Duchess Kate will definitely attend her first-ever state dinner this month


Last week, the Daily Mail ran a very interesting story about how Prince Charles is trying to act more like a king these days. The story had nothing to do with the Queen exactly, but with Charles’ long-held beliefs in the power of multi-faith societies. You see, Charles is tight with the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama was in the UK for nine days for a tour, and the one-time close friends didn’t even see each other. Sources told the Mail that Charles didn’t meet with his friend on purpose – Charles is trying not to do anything to offend Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the president’s big state visit to the UK later this month. Charles has a tricky history with Chinese leaders and he usually boycotts or simply isn’t invited to dinners or events with previous Chinese presidents. The Daily Mail says Charles is trying to show off his diplomatic skills this time around and he’ll be at Buckingham Palace for the Chinese delegation’s arrival and the arrival lunch.

But! Charles still has a little ways to go before he’s considered a diplomatic heavy. And the Queen still didn’t invite Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall (who probably couldn’t give two sh-ts) to the big state dinner/banquet in honor of President Xi Jinping. No, Buckingham Palace will instead trot out their new diplomatic heavies… Prince William and Duchess Kate. Seriously?

The Duchess of Cambridge’s no-shows at friends’ weddings have led to her being described as a social recluse, but she is set to make one of her most significant public appearances yet. I hear that Kate is to attend the State banquet at Buckingham Palace for the president of China, Xi Jinping, with Prince William later this month.

‘Catherine will be there,’ says a royal source.

‘The State visit is a result of the invitation that William made when he visited China earlier this year.’ The dinner, hosted by the Queen, will be the first State banquet that Kate has attended since she married the Prince in 2011. William is keen to nurture good relations with the Chinese to help him stamp out the trade in illegal wildlife.

Prince Charles, whose description of China’s Communist leaders as ‘appalling old waxworks’ provoked a diplomatic storm in 2005, will not be there to spoil the party.

[From The Daily Mail]

We’ve heard this rumor before of course, but I feel like it’s being framed as “the Cambridges are coming instead of Charles and Camilla.” And after Charles snubbed the Dalai Lama and everything! And does anyone else think it’s slightly weird that Kate hasn’t been invited to a single state dinner since becoming the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011? And if William bangs on and on about illegal wildlife all night, this will be the last state dinner they ever attend. British and Chinese leaders have much more to discuss than William’s one single issue.



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  1. Betti says:

    I can just see the conversation now:

    Willy – ‘By god chaps,maybe you should stop this illegal wildlife trading. Not a very jolly thing to do. Come hunting game in Africa with me – you can hunt while I fly the helicopter. I’m a proper pilot you know.’

    Katie Bucket – ‘Do you like my new fringe? Got it done specially for your visit. Do you really like it? Does it suit me? Can you see my wiglet? Are you sure? The press are mean to me and have stopped saying how pretty I am.’ Saying all this with her maniacal grin, touching her hair and where ever else and general situation inappropriate behaviour.

    Still better off with Chuck!

    PS – Some of the international press have started on the PPD as the latest excuse for Waity’s laziness. Was only a matter of time and I’m beginning the think they come to this site.

  2. evermore says:

    Get ready for grinning, giggling, hair flinging, hair touching, ruining the look of some wonderful royal jewels.

    P.S. Latest photos of Amal Clooney reminds me of Kate entering taxi’s during her clubbing years.

    • Chrissy says:

      You said it, Evermore, but don’t forget my favourite, the Cambridge Crotch Clutch.

    • Pipa says:

      …lets ‘wait’ – her sister may be called to fill in at the last minute.

      As a bunch of professional coworkers state – ‘looking at other royal sites, there are Royal Houses everyday hard at work from marry in professionals (past work ethics) – now Queens /CP/ Princesses; everyday these royals are out (in country or out) for their people- Charities, global causes/UN; while the British is shown with the donothing Willnot*cannot attending sporting games/WC, snowflake shopping pictures’. It’s sad with their position/title all the good could be done for humanity – yet they give nothing back.

