Since it’s the end of March, and (most likely) the end of Kate Middleton‘s public appearances until she strolls out of the Lindo Wing with Baby Cambridge 2, now would be an excellent time for a quarterly review of Kate’s appearances – and to check in to see how our polls compare to Kate’s visits. For a full list of Kate’s appearances go here; this post is a number crunch of her appearances so far this year.
January to March, Kate’s totals* are:
*These numbers do not include non-official appearances, out and abouts, shopping trips, and vacations.
Out of those 24 engagements, the numbers break down to:
2 Royal Family Appearances in the UK
14 Royal Duty Appearances in the UK
3 Charity Appearances in the UK
5 No Press Appearances in the UK
0 Foreign Appearances
Whether or not you want to count the no press appearances, or the Royal Family appearances, or whichever, is up to you.
As far as other sightings, etc. some numbers are:
1 Video message (in support of Place2Be)
1 Official quote (to the Times)
1 Non-official appearance in the UK (to the Goring Hotel)
1 Out and About sighting in the UK* (in Bath for memorial service)
4 Shopping trips that we know of (via photos or press)
1 Vacation that we know of (two weeks in Mustique)
*Kate was also supposedly spotted taking George to the museum and to the park.
My numbers deviate slightly from LadyBlueRibbon‘s Duchess Kate Tracker. I counted Kate’s visit to Turner Contemporary as a charity appearance since she was there as Patron of the NPG; I counted the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School visit as a no press visit instead of a charity visit even though it was on behalf of Place2Be because all of Kate’s no press events were on behalf of one of her charities and no press takes precedence for me; I also counted three engagements in Portsmouth on February 12 instead of just one.
I’ll be honest with you, I’m shocked Kate did so many appearances in the first quarter of this year. I seriously thought she would only do one appearance in January, two or three in February, and one in March before disappearing. The fact that she did 24 engagements is shocking to me. Will she continue this flurry of engagements after the baby arrives, or will she disappear until the fall? I don’t know. I hope she keeps this pace up after the birth, but the cynic in me doesn’t think she will (given her track record). But she did prove me wrong once already this year, so it’s possible she could prove me wrong again. We’ll have to wait and see.
Now onto some comparisons with our last poll results (where we voted on different Kate related questions in order to try and predict what she will do – because she is fairly predictable).
Firstly, guys, I’m pretty sure I know why Kate was in mourning late last year and early this year… someone stole her LK Bennett nude Sledge pumps!! Kate has not worn her Sledges once this year, and they haven’t been seen publicly since the WWI commemorations in August of last year. That’s eight entire months without a Sledge sighting! We need to get the FBI, Scotland Yard, and Interpol on this STAT… someone kidnapped the Sledges! I don’t know if there was a ransom note or if someone is holding them hostage but I fear for their life, you guys. Kate must be panicked. No wonder she has looked so tired lately, she’s been so busy worrying about where her shoes are!
Anyway…. So far this year, Kate has been predictable in two of her most predictable categories: clothing color and crotch clutching. Kate has worn blue six times, or 35% of the time (the majority of those polled thought Kate would wear blue 30-40% of the time). Her next most worn color this year so far? Black. Because of course. And so far, Kate has proven 65% of those polled correct by holding her hands to her crotch at every single engagement she has been on.
Kate wore her hair down 7 times; in an updo 3 times; and half up 2 times. If we combine the updos and half up hairstyles, that is 5 times, or 41% of the time. Which is surprising – only 2% of those polled thought she’d wear her hair up (in some capacity) more than 40% of the time.
These are just four results out of many polls, and of course these comparisons are just preliminary figures based on three months of the year. Kate has plenty of time to change these figures.
Just about a month or so before we get to compare the Baby Cambridge 2 poll results!
I’m still hoping for a boy, though the press wants a girl so hard. The latest report claiming Kate is having a girl comes from the Daily Mail. They claim Kate has been eating a ton of chocolates and other sweets from a shop near Anmer Hall (and by “near” I mean a 40 minute drive from Anmer; but it’s closer to Anmer than KP). Apparently there is an “old wives tale” about how craving sweets means you’re having a girl. I don’t believe this for two reasons: 1) I don’t believe in “old wives tales” because usually there are a bunch of contradictory “old wives tales” for every thing they supposedly predict; and 2) Kate hasn’t gained that much weight, so I highly doubt she’s been pigging out on sweets.
PS. Kensington Palace announced that Prince William officially started work at his air ambulance job. He will now go through training and will begin flying in the summer.
“The Duke of Cambridge has today started work as an employee of Bond Air Services.
“Over the coming months he will undertake job-specific training before he begins piloting missions for East Anglian Air Ambulance during the summer.
“The mandatory training will involve simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills training.”
PPS> This Katie Nicholl for the DM article about the work at Anmer Hall not being completed yet is just an excuse for when Kate moves back in with Mummy after the baby is born.
Photos: Getty – more pics from Kate’s last engagements in South London on March 27.