Jul 272013

Now that some of last week’s frenzy has diminished it seems a good time to share a few updates and also wrap up our polls on what Kate wore during her pregnancy.  We begin with our newsbriefs.

Upcoming engagements:

  • It’s believed Kate, William and Prince George continue their stay in Bucklebury at the Middleton’s 18-acre estate. William has a week+ remaining of his paternity leave before he returns to RAF Valley in Anglesey.
  • There are no formal engagements on the calendar, but there has been chatter about a possible photocall with selected media to allow pictures of the newborn and his parents.


An autumn christening continues to be the expectation, after the Queen and Prince Philip return from the couple’s annual two-month trip to Balmoral. The precise location remains unknown; Richard Palmer’s story in the Express offers more information.

Prince William was christened in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace and Prince Harry was baptised at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Those two venues remain a possibility but other options under consideration, according to sources, are the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace and the Queen’s Chapel across the road.

We’ll keep you updated on the plans for this, as well as any other events.


Next, news sure to please those who like to ‘repliKate’ styles seen on the Duchess. An abbreviated lookbook for the Issa-Banana Republic collaboration was released this week, and there are several dresses that will hold appeal.  One design sure to delight many, a frock very similar to that now-iconic blue engagement dress.

Courtesy Photo/ /Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo/ /Courtesy Photo

With apologies to those who already read all of this on our WKW Facebook page last Thursday, the Banana Republic version shown above will sell for $130. There are two other dresses in the collection with very similar lines: a short sleeved style in blue and a maroon piece with three-quarter sleeves.

Courtesy Photos

Courtesy Photos

Banana Republic released a photo via its Facebook page of Naomi Watts wearing a wrap dress from the line.

Banana Republic Facebook Page

Banana Republic Facebook Page

The collection launches August 8 online and in Banana Republic stores. The marketing thus far includes efforts to capitalize on the Issa connection to Kate. Below, a snippet from an Elle interview with BR’s creative director, Simon Kneen.

Elle Magazine

Elle Magazine

Below, another image from the BR Facebook page.

Banana Republic Facebook

Banana Republic Facebook

It’s more-than-unlikely Kate will wear anything from this collection, or any other Issa creation, past, present or future.

Not only has the label’s founder, Daniella Helayel, left the company, but prior to her departure she sold a controlling interest in the brand to Camilla al-Fayed. Why should that matter? Because her father, Mohamed al-Fayed, previous Harrod’s owner, has been vocal in his belief the Royal Family is responsible for the death of his son, Dodi al-Fayed, along with Princess Diana. That topic is the subject of a film he financed, Unlawful Killing. In the movie the Queen is referred to as ‘a gangster in a tiara’ and Prince Philip is called a psychopath.

Regardless of that baggage, it appears there could be a lot to like in the upcoming collection, with price points sure to please many a pocketbook.  To see several more styles, click here to visit She Finds.


One other quick shopping update of note: Nordstrom is holding its semi-annual Anniversary Sale, one of the few times I see Aquatalia discounted. Below, the Royal boot, it is on sale for $298, 25% off its regular price of $398. Sale prices run through August 4.

Aquatalia Royal Bootie Nordstrom

Aquatalia ‘Royal’ at Nordstrom

The style is known as the Ruby Dry at Russell & Bromley, where it is priced at £245, roughly $380 at today’s exchange rates.  There are other Aquatalia designs on sale, but not all are marked down. Nor do I see Kate’s Rhumba boot available at Nordstrom, known as the Hi & Dry on the far side of the pond .


Next, a look at results from those polls that kind of got lost in the shuffle of all the goings-on this past ten days, as well as one final survey to determine the most popular style worn by the Duchess during her pregnancy.

I don’t think anyone will be surprised by the look you selected as your favorite for Kate’s first trimester. Capturing almost 24% of your 3049 votes, the runaway winner was Kate’s McQ by Alexander McQueen Black Watch Coat, worn for a visit to her old prep school in November of last year. The blue blue plaid Simyonette coat by Diane von Furstenburg Kate wore when released from the hospital received the second-highest number of votes.



Moving to styles seen in Kate’s second trimester, after 2700+ votes the look you liked the most is the By Malene Birger teal coat worn when the Duchess joined HM and Prince Philip for a trip to Baker Street Station this March.  In second place, the MaxMara Studio wrap dress worn to Hope House.

