station for the time Catherine shopped there and returned to their duties once she was safely away - the UK has intensified security, so probably that's why as many officers were there (if they in fact were).

I can imagine that Catherine's protection officer calls the police, asks them how the situation is at the moment at the place Catherine wants to go, the police checks, gives their okay to the Royal Protection Officer and stays in the vincinity till Catherine has come and gone.

MichelleVA 05-06-2011 09:10 AM

I have to say I think that she has bags under her eyes BUT I believe that it will all go away with some rest. The run up to the wedding was probably so stressful who could sleep with all that pressure?

As a child I imagined a Princess in a fairy castle far away from us common folk. My children saw this picture of a Duchess and said wow she is just like you mommy but she doesn't have your coupon book! LOL I no longer imagine the castle but a small house with a man and woman in love who will one day be King and Queen of England and hopefully look back on this time as some of the best times they spent together. Couldn't you just imagine them getting home and just plopping on the couch and saying ahhh it is over we are home.

Duchess 05-06-2011 10:02 AM

i love the article about catherine doing the weekly shopping. i mean really, did you think you would EVER see a future queen doing something as mundane as grocery shopping. i love how real and normal they are.

Al_bina 05-06-2011 10:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 1248839)
Maybe they were told that the royal housewife will show up at the local supermarket to prove her stay-at-home-without-servants ambition.
Kate looks rough, the housework must clearly be taking its toll.

With how many bodyguards did she show up there protecting herself and the world famous huge engagement ring?

I agree with you. The shopping trip can be construed as a theatre to show that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, lives like an ordinary person.

Duchess 05-06-2011 10:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 1249239)
I agree with you. The shopping trip can be construed as a PR stunt to show that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, lives like an ordinary person.

well doesn't she? she's shopping. she's a housewife. isn't that normal. at least as normal as it's ever going to be for her from now on.

Al_bina 05-06-2011 10:47 AM

Interpretation of and opinions on such domestic situations will be different. You see a shopping trip as a normal activity of a usual housewife Catherine, who happened to marry Princes William. Others will view it as a cheap PR event to show a down-to-earth sort of woman with no pretensions. The Royal family is a part of the establishment that milks the wedding frenzy as much as they can. Yes, it is impossible to determine whether or not it was staged. People judge The Duchess' of Cambridge action based on their perception.

Susanna Wynne 05-06-2011 10:56 AM

Well, she was often seen at the Waitrose before the wedding, so why not now? Did just putting another ring on her finger change the mode of living of their everyday life in Anglesey? I understand it was W. & C's intention to live as normally as possibly while in Anglesey, since the pressures of formal life will certainly come to bear on them when his tour of duty ends and they move to London to take a more active royal life.

Maria527 05-06-2011 10:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 1248839)
Maybe they were told that the royal housewife will show up at the local supermarket to prove her stay-at-home-without-servants ambition.

The only photos taken were of her returning the empty cart after unloading it into her car (that's what the article says). This leads me to believe that someone called and told the media that she was there and by the time the media arrived, they caught the tail end of her trip.

Had they know ahead of time, they would have had more photos of her shopping.

muriel 05-06-2011 12:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 1249251)
Interpretation of and opinions on such domestic situations will be different. You see a shopping trip as a normal activity of a usual housewife Catherine, who happened to marry Princes William. Others will view it as a cheap PR event to show a down-to-earth sort of woman with no pretensions. The Royal family is a part of the establishment that milks the wedding frenzy as much as they can. Yes, it is impossible to determine whether or not it was staged. People judge The Duchess' of Cambridge action based on their perception.

:previous:

IMO, that is a rather cynical interpretation on what might just be a simple stop at a supermarket to buy some groceries!

Duchess 05-06-2011 12:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maria527 (Post 1249255)
The only photos taken were of her returning the empty cart after unloading it into her car (that's what the article says). This leads me to believe that someone called and told the media that she was there and by the time the media arrived, they caught the tail end of her trip.

