Jan 302015
 

We are back with a few quick updates and our poll results.

We begin with word of a new engagement for Kate on the 12th of February, when she visits the town of Portsmouth.  The Duchess will be acting in her role as Patron of the 1851 Trust, an organization working with young people (under the age of 25)  to engage them through the marine and sailing industries. The group is supported by Sir Ben Ainslie, who is heading up a British team racing in the 2017 America’s Cup.  Many will recall Kate’s visit to the Maritime Museum last June when Sir Ben officially announced plans for a major effort to win the Cup.

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Sir Ben & company already tested the waters off Bermuda, where the Cup’s World Series takes place this October.

Ben Ainslie Racing Instagram

Ben Ainslie Racing Instagram

Kate will be visiting Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters in Portsmouth.

America's Cup

America’s Cup

Back to Kate’s role with the 1851 Trust, she will be touring the Trust’s new headquarters located at Ainslie Racing, where she will see a mural created by students working through the Trust.

Ben Ainslie Racing

Ben Ainslie Racing/America’s Cup

Victoria Murphy has more in this Daily Mirror story:

She will meet people from the community involved with the trust… street artists and students from schools who created the mural… before adding her own detail to the picture.

The Trust also aims to “Offer skills and qualifications for young people, and create pathways into apprenticeships, skills based training, and jobs in the wider sports and maritime industry”.

For those of us chattering about Kate’s attendance at a Trust function back in November at the Goring Hotel, it was at that meeting the organization’s Trustees and Patrons were able to meet the group’s new Chief Operating Office, Alasdair Akass. The year 1851 is significant because that is when the New York Yacht Club’s schooner America won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup and the America’s Cup racing series was born.

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Next, some quick links to stories that may be of interest to readers:

  • There is a look at “Super-chic style for the yummiest of mummies-to-be: Why Kate and the Hollywood A-list can’t get enough of maternity brand Séraphine” in a Daily Mail story that ran January 19th. The piece looks at the label’s background while also sharing quite a few photos of celebrities wearing the label, including Zoe Saldana, Zara Phillips, Gwen Stefani, Shakira and Alicia Keys.
  • People’s StyleWatch has a brief story showcasing Mirabelle Jewelry and its founder, Veronique Henry. Ms. Henry explains Kate’s earrings are ““….made in Indonesia by just one family…”
Madderson

Madderson

  • Madderson London, makers of the Naomi dress worn by the Duchess when opening an Art Room January 15th, have done a blog post about the frock. Titled “The Story of a Dress: The Naomi,” the post offers insight into the design process. It also explains the provenance of the fabric used for the piece; in this case the wool came from a British heritage brand, Hainsworth. A piece of trivia from the retailer’s post: “Coincidentally, Hainsworth purchased their Lupton mill in Yorkshire from the Duchess of Cambridge’s great grandparents over 50 years ago, and latterly provided the wool for Prince William and Harry’s uniforms at the Royal Wedding in 2011.” Our thanks to those who emailed/tweeted/commented to share the information about Hainsworth, that linkage between Kate’s past and present is remarkable.

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Finally today, our poll results featuring more of your favorites from 2014. Imagine a muted drum roll here, although the winner is probably not a surprise: the favorite is the LK Bennett Lasa Poppy dress Kate wore in Australia during the April tour.

Photo Credits as Shown on Images

Photo Credits as Shown on Images

Here’s how the top three finishers looked.

©WhatKateWore.com

©WhatKateWore.com

The results from the coat poll surprised me a little, I expected the Seraphine coat that debuted in New York would take the top spot.

PA Wire/

PA Wire/SplashNews.com/i-Images.co

But that is not how things turned out. Instead, the dove grey Alexander McQueen worn on Easter Sunday in Sydney takes top honors for 2014.

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

A look at the top three finishers, there were more than 3000 votes cast.

©WhatKateWore.com

©WhatKateWore.com

May everyone enjoy a splendid weekend!

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Jan 222015
 

We are back with an update and then we’ll move to our polls.

We begin with a look at something Kate wore in photos published Tuesday by Bild, a German newspaper.

Bild

Bild

With thanks to Christin Zipfel on the WKW Facebook page for her translation, the text essentially reads:

“A jumper with little hearts over the babybump. No make up. Uncombed casual hair. We see the Duchess of Cambridge from England (6 months pregnant) during a shopping tour in a supermarket. Without any royal features and very normal she did her errands in the only cheap supermarket in her home village Buckleburry”

The Duchess was shown shopping at her local Bucklebury market, Peach’s, perhaps best described to US readers as somewhere between a 7-11 and a small local market. Kate was wearing a sweater by Beulah London, the ‘Delaney‘.

Beulah London

Beulah London

The sweater featured a heart print and was part of the label’s a/w 2014 collection. One FYI: the sweater was only offered in grey; the Bild photo(s) were photoshopped, that is why it looks navy. The sweater is a wool/cashmere blend that originally retailed for £250, but was most recently discounted to £125.

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Jan 192015
 

Kate returned to a favorite brand for today’s engagements in the London borough of Kensington, not far from her home at Kensington Palace.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

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