Apr 052013
 

William and Kate continued their visit to Scotland, starting their day at Dumfries House, a stately home in Ayrshire.

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PA Wire

Prince Charles has been involved in restoration of Dumfries House for years.

Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn joined forces with the Duke of Rothesay (as William, Kate and Prince Charles are titled in Scotland) for the official opening of the new Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre at Dumfries House.

Victoria Murphy, The Mirror

Victoria Murphy, The Mirror

It was a very cold day, below you can see how bundled up people are in this photo shared by Prince’s Trust volunteer Adam Hale.

Adam Hale Twitter Feed

Adam Hale Twitter Feed

Despite the chill all three royals spent time doing a walkabout. Georgina Brewer of ITV shared this photo of William and Kate chatting with young Scouts.

Georgina Brewer, ITV

Georgina Brewer, ITV

They were some of the more than 600 young people who are members of groups represented by Youth United, a network of youth organizations.

Blair Murdoch Racing Twitter

Blair Murdoch Racing Twitter

Many had been waiting for several hours to ensure they had a good view of Their Royal Highnesses.

Georgina Brewer, ITV

Georgina Brewer, ITV

Some of the groups represented included the Sea, Army and Air Cadets, the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade, Brownies and Scouts. These young ladies look like they were a little nippy.

Rebecca English, Daily Mail/Mail Online

Rebecca English, Daily Mail/Mail Online

Prince Charles made remarks to the crowd as seen in this photo from the Mirror’s Victoria Murphy.

Victoria Murphy, The Mirror

Victoria Murphy, The Mirror

How cold was it? More from STV’s story:

As Charles prepared to address the crowd, William rubbed his cold hands and told his father to “make it brief”.

Then William and Kate were off to Barrow-in-Furness, located in Cumbria.

BAES Maritime

BAES Maritime

The couple visited BAE Systems where the Royal Navy’s Astute-class Submarines are built.

Mike Vallance/BAE Systems

William and Kate met with employees and also toured the facility.

BAE Systems Facebook

BAE Systems Facebook

Prince William is Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy Submarine Service.

Kate repeated a recognizable piece, the red coat by Armani worn for William’s passing out from Sandhurst in 2006.

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PA Wire/Armani/PA Wire

The button on the coat was moved to create a little extra room, better accommodating Kate’s pregnancy.

The Strathearn Tartan scarf Kate wore for the Order of the Thistle and Jubilee River Pageant also made another appearance.

Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Kate wears the Artisan Hand-Woven Silk Scarf, woven from silk spun at the world’s last mill making authentic tartans, DC Dalgleish.

DC Dalgleish

DC Dalgleish

More from ScotWeb’s product description:

This is the scarf famously worn by Kate Middleton (or, if you prefer, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus) on many occasions, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Royal Pageant.

Catherine chose Strathearn tartan, of course. In fact Strathearn No.2 Modern tartan. (Click that link to select it.) But you can have yours in any plaid of your choice.

The scarf is 12″ x 71″, it is available in 15570 fabrics (that’s not a typo), and prices start at $190 for Kate’s version.

ScotWeb

ScotWeb

And while you can’t see it in the photo above, Kate also brought back a brooch first noticed at last year’s Jubilee River Pageant. The piece features two dolphins topped by a crown, it was a wedding gift from the RN Submarine Service.

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PA Wire

Kate was in her Aquatalia Rhumba boots again.

Aquatalia Rhumba

Aquatalia Rhumba

She also brought back her Kiki McDonough diamond and green amethyst earrings.

One of the day’s more memorable moments came during the walkabout at Dumfries House. An 11-year-old girl very much wanted Kate to see her doll. More from the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English:

Dayna proudly showed Kate her doll which had been put on her Christmas list and had been ordered by her mother from eBay.

Here you can see Kate’s reactions, the photo on the lower left may best show how perplexed she was.
Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Danny Lawson/PA Wire

If you’re wondering what doll it was, Rebecca English of the Daily Mail shared this photo of Dayna with the doll.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online

From Rebecca’s story about Kate’s close encounter with the not-so-identical creature with the big hair:

‘No! Oh no, is that me? Is that meant to be me? Does my hair really look like that!’ She exclaimed.

Some may recognize the doll, it was officially called the Princess Catherine Engagement Doll, they were offered by Hamley’s.
Princess Catherine Engagement Doll

Princess Catherine Engagement Doll

More on from Victoria Murphy’s story in the Mirror:
Dayna said: “I told her she was much prettier than the doll and her hair was not nearly so big and she laughed and seemed happy.
I think she was a bit shocked by the doll though.
“I can’t believe how nice she was though. She was just lovely. This has been the best day ever.”
“Dayna is a huge fan of the royal family and has written seven or eight letters to them and had replies from all, even the Queen,” her mother added.
Please accept my apology for the delayed and abbreviated post, we spent more time dealing with technical gremlins today. The good news is that we seem to have the worst of it behind us.

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We have happy news for Emily of EmilysGoingNuts, she is the winner of our BBC America giveaway, snagging a copy of the just released The Royal Wedding William and Catherine DVD. Thank you to everyone who entered!

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Emily, if you could be good enough to email us your mailing information, we’ll have your DVD on its way as soon as we receive it from the BBC, that should be the end of this week. :)

We have two very quick tidbits to share in case you’ve not yet seen them, the first is that Vanity Fair cover featuring a previously unpublished photo of Prince William and Kate has been released to the media.

The Mario Testino image is from the photo session for the couple’s formal engagement pictures. The magazine’s website has an interesting tidbit from the upcoming story accompanying the photo:

“Despite Will and Kate’s new official titles ”duke and duchess, respectively”Will made it clear at the wedding that he will continue to be addressed as Prince William, meaning Kate by default will be Princess Catherine, reports Vanity Fair writer Katie Nicholl. This may rattle some family hierarchies” the Countess of Wessex had wanted to be known as Princess Sophie, but had been forbidden by the Queen.”

And finally, those interested in the newlywed’s July tour in Canada with its quick visit to Los Angeles might want to bookmark  this link to the “Official Royal Tour” website. The itinerary is posted, as well as photos from previous Royal visits, new photos and video will be added as soon as they are available.  Obviously, I am more-than-eager to see ‘what Kate wears,” especially in Montreal and then in Calgary, presumably at the Calgary Stampede.

 

 

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