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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Sep 052014
 

There are updates to Kate’s Calendar we want to share with you, followed by some fashion notes. The two new engagements for the Duke and Duchess involve the first annual Invictus Games, the Paralympic-style sporting competition kicking off in London next week. We are spending more time on this topic than we normally would with something not fashion-driven; in my estimation the event warrants the additional coverage.

Next Wednesday (September 10) the Duke and Duchess will join Prince Harry, Prince Charles & the Duchess of Cornwall at the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games. The ceremony will take place on the South Lawn of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it promises to be an electrifying event with the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the Queen’s Colour Squadron and a Red Arrows flyby. More from the Games website:

The crowd can also look forward to a Competitors’ Parade featuring all 400+ wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women – serving and veteran and from 14 nations – who will go on to compete in four days of sport from 11-14 September.

The Games will shine a spotlight on Armed Forces personnel and veterans who have put their lives on the line for their country demonstrating how they and their families are valued, respected and supported. For competitors, it will offer a memorable, inspiring and energising experience in their journey of recovery.

It looks like Opening Ceremony tickets are already sold out. For those in the UK interested in watching, the BBC is broadcasting the event live. I will keep an eye out for news about other possible live coverage sources and post them on the WKW Facebook page and also include them here.

It turns out William and Kate met an athlete competing in the upcoming Games while at the Commonwealth Games in late July, powerlifter Mickey Yule will be representing Scotland at next week’s competition.

Invictus Games Facebook page

Invictus Games Facebook page

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