We are back with more updates and a wonderful contest involving books and chocolate. (More than one book and a large amount of chocolate!)
The magazine waited until after Kate and Prince George returned home before publishing the pictures. More on the vacation from Victoria Murphy’s story in the The Mirror:
And her J. Brand skinny jeans, it looks like the Duchess is wearing the Mid-Rise Skinny Leg in navy twill. That specific style from J. Brand is no longer available, the next closest style and color is either the Skinny Stretch Denim in Blue Bird ($185 at Nordstrom) or the 811 Photo Ready Mid-Rise (the fabric is a bit heavier and the price is a little higher for this style).
For those who are interested in what Prince George wears, it looks very much like this hat by Zutano, the brand’s Unisex Pastel Stripe Sunhat in infant sizing. (The hat sells for at $11.99 on Zutano’s Amazon pages.)
Zutano via Amazon.com
A friend on the WKW Facebook page shared this information, Cambridge Follower discovered the hat and shared the photo, asking if people thought this looked like George’s hat. Zutano is a mid-price label, its apparel and accessories are available through Amazon and on Zutano’s own site. In the US Kohl’s offers the brand’s nursery decor and bedding, as does Target.
After looking at additional photos Cambridge Follower no longer thinks it is this specific hat; I remain on the fence about it. With all of the British brands available to her, it seems odd Kate would opt for an American label. (Not that US merchandise is somehow inferior to what is available in the UK, far from it.) UPDATE: Another WKW FB friend, Melissa, pointed out that the brand is available in England; Melissa also noted she thinks very highly of the company, specifically its organic cotton goods. We have asked Zutano if George is wearing their hat but we’ve not heard back from them.
In Sunday’s Daily Mail there was a story by Katie Nicholl about Kate’s wardrobe for the upcoming Tour. From that article:
Out go the short skirts, on with the tiaras: It’s Kate’s regal makeover… by order of the Queen!
The piece looks at what jewelry and clothing Kate will take on tour. At one point Ms. Nicholl references the ‘Cambridge Emeralds’:
Now, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the Duchess of Cambridge – who wears her late mother-in-law’s sapphire engagement ring – will be packing precisely these kinds of jewels in April when she sets out in the footsteps of Diana on a tour Down Under.
It is part of a subtle but significant regal makeover supported by the Queen.
The Duchess will deploy a couture wardrobe of day dresses with lower hemlines than she has previously favoured.
Many parts of the story make sense: saying Kate has spoken with Alexander McQueen (I’m presuming this meant Sarah Burton) and Alice Temperley takes no great stretch of the imagination. Kate wore multiple pieces by these designers when on tour in 2012 and it is more-than-likely she would wear designs by them on the upcoming tour. Below, the Duchess in a McQueen gown for a State Dinner in Malaysia
James Whatling-Splash News/Mark Large-PA WIre
The McQueen gown seen above is a good example of a garment featuring a design element directly associated with a host country in mind: it is covered in embroidered Hibiscus flowers, the Hibiscus is Malaysia’s national flower. Below, Kate wears Temperley for an afternoon tea with the British High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur.
Arthur Edwards-PA Wire/Rebecca English-The Daily Mail and Mail Online
Back to the Daily Mail story:
Meanwhile, Her Majesty has offered the services of her most trusted member of staff, her personal dresser Angela Kelly, to help Kate prepare for her trip.
She has been tasked with assisting Kate to select statement jewellery and gemstones from the Queen’s personal collection.
This forms part of a deliberate move to shift the Duchess’s image from High Street to high end, timeless Royal elegance – without losing her freshness and informality.
Statement jewels from the Queen’s personal collection are being selected for the Duchess to reinforce her sense of majesty.
There is no reason for Kate and her assistants not to avail themselves of Ms. Kelly’s experience. However, author and royal reporter Judy Wade said this is not the case when responding to a question on Twitter
Judy Wade Twitter Feed
I imagine Kate has done her own research and is getting assistance from her own staff about climate, protocol, and other issues.