    • Pondering thoughts says:

      Amal wears proper underwear and her coat is intended to be long enough. I think she was embarrassed by those pics and just smiled anyway.


      • evermore says:

        Or she was busy posing for camera’s, , trying to show her legs and leg wear and had too many drinks to care.

  3. COSquared says:

    *prays*Please may this woman not fiddle with her hair like a teen trying to pull the rugger capt. No crazy grins. Don’t talk about noodles. Don’t flash. Try to curtsey to HM properly. Amen.

    • Vava says:

      on the contrary! I hope she acts the way she usually does so everyone will finally see how unfit she is for this role she married into.

  4. Jen says:

    I think you’re reaching. This dinner is directly a result of William inviting the President, so why wouldn’t he be there? Frankly, I’d much rather have dinner with them than duller than dull Charles and horse face.

    • Betti says:

      Er no, this is a result of an invitation from the British Government NOT normal Bill. A banquet hosted by the Queen is the norm for State visits – part of the package.

      • Pipa says:


      • Jen says:

        I was going off of this:

        ‘The State visit is a result of the invitation that William made when he visited China earlier this year.’ The dinner, hosted by the Queen, will be the first State banquet that Kate has attended since she married the Prince in 2011. William is keen to nurture good relations with the Chinese to help him stamp out the trade in illegal wildlife.

    • Olenna says:

      Just my opinion, but I would think the invitation was approved by TQ before William commenced the China tour. OT, but the Dalai Lama has not been well and was under doctor’s care recently. I hope Charles doesn’t pass up another opportunity to visit with him if he really is his friend.

    • Jessica says:

      I think Charles and Camilla would be way more interesting to have dinner with than William and Kate.

    • OverFirstAve. says:

      Rumors that Harry was supposedly requested too.

      IMO William and Kate are the dull ones , not Prince Charles.

      • Lindsay says:

        Yes, they wanted him not William for the recent tour as well. Can you blame them? One very small credit to Willnot is all his tour gaffes came from being bull headed and not listening to advice because he knows best. (Carole and Kate tell him how smart he is all the time! Lol) instead of being personal insults (like Charles) or racism like PP has been known to do.

        Also Zuckerburg has lowered the bar for the with his recent embarrassing brown nosing and desperate approval seeking. Listening to Cannot talk about her hair will be MUCH less awkward than being asked in front of the POTUS and FLOTUS if he would name a stranger’s (Zuckerburg) baby for them at a State Dinner.

        Although the Queen knows a lot about a lot and is very good at making interesting and appropriate dinner conversation so she will be able to minimize the DoLittles’ stupidity. Kate won’t be able to go on about her love of sushi and naked yoga and William won’t be able to complain about how hard it is to balance a “full time” “job” while “rasing” two children “without help” and parroting back things he has heard others say about conservation.

    • frisbee says:

      I can’t agree with you that Charles is dull. He has numerous interests in the Environment, Sustainability, the Built Environment, young people’s welfare – he’s built up the Prince’s Trust and raises millions through it every year – Art, Gardens, Historic buildings are all area’s he’s know to be passionate about. William’s interests seem very limited to me. Apart from his ‘Tusk’ charity his involvement elsewhere seems minimal. He is also the man who said “no one knows what being a full-time Royal means”, he works only part time and what he does to occupy himself remains a bit of a mystery. William seems the duller one out of the two of them to me.

    • Jaded says:

      Charles is an extremely intelligent, well-informed and engaging person with a great sense of humour. Camilla is said to be intelligent, funny and a dedicated worker for a number of charities including the osteoporosis society. Her mother and grandmother died painful deaths from osteo and Camilla has it too. Furthermore, a yearly average of several hundred visits, speeches and appearances, many without Charles, puts her miles ahead of Normal Bill and Kannot. So all things considered, I’d much rather sit down over a couple of pints with Charles and Camilla.

      • FLORC says:

        The hate for Charles is based from a single mindset IMO. Not based in truth that he and Camilla are intelligent, dedicated, and witty.
        If we go off facts they sound like very intriguing dinner or conversationalist.

