Today we share a dual post, one updating the EACH fundraiser a number of royal bloggers have been working on, coupled with an amazing giveaway. Our other topic is an advancer on the activities surrounding Kate’s christening of the new Royal Princess cruise ship from Princess Cruise Lines.
We begin with updates on Thursday’s christening of the Royal Princess cruise ship by Kate.
The ship arrived in Southampton last week. It is an enormous vessel.
Kate will be the ship’s “godmother,” joining other royals and notables, including Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and Audrey Hepburn. Princess Diana named the original Royal Princess in November of 1984. More from the Daily Mail:
The Queen launched her namesake, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, in 2010, and the Duchess of Cornwall christened the same cruise line’s Queen Victoria back in 2007
A few pertinent data points:
- the christening ceremony will be live streamed at Princess.com (this relates to the ship christening only as as as I know, not Thursday’s other events)
- the event starts at 11:15am Southampton time, 6:15am EDT, 3:15am PDT
- the ceremony will be opened with music from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and The Pipe Band of 1st Battalion Irish Guards will open the event, it is a traditional part of British ship-namingceremonies
- festivities include British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield singing her hit, “Unwritten”
This will be the largest ship in the Princess Cruise fleet. Kate will be given a tour of the ship by Captain Tony Draper, he is from Scotland.
A beneficiary of Thursday’s events is one of Kate’s patronage, EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices). More from EACH:
Joining a small number of staff and representatives will be over 100 EACH supporters from across Cambs, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, all helping to raise more than £50,000 in donations.
Two children who benefited from the care and support offered by EACH will be part of the function, they will hand Kate the scissors she will use for the ribbon cutting.
Izzie and Charlie Rowbotham lost their brother George to a brain tumor. More on the family’s feelings about EACH, this is what Izzie, Charlie and George’s mother shared:
We’re all very excited about meeting The Duchess of Cambridge and very proud and honoured to be representing EACH. We’re very passionate about the work EACH does with children and their families, having experienced the difference that it makes first hand. We feel that by being given opportunities like this we are able to share memories of our gorgeous little boy George.
Word of the role EACH will play in Thursday’s activities makes it perfect for an update on our Baby Cambridge Fundraiser benefiting EACH. As explained in earlier posts, a number of royal bloggers thought the birth of William and Kate’s first child was something to celebrate; raising money for one of Kate’s charities felt like a splendid way to honor the occasion. EACH is the recipient of all money raised, and we have made lots of progress since launching in late April. We are at 81% of our goal.
But we need your help to get us closer to our goal.
As we have shared, there are many ways to help out with fundraising efforts. We would be ever-so-grateful for any donation, every $2 or £2 helps. If you have been able to donate, we hope you will think about posting one of our graphics.
If you aren’t able to donate there are lots of other ways to help out, we would love it if you would consider sharing one of the other amazing graphics available on your blog or Facebook page.
They have all been created by the one and only British Royals, you can look at them and/or download any you like at BabyCambridge.net.
One of the ways we have been trying to draw attention to the Fundraiser and boost donations has been through a variety of contests and promotional events. That brings us to our newest giveaway: one lucky person will win this enormous, emerald-cut citrine ring from StyleRocks.
Kate fashion followers know how fond she is of citrine earrings. Below, the Duchess at Cheltenham in March.
And her citrine drops have been noted on almost too many occasions to enumerate.
StyleRocks is a remarkable jewelry store that lets you design your jewelry online. Everything the company offers is fully customizable.
Using the site is very easy, just start with a piece of jewelry or stone that you like and begin customizing. Let’s say you are thinking about a necklace and you like the color pink. Voilà! Here are three different styles I came up with in about 30-seconds: a princess-cut pink sapphire, a cushioncCheckerboard style and an emerald-cut style.
Think of the potential for any of the following rings. Once you decide if you would like sterling silver, 9K or 18K gold then you can start pondering what gemstone or pearl you would want used in the setting-the possibilities are endless.
Actually, the possibilities are not really endless, the number of jewelry combinations at StyleRocks is 3.4 trillion.
The company was started by Pascale Helyar-Moray, who came up with the idea for an online customizable jewelry site when she was pregnant herself. When given an opportunity to select a jewelry gift to celebrate the birth of her twins she couldn’t find anything online she really, really loved. Pascale had long thought about designing jewelry, the difficulty she encountered proved the genesis of her successful company.
The company has been showcased everywhere from Australian Vogue to the Telegraph. It’s not unusual for customers to share pictures of their jewelry, sometimes as soon as they open their packages.
Donating such a gorgeous ring isn’t the only way StyleRocks is helping our fundraiser for EACH. Pascale created a special group of jewelry she dubbed the ‘Cambridge Collection‘ and is donating 10% of all sales from this Collection to the fundraiser.
And every shopper is given a chance at checkout to donate $2 to the Fundraiser simply by ticking a box on the checkout page.
We’re very appreciative of everything StyleRocks is doing to help. Now, back to that stunning ring and how you can enter to win it.
- For one entry sign up for the StyleRocks mailing list by visiting the company’s site, look for the “subscribe” box on the lower right side of the StyleRocks home page. You will see a drop-down menu asking how you got to the page, how you heard about StyleRocks, be sure you tell them how you got there from the choices available (via What Kate Wore).
- Post a comment here telling us the piece of jewelry from the Cambridge Collection you like the most
You must complete both Step 1 & Step 2 to enter the contest.
The contest is open anywhere in the world that StyleRocks ships, which is just about the entire world. To see a complete list of countries, click here and scroll down to the ‘Where do you ship?” information.
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