Mar 082014

We are back with confirmation of a date for Kate’s Calendar, as well as some fashion news and ideas.

First, the calendar update, a simple one:

  • Monday, March 17: We now have confirmation Kate & William will visit the Irish Guards for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot, on 17 March 2014. This appearance will be like the previous two, the only question: will the Emilia Wickstead coat make a third appearance? (The Duchess is shown at Aldershot in 2012 and 2013.)
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As we shared last week on the WKW Facebook page, the New Zealand Post will release two stamps and a special coin to commemorate the Royal Tour.

New Zealand Post

New Zealand Post

From the Post’s news release:

The stamps depict a family portrait taken at the Middleton family home and the official portrait from Prince George’s christening. The limited edition 1oz silver proof legal tender coin illustrates the young couple in colour against the backdrop of Government House in Wellington.

New Zealand Post

New Zealand Post

The stamps and coin are available at the New Zealand Post site.

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Feb 212014

We are back with a few updates and a look at designers Kate might wear for the April tour of New Zealand and Australia.

We begin with an update on that tour via The New Zealand Herald: the paper ran a story this week indicating William, Kate and Prince George will start their official visit in New Zealand, ending the trip in Australia:

Australia’s incoming governor-general Peter Cosgrove met the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday ahead of officially becoming her representative in late March.

The two had a wide-ranging discussion about the much-anticipated trip to New Zealand and Australia.

“That’s going to be a very welcome visit,” General Cosgrove told reporters afterwards.  “They’ll bring with them Prince George the little one. They’ll be in Sydney and then in Canberra after their sojourn in New Zealand.”

Facebook comments indicate this was common knowledge, I have to confess to being unaware this was/is the plan.


Just in time for the tour, there is a new royal magazine being launched in Australia.

Australian Women’s Weekly

The new title is called Royals, it comes from the publishers of Australian Women’s Weekly. They say an overwhelming response to previous special issues about Kate & William’s wedding, the Queen’s Jubilee and other events prompted their decision. An overview of the inaugural issue’s content:

The opening issue takes a look at Crown Princess Mary’s visit to Sydney and Prince Harry’s Antarctic adventure and reflects on the sweet love affair between the Queen and her lifelong Prince Charming, the Duke of Edinburgh.

As of now the new publication is planned for just two issues a year.


  • Tuesday’s Telegraph ran a fascinating story chronicling some of the challenges Amanda Wakeley has encountered: “Amanda Wakeley lost her business and her name but she fought back.” The column by Caroline Roux was a good read.
  • The Mirror has a piece looking at celebrities who have worn the same clothing items as Kate; Kim Kardashian in the sleeveless version of the red McQueen worn this week, Kerry Washington wearing the Temperley Titan dress, and others. I am not generally a fan of “who wore it better?” stories, but this one has a few pieces I didn’t know about.


We move now to our continuing series of reports on notable designers Kate might wear on the April tour. Today we consider two New Zealand designers, beginning with a label Kate has worn previously, Rebecca Taylor. Below we show Kate wearing separates from the designer’s ‘sparkle tweed’ collection at a 2012 event.

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