Jan 142013

We’ve lots to cover today, including more polls, identification of the blouse worn in Kate’s portrait sitting and news from St. James’s Palace about Kate’s pregnancy. We begin with that final item, here is today’s brief statement from the Palace:

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July. The Duchess’s condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month.

The language used in the statement also puts an end to speculation about twins. Unofficially there is updated information about Kate’s possible return to public appearances schedule, Rebecca English of the Daily Mail posted this on Twitter:

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail Twitter Feed

As is frequently the case with such events, Ladbroke’s is accepting wagers on precisely when the child will be born, its sex, and more. They are also offering odds on likely names.



We have an update on the blouse we believe Kate wore when sitting for her first formal portrait.  You may recall we posted the official video about the process of creating the oil painting, it included sound with artist Paul Elmsley, and he spoke about the still pictures from which he worked.  The good folks at RepliKate It on Facebook think Kate wore this French Connection top in one of the primary photos the artist used (seen below), and we think they are correct.

French Connection/National Portrait Gallery

That is the label’s Silky Tie Top, made of 100% polyester; it was offered in four colors on French Connection’s UK site, but just two colors on the US site. It is described this way:

Sub Silky Tie Top has a pussy-bow tie at neck, covered button placket through front and small cap sleeves. This top is demi-sheer.

The original selling price was $118 (£57) but the piece has been discounted to $49.99 (£28.50), it is sold out in almost all colors on both sites. Many thanks to RepliKate It.


Now we move on to our polls. The first looks at shoes Kate wore in 2012, we are looking at new styles. We begin with the Episode Angel, first noted (I think) during the Diamond Jubilee visit to Leicester first noted when worn for Harry Meade’s wedding in October of 2010. Kate’s are black suede, not patent as seen in the product photo. Episode is only sold through House of Fraser, the Angel is no longer available.

Episode ‘Angel’ Shoe

Another new pair for the Duchess, or at least a pair we hadn’t previously identified, the brown suede “Valerie” pump (or court shoe) from Emmy. The shoe is available online for £400, roughly $650 at today’s exchange rates.

Emmy “Valerie”

Also new and also from Emmy, the shoes worn to the April premeire of African Cats, accessorizing Kate’s Matthew Williamson dress. Again, the shoe is available from Emmy.

Splash News

Kate sported a new pair of sandals when watching William play polo in May.  The ‘Minx’ by Stuart Weitzman have braided leather straps at the ankle, and a cork platform wedge with a 4″ heel. Originally $395 they are on sale at 6pm for $216.99.

Stuart Weitzman Minx

We saw Kate in another new pair by Stuart Weitzman, the Corkswoon. We first saw the shoe when the Olympic Torch Run passed by Buckingham Palace, Kate wore them frequently throughout the summer and on the Jubilee Tour. The shoe is still available in very limited sizes on the Weitzman website (although not the navy suede), discounted from $375 to $188, 6pm has it in a variety of sizes/colors for $207.

Splash News/Stuart Weitzman/Splash News

Kate debuted a new dress shoe at an evening reception in July, the LK Bennett Harper.  The shoe has a concealed platform, round toe, 4″ heel and is available in a variety of colors. Kate’s suede pair in light taupe is on sale, but leather styles do not seem to discounted.

PA Wire/LK Bennett

Another new pair for Kate was seen during the Olympics, the Adidas Supernova Glide.  The shoe is no longer available in this color.


While on the Jubilee Tour in September we saw another new pair of basic platform pumps, Russell and Bromley’s ‘Park Avenue’. Virtually indistinguishable from Kate’s LK Bennett Sledge, the Park Avenue also has a rounded toe, open platform and 4″ heel. (I could only find it in black patent, it is £165 (roughly $300 USD).

Splash News/Russell & Bromley

For the State Dinner in Malaysia we saw one more pair of party shoes, the ‘Dart’ by Jimmy Choo.  The elegant sandal features metallic leather, delicate straps in an asymmetric ankle-wrap, and adjustable buckle for secure fit with a heel that is about 4.5″. The shoe originally retailed at $825, it appears to be sold out everywhere.