      • sandie says:

        Kate could learn a thing or two (or twelve!) from Camilla in terms of how to fulfill her royal role and the meaning of hard work. Camilla could also enlighten Kate on a few facts about Osteoporosis – it’s not just a senior citizens’ disease but young people who abuse their bodies with extreme exercise and drastic dieting are not immune. I know 2 people who like Kate fit that profile and are now osteoporotic.

        Don’t be fooled by the overly styled hair, makeup and expensive clothes – underneath the glamour her bones are crumbling.

      • Mary says:

        I was just going to comment about Camilla, too. I’ve heard that she’s a very warm person. I think in her youth she was quite a wild child, not sure about that, though.
        Kate seems like she struggles to converse with people. Remember the post about Kate’s Downton Abbey visit? Didn’t the actors say they were so star struck they couldn’t make conversation? I thought at the time it wasn’t that the actors were tongue-tied, but that Kate was so dull/shy/anxious she couldn’t keep up a steady stream of conversation. She might have intense social anxiety, she didn’t socialize much in college, did she? No close friends? Relies on her sister and mother for companionship?

    • anne_000 says:

      What would W&K talk about in a one-to-one conversation? I think Angelina and Brad were bored stiff.

      I never hear of either of them having much interest in anything. I think there’s only so much talk one can have of hair dyes and how long it takes to have one’s hair done. With William, I guess he can talk about all the lives the other people on his copter team are saving. I assume that all he does when it comes to crunch time is stand away and have a forced chat with a very patient RPO.

      • evermore says:

        Remember William with President Obama.

        William seems to joke a lot, he seems void of any conversation of substance, so far from what I’ve observed.

      • anne_000 says:

        @ evermore

        Yes, I remember that. Good point. President Obama is chock full of patience but William was hard to tolerate with his incessant yapping about things nobody is interested in and wasn’t focused on the job at hand.

        I agree with your last sentence. If only W&K’s private visit with AJ & BP was taped. I would watch it and cringe anytime W&K said anything and would be watching to see if A&B did so too.

      • hmmm says:

        Well, Wills could talk about his love of blood sports, the number of animals and birds he’s slaughtered in a year. Oh, wait, he can’t.

        Maybe he can talk about all the holidays he’s taken and whine some more about lack of privacy. Or his job…ha! Yeah, that’s the ticket- his job.

      • Lindsay says:

        She is an amazing conversationalist! Some of my personal favorites:

        – Tom Hiddleston said:
        “I met the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) afterwards and she said: ‘Oh, I know who you are now! Although it’s very strange – now you have got facial hair. Some of the people who had facial hair in the film don’t have facial hair now.’ I guess she doesn’t hang around actors very much.”

        – The art history major asking about Faberge Eggs. The bemused Queen explaining what they were, that they were very expensive, and no they no longer make them.

        – Another art history one she opened a Friend exhibit for the National Portrait Gallery as a patron and asked “when will Lucien Freud would be visiting?” The dead don’t often attend the opening of their collections.

        – Before playing with the Olympic field hockey team she confessed “I haven’t played since I stopped so I am really nervous now.”

        – Asking children lined up outside the Art Room (a forgotten patronage) “Are you going to the Art Room?”

        – Asking a woman at a tea shop if you can “test the smell by smelling it?”

        – She asked a child how to use scissors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCy_SifkP50
        0.40 onwards. When cutting a paper doily with scissors, she asks the child next to her “How can you…how can you use…how can you use these?”

        – “Well done for getting sober.” She also apparently said “Do you like being sober? “Is it nice to be sober?” “Good job at being sober.”

        – To a child climbing a tree “I bet it feels higher up there.”

        – Asking a London Underground Officer how the baby on board stickers work

        – While they were at the WB studios looking at the Batpod they used in TDKR and playing around with it, Kate asked one of the technicians: ‘Would they be acting whilst on that?’

        If they’re using it in the film, no duh the actor sitting on it would be acting on it while they’re filming.

