Sep 292014
 

We are back with a few updates, beginning with word that the hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) Kate is dealing with during her second pregnancy may be easing somewhat, at least enough to consider fulfilling engagements again. That is according to a story by Daily Mail royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, the piece was in the Sunday Mail.

According to Royal aides, the Duchess is planning to resume official engagements next month, with a spokesman telling The Mail on Sunday: ‘There will be engagements in October and November. We just haven’t announced them yet.’

Obviously one takes this sort of thing with a grain of salt. In the vein of “if the past is any predictor of the future” we have a quick look back at how things progressed when Kate was expecting George.
  • January 14 I wrote a post titled “A Return to Public Engagements?” While the Duchess was noted shopping and running errands in January, we didn’t really see her until February 4 when she was out and about. The photo below comes from that February 4th post.
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  • It was a month before we saw the Duchess on an official engagement: February 19th she visited Hope House.  (There were other appearances while out for a walk, shopping and celebrating her birthday, but no other official engagements.)
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Every pregnancy is different and there’s no reason to believe Kate’s schedule this fall will echo what happened when she was expecting George.  As serious as HG is, I don’t think anyone can positively predict what’s ahead for the Duchess.

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Aug 262014
 

We have some quick updates to share, beginning with an addition to Kate’s Calendar: September 8 she will join William in opening The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building at St. Hugh’s College. Oxford is considered to be a “premier centre for the study of China,” here is more from the news release:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially open the China Centre by joining others in a traditional Chinese ribbon-cutting ceremony in its courtyard garden

The royal couple will be met by members of staff, students and friends of St Hugh’s College before being taken on a tour of the new £21million China Centre. They will also be introduced to major donors including Hong Kong philanthropist, Mr. Dickson Poon CBE.

Those who follow the retail industry will recognize the primary benefactor’s name, one of his companies owns upscale retailer Harvey Nichols. St. Hugh’s is a college at Oxford University.

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Also today, an update on the poppies art installation at the Tower of London. Readers will recall that almost 900,000 ceramic poppies have been handcrafted at the Paul Cummins Ceramic Studios in Derby, the majority made by volunteers specially trained to work on the project. Each poppy represents a British or Colonial military fatality of World War I.

Tower Poppies Planters Facebook

Tower Poppies Planters Facebook

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Aug 232014
 

Hello and happy weekend to all. We are back with word about Kate’s upcoming trip to Malta, as well as an early look at Beulah London’s fall/winter collection and Sarah Burton’s first public comments of any length regarding Kate’s wedding gown.

As many are aware, the Duchess will represent the Queen at activities celebrating the island’s 50th anniversary of its independence from the United Kingdom. The country is a Commonwealth nation and will play host to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2015. Here is a condensed version of the itinerary for the official visit. (For those curious about event timings when that information is released, Malta is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time in the US, 1 hour ahead of London.)

Saturday September 20:

  • The Duchess will formally call on Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Malta’s President, at San Anton Palace, the President’s official residence. This is where Kate will be staying Saturday night, also where the Queen stayed when visiting the country. Kate will also make an official call on Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat and his wife at the historic Auberge de Castille in Valleta.
  • Later on Saturday the Duchess will view a series of military drills at the Palace Square in Valletta, including a re-enactment of the In Guardia, a 16th Century event in Malta’s history. (For a live look at the Square via webcam, click here.)
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