Feb 142017
 

For today’s engagement with the RAF Air Cadets, the Duchess wore a jacket from Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini.

© Ben Stevens / i-Images

© Ben Stevens / i-Images

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Feb 132017
 

We are back with a few newsbytes we thought you would enjoy. The first involves the Heads Together documentary being shot to air around the time of London Marathon. William, Kate, and Harry were seen out and about today shooting the doc.

From Rebecca English’s story:

Kate, 35, joined her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry at St Mary’s university to film a warm up and running for their mental health charity.

They met with DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles who is working with the royal trio on a new show for the BBC called Mind Over Marathon.

The Duchess was wearing the same ensemble seen on the 5th when the three royals took part in a Marathon training day (shown below).

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Kate’s Perfect Moment jacket remains available in very limited sizing at Net-a-Porter, and in a good mix of sizes at Perfect Moment. The New Balance/Sweaty Betty sneakers are available in some sizes at Sweaty Betty ($145) and also available to order with a 2-week wait. I‘ve not been able to find licensable images from today’s taping but will keep looking.

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Now to the day’s big news: Kensington Palace announced this morning that Kate and William will travel to Paris for two days in March. The announcement was made via social media.

Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

The couple will have multiple engagements on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, including a black tie dinner. Rebecca English reports in her Daily Mail story the duo will undertake about eight engagements. More from the Palace news release:

…the itinerary will include a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields, a formal dinner at the residence of Her Majesty’s Ambassador and attendance at the Wales v France Six Nations test at the Stade de France.

Background on the genesis of the trip from Richard Palmer’s story for The Express:

The royal couple, who have enjoyed several holidays in France, were initially invited to Paris by the Welsh Rugby Union – William has just taken over from the Queen as the WRU’s patron – but the Foreign Office then asked Kensington Palace to build an official visit around the match.

Other tidbits:

  • We can look for a party frock at the dinner, although we don’t know which day the dinner takes place.
  • We do know the day and time for one of the engagements: the France vs. Wales Six Nations Rugby Match at the Stade de France is on Saturday, the 18th. The match begins at 2:45 local time, that is 8:45 am ET/ 5:45 am PT. We will see a more casual ensemble for this event; my guess is the Duchess will not be wearing skinny jeans for this event.
  • The reception with young French leaders may well involve a program started last year by former PM David Cameron and French President François Hollande, the Franco-British Young Leaders. The project is designed to “…deepen Franco-British understanding and collaboration at the highest level and establishes a give back / give forward ethos at its core.”

Reports say the Duke and Duchess are expected to stay with the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, at his official residence, Hôtel Charost.

British Embassy, France

British Embassy, France

More about the Embassy from a 2016 Guardian story:

…the Hotel de Charost.. was built in the 1720s, but much of its furniture and interior decor was installed by one former owner, Pauline Borghese – Napoleon’s sister – nearly 100 years later.

Below left, the dining room; on the right; a Greek-style bed that belonged to Pauline Borghese.

UK in France

UK in France

This is certain to be an important trip. Back to Richard Palmer’s story:

The couple, who have both visited France on private trips in the past few years, are being sent by the Foreign Office to Paris to bolster Anglo-French relations ahead of tricky negotiations for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

There will be extra attention on Kate’s wardrobe for this visit, as is often the case for women on official visits to Paris. We have had a few questions asking if this means Kate will not be handing out shamrocks to the Irish Guards. I imagine she will either be in Paris, or on her way there when that event takes place. We will update Kate’s Calendar here on the site and also on Facebook as more details are released.

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Also today, we are in the middle of NY Fashion Week. A number of Kate-centric designers have shown their 2017 fall collections, including Diane von Furstenberg. This is the second full season designed by creative director Jonathan Saunders. Below, a quick reminder of pieces the Duchess has worn by Mr. Saunders when he operated his eponymous label.

©Splash News

© i-Images / i-Images / Splash News

A few looks from fall’s ready to wear collection.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

A portion of Vogue’s review:

Saunders is turning his attention to ensemble dressing for Fall, where his playful mix-and-match approach stands. Though it’s famously the home of the wrap dress, he considers DVF a textile house, and there was a panoply of vivid textures, colors, and patterns on offer.

DVF

Diane von Furstenberg

You can see individual pieces Kate might wear, although the majority are too fussy or busy for her taste.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

The Vogue piece notes the spring collection by Mr. Saunders sold very well.  The brand is doing a fashion week ‘see now buy now’ dress, a style shown on the runway that is available for purchase. Below, the Asymmetric Sequin Dress ($1498). This appears to be very popular, it is sold out in several sizes.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

J. Crew’s presentation (the company doesn’t do a runway show) has also taken place. As with the DVF collection, you can see Kate possibly wearing a specific item, like the blazer or jacket.

J. Crew Courtesy Photos

J. Crew Courtesy Photos

From Maya Singer’s Vogue review:

…that classic J.Crew looks such as the rugby shirt and rollneck sweater have been brought back after a lengthy retirement…the go-to blazer was given a more languid re-tailoring. The general effect was to sand off some of that preppy J.Crew crispness and replace it with a look more dishabille…

J. Crew Courtesy Photos

J. Crew Courtesy Photos

Ms. Singer referenced the struggles the once-popular retailer is facing:

One did catch an undercurrent of anxiety here—not anything to do with the events in the news that have fed that mood at other shows, but rather an identity crisis specific to J.Crew. This collection was trying to be a lot of things—a supplier for low-slung camos, a source for baroque pleated evening skirts, a home for trim tuxedo looks, and so on. What does the J.Crew customer want from this brand?

