Dec 172014
 

We have a very brief post to share today, as William, Kate, and other royals headed to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

Royal photographer Mark Stewart noted that Prince George was on hand for the party.

Mark Stewart Twitter Feed (@RegalEyes)

Mark Stewart Twitter Feed (@RegalEyes)

To see Mark’s photo of the young Prince, click here.

The foursome as they left Buckingham Palace.

©Ben Stevens / i-Images.co

©Ben Stevens / i-Images.co

From The Daily Mail’s story:

The Queen’s annual pre-Christmas lunch is a royal tradition and allows her to catch up with more distant relations, who are not invited to join her at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk on the 25th.

All of the senior royals, among them Prince Charles and Camilla, William and Kate, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex are expected at the country estate on Christmas Day and appear alongside the monarch at the traditional Christmas morning church service.

©James Whatling / Splash News

©James Whatling / Splash News

It very much looked like the Duchess was in the Katherine Hooker dress worn to the EACH launch of the Nook fundraising appeal in November.

All Photos by James Whatling/Splash News

All Photos by James Whatling/Splash News

The frock is a custom version of the label’s ‘Ascot’ dress.

Katherine Hooker

Katherine Hooker

The Duchess was wearing her Mappin & Webb ‘Fortune’ White Gold Drop Pendant.

i-Images/Mappin & Webb/i-Images

i-Images/Mappin & Webb/i-Images

She also wore a pair of earrings evocative of Christmas trees.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

Anna of My Small Obsessions notes that Kate has had the earrings at least 7 years, and her sister, Pippa, has also been seen wearing them. More info here.

Ben Stevens, i-Images.co/James Whatling, Splash News

Ben Stevens, i-Images.co/James Whatling, Splash News

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Also today, an update from one of our favorite sponsors, Beulah London, about the ‘Amara’ dress that Kate wore in New York.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

Originally the delivery time for anyone ordering the dress was 10-12 weeks; Beulah tells me that frame has been cut in half; delivery is now expected in 4-6 weeks.  The dress is priced at £650, about $1000 at today’s exchange rates.

Beulah London

Beulah London

Another note about Beulah today: the label has launched a handbag line.

Beulah London

Beulah London

Above we show the Black leather version, as well as the Two-Tone Black/White style. The bags are made of leather, with foldover zippered opening, bow detail on the flap and silk lining.

Beulah London

Beulah London

The bags measure roughly 12″ x 7″ x 2″ deep (30cm x 18cm x 5cm).

Beulah London

Beulah London

The bags also have a cell phone sized pocket inside. Below, the Rose Smoke clutch.

Beulah London

Beulah London

And a quick reminder that Beulah’s flash sale ends tonight at midnight.

Beulah London

Beulah London

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Our final FYI: we’ve updated the information About Kate’s Kenneth Jay Lane earrings included in yesterday’s post. (Scroll to bottom of post for earring info.)

Kenneth Jay Lane/JacksonLee, Splash News

Kenneth Jay Lane/JacksonLee, Splash News

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Dec 082014
 

This evening the Duchess elected to wear an American designer, Tory Burch.

Andrew Parsons/i-Images

Andrew Parsons/i-Images

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Nov 032014
 

We are back with several updates, starting with two new engagements for the Duke and Duchess in Wales this weekend.

  • Saturday, Nov. 8: Kate and William visit the Valero Pembroke oil refinery located in southwest Wales
  • Saturday, Nov. 8: Kate and William will attend the rugby match between Wales and Australia at Millenium Stadium.  The match begins at 2:30pm local time, that is 9:30am ET. Prince William is Vice Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union; the Queen is the organization’s Patron.  Majesty Magazine reports the Duke and Duchess will “observe the Remembrance Tribute at the start of the match, and privately meet injured servicemen in the President’s Box during half-time.”

Additionally, this Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, always an important date in the royal calendar. This year holds special significance as the Centenary of WWI is being commemorated. We don’t yet know if Kate will attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, but I expect she will watch the ceremony as she has in previous years. More on the event from the Royal British Legion:

“Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women.

As always, the observance begins with two minutes of silence at 11am BT, 6am ET/3am PT.

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Next, a quick look at a piece in today’s Daily Mail critiquing the colors Kate wears. It’s an interesting story, one that has stirred comment on the WKW FB page.

…while she looked every inch the glamorous princess on the Tuesday at an awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum, on Wednesday during an Action on Addiction gala dinner fashion watchers described her as looked [sic] rather more washed out.

Why? Is it because she was attending her third event in two days. Because she is the mother of a 15-month-old toddler? Or because she is 13 weeks pregnant with her second child? None of the above according to certain style experts, who say it is because she doesn’t always choose colours that suit her complexion.

Kate’s aubergine coat from Christmas Day of 2011 and Hobbs Celeste coat are cited as ‘hits’ while the Hobbs Persephone coat worn for St. Patrick’s 2014 and yellow Emilia Wickstead coat are deemed ‘misses’.
Splash/Splash/Splash/PA Wire

Splash/Splash/Splash/PA Wire

The expert quoted in the article, Melissa Nicholson, uses the decades-old seasonal color palette in determining what works for Kate and what doesn’t, in her estimation. From Ms. Nicholson’s perspective:

…the shades that compliment Kate’s skin tone…are from the ‘summer’ palette, which means she looks her best in clothes with a blue tint rather than a yellow one.

‘It is quite obvious that Kate is a summer,’ she said. ‘I would say her best shades are French navy, airforce blue, aubergine, plum, burgundy, soft berry and grey (anything from silver to slate).

You can see the entire story here.

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