Nov 212012

We wanted to share a few quick updates with you today before the Thanksgiving mayhem (and ensuing shopping frenzy) takes hold here in the USA.

We start with a look at photos taken by Kate during the trek she and William made to the rain forest in Sabah, the visit was part of the couple’s Jubilee Tour. Below, an endangered Borneo Orangutan outlined against the sky.

©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, 2012

The photos were released today on the official Duke and Duchess of Cambridge website, most of the images were captured in the Malaysian jungle this September. Below, Mount Kinabalu, the highest point in Borneo, the picture was shot on a flight to the Solomon Islands.

©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, 2012 via The Daily Mail

Kate has long been an avid photographer, she took these photos with her own camera, a Canon PowerShot G12.

Many readers will remember the Borneo excursion, the area they visited is part of the Royal Society’s South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP). (To see our original post, click here.)

PHOTO: Samantha Siow Twitter Feed (@SamanthaPSiow)

Kate’s photos are showcased on the newly overhauled Royal website, it includes a “Life in Pictures” section.

Yesterday St. James’s Palace released photos from this section of the site in a post titled “A working day in the life of Flight Lieutenant Wales,” designed to show an average day at work for Prince William.

PHOTO: SAC Faye Storer MOD, Crown Copyright, 2012 via The Daily Mail

More from the Telegraph:

When they are on shift, they are expected to remain at “Readiness State 15″, meaning they aim to be airborne within 15 minutes of receiving a distress call. At night the time gap is 45 minutes because of the extra time needed to plan night-time sorties.

Together with photographs showing him relaxing, he is also seen making a single bed in a bare room as every shift “lasts 24 hours, and crew members stay on base close to the aircraft overnight”.

PHOTO: SAC Faye Storer MOD, Crown Copyright, 2012

The newly revamped site is well worth a visit, there are multiple areas readers are likely to enjoy, including the as wel Below, an image from a segment focusing in the Prince’s Charities Forum.

To visit the new website, click here.


Also today, a quick word about my visit to LK Bennett’s newest US store, located in a Detroit suburb.

LK Bennett

As you would expect, the shop is beautiful.

LK Bennett Facebook

As lovely as everything is, yours truly was more interested in what was *inside* the store as opposed to any architectural or decorating details.  It didn’t take long before we were engaged in what any sane person might call a SledgeFest; we called it delightful.

What Kate Wore

I tried on multiple pair of the now-iconic Sledge, they are fabulous. I am still sorting out the proper size, not to mention color (I am leaning toward the black) before buying my first pair.  I tried many just a few other pair (cough-cough), including the Shilo, as well as the Harper.  Again, all are very comfortable, I can see why Kate loves her shoes from this retailer.

Obviously there is more than shoes to occupy one’s mind.

LK Bennett Facebook

The clothing is every bit as beautiful as anticipated, I tried several things on and they fit like a dream.

I have to say that one of the very nicest things about my little reconnaissance mission (it was all in the name of blog research, really-truly-honestly) was meeting Andrea, a WKWer from Ohio, along with Lindsey from the LK Bennett store, I had to snag a picture of Lindsey, she is so incredibly helpful.


Lindsey is also wonderful about sharing info on new styles, upcoming specials, and she is more-than-willing to hunt down anything you are looking for, find it at another store, etc..

For those not familiar with Somerset, it is a lovely place to while away some time, I have been going there since it opened in 1969. LK Bennett is sandwiched between Kate Spade and Tory Burch, I’m not sure it gets much better than that for those who enjoy a spot of retail therapy now and again. In the same wing, Lilly Pulitzer, Brooks Brothers, Tiffany, Saks, and Neiman Marcus.

WKW MEETUP ALERT: I want to share a heads-up for everyone in Michigan, northern Ohio and even Ontario: Lindsey is putting together quite a soirée at the store on Thursday, December 13th. I will be going, I hope other WKWers can come too, it seems like a golden opportunity to connect and meet each other! The party is an evening affair, 7-9pm, we’ll have more info in the next week or so to post here and on the WKW Facebook page.


We also have an update on our Links of London Giveaway. (Below, one of the prizes, Kate’s Hope Egg Earrings and a matching Hope Pendant.) The deadline for entries is midnight tonight, click here to enter.

Links of London Hope Egg Earrings and Hope Pendant in White Topaz

As a special bonus Links is doing something lovely, they will be emailing everyone who signed up for their mailing list with info on a special discount:

  • The entire Hope Collection will be 15% off, and there will be free ground shipping on orders over $100, as well as free express shipping on orders over $300
  • This special offer will run from Friday, the 23rd, through Monday, 11/26

One final note, we now have a section on the blog showing Kate’s calendar of appearances, it can be viewed by clicking the tab at the top of the blog titled “Calendar“.


Sep 152012

Kate and William are in Borneo’s rainforest today, they were choppered in to the remote area from their hotel in Kota Kinabalu, where they spent the night. Photographer Samantha Siow shares her photo as the helicopter prepares to lift off.

PHOTO: Samantha Siow Twitter Feed (@SamanthaPSiow)

In this Instagram photo by Sunshine Su Lin we see the pair being briefed after their arrival at the Danum Valley research location.

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin Instagram

The area they are visiting is part of the Royal Society’s South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP), photographer Sunshine Su Lin shared her photos on Twitter, almost like a virtual tour guide. In this next picture she says the pair were asking about conservation efforts in the Danum Valley and about the orang utans that so many are fascinated with.