Had they know ahead of time, they would have had more photos of her shopping.

i think your point is excellent. even if they were there, there are no pictures of her with any merchandise in the cart that could have been taken when she came out of the store immediately after making her purchase. also an excellent point was mention of the fact in another post that they did their own grocery shopping before they were married so why.

Duchess 05-06-2011 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 1249251)
Interpretation of and opinions on such domestic situations will be different. You see a shopping trip as a normal activity of a usual housewife Catherine, who happened to marry Princes William. Others will view it as a cheap PR event to show a down-to-earth sort of woman with no pretensions. The Royal family is a part of the establishment that milks the wedding frenzy as much as they can. Yes, it is impossible to determine whether or not it was staged. People judge The Duchess' of Cambridge action based on their perception.

i'm not sure how you can misinterpet grocery shopping. this was something they did prior to their marriage and she continues to do it now.

princess carmen 05-06-2011 12:26 PM

It has been reported before that she and William go to the grocery store I don't see what the big deal is. The photographer got there after she and her security had put the grocery in the car.

machievelli 05-06-2011 12:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CrownPrincess5 (Post 1248866)
I thought maybe you were exaggerating but she really does look rough. If I didn't know any better I'd say she's hitting 40! Nothing about her life is hard so I don't understand why her face is so harsh, rough and old looking.


I'm in agreement that Catherine looks very old and aged in these pics. I also thought she looked a bit aged, but beautiful on her wedding day. Catherine is a very beautiful woman. But I have noticed that since she lost a lot of weight that it has really aged her face. The weight loss has made her face look much older and drawn than what it should be for a woman of merely 29 years of age. I really hope that Catherine will put back on some weight and get a more fuller face because it will make facial features soft, supple, and youthful again. Catherine is beautiful. She just needs to gain some weight. It's cool that she is continuing to be down to earth and settle into everything!

Jacknch 05-06-2011 01:00 PM

I do hope that in this current events thread we will not be treated to a weekly photograph of Catherine doing her weekly shop only for us then to forensically dismantle such a straightforward and mundain event and turn into a situation where The Duchess of Cambridge is apparently complicit in a darstardly plan to show how down to earth she is by allowing herself to be taken to a supermarket, posed with a shopping trolly and presumably taken home again.

With regard to whether or not Catherine looks rough, old or aged, I can only presume that in future photos where she is deemed to look beautiful and young, great debate will rage as to whether or not she has had cosmetic surgery.

Kataryn 05-06-2011 01:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 1249251)
Interpretation of and opinions on such domestic situations will be different. You see a shopping trip as a normal activity of a usual housewife Catherine, who happened to marry Princes William. Others will view it as a cheap PR event to show a down-to-earth sort of woman with no pretensions. The Royal family is a part of the establishment that milks the wedding frenzy as much as they can. Yes, it is impossible to determine whether or not it was staged. People judge The Duchess' of Cambridge action based on their perception.

One hopes that the perception of people is at least a bit filtered through common sense. Catherine has no servants who do it for, thus she has to shop if she doesn't want to be relying on deliveries which might be without problems in London but surely not at the end of the world, äh, of Anglesey.

If you check Googles Map service, you'll see that are not so many shops on the island and she decided obviously on the one with the best selection of fresh fruit and vegs.

I personally don't see how going out once a week for shopping for food at the local Waitrose is "milking the wedding frenzy" - it's rather not milking the cow yourself.:biggrin:

Princess of Durham 05-06-2011 02:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 1249251)
Interpretation of and opinions on such domestic situations will be different. You see a shopping trip as a normal activity of a usual housewife Catherine, who happened to marry Princes William. Others will view it as a cheap PR event to show a down-to-earth sort of woman with no pretensions. The Royal family is a part of the establishment that milks the wedding frenzy as much as they can. Yes, it is impossible to determine whether or not it was staged. People judge The Duchess' of Cambridge action based on their perception.

