Well Played, Kate Middleton


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First of all,  WILLS AND KATE ARE HAVING A BABY. I am as excited for them as I would be for people I ACTUALLY KNOW.  I really didn’t call it, I have to say — I thought she had gained a little weight, but I would have bet that we were a couple of months out from any announcement. And, actually, BBC is reporting that she hasn’t hit the 12 week mark yet, and the only reason we’re hearing about it is because the poor thing is in the hospital with morning sickness, so Bump Watch definitely would have been premature — although some of you in Fug Nation had your suspicions last week. I’m so proud.

So,  mazel tov, you crazy kids! I can’t wait to see the maternity wear. Let’s celebrate by looking at pictures from Kate’s visit to her old elementary school this past Friday — which then turned around and released a bunch of school photos of her. They are adorable to me, and I’m sure horrifying to her. The girl is nauseated already, you guys. Give her a break.

[Photos: Getty]

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  1. Gine
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    YAY ROYAL BABY! Poor Kate, though. The pressure of having to announce early on top of being sick can’t be fun. The condition she has (I’m not even going to bother to try to spell ir correctly) can actually be quite serious; I hope she’s not feeling too terrible.

    The outfit, as usual, is great. Now let’s all pray that the baby gets her hair.

  2. Rachel
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    OH I am so excited!!!!!!

  3. sarah
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    ROYAL BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If Kate has a girl, that girl will be even better dressed than Harper7. I can’t wait!!!

  4. lori
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    I can’t prove it, but I know that Fergie wore a similar tartan back in her heydey as Duchess of York. Even the curly hair with bangs fits. And now I’m terrified that the curse of royal frumpitude is looming on Kate. And I’d be so disappointed.
    Fair play to her looking so well when clearly she’s been feeling foul.

    • Carol
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      It’s called “Black Watch” plaid, if I’m not mistaken. Always a favorite of mine … the dress is just darling.

      • Scouse Helen
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        Don’t wish the curse of Fergie’s clobber on her, even in jest!!!

        Google “Fergie terrible outfits 1980s” or similar if you want to appreciate the full horror, Fug Nation.

  5. RebekahMacd
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    So many beautiful coats. Usually I’d find a tartan coat completely twee, especially on St Andrews Day (patron saint of Scotland and all that), but that’s a lovely one.

    And I am so happy for them (and the UK too, because we totally need some good news right now). Hope it all goes ok, despite the terrible sickness, and especially hope the paparazzi don’t hound them.

    • Sarah
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      I hope so too, but having seen the shots of the photographers waiting outside the hospital this evening, I doubt they’ll be so kind.

      I wish for their sake there had been some kind of press agreement not to announce this until she got to 12 weeks like they did the first time Prince Harry went to Afghanistan, but I suppose then they agreed because of his safety and those he was serving with, this was just too juicy not to print and the Royals were probably rushed into the announcement by her hospitalisation. Can you imagine if it had have been announced in the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day (again with press agreement not to leak it)? Not that I ever watch it, but still…

      Fingers crossed she recovers and all is well; I for one am very excited about our new heir (even though I probably won’t live to see him/her on the throne given the age these Windsors have a habit of living to).

  6. jerkygirl
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    That is 100% my favorite coat of hers that I’ve ever seen, ever. And she has so many great ones. She looks terrific (as usual) and yes, I too am part of the SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE ROYALBABYROYALBABYROYALBABY club. Very exciting, and hope she and the Royal Embryo get through the illness all right.

  7. Stefanie
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    I was a fan of the plaid skirt in highschool. I had one that was the color of Kate’s dress and one that was red, black and yellow. The red black and yellow one was my favorite. It had three buckles on the one side and was seriously cute. I lived in it. A couple of years ago I come across it while cleaning out my closet. Of course I put it on and paraded around in it. It was obscenely short and Im not sure how I got away with wearing it considering Ive been the same height since 6th grade. On the plus side, my husband liked it.

    Congrats to Wills and Kate!

  8. Cat
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    Congrats to Wills and Kate!! I am so excited about this and I don’t even know them! I sincerely hope Kate’s feeling better, because it’s going to be miserable if she’s very sick and having to deal with a pregnancy in the public eye. Yuck.