J Crew Courtesy Photos

J Crew Courtesy Photos

A designer Kate introduced to her wardrobe last year, Altuzarra, showed yesterday. Below, several looks from the fall collection.

Altuzarra

Altuzarra

The Altuzarra Vogue review may be seen here and the British Vogue review is here.

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Our final note today is about the popular Kate coloring books. “Colour in Kate” is a fundraiser for Historic Royal Palaces. It is £5.99.

Historic Royal Palaces (Click photo to go to HRP gift shop site)

Historic Royal Palaces (Click photo to go to HRP gift shop site)

From a Daily Mail story about the book:

Cashing in on the craze among both adults and children for such books – not to mention the global interest in the Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion – the Colour In Kate book is apparently flying off the shelves.

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail

Inside it says: ‘Colour in Kate, a modern style icon. From beautiful ball gowns and formal dresses to casually chic outfits – complete these stunning scenes and add colour to Kate’s wonderful wardrobe.’

Colour in Kate‘ is available from HRP, where it is £5.99.  It is also offered at Amazon, where it is $8.99.

There is another coloring book, this one is from Dover Publishing in the US. “Kate the Duchess of Cambridge Royal Fashions Coloring Book” is $3.99 at Amazon.

Amazon

Amazon

You may recall that William told an OBE recipient that Kate likes adult coloring books. More from a People story:

Prince William revealed that Princess Kate is aboard the adult-coloring trend while awarding one of Queen Elizabeth’s  honors to illustrator Johanna Basford at Buckingham Palace. She was given the OBE for services to art and entrepreneurship.

“Prince William actually said that his wife likes to color in Secret Garden, which was really sweet,” Basford told the Press Association after the ceremony of her bestseller.

This is the coloring book being referenced, Ms. Bashford’s Secret Garden.

Amazon

Amazon

Secret Garden is also carried at Amazon where it is $15.95

We’ll see you tomorrow (Tuesday) for Kate’s RAF Air Cadets engagement.

Apr 242015
 

This is one of those quick little posts that you can quickly scan and file away until you need it. It’s a briefer on what to expect, what to look for and who to follow online (now and later) for your best coverage of the upcoming royal birth.

UPDATED MAY 2, 2am: Follow all of the events on our live blog here.

Fast Facts:

  • You may recall that when George was born Kate and William were seen by photographer Jesal Parshotam as they arrived at the hospital (he elected not to take photographs of the couple arriving). It is likely the news will break on Twitter with this baby as well. (We have a handy list of accounts to follow down below.)
  • Kate was in labor with George approximately 10-1/2 hours.
  • Should the baby be born after 10pm (5pm EDT, 2pm PDT) ) there won’t be any official Palace announcement until 8am (3am EDT, Midnight PDT) the next morning. That is because the Queen will be sleeping and won’t be notified during those hours.
  • However, that 10pm – 8am blackout period doesn’t mean there won’t be any news generated, far from it; the live shots and online coverage will continue apace.
  • The birth and gender will be announced on social media by Kensington Palace on Twitter, on Facebook and on Instagram.
  • In addition to the online announcement the standard written announcement will be driven to Buckingham Palace and displayed on the traditional easel.

Once we have the news we will do a brief post (much like this one) alerting everyone that Kate has been admitted to the hospital. And then, when conditions warrant, we will switch to live blogging of the event, just as we did in 2013. Here’s what that actually looked like on the site.

What Kate Wore July 22, 2013

What Kate Wore July 22, 2013

As family members and others arrive we will share those images, like this one of Kate’s parents, Carole and Mike Middleton, arriving at the hospital in July 2013.

Georgina Brewer, ITV (@GeorginaITV)

Georgina Brewer, ITV (@GeorginaITV)

Of course we were live when Kate and William presented Prince George to the world, and we continually posted links on Facebook for watching live coverage online and on TV. We also continually tweeted those links.

Georgina Brewer, ITV

Georgina Brewer, ITV

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE BIRTH::

  • we can expect Carole and Michael Middleton to visit the Lindo Wing, as well as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
  • look for Kate’s personal assistant Rebecca Deacon, along with assistant Natasha Archer, to arrive at St. Mary’s before Kate is discharged; in 2013 they were seen arriving with clothing, hair tools and cosmetics
  • once Kate leaves the hospital the Cambridges will head to their London home, Apartment 1A Kensington Palace, for a night or two; expect HM to pay a visit to meet her newest great-grandchild
  • following the brief stay at KP the family will then move to Anmer Hall for the foreseeable future
  • we can expect an announcement on the baby’s name within 48 – 72 hours
  • when Prince George was born William and Kate asked anyone thinking about sending a gift to instead make a donation to the Imperial College Healthcare Charity. (The organization raises funds to improve care and services at five hospitals, including St. Mary’s.) We have no idea if the couple will repeat this sort of gesture or not, but it would certainly be in keeping with similar requests made by the couple.

That is the game plan for coverage here at WKW. But we recognize many readers want to stay on top of things via additional/other sources, so we’ve compiled these lists for you to refer to as desired.

We begin with official media sites for the Palace. While we won’t see minute-by-minute tweets and posts on these accounts, it is where official announcements will be made and photos released.

The best place for the very latest information and ongoing live coverage will be Twitter. Below, a list with some of the royal reporting corps you may want to follow (in no particular order).

Royal photographers:

Also on Twitter:

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)

Special pages that have been created for the event:

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS:

Again, we will continue to update things as appropriate, but wanted to get this initial post to you so have resources available should you want to follow things online.