They clearly do .... along with their own personal agenda.

texankitcat 05-06-2011 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Jacknch (Post 1249295)
I do hope that in this current events thread we will not be treated to a weekly photograph of Catherine doing her weekly shop only for us then to forensically dismantle such a straightforward and mundain event and turn into a situation where The Duchess of Cambridge is apparently complicit in a darstardly plan to show how down to earth she is by allowing herself to be taken to a supermarket, posed with a shopping trolly and presumably taken home again.

With regard to whether or not Catherine looks rough, old or aged, I can only presume that in future photos where she is deemed to look beautiful and young, great debate will rage as to whether or not she has had cosmetic surgery.

:lol: I just spewed my drink on my laptop! :rofl:

Thanks for the giggle! :flowers:

texankitcat 05-06-2011 03:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Al_bina (Post 1249251)
Interpretation of and opinions on such domestic situations will be different. You see a shopping trip as a normal activity of a usual housewife Catherine, who happened to marry Princes William. Others will view it as a cheap PR event to show a down-to-earth sort of woman with no pretensions. The Royal family is a part of the establishment that milks the wedding frenzy as much as they can. Yes, it is impossible to determine whether or not it was staged. People judge The Duchess' of Cambridge action based on their perception.

Staged? Come on. She IS at this time living her normal life until such time that she and William begin their official duties, and there is no need to pay someone else to do these things simply because she has a royal title now. They need to eat and they dont feel it's necessary to pay someone to do it for them, and she certainly can't stay holed up in the house 24/7. The P.O.'s are a necessary part of her new status that she can't change, but she can certainly do her own shopping, cooking, laundry, etc...

Duke of Marmalade 05-06-2011 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by muriel (Post 1249276)
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IMO, that is a rather cynical interpretation on what might just be a simple stop at a supermarket to buy some groceries!

Sometimes its rather cynical what the BRF is trying to sell to the public when trying to influence opinion to their favour or closing ranks when trying play down various scandals of family members.

I fully agree with Al_bina, it works both ways. A down to earth dutchess doing her own shopping is great PR after all. Apart from the "normal" life (not sure how "normal" it is in comparison to Joe Average) the BRF lives off selling a fantasy, first and foremost, William and Kate being the protagonists in that respect.

Princess of Durham 05-06-2011 04:56 PM

AND a "not down to earth Dutchess" would be a snob and an elitist etc. It looks like one of those no win situations to me. I always wonder why people who so clearly dislike the BRF would even bother or want to follow their activities ... unless it is only for the reason to criticize.

KittyAtlanta 05-06-2011 05:20 PM

I think there is a fair amount of jealousy going on (among posters who don't even realize it). I caught myself being a tad "green-eyed" in one of my posts. Criticism of the new Duchess is a way of making "wanna-bees" feel superior. We all do it, some better than others.

Tiggersk8 05-06-2011 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Princess of Durham (Post 1249422)
AND a "not down to earth Dutchess" would be a snob and an elitist etc. It looks like one of those no win situations to me. I always wonder why people who so clearly dislike the BRF would even bother or want to follow their activities ... unless it is only for the reason to criticize.

Well Said!! I've never understood such postings either.

As for the Five Protection Officers for one person...Remember what happened in Pakistan on Sunday night? I'm guessing Security's on High Alert for any one in The Royal Family and Government right now in Britain.

Sad to even think it, but you've got to think some type of revenge is in plan at the very least right now. Yes, it was the US that did the mission, but the UK is also a major ally to the US w/it comes to Military Action in Iraq/Afghanistan.

Just my two cents on it...

Duchess 05-06-2011 05:49 PM

now...if it were HM doing the weekly shop then i'd say it was PR.

texankitcat 05-06-2011 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Duchess (Post 1249444)
now...if it were HM doing the weekly shop then i'd say it was PR.

