Hello and Happy February, it’s good to be back posting again. Today we have several newsbytes to share, followed by a look at some of our poll results.
We begin with word about Kate’s first-ever solo television interview, part of an upcoming broadcast about HM’s birthday. More from Levi Winchester’s story in The Express:
THE DUCHESS of Cambridge has given her first solo television interview for a special programme marking the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Duchess was interviewed by broadcaster Tom Bradby, who also spoke to Kate and Prince William on the day their engagement was announced in November 2010.
But her latest television venture marks her first solo moment in front of the camera, with a now more experienced Duchess having made charity videos and taken part in many royal events at home and abroad.
This should be a fascinating program; in part because of Kate’s interview, but also because producers have been granted “close access” to the Queen and other royals over the past year. Any sort of look offering footage from ‘behind the curtain’ is fascinating; I would anticipate video of Kate not previously seen. Others interviewed for the documentary include Prince William, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The program is 2 hours in length and will air on ITV; no date has been announced for the broadcast, only that it will air in ‘the spring’. The program’s working title is The Queen at Ninety.
Next, updates to Kate’s calendar.
- Sunday, 7 Feb: In her first engagement as Honorary Commandant of the RAF Cadets Kate attends a church service and reception in recognition of the Cadets’ 75th anniversary. The service will be at St. Clement Danes in Westminster, that is the Central Church of the Royal Air Force. We do not yet know the location for the reception.
- We have updated the Calendar page to include several of the events honoring the Queen’s 90th birthday. As of yet there are no confirmed appearances by other royals at the varying functions, with the exception of special activities planned during the Royal Windsor Horse Show May 11 – May 15. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will attend the final show on Sunday, May 15th, for a pageant in honor of HM’s birthday. I would look for William, Kate and other senior royals to be at the event in light of this post on the Monarchy’s website: “The Queen and Members of the Royal Family will attend a pageant celebrating The Queen’s life to be held at Home Park in Windsor Castle.”
We will keep you posted about these events moving forward. It is a busy spring with the state visit from Spain in March, the tour, and all of the events honoring HM’s 90th birthday.
Our other newsbyte involves another patronage for the Duchess: Roya Nikkhah reports in The Sunday Times that Kate will be taking over the Queen’s patronage of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, the organization that hosts the annual Wimbledon tennis championships. Below you see Ms. Nikkhah’s tweet about the story. (Ms. Nikkhah is highly accurate, one reason I am sharing details of her story.)
Her Majesty has been patron of the organization for an amazing 64 years.Below you see her at the Championships in 1957, presenting Althea Gibson of the US with the Gold Salver after she defeated fellow American team member Darlene Hard to win the Women’s Singles title.
It should be a good fit, Kate’s interest in tennis is well documented. She has attended Wimbledon matches frequently, and is also a longtime tennis player. Below you see Kate arriving for Wimbledon matches over the years.
This year’s Championship runs from June 27 – July 10th. In her Sunday Times story Ms. Nikkhah reports the announcement about the change in royal patrons is expected during this year’s championships.
We move now to results from several of our polls.
Here is a look at how the voting turned out.
Your choice for the second slot was the red Jenny Packham gown seen at the China state dinner.
Next, your favorite new daytime looks.
Voting was very tight for the favorite repeated look, with just 32 votes separating 1st and 2nd place. The red pleated dress by Alexander McQueen came out in first place with the Paulina dress from designer Tory Burch close behind.
This shows you how close the voting was.
Now we look at your favorite repeat coat the Duchess wore in 2015.
We wrap up our review of recent polls with a look at your pick for the new coat you liked the most.
These have all been immense fun, I always enjoy seeing how the polls turn out.
My absence the past two weeks means we now find ourselves in February without having done our annual jewelry and shoe polls. Is that something you would like to see on the site, or do you feel that too much time has elapsed and you prefer we move on to other topics? Just let me know in the comments or via email and we’ll proceed per the prevailing sentiment. It is great being back, I am excited about all of the upcoming events and activities on Kate’s calendar, not to mention the Queen’s.
- Learn more about ITV’s 2-hour documentary, The Queen at Ninety, in this news release from the network
- Read more about the Royal Windsor Horse Show at the event website here; information about 90th birthday celebrations at the Horse Show may be seen on this website for the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration
- Learn about Wimbledon and the All England Club here on the organization’s website
- ITV’s story about entertainers Ant and Dec hosting the live broadcast from the Royal Windsor Horse Show may be read here