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.

Sep 222013
 

Kate and William continue their stay at Balmoral, joining other royals at church this morning.

IKM / Splash News

IKM / Splash News

The service was at Crathie Kirk, perhaps best known as the Royal Family’s place of worship when at Balmoral. More from the Parish website.

The Parish of Braemar and Crathie is one of the largest, highest and most remote in Scotland. It is set in the magnificent Cairngorms National Park

Braemer and Crathie Parish

Braemer and Crathie Parish

Balmoral is the Scottish home to the Royal Family, it is where the Queen has her annual holiday. It is the most private and personal of the Queen’s homes. Most senior royals are invited to spend time there with Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh during the Queen’s 2-month stay at the Estate. Kate, William and George flew up last week.

Balmoral Castle & Estate

Balmoral Castle & Estate

Sunday services are a tradition for the Royals. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla also were at Crathie Kirk.

Splash News

Splash News

Kate was in her Workers Coat by Moloh, the ‘Fairy Tale’ hat by Lock and Company, and her oft-worn Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings.  Below we see Kate in the hat today and on the far right, back in March of 2012 when visiting Leicester with Her Majesty & Prince Philip. It is the company’s Fairy Tale style, no longer available for purchase.

Splash News/Lock & Co./De Montfort University Twitter Feed

Splash News/Lock & Co./De Montfort University Twitter Feed

Many will recall the first time we saw Kate in this coat, during the couple’s trip to Scotland in April of this year, seen below.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

The coat remains available at Moloh’s website, but only in a size 6.

Kate Moloh Workers Coat Glasgow

Splash News/Moloh

Kate’s Citrine Drop earrings by Kiki McDonough remain available online, retailing for £495, about $800 at today’s exchange rates.

Kiki McDonough

Kiki McDonough

Also visiting at Balmoral this weekend, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, his wife Bronagh, their daughter Stephanie and son Max. Below, the prime Minister meeting with the Queen.

John Key Facebook Page

John Key Facebook Page

It is quite an honor to be invited to the Castle, few foreign dignitaries or leaders are asked to join the royals at their Scottish retreat.  It can also be somewhat intimidating, more from the New Zealand Herald:

Mr Key said the family had asked for as much information as possible on Balmoral etiquette to avoid faux pas.

Bronagh Key and daughter Stephanie had invested in floor-length frocks for the formal dinner, Mr Key and son Max had bought the required formal suits.

“Tea is at 5 o’clock, you have to attend, don’t be late. The first dinner is a black-tie dinner so a long frock for Bronagh and Steffi. The next night will almost certainly be a barbecue and apparently they’re quite casual.

Mr. Key said they brought some “really top” wines from New Zealand to enjoy at this weekend’s barbecue.

As we have shared previously, a Tour of Australia and New Zealand next year is in the works for Kate, William and Prince George. Apparently that topic was on the agenda this weekend, Radio New Zealand has more:

Mr Key says he discussed the possibility of a visit to New Zealand by Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George, who were also at Balmoral.

According to the Daily Mirror, Prince George’s passport has already been ordered.

Visiting the Queen can be quite a daunting undertaking task, the New Zealand Herald story is a delightful read, filled with tidbits about how the morning alarm clock is sounded, how one addresses Her Majesty and other insider tips.

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On a slightly related note, it turns out another royal is wearing one of Kate’s favorite maternity labels.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Zara Phillips wore a Seraphine maternity dress to last night’s Boodles Boxing Ball, an event Kate attended for several years. Zara was in Seraphine’s Colour Block Silk Maxi Gown.

Seraphine Maternity

Seraphine Maternity

The two-tone silk frock retails at $365, the aqua and blue were beautiful with Zara’s coloring. Below we see Kate at the 2008 Ball, she was wearing an Issa London gown.

Boodles Boxing Ball

Boodles Boxing Ball

Kate clearly enjoyed herself at the event.

Courtesy Boodles Boxing Ball 2008/2012

Courtesy Boodles Boxing Ball 2008

Last night’s black tie affair was wildly successful, raising a record-setting £200,000 for Starlight Children’s Foundation, a group granting wishes to seriously and terminally ill children. The event is sponsored by James Amos and Boodles Jewelry.

Bobby Rich Twitter Feed (@MrBobbyRich)

Bobby Rich Twitter Feed (@MrBobbyRich)

The gala at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair was attended by other royals, including Prince Harry, as well as Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. Kate’s sister Pippa also attended.

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 LINKAGE:

  • The Balmoral Castle website is filled with information and photos, the Castle & Estate Facebook page is here,
  • Learn more about Crathie Kirk at this website, or the Royal Deeside page
  • Visit the Boodles Boxing Ball website here, or the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s UK website here, the Foundation’s US website is here.
  • Read the entire New Zealand Herald story about the Key family’s visit to Balmoral here