Apr 132015

Hello-hello, and welcome to another post filled with Bits and Bytes.  We begin with news about some new/old photos of Kate and Prince George enjoying a mother-son outing at a public park near the family’s Anmer Hall home.  Australia’s New Idea has the story in its April 20 issue.

New Idea April 20, 2015

New Idea April 20, 2015

The pictures show Kate and George enjoying themselves at Snettisham Park, a working farm that also boasts lots of attractions for young and old, including a petting zoo.

New Idea magazine April 20, 2015

New Idea magazine April 20, 2015

Kate is in a Barbour we have seen before, worn for a stroll on the beach in Anglesey with Prince William, and also when out shooting back in 2008. The piece has a corduroy collar, double vents in the back, and adjustable tabs at the waist and cuffs.  For anyone looking to repliKate, similar pieces include the ladies Barbour Wildnerness at Philip Morris (£129), and the ladies Beadnell at Macy’s ($379). The Beadnell also comes in a summer weight that is a light brown, it is $229. Joules offers a budget-friendly style in a lighter brown, the Moredale, it runs $107.

Philip Morris & Sons (UK)/Macy's/Joules USA

Philip Morris & Sons (UK)/Macy’s/Joules USA

You can also find Barbour at both Orvis USA and Orvis UK.  The Duchess sported skinny jeans (specific pair unknown at this point) and her Le Chameau boots; we show them at Country Attire in the UK.

Country Attire

Country Attire

The wellies are also available at Zappos.

Prince George looks to be wearing a Columbia snowsuit, the brand’s Snuggly Bunny Bunting in “collegiate navy,” originally selling in the US at $95. The piece is down filled, with a wind- and water-repellant outer layer and fleece-lined interior. There is a full-length diagonal zipper for ease in getting the garment on and off, there are also fold-over hands and feet. It is sold out at most retailers, but we found it significantly discounted ($38) at flash sale site

Prince George Columbia Snuggly Bunting Snowsuit Bunting Snettisham Park Norfolk Park Petting Zoo

It is also still in stock in different colors and motifs at (prices run from $37.99 to $52.99), and at Little Trekkers ( £22.49).

Norbys Online

Norbys Online

Our thanks to the lovely ladies at Prince George Pieces who located this item!


Next, news that many may have already read, last week’s Palace briefing regarding plans for the Great Kate Wait Version 2.0. The plan is to avoid the hoopla and insanity of the original Great Kate Wait, hopefully minimizing the enormous crowd of media and the public amassed outside the hospital. Richard Palmer of the Daily Express reported via Twitter that parking restrictions at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital will go into effect tomorrow.

Richard Palmer, The Express (@RoyalReporter)

Richard Palmer, The Express (@RoyalReporter)

Other pertinent items coming out of the briefing:

  • Kate is expected to stay at Kensington Palace as the baby’s due date approaches, so she is close to St. Mary’s Hospital. However, there are contingency plans should Kate go into labor while visiting her parents or at Anmer Hall in the country.
  • William’s new job could have him as far away as a two-hour drive from the hospital (his work training is underway at three different airports).
  • The Duke and Duchess are not hiring a maternity nurse, as was suggested in some publications.
  • Once the new baby has arrived Kate & William will spend a few days at Kensington Palace with Prince George, so HM and others can meet the newest addition to the royal family. Then the family will relocate to Anmer Hall for the summer, if not longer.
  • Richard Palmer reports is it “likely” Kate will attend Trooping the Colour, although there’s certainly no definite commitment.

Here’s our 5 Factoids In Advance of Kate & William’s Second Baby:

  1. The Duke and Duchess still don’t know the child’s sex, they are waiting to find out like everyone else.
  2. Kate gets a bit of a discount at the hospital this time, the following is from a UK Press Association story: “This time the Duchess will be given 10% off the Lindo Wing’s pricey fees as part of a loyalty discount to mothers who go back to have a second child.”
  3. There hasn’t been a Princess of Cambridge for 182 years. From a Daily Mail story: “The last was King George III’s granddaughter Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge who was born in Hanover, Germany in 1833.”
  4. Once the Queen and immediate family are informed of a birth, Kensington Palace will use Twitter and Instagram to announce the news to the world. Prince George was the first royal baby to have his arrival announced via Twitter.
  5. Prince William plans to take the full two weeks paternity leave he is afforded in his new position with East Anglian Air Ambulance.

We have a few quick links to stories of possible interest in the last several days:

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail

  • The Huffington Post has a story on Kate’s maternity fashions, it features input from our friend Carly, the fashion blogger behind Kate Middleton Style.
  • The Duchess Diary has a fun post looking back at William and Kate’s early years, you will find it here.
  • ITV has 2 new puppets for its popular Newzoids show. More from HuffPo UK: “The six-part series promises a combination of high-energy puppetering, topical gags and pinpoint accurate impressions…” Yikes.
ITV via Yahoo NZ

ITV via Yahoo NZ


Finally today, our winner in the giveaway for an autographed copy of The Royal We,the terrific new book from Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, also known as The Fug Girls.

"The Royal We"

“The Royal We”

Our big winner is Traci! Below, Traci’s comment on where she would like to be when reading the book.

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Traci, if you could email me ( with your pertinent info, we will get The Royal We headed in your direction! Our thanks to Heather and Jessica for sponsoring the giveaway!


We’ll leave you with a cute story about Kate and George from Florida’s News-Press. Remember when Kate visited the Goring Hotel in March?

Ben Cawthra/LNP

Ben Cawthra/LNP

While at a party celebrating the Hotel’s reopening the Duchess chatted with Claudia Gordon, who was visiting London from Florida. The Fort Myers newspaper has more in this story:

“I asked her if Prince George was excited about the new prince or princess that was coming and she said yes and that he is a toddler and is talking and walking,” Gordon began. “Then she told me that his daddy, Prince William, was visiting China. After hearing this he (George) went to the china cabinet, opened it and proclaimed ‘daddy is not here.’”

