Dec 162012

Kate’s made an unexpected appearance tonight, taking part in the BBC’s annual Sports Personality of the Year awards.

BBC via The Daily Mail

It was the Duchess’s first official engagement since being released from the hospital on December 6th, word of her appearance at the event was only released this morning.

In this screen shot shared by Paul Harrison of Sky News you can see the Duchess with David Beckham, he also took part in this evening’s show.

BBC via Sky News Royal (Paul Harrison)

Kate presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Lord Sebastian Coe, a four-time Olympic medalist and Chair of the London 2012 games.

The BBC via The Daily Mail

It was a full house at tonight’s festivities.

BBC via the Daily Mail

Red carpet arrivals included two-time Olympic champion Mo Farah and his family, all doing the ‘Mobot.’


Heptathlete Jessica Ennis also brought home a Gold Medal for Team GB, she was in a deep red gown.


Paralympics swimmer Josef Craig was named Young Sports Personality of the Year, he was the youngest Paralympic gold medalist at the London Games.

12 athletes were in contention for Sports Personality of the Year, tennis ace Andy Murray, cyclist Bradley Wiggins and golfer Rory McIlroy were among those on the short list.

BBC Sports

Click here to see the entire group of twelve. When votes were tallied the winner was Bradley Wiggins.

The BBC via Huffington Post

The runner-up was Ms. Ennis.

BBC via the Daily Mail

More on tonight’s appearance from the Daily Mail:

Her decision to honour the engagement after being forced to cancel her last four public appearances is a sign that the 30-year-old is slowly recovering after spending several days in hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum earlier this month.

Kate’s role as an official ambassador of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams made her the perfect choice to make the presentation, below we see her at the Paralympics.

L-London 2012, R-Channel 4/The Paralympic Broadcaster

She also attended multiple events with William and Harry.

London 2012 Website

Kate wasn’t well enough to attend the entire 2-1/2 to 3 hour show. William has returned to Anglesey and is continuing his shifts with the RAF.

Kate chose the Alexander McQueen Bell Sleeve Floor Length Gown, shown below in black. I believe Kate’s dress is the ‘bottle green’ colorway.

Alexander McQueen

The gown is described this way:

Black crepe wool floor length gown with bell-sleeves, deep v-neck, trompe l’oeil belt waistband and sweeping central thigh-high slit.

Kate’s dress originally sold for $4,325, it is now on sale at $1,739.00. Below, the short version of the dress, it better shows the details.

Alexander McQueen

Kate accessorized with her Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps.

Jimmy Choo 'Cosmic' Pump in Black Suede

The shoe runs £435, I believe it is becoming an exclusive for Net-a-Porter. Currently it is still available in a few sizes at Jildor, on sale at $347.50. 

For jewelry Kate wore her Kiki McDonough Blue Topaz earrings.

UK Press Association/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

And brought back her Asprey Button Pendant.


We’ll update with more photos when they are available.


A few other items that may be of interest, beginning with the Queen’s Christmas Party tomorrow at Buckingham Palace: Kate was originally expected to attend, I imagine that will be contingent upon how she is feeling. Another expected engagement is Christmas Day, The Telegraph has more:

Spending Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham is one of the traditions of marrying into the Royal family, but the Duchess of Cambridge will miss the experience this year.

She is to spend Christmas Day with her family at their house in Berkshire as she copes with her difficult pregnancy. The Duke of Cambridge faces a dilemma over where he will spend the day.

Obviously speculation on this topic changes almost hourly, if not more often. It is doubtful any decisions will be made until much closer to Christmas Day. Those decision will be driven by how the Duchess is feeling, with proximity to a hospital also a likely influence on where she spends the day.


Also, LK Bennett is taking email signups for its upcoming collection by Caroline Issa (no relation to the clothing label), the line launches February 19.

LK Bennett

More from the LK Bennett website:

This vibrant, chic capsule collection of shoes and bags, features statement sandals, ankle-strap stilettos, shoe boots, the kitten heel, and a loafer as well as catch-me-if-you can clutches.

Anyone interested in being updated via email about the collection can email with the subject line ‘L.K.Bennett London by Caroline Issa’.


Although it’s not even Christmas yet, fashion brands are showing their Pre Fall 2013 styles, a season that has become increasingly important on the fashion calendar.  We share a brief look at Temperley London’s Pre Fall collection, beginning with several looks that could be ideal for someone beginning to show. The dress in the center would need careful tailoring, it could look lovely on Kate.

Courtesy Photos via Women's Wear Daily

Obviously these are pieces unavailable to the general public, but I am guessing Alice Temperley would be happy to make them work for Kate.

Three more styles, I thought the sweaters below left and far right might be perfect right about now. The longer, tunic style top in the middle could work for someone with Kate’s slender form.

Courtesy Photos

And a final few styles suited for after the baby is born.

Courtesy Photos via


  • the BBC’s story on tonight’s award to Bradley Wiggins, it’s story on Lord Coe’s award is here 
  • the Daily Mail’s story on the evening is here