Oct 202014

There is news today about Kate’s health, due date and schedule. From a Kensington Palace news release:

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.

The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.

In addition to the good news about Kate’s health, the release should put to rest rumors the Duchess is expecting twins, with the wording “expecting a baby”.

The April due date slightly increases the chance we will see some new maternity styles from the Duchess. It’s highly unlikely Kate will make broad investments in new pieces, but she will be further along for some events like the annual Christmas appearance at Sandringham.

The news release also confirms Kate’s appearance at tomorrow’s State Visit events. The Duke and Duchess will welcome Singaporean President Tony Tan and his wife Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam to the UK on behalf of the Queen. After greeting the visitors at the Royal Garden Hotel in London Kate and William will ride with them to Horse Guards Parade for a ceremonial welcome with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The visit holds historic significance as it is the first State Visit to the UK by a Singapore President.

Preparations for the visit and accompanying ceremonial events have been underway for some time. Below you see the Household Division practicing its drills for the welcoming ceremony at Horse Guards Parade.

Corporal of Horse Dan Short; Crown Copyright

Corporal of Horse Dan Short; Crown Copyright

The Mall is lined with the flags of Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Antony Phillipson, British High Commissioner to Singapore

Antony Phillipson, British High Commissioner to Singapore

As previously noted, the Duke and Duchess already know the President and Mrs. Tan from their visit to Singapore in 2012 as part of the Jubilee Tour.

Ken Goff/SplashNews.com

Ken Goff/SplashNews.com

The significance of their role in tomorrow’s ceremonies underscores the Queen’s continued comfort in the Duke and Duchess having elevated roles at important events. In August William and Kate represented Her Majesty at World War One Centenary ceremonies; below they are shown with Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

The Province of Liège Facebook Page

The Province of Liège Facebook Page

We’ll have full coverage of what the Duchess wears for the welcome, which I expect will take place midday, as there is a luncheon following the Horse Guards Parade ceremony. (Kate & William are not attending this event.)


Today’s news release also included the announcement of another engagement for the Duchess. Tomorrow she will attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Most readers are aware Kate is Patron of the Museum. She will tour the exhibit, speak with photojournalists and join Sir David Attenborough in announcing some of the major Award winners. The event precedes the exhibition’s official opening at the Museum this Friday.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

This dovetails perfectly with Kate’s interest in photography and her role with the Museum.


Oddly enough, we were at the Natural History Museum over the weekend, wrapping up a trip to London. While there we visited many of the retailers and designers Kate favors, and also enjoyed time with some of those in the media who cover the Royal Family. We look forward to sharing more about those topics in future posts. Below, a Christmas tree being decorated outside the Natural History Museum. (I’m sure it has nothing to do with tomorrow night’s event, we merely liked the incongruity of the tree against the green trees in the background.)

London Natural History Museum Christmas Tree

We expect to head back across the pond next spring and hope there might be some sort of a WKW meet-up during that trip!

We’ll see you tomorrow for full coverage of what Kate wears for her engagements.


  • the full news release regarding Kate’s schedule and due date may be read here
  • the Natural History Museum website is here, more information on the photography competition and exhibition is available here, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Facebook page is here, the British Wildlife Photographers Association website is here
  • to read the entire news release regarding the schedule for the Singapore State Visit click here
  • HER (Hyperemesis Education and Research) is an excellent resource for information and links about Kate’s illness
  • Pregnancy Sickness Support is a UK foundation helping those with nausea and vomiting, as well as HG


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As many readers have no doubt heard, there was news from St. James’s Palace this afternoon (London time):

Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Website

If unable to read the text on the graphic, it says “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby.”

As is the case these days, the announcement was released via several means, including the Clarence House Twitter account:

Clarence House

While the it is lovely news, there is a downside: Kate is hospitalized with a severe form of morning sickness, and will remain in King Edward VII Hospital for several days. More from the Clarence House statement:

“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”

In fact, that is why the announcement was made so early in the pregnancy, the Palace felt they had little choice as word of Kate’s hospitalization would have been leaked to the news media.  The Queen is Patron of the hospital, it is a private facility in London.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a serious condition that far transcends morning sickness (misery enough on its own), more from the Hyperemesis Education & Research Foundation:

“HG is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the newborn(s).”

Among other things the site has a list of the Top 10 Things Not to Say to a woman dealing with HG.

The Palace is not announcing a due date because Kate isn’t past the first trimester. Kate and William’s child will be third in line to the throne and a great-grandchild to the Queen. For the first time, if the baby is a girl she can inherit the throne, this as a result of changes to the rules of succession approved by Commonwealth countries last summer. From the BBC:

He or she will one day be head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and subsequently head of state of the UK and, subject to approval by the Commonwealth, 15 other countries.

We share a very few possibilities for maternity wear should things progress well for Kate and the baby. (Omitting obvious considerations, like custom pieces from Kate’s favorite labels, McQueen, Temperley, etc..) This is merely a less-than-cursory glance at a few brands Kate might consider, almost all British labels. One is 9 London.

9 London

Below, a pair of straight leg jeans by 9 London, a denim skirt by Isabella Oliver is seen on the right.

Harrod's/Isabella Oliver

Isabella Oliver makes perfect sense. Among other things, the company received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in 2010. Additional styles from the brand: the Urban Ruched dress is seen on the left, Lulu Lace maternity dress in the center, we show the Olivia dress on the right.

Isabella Olivor

A final three from this brand, all in a jersey knit not unlike Kate’s multiple Issa London frocks: the Florence Maternity Dress in a very royal blue, Tie Knot dress in the center, on the right we show the Willow frock.

Isabella Oliver

A final British brand for the day, Tiffany Rose. The satin ribbon is a bit twee, but Kate could easily replace that with a grosgrain ribbon or other embellishment that is more her style. From left to right: the Twilight in black, Amelia in a lacy style, Anastasia in deep blue, and Chloe in vintage rose lace.

Tiffany Rose

Two denim manufacturers that Kate favors offer maternity styles, we show the J. Brand Maternity Skinny Jeans (L) and the Paige Denim Maternity Verdugo Skinny Jeans (R).

J. Brand/Paige Denim

As fun as it might be to contemplate maternity wear it seems a little frivolous at this juncture with Kate hospitalized.

A note about Kate’s calendar, there are reports she won’t be making her next three scheduled appearances, Wednesday’s ICAP Charity Day, Saturday’s Winter Whites Gala and the British Military Tournament on Sunday. (For details on these three events, as well as future engagements, just click the tab above titled “Kate’s Calendar“.)