Angela has been asked to start selecting jewels ahead of the trip,’ says a Palace source.
‘She knows most of the pieces in the Queen’s private collection. Her understanding is crucial because this trip will be about Kate appearing more Royal than ever – you can expect to see a lot more tiaras and the Queen will be watching closely.’
“A lot more tiaras”….? That is going to depend on what events and functions are planned by their hosts (in tandem with William and Kate’s staff), not a decree by HM that the Duchess should start sporting more tiaras. (Ms. Nicholl has far more experience than I in covering royal fashions, but really, it is difficult for me to envision the Queen mandating more tiaras. One doesn’t just wear them anyplace, they are reserved for specific events and occasions.)
I did enjoy learning things about specific pieces of jewelry Kate could wear in the article, that was very interesting. You can read Katie Nicholl’s full story here
Royal followers can expect a subtle shift in the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe for the upcoming Australia tour, as the family is keen to cement Kate’s regal image as wife of one heir to the throne and the mother of another.
Replacing Kate’s signature flippy, feminine dresses from high street favourites Zara and Topshop will be designer items with a notably lower hemline.
Alice Newbold wrote the Telegraph piece
, she did a nice job advancing the story with new information taking it beyond decrees from the Queen about tiaras. Noting The Duchess’s tendency to wear designers with ties to the country and culture where she is visiting, Ms. Newbold introduced readers to several local brands we might see Kate wear. The designers include Dion Lee
, Camilla and Marc
, and a third with whom I wasn’t familiar, Toni Matičevski
A very good question was raised in a comment from Brenda on a previous post, wondering what the climate will be like in April. It’s tough to predict because Australia is so large, almost as big as the United States; there can be vast differences in weather from one region to the next. New Zealand is small, roughly the size of Oregon in terms of square miles, however, conditions can vary between the country’s two primary islands. Both countries are well into fall in April, with daytime temperatures in the 60s for both Australia & New Zealand, dropping into the 50s at night. One issue that could be a factor in Australia, rain and higher humidity. Australia averages 10-12 days with rain in April.
Some may recall when my friend Megan’s first book was published back in 2012; she graciously signed a copy for us to use in a giveaway. How the time has flown – Megan’s fourth novel was published this week. The first book, A Royal Pain, was a hit. As were Megan’s next two books, If the Shoe Fits and In Love Again.
The collection is of books is called the Unruly Royals series.
Back to the book that was just published, R is for Rebel. This is the fourth and final book in the Unruly Royals series; it has already broken into the Top 100 Women’s Fiction on Amazon list.
Below, a bit about the plot.
Abigail Heyworth, youngest daughter of the 18th Duke of Northrop, is not your typical British royal—she’ll take a recycling drive over a charity ball any day. She can’t stand hats and heels. Abby’s not getting much sympathy, of course, because everyone thinks the life of royalty is so charmed.
But to Abigail, keeping up appearances is unbearable, while running away doesn’t seem to work either. Just when she feels like she’s getting whiplash from swinging between flat-out rebellion to miserable capitulation, Abigail meets an all-American self-made millionaire who challenges her on every level.
You can buy the book in print, as well as for e-readers, at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble, along with IndieBound. Megan’s books are a little racy, if that’s not something you enjoy then this giveaway might not be for you.
On to our giveaway, compliments of Megan’s publisher, Sourcebooks. Not only do you get Megan’s books, they come in an amazing gift basket filled with all kinds of chocolate!
Le Chocolat du Bouchard
Here’s a partial list of what’s in the basket:
- Megan’s books: A ROYAL PAIN, IF THE SHOE FITS, R IS FOR REBEL
- Chocolate truffles
- Gold flecked votive candle holder
- Pink British royalty notebook
- DeBrand Tart Red Raspberry chocolate bar
- Chocolate dipped pretzel bars
- Earl Grey tea
The chocolate basket was put together by Le Chocolat du Bouchard; located in a spot close to my heart, Naperville, Illinois. Here’s how you can enter: