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 162014
 

Today the Duchess wore a black hoodie and skinny jeans for her engagement with the 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony in East London.  

UK Scouting

UK Scouting

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Dec 122014
 

William and Kate have been back home for a few days now, it seems a good time to do a post offering some very limited observations about the visit.

A number of very good perspective pieces have been written about the trip. Perhaps my favorite is the one by Gordon Rayner of The Daily Telegraph: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit New York: what we’ve learned. I especially liked the item Mr. Rayner put at the top of his list.

1. The Duchess of Cambridge isn’t afraid of the fashion police

The Duchess was under pressure to look her very best when she and the Duke attended a fundraising dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in aid of St Andrews University’s 600th anniversary appeal, but she very much went her own way.

Guests who had paid thousands of dollars each for tickets had eagerly anticipated what the Duchess might be wearing, and by wearing a Jenny Packham dress that she had worn twice before the Duchess showed that she is not prepared to spend big just to impress paying guests.

This syncs with my thoughts about Kate’s dress selection for the event at the Met.

James Whatling, Splash News/i-Images.co

James Whatling, Splash News/i-Images.co

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