Somehow I can't see the Queen pushing a trolly around a grocery store. :lol:

scooter 05-06-2011 06:34 PM

No, but when Princess Elizabeth first married, she lived an 'ordinary life' as a Navy wife in Malta. So there is prescedent.

MRSJ 05-06-2011 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Maria527

The only photos taken were of her returning the empty cart after unloading it into her car (that's what the article says). This leads me to believe that someone called and told the media that she was there and by the time the media arrived, they caught the tail end of her trip.

Had they know ahead of time, they would have had more photos of her shopping.

I tend to agree- although it would also work this way if a PR stunt, the agreement would be a few pics, maybe no groceries in the shot (as that may seen too personal) but honestly I feel this one could go either way....I mean yes she's shopped here before but how come no pics of her doing it before? Don't say no interest bc we know that's not true.....it's hard to say IMO so I'll give benefit of doubt and say no PR stunt :)

jdcharlie 05-06-2011 07:14 PM

It's unfortunate that Kate doesn't look perfect in fuzzy pictures with abysmal grey lighting....

I bet if we all saw her in person she looked great, considering I'm pretty sure her natural color isn't brownish grey and she shops with her eyes open. Also, even videos of her engagements were better than the pics. Kate can't pose at all times.

AnnEliza 05-06-2011 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 1249412)
Sometimes its rather cynical what the BRF is trying to sell to the public when trying to influence opinion to their favour or closing ranks when trying play down various scandals of family members.

I fully agree with Al_bina, it works both ways. A down to earth dutchess doing her own shopping is great PR after all. Apart from the "normal" life (not sure how "normal" it is in comparison to Joe Average) the BRF lives off selling a fantasy, first and foremost, William and Kate being the protagonists in that respect.

If it had been staged, I'd have to think she would have made sure she didn't appear "rough and old". You aren't likely to have it both ways.

People think her life is not hard? Not physically hard, certainly, nor financially hard, but how would you like to be criticized in your looks, your clothes, your hair, and your intentions of "staging" something every time you poked your nose out of your house for a bit of shopping?

I figured it wouldn't take long after the wedding for people to start being hypercritical of her, but it took less than a week -- sad.

MRSJ 05-06-2011 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by AnnEliza
I figured it wouldn't take long after the wedding for people to start being hypercritical of her, but it took less than a week -- sad.

Well to be fair, not everyone liked her before the wedding either. And some of us are just being honest w our opinions based on these pics, that's all.... I like her but will still comment if I think she looks ''harsh'' or gorgeous , either way

Shelo 05-06-2011 07:46 PM

If I'm honest with myself... she still looks much younger, fresher, slimmer, sleeker, prettier and shiny-haired than I do when I pop into the grocery store! Staged or not- this is ONLY a visit to the grocery store. Not exactly worthy of front page news, is it?

soapstar 05-06-2011 09:32 PM

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Originally Posted by MRSJ (Post 1249471)
I tend to agree- although it would also work this way if a PR stunt, the agreement would be a few pics, maybe no groceries in the shot (as that may seen too personal) but honestly I feel this one could go either way....I mean yes she's shopped here before but how come no pics of her doing it before? Don't say no interest bc we know that's not true.....it's hard to say IMO so I'll give benefit of doubt and say no PR stunt :)

Was she living in Anglesey full-time before the engagement? I thought she was only spending weekends there. I imagine, the lack of photos could have been because the paps didn't really care to hang around hoping to catch a glimpse of her. Now that they know she's living there full time, they figure it will be easier to find her.

And according to someone on tumblr, the paps have descended on Anglesey. So it appears the grocery store pictures are not some PR stunt.

https://sixfeetunderatl-.tumblr.com/post/5224001328

I definitely agree, AnnEliza.

MRSJ 05-06-2011 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by soapstar

Was she living in Anglesey full-time before the engagement? I thought she was only spending weekends there.

And according to someone on tumblr, the paps have descended on Anglesey. So it appears the grocery store pictures are not some PR stunt.

