Kate, William and Harry gave the 101st Tour de France a royal sendoff today.
The race’s Grand Départ took place at historic Harewood House in Yorkshire, where Kate cut the ribbon for the start.
Before the start all three young royals spoke with riders, fans, organizers, and others. Prince William is seen speaking with British cyclist Mark Cavendish. Unfortunately, during the actual race Mr. Cavendish had a very serious crash, resulting in a dislocated shoulder and ruptured ligaments. As of this writing it isn’t known if he will start tomorrow’s race
Media interest in the race has been substantial.
The crowds watching today’s race were enormous, more from the BBC:
Organisers said “well over” a million people watched along the route, with initial estimates suggesting there were 230,000 spectators in the centre of Leeds and more than 10,000 watched the riders on the steep climb at Buttertubs Hill.
A good shot of the crowds as seen from above the Festival.
On the course they looked even bigger.
The course for Stage 1 of the race went from Leeds to Harrogate. At the end of today’s race Germany’s Marcel Kittel took the yellow jersey for 1st place.
It was officially presented to him by the Duchess.
Prince Harry presented Peter Sagan with a white jersey, awarded to the best young rider taking part in the race.
At the finish line Kate also met with athletes from the Yorkshire area who are receiving SportsAid assistance, she is Patron of that organization. Tomorrow’s course travels from York to Sheffield, on Monday the Stage 3 course runs from Cambridge to London.
More on today’s events from Hello!:
Despite not joining his parents and uncle on Saturday, Prince George was acknowledged by the famous cycle race’s organisers and gifted with his own mini yellow jersey, the item given to winners throughout the Tour de France.
Royal fans, who lined the Yorkshire streets to cheer on the cyclists, were also keen to talk about George, with one little girl asking where he was to which Kate replied “he’s asleep in his bedroom”.
The Duchess also gave an insight into what the little Prince enjoys playing with, telling one well-wisher that George is “interested in helicopters and anything with wheels.”
Beneath the coat Kate wore the Suzannah Budding Heart Silk Tea dress (£475, roughly $720), as she did in New Zealand. It was also worn when the Cambridges were seen at the Splendid Butterflies exhibit last week.
Kate wore the emerald and diamond earrings we have yet to identify. She also had on her Cartier Ballon Bleu wristwatch.
Many retailers use the July 4th holiday as a launch point for their sales. Today we offer a brief list of sales at Kate-favored brands. We begin with Beulah London, their spring/summer sale started this week.
Looking at dresses in the sale category we found the Myra dress (below left), it is now priced at $245, it originally retailed at $465. On the lower right, the Primrose Dress, selling for $785, marked down from $1565.
There are accessories among the discounted items. Below we show the Lace Bicouloured Scarf in fuchsia mix and maroon mix, the two seen lower right are the Poppy Print Scarf in the blue and pink colorways. Both scarves originally sold for $195, they are now priced at $80.
You can view all of the Temperley sale merchandise here.
Zara’s sale has been underway for almost a week; we did some quick grazing and thought we would share some of the jackets that are on sale. Below left, the Classic Blazer in pink is $69.99 (originally $119); the Structured Double-Breasted Blazer in navy blue is $79.99 (originally $139); on the right we show the Peplum Jacket in sea green, it is selling for$49.99 (originally $99.90).
At Jimmy Choo there are quite a few styles on sale. Two shoes that Kate wears are discounted in different colors/material: below left we show the Cosmic in petrol glitter (now $388 , originally $775), on the right it’s the Gilbert in Navy Suede ($398, originally $795).
There are some outstanding bargains at LK Bennett, there are almost 500 items in its sale section. Better yet, shoppers receive an additional 30% off those sale prices through next Monday (July 7th), use promo code ID30 at checkout to receive the discount. A few pieces we saw on sale: the Marissa Zip Dress is $486.50 (originally $695), the Peto Maxi Dress is $347.50 ($695 originally), the Cyrene Crossover Front Dress is $322.50 (originally $645). NOTE: The prices shown above do not reflect the additional 30% markdown.
Not on sale but worth noting: the Lasa Poppy print dress is sold out on the LK Bennett US/Canada site, but available in limited sizes on the UK/International website (£245). The blue Detroit dress so many of us liked is available: it remains priced at £225 on the UK site in a broad range of sizes; on the US site the dress is still $395, but it isn’t available in as many sizes.
Back to bargain hunting, Reiss has also added inventory to its sale category and taken deeper markdowns. The Venice Formal Tailored Dress (reminiscent of the Shola in styling details) is priced at $283 (originally $360); the Bridge Cow Neck Dress is $180 (originally $360); the Cipriano Keyhole Detail Dress is $252 (originally $360).
Erdem launched its new website in June.
One of the biggest site enhancements: ecommerce capabilities, you can now order pieces directly from Erdem. There is also a sale section on the site. From that category (l to r): the Allegra Floral Dress originally priced at $841 is now $583; the Adora Embroidered Dress is now selling at $2856, discounted from $4083; on the far right we show the Daina Dress, it’s $1192 now, the original price was $1192.
Updates from other retailers:
- At Alexander McQueen there is also a broad selection of sale merchandise, with discounted jewelry, clothing, shoes and handbags.
- Jenny Packham doesn’t sell clothing on the website, but they do offer accessories. Some of those items are on sale.
- Topshop is taking an extra 30% off sale merchandise
- Stuart Weitzman has a selection of styles 40% off
- Hobbs is offering up to 70% off in its sale section
Apologies for the delay with today’s post, I had an out of town commitment.
- the Tour de France website is here, the Facebook page is here, and the Twitter page is here
- the Harewood House website is here, its Facebook page may be seen here and
- the Daily Express photo gallery from Stage 1 of the race can be seen here, the Daily Mail’s picture-heavy story is here & its 2:30 video story can be watched here
- the BBC‘s coverage can be found here; for a video story about the Red Arrows flyover of Harewood House click here