    I freaking love this plaid coat dress. MORE PLAID. I LOVE PLAID.

  9. Emily
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    Yay for them! I have to say, I saw the headline on the website for my local newspaper and the first thing I did was head over here to see what you two had to say about it. Thanks!

  10. BW
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    I grew up in England in the 1960s and I remember having to wear miniskirt/culottes for P.E. I guess they still do that.

  11. Sandra
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    I may just shrivel up and die of inferiority! She can play hockey in those boots. AND do it in the early stages of pregnancy. Feel better soon, Kate!

    There’s an interesting chapter in Dr. Atul Gawande’s book Complications on this condition. Apparently some women experience this level of illness throughout their pregnancy.

    • A.
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      Yep, a friend of mine had it. She felt the way some women feel in their first trimester (tired, such an upset stomach that she could barely eat, just generally ill) for the WHOLE nine months. Ugh. So, I second Jules below, and I hope that she recovers quickly and doesn’t have anything more serious than midnight cereal cravings for the rest of her pregnancy! Congratulations Wills and Kate!

    • par_parenthese
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      Yep. I had a friend with HG who had to be on IV nutrition every day of her pregnancy. She probably ate and kept down three meals in six months.

    • Carolyn
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      Yup, that was me. The last month I stopped vomiting.

  12. Jules
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    I wish her an extremely boring, uneventful pregnancy from here on out!

    • Jules
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      Also, I hope it’s girl-boy twins so she can have the fun of a daughter and a son without the pressure of making more little royals again any time soon!

      • Jacq
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        Haha – that would be AWESOME! I’m giving birth to my own set of boy/girl twins in six weeks’ time, and the ‘instant family’ element of it is the best thing ever (just as well, really – twin pregnancy is bloody hard work!)

  13. PB
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    Princess Pretty Hair is preggers and she’s out playing field hockey in high-heeled boots. That’s impressive.

    • PB
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      I know it’s somewhat bad form to comment on my own post, but I am just blown away by her. Kate is like a living, breathing shampoo commercial. And pregnancy often makes women’s hair look BETTER. I don’t know what better than perfect is, but we may be about to find out.

      • Ryan
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        She spends ridiculous amounts of time and money getting her hair to look like that. She goes to the salon three times a week for blowouts and keratin treatments and probably wears extensions for extra volume. Her hair’s not going to just start looking better.

        • PB
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          Okay, Mr. (or Ms.) Smartypants. I don’t think I was implying that Kate gets out of bed with her hair looking that good. Pretty much every woman featured on GFY has access to and probably uses the same services (blowouts, keratin treatments, extensions, etc), but I can’t think of a one of them whose hair looks consistently as good as Kate’s. The most reasonable explanation then is that she just has exceptionally good hair.

          And it is well documented that pregnancy often improves the texture and health of women’s hair. The same also often happens with the skin and fingernails, among other things. The same biological processes that rev up a woman’s body for growing a baby, also rev up her hair follicles, skin cells, and cuticles. So it is possible that her hair will just start looking better.

    • Esme
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      Apparently a whole bunch of commenters here have never been pregnant–nothing impressive about this kind of activity this early, sorry.

  14. Esme
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    Oh come on–how can someone “love” this tartan monstrosity?

    • Sandra
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      Some of us are just mad for plaid.

      • Vandalfan
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        My best business interview suit- back in the 1990′s- was a long jacketed, double breasted, slim skirted Black Watch plaid, that looked quite a bit like Kate’s coat here. I felt like a million bucks wearing it, and I got the job. (And I just recently gave it up to charity- it was an old friend! – but literally ten sizes too small.)

  15. LG
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    Aw, bless.

    Their official website (which I emphatically DO NOT HAVE BOOKMARKED) says she has Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which I imagine to be the worst thing ever — constantly sick and pukey to the point of needing an IV for weeks and/or months?!? AUGH.

  16. witjunkie
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    Well – either you love tartan plaids or you don’t. I love them. Although I would feel a little self-conscious wearing that much plaid over here in the US of A.

