May 022015
 

We now move to live blogging of the events in London. The most recent updates will appear at the top of the page. NOTE: Unless otherwise specified all times shown are EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

1:15PM UPDATE:

  • The Cambridge family has headed home to Kensington Palace.
SplashNews.com

SplashNews.com

  • We will leave this live blog shortly to work on bringing you a post about what Kate wore this afternoon.
Ben Stevens i-Images

Ben Stevens i-Images

Kate is wearing a Jenny Packham dress, her pearl drop earrings and shoes that I haven’t looked for yet. The dress looks like a bespoke creation, perhaps a lightweight silk. I’m not sure if one could call the design dégradé, it more properly might be termed a “placed print.”

  • Ben Stevens/i-Images

    Ben Stevens/i-Images

12:30PM UPDATE:

  • Georgina Brewer of ITV reports that the photo of all 4 Cambridges many are hoping for won’t happen. From Georgina’s Twitter feed: “No George as Kate William and baby leave! Shame. Not the shot all media were looking for. George gone to bed and returned to KP.”
  • Kensington Palace is confirming Kate will leave the hospital this evening with her new baby girl; that should happen at approximately 1:30pm EDT/10:30AM PDT (6:30 local time in London.)
  • In some photos Prince George seems a little nonplussed, in others he looks quite comfortable.
i-Images/Splash News/i-Images

i-Images/Splash News/i-Images

 

11:30AM UPDATE:

  • The Daily Mail’s photo laden story with George arriving at the hospital is here.
  • Prince William did indeed bring Prince George back to the Lindo Wing to meet his new sister.
Ben Stevens / i-Images

Ben Stevens / i-Images

10:30AM UPDATE:

  • UPDATING: It will be Prince William we’ll see shortly, he is going home to spend time with Prince George.
  • There is increased activity at the Lindo Wing, and while there’s no confirmation the family will be leaving soon, it seems likely a recap of live streams will be helpful:
Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

9AM UPDATE:

  • Her Majesty is in N. Yorkshire today for a ceremony and parade with The Queen’s Royal Lancers. We’re guessing the choice of that vibrant pink coat wasn’t by accident.
 John Giles/PA

John Giles/PA

  • Here is a look at the official announcement at Buckingham Palace.
i-Images

i-Images

  • And a look at the crowds lined up to see the easel in person.
© Jack Taylor / i-Images

© Jack Taylor / i-Images

  • The Sun has a video with legendary royal photographer Arthur Edwards reacting to the news that Kate had a girl.

 

8AM UPDATE:

  • Media has been told that *if* they will be coming out today, we will have 30 minutes notice.
  • There are reports that Kate’s hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, has arrived at the Lindo Wing. This could well point to a ‘today departure,’ I will try for verification.

We will continue to repeat the live stream information, in addition to the feeds we have embedded and viewable here on the blog. This first is ABC News, just click the arrow to get it rolling.

Other live feeds:

More Newsbytes:

The Art Room

The Art Room

  • We also had the appearance of the completely unofficial ‘town crier,’ proclaiming the news and ringing his bell.
Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

7AM UPDATE:

Peter Hunt, BBC (@BBC Peter Hunt)

Peter Hunt, BBC (@BBC Peter Hunt)

Sky News Twitter Feed

Sky News Twitter Feed

  • The media at the Lindo Wing.
Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

The biggest questions at this point:

  • will the Middletons come for a visit?
  • will Prince George come to visit his sister?
  • will Kate and the new Princess be staying the night in the hospital, or will we see her with William and the new baby on the steps of the Lindo Wing later today?

Royal Photographer Mark Stewart made this observation just moments ago.

Mark Stewart, Royal Photographer

Mark Stewart, Royal Photographer

We’ll continue to post the livestreams that are up for those just joining us.

