May 062014
 

Hello-Hello, what a delight to be back after doing some serious catching up with work and some resting up!

We begin with additions to Kate’s Calendar:

  • Monday, August 4: William and Kate will be in Belgium for two services commemorating the centenary of World War I. From a Palace news release: “HRH The Duke Cambridge, accompanied by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, will attend a service of remembrance hosted by the Government of Belgium at Liege. TRHs will subsequently travel to St Symphorien Military Cemetery, a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Mons, Belgium, for a UK commemorative event.” The second event is at the St. Symphorien military cemetery. The website says the event will be broadcast live in the United Kingdom. Click here for the Commonwealth War Graves website with more info, and here for the newspaper article about the event & William and Kate’s role.

I use the plural on “additions” to the calendar because there are several other events where it is likely we will see the Duchess; click here to see those dates and accompanying information.

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Next, news about a winner in our StyleRocks contest showcasing the ‘Design it Yourself’ jeweler’s new Terre-et-Mer collection.

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Feb 092014
 

We are back with two quick updates, followed by a guest post.

The first item is an addition to Kate’s Calendar. Next Monday (Feb. 17) the Duchess joins Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace for a reception honoring the dramatic arts. Among those expected to attend: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch (perhaps best known in the USA as Sherlock Holmes), Dame Helen Mirren and Sir David Attenborough. The Queen is Patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). More from Hello!

The Queen and the Duchess will greet an estimated 250 guests, including directors, producers, playwrights, teachers and actors, before enjoying a series of performances in the Palace’s ballroom.

Other members of the royal family, including the Duke of Edinburgh, will then meet the guests in the state rooms.

The event on the 17th is slated to begin at 6pm, that is 1pm EST/10am PST.

The other update involves our giveaway for a that gift basket filled with chocolate and my friend Megan’s series of “Unruly Royals” books.  Because of the volume of entries (well beyond 400 at this point) we are extending the deadline to enter until Monday night at midnight. The cutoff for entries contest was supposed to be this evening (Sunday), but we are extending it 24 hours.

Now, some background on Megan from her publisher, and her post.

Megan Mulry writes sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. Her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today bestseller. Before discovering her passion for romance novels, she worked in magazine publishing and finance. After many years in New York, Boston, London, and Chicago, she now lives with her family in Florida.

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Fashion and Power

Thank you so much for having me to What Kate Wore! I’m so happy to be here celebrating the release of my fourth and final book in the Unruly Royals series, R is for Rebel. This site has all my favorite things: I love thinking about commoners and royals and how they fall in love—and what they wear while they’re doing it.

As I was contemplating fashion and how it has influenced this series of books, I realized that each one features an important piece of clothing that turns out to be particularly meaningful for the main character. In A Royal Pain it was a little red Valentino dress that Bronte wore on her first “real” date with Max. In If the Shoe Fits it was a vintage Yves Saint Laurent blouse that Sarah inherited from her mother. In Love Again showed Claire clinging to her royal grandmother’s vintage bed jacket for sentimental reasons. In R is for Rebel Eliot borrows this incredibly gorgeous Dior gown from the Metropolitan Museum for Abby to wear for a private photo shoot he has organized in an abandoned apartment in Paris. (Yes, Eliot is insanely romantic…insane in a good way.)

I think the Duchess of Cambridge has shown a new generation of women about the power of clothes and how to use that power to feel confident and beautiful. In my books, I love exploring that idea: how certain articles of clothing can make us feel invincible. For me it was my first Armani suit, for which I scrimped and saved on my entry-level publishing salary in 1990. Do you have a favorite piece of clothing for when you need to feel strong and confident? What is it?

Thanks again for having me! I love it here :)

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Megan is wonderful about responding to comments, don’t be shy about sharing your thoughts on the topic!

We’ll see you Tuesday when Kate attends the Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery.