  17. Carol
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    Aww yay! Congrats to Wills and Kate and yes, looking forward to her prego style. Poor thing, hope she feels better.

    On another note – I have burned all my primary school photos. Because: yuck. LOL

    • One of the Leahs
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      Me too! So depressing that old classmates still have copies.

  18. Kelly
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    That is a fab tartan coat. Also since she was in St Andrews those cute children would have Scottish accents, which makes then even cuter. :)

    • RebekahMacd
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      Actually, the school is in England (Pangbourne, Berkshire). Maybe her school’s name is why she chose St Andrews University.

  19. Daffodil
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    I *LOVE* how she is doing her signature pose in that first grade-school picture. She’s holding her hands in front of her a la fig leaf, but instead of making wads of fists with her hands, she’s holding one finger very delicately with a few fingers from the other hand. It’s how she stands even now. And in that second grade-school photo, she has her hands on her lap in a very princess-worthy way. The other girls just plunked their hands in their laps any old way and were done with it. It’s kind of beautiful to see that she’s always had this poise, and it’s kind of depressing. I mean, I keep thinking, “What if I were to marry Prince Harry? Would they give me poise lessons? Send me to charm school? Because I would dig that.” But then I remember that I’m 37, American, married and horribly set in my ways. *Sigh.*

    Also, hooray for Impending Parenthood for Beautiful People! And go away, mean old pregnancy illnesses.

    • Susan
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      I noticed the same thing about her hands! So graceful at such a young age!

    • Sophy
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      Oh come on, that is definitely doing it too brown – her school pics show a very ordinary,almost plain child who looks happy playing sports and is not at all interested in fashion ,any poise and grace is in your imagination!!!
      I think the best part of those pics is that it shows that everyone(almost – maybe not miranda kerr) goes through anawkward teen phase before becoming a pretty princess…..hope for every plain jane!

    • Sophy
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      Oh come on, that is definitely doing it too brown – her school pics show a very ordinary,almost plain child who looks happy playing sports and is not at all interested in fashion ,any poise and grace is in your imagination!!!
      I think the best part of those pics is that it shows that everyone(almost – maybe not miranda kerr) goes through anawkward teen phase before becoming a pretty princess…..hope for every plain jane!

  20. tatiana.larina
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    Charlotte Bronte is thought to have died of hypermesis (although tuberculosis which killed off all her siblings might have been an underlying factor). Here’s a heartbreaking description
    https://www.aydenraefoundation.org/2012/03/hyperemesis-gravidarum-awareness-day/

    Thankfully now women can be successfully treated, or at least kept hydrated and fed through IV when they are unable to keep anything down. Keeping my fingers crossed for Kate and the baby.

    • Girl in Sydney
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      You know you are bookish when you hear the news and your mind immediately flies to Bronte (as mine did):)

      And indeed its great to live in a time when it is treatable. And we can admire or diss Kate’s Coat (surely they deserve their own tumblr) and wish the baby well or as in Australia think the chance of us being a republic is getting remoter without getting one’s head cut off or something.

  21. Petrova Fossil
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    Those photos should give heart to many a 12-year-old girl.

    I threw up for seven months of my first pregnancy. It was horrible, and I’m not sure I would have elected to go through it again. Happily, I got pregnant by accident and so got the darling spare to go with my heir!). Most certainly I would not have wanted photographers around. It will be rough if they can’t get it under control, poor thing.

  22. Erin
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    1) Yay!

    2) My best to the Windsors and may Kate have a very safe, uneventful pregnancy from here on out.

    3) Please, oh please, let someone provide her with magnificent maternity wear (if it exists).

    4) In conclusion, let someone create affordable knock-offs of said magnificence before I myself become pregnant.

    END.

  23. pantsonfire
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    Congrats to the Cambridges. I have been suspecting for a few weeks now, since she has started looking less than her normal radiant self at events. Obviously, she’s never a hag but she definitely looked like I how I feel when I’m having a no good very bad day and nothing fits right and nothing feels right and jeez, when did my skin get too small for my bones. I very much hope she feels better soon and dazzles us with her maternity wear. If there is one gal who can find perfect maternity dresses, it’s Duchess Kate.

