Nov 142014

We rarely do entire posts dedicated to a future engagement, but news of Kate and William’s upcoming trip to New York merits a deviation from the norm.

From the news release about the visit: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the USA between 7th and 9th December 2014.” Below, William and Kate arriving in Los Angeles in July 2011. That trip was part of the North American Tour, undertaken in July of that year.

Jen Lowery / Splash News

Jen Lowery / Splash News

First, a look at the focus of the trip, via the news release:

The Duke and Duchess will attend events on behalf of the Royal Foundation and other charities with which Their Royal Highnesses are closely associated, and also on behalf of HM Government.

The charitable themes will include promoting sustainable conservation issues with a particular focus on collaborative working to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, and also supporting organisations which reflect Their Royal Highnesses’ interest in young people’s mental health and the importance supporting disadvantaged young people from an early age.

On to their itinerary:

Sunday, December 7th: Kate and William arrive Sunday evening. They will attend a private function with the American Friends of The Royal Foundation

Monday, December 8th:

Splash News

UK in America

  • Prince William will be in Washington DC, where he’ll attend the World Bank Anti-Corruption Conference and a luncheon afterward.
  • Prince William then returns to the city for a reception Tusk Trust and United for Wildlife partners: Wildlife Conservation Society; Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy
  • in the evening the couple attend an NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets. The purpose of this event is to announce a joint initiative with the NBA, the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and the recently launched United for Wildlife. (It also means Kate & William get to see “King James” (Lebron James) in action.

Tuesday, December 9th:

  • The Duke and Duchess “visit a youth organisation to see the work they carry out in partnership with an inner city youth development foundation.” I expect the visit will be somewhat similar to Kate & William’s Los Angeles visit to the Inner-City Arts program in a very rough area of Los Angeles, also part of the North American Tour. (Not similar in terms of the painting the couple took part in, but in learning about the center and its work with children.)

  • Kate & William will attend a reception in conjunction with GREAT, the United Kingdom’s campaign promoting UK products, tourism and other endeavors. From the organization’s website: “The GREAT Britain campaign showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer.” Some may recall Kate’s at a GREAT event prior to the 2012 Olympics, the Duchess is seen arriving at that function in this photo.

James Higgins / Splash News

University of Saint Andrews

University of Saint Andrews

Splash News

Splash News

As calculated by Jordon Lee on Twitter, the couple will have four joint engagements, 2 solo events for Kate and 4 solo functions for Prince William.  Not listed on the itinerary is a visit to the September 11th Memorial and Museum, presumably this is to be a private visit.

Obviously this is exciting news for most Kate fashion followers. We will have another post looking at the schedule, what designers the Duchess might wear, and other details of the trip shortly.


  • Click here for the official news release about the trip




  33 Responses to “They’re Coming to America: Kate & William Will Visit New York Dec. 7 – 9”

  1. As a New Yorker who lives in DC, I am very much looking forward to this trip. I think the Duke and Duchess will certainly raise a good amount of funds for their respective charties for 1) rich New Yorkers will certainly want to mingle with British Royals and 2) people tend to be more generous with their donations during the holiday season.

    As this is a fashion site, I am also eager to see what the Duchess will wear. As always, I am sure she will continue to fly the British designer flag while still paying tribute to her host country. Britain has a lot to offer fashion wise and NYC has a large variety as well. For the gala, it would be exquiste if she wore something by the late designer, Oscar de la Renta. It would be a nice homage to the designer and his fashion house. Or, she can elect to wear something by Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen, or Calvin Klien. Regardless, she has lots of American designers to choose from and am looking forward to what she chooses.

  2. I’m interested to see how Kate dresses for the weather they’re getting in NY, assuming it sticks around. I saw Buffalo is expected to get up to 6 feet of snow! I know Buffalo is further west of Manhattan, but I would be surprised if Manhattan doesn’t get some of it. I hope it doesn’t put a damper on anyone’s plans, be it William and Kate or fans who want to travel to see them.

  3. I lived outside NYC for years and in DC for years. I move to North Carolina and they visit! Sigh. I would love to see the royal family in person!

  4. I am going to be in nyc for thanksgiving but am considering going back for this !!! And she will be seeing my Cleveland Cavaliers! Swoon! So happy!

    • Hi there,

      Is anyone traveling to NYC to see the royals? Or know of anyone who is a big royal watcher who will be there?


  5. wow this is so cool and exciting!