        – While talking to JK Rowling and David Heyman (who produced the HP films) about the HP films, Kate was saying ‘how the films were very much loved by the younger generations as well.’

        – Upon learning a couple she just met had been married 60 years she replied “Are you two still talking?”

        – At a Royal Garden Party: “Everyone looks so pretty dressed up.” And when told that the average guest manages to eat 14 sandwiches and cakes, she joked: “Gosh, no, really? Well I had better see what I can do about that.”

        – When buying a pen as a birthday gift for Will she asked for a “beautiful pen for a man who is left handed.”

      • Thanks Lindsay for that list! Oh Kate, bless her heart!

      • Maia says:

        You missed one. When she went to visit St Andrews (the first time), she shook hands with two girls who were waiting to meet her. Then she asked what they studied and one said “Mathematics”. She said “Brilliant.. do you do all those…calculations?”
        Cracks me up every time.

    • Suze says:

      Do really think William is more interesting than Charles? LOL.

  5. Talie says:

    His wildlife crusade makes no sense when you consider that he still hunts for sport.

    How about standing up and being more vocal for LGBT youth or extreme poverty?

  6. Citresse says:

    Kate should be wearing a tiara so at least she shouldn’t be able to fuss with her hair.

    • Pondering thoughts says:

      She would manage nevertheless as she would do one of her half-updos.

      • Citresse says:

        My favourite tiara is the one HM wore on her wedding day. Known as the Queen Mary Fringe. It really is spectacular IMO.

      • Lindsay says:


        The Queen tends to give her “starter tiaras” The small coronets. She definitely won’t get one with such sentimental value to the Queen. She isn’t Sophie.

        The only tiara she has was an ugly necklace/tiara she was given by a Middleton family friend for her wedding. It is red and very childish. Even the tiara she wore at the wedding had to be given back the next day.

      • Citresse says:

        Yes and in terms of work experience, Kate hasn’t really earned the big league tiaras.
        Looking back to Kate’s wedding day, I’m not sure any tiara would have looked good given that mosquito netting veil. It wasn’t bad later when worn back.

      • COSquared says:

        Lindsay: That necklace looks a flea market-bought gift. I bet she’ll dismantle it or it’ll be at the bottom of her jewel box forever. The person who commisioned/bought this clearly had never a tiara in real life.

      • COSquared says:

        This necklace forms part of the Nizam of Hyderabad parure. This isn’t a tiara-turned-necklace. The tiara of the Nizam parure was dismantled to form the (ugly) Burmese Ruby tiara. So this is the original, untouched Nizam necklace basically.

      • Lindsay says:

        This is her in the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace. Similar dark dress and of course all that hair in the way.

        I agree the wedding one is awful. Too bad they didn’t get help picking it out. Whoever bought it was clearly out of their depth. She’ll probably never wear it again. Which is a shame because the diamonds and Ruby’s still would have cost a pretty penny.

        Based on the work she has done she deserves a Disney Princess Halloween Tiara.

      • Pondering thoughts says:

        It is not the tiara but how she wears it: hair all over and pink lippy and seriously tanned skin and black velvet gown. Rubies and black velvet just don’t get along with each other.
        It would look good on a fairer woman or with a fairer dress. Imagine something elegant in cream white and not such a suntanned skin.

        The tiara / necklace isn’t too bad except when it is on Kate in a black velvet gown.

      • evermoreOriginalhere says:

        I agree, it’s NOT the tiara’s it’s KATE. She simply has no clue how to wear Royal jewels. Look how she RUINED that necklace the Queen let her use.
        She covered it in hair. Even many of her usually loyal royal press pack complained that she ruined the necklace with all that hair. It looked a big clunky , mess on her, the way she wore it. The jewels are gorgeous, the tiara’s are beautiful….it’s Kate, who ruins it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        COSquared, the Burmese Ruby tiara depresses me every time. So ugly. HM dismantled a lovely floral tiara to create that?

  7. LAK says:

    Please let her tuck her hair away and showcase the tiara properly.

