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The duchess has faced considerable pressure in her first year as she has eased into her increasingly public royal role, but she has avoided any missteps, seeming to have benefited from strong family support and good advice from palace professionals.

She was reluctant at first to speak in public, although she showed an immediate skill at interacting with British citizens at casual events.

Their first year of married life has been a study in balancing their dual roles: royal and regular. The couple like to dress down when they walk Lupo, but they also wear designer duds at gala dinners and speak out in support of their chosen charities.

After they said “I do” in a gala spectacle at Westminster Abbey, the first images to emerge of the couple were of a casually dressed Kate picking up groceries.

Her later appearances on William’s arm were more typically royal: stunning red carpet walks in designer gowns while championing charitable causes.

While the royal wedding was the culmination of a long courtship, it was also Kate’s coronation in the eyes of the public — as a fashion icon, a philanthropist and a possible future queen.

New Watershed Festival joins slate of country shows

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and other country stars have signed up for the inaugural Watershed Music Festival outside Seattle.

The new three-day festival will be held Aug. 3 through 5 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash.

A news release announcing the festival said tickets go on sale May 5 and are limited to 25,000. Fans will be able to camp out and late-night sets are scheduled.

The Watershed joins a growing number of multiday country music festivals around the nation and is the first at the venue, which hosts the annual Sasquatch Music Festival.

Other stars scheduled to perform include Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Dwight Yoakam, Uncle Kracker, Brantley Gilbert and Thompson Square. More performers will be announced at a later date.

George Jones concerts delayed for his recuperation

Doctors are ordering George Jones to postpone all tour dates through May 20 to recover from an upper respiratory infection.

A statement from Mr. Jones’ publicist, Kirt Webster, said the 80-year-old singer is resting at his home near Nashville. He spent about a week in the hospital last month receiving antibiotics for the infection.

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