Splash News/Jimmy Choo

When out shopping in mid-November the Duchess was in a pair of “Estee” pumps by Kurt Geiger. This style has a slightly more pointed toe than many of Kate’s standard pumps, it is suede and has a 3.5″ heel. The shoe is still available in limited sizes. To see the limited photos available of Kate in this shoe, visit PopSugar here.

Kurt Geiger “Estee”

The final pair in our new shoe poll is an unlikely candidate, not terribly elegant but more-than-serviceable. We’re talking about the Brasher hiking boot worn by Kate in the Borneo rainforest, an outstanding boot with an all-leather upper and lined with Gore-tex.

Brasher “Hillmaster” GTX

Let us know your thoughts on Kate’s new shoes in 2012.

Nov 232012

We have several quick updates to share today, beginning with a follow-up to our story about several of Kate’s photographs being posted on the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge website. If you struggled to see the images you weren’t alone, below we show a screen grab from the site.


There was so much traffic part of the site was offline for several hours. The message was updated to recommend that visitors visit the Monarchy’s Flickr page to view Kate’s photographs, here is another screen grab.


The site wasn’t offline for long, it was completely functional after several hours, click here to visit the page. Below, one of the photographs by Kate that people were trying to see, this one shows a jungle clearing in the Borneo rainforest.

©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, 2012 DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org

I imagine there may be a few chuckles over the holidays about Kate “breaking the internet”.


We have resolution on two UFOs (Unidentified Fashion Objects), the first is the bag carried by Kate in October of last year to the wedding of Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Louise Stourton.

SplashNews.com 8/1/2011

That is LK Bennett’s Delilah suede clutch with bow, our thanks to WKW Facebook friend Victoria Emily Cooper-Morrison, she alerted us to the bag’s origins. We also thank Tatiana’s Delights on Facebook, she purchased the aubergine version of the bag and shared this photo of the bag (top image), the black version is also shown in an image from an online auction site.

eBay Auction/Tatiana’s Delights Facebook Page

Additionally, the bag came in red.

eBay Australia

Our second ID involves a pair of shoes worn by Kate on the recent Tour.

LK Bennett/Splash News

Many of us believed they were by LK Bennett, the company’s Sledge in off white. It turns out we were wrong; as some suspected, Kate was actually wearing Russell and Bromley’s Park Avenue.

Russell & Bromley

A big tip of the tiara on this one to Ashley Marie, she was tenacious in pursuing her belief the shoe was this style from Russell and Bromley, she stayed with the search until she received confirmation from the company that Kate was wearing their Park Avenue, our thanks to her for that effort. (LK Bennett said Kate purchased their Sledge in off-white, if that is the case then the Duchess is well-stocked with off-white heels.)

Our final item for discussion tonight is Kate’s UFO clutch from the Jubilee Tour.

This is also by Russell and Bromley, it is the label’s Park Avenue clutch, now we know why it went so well with the off-white pumps, the two items were made to go together. Below, better images of the bag via My Small Obsessions.

Splash News/My Small Obsessions

Both the bag and shoes retail at £165. Many thanks to My Small Obsessions for additional photos of the bag.


A quick update on our Links of London giveaway: the Grand Prize winner is Brittany S. of Decatur, Goergia, the Second Prize winner is Nadia A. from Lake Worth, Florida. Congratulations to both lucky ladies, and an enormous note of thanks to Links of London for offering such generous prizes.

If you entered but did not win any of the prizes, here’s a wonderful promotion Links is offering:

Links of London

To receive a special 15% discount on the entire Hope Collection, enter promo code WKW15 at checkout.


A reminder, tomorrow Kate and William are expected at the rugby match between the Welsh Red Dragons and New Zealand’s All Blacks, the match starts at 12:15pm ET. The match is being played in Cardiff (Wales) at Millennium Stadium.