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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All Images SplashNews.com

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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Sep 172014
 

An announcement has been delayed regarding Kate’s planned trip to Malta this weekend, where the Duchess is scheduled to represent the Queen at the country’s celebrations of 50 years of Independence.

Kate’s schedule continues to be impacted by illness accompanying her second pregnancy; she is being treated at Kensington Palace for hyperemesis gravidarum. The Palace was to announce a decision this afternoon explaining whether or not Kate would be able to make the trip, and if not, who would replace her. It was early evening (London time) before the Palace alerted reporters that there was no decision. Richard Palmer explained that Kate and William will make a decision this evening.

Richard Palmer, The Daily Express Twitter Feed

Richard Palmer, The Daily Express Twitter Feed

The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English noted Kate’s interest in the trip.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

The British High Commissioner, Robert Luke, used Twitter to thank those awaiting a decision.

Rob Walter Twitter

High Commissioner Robert Luke Twitter Feed

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Sep 152014
 

We are back with a few fashion-related updates, as well as a look at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, as they are being called.

We begin with word that there really isn’t any news about how the Duchess is doing. Following last Monday’s announcement of her second pregnancy and accompanying illness Kate’s immediate engagements were canceled with the exception of Wednesday night’s Invictus Games Opening Ceremony. Unfortunately that also had to be canceled because the Duchess was simply too ill to attend. At this point she continues being treated at Kensington Palace. The Malta trip remains a question mark, Palace officials will announce this Wednesday whether or not Kate is able to make the trip. (My gut instinct is she will not be able to go to Malta and officials need the time to decide which royal will go in her place.)

It is that odd time of year when it is just beginning to get colder and the runway styles being shown are for warmer temps. Designers are now showing their spring/summer 2015 collections: New York Fashion Week concluded last Thursday and London FW kicked off on Friday. As one might expect, there’s plenty of discussion about which styles could work for Kate with a focus on those that might make brilliant maternity wear.

Kate-favorite Jenny Packham shows in New York, she posted photos from her runway show on her Facebook page. Her inspiration for the spring collection was Marilyn Monroe.

Jenny Packham Courtesy Photo

Jenny Packham Courtesy Photo

More from Style.com’s review of the show:

“It’s blatantly Marilyn Monroe,” Jenny Packham said of her Spring muse. “She’s been there all my life, but I’ve rediscovered her again.” The designer took her research quite seriously this season, poring over images, visiting Monroe’s bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, even traveling to Jersey to glimpse a private collection of Monroe’s dresses. “She’s still so relevant,” said Packham. “What she wore doesn’t date.”

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

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