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

We divided the voting in Kate’s third trimester into two categories. The first involved pieces worn at formal events where we had clear photographs of what the Duchess was wearing. In this voting you selected the Topshop Polka Dot dress worn for the Warner Brothers Studio in late April. The blue Emilia Wickstead came in with the second greatest number of votes.

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

Our fourth poll included looks worn on occasions when we had poor photos, or none available that I could license for the site. The big winner in this case is the Séraphine Wrap Dress with Tie.

We have combined these four ensembles into our final poll on Kate’s maternity style. Here are visual reminders of your top choices, beginning with the McQ Black Watch coat and Aquatalia boots.

PA Wire / Aquatalia Courtesy Getty Images Courtesy Photo

PA Wire / Aquatalia Courtesy Getty Images Courtesy Photo

Kate in her By Malene Birger coat and Whiteley hat.

Transport for London / PA Wire

Transport for London / PA Wire

The Topshop Polka Dot dress and Ralph Lauren jacket.

Sophie Sulehria, The BBC / SplashNews.com

Sophie Sulehria, The BBC / SplashNews.com

And the Seraphine Wrap Dress with Tie as seen (barely) on the cover of Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine (photo is in lower left corner of magazine).

Woman's Day/Séraphine

Woman’s Day/Séraphine

And our poll.


Today’s final note, a mention of our current Baby Cambridge Fundraising auction currently underway on eBay. All proceeds from the auction go directly to one of Kate’s patronages, EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices). This is an amazing auction, with a bit of a twist for us (the four bloggers running the Fundraiser): we are showcasing items and brands Kate’s younger sister is fond of, although they are sure to hold equal appeal for anyone who enjoys beautiful jewelry and elegant apparel!

eBay Giving Works Auction (Ends at midnight Sunday night)

eBay Giving Works Auction (Ends at midnight Sunday night)

The auction includes a dress not even available for purchase yet from a brand Pippa is frequently seen wearing, Logue London. The garment is 100% silk jersey, crafted in a shirtdress style that is part of the label’s upcoming fall/winter collection.  Also part of the auction, an item that is available now and something Pippa has been seen wearing: the Peapod Necklace by jeweler Argent of London.

Logue London & Argent of London

Logue London & Argent of London

The third item is an autographed copy of Pippa’s book “Celebrate”. This copy is actually signed by Pippa herself, originally purchased from a stock signing at Foyles for Books, and kindly donated by Pippa-Middleton.co.uk. We want to thank Carly of Pippa Middleton Style, along with Argent of London and Logue London for their generous donations!

We are making great progress, as of this evening (Saturday, July 27) more than $6100 has been donated via our Just Giving page.

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser page at Just Giving

Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated thus far.

Jun 152012

Kate surprised us with a Friday night appearance on behalf of The Art Room, one of her patronages. The Duchess attended a performance of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Kensington Gardens.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Show Facebook Page

She was joined at the performance by more than 150 children from schools in London and Oxford, the Art Room uses the arts as therapy for children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Here we see little Suhani Kapoor giving Kate an Aslan lion stuffed animal.

Rebecca Naden/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Kate wore the Helena Blazer by Whistles.

Whistles 'Helena' Cropped Jacket

The piece is navy, with a waterfall-style front and three-quarter sleeves.

Via eBay.UK

This is the same jacket seen on Kate with the silly In Touch cover story of last week, we want to thank WKW Facebook friend Hannah, she noted this was the jacket last week when the magazine came out.

In Touch Weekly

Rebecca English of the Daily Mail was on hand for the evening,she has more in her story about the evening:

The Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a secret trip to the theatre last night – leaving her husband at home, like millions of men, watching the football.

While Prince William sat in front of the television at Kensington Palace with a few beers glued to England’s European Cup match, Kate was taking 150 children from one of her charities, The Art Room, to see a production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Rebecca also shared some of her photos from the event on Twitter.

Rebecca English Twitter Account (@RE_DailyMail)

Kate’s dress tonight was by Zara, some believe it is the same frock previously worn by Pippa Middleton, but I don’t think that is the case. When we know which dress it is we will update the post. This angle provides a better look at the back of the dress.

