We have a few quick updates to share in a variety of areas, we’ll begin with tomorrow’s visit to Grimsby. Firm event times have been made public:
- 11:35a – 12:15p Fishing Heritage Center (6:35am EST, there will be a 5 minute walkabout here
- 12.20p – 1:10p Peaks Lane Fire Station, part of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (7:20a EST)
- 1:15p — 2:20p Havelock Academy (8:15am EST)
Those times come via a story in This is Grimsby, the site also details its coverage plans for the royal visit, including this information: “We will also be live steaming video online and pupils at Macaulay Academy”.
This is Grimsby has multiple stories about tomorrow’s events, including several detailing the goings-on in advance of the visit:
- Staff at the Fishing Heritage Center have been practicing, practicing, practicing, the full story is here
- Students at Havelock Academy have been busy baking biscuits (cookies) and decorating them, that story is here
- Five students at Macaulay Primary Academy spent time making flags for the visit, the story is here
There are some wonderful details and quotes in the stories, I think you will enjoy them.
Updates on preparations can also be found on Twitter, the photo below was tweeted by the David Ross Education Trust, we see students rehearsing “We Will Rock You” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
We’ll see you bright and early!
St. James’s Palace confirmed today that Kate will join William on Sunday, March 17 for ceremonies at Mons Barracks, home to the Irish Guards. The duo will watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Duchess will help distribute shamrocks to the regiment’s Officers and Guardsmen. Many will recall that Prince William was married in his Irish Guards dress uniform, he is Colonel of the Regiment.
Kate and William will meet the regiment’s newest mascot, Domhnall.
Above we see the Irish Wolfhound in a “playful” mood during the holidays, he came to the Regiment from Northern Ireland just a few months ago. More about Domhnall’s high-pressure debut from the Ministry of Defence:
He and handler Drummer David Steed are on a steep learning curve to make sure they look the part when Domhnall first fulfills the role of mascot at the regiment’s grand St Patrick’s Day parade in March.
In just 2 months, blank canvas Domhnall has already been housetrained and obedience-trained, Drummer Steed said, with his ceremonial training in London due to start in the near future:
This will involve being with the regimental band, taking him out on Queen’s Guard mounts to get him used to the noises and the sights and sounds of London, as well as taking him to Knightsbridge for his horse-friendly training.
Because ceremonial duties are with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, it’s making sure that the horses aren’t startled by him and vice-versa.
Below, Drummer David Steed and Domhnall.
Last year Kate met Conmael, he was the mascot when she visited the Guards.
Finally, a few quick updates on items from Kate’s trip to Switzerland, beginning with the bag she was seen carrying Friday.
Kate was carrying this for Rosie Meade on Friday when walking with her friend on the base of the ski slope, it is the Cristina by Bill Brown. I’m repeating what I added to yesterday’s blog because not everyone re-checks the posts. The bag is made of handloomed cotton, it is lined and zips closed in addition to closing with the coconut shell button. The bag sells for £30, about $45 USD.
The apres-ski boots Kate was seen wearing Friday and Sunday have been identified.
The maker is Oscar Sports, an Italian label. I believe they are the faux fur version of the Giada style, the Giada Ecol, we show it at the Alpine Room, a UK site. All Oscar boots are handmade in Italy, this model runs £175, about $260.
When Kate was out walking on Sunday (photos viewable here) she was seen in this blouse, Zara’s ‘White Printed Top with Bow,’ our thanks to Daily Kate Middleton on Facebook for letting us know about the top.
The $59 top is past season, WKW Facebook friends have seen Kate wearing it previously (scroll through comments for information), it is now sold out. Kate was also carrying her Temperley Odele coat, that item is now discounted 50% to $1625.
Again, if we learn who made the dress coat worn Saturday to the wedding we’ll update Saturday’s post. We’ll see you tomorrow morning!
- This is Grimsby is doing wall-to-wall coverage on the events, you can follow them on Facebook and/or on Twitter
- Read more about the Irish Guards here, or follow the Band of the Irish Guards here or on Facebook,
- Read the MOD’s full story about Domhnall by clicking here