Nov 162012

Hello and welcome to a quickly cobbled together post, we begin with a brief look at Kate’s visit to Kensington Gardens yesterday.

WKW Facebook Friend Sandra

WKW Facebook friend Sandra was out for a stroll in the Gardens when she was tickled to see the Duchess. Kate isn’t visible in Sandra’s next picture, but it’s fun to have a peek at Lupo.

WKW Facebook Friend Sandra

Look UK ran a story earlier this week about Kate wearing Temperley’s Odele coat, that is what she was sporting yesterday, as seen in this photo from Sandra.


A better look at the Odele, both in Kate’s black and the oxblood color, available at Fashion Bloodhound.

Temperley Odele Coat via Temperley/Fashion Bloodhound

The black runs $3285 at Temperley, here is how it is described.

Made of luxuriously soft sheepskin, it has the suede side of the skin facing out and is lined with flat haired sheepskin allowing a snug and flattering fit. The cut is feminine and sharp with a nipped in waist. Leather trim and gold metal hardware complete the look.

There is some debate over which boots Kate is wearing, one body of thought is that she is in her Penelope Chilvers, another suggestion is here.

Editor’s Note: Because Kensington Gardens is a public park, I don’t consider this an occasion where Kate would have expected privacy; I am comfortable accepting Sandra’s gracious offer to share some of her photos.


On to the larger part of today’s post, the crowded royal calendar in upcoming weeks, following we share engagement dates and some information on the appointments.


Saturday, 11/24: Kate attends the Wales-New Zealand Rugby match, kickoff is 17:15 (5:15 ET), the match is at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, more info here.

Tuesday, 11/27: Kate attends the opening of the Natural History Museum’s new Treasures Gallery.

Natural History Museum

Joining the Duchess in opening the new Gallery, Sir David Attenborough, more on the event from the Museum.

The Duchess will view 22 of the most extraordinary specimens that have ever been on display at the Museum, brought together to form the inspiring Treasures gallery.

From the 200-million-year-old nacreous ammonite that led William Smith to discover that the rocks beneath our feet are layered through time, to the rare first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, these objects reveal the heart of the Museum’s collections.

Learn more about the Gallery here.

Wednesday, 11/28: William & Kate have four engagements in Cambridge, the city from which their titles come, and one in nearby Peterborough. Following are some of the details about the day’s events.


Saturday, 12/8: the Duke and Duchess take part in the Winter Whites Gala at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall, this is a fundraiser for Centrepoint, of which William has been Patron since 2005.

Winter Whites Gala

The Winter Whites Gala will see the Royal Albert Hall, a UK charity itself and host of the Statoil Masters Tennis, transformed into an enchanted Winter Wonderland, featuring some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment.

Tennis greats John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl and Chris Evert have all confirmed their attendance. McEnroe will play a match, with Lendl, Borg, Becker and Evert in attendance to lend their support.

This function features a ‘white carpet’ arrival for celebrities, champagne reception and silent auction.

Sunday, 12/9: William & Kate attend the British Military Tournament, we posted about it at greater length here (scroll past Remembrance Sunday coverage).

Wednesday, 12/12: Another black tie event for the couple, the première of “The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey“.


This function is a benefit for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, it is preceded by a Pre-Premiere Reception at the Hampshire Hotel. Limited tickets remain, more information may be found here.

Tuesday, 12/25: Traditional Christmas Day walk to church at Sandringham


Two other quick tidbits:

  • First, we note that two years ago today William and Kate officially announced their engagement, to enjoy some oversized photos from that era, click here.
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Jun 142012

We wanted to update Kate’s calendar for those planning ahead, there is another official function this weekend in addition to Saturday’s Trooping the Colour. But first a quick update on times for Saturday’s event, which is also the day the sovereign’s birthday is officially marked:

  • 10am (5am EDT): the Royal party arrives and HM takes the official salute, carries out formal inspection of the troops, followed by carriage procession back to the Palace
  • 1pm (8am EDT): royals view RAF flypast from the balcony at Buckingham Palace

A Sunday solo engagement for Kate has been announced, more from Richard Palmer on Twitter:

Richard Palmer/The Express (@RoyalReporter)

ARK Schools is part of the larger ARK organization, “Absolute Return for Kids”. Many readers likely know of Prince William’s work with the group, it was just last year that £17.2 million pounds ($28 million USD) was raised at the ARK Dinner gala, Kate and William’s first formal engagement following their April wedding. (Our post on the evening is here.)

ARK Schools Facebook

Kate will be working with kids from London’s King Solomon Academy, royal expert Victoria Arbiter shared via Twitter a bit of what is expected on Sunday:

Victoria Arbiter Twitter Feed (@VictoriaArbiter)

Also on the calendar:

Via The British Monarchy

  • Thursday, July 5, Order of Thistle: During the Queen’s annual week in Scotland at Holyrood, William will be formally installed as a “Royal Knight of the Thistle” (technically “The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle”), more from STV:

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to return to Scotland in July, as they accompany the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee engagements.

Kate and William, or the Earl and Countess of Strathearn to use their Scottish titles, are particularly looking forward to a special service being held in Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral… when William will be formally installed as a Royal Knight of the Thistle.

We will share more details when we have them.


Also today, some lovely photos of yesterday’s Jubilee Tour appearance in Nottingham, with thanks to Jessica.  She was good enough to comment on our post, sharing that she was at the event:

I was at the Vernon Park event today. I got great views of the Queen, William and Kate, despite the crowds.

Here is one of her wonderful pictures, HM arriving at the Park.

Generous Courtesy of "Jess and the Rebels"

Jessica also noted:

Kate was lovely. She is not quite as tall, and also not quite as thin as I expected…

Generous Courtesy of "Jess and the Rebels"

More from Jessica’s comment on yesterday’s exciting activities:

She was extremely chatty with everyone she met, and they got delayed a few times because of this, which was quite funny. The nicest moment I saw was when she broke away from the group to briefly greet an elderly spectator in a wheelchair behind the barrier near me.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

Jessica also has outstanding photos of Prince William.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

This one is cute, Kate almost looks mischievous.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

Our thanks to Jessica for being so gracious in sharing her impressions and her photographs from yesterday, she also has a delightful blog, “Jess and the Rebels,” pop in for a visit to read about her adventures traveling the world.

Kind Generosity of "Jess and the Rebels"

We’ll see you Saturday.