Apr 282016
 

With Kate and William’s anniversary upon us I thought it would be nice to take a look back to 2011 and Kate’s wedding gowns.

Five years ago tonight many of us were setting alarms for an early start the next morning, while Kate and the rest of the Middletons were at London’s Goring Hotel. Below, Kate and Pippa Middleton arriving at the Hotel.

Royal Wedding 2011

The next time we saw Kate she was in the Queen’s Bentley, on her way to Westminster Abbey with her father, Michael Middleton.

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©Nunn Syndication/Polaris

In this photo it almost looked like Kate was having a few ‘cleansing breaths,’ although she actually appeared very calm and composed the entire day.

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©Polaris Images

The train on Kate’s gown was just under nine feet. That expanse of fabric was well handled by Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton.

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©Allpix / Splash News

A wave and a smile.

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©Splash News

Final adjustments.

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©Polaris Images

A better look at precisely what Sarah Burton is arranging.

Kate Wedding Gown in Abbey Sjot from Above Srah Burton Adjusting Gown April 29 2011 Polaris

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Michael Middleton’s face spoke volumes.

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©Allpix/Splash News

This offers a nice look at the Cartier ‘Halo’ tiara. Kate’s silk tulle veil was embroidered by the the craftspeople at the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. (The majority of the lace was made in France at the historic Sophie Hallette factory, then affixed to the dress by Royal School personnel.)

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©Dave Thompson/PA WIRE

The expression on William’s face is dear.

William and Kate Royal Wedding

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A closer look.

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©Polaris

A shared smile before heading up the aisle.

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©Xinhua / Polaris

There must have been some relief at this point for the newlyweds, knowing the first of the day’s big events was behind them.

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©Splash News

Kate was radiant.

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©Polaris/Polaris

The younger members of the wedding party arriving at Buckingham Palace.

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©Allpix/Splash

Another look at the train.

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©Allpix / Splash News

The receiving line.

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©Splash News

The long-awaited appearance on the Palace’s iconic balcony.

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Steve Finn / Splash News

Most enjoyed the military flypast.

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©Xinhua / Polaris

But little Grace van Cutsem was underwhelmed.

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©Polaris

A breeze lifted Kate’s veil as she returned inside, it looked very pretty in the video clips.

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©Splash News

Later that afternoon it was time for a royal version of the “Just Married” drive.

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©Kelvin Bruce / Nunn Syndication / Polaris

That evening there was a private reception for families and friends.

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©Nunn Syndication/Polaris

The Duchess was in a second gown by Sarah Burton.

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©Nunn Syndication/Polaris

This is a photo I hadn’t previously seen, it seems to do a good job summing up the day.

Jeff Moore / Splash News

Jeff Moore / Splash News

This BBC clip runs about 3:40.

And this 8-minute video was tweeted by Kensington Palace this morning.

We will see you with another tour post this weekend.

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Apr 242016
 

Today we share news of a new initiative launched by Kate, William and Harry.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The three young royals have kicked off Heads Together, a united effort with The Royal Foundation to continue efforts to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Below, a screen grab from the Heads Together website.

Heads Together

Heads Together

From the message signed by William, Kate and Harry on the Heads Together site:

Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges. 

Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family. The Heads Together campaign will build on the great work being done by our partner charities so that prejudice and fear no longer stand in the way of people getting the help they need.

Heads Together

Heads Together

This is the biggest joint project yet undertaken by the trio. The charity partners that are “tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.affiliated organizations” include:

From The Daily Mail’s story:

Some of the competitors were filmed going for a run around the grounds, while Prince Harry even joined in the sporting action by racing with some of the schoolchildren supported by the charities involved in Heads Together. 

The three all donned blue Heads Together bands, and joker Prince Harry made sure to capture a photo of his brother William on his phone. 

The launch coincided with today’s London Marathon; Heads Together is next year’s Charity of the Year for the 2017 Marathon, described as the “the biggest annual fundraising event on the planet”. 

Heads Together Twitter

Heads Together Twitter

From Fundraising UK:

A partnership of mental health charities will benefit from next year’s London Marathon after being selected as the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year.

“Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank the Virgin Money London Marathon for making Heads Together their 2017 Charity of the Year. They cannot wait to see hundreds of runners hitting the streets of London next April to end the stigma on mental health once and for all.”

From The Telegraph’s story:

A spokesman for William, Kate and Harry said: “They are passionate about tackling the stigma surrounding the issue. Too often, they have seen that people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health.”

The spokesman said the three are “incredibly grateful to be working with charities who have achieved so much in the fight against the stigma that surrounds the issue”.

A 2-minute launch video has been released on You Tube.

Each royal has a brief speaking role; in hers, Kate says “Mental health is just as important as physical health.”

Heads Together

Heads Together

The video includes some short outtakes at the end you might enjoy.

Heads Together via The Daily Mail

Heads Together via The Daily Mail

The Heads Together Facebook page is here and the Twitter feed may be followed here.

Heads Together Facebook

Heads Together Facebook

In the video Kate wears a J. Crew Breton stripe sweater.

Heads Together

Heads Together

It is the retailer’s “Tippi Striped Sweater with Buttons“.

J. Crew

J. Crew

The sweater is one of Crew’s basic styles; you’ll find it offered in a variety of styles and colors. Kate’s version is 100% merino wool in ivory with navy stripes; this precise stripe pattern also comes in pool/persimmon and peach/twig. Below, a better look at the shoulder buttons.

J. Crew

J. Crew

Originally priced at $85, Kate’s style is now $59.99. Use promo code SCORE at checkout to receive 50% off that price, making the cost $29.99. One note of caution: this is a final sale item, it cannot be returned or exchanged. Our thanks to Middleton Maven for her identification of the sweater, as well as Melissa J who shared her ID on Facebook. As of late afternoon on Sunday the sweater is available in most regular sizes, as well as most petite sizes.

Heads Together

Heads Together

Kate also wore a pair of her skinny jeans as well as a pair of wedges it is difficult to see. Anna thinks they are the Monsoon wedges first seen on the recent tour of India and Bhutan, I think she is correct.

Monsoon

Monsoon

The Duchess also wore her Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings.

Kiki McDonough

Kiki McDonough

We will see you again shortly for another look at the royal tour wardrobe, a poll or two and some fab repliKates. A quick reminder – if you haven’t yet voted in the tour jewelry polls, click here and let us know your favorites!

Apr 222016
 

Kate wore a favored retailer for this evening’s dinner with President Obama and the First Lady.

The Duchess was in a LK Bennett dress as she joined William and Harry in welcoming the Obamas to Kensington Palace. Below, the young royals waiting for their guests to arrive.

Justin Sink, Bloomberg News

Justin Sink, Bloomberg News

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