  • Congratulations from the RAF Association.
RAF Association/RAF Wings Appeal

RAF Association/RAF Wings Appeal

  • It must be one of the first gifts for the Princess, a Scouting babygro; it comes from the East Sheen Atlantic Beaver Scouts, shared by Simon Carter of UK Scouting
Eastr Sheen Atlantic Beaver Scouts via Simon Carter,

Eastr Sheen Atlantic Beaver Scouts via Simon Carter,

  • Just as they did when Prince George was born, the Royal Navy sends its congratulations from the sea. From the RN Twitter feed: “HMS Lancaster, known as the ‘Queen’s Frigate’, sent a message of congratulations to @KensingtonRoyal on the new birth.”
The Royal Navy

The Royal Navy

The Today Show

The Today Show

6AM UPDATE:

  • Kensington Palace wants to hear from others welcoming a new member of the family.
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Reuters Live Station

Reuters Live Station

  • Congratulations are pouring in, many of them on Twitter.  Well-wishers include Help for Heroes, an organization Princes Harry and William have been involved with
Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes

  • And a charity of which Kate is patron, Place2Be
Place2Be

Place2Be

  • Here is how the Kensington Palace announcement looked on Twitter.
Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

  • Kate has had a baby girl, a Princess of Cambridge.
Via Max Foster

Via Max Foster

 

5AM UPDATE:

  • We’ll continue to post the livestreams that are up for those just joining us.
  • If wondering what the live feed shows, it is essentially the Lindo Wing door and general activity at that entrance to the hospital. Below, ABC’s shot, just click the arrow to activate it.

  • Catherine Wylie of the Press Association gives us another angle showing the media in the press pens, which continue to fill up.
Catherine Wylie, UK Press Association (@WylieCatherine)

Catherine Wylie, UK Press Association (@WylieCatherine)

  • Royal Photographer Mark Stewart shared a screen grab showing how popular the royal birth is on twitter, with the RoyalBirth and Duchess of Cambridge out-trending David Beckham.
Mark Stewart, Royal Photogrpaher (@RegalEyes)

Mark Stewart, Royal Photographer (@RegalEyes)

Catherine Wylie, Press Association (@WylieCatherine)

Catherine Wylie, Press Association (@WylieCatherine)

4am UPDATE:

Max Foster, CNN

Max Foster, CNN

  • The Daily Mail explains background on why this baby will be 4th in line for the throne; that story is here.
  • The UK Press Association reports family members have been briefed on the latest news.
Press Association

Press Association

3:45am:

  • Kate’s labor is reported to be “progressing normally.” From The Sun’s live blog: “The duchess’s labour is “progressing normally” in one of six air-conditioned delivery rooms on the third floor of the building, where giving birth naturally costs up to £10,000.
  • For those wondering what Prince George is doing, Simon Perry of People magazine shared this information:
Simon Perry, People Magazine

Simon Perry, People Magazine

3:15am update:

  •  Broadcasters have started doing live shots from the Lindo Wing, below you see Max Foster of CNN broadcasting to the US.
David Wilkinson, CNN (@DWilkinsonCNN)

David Wilkinson, CNN (@DWilkinsonCNN)

  • People magazine’s Monique Jessen noted that there were 21,600 tweets in the two hours following Kate’s admission to the hospital.
  • 9NEWS Australia’s Tom Steinfort shared this picture of the armed police presence at the hospital
  • Tom Steinfort, 9News Australia (@TomStewinfort)

    Tom Steinfort, 9News Australia (@TomStewinfort)

2:45am EDT:

Jennifer Peros, Us Weekly (@JenPeros)

Jennifer Peros, Us Weekly (@JenPeros)

 

May 022015
 

It is news royal-watchers have been waiting for: the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital. Kensington Palace confirmed the news, delivered via Twitter:

Kensington Palace Twitter

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

And this from Prime Minister David Cameron, posted just before 2:30am EDT.

David Cameron Twitter

David Cameron Twitter

More on the medical team attending Kate via The Daily Mail:

The Queen’s current surgeon-gynaecologist Alan Farthing is expected to lead the team, accompanied by obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, a specialist in high-risk pregnancies.

At this point not too many live feeds are up, although The Telegraph’s is, just click this link. We’ve also embedded the link below, although it appears to be very small in size.

For easy following of the event, here are two lists you may find to be helpful.

LIVE BLOGS: Media live-blogging updates from the Lindo Wing

LIVE FEEDS: As with George’s birth, there will be live video feeds; following are some options. (NOTE: I will be updating this constantly, adding URLs we don’t yet have for The Sun, as well as more sites sure to be added.)

