We are back with a brief pre-christening post, but first, an update to Kate’s Calendar.
- Wednesday, July 8: Kate and William will be in the Royal Box at Wimbledon, enjoying quarter-finals play.
Next, the cover of People Germany’s July 2nd issue, featuring Kate, along with a small photo of the Duchess playing with Prince George.
The photos show Kate and George having what looks like a lovely time at Snettisham Park, near the Cambridge’s country home. Several lovely WKWers have been very generous with their time, sending scans of the photos to me. I really struggled with this one, but it seems like private play time for the duo, albeit at a public park, but I’m not comfortable including the pictures here. I know that is disappointing for some, but it feels better not sharing them in this venue. Our thanks to Melanie M. (@Mel_Mei77 on Twitter and @jenneumnn on Instagram) and Christin Z (@PackhamGown on Twitter) for generously the photos. Wew will post info about what Prince George is wearing in a What Kate’s Kids Wore post.
In the photos the Duchess is seen wearing a plaid top by Zara.
The Checked Shirt top originally retailed at $69.90, but most recently was on sale for $39.99. The piece is 100% cotton with a snap front, tabs on the sleeves, oversized pockets at the chest with the print on the diagonal, and a slightly longer hem in the back. Unfortunately it is out of stock on the US and UK websites. Our thanks to Stephanie Champion Helton for messaging me with the ID on Kate’s blouse.
We show the boots at Country Attire where they are priced at $253.77 / £165.95. One note for US shoppers pondering
a boots purchase: Country Attire is currently offering free shipping to the US, but Barbour products are excluded. The store is in the midst of its big Barbour Sale, and there are some very good good buys available. (They’re also doing their annual British Summer Sale, which also has some great deals, but I was drawn to the Barbour selection, a fatal weakness!)
UPDATED July 3: With thanks to Eliza Mo for the info, Country Attire is no longer shipping Barbour to the US because of “distribution restrictions.” (I read that as Barbour itself wants shoppers to buy from them and/or US-specific distributors.)
On to our christening update. The most significant news is Kensington Palace’s announcement that the the public is invited to watch the royals walking to and from St. Mary Magdalene Church, where the ceremony will take place. Thousands are expected to line the area in hopes of seeing the royals, family members and godparents arriving at the church. More from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:
William and Kate plan to walk to the church from Sandringham House with Prince George, who will be two on July 22, toddling alongside them and two month-old Charlotte in a pram.
…aides said this time William and Kate, both 33, wanted to invite the public, particularly locals in Norfolk, as a thank you.“While the service inside the church will be private, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be pleased to welcome well-wishers into the paddock outside the church,”
The event is at 4:30 pm Sunday, police will start allowing the public to gather at 3pm. While the crowd is expected to be enormous, it’s said the location is a good site in terms of security concerns, as well as crowd management. More from the BBC:
Well-wishers planning to go to Princess Charlotte’s christening have been warned by Norfolk Police they face a long wait “in the heat with minimal facilities in the area”.
Anyone arriving early has been told they will have to queue “in warm temperatures with limited refreshments and facilities” to enter a paddock next to the church.
The paddock’s gates will not be opened until 15:00 GMT.
Norfolk Police has advised royal well-wishers to bring sunscreen, hats and drinks – but are asked to “please avoid bringing large bags or coolers”.
In related news, the photographer doing the official portraits on Sunday is Mario Testino, who took Kate and William’s engagement photos.
Women’s Wear Daily has more on this choice:
The assignment marks the return of Testino to the royal fold: Over the years, he has photographed Diana, Princess of Wales, and has regularly taken official portraits of other royal family members, including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
In fact, Mr. Testino was a great favorite of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He took the iconic photographs of her for a 1997 Vanity Fair photo essay, her last formal portraits before her death. Those images made up the bulk of a 2005 Kensington Palace exhibition showcasing the photographer’s work.
Below, a portrait by the famed photographer of Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, created for use with a Royal Marsden fundraiser.
The Peruvian-born photographer was awarded an honorary OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) last year for his services to photography and charity. More about the photographer’s early years in London via The Telegraph.
Testino left Lima in his early 20s to study economics in London but later decided to become a photographer. He began his career by assisting the theatre photographer John Vickers while working in a wine bar and living in an abandoned hospital in Charing Cross.
Our final christening topic involves what Kate might wear. Weather for Sandringham on Sunday is expected to be lovely: the current forecast is for sunshine and a high temp of 78º. If thinking about a designer the Duchess might select for Sunday’s events, an obvious choice is Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Below you see Kate at Prince George’s October 2013 christening wearing a Sarah Burton design.
She wore a custom version of a spring 2012 style, seen below left in the ready-to-wear version, and on the right as it appeared in the runway show.
It would be very much like Kate to have selected a design she likes from an upcoming season’s styles, or from the McQueen archives. If she elects a color other than ivory or eggshell, we could see a blush pink. I would not rule out the Duchess wearing something by Catherine Walker or Jenny Packham for this event.
The Duchess chose the Georgie hat by Jane Taylor for her son’s christening.
Sunday’s chapeau could well be another creation from Ms. Taylor’s skilled hands. If selecting another milliner Kate might chose a piece from Sylvia Fletcher at John Lock and Company, possibly a style by Gina Foster, or possibly something from Rachel Trevor Morgan. Milliner Jane Corbett has not been doing bespoke pieces recently, I don’t believe she would be in the mix.
In 2013 Kate wore her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drops; I would anticipate a slightly more formal look this Sunday.
For George’s christening Kate wore her Park Avenue heels from Russell & Bromley. Again, I would look for an upgraded shoe style, a slightly more formal style.
Our other note today involves those StyleRocks coupons readers tell me they still have, the electronic gift certificates for $50 off a purchase of $200 or more. (These were emailed to all entrants in our March Russian Rings contest.) Originally the electronic coupon needed to be used by June 30, but Pascale (a fabulous friend and very special sponsor here at WKW) has extended the deadline to July 31st. So for everyone who still has their certificate taking up space in their electronic in-bin, here’s your chance to use the $50 off!
We leave you with a picture shared by the winner of that contest, Stephanie. She posted a photo of her hand with the winning Willow Russian Rings design.
Thank you Stephanie, Pascale, and everyone who entered!
- for a BBC story showcasing Mr. Testino’s Diana portraits & Kensington Palace exhibition, click here
- Bustle has a story looking at the History of the Royal Christening Gown