I believe they did live together before the engagement ....pretty sure at least. Good point! She is a hot commodity so of course non PR stunt and pap's makes sense, I'm just surprised there are no pictures of her full cart with headlines ''Eat like the Duke and Duchess'' ......;)

But for me I'm just happy to see her!

ZaJa 05-06-2011 10:44 PM

Its pretty clear the picture was not a pr stunt. They need to eat lol and do lots of things. The media knows that they live there and they simply play the waiting game. It wouldn't surprise me though if someone complains about her privacy being invaded. I've read of the Prince's deep dislike of the media bothering Catherine when they were dating. But probably nothing can be done.

Charlotte1 05-06-2011 11:01 PM

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Originally Posted by scooter (Post 1249457)
No, but when Princess Elizabeth first married, she lived an 'ordinary life' as a Navy wife in Malta. So there is prescedent.

Princess Elizabeth lived far from 'an ordinary life' as a Navy wife when she was in Malta! She certainly didn't do the weekly grocery shopping and didn't do household chores. She and Philip lived in a large rented estate with servants. A few years back for a documentary on Elizabeth and Philip's anniversary, the man who had lived on their estate and had been their chauffeur was interviewed. His wife had worked as their cook and housekeeper, there was other staff was well.

Mandarin_Empress 05-07-2011 01:36 AM

It's great to see her out and about, enjoying some well-deserved rest and (relative) freedom. Hopefully the real honeymoon is around the corner.

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Originally Posted by AnnEliza (Post 1249482)
People think her life is not hard? Not physically hard, certainly, nor financially hard, but how would you like to be criticized in your looks, your clothes, your hair, and your intentions of "staging" something every time you poked your nose out of your house for a bit of shopping?

Agreed. I really dislike how some people automatically equate access to money with an easy life, a life of privilege with arrogance and feelings of entitlement, and a celebrity status with a desire for attention. Knowing that there are people who don't fit those preconceptions, though, is hard for sure.

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Originally Posted by AnnEliza (Post 1249482)
I figured it wouldn't take long after the wedding for people to start being hypercritical of her, but it took less than a week -- sad.

It would be complete folly to expect anything better, but I do agree. Criticism isn't a bad thing, but it's got to be done within the right context. For example, given what we do know about the Duke and Duchess and their attitudes toward paparazzi and the media, it's hard to imagine that these photos were staged for PR purposes. Even if this supermarket jaunt was staged by the RF, it's quite understandable given that its continued existence depends somewhat on good PR.

dazzling 05-07-2011 01:41 AM

Why is everything about PR? :rem:
Cant they live a normal life for now & enjoy what they use to do because they want to & can.

RubyPrincess168 05-07-2011 02:36 AM

This is hardly a PR stunt. We know she and William have gone grocery shopping before, just like regular people. Catherine is probably also aware that the paparazzi have descended on their town to get pictures of her. So what if she took a little extra care to make sure she didn't look schlubby when she went to the store? At least the paps waited until the shopping was done and they were getting ready to leave to take their pics.

Skippy 05-07-2011 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by dazzling (Post 1249563)
Why is everything about PR? :rem:
Cant they live a normal life for now & enjoy what they use to do because they want to & can.

I totally agree, however some people who don't like her will think of any reason to criticise her or make her look bad.
That is part of why I admire her for her poise, she really seems to have a stable background and that is so important.

Duchess 05-07-2011 11:26 AM

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Originally Posted by MRSJ (Post 1249471)
I tend to agree- although it would also work this way if a PR stunt, the agreement would be a few pics, maybe no groceries in the shot (as that may seen too personal) but honestly I feel this one could go either way....I mean yes she's shopped here before but how come no pics of her doing it before? Don't say no interest bc we know that's not true.....it's hard to say IMO so I'll give benefit of doubt and say no PR stunt :)

i seem to recall that there have been pics of them doing the shopping before they were married.