Nov 192013
 

Kate brought back one of her Orla Kiely frocks for today’s visit with William to Only Connect and two affiliated groups.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Only Connect “…is a theatre, arts and rehabilitation centre for prisoners, ex-offenders and youth at risk”. The group’s main goal is crime prevention, offering training and support through a variety of initiatives.  More from the Mirror:

The organisation reaches 10,000 young people every year and their projects have been shown to reduce re-offending by half.

Helping former offenders is a cause close to William’s heart.  He is patron of the St Giles Trust which helps ex prisoners get back on their feet and he visited their Camberwell offices earlier this month.

The Mirror’s Victoria Murphy notes that William’s aunt Lady Jane Fellowes – the sister of Princess Diana – is one of the trustees of the charity.

This morning the Duke and Duchess took part in a round table with representatives from several groups, including Spark Inside (they offer life coaching to young people in custody or on probation), Switchback (a mentoring group with a focus on catering, targeting offenders aged 18-24), Dance United (a dance company working with hard to reach groups), Bounce Back (training ex-offenders through work in painting, decorating and social enterprise). Only Connect posted this photo on Twitter of Kate chatting with members at today’s engagement.

Only Connect Twitter

Only Connect Twitter

More on Only Connect’s origins from Victoria Murphy’s coverage in the Mirror:

Danny Kruger, chief executive of Only Connect told William and Kate this morning he was “enormously proud” to welcome them to their headquarters.

Mr Kruger, whose wife Emma founded the charity eight years ago, spoke to them about the importance of charities working together, saying: “This sector of ours is very fragmented and there’s not enough collaboration.”

Dance United did a performance for William and Kate, a preview of their new show.
Only Connect Twitter

Only Connect Twitter

Here you see the Duchess speaking with those working with the Handmade Alliance.
Handmade Alliance Facebook

Handmade Alliance Facebook

Richard Palmer’s story in The Express with more on the visit:

Kate, meanwhile, met volunteers training ex-offenders to sew with a social enterprise called Handmade Alliance.

“It’s very fiddly work,” the Duchess said. Are you guys sewing on buttons. It looks very fiddly work,” she said to volunteers Nasser Massadimi, 20, and Elise Johnson, 23, who were busy making Christmas bunting to go on sale at the charity’s pop-up shop in London’s West End from Thursday.

Claudia Calvert, the workroom manager said Kate told her sewing was not her forte. “She was saying she’s not very good at it because when she tries sewing the needle normally gets caught on the pin and breaks.”

The Alliance makes household textile goods. Below you see some of those items, including cosmetic bags, placemats, aprons, oven mitts and other goods.
Handmade Alliance Twitter

Handmade Alliance Twitter

The group has a popup shop opening on Thursday, offering merchandise from the Alliance’s “Pearly Products” line. Below, a tea cosy and napkin.

Handmade Alliance Facebook

Handmade Alliance Facebook

This is the first such retail endeavor for the Alliance, they’ll be showcasing a variety of things created with some of their designer clients and allies. You can also purchase items directly from the Alliance website.

While speaking with those at the event Kate was given a shirt for Prince George, Simon Perry has the story in his piece for People magazine.

The infant heir to the throne of England is getting big already, his proud mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, said Tuesday as she and husband William made a joint royal outing, leaving George with babysitters.

Aaron Russell-Andrews, an ex-convict who had an official role at a charity event Tuesday for troubled youth, said Kate told him George was “growing very fast” and would fit snugly in the vest, made for a 6-month-old, that Russell-Andrews gave her as a present.

As Russell-Andrews was giving Kate the shirt, his own daughter Teegan, 20 months, tried to snatch it back. “They are very demanding at this age,” Kate said.

Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Kate as she is leaving the Only Connect headquarters.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

Only Connect posted this photo of William and Kate with Only Connect’s co-founders, Emma and Danny Kruger.

Only Connect Twitter Feed

Only Connect Twitter Feed

The Duchess previously wore this frock when visiting The Art Room in February of last year (more in this post); the Duchess serves as patron of that organization. The ‘Birdie Shirt Dress’ is a wool jacquard weave, hopefully offering some warmth on what was a chilly morning in London.