    • Betti says:

      What, and hide her crowning glory, the one thing that she spends soo much time, money and brain power on.

      Lets take bets on how she will wear it – me thinks she’ll wear it down but pulled back from her face.

      • LAK says:

        She will wear her hair down and covering the tiara. Especially if she goes with the scroll tiara. It’ll end up looking like a jewelled head piece instead of a proper tiara.

        In which case I hope she wears the papyrus because that won’t disappear too much under the hair.

      • frisbee says:

        Steady on LAK that’s expensive hair that is. Women in Eastern Europe spend years growing it for her. *scurries off to Google papyrus tiara*

      • LAK says:

        Frisbee: she’s worn the papyrus once….hidden by the hair. You could barely see it. Best worn by Serena Stanhope at her wedding to David Linley.

        The scroll was completely hidden by her wedding veil. It looked like a jewelled headband.

        As for the extensions, it’s sort of funny that in recent years she’s stopped touching the back in a way that implied that the roots were itchy. There are quite few videos of her making the itchy roots movement 🙂

      • COSquared says:

        Hair up with the Lotus/Papyrus, I think. There’s always extra effort when HM’s around. Hair up to show off the “painted on ivory” RFO as well, I think(let’s be honest, even if she doesn’t deserve it she’ll get it,maybe already has it).

      • Citresse says:

        Once (if) Charles becomes King, Kate should be expected to wear tiaras more frequently so if the hair becomes an issue, let’s hope the tiaras are the catalyst for a new hairstyle.

      • COSquared says:

        LAK: With the scroll, even with the hair tied up it would still have been too small to see. That tiara has been worn on only a handful of occasions by Anne & Mar b4 dumping it for bigger & better. THS is the ugliest & tiniest tiara in the BRF, IMO. So why did HM loan Kate this one…

      • OverFirstAve. says:

        Somehow Tiaras look Meh.. on Kate. IMO
        A beautiful tiara ends up looking lackluster on her.

      • Betti says:

        I think it’ll be a tiara she’s worn before and with those ones she’s worn her hair down and off her face. She’s going with Bill so she’ll wear it down coz that’s what he likes.

        Girl has no style and sadly makes everything she wears look a bit cheap. It takes talent to make old and beautiful bling look like Swarovski crystals.

      • frisbee says:

        LAK: The Delhi Durbar Tiara is HUGE
        She couldn’t lose this one, not even in all that hair. Although it’s so big I now have visions of it just slipping over the one eye at the inopportune moment 😀

      • Betti says:

        @ Frisbee – she would make this disappear in her hair. Her hair has more personality than she does. Thou i doubt she would get to wear it – she won’t get one that’s bigger or blingier than Queenie’s. Also she doesn’t get to choose – she gets what The Queen decides is appropriate and do we want katie deciding what’s appropriate.

      • frisbee says:

        Betti, yeah your’e right her hair does have the personality. Left to her own devices she’s probably pick this,

      • LAK says:

        Frisbee: Kate has only the scroll and the papyrus loaned to her, so those are her only options unless HM decides to loan her another one. The papyrus was loaned to her because the scroll was in a cartier exhibition at the time. I haven’t checked, but I think the exhibition is closed and she should have it back.

        The Delhi Dunbar is Camilla’s loaner tiara. She’s worn it several times. And looked magnificent every time. She also has the greville parure though she tends to wear the tiara and necklace separately from the bracelet and earrings.

        Cosquared: I liked how Anne wore the scroll. It looked very ‘groovy’. I can’t think of any other word to describe how she wore it.

        And yes, I think there was something very passive aggressive about loaning Kate the least loved tiara as her starter tiara.

      • COSquared says:

        LAK: I had no idea about the Cartier exhibition. So this means the Lotus isn’t really her “second loan” tiara?

      • LAK says:

        Cosquare: i’m assuming that as she’s publicly worn the papyrus, it will be her second loaner going forward.