  6. Can’t wait for them to visit!! Hope I can get a peek at TRHs at the museum. It’s a great venue for art lover HRH

  7. A lovely seasonal treat for Kate watchers! Looks like lots of fun – bring it on! :-)

  8. In the UK they are already being criticized for this trip as it sound like a nice vacation with a few token appearences that are not parties, galas, etc. Anyway, I look forward to the fashion, I’m sure that she will go all out on this trip.

    • I think people forget that a party/gala where you are the guest of honour is not exactly a fun, relaxing occasion. Imagine getting married in a big white wedding… over and over again. Exhausting.

    • I haven’t heard any criticism and I live in the UK – most people I know are not all that bothered about this trip as it’s so short.

      What they are packing into 3 days doesn’t sound like my idea of a holiday – they’re not even together some of the time, if I’ve read the itinerary correctly.

      • Well, I live in London and I am yet to hear anyone congratulating them for this trip- although it must be said that I move in the sort of circles in which nobody counts galas as work.I for one I am calling it as I see it: a nice vacation with even nicer fashion, to which I am looking forward. That shouldn’t be a problem, after all Sussn has insisted that this is not a fan site but a fashion site.

  9. Her Royal Highness is going to Brooklyn — will wonders never cease!

  10. This looks like a packed schedule for only three days. I’m looking forward to seeing what Kate will wear. Christmastime in NY is beautiful so I hope they get to see the decorations and the department store windows (I doubt they will make a special trip, but it would be nice). I’m sure they will raise lots of money for St. Andrews since the rich people of New York love to mingle with royalty.

    P.S.: It’s really great that we won’t have to wait a long time for this trip to take place. It felt like we waited for Australia for YEARS!!

  11. Ohhh…I’d love to visit NYC around Christmastime, especially if there is a chance of a royal sighting. Looking forward to this trip!

  12. I suspect the fashion will be more coats/coat dresses as the weather will probably be a bit colder than they are used to :-) They could both wear parka’s and still look amazing.

    • Is it not cold in London in December?

      • It can be. Sometimes it can be very cold, but sometime quite mild depending on where our weather systems come from.

        • Right. London is cold, but in NYC, we have the Polar Vortex! BRRRRR!!!!!

          • Compared with NYC we’re almost tropical here – even when it’s very cold :D

            I live in the Midlands, in the centre of England. Two winters ago it got down to -19C but only for a short time, not for weeks…thank goodness!

        • Well, that sounds like weather just about anywhere. I’ve been in NY several times during late November/early December and the weather can be warm, cold or freezing. By the same token, I was in London once in September and had to buy a sweater because it was so cold. I don’t think NY weather will bother the Cambridges at all.

  13. I’m very much looking forward to seeing all of the events and outfits! Though, I’m assuming Jay Z and Beyonce will be around for the Nets game, and am already bracing myself for the inevitable “American royalty meets British royalty” headlines!

  14. OMG!!! Thank you for you post!! I am soooo excited!! I am coming down from Boston for this! Anybody else plan on going? We should plan on meeting up and waiting in the cold to see her!!!!

    • Thanks for the invite but no. I’ll watch it all on TV, all warm in my jammies.

    • I was really hoping to try and make a spontaneous trip but with two wee boys of my own and work, it will not be.

      I, too, will enjoy just catching up by blog posts while cozy at home….thanks to WKW!

    • I’ve already mentioned this to my husband to see if he’s up for a quick trip to New York since we live in Pennsylvania and he’s totally on board because he knows I’m a huge fan of the Duchess (besides, we’ve never been to New York in December). Do you happen to have any idea when we’d have the best chance to see her?

      • Any opportunities to see the Duchess are likely to be outside, watching Kate and/or Kate with William exiting a vehicle and walking into a location where they have an engagement. In most instances they could be going in any number of entrances to a building, like the Met, or Barclays Center, where there are multiple entrances, some even underground. In other cases the specific location may not be announced until an hour or two before the event (for security reasons), such as the engagement at a child development center. The best indoor venue for seeing the couple would be the Nets basketball game. There are tickets available for that event, but they are pricy, with the least expensive I have seen running about $100.
        This isn’t meant to sound discouraging, but any chance to see the Duke & Duchess is likely to involve many hours standing outside behind police barricades in wintry weather. If you do decide to go, let us know – it would be fun to hear your perspective on the experience! :)

  15. Her hair was so amazing in the November 2012 photo. The best it’s ever been, imo.

    I’m a little surprised they are coming to NYC during the pregnancy, and it seems like a busy schedule in a short amount of time. There’s nothing like December in NYC, and I hope they have a great time. But I also hope she takes it easy and gets enough rest.

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