Sep 292014

We are back with a few updates, beginning with word that the hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) Kate is dealing with during her second pregnancy may be easing somewhat, at least enough to consider fulfilling engagements again. That is according to a story by Daily Mail royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, the piece was in the Sunday Mail.

According to Royal aides, the Duchess is planning to resume official engagements next month, with a spokesman telling The Mail on Sunday: ‘There will be engagements in October and November. We just haven’t announced them yet.’

Obviously one takes this sort of thing with a grain of salt. In the vein of “if the past is any predictor of the future” we have a quick look back at how things progressed when Kate was expecting George.
  • January 14 I wrote a post titled “A Return to Public Engagements?” While the Duchess was noted shopping and running errands in January, we didn’t really see her until February 4 when she was out and about. The photo below comes from that February 4th post.
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Topstar Photos


  • It was a month before we saw the Duchess on an official engagement: February 19th she visited Hope House.  (There were other appearances while out for a walk, shopping and celebrating her birthday, but no other official engagements.)
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All Images

Every pregnancy is different and there’s no reason to believe Kate’s schedule this fall will echo what happened when she was expecting George.  As serious as HG is, I don’t think anyone can positively predict what’s ahead for the Duchess.

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Sep 262014

We are back with a quick Kate update, a look at two more spring collections from Kate-favored fashion designers and Sales & Savings opportunities.

First, word via a People magazine story on how the Duchess is faring:

Kate is thought to be convalescing at Kensington Palace in London, where she is “able to be up and about but needs to be resting frequently,” a palace source tells PEOPLE. William told well-wishers in Malta on Saturday that his ailing wife was feeling so-so.

“We’re taking it day by day,” the palace source says.


Paris Fashion Week continues, yesterday it was Roland Mouret’s turn to show his RTW (ready to wear) collection for next spring.

Roland Mouret

Roland Mouret

Vanessa Friedman of the NY Times wasn’t positively impressed by the collection. From her review:

…you would expect Roland Mouret, author of his own destiny, to have attained a clarity that was regrettably absent from his runway. Mr. Mouret is a dab hand at the strictly sensual sheath or cocktail dress, and able to infuse a bright green A-line skirt and white jacket with a surprising chic, yet it seems he can’t help mistrusting his own skill.

So he sticks on a flap here, a fold there, until the result resembles nothing so much as the outfit of an overwrought art gallerist, the collage from the wall having migrated to the body. He should have more faith in the power of his simplest lines.

And from Vogue’s review:

The palette was similarly exuberant, as girlish peach and lilac hues sweetened up vibrant shots of emerald green and poppy red. “Fragile hues are over, a woman should stand out,” he said.

Roland Mouret

Roland Mouret

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Sep 182014

Kensington Palace announced this morning that Kate would not be traveling to Malta as planned. From the Malta Department of Information news release:

The Duchess of Cambridge will no longer visit Malta this weekend. The Duke of Cambridge will undertake the visit instead.

Her Royal Highness continues to suffer from the effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The decision not to travel was taken by the Duke and Duchess on the advice of the Duchess’s doctors.

The Duke is honoured to represent Her Majesty The Queen on the visit, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Malta’s Independence.

As is now the practice, Clarence House released the statement via Twitter, in addition to standard methods for news release distribution.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

Clarence House Twitter Feed

The delay in making a decision speaks to Kate’s desire to undertake her first solo overseas trip, where she was to represent the Queen at Malta’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain. More from Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:

The Cambridges made their decision last night in consultation with Kate’s doctors.

The illness, which affects 3.5 out of each 1,000 pregnancies, causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine, called ketosis.

Below, a frame from the promotional video made promoting “50 Years of Independence: The Greatest Spectacle Ever,” Saturday night’s gala celebration that William will now attend.

Malta Department of Information

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