May 212015
 

We are back to share a few of the things overlooked in the mayhem of May 2nd when Princess Charlotte was born. The excitement of the day’s events, coupled with Kate’s rapid discharge from the hospital, left us with a few items we weren’t able to cover in that day’s post.

We begin with Prince George’s visit to the Lindo Wing. The young man’s arrival for a visit with his mother and new sister brought some heartwarming images; we saw many photos of William carrying George.

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Splash News/i-Images

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May 022015
 

With throngs of well wishers crowded at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, Kate, William and the newest royal, the Princess of Cambridge, met the media and the public.

James Higgins / Splash News

James Higgins / Splash News

For those who weren’t able to follow the live blog we’ll do a quick recap of things, beginning with word from Kensington Palace that the Duchess had been admitted to the hospital at 6am London time, 1am EDT.

Kensington Palace Twitter

Kensington Palace Twitter

Media and the public started descending on the Lindow Wing.More from Gordon Rayner’s story in the Daily Telegraph:

In a virtual re-run of her hospital admission in July 2013, the Duchess, in a silver Mercedes estate car (Range Rovers and Jaguars are the usual royal vehicles), arrived at 6am, just 15 minutes later in the morning than she had done with Prince George, and slipped unseen into the aptly-named Cambridge Entrance.

Many media had been at the hospital all week, if not longer.

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

Less than three hours later came word (again via the Kensington Palace Twitter account) that Kate and William were the parents of a baby girl.

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Prince William was said to be with the Duchess when the Princess was born. As the day wore on more media came to the hospital, international interest in the event was extremely high.

Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

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Apr 282015
 

Hello, we are back with a quick briefing on the latest from the Lindo Wing and several updates.

We begin with something new, The Very Latest here on the blog. I started the page because frequently there are little tidbits or newsbytes in between posts that merit sharing, and this seems an easy way to keep everyone up to date on that sort of thing. We will include notes and links that may not warrant their own full-blown post, like retail updates (items back in stock, sales, copyKates, etc.), or items we want to get published right away that we’ll expand upon in a later post. It has actually turned out to be very handy as we await the birth of Kate and William’s next child, but it will remain a permanent fixture here on the blog. From today’s Very Latest updates:

  • While there was quite a flurry of activity at the Lindo Wing today it turns out Kate was nowhere near the hospital. Apparently the Duchess had gone for a swim with Prince George at Buckingham Palace. Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail has more: “Accompanied by up to five bodyguards, the royal mother-to-be drove herself in through the gates, with her son and what appeared to be his nanny, Maria Borrallo, in the rear of the car. The Duchess parked her vehicle discreetly around the side of the palace in order to get George from the car and left around an hour and a half later.” The entire story is here.
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  • There was a special treat this morning for all of the royal fans who have been camped out at St. Mary’s Hospital, a surprise that came straight from the Duke and Duchess. From Victoria Murphy’s Daily Mirror story: “In a show of their appreciation for the fans who have been camped out for days waiting for a new royal baby to be born, the royals sent pastries and 10 hot drinks to the campers. A palace source said: “They saw they’d been camped out and wanted to send them breakfast.”
 James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

  • Readers are no doubt aware, but it bears repeating: if the baby is born tomorrow it will arrive on Kate & William’s wedding anniversary. Four years ago tomorrow this was the scene at Buckingham Palace. Happy Anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!
Splash News

Splash News

We will keep everyone updated on Kate’s situation via Facebook, Twitter and our Very Latest page right here on the blog.

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Moving on to the other topics, we have quite a few IDs that have been made in the last week, including one that resolves perhaps the Ultimate UFO here at WKW. Can you guess the item I’m referencing? Here is a visual clue.

Splash News/PA Wire

Splash News/PA Wire

Yes, it is the clutch that Kate has carried (and carried, and…well, you know the drill) for years, crafted in black suede with a petite grosgrain bow. Above we show the Duchess carrying the bag on a night out in Mayfair with William in 2012, as well as at the Order of the Garter in 2008. Here is a wide shot of Kate with the clutch on that 2012 night out.