  24. Sheri
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    • marie
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      I checked Suri’s tumblr right away as soon as I heard the news..she didnt disappoint..now if the baby turns out to be a girl..ohhh, cant wait for the tantrums!

      • Sarah
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        Thankyouthankyouthankyou. I cannot explain how this tumblr had previously failed to come to my attention but am so grateful to you for rectifying that. Amazing.

  25. junior
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    I love how, as the school photos progress, Kate seems to move closer and closer until she is front row center. How apropos. Also, that coat is beautiful. I’d love a men’s jacket in that same print.

  26. sacchrainkiss
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    I feel for her. I had hyperemesis for both my pregnancies and it as awful. I wouldn’t expect to see alot of her for the next few months. Sometimes it goes away and sometimes it doesn’t. Luckily for her, she doesn’t have to get up and go to work or have children to take care of. If she wants to lie in bed for the next month she can. Lord knows I wanted to when I was pregnant.
    Congrats to them both. I really hope that she starts feeling better soon.

  27. Ponytail
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    You were {snooty tone} misinformed – rounders is brilliant. Catching, running, hitting – what’s not to love ? Better than sodding netball (which I had to play for five years at school) and hockey (which we were only allowed to play indoors, as I went to a rough school, so we couldn’t have proper hockey sticks).

    Notihng to do with the fact that rounders was the only thing I was good at in PE…

  28. Natasha
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    ” I am as excited for them as I would be for people I ACTUALLY KNOW. ”

    Seriously?

    • Jessica
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      What do you think?

      There is a lot of hyperbole on this website. But I am happy for them. Babies are exciting!

      • amys
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        Yes!!! Babies are always exciting! I’m particularly excited that we can pregnantly live vicariously through such a well-dressed, well-mannered and beloved couple. Yay for them!

  29. Rachael
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    She gets a well played just for going to all her events when she has this condition and must have been feeling really terrible for the past little while. Apparently this condition, which I will not even try to spell, can be an indicator of multiples (yay!) or bad things that I will not talk about. Can you imagine triplets? I hope she gets plenty of rest and takes it easy for a bit. Royal triplets — I cannot even fathom that level of cuteness.

  30. thereset
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    UNCLE HARRY. UNCLE HOT HARRY. I CANNOT EVEN WITH THE PICTURES THAT WILL COME FROM THAT.

    • deee
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      Ohhhhh. Thinking about the upcoming pictures gave me a bit of a shiver!

    • Scanderoon
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      ….
      ….
      ….
      … sorry, it just took a minute for my brain to start processing again.

  31. Shannon
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    I didn’t even consider the thought of pictures of Uncle Prince Harry + new niece or nephew. Thank you, Jesus! And thank you thereset for bringing it up. SO WONDERFUL.

  32. Taylor
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    Love the news. LOVE the coat.

    But why is no one drawing attention to the fact that Pippa is in two of those three photos (tennis photo – bottom row middle, field hockey photo – top row middle)?? Pippa should have to bear some of the burden of embarrassment that goes along with being 1) a gawky tween 2) who needs orthodontia.

  33. Sandra
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    I know! He’s been so adorbs with the munchkins from the wedding and the Phillips kids.

  34. Aspasia
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    I had the same reaction: I am as happy for the Duke and Duchess as I am for people I know personally. I wish them and their future family the best of luck. I also hope the medical issue for Kate goes away soon.

    Well, that might explain why she kept the coat on in the other set of photographs.

  35. deee
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    Plaid dork here.

    I wore a black watch plaid kilty thing all through the 80s. For Christmas one year I made my husband wear a black watch tie and my baby girl wore a black watch jumper.

    • Petrova Fossil
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      I have a black watch plaid overcoat that I wore in the early eighties. It was one of my first pieces of well-made, well-cut clothing. I kept it, and now, as I had hoped, my daughter is wearing it at college.

  36. Rayna
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    Aww, Duchess Kate plays quidditch!

    Again with the adorbs coats – somewhere there is a closet labelled “Cute coats for Kate.” (The other side opens into Narnia)

    We know that you can look fierce through pregnancy – just ask Posh.

