Jul 242016
 

Kate and William returned to Portsmouth today for more America’s Cup race action.

©Stephen lock/i-Images/Polaris

©Stephen lock/i-Images/Polaris

The duo were on hand to support the Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) team.

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©James Whatling/Splash News

Kate was also acting in her role as patron of the 1851 Trust, the official charity of Ben Ainslie Racing. More from the organization’s website:

The Trust works to enable, engage and encourage young people from a wide demographic to:

  • Experience sailing and give them opportunities to continue in the sport
  • Understand the career choices and wider opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
  • Consider the environment and act sustainably

The Duchess with Zak Kay, the winner of an 1851 Trust competition to design the trophy for the weekend regatta winner.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth (@LVACWSP)

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth (@LVACWSP)

William was asked how George’s birthday was; The Express has more:

Zak Kay, 10, a pupil at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Portsmouth, asked what George got for his birthday.

“What did he get for his birthday? I’m not telling”, William, 34, said. “He got too many things. He’s far too spoilt, he’s not into boats yet.”

The Duke and Duchess with more of the young people participating in the Trust program at today’s races.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth (@LVACWSP)

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth (@LVACWSP)

After being greeted by dignitaries the couple moved inside the immense Land Rover BAR boat shed.

Kate William INside Land Rover BAR HQ Monsoon Wedges Henri Lloyd Polo July 24 2016 via KP

Kensington Palace

More about the team’s goal from the America’s Cup website:

Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor in history, is setting his sights on the America’s Cup. “This is the last great historic sporting prize never won by Great Britain. It has always been my ambition to mount a home challenge,” he said.

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@RoyalReporter

After speaking with team members and support staff it was time for the races to get underway.

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Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

There were three races this afternoon.

The Duke and Duchess had a great vantage point.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth Facebook

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth Facebook

There were also three races yesterday. More about the significance of the weekend competition via Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

The two days of racing are part of a long series of qualifying races to determine who will challenge the defending champions, Oracle Team USA, in the finals in Bermuda in 2017.

After the final race was completed the Land Rover BAR team had taken first place in the weekend regatta point totals.

America's Cup World Series Portsmouth Instagram

America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth InstagramMore on the

With all of the weekend’s races completed Sir Ben’s team is in first place for the overall series, just one point ahead of Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA.

Land Rover BAR

Land Rover BAR

The Cambridges were delighted by the outcome of the day’s competition.

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Land Rover BAR (@LandRoverBAR)

Kate and William congratulating team members.


This was a big win for the local team; more from Land Rover BAR:

“It’s brilliant for us as the home team to win again in front of our home crowd,” said skipper and team principal Ben Ainslie. “It means a huge amount to us. For a new team to be leading the World Series now is a good indication of how far we’ve come, but there’s still a long way to go, a lot of hard work between now and the America’s Cup.”

The result puts Land Rover BAR into the overall lead for the series with just two events left in 2016. The top two teams after the World Series take points into the America’s Cup qualifying series in Bermuda 2017.

It’s been quite a week for Sir Ben. Below you see him with his wife Georgie as they welcomed their baby girl Bellatrix, born Thursday.

Ben Ainslie Instagram

Ben Ainslie Instagram

The royals and Sir Ben Ainslie immediately after the races. 

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

William and Kate spoke with members of the 6 international teams competing this weekend. Below, the Duchess with Swedish sailors.

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

And French team members.

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

William and Kate’s duties today included the trophy presentation.

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

Richard Palmer, The Express @RoyalReporter

It’s always nice when you can give the top prize to the local team. 

©James Whatling/Splash News

©James Whatling/Splash News

Now to the specifics of what Kate wore. The Duchess was in Henri Lloyd official Land Rover BAR team gear for the engagement, starting the day in the Land Rover BAR Pique Polo.

©James Whatling/Splash News

©James Whatling/Splash News

The shirt is 97% cotton with 3% elastene (for stretch); it features raglan sleeves and side vents.

Henri Lloyd

Henri Lloyd

Kate donned her Half-Zip Tech Womens Top during the races.

Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

We saw the Duchess wearing a jacket that is almost identical to one worn a year ago. It is made of a stretch polyester fleece with a fitted silhouette. (Our thanks to HRHDHD for her comment pointing out the difference between the piece worn today and last year’s garment; among other things, the stripe below the word ‘Cambridge’ is a different color.)  

Henri Lloyd/Stephen lock, i-Images/Polaris

Henri Lloyd/Stephen Lock, i-Images/Polaris

Kate also wore her Henri Lloyd Land Rover BAR Team Elite Jacket

Land Rover BAR (@LandRoverBAR)

Land Rover BAR (@LandRoverBAR)

Below you see her in the jacket in May of this year when out racing with Team BAR. 

©Polaris/Henri Lloyd/i-Images

©Polaris/Henri Lloyd/i-Images

At this point we are still trying to identify Kate’s jeans. 

For the early part of the afternoon’s activities she wore the Monsoon Fleur Wedge (now sold out), first seen during the India/Bhutan tour.

©Monsoon/Splash/Monsoon

©Monsoon/Splash/Monsoon

The shoe has a leather upper with an almond toe design and 3.5″ heel height. It turns out Monsoon has “no plans” to reissue the shoe, with thanks to Christin on Twitter for that update. The style is still available in ‘coral,’ a rich tomato-like red.

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Before heading out on the water Kate changed into her Adidas Pure Boost trainers/sneakers ($104.99), initially seen on a previous visit to Portsmouth.

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©Splash News/Adidas/Footlocker

The Duchess also wore her Kiki McDonough Lauren 18k Gold and Diamond Earrings (£2200, about $2800 at today’s exchange rates).

©Splash News/Kiki McDonough

©Splash News/Kiki McDonough

We saw the Duchess change her hair three times over the course of the afternoon to accommodate the difference of being onshore and inside, then out in the wind on the water. There is also a great shot of her with a Team BAR cap on when out watching the races, but I’ve not yet found a photo that I can license.  

All ©James Whatling/Splash News

All ©James Whatling/Splash News

One other quick note via The Duchess Diary

It’s been confirmed that the Cambridges will not attend the Rio Olympics next month.  Monaco’s Princess Charlene will not attend either, according to her husband, Prince Albert.

The royals are said to be avoiding Brazil due to the Zika virus epidemic. 

We’ll leave you with this video of Kate and William presenting medals and the trophy.

. At this point Kate does not have any formal engagements scheduled. I expect that will change and we’ll be updating her calendar in the not-too-distant-future.   LINKAGE:

Jul 222016
 

As hoped, new photos of Prince George were released today to mark his 3rd birthday. And they’re fabulous. George 3rd Birthday Standing on Swing Matt Porteous July 22 2016

 

There was also a brief statement about the pictures, this is via The Mirror:

A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs.

“They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday.”

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Jul 152016
 

We are back with some of the follow-ups we have promised the last few months, but first, a tip for those with access to The Daily Mail. This weekend there will be a special magazine in the paper dedicated to Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail

From The Mail:

Exclusively in the Daily Mail this weekend, we are giving readers a stunning keepsake magazine filled with beautiful images of the young royals, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

From precious first portraits to glorious family holiday snaps, this 24-page glossy magazine is bound to make your heart soar.

Our thanks to photographer James Whatling and Kate Middleton Style Blog for the tip on this.

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