Duchess 05-07-2011 11:30 AM

it's a no win situation. if she takes care of her appearance before going out for personal reasons then she'll be accused of playing for the cameras/cooperating in a PR stunt. if she doesn't take care of her appearance then the headlines will read that it's all taking a toll on her. poor girl.

MRSJ 05-07-2011 11:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Duchess

i seem to recall that there have been pics of them doing the shopping before they were married.

I must have missed those. I just remember grainy video of them from a survelliance camera....

I guess I should have been clearer I guess by PR I at least meant a tit for tat type of deal, like hey photographers we'll be here for you to get a few shots but after that give us some space type of deal....and that deal has been done between William and the media before.....but that being said also it might not be so, it's just an opinion

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Originally Posted by Duchess
it's a no win situation. if she takes care of her appearance before going out for personal reasons then she'll be accused of playing for the cameras/cooperating in a PR stunt.

Well not for me at least bc I try to look nice when going out anywhere so that's not what made me think that way, I would hope she would try to look nice like every regulate person and some plp actually think she looks a bit tired here, so these pics actually fit both scenarios you've discribed :) (I think she looks nice, love her shawl and shoes) ....

Elly C 05-07-2011 11:59 AM

I really hope we won't have too many pics of visits to the supermarket as it's hardly an "event".

justina 05-07-2011 12:56 PM

Well not for me at least bc I try to look nice when going out anywhere so that's not what made me think that way, I would hope she would try to look nice like every regulate person and some plp actually think she looks a bit tired here, so these pics actually fit both scenarios you've discribed :) (I think she looks nice, love her shawl and shoes) ....[/QUOTE]


Looking like you look is always nice to me, why do we always have to pretend what we aren´t? It´s always and everywhere the same - since the pictures in the magazines are all - all of them - photoshopped mankind seems to loose the sense for naturalness. Terrible.
I would look a bit tired after a wedding like this ..

Princess of Durham 05-07-2011 04:09 PM

Well I'm a truly shallow person ... I NEVER go out without my makeup on (even to the grocery store or post office) and that included when my children were small. :biggrin:

I even used to wear make up when playing tennis. Good thing about that was, I never got sunburned. :rofl:

Mia_mae 05-07-2011 05:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Princess of Durham (Post 1249776)
Well I'm a truly shallow person ... I NEVER go out without my makeup on (even to the grocery store or post office) and that included when my children were small. :biggrin:

I even used to wear make up when playing tennis. Good thing about that was, I never got sunburned. :rofl:

Same here. Make up it's always on the face! even if just a lipgloss and concealer.

Anyways, Catherine and William are private people. the first ever public kiss and hand holding happened after 8 YEARS!
If you doubt that just go look for interviews of paps and reporters. it's consensual. William has learn to accept it but he will never like the media. ever!
People are making a big fuss about something so simple. She went out to buy food full stop. No, she' not trying to be the perfect housewife, no she's not trying to make you buy a green poncho.

Tiggersk8 05-07-2011 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Mia_mae (Post 1249798)
Same here. Make up it's always on the face! even if just a lipgloss and concealer.

Anyways, Catherine and William are private people. the first ever public kiss and hand holding happened after 8 YEARS!
If you doubt that just go look for interviews of paps and reporters. it's consensual. William has learn to accept it but he will never like the media. ever!
People are making a big fuss about something so simple. She went out to buy food full stop. No, she' not trying to be the perfect housewife, no she's not trying to make you buy a green poncho.

Well, I am thrlled she was seen w/a Green Shawl the other day. I love them, but get a bit of grief over them because they're just so "old fashioned" looking and not something that's "in". Me thinks that's about to change and I couldn't be happier!!

Especially as I knit and crochet and now I'll get to "play" w/some of the wonderful patterns available to me, but really didn't have a reason to make. Sigh...Have to pull out the Crochet magazine cache and see what catches my fancy. :oD

LadyCatharine 05-07-2011 05:57 PM

She has been through ALOT.wedding or no wedding..She needs rest rest and more rest.

