Oct 202014
 

There is news today about Kate’s health, due date and schedule. From a Kensington Palace news release:

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.

The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.

In addition to the good news about Kate’s health, the release should put to rest rumors the Duchess is expecting twins, with the wording “expecting a baby”.

The April due date slightly increases the chance we will see some new maternity styles from the Duchess. It’s highly unlikely Kate will make broad investments in new pieces, but she will be further along for some events like the annual Christmas appearance at Sandringham.

The news release also confirms Kate’s appearance at tomorrow’s State Visit events. The Duke and Duchess will welcome Singaporean President Tony Tan and his wife Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam to the UK on behalf of the Queen. After greeting the visitors at the Royal Garden Hotel in London Kate and William will ride with them to Horse Guards Parade for a ceremonial welcome with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The visit holds historic significance as it is the first State Visit to the UK by a Singapore President.

Preparations for the visit and accompanying ceremonial events have been underway for some time. Below you see the Household Division practicing its drills for the welcoming ceremony at Horse Guards Parade.

Corporal of Horse Dan Short; Crown Copyright

Corporal of Horse Dan Short; Crown Copyright

The Mall is lined with the flags of Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Antony Phillipson, British High Commissioner to Singapore

Antony Phillipson, British High Commissioner to Singapore

As previously noted, the Duke and Duchess already know the President and Mrs. Tan from their visit to Singapore in 2012 as part of the Jubilee Tour.

Ken Goff/SplashNews.com

Ken Goff/SplashNews.com

The significance of their role in tomorrow’s ceremonies underscores the Queen’s continued comfort in the Duke and Duchess having elevated roles at important events. In August William and Kate represented Her Majesty at World War One Centenary ceremonies; below they are shown with Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

The Province of Liège Facebook Page

The Province of Liège Facebook Page

We’ll have full coverage of what the Duchess wears for the welcome, which I expect will take place midday, as there is a luncheon following the Horse Guards Parade ceremony. (Kate & William are not attending this event.)

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Today’s news release also included the announcement of another engagement for the Duchess. Tomorrow she will attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Most readers are aware Kate is Patron of the Museum. She will tour the exhibit, speak with photojournalists and join Sir David Attenborough in announcing some of the major Award winners. The event precedes the exhibition’s official opening at the Museum this Friday.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

This dovetails perfectly with Kate’s interest in photography and her role with the Museum.

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Oddly enough, we were at the Natural History Museum over the weekend, wrapping up a trip to London. While there we visited many of the retailers and designers Kate favors, and also enjoyed time with some of those in the media who cover the Royal Family. We look forward to sharing more about those topics in future posts. Below, a Christmas tree being decorated outside the Natural History Museum. (I’m sure it has nothing to do with tomorrow night’s event, we merely liked the incongruity of the tree against the green trees in the background.)

London Natural History Museum Christmas Tree

We expect to head back across the pond next spring and hope there might be some sort of a WKW meet-up during that trip!

We’ll see you tomorrow for full coverage of what Kate wears for her engagements.

LINKAGE:

  • the full news release regarding Kate’s schedule and due date may be read here
  • the Natural History Museum website is here, more information on the photography competition and exhibition is available here, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Facebook page is here, the British Wildlife Photographers Association website is here
  • to read the entire news release regarding the schedule for the Singapore State Visit click here
  • HER (Hyperemesis Education and Research) is an excellent resource for information and links about Kate’s illness
  • Pregnancy Sickness Support is a UK foundation helping those with nausea and vomiting, as well as HG

 

Oct 102014
 

It appears Kate may be feeling a bit better. Today Kensington Palace announced the Duke and Duchess will take part in a State visit October 21st, officially welcoming Singapore President Tony Tan and his wife Mary Chee Bee Kiang, to Britain. This will not be the first time Kate and William have met the visitors; below you see President Tan and his wife Mary greeting the Duke and Duchess in Singapore in 2012.

Ken Goff/SplashNews.com

Ken Goff/SplashNews.com

More on the upcoming event from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

The second in line to the throne and his wife will be expected to greet the visiting couple at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington and then travel with them by car to Horse Guards Parade to make their first appearance at a ceremonial welcome for a visiting head of state.

The couple have never attended a colourful ceremonial welcome with Household Cavalry and foot guards on parade at Horse Guards.

“I think it would be fair to say that this is the first time the Duchess has played a formal part in a State Visit programme,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said.

William and Kate at the Singapore State dinner in 2012, part of that year’s Jubilee Tour.

Ken Goff/SplashNews.com

Ken Goff/SplashNews.com

Obviously any participation on Kate’s part will depend on her health; more from a story by Ruth Styles in the Daily Mail.

 Kensington Palace did warn that she may yet be forced to cancel this latest engagement, and has said her appearances are being reviewed on a ‘case by case’ basis.