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin

More from the Borneo Post:

After the half-an-hour briefing, the Royal couple, who were spotted with matching jungle-themed outfit, trekked into the rainforest to experience the area’s remarkable biodiversity for themselves.

William and Kate walked through the rainforest to reach the Danum Valley Research Center, which is located deep inside the rainforest and is run by the Royal Society.

This photo from the British High Commission’s Facebook page shows the couple as they walk through the forest, the remote area is in Sabah, one of two Malaysian states in Borneo.

UK in Malaysia Facebook Page

The Centre is staffed with both Malaysian and British scientists, as well as research students, among them 25 from Oxford University.

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin via UK in Malaysia Facebook page

The pair look a bit tired following the arduous schedule and stressors of the last several days, it is splendid to see them outside in an environment they love. Many thanks again to Sunshine Su Lin for tweeting her photo.

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin Instagram/Twitter (@Sunshinesulin)

More on the area from the Royal Society’s Facebook page, here we see a wide angle view of the Danum Valley Field Centre.

(c) Chien C. Lee, 2010 Royal Society Facebook Page

William is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and extremely interested in the work being done in the rainforest.

Also traveling with the Royal Tour, author, commentator and longtime reporter Robert Jobson, he tweeted this photo of William and Kate on a suspension bridge.

PHOTO: Robert Jobson Twitter Feed (@theRoyalEditor)

The bridge was not for those faint of heart, Mr. Jobson took the same route as Kate & William, he noted it is 80 feet above the ground.

PHOTO: Robert Jobson Twitter Feed (@TheRoyalEditor)

After making their way across the bridge, Kate and William prepared to be winched up an enormous tree, here they are being shown the gear to be used.

PHOTO: Samantha P. Siow Twitter (@SamanthaPSiow)

Again, Sunshine Su Lin updates us:

Sunshine Su Lin Twitter (@SunshineSuLin)

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin Instagram/Twitter

Another image from Sunshine Su Lin.

PHOTO: Sunshine Su Lin Twitter/Instagram

Samantha Siow posted this image of Kate and William exploring the rainforest.

PHOTO: Samantha Siow Twitter Feed (@SamanthaPSiow)

As is obvious, Kate wore khaki pants, a deep green shirt and hiking boots. Multiple WKW Facebook friends believe her boots are by Scarpa, another suggestion is Brasher; many noted they are well worn, no surprise knowing Kate’s love of hiking and walking.

UPDATED 9/24: As suggested by Gill in a comment, Brasher has identified the boots as their Hillmaster GTX, described as “Britain’s most loved hill walking boot,  made from full grain leather with a waterproof and breathable lining.” The boot is available at £106 here.

Simon Amos, Brasher Facebook Page

The pants look like specialty wear, for expeditionary sports, hiking/climbing/etc., with diagonal front zippered pockets, and multiple horizontal panels, it is possible some additional knee protection is built into the middle section. They look to be of the durable, quick dry fabric many of us like in activewear. (Think Patagonia, Marmot, North Face, etc.) Kate’s shirt is also a specialty item, it looks like a knit, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were constructed of fabric pre-treated with insect repellent.  If we get these IDed we will update the post.

It sounds like I was way off base thinking the blouse was technical wear, apparently the blouse is actually a 2010 Zara piece.

Via Le Cheap C'est Chic Blog April 2010

With thank to the HRH Duchess Kate blog for sharing this on the WKW Facebook page, she let us know about this piece. A Telegraph story referenced below also mentions that Kate wore the top over a black tee shirt.

I have also been chastised (properly so I might add) for neglecting to mention that Kate had her Le Pliage in the helicopter. You can just about see it in the upper right photo in the montage below, just the top of it by her leg and hiking boot.

Longchamp Le Pliage

The Telegraph has an outstanding story about the rainforest visit,

The couple then took a rainforest walk with Dr Reynolds, who had offered them the use of “leech socks”, which the Duke and Duchess politely declined. “Apparently they didn’t pass the sartorial test,” said Dr Reynolds.

But moments later, the Duchess might just have wished she had taken Dr Reynolds up on his offer. Looking down, she saw that a leech had attached itself to her leg.

“She dealt with it very calmly and just bent down and picked it off, ” said Dr Reynolds.

The story by has wonderful detail on the day’s adventures in Danum Valley, including some of William’s comments about Kate:

The couple also inspected a selection of pressed flowers and leaves.

“Do you press the leaves here yourself?” said the Duchess. Her husband said: “She’ll now ask you all about how you do it — she’s very arty.”

Next on the agenda for Kate and William:

  • The Duke and Duchess travel to Honiara, in the Solomon Islands.
  • Kate and William travel in an open-topped vehicle to the Church of Melanesia cathedral in Honiara, “they will attend a joyful service of thanksgiving for the life of dedicated service of The Queen.”
  • In the evening, The Duke and Duchess attend an Island Feast, given in the traditional manner outdoors, hosted by the Governor-General at his official residence

(NOTE: they are actually on their way to the Solomons now, that country is 15 hours ahead of US EDT.)

The flight to the Solomons is *very* long, more than 4000 miles. To be in place and set up to cover the story most media flew ahead, skipping the rainforest visit. Paul Harrison of Sky News shared this photo of the queue at the airport:

Paul Harrison, Sky News Twitter (@SkyNewsRoyal)

When William and Kate are welcomed to Honiara they will be driven in this, I believe it is the transportation (vehicle?) that will take them to the Cathedral, with thanks to Edwina Bartholomew for posting the photo.

Edwina Batholomew, 7 News Sydney Sunrise Twitter



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