She'll be just fine..

MRSJ 05-07-2011 06:14 PM

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Originally Posted by justina
Looking like you look is always nice to me, why do we always have to pretend what we aren´t?

Sometimes I just have to laugh- when I look nice I still look like me and so does Catherine IMO ......no one is pretending .....

Grandma828 05-07-2011 08:44 PM

William and Catherine announced before the wedding that they would not have staff when they were in Wales. For any doubters, just who do you think would buy their groceries if Catherine didn't do it. She wasn't raised with help, so I am sure she knows how to do all the tasks of a housewife. I 'll bet that she is still tired from the stress of the wedding. May hey have a long and happy life.

Mia_mae 05-07-2011 11:47 PM

Really interesting

Royal Family: Kate¿s grandad, the doodlebug nudger: Newlywed royal pays tribute to pilot who knocked V1 missiles off course with his plane's wing | Mail Online

dazzling 05-08-2011 03:15 AM

This is during their trip to Canada correct?

Mia_mae 05-08-2011 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by dazzling (Post 1249910)
This is during their trip to Canada correct?

Yes, correct.
It will be nice to see and engagement with something related to Catherine's side of the family as well.

Tiggersk8 05-08-2011 04:10 PM

Yes, it sounds like it.

Kate's Grandfather was a very brave man. Especially as the Mozzy, unlike the other fighters of WWII, was completely made of wood. W/the exception of the engine and other hardware, but the body was completely wooden.

Lmarch 05-09-2011 01:36 PM

Kate looked fabulous in those photos.....I feel sorry for her that she can't even grocery shop without being photographed and scrutinized.
I would also add that I hope someone publishes a knitting pattern for the shawl she was wearing. It's lovely!

Lady Ann 05-09-2011 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Mia_mae (Post 1249798)
Same here. Make up it's always on the face! even if just a lipgloss and concealer.

Anyways, Catherine and William are private people. the first ever public kiss and hand holding happened after 8 YEARS! .


I thought the first public kiss happened in 2004 on a sking trip??? Maybe Im wrong. I hope they dont show pictures every times she goes to get food...

KittyAtlanta 05-09-2011 03:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Mia_mae (Post 1249798)
...no she's not trying to make you buy a green poncho.

The only way I would wear something like that green shawl was if I didn't, I would go to the Tower.

Not pretty...

I just had another look at those photos to see if I'd changed my mind about the shawl/poncho. Nope.

I hope she publishes a cookbook of the Anglesey recipes while DofCa is off in Grenada.

CPV_Rules 05-09-2011 05:14 PM

Stalkers are going to get annoying real fast. Poor woman! She looks fine to me.

My impression [over the years] has been that this couple lives a far more ordinary and public life than the Queen ever did. They are photographed shopping in clothing stores, coming out of night clubs. I believe the Prince and his friends stopped in a curry restaurant casually (near this base?) once and caused a stir. Who doesn't want to eat out once in a while?

Another shopping report I read [on Anglesey I believe?] was once when they were picking up some lettuce and frozen pizza and the cashier realized who it was when they used her credit card. Maybe that was the fuzzy video?

This sounds like I'm a stalker, but I read most of it *here*, and only drop by now and then when big events happen. Regards housework, I recall a photo of Kate taking out the trash snapped by reporters outside her apartment in London years ago. Sorry, but I don't believe any of this is publicity, it's just them trying to live their lives.

But then I always felt bad for the Count and Countess of Wessex when they had to quit their jobs.

jmr 05-10-2011 03:57 PM

Doing grocery shopping is a luxury for someone in her position. I think Kate and William will enjoy every bit of "normal life" they have while they still can. When they have kids, Kate will probably make sure the kids will be able to go on "fun and exciting trips" to the supermarket. It will be a treat for them to be able to do "normal" things once in a while.


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