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

More from Rebecca’s story:

During the interval the Duchess chatted animatedly with the children about what they had seen in the first half.

‘Did you see all the animals on stilts and wasn’t Lucy cute?’ she asked.

Kate looked like thoroughly enjoyed herself.

Rebecca Naden/PA Wire/Press Association Images

No doubt many will recognize Kate’s Links of London Effervescence Bubble earrings.

Press Association/Links of London

By the way, Links just launched its US summer sale, everything is 10% off, including Kate’s Effervescence earrings as well as the Hope Egg pair she wears so frequently. (If shopping online use promo code JUNE10 at checkout to receive the discount.)

Links of London

Kate also wore an elaborate necklace.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Just Jared story offered this:

“What I want to know is has anyone tried Turkish Delight?” Kate asked the group of kids, referring to the sweet treat in C. S. Lewis‘s famous book.

“No screaming too loudly,” she also said. “I can now see your faces in the crowd so if you scream I know who you are!”

She also carried her Anya Hindmarch Maud clutch and Prada pumps.

Rebecca Naden/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The show is a favorite for many, the CS Lewis tale.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

It is being done in a new facility, the ThreeSixty Theatre in Kensington Gardens Park.

Via The Lion, The Witch

It looks like a fabulous venue and amazing production.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

More stories on video and online:

  • You can watch a bit of the show by clicking here

    The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

We’ll see you tomorrow for Trooping the Colour.

Jun 142012

We wanted to update Kate’s calendar for those planning ahead, there is another official function this weekend in addition to Saturday’s Trooping the Colour. But first a quick update on times for Saturday’s event, which is also the day the sovereign’s birthday is officially marked:

  • 10am (5am EDT): the Royal party arrives and HM takes the official salute, carries out formal inspection of the troops, followed by carriage procession back to the Palace
  • 1pm (8am EDT): royals view RAF flypast from the balcony at Buckingham Palace

A Sunday solo engagement for Kate has been announced, more from Richard Palmer on Twitter:

Richard Palmer/The Express (@RoyalReporter)

ARK Schools is part of the larger ARK organization, “Absolute Return for Kids”. Many readers likely know of Prince William’s work with the group, it was just last year that £17.2 million pounds ($28 million USD) was raised at the ARK Dinner gala, Kate and William’s first formal engagement following their April wedding. (Our post on the evening is here.)

ARK Schools Facebook

Kate will be working with kids from London’s King Solomon Academy, royal expert Victoria Arbiter shared via Twitter a bit of what is expected on Sunday:

Victoria Arbiter Twitter Feed (@VictoriaArbiter)

Also on the calendar:

Via The British Monarchy

  • Thursday, July 5, Order of Thistle: During the Queen’s annual week in Scotland at Holyrood, William will be formally installed as a “Royal Knight of the Thistle” (technically “The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle”), more from STV:

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to return to Scotland in July, as they accompany the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee engagements.

Kate and William, or the Earl and Countess of Strathearn to use their Scottish titles, are particularly looking forward to a special service being held in Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral… when William will be formally installed as a Royal Knight of the Thistle.

We will share more details when we have them.


Also today, some lovely photos of yesterday’s Jubilee Tour appearance in Nottingham, with thanks to Jessica.  She was good enough to comment on our post, sharing that she was at the event:

I was at the Vernon Park event today. I got great views of the Queen, William and Kate, despite the crowds.

Here is one of her wonderful pictures, HM arriving at the Park.

Generous Courtesy of "Jess and the Rebels"

Jessica also noted:

Kate was lovely. She is not quite as tall, and also not quite as thin as I expected…

Generous Courtesy of "Jess and the Rebels"

More from Jessica’s comment on yesterday’s exciting activities:

She was extremely chatty with everyone she met, and they got delayed a few times because of this, which was quite funny. The nicest moment I saw was when she broke away from the group to briefly greet an elderly spectator in a wheelchair behind the barrier near me.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

Jessica also has outstanding photos of Prince William.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

This one is cute, Kate almost looks mischievous.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

Our thanks to Jessica for being so gracious in sharing her impressions and her photographs from yesterday, she also has a delightful blog, “Jess and the Rebels,” pop in for a visit to read about her adventures traveling the world.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

We’ll see you Saturday.