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Mar 042013

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:

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:

There are some wonderful details and quotes in the stories, I think you will enjoy them.

This is Grimsby

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”.

David Ross Education Trust Twitter Feed

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.

Sergeant Alison Baskerville RLC MOD Crown Copyright 2011

Kate and William will meet the regiment’s newest mascot, Domhnall.

Corporal Steve Blake, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012

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.

Corporal Steve Blake RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012

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.

Bill Brown Bags “Cristina”

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.

Splash News

The apres-ski boots Kate was seen wearing Friday and Sunday have been identified.

Splash News/Alpine Room

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.

Zara White Printed Top with Bow, photos via Lyst

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!


Dec 242014

Hello, and greetings to all celebrating the holiday! We pop in for our annual post sharing what Kate wore for Christmas services at Saint Mary Magdalene this morning.

©Stephen Lock / i-Images

©Stephen Lock / i-Images

Victoria Murphy of The Daily Mirror shared this photo on Twitter of the royals on the Sandringham grounds as they walked to church, you can just see the Duke and Duchess holding hands in the middle of the picture.

Victoria Murphy, the Daily Mirror Twitter (@QueenVicMirror)

Victoria Murphy, The Daily Mirror Twitter (@QueenVicMirror)

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Oct 082014

We are back with brief news on how Kate is said to be faring along with some product updates.

There are multiple reports that Kate will visit New York this fall. From an initial story in the Daily Mirror:

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are planning an official trip to New York – which will mark her comeback from acute morning sickness.

Kate is now planning a show-stopping visit to the Big Apple at either the end of November or the beginning of December and will stay in the world famous city for several days.

A royal source revealed: “This trip is in the early planning phase but it’s a clear sign that she is on the mend. However, if there is any suggestion that the duchess isn’t well, it will be cancelled immediately.”

Yesterday People magazine’s Simon Perry confirmed a trip by Prince William is in the works.
Prince William is planning to make an official visit to New York in the coming months, PEOPLE has learned.The trip, set for later in the fall, may even see him bringing wife Kate with him. Although she has not been part of the original plans, it’s believed that the palace isn’t ruling out anything where she is concerned.

A “open mind” is being kept as to whether she will also travel, a royal source says.

It will be interesting to see how any/all of the above shakes out.

Obviously any travel plans would be contingent upon the Duchess’s health, as she continues to cope with the return of hyperemesis gravidarum, the illness she encountered when expecting Prince George. She was slated to visit Sir Ben Ainslie’s Americas Cup center next Monday but has been forced to cancel that engagement. More from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

…aides have cancelled plans for her to to go to Sir Ben’s new £12 million headquarters in the Camber Dock at Old Portsmouth, where he intends to employ 90 people initially and eventually hopes to create up to 1,000 jobs by building British yachts capable of challenging for sport’s oldest trophy.

The Duchess, a keen sailor in her youth, will be disappointed not to wave the flag for four-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben’s new racing headquarters.

Below, Kate at the Maritime Center in June for an event launching the America’s Cup bid by Sir Ben.

Splash News/i-Images

Splash News/i-Images

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