The Duchess has been ill with hyperemesis gravidarum, a result of her second pregnancy.  William and Kate are not expected to take part in the official State Dinner during the visit, but it is hoped they can attend the luncheon following the welcoming ceremony. Back to Richard Palmer’s story:

If she takes part in the ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards, she would normally be expected to travel there by car but return to Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession along The Mall before attending a palace lunch for the visitors.

Aides said the Duchess’s role in the State visit would be kept under review, including any decision about whether she will take a bumpy carriage ride and attend the Buckingham Palace lunch.

Hopefully this announcement signals an improvement in Kate’s health.

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We have a few Sales & Savings opportunities to let you know about, beginning with the Links of London Friends and Family promotion.

Links of London

Links of London

The promotion gives shoppers 20% off all purchases at the US online site and in US stores. This makes Kate’s Effervescence Bubble Stiletto earrings drop in price from $225 to about $180. Below you see Kate wearing the earrings in July for her visit to an MPACT school program.

Place2Be Facebook Page

Place2Be Facebook Page

The Hope Egg earrings in white topaz retail for $475; with the discount they are $387.  Most notably the Duchess wore them for one of her formal engagement photographs, we also show Kate wearing them for a visit to Fortnum & Mason.

Splash News/Links of London/Splash News

Splash News/Links of London/Splash News

This really is the best time to purchase either pair of earrings, as they rarely go on sale. To receive the discount on the earrings (or any other item) use promo code FRIENDS2014. If considering a purchase it’s best not to wait too long, the sale ends on the 13th.

Our other update involves the Gap Fitted Boyfriend Shirt’ Kate wore during the 2014 royal tour. It looks like the shirt has been re-stocked in almost all sizes. Best of all, it remains on sale at $19.99.

Gap/Stephen Lock, i-Images, i-Images.co/Gap

Gap/Stephen Lock, i-Images, i-Images.co/Gap

It is the shirt Kate wore beneath a Zara jacket this April when touring the Amisfield Winery in Queenstown, New Zealand.

©Woolf Photography, Crown Copyright

©Woolf Photography, Crown Copyright

The shirt also comes in Tall and Petite sizes.

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Our final note is for those who may be in London next year. The V&A has released details about next spring’s “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” show. More from The Guardian’s story about the exhibit:

“Lee’s [McQueen’s] work transcended the catwalk. He had this ability to touch people from all walks of life, which was a huge part of what made him special,” Sarah Burton, McQueen’s longtime collaborator and the creative director of the house since his death, said as the V&A unveiled details of the exhibition, which opens on 14 March 2015.

The Metroplitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

More on the significance of the London exhibit from Vogue‘s story:

McQueen’s homecoming exhibition is to feature more material focussing on McQueen’s roots as a British upstart in London, from his Central Saint Martins MA graduate collection of 1992 through his first seven shockingly sensational shows—boundary-crashing experiences that dragged fashion into the realms of art performance.

The resonance of the location is a very personal one: McQueen sourced many of his historical inspirations in the archives of the V&A—as he put it, “It’s the sort of place I’d like to be shut in overnight.”

One of the galleries from the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Women’s Wear Daily reports more than 16,000 tickets have already been sold for the exhibit.

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Oct 082014
 

We are back with brief news on how Kate is said to be faring along with some product updates.

There are multiple reports that Kate will visit New York this fall. From an initial story in the Daily Mirror:

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are planning an official trip to New York – which will mark her comeback from acute morning sickness.

Kate is now planning a show-stopping visit to the Big Apple at either the end of November or the beginning of December and will stay in the world famous city for several days.

A royal source revealed: “This trip is in the early planning phase but it’s a clear sign that she is on the mend. However, if there is any suggestion that the duchess isn’t well, it will be cancelled immediately.”

Yesterday People magazine’s Simon Perry confirmed a trip by Prince William is in the works.
Prince William is planning to make an official visit to New York in the coming months, PEOPLE has learned.The trip, set for later in the fall, may even see him bringing wife Kate with him. Although she has not been part of the original plans, it’s believed that the palace isn’t ruling out anything where she is concerned.

A “open mind” is being kept as to whether she will also travel, a royal source says.

It will be interesting to see how any/all of the above shakes out.

Obviously any travel plans would be contingent upon the Duchess’s health, as she continues to cope with the return of hyperemesis gravidarum, the illness she encountered when expecting Prince George. She was slated to visit Sir Ben Ainslie’s Americas Cup center next Monday but has been forced to cancel that engagement. More from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

…aides have cancelled plans for her to to go to Sir Ben’s new £12 million headquarters in the Camber Dock at Old Portsmouth, where he intends to employ 90 people initially and eventually hopes to create up to 1,000 jobs by building British yachts capable of challenging for sport’s oldest trophy.

The Duchess, a keen sailor in her youth, will be disappointed not to wave the flag for four-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben’s new racing headquarters.

Below, Kate at the Maritime Center in June for an event launching the America’s Cup bid by Sir Ben.

Splash News/i-Images

Splash News/i-Images

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