      • Betti says:

        I think all the other ‘nicer and more popular’ tiara’s have already been claimed for loan by other ladies in the family – she’s the newbie so gets the slim pickings.

      • LAK says:

        Betti: I disagree. Diana had the Spencer tiara to fall back on, HM actually purchased Fergie’s tiara for her, Sophie had a horrid one made for her to start and now keeps trotting out with some lovely ones.

        Kate receives the one tiara nobody likes, and when that’s on loaner, she receives Margaret’s least loved tiara…..

        There are actually a few very good ones still sitting in the vault eg the Strathmore, the Queen Mary Fringe, the Burmese Ruby, the Vladimir, the Russian Kokshnik, Cambridge lovers knot to name a few.

        HM’s favourite tiaras, worn frequently: Great Britain and Ireland, King George 4 state diadem.

        Ps: I hope they retire the Cambridge lovers knot tiara until Charlotte’s generation are old enough to wear it. And I hope it is someone NOT Charlotte Diana who wears it. Poor girl already has too much Diana association without also being saddled with her tiara.

        If Kate is loaned the Cambridge lovers knot tiara, the world will explode because her association with Diana will be complete.

      • COSquared says:

        Betti: There are tiaras that seem to have vanished for decades, their whereabouts unknown. Take Sophie & her atrocious wedding tiara: that thing came from the base of a Q. Alexandra circlet, last seen on A herself. If nearly a hundred years can pass without a tiara being touched & then remade into a new one, surely there are more sitting around? There is also the Strathmore Rose,the Teck Circlet, George III & Alexandra Kokoshnik fringe tiaras, the Sapphire bandeau as well. These are simply the ones worn in the last 20 years. Even Diana & the CLK,a tiara last seen in the 50s. IMO, I don’t think its ” slim pickings” for Kate. Maybe HM’s reluctance or something.

      • aaa says:

        “Maybe HM’s reluctance or something.”

        Silly musing alert…
        I think that some future bio of Queen Elizabeth II will portray her in the most glowing terms except for one thing, she was a real meanie when it came to sharing tiaras.

      • Lindsay says:

        Lol. Very true. If they are counting Charlotte’s birth as work maybe they can start counting her hair appointments as well. It represents a lot of time, money, energy, and effort.

      • bluhare says:

        I think the Strathmore tiara is lovely.

      • Lillylizard says:

        Aparently the Strathmore is very fragile, too fragile to wear, the silver settings are crumbling ,it needs to be completely reset and refurbished which would be very expensive. I don’t think HM would foot the bill especially when she has so many other Tiaras to choose from.

        The Queen Mum used the Halo tiara a lot in the 20’s and 30’s when she was Duchess of York and I think she wore it best. Kate has too much hair for it.

        My money is on her wearing Margaret’s Papyrus, thank goodness it was a loaner and money grubber Lindsey didn’t get his hands on it or it would have been sold at auction with the rest of Margarets jewels like the fabulous Poltimore Tiara. Behind the scenes the Queen was really unhappy and told him in no uncertain terms that he could only take the proceeds from Margaret’s personal items not on items she had received as gifts from foreign countries, that money had to go to charity and she put her own accountants on the job to make sure he complied.

    • Betti says:

      Ah – i had forgotten that TQ has a massive collection and that they are remade, They loan them out for exhibitions quite a lot as well.

      To have access to the Royal jewels – what a dream.

  8. M.A.F. says:

    Odd observation but she always holds her clutch in the same position- in front of her bully. It’s a defensive mechanism, like it makes her feel safe when she is out in public working. But then again, I might too if what I was wearing didn’t have pockets.

  9. ickythump says:

    The only one who doesnt understand what “being a full-time royal means” is William. He should ask his granny/grandad/aunty anne among others. And if these two are the big hitters then the BRF is in trouble.

  10. Evie says:

    Lazy, dull woman. How can someone be so incurious and sloth like that with all the opportunities in the world to do interesting things they can choose to do absolutely nothing? All day, every day. Nothing! She’s going to go to a dinner at some point- she may need a few holidays afterwards to recuperate. Wow.

