We have some quick updates to share, beginning with an addition to Kate’s Calendar: she will join William in opening The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building at St. Hugh’s College. Oxford is considered to be a “premier centre for the study of China,” here is more from the news release:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially open the China Centre by joining others in a traditional Chinese ribbon-cutting ceremony in its courtyard garden
The royal couple will be met by members of staff, students and friends of St Hugh’s College before being taken on a tour of the new £21million China Centre. They will also be introduced to major donors including Hong Kong philanthropist, Mr. Dickson Poon CBE.
Also today, an update on the poppies art installation at the Tower of London. Readers will recall that almost 900,000 ceramic poppies have been handcrafted at the Paul Cummins Ceramic Studios in Derby, the majority made by volunteers specially trained to work on the project. Each poppy represents a British or Colonial military fatality of World War I.
The flowers are being ‘planted’ in the Tower’s famous dry moat; volunteers are also responsible for accomplishing much of this task. This photo shared by Jay Barnett shows a group that volunteered at the Tower yesterday.
In the foreground of this photo you can see the boxes of poppies ready to be unpacked and planted.
Kerry also shared this picture with a caption noting “First one I planted.”
A ground level perspective.
There is now a wonderful interactive graphic showing the dedications people have made “in honor of a loved one who may have previously served or who is still serving.” Anyone can make a dedication for a minimum £10 donation, with all proceeds going to the 6 charities benefiting from the project. If interested in donating without being part of the Dedication Gallery that option is also offered.
You can look for photos of the planting by searching #TowerPoppies on Twitter and on Instagram. Our previous posts about the project can be seen here (Aug. 5) and here (July 25). Below, more volunteers at work, this photo was posted on the 21st.
Other updates related to the project:
- Volunteers are still needed; learn more by clicking here. Individuals can sign up by completing an online form, while groups of 6 or more are asked to email email@example.com.
- Some readers may recall that a Roll of Honour is read nightly at the Tower; there is now a Facebook page sharing the nightly list of those being remembered, as well as a Tumblr page offering the same information.
- Poppies used in the historic installation are for sale, click here for more. One FYI, poppies won’t be shipped until after the project is dismantled in November. The final poppy will be symbolically planted November 11, coinciding with the signing of the Armistice ending the war in 1918.
We leave you with something more lighthearted, originally shared yesterday morning on our Facebook page. As the sign in the lower right says, “Welcome to Buckingham Palace.”
But it’s not your ordinary view of the Palace, nor of its residents and visitors – Her Majesty and the Duchess have been “Simpsonized.”
The illustrations are the work of Italian artist aleXsandro Palombo, he has created 55+ illustrations showing the Queen and Kate looking just like characters on the popular television show The Simpsons.
Below left we see Kate and HM as they were dressed when previewing the exhibit with Kate’s wedding gown in 2011; the Duchess wore a dress by Joseph that day. On the right Kate is seen in the bespoke suit by Alexander McQueen she wore for Easter Sunday services in Australia this spring. (With apologies, I recognize the Queen’s suit but don’t know if it is by Angela Kelly or another designer,
nor do I know when it has been worn. Our thanks to Cindy, she left a comment saying the suit was worn to Fortnum & Mason when visiting the store with the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge, that post is here. In that post we explain it is by Angela Kelly.)
Mr. Palombo has done a stellar job with the accessories in addition to the dresses, the shoes and chapeaux are very well done. Below, Kate in the teal Emilia Wickstead frock worn on Palm Sunday in New Zealand and the Roland Mouret ‘Lombard’ gown first worn to a private function at Claridges in May, 2012.
It’s not the first time the artist has used the Simpson treatment, although he is not affiliated with the tv show in any way. Last winter Mr. Palombo created a gallery of drawings with Marge Simpson as the model to show some of the world’s most iconic dresses. More from Vogue magazine:
“I made a strict and careful selection of what, in my opinion, has really influenced the style of the last 100 years. Each of these dresses really changed the course of the history of costume, giving a new aesthetic vision that has anticipated major changes in our society.
That group of drawings included Liz Hurley’s safety pin dress, Kate’s engagement dress by Issa London and a Chanel suit.
Some of Mr. Palombo’s work has stirred controversy over the years; previous topics include domestic abuse, eating disorders and political issues. That isn’t likely to be the case with this collection of illustrations, they seem a lighthearted treatment of a topic the artist clearly knows well. That isn’t a surprise, he has Mr. Palombo s
Our final individual looks seen as through Mr. Palombo’s work show Kate in the blue Reiss dress worn for her first speaking engagement, the colorblocked Roksanda Ilincic seen in Australia and the Topshop the Duchess wore for a visit with William to Bereavement UK.
You can see all 59 illustrations at the artist’s blog.
- Learn more about the Dickson Poon China Centre by clicking here, or read the news release in its entirety here
- Visit the Historic Royal Palaces page dedicated to the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, view a video here about the making of the poppies, watch ITN’s story with William, Harry & Kate planting poppies.
- Multiple events are being held at the Tower to honor the WWI Centenary, click here for a list
- Learn more about Historic Royal Palaces on its Facebook page, or follow the group on Twitter