  • The Huffington Post UK live stream will be here
  • The Daily Mirror’s live feed will be here
  • The Sun will have a live feed
  • Hello! magazine’s live feed will be here
  • The Telegraph’s live feed will be here
  • the Associated Press will probably have a live feed, especially when William and Kate present their new baby on the steps of the Lindo Wing; this is where you are likely to find it
  • Reuters News site for live coverage is here, you may need to sign in via your Facebook or Twitter account to access the feed (only active during breaking news coverage, expect them to also have live coverage)

And for complete lists of royal correspondents to follow on Twitter, live media blogs, and much more, visit our One Stop Guide to Following the Royal Birth Online.

We are going to get this post published and on its way to your electronic in-bins, and then return with a live blog updating throughout the day. I can’t think of a nicer group to pass the time with during such an auspicious occasion.

 Posted by at 2:57 am
Apr 282015
 

Hello, we are back with a quick briefing on the latest from the Lindo Wing and several updates.

We begin with something new, The Very Latest here on the blog. I started the page because frequently there are little tidbits or newsbytes in between posts that merit sharing, and this seems an easy way to keep everyone up to date on that sort of thing. We will include notes and links that may not warrant their own full-blown post, like retail updates (items back in stock, sales, copyKates, etc.), or items we want to get published right away that we’ll expand upon in a later post. It has actually turned out to be very handy as we await the birth of Kate and William’s next child, but it will remain a permanent fixture here on the blog. From today’s Very Latest updates:

  • While there was quite a flurry of activity at the Lindo Wing today it turns out Kate was nowhere near the hospital. Apparently the Duchess had gone for a swim with Prince George at Buckingham Palace. Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail has more: “Accompanied by up to five bodyguards, the royal mother-to-be drove herself in through the gates, with her son and what appeared to be his nanny, Maria Borrallo, in the rear of the car. The Duchess parked her vehicle discreetly around the side of the palace in order to get George from the car and left around an hour and a half later.” The entire story is here.
Kate middleton driving

Daily Mail Twitter

  • There was a special treat this morning for all of the royal fans who have been camped out at St. Mary’s Hospital, a surprise that came straight from the Duke and Duchess. From Victoria Murphy’s Daily Mirror story: “In a show of their appreciation for the fans who have been camped out for days waiting for a new royal baby to be born, the royals sent pastries and 10 hot drinks to the campers. A palace source said: “They saw they’d been camped out and wanted to send them breakfast.”
 James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

  • Readers are no doubt aware, but it bears repeating: if the baby is born tomorrow it will arrive on Kate & William’s wedding anniversary. Four years ago tomorrow this was the scene at Buckingham Palace. Happy Anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!
Splash News

Splash News

We will keep everyone updated on Kate’s situation via Facebook, Twitter and our Very Latest page right here on the blog.

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Moving on to the other topics, we have quite a few IDs that have been made in the last week, including one that resolves perhaps the Ultimate UFO here at WKW. Can you guess the item I’m referencing? Here is a visual clue.

Splash News/PA Wire

Splash News/PA Wire

Yes, it is the clutch that Kate has carried (and carried, and…well, you know the drill) for years, crafted in black suede with a petite grosgrain bow. Above we show the Duchess carrying the bag on a night out in Mayfair with William in 2012, as well as at the Order of the Garter in 2008. Here is a wide shot of Kate with the clutch on that 2012 night out.

SplashNews.com/Weir Photo-SplashNews.com

SplashNews.com/Weir Photo-SplashNews.com

Many of us looked and looked, and then looked some more for the bag’s maker. Yet we were never able to determine who made the clutch, it has remained a mystery all these years. That’s until last week, when Brittany from the Repli-Kate It page on Facebook shared this post:

Repli-Kate It Facebook page

Repli-Kate It Facebook page

That is Kate’s bag in another color, discovered via an auction on eBay for a pink version of the handbag, that is where these photos are from. (The auction is over, it ended on the 23rd.) The bag is by Mascaro, it measures 8″ x 4.5″, with a concealed snap closure on the inside of the flap.

eBay

eBay

A huge Tip of the Tiara to Brittany for solving the mystery, you can visit her Repli-Kate It page here, she is a whiz at putting together outfits, locating great repliKates, and more.