Good for Prince George.




Apr 082015

Hello, and happy spring. We are back with several very brief tidbits and a fun giveaway.

Quick – when was the last time we saw Kate wearing her trusty Sledge pumps?

Kate Sledge Montage

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Duchess sporting the once-ubiquitous footwear from LK Bennett. It’s one of those things that you don’t notice until the absence is pointed out via some other mechanism: in this case I realized the shoes hadn’t been worn publicly for quite some time while working on our upcoming post about distinctions between Kate’s maternity wardrobe with this pregnancy and her previous pregnancy. But just how long has it been since she Kate has been seen wearing the Sledge? A month or two? Six months? Seven months? Longer? That means it’s time for a WKW pop quiz: let us know how long you think it has been with a vote in our utterly whimsical poll. (Now, now, now, no checking previous posts, that wouldn’t be sporting!) And leave a comment if so inclined, sharing if you also noticed the shoes being off the footwear radar, I’m guessing quite a few readers were coming to the same realization I merely stumbled upon.


 Next, word of a new royal documentary airing tonight on the Reelz network.

The program is titled “William, Kate & George: A New Royal Family.

Here’s a snippet about the show from the official news release:

… highlights the major experiences of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge including the birth of George as third-in-line to the throne, the global frenzy surrounding his introduction to the world and the family’s first official tour together when they visited Australia and New Zealand.

The doc is from Imagicians, a production company well versed in royal programming, with more than 50 royal-related programs produced in the last several years. This broadcast features our pal Victoria Murphy, The Daily Mirror’s royal correspondent. More about the program:

Offering fresh insight, exclusive footage and in-depth commentary from some of Britain’s leading royal experts including royal journalist Victoria Murphy, “Kate the Future Queen” author Kate Nicholl, royal commentator Richard Kay and Princess Diana’s former bodyguard Ken Wharfe, “William, Kate & George: A New Royal Family” unveils the inner-workings of the palace, examines Kate’s first official duties since becoming a fully-fledged royal and reveals the Queen’s delight at taking Kate under her wing to prepare her for life in the public eye.

For those unfamiliar with the network (as I was), it airs on the following channels:

  • DISH Network: channel 299
  • DirecTV: channel 238
  • AT&T U-verse: channels 799 & 1799 (HD)
  • Comcast: channel 176

That Comcast channel may only be for my area, I would check Comcast’s channel assignments in your region if interested in watching. That same caveat holds true for Time-Warner cable and other content providers. Should you miss the show this evening it is being rebroadcast at the following times:

  • Thursday, April 9 at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT
  • Saturday, April 11 at 1pm ET/ 10am PT
  • Sunday, April 12 at 3pm ET/ 12pm PT and again at 2am ET/ 11pm PT


Our final item involves a new book from our friends Jessica and Heather, aka “The Fug Girls.” Many readers are familiar with the oh-so-popular duo, renowned for their witty and sometimes-snarky fashion critiques. Not only do they cover celebrity fashion, they also write frequently about royal style. This recent TIME piece showcases some of their thoughts on a century of royal weddings, with insight like the following that references a notable bride, see if you can fill in the blank without reading the story:

“And so, we feel comfortable noting that while _________ gown is deeply appropriate for her third wedding, her headdress looks like she stuck a dinner plate in her bun.”

A more complete look at another bride featured in the century of royal weddings.

TIME Magazine

TIME Magazine

Some of my favorite Fug columns cover styles worn for figure skating competition. Having spent many (manymanymany) hours in a skating rink growing up, this is of particular appeal.

Go Fug Yourselves

But to cover the topic, or book, at hand: Jessica and Heather’s new novel, The Royal We, was published yesterday.

The Royal We Fug Girls Book Medium Shot Cover Ribbon

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Royal We is loosely based on Kate and William’s courtship and marriage. When first hearing about the storyline I wondered how successfully this could be pulled off without seeming like a complete rehash of the 2011 wedding and all leading up to it; having finished more than 75% of the book, I can comfortably say this is not an issue. The novel is full of inside info, little snippets that keep the plot fresh while also affording a peek into some of the goings-on associated with such a high-profile romance. More from the publisher:

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

The book has been a delightful read, with some brilliant behind-the-scenes descriptions, biting dialogue, and even a few poignant passages. More on the Rebecca Porter character from Entertainment Weekly:

…an American by birth who’s a bit of a Cool Girl: She loves baseball and junk food! She’s not looking for a serious relationship! She goes by Bex! Like Middleton, Bex comes from a wealthy but déclassé family—her father invented a sofa/fridge combo called the Coucherator.

More importantly, their characters are lively and quippy enough to register as people instead of tabloid-inspired cutouts—especially Prince Freddie, the roguish Spare to Nick’s Heir.

You can buy the book online at Amazon, the Kindle version is $11.43 and the hardcover is $19.95. At Barnes and Noble the Nook version is $12.99 and the hardcover is $19.64.  For a list of independent bookstores near you that are selling the book, click here. There are a number of signings, readings and other events where you can meet Jessica and Heather in person, click here for a complete list.

The Royal We cover 555 x 855

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

We have one signed copy of the book to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment saying where you would most love to be when reading the book: in first class flying to London for the summer? On the beach for spring break? Under a hairdryer at the Richard Ward Salon? Let your imagination run wild and share your preferred perfect spot for settling in with a good book. We’ll close entries Sunday at midnight and announce a winner next Monday or Tuesday.


Apr 022015

Remember this graphic from September 8th of last year?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

Or these tweets from Clarence House that same day?

Clarence House Twitter

Clarence House Twitter

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