    Congrats and best, Cambridges! :-)

  37. jlf5
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    All the comments have made my night! Black Watch is my favorite, so obvs this coat makes me COVET it! Seeing her out there on the field in heels makes me COVET her. Now knowing that she had probably been dreadfully ill before and/or after makes me adore her even more!

  38. Cynthia W
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    I also love this coat and am inordinately fond of plaid. In fact, one of the great sadness of my sartorial life is that I live somewhere that is too warm most of the year to be able to justify having a collection of fabulous coats. And yet, I still have several. Many of which only get worn once a year. When it is much too warm for said coat.

  39. Sara
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    If she really does have HG (which I’m not saying she doesn’t I just hope for her sake maybe they are wrong!) then we won’t be seeing many cute maternity outfits because she will be terribly ill the whole time. It is a horrible thing to go through pregnant and I wish her the best.,

    I love that people were impressed she did this field hockey stunt pregnant. Shockingly, pregnant ladies can do many things- run marathons, dance full length ballets and in general kick ass. But she does look glorious in that plaid.

  40. croma
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    You can add me to the people who are overly excited about this considering I don’t know them personally. SOOOOOO excited! I’m only sad that I won’t get any ideas about chic maternity wear because I just put away my maternity clothes for good. Hoping Kate feels better soon. That must be so miserable.

  41. Sajorina
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    I LOVE PLAID!!! Love this coat & those boots! WANT! And, she’s playing field hockey in them while pregnant? She’s even more awesome than I thought! Well Played indeed, Kate! To me, the most exciting thing about babies is the names they’re given… I can’t wait to find out the name of theirs!

  42. Coralie
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    As much as I love that dress (coat? coat dress?), and I rarely love anything she wears – it’s never ugly, just boring – I think she has again styled it into boringness here. Those boots are pretty terrible and why on earth is she wearing them to play sports? On the daily mail there were about 2,000 pictures of her playing so she must have done it for a little while and in most of the pictures she does not look like she’s flying (though that is pretty cute), but rather she’s stooping so low she’s basically bent in two. She’s clearly a very good sports player, so I don’t understand why she couldn’t show that instead of looking silly in heels. Her hair is as incredible as ever though but I have to say, as much as I admire her elegance and gracefullness, when it comes to her appearance her hair is the only thing that does anything for me.

    • Franziska
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      I’m with you on that. Kate rarely wears something that excites me. She dresses too conservative for my taste and way too old for her age. Hell, Diana dressed more daring when she was still alive and that was in the 1980s!!!!

  43. Joe Dwarf
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    The Onion has a slightly different take on Kate’s pregnancy.

    I like the coat!

  44. Esme
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    Well, I am happy for her that she has fulfilled her brood mare function and thus won’t be kicked to the curb anytime soon.

    • AmandaD
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      I wouldn’t have put it quite that way, but I agree. If it’s their choice and they’re happy, good for them. But I’m annoyed that it’s the 21st century and there is still such pressure on the royals (anywhere) to breed, like that’s their only function/importance, especially the women. Since most of said royals are figureheads, does it really even matter that much? Who knows, if left to themselves, some might have chosen not to have kids. Or chosen not to marry. Or been able to be open with their sexuality.

  45. Esme
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    Although I will take the boots and the under-5s and leave gracefully.

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  47. Alicey
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    Did you hear about the prank an Australian radio show played on her (indirectly)? It was AWFUL. They called the hospital she’s staying in, pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles, and got them to reveal information about how she was doing. I think it’s just disgusting to get a hospital to reveal confidential details about a patient, no matter who they are, and ESPECIALLY when they’re pregnant; and especially when they’re under as much pressure as she must be. The poor woman isn’t even 12 weeks yet, can’t she get a fugging break from the media? I think what’s been forgotten here is that, given a choice, she would probably be keeping this pregnancy to herself and may not have even told her family (well, hopefully she’d have told Willy) until she was past that point.
    Not ranting at this site or the lovely Fug Nation, just the media who are hanging out outside of the hospital and pulling stupid pranks.

    Also, Fug Girls, this will make you go “squee” :
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/03/royal-baby-when-princess-diana-had-prince-william_n_2232027.html#slide=more267264