The picture of Charlotte, George, Kate, William and Lupo was taken at Kensington Palace in April. All of the photos in the feature are by noted portrait photographer Norman Jean Roy. Below, the GQ July cover.
Norman Jean Roy (click photo to go to British GQ & interview)
We initially thought there was just one family photo accompanying the story, but it turns out there are at least two.
Hello and Happy Friday to everyone. I imagine most readers are looking forward to a 3-day weekend with Monday being Memorial Day here in the US and a bank holiday in the UK. We start with an addition to Kate’s Calendar.
Wednesday, June 7: According to Flanders Today Kate & William will visit Mesen, Belgium to take part in ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Messines. From the article: “The commemoration of the First World War battle, which took place from 7 to 14 June 1917, will involve a joint British-Irish delegation as well as groups from Australia and New Zealand. The British-Irish commemoration will take place at the Irish Peace Park on the afternoon of 7 June.” Another Belgian newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad, is reporting Kate will accompany William on the trip. There is more background info here on the event.
Thank you, Veronique, for your comment letting us know about the engagement.
Now, updates to our coverage of last Saturday’s post about Pippa Middleton’s wedding, beginning with a note about what is a major feat for this day and age: an utter lack of photos from the second reception, held at the Middleton’s Bucklebury home. I am still hoping we’ll see an exclusive magazine (People? Hello!?) cover story, but at this point, we have nary a clue about Kate or Meghan Markle’s party frocks. There has been speculation that Pippa’s second wedding gown was by Pronovias, but we’ve not heard any verification that was the case.
However, we now have the time to consider more closely some items worn by family, members of the wedding party and guests. Our first look is at the bodice of Kate’s dress, as it generated significant discussion last weekend. Several comments here and on social media referenced its similarity to the ensemble worn by Wallis Warfield Simpson when she married the Duke of Windsor in 1937. The tight waist and shirring are evocative of the Mainbocher jacket worn by Duchess of Windsor (as she was titled after her marriage). There the similarities end: the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress has a deep vee neck and no collar, while Mrs. Simpson’s jacket has a high neckline, creating a continuous line of color from her waist to the collar.
Guests included Sophie Carter, a close friend of Kate’s and one of Charlotte’s godparents; Lady Laura Marsham; and James Meade, Lady Laura’s Marsham’s husband. Prince William was Mr. Meade’s best man, and he is also a godparent to Charlotte.
Claudia and Tom Bradby. The Duchess worked at Jigsaw at the same time as Ms. Bradby, who now has her own jewelry company. Mr. Bradby conducted the television interview with Kate and William after they announced their engagement.
Donna Air, James Middleton’s longtime friend, wearing Emilia Wickstead and a Jane Taylor hat. There has been discussion about the dress color, as it looks white in the photos. I believe it is a soft lemon yellow.
The dress featured a high neck, cap sleeves, heart cutout on the back. From The Guardian’s story:
The high neckline and covered shoulders of Pippa Middleton’s Giles Deacon dress make it unassailably demure, yet it has a little more drama and attitude than found at the average home counties church wedding. The upstanding lace collar is rather fashion-forward, and the heart-shaped keyhole detail at the nape of the neck makes the dress interesting when seen from behind
Giles Deacon is an inspired, but perhaps unexpected choice from Pippa. When her engagement was announced last summer, it was widely thought that she would opt for a gown by a traditional bridal designer from a Belgravia-based couturier au fait with designing for an English society wedding.
Pippa’s veil was by renowned milliner Stephen Jones, made from fine tulle with a dégradé of embroidered pearls.
Deacon’s girlfriend, the Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie summed up the appeal of Deacon’s designs in an interview last year: “He has two of my favourite attributes in artists: wild imagination and technical rigour. [His designs] can be practical, otherworldly, sculptural and mind-bending, but you always feel celebrated as a woman when you wear them… Their confidence somehow increases yours. It’s quite a power for a designer to have. His clothes have personalities.”
The dress has elements from previous McQueen designs, including one Kate has worn. Below left, the Ivory Crepe Pencil Dress and second from the right, the green McQueen gown worn by the Duchess to the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Both have the fitted bodice with the deep vee-neck and billowing sleeves; Kate’s sleeves are cuffed with three self-covered buttons.
Our thanks to Michelle Forest of Perth’s Fashion, once again offering ID information on Kate’s dress.
The Daily Mail’s fashion story on what the guests wore is here; The Daily Mail’s news story is here; another Daily Mail photo-laden story is here; The Daily Mail story primarily focused on Kate’s dress is here;