    • kelsey says:

      LOL – recuperate from eating a fancy meal??!!

    • Betti says:

      Someone else pointed out on another royal thread that Kate thinks she’s working hard and fulfilling her duties. As she’s never worked at a real job in her life she has nothing else to compare it too – to her doing a handful of engagements within a couple of months is exhausting, specially now she has to organise the staff (Maria and Carole) who are raising her children while she shops, decorates, works out, holidays and sketches etc..

      Its becoming apparent that for every engagement she does she need to have a week or so downtime to recover from the ‘whirl’ of it all.

      • anne_000 says:

        I think she thinks her job is to exist as Bill’s wife and Bill thinks his is just to exist because imo he thinks he’s that indispensable as part of the BRF continuity that he believes the country needs emotionally. I think they think that’s enough.

        They go about life acting as the world owes them a comfortable existence and continual praise, sort of like the priest gods of ancient times.

  11. anne_000 says:

    I’m glad W&K were given loads of heads-up time to prepare themselves for this state dinner.

    I know they will have flashcards made up with the photos, names, pronunciations thereof, and notes on the interests of the Chinese officials and their wives.

    I know Kate will listen to sensible advice from a stylist on her appearance for this dinner. I also know that she will not refuse to eat anything specially offered to her by a wife of a high official that isn’t part of her regular diet menu.

    And I’m sure William will know to hold his conversations short, hold back his jokes that deprecate others, and stick to topics that the other person is interested in.

    I’m sure they’ll show the world how prepared they already are to step in their royal roles any second they want.

  12. Amy M. says:

    This is maybe the first state dinner Kate and William have attended in the UK as hosts but haven’t they attended some state dinners as guests on one of their royal tours?

    • anne_000 says:

      Iirc, didn’t they turn down a lunch or dinner with the NZ president because they couldn’t be bothered, er I mean, they had something fun to do, er I mean, they scheduled in something in at the last moment so they didn’t have to go, er I mean, they couldn’t be proper guests, er I mean, they… I can’t remember what it actually was.

      • LAK says:

        I remember they turned down a state dinner for one of the tours to Asia/AUS/NZ (can’t recall which country) on the grounds that the our itself was to be kept light and tight.

        Then their PR kept saying how many events had been scheduled for the tour blah, blah, blah yet when the tour came round, it turned out that they did one thing a day for a couple of hours if that. They’d built vacation days in the tour so really it was a vacation.

      • Green Girl says:

        I have no idea how one can go on a tour representing the monarchy and just not meet with the host country’s leaders, even if it’s just for a one-hour photo opp or a light tea. I’d think you would build the rest of the tour *around* that dinner.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I think they turned down a private dinner with either the PM of Australia or New Zealand. They also wouldn’t give King Tuheitia (Maori) enough time for a proper formal greeting so he refused the scant 15 minutes they offered him.

    • bluhare says:

      Pretty sure I remember photos of them in a car going to a state dinner. Pretty sure I do. I think they may have been unannounced or last minute attendees on that one.

      • Vava says:

        Yes, wasn’t that when she was wearing a small tiara? And some pale blue garment. They were riding in a car to the event.

    • Lillylizard says:

      One of the NZ PM’s dinners was cancelled because they had booked a weekend at an exclusive resort during the middle of the tour (read freebee here ) and wouldn’t adjust their schedule to fit it in.

  13. Vava says:

    Here’s my prediction. New gown (obviously), Cambridge Lover’s Knot, Crotch Clutch, hair touching, crazy open mouthed manic laughter, and horrible social skills but thankfully we won’t hear about that part of it. If she’s nervous, she has every right to be because she will be completely out of her league.

    • MinnFinn says:

      +1 And one more prediction, her dress will be too low cut or her skirt slit will be way too high. Chinese attire is very modest and women don’t show cleavage or have high slits in their dresses. But she showed us in her low cut McQueen gown at the Malaysia dinner that the most important thing is to display one’s assets in spite of that fact that it will be viewed as very inappropriate and offensive to one’s dinner companions.