Mascaro is a brand whose accessories Kate has used for some time; below you see her carrying a Mascaro bag for the 2012 War Horse premiere, and wearing the brand’s heels at the 2011 wedding of Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Louise Stourton. (We were fortunate that the inimitable Lizzie Darcy identified the heels several years ago.)

Splash News

Splash News

Next, the necklace Kate wore to a youth reception and barbecue during the 2011 North American tour. We knew the Duchess was wearing the Logo Leaf Earrings by Vinnie Day, but the necklace hadn’t been identified. We now know the necklace is also by Vinnie Day, the company got in touch with Anna of My Small Obsessions to let her know it was a bespoke piece made especially for Kate.

Canadian Heritage/Allpix-SplashNews.com

Canadian Heritage/Allpix-SplashNews.com

Also identified, the jacket Kate wore to the wedding of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly in May 2008. (In all candor, not my favorite look on the Duchess.) Again, the information came via MSO. The photo below is not from the Phillips/Kelly wedding, but from the wedding of Charlie and Lucy Savoy.

My Small Obsessions Facebook

My Small Obsessions Facebook

A Tip of the Tiara to Poppy Golightly on Facebook for making the ID and sharing the info with My Small Obsessions.

eBay

eBay

It seems Sanimi is no longer in business. From what I could glean online the company was located in North Kensington, it appears they specialized in party frocks, especially silk pieces, and perhaps lingerie. (Sources for items below: Pinterest, Clothes AgencyPinterest.) Perhaps one of our readers will be more familiar with the brand, and can fill us in via a comment or email.

Pinterest/Poshmark

Pinterest/Poshmark

One more item, it regards the jacket we have seen Kate wearing frequently and commonly thought to be by Barbour. Most recently the Duchess was seen wearing it when enjoying a playdate with George at Snettisham Park. It turns out the jacket is not by Barbour. Anna of My Small Obsessions contacted Barbour and they advised her it was not their piece.

Also today, Madderson London has released the maternity version of Kate’s ‘Naomi’ shift dress(£230), made of a lighter weight ponte jersey knit, and with only one set of the decorative flaps. The Duchess wore the Naomi in standard sizing (£450), it is a more robust weight, made of 100% wool.

Madderson London/Splash News/Madderson London

Madderson London/Splash News/Madderson London

Kate’s Wrap Skater Dress in Polka Dot ($63) from the ASOS Maternity collection is back in stock. The Duchess wore the frock in March for her visit to the Brookhill Children’s Centre in London.

UPDATE: This dress is slightly different from Kate’s, despite ASOS calling it the “Kate” dress. Out thanks to Lisa, she left a comment alerting us to the distinction, so we put the two dresses side-by-side to better highlight the difference between the two, it’s the way the polka dots are placed. In the original frock the dots are scattered randomly with no seeming pattern; in the new ‘Kate’ (ahem) version the dots are more organized, almost in rows.

ASOS Kate Middleton dress

ASOS

We are fortunate to have some photos from a WKW Facebook friend wearing the dress. Rachael Tagg (who is not expecting), is one of many Kate fashion followers who purchased the frock. Rachael very much likes the dress, and I can see why – it’s a great fit on Rachael!

Courtesy Rachel Tagg

Courtesy Rachael Tagg

Also back in stock: Seraphine’s Natasha cashmere blend coat ($349).

Nils Jorgensen/i-Images and Seraphine Courtesy Photo

Nils Jorgensen/i-Images and Seraphine Courtesy Photo

And one more retail note, this one from Target,. where two Kate-favored brands have combined for a small capsule collection. We’re talking about Orla Kiely and Aden and Anais; they have come up with a selection of Swaddle-Plus 4-Packs ($39.99) and Little Bib 3-Packs ($15.99) .

Orla Kiely for Aden and Anais at Target

Orla Kiely for Aden and Anais at Target

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We will be watching the goings-on at St. Mary’s Hospital almost around the clock, and will continue to update as warranted.