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« Reply #345 on: January 12, 2013, 02:44:30 PM »
In my honest opinion, the artist did an amazing job! He drew from a real-life picture from which she posed, and the painting looks just like the actual photo. I don't understand the fuss from the media. I think they are used to seeing air-brushed images of Kate, and this one is the exact opposite; this is how she really looks.

Case in point:


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« Reply #346 on: January 12, 2013, 10:23:20 PM »
I still think it's unflattering regardless of talent level, photos, etc...If I was going to be immortalized for millions to see, I want to look good! :)

However, you bring up a  point that really bothers me--the fact that we almost can't recognize what people actually look like anymore. It used to just be some minor touching-up for shadows, facial hair, etc...on magazine covers. Now, everyone on a magazine cover looks increasingly like a freakish Barbie doll--very plastic looking in face and body. Plus, more and more it's just not professional shots for magazine covers but everyday shots for public consumption--even so-called candid shots by the paparazzi are being photoshopped. Obviously, news photos used to be touched up but it seems very out of hand lately. So, yes, you're right, we probably are so used to seeing even candids of Kate being touched up to some degree that it is a shock to see a portrait where she has shadows and bags and other flaws. Maybe we are just becoming re-conditioned as to what's flattering and what's not.
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« Reply #347 on: January 13, 2013, 08:40:25 AM »
In the midst of all this I suddenly realised that we really don't know what Kate looks like - she has never been seen without make-up!

I remember reading a piece about her about the time of the wedding - it said that even when she was a first year student she used to wear make-up to go out running.

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« Reply #348 on: January 13, 2013, 09:46:26 AM »
I think the portrait is so very dark compared to even the picture that was used.

I think she looks tired and bored.

We are so used to seeing her sunny smile from her walk abouts and not that half smile in the portrait.

To each her own.

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« Reply #349 on: January 14, 2013, 07:09:10 AM »
It has been announced today that the royal baby is due in July. :)

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« Reply #350 on: March 06, 2013, 03:45:24 AM »
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visited Grimsby yesterday.

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=05-03-2013%20Grimsby

courtesy Albert Nieboer of Dutch PPE photo agency.
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« Reply #351 on: March 06, 2013, 07:43:50 AM »
Kate looks wonderful, I think. She looks well! Thanks for the photos.

Did you hear about her slip up, prompting people to think she's having a little girl? Took a teddy and said, "Ooh is this for our d...." stopping hastily, then saying, "Thank you so much."

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« Reply #352 on: March 06, 2013, 10:23:39 AM »
Some women have all the luck!  I think I had a bigger belly bump the day I was born than Kate has at 5 months pregnant.  Bless her heart.

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« Reply #353 on: March 06, 2013, 01:21:48 PM »
Kate looks wonderful, I think. She looks well! Thanks for the photos.

Did you hear about her slip up, prompting people to think she's having a little girl? Took a teddy and said, "Ooh is this for our d...." stopping hastily, then saying, "Thank you so much."

I think the majority of the British population would look great if they were tanned from Mustique and just back from a weekend in Switzerland!  Hate to be a grinch, but I just cannot warm to this couple...

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« Reply #354 on: March 06, 2013, 04:51:36 PM »
Darius, I agree with you, I think they have some work to do.  However, I did suggest this some time back and the view was not popular!

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« Reply #355 on: March 06, 2013, 11:17:40 PM »
I appreciate that they are young and are trying to lead a semi-normal life however, their position and privilege mean sacrifice and duty above all the rest.  That is their job and that is what they need to do.  I am a convinced Monarchist but the activities of the Queen´s grandchildren do not help a monarchist cause.  Yes, the Duke of Cambridge is a serving RAF officer but I think the time has come for him to fully embrace the firm and not opt out of what is not suitable for him.  Harry´s visit to Lesotho is admirable but he shouldn´t forget that his first duty lies in the UK which also has a part of its population living in eceonomic misery.  The York princesses are a case apart...  somebody needs to ake a decision on whether or not they will be Royals (and by that I mean do what Royals do ie. visit hospitals, factories, engage with the people), or will not be Royal in which case I think they should renounce their HRH and Princess titles and disappear. 60 years of hard work by HM and The DofE appears to be squandered by this highly privileged and spoilt generation.

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« Reply #356 on: March 07, 2013, 04:28:27 PM »
Kate looks wonderful, I think. She looks well! Thanks for the photos.

Did you hear about her slip up, prompting people to think she's having a little girl? Took a teddy and said, "Ooh is this for our d...." stopping hastily, then saying, "Thank you so much."

This story got me to thinking....maybe she wasn't going to say "daughter"....maybe she was going to say "twins!" The lips look similar when starting to pronounce both words. :) 

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« Reply #357 on: March 07, 2013, 04:46:24 PM »
I appreciate that they are young and are trying to lead a semi-normal life however, their position and privilege mean sacrifice and duty above all the rest.  That is their job and that is what they need to do.  I am a convinced Monarchist but the activities of the Queen´s grandchildren do not help a monarchist cause.  Yes, the Duke of Cambridge is a serving RAF officer but I think the time has come for him to fully embrace the firm and not opt out of what is not suitable for him.  Harry´s visit to Lesotho is admirable but he shouldn´t forget that his first duty lies in the UK which also has a part of its population living in eceonomic misery.  The York princesses are a case apart...  somebody needs to ake a decision on whether or not they will be Royals (and by that I mean do what Royals do ie. visit hospitals, factories, engage with the people), or will not be Royal in which case I think they should renounce their HRH and Princess titles and disappear. 60 years of hard work by HM and The DofE appears to be squandered by this highly privileged and spoilt generation.

I used to feel that way about William. I wanted him to get on with his royal role...full-time. He's good at....a natural. But now that he's married and they are starting their family, I don't begrudge either of them continuing on they way they have been since it will afford them more privacy to raise their family. Similar to what HM and the DoE were afforded after their marriage. I know, it was a different time. I wouldn't be surprised if William stayed in the background as he has for another 5-10 years. Until such time that HM really does need to slow down and the PoW takes an even larger roll. Then, it will be more than time for William to step forward into the role to which he was born. All that being said, I would be pleasantly surprised if he ditched his RAF career and started full-time in the Firm. I love his and his brother's youthful energy...it's needed and they both make a huge and positive impact.

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« Reply #358 on: March 07, 2013, 05:45:49 PM »
Kate looks wonderful, I think. She looks well! Thanks for the photos.

Did you hear about her slip up, prompting people to think she's having a little girl? Took a teddy and said, "Ooh is this for our d...." stopping hastily, then saying, "Thank you so much."

This story got me to thinking....maybe she wasn't going to say "daughter"....maybe she was going to say "twins!" The lips look similar when starting to pronounce both words. :) 

Alot of people think she was going to say dog for some reason but I don't think so...she says she doesn't know yet BUT we'll just have to wait until July to find out if that WAS a slip up or not....! Interesting observation about the 'twins' thing though...

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« Reply #359 on: March 08, 2013, 08:17:38 AM »
Yes, the Duke of Cambridge is a serving RAF officer but I think the time has come for him to fully embrace the firm and not opt out of what is not suitable for him.  Harry´s visit to Lesotho is admirable but he shouldn´t forget that his first duty lies in the UK which also has a part of its population living in eceonomic misery.  The York princesses are a case apart...  somebody needs to ake a decision on whether or not they will be Royals or will not be Royal in which case I think they should renounce their HRH and Princess titles and disappear.

As history proves, every action brings reactions - and I suspect the palace takes a wider, more cautious view of things.  They tend to practice patience and let things happen naturally - however slowly it appears to us on the outside.

There is the matter of volume and cost:  the goal is to reduce the working royals, not increase them.  There are already 12 elder royals on the royal circuit.  Bringing the younger generation forward now will bring stronger calls for the elders to retire, and they may not be ready to do so.  The Queen's cousins are of retirement age and starting to step back, but Andrew, Edward and Anne are still middle-age and have many more working years ahead of them.  What else would they do?

There is also a matter of priority.  Charles and Camilla are next on the throne, so the palace's first goal is to solidify Charles as the next monarch, not to mention continuing to best to position Camilla as an acceptable consort in the public view.  Moving William forward now could actually hurt that objective.

There is also learning from past mistakes - letting Kate settle into her role slowly - and letting her add motherhood into the mix before she launches into full time royal duties - may prevent a repeat of recent royal marriage disasters.  And it is pretty clear to all that Harry is still a wee bit too immature to be yet trusted as a full time public face of the British nation.  He has a little more growing up to do first, and the military is a good training ground for a young man.

Looking at the whole picture, I think the palace's current plans are wise.  Focus now on Charles and Camilla.  When the current reign starts to wind down and the elder royals retire, then bring the younger ones forward.  In the meantime, let the younger ones continue to mature and prepare.  As to the York princesses, I've read that Andrew is lobbying for them to be working royals.  Yet they are only given the occasional token duty to perform so far.  I suspect the Queen is hedging her bets for now to keep the peace.  But I also suspect once Charles has grandchildren to secure the succession into the next generation and he himself ascends the throne, the Yorks will be encouraged to pursue private lives.  That is just guessing on my part, though.