      • Vava says:

        I bet you’re right. When is this fiasco, anyway?

        Can you imagine the poor people who have to sit by this dolt? I can’t imagine trying to have a conversation with her, she just seems so vacant.

      • bluhare says:

        I think state dinner protocol says structured tops and full skirts (meaning no slits).

      • Vava says:

        Hi Bluhare!
        Without the slits in the skirt, could Kate get away with a plunging neckline? She HAS to show skin, you know!

  14. seesittellsit says:

    And you can bet the emphasis in all the coverage will be which tiara HM leant her for the occasion. And, of course, how it played with her new fringe.

  15. Someone file this away that Kate is expected to attend and is invited in case she drops out at the last minute and the try to tell us that she was never expected to be there.

    • notasugarhere says:

      This is still from “a royal source” off record. The source could be from HM trying to pressure them into attending, or from KP’s camp trying to pressure HM into letting them attend.

      • True, but remember the Ralph Lauren charity gala that was hosted by William at Windsor Castle. It was confirmed that Kate would co-host and then retroactively denied that it was ever confirmed.

      • Pondering thoughts says:

        And Ralph Lauren was rather miffed in a hidden way.
        If Kate Bucket keeps annoying royal sponsors and royal friends like that there won’t be many left.

        I don’t quite get why William and Kate would get a state dinner with China. Trade with China is very important so you would expect a more seasoned Royal Diplomat to handle this.

  16. Pondering thoughts says:

    I think I might be a bit bitchy today.

    • Vava says:

      Well then, there is nothing wrong with that! Especially when discussing The Cambridges…………..I’m right there with you. 🙂

    • Pondering thoughts says:

      actually I had a list with approved conversation topics when in presence of katie bucket. But somehow the list vanished when I tried to post it. Probably my fault for too much editing.

      Anyway heres is the list:

      Approved conversation topics when talking to Katie Bucket:

      – hair
      – hair dye
      – hair extensions
      – hair salons and how to find a good one
      – clothes
      – fashion
      – style
      – shoes
      – pantyhose (but do not shame Katie for not wearing one)
      – jewelry
      – makeup
      – eyeliner
      – facials
      – holidays
      – vacations
      – holiday homes
      – holidays and vacations in holiday homes

      What to not talk about when talking to Kate:
      – horrible family members (nope, not the Royal Family but Uncle Gary)
      – art (her history of art degree was such a long time ago and one hasn’t done anything since as it was more a MRS degree than an academic degree.)
      – work experience (as one can’t talk about what one hasn’t done)
      – work (not a suitable topic for any Royal)
      – the causes of the evening (Kate obviously loves visiting China for a holiday but please no serious questions)
      – charities (Katie Bucket who is a millionaire grace of Uncle Gary and grace of her marriage doesn’t quite understand the need for charities)
      – charitable work (as Katie is very insecure about it and can’t quite figure out what she is supposed to do with / for / on charities)
      – Royal Duties (Katie considers her family her Royal Duty. Her real family. Her Middleton family (most important first): Carole, Michael, Pippa, James, William, George, Charlotte).
      – don’t expect Katie Bucket do anything with language to support anybody or anything. This includes: to make or hold a speech, to write letters or thank-you notes or any other writing stuff, also no interviews.
      – don’t expect Katie to make anybody feel special (that is reserved for William anyway, priorities, get real!)

      Generous compliments on Katie Bucket’s appearance are very welcome as it is the only thing she really tries to excel.
      Also free jewelry, free holidays and free trips on private airplanes are very much appreciated as long as you don’t expect ANYTHING in return!
      You give and pay and SHE RECEIVES. That is all there is.

      • wendi says:

        A+, but may I add the following:
        What to not talk about when talking to Kate:
        -Don’t even hint at comparisons to hard-working royals such as Sophie
        -Don’t mention the York sisters
        -Make no mention of her dramatic weightloss and extreme dieting regimen
        -Don’t comment on the fact that she hasn’t eaten anything or offer her a dinner roll