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely

She also repeated her Kiki McDonough Citrine Pear Drop earrings.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

US shoppers may be interested to know they can purchase the earrings at Neiman Marcus, if not wanting to have items shipped from England.  Neimans offers a solid selection of Kiki pieces.

Kiki McDonough Citrine Drops

Kiki McDonough Citrine Drops

A better look at Kate’s accessories today. You can also just see a bit of her wristwatch poking out from under her left sleeve. (More information on the watch may be found in this post and on our ‘Jewelry’ page.)

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

Kate’s trusty Aquatalia booties are now known as the Royalty in the US and Canada, they sell at $475 at Aquatalia. Below we show last year’s version of the bootie (the Royal), and this year’s version with the updated hardware Aquatalia added to the boot. It remains available at Russell & Bromley in the UK, where it is still called the “Ruby Dry“.

Aquatalia

Aquatalia

It doesn’t appear that Nordstrom has last year’s Royal in stock anymore, nor do they seem to be carrying the new Royalty version. The closest thing Nordstrom stocks is the Roma bootie. Howevere, they are stocking Kate’s Rhumba and have it available in most sizes.

The Mirror’s Victoria Murphy shared this photo of William and Kate leaving Only Connect.

Victoria Murphy/The Mirror Twitter Feed

Victoria Murphy/The Mirror Twitter Feed

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We also have news of multiple additions to Kate’s Calendar.

The first engagement is Thursday, November 28th. (Also when US readers celebrate Thanksgiving.) In her role as Patron of SportsAid Kate will attend the annual SportsBall. The Duchess will spend time meeting SportsAid supporters, and also announce the winner of the group’s highly regarded One-to-Watch Award.

The event is a fundraiser for SportsAid, last year’s SportsBall was a glittering affair

SportsBall™ 2012

SportsBall™ 2012

The other new appointment is Tuesday, December, 5th William and Kate will attend the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. It is this year’s Royal Film Performance™.

Cinema and Television Benevolent Society Facebook Page

Cinema and Television Benevolent Society Facebook Page

A bit of history on the event from the organization’s website:

….(it) is a glittering annual event, which usually takes place in November/December at a major Leicester Square cinema and is always attended by a senior member of the royal family.  The Royal Film Performance has been supported by members of the Royal Family since 1946 when King George VI attended the premiere of “A Matter of Life and Death”, in Leicester Square.

This year’s film follows Nelson Mandela’s life from his early days growing up in a rural village to his inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. More from E! Online:

Before the screening, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet the film’s stars Idris Elba (Nelson Mandela) and Naomie Harris (Winnie Mandela), director Justin Chadwick and Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi Mandela.

Mandela opens in the US on Thanksgiving and on January 3 in the UK.  A trailer for the film can be watched here (scroll down just a bit).

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom via The Royal Film Performance™

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom via The Royal Film Performance™

Some may recall that Kate and William were scheduled to attend last year’s Royal Film Performance™ for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Because Kate was coping with the illness of her early pregnancy the Duke attended solo.

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund

This year’s event also benefits The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Tickets remain available at the £90 and £150 levels, but tickets for the reception before the film are sold out, as are £200 tickets.

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One other quick note: our friends at EACH, one of Kate’s patronages, are having a fundraiser via an online auction. like a framed Manchester United shirt signed by football great Wayne Rooney and a Royal Worcester plate made especially for EACH celebrating the birth of Prince George.

EACH Online Auction

EACH Online Auction

You can even bid on a pair of tickets to the sold out One Direction concert at Wembley Stadium next September.

One final note: don’t forget to enter our Links of London giveaway. You could win a pair of Kate’s Hope Egg earrings, or her Effervescence Stiletto earrings.

Links of London

Links of London

You can enter here. And even if not entering, pop over to Twitter and say “hey,” Links of London just opened their new Twitter account.

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