Mar 032015

We are back with a few quick updates and then something I think you will find to be a fun departure from our standard posts.

We begin with news that once again Kate proved herself to be a very savvy shopper; we’re talking about her purchase of the Madderson London dress worn for January’s Art Room opening.

Splash News/Splash News/Ben Stevens, i-Images

Splash News/Splash News/Ben Stevens, i-Images

Label founder Sara Madderson tells Evoke Ireland (similar to People, I think) that Kate actually purchased her dress when it was on sale, and discounted by 50%. More from the Evoke story:

Now Madderson has revealed that sensible Kate Middleton bought the navy Naomi shift dress for half-price in their online January sales. ‘It was on sale at half price when her Royal Highness wore it. I felt bad about that because it was on sale when she purchased it so it wasn’t as expensive a dress as everyone was making out,’ reveals Sara.

And although the Duchess was five-months pregnant when she wore it, the dress was from Madderson’s womenswear collection and not from their maternity range.

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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.


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.


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 :)


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.