SplashNews.com/Weir Photo-SplashNews.com

SplashNews.com/Weir Photo-SplashNews.com

Many of us looked and looked, and then looked some more for the bag’s maker. Yet we were never able to determine who made the clutch, it has remained a mystery all these years. That’s until last week, when Brittany from the Repli-Kate It page on Facebook shared this post:

Repli-Kate It Facebook page

Repli-Kate It Facebook page

That is Kate’s bag in another color, discovered via an auction on eBay for a pink version of the handbag, that is where these photos are from. (The auction is over, it ended on the 23rd.) The bag is by Mascaro, it measures 8″ x 4.5″, with a concealed snap closure on the inside of the flap.

eBay

eBay

A huge Tip of the Tiara to Brittany for solving the mystery, you can visit her Repli-Kate It page here, she is a whiz at putting together outfits, locating great repliKates, and more.

Mascaro is a brand whose accessories Kate has used for some time; below you see her carrying a Mascaro bag for the 2012 War Horse premiere, and wearing the brand’s heels at the 2011 wedding of Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Louise Stourton. (We were fortunate that the inimitable Lizzie Darcy identified the heels several years ago.)

Splash News

Splash News

Next, the necklace Kate wore to a youth reception and barbecue during the 2011 North American tour. We knew the Duchess was wearing the Logo Leaf Earrings by Vinnie Day, but the necklace hadn’t been identified. We now know the necklace is also by Vinnie Day, the company got in touch with Anna of My Small Obsessions to let her know it was a bespoke piece made especially for Kate.

Canadian Heritage/Allpix-SplashNews.com

Canadian Heritage/Allpix-SplashNews.com

Also identified, the jacket Kate wore to the wedding of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly in May 2008. (In all candor, not my favorite look on the Duchess.) Again, the information came via MSO. The photo below is not from the Phillips/Kelly wedding, but from the wedding of Charlie and Lucy Savoy.

My Small Obsessions Facebook

My Small Obsessions Facebook

A Tip of the Tiara to Poppy Golightly on Facebook for making the ID and sharing the info with My Small Obsessions.

eBay

eBay

It seems Sanimi is no longer in business. From what I could glean online the company was located in North Kensington, it appears they specialized in party frocks, especially silk pieces, and perhaps lingerie. (Sources for items below: Pinterest, Clothes AgencyPinterest.) Perhaps one of our readers will be more familiar with the brand, and can fill us in via a comment or email.

Pinterest/Poshmark

Pinterest/Poshmark

One more item, it regards the jacket we have seen Kate wearing frequently and commonly thought to be by Barbour. Most recently the Duchess was seen wearing it when enjoying a playdate with George at Snettisham Park. It turns out the jacket is not by Barbour. Anna of My Small Obsessions contacted Barbour and they advised her it was not their piece.

Also today, Madderson London has released the maternity version of Kate’s ‘Naomi’ shift dress(£230), made of a lighter weight ponte jersey knit, and with only one set of the decorative flaps. The Duchess wore the Naomi in standard sizing (£450), it is a more robust weight, made of 100% wool.

Madderson London/Splash News/Madderson London

Madderson London/Splash News/Madderson London

Kate’s Wrap Skater Dress in Polka Dot ($63) from the ASOS Maternity collection is back in stock. The Duchess wore the frock in March for her visit to the Brookhill Children’s Centre in London.

UPDATE: This dress is slightly different from Kate’s, despite ASOS calling it the “Kate” dress. Out thanks to Lisa, she left a comment alerting us to the distinction, so we put the two dresses side-by-side to better highlight the difference between the two, it’s the way the polka dots are placed. In the original frock the dots are scattered randomly with no seeming pattern; in the new ‘Kate’ (ahem) version the dots are more organized, almost in rows.

ASOS Kate Middleton dress

ASOS

We are fortunate to have some photos from a WKW Facebook friend wearing the dress. Rachael Tagg (who is not expecting), is one of many Kate fashion followers who purchased the frock. Rachael very much likes the dress, and I can see why – it’s a great fit on Rachael!

Courtesy Rachel Tagg

Courtesy Rachael Tagg

Also back in stock: Seraphine’s Natasha cashmere blend coat ($349).

Nils Jorgensen/i-Images and Seraphine Courtesy Photo

Nils Jorgensen/i-Images and Seraphine Courtesy Photo

And one more retail note, this one from Target,. where two Kate-favored brands have combined for a small capsule collection. We’re talking about Orla Kiely and Aden and Anais; they have come up with a selection of Swaddle-Plus 4-Packs ($39.99) and Little Bib 3-Packs ($15.99) .

Orla Kiely for Aden and Anais at Target

Orla Kiely for Aden and Anais at Target

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We will be watching the goings-on at St. Mary’s Hospital almost around the clock, and will continue to update as warranted.