We are back with some news updates, a special honor for the Duchess, and some sale information.
We begin with word of a new engagement on Kate’s Calendar. Thursday, September 17th Kate will be at the Anna Freud Centre, a children’s mental health charity. The Duchess will see plans for a new Community Campus and visit the organization’s Family School. More from Majesty Magazine:
The Duchess will have the opportunity to see and participate in a range of activities that are part of the usual Family School day, including the ‘SmartGym’ programme that combines technology and sports psychology. It aims to build resilience, develop emotional skills and improve academic performance in children with emotional and behavioural problems.
This engagement is very much in keeping with Kate’s focus on children’s mental health issues. It will be good to see Kate back out and about.
Next, a possibility that William and Kate may actually do not one, but two tours next year; the news comes via a Hello! story this week. While speculation has been consistent the Duke and Duchess are likely to visit the Caribbean next year, we’ve not yet seen the possibility of two tours being mentioned. The Hello! piece *is* in sync with recent reports that contrary to some news stories, George and Charlotte are unlikely to accompany their parents on any tour. More from the piece, quoting a senior palace official.
“It was a one-off to take George to Australia and New Zealand last year and it is looking highly unlikely they will take their children with them on their next tour,” the Palace aide told HELLO! magazine.
“We are looking at either spring or autumn, but have not ruled out the possibility of them doing both.”
Looking at the Cambridges short-term plans, the family of four is expected soon at the Queen’s Scottish estate, Balmoral. While there William and Kate are expected to join HM for dinner on a historic day, September 9th; that is when the Queen becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history. The record she surpasses is that of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. How will HM spend the day? Like many others, with an official engagement, opening a new railway line. More from The Telegraph:
In a choice of engagement bound to invoke parallels with the reign of Queen Victoria, she will travel by steam train from Edinburgh to Tweedbank near Galashiels on September 9 to formally open the new Borders Railway, reviving a rail tradition dating back to the 1840s.
The journey, accompanied by the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, will also be a powerful visible reminder of her love for Scotland on the day she surpasses her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s record for the longest reign.
The dinner on September 9th is a private family affair, I do not expect to see photos unless one or two official images are released. At this point I would put that possibility on the “Unlikely to Happen But I Would Love to Be Wrong” list. However, there is a chance we’ll see a photo of Kate and William driving to church while at Balmoral, see our photo below with the duo on their way to Crathie Kirk in 2013, that is where the royal family worships when at Balmoral.
We have an update on the Katherine Hooker dress worn by the Duchess to launch the EACH Nook Appeal last November.
All photos by James Whatling/Splash News
The frock is now available in the same color worn by the Duchess.
Previously offered in navy and black, the Ascot now also comes in a navy/brown check.
We also have an update on a Moloh coat in Kate’s closet. You may recall Kate first wore the Workers coat when visiting Glasgow with Prince William in April 2013.
She was seen wearing the coat again when attending church services at Crathie Kirk that September.
The coat has been updated, it is offered in black wool crepe with navy/silver trim.
Next, a story we shared on Facebook Saturday, it regards a royal order for Kate. Many are familiar with photos showing royals at formal functions wearing sashes adorned with pins, buttons and other ornamentation, as well as brooches with miniature portraits in them. More from the Royal Order of Splendor:
Sashes are part of the insignia that accompanies membership in an order of chivalry or merit. Most countries, even ones that don’t have a monarchy, have some sort of honors to bestow. Each order has its own specific rules regarding who can award it, what it can be awarded for, and who can receive it.
Below, HM fully accessorized with royal orders at a state dinner in October.
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A closer look shows HM wearing the Royal Order of King George VI (pink ribbon) and King George V (white according to the British Monarchy website). The Queen is the only surviving recipient of the Royal Family Order of King George V.
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The miniature portraits are worn atop a silk ribbon. Here you see the royal family orders for (left to right) George IV, Edward VII, George V and George VI.
How does this all relate to Kate? The Daily Mail reports Her Majesty is honoring Kate with her royal order.
Kate will receive the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II – the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a female member of the family.
The 33-year-old Duchess is the only senior member not to wear a family honour.
It is surprising to see this covered in the media before it happens, a story like the Mail‘s is highly unusual. That is because the bestowing of orders isn’t something the Palace publicly announces; it isn’t an official event or occurrence, but a personal symbol of esteem. Historically the only way one knows if someone has received an order is when they are seen wearing it. More on the practice from the British Monarchy website:
The Orders are now worn on formal occasions by female members of the Royal Family only. The Queen and her late sister, The Princess Margaret, were given their awards by their father, George VI, and both wore them as young girls at the coronation of their parents in 1937.
The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II is worn on a chartreuse yellow ribbon as seen here on Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex has also received this honor. Below you see her wearing it when attending the wedding of Sweden’s Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill with Prince Edward in 2013.
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A better look.
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Princess Anne and a very few others have received this honor from the Queen, including Diana, Princess of Wales. Presuming the story is accurate we can expect to see Kate wearing the order in October at the state dinner for China’s Xi Jinping.
Two quick Sales & Savings tidbits, the first about the Dune Karley wedges, the brand’s replacement for the Imperia style worn by Kate; the style is on sale at Nordstrom.
The shoes are a great buy, discounted by 40%, from $98.95 to $59.37.
And there are some great bargains for US and Canadian LK Bennett shoppers, the retailer has an early jump on Labor Day sales, offering an extra 40% off sale merchandise.
Use the code LD40 at checkout to receive the discount.