With the happiest of Birthday Wishes to Prince George and his parents, here are the new photos of TRH, released just moments ago.
The photos were taken by John Stillwell of the UK Press Association.
Coinciding with the release of the photographs, a brief statement from the Duke and Duchess:
We would like to take this opportunity on George’s first birthday to thank everyone over the last year, wherever we have met them both at home and overseas, for their warm and generous good wishes to George and our family.’
The photos adorned the front pages of many British newspapers.
As noted in our previous post, Kate wore her Suzannah Budding Heart Tea Dress. The frock features a deep vee neck, smocking beneath the bustline and at the shoulder, as well as
horizontal pleating sleeve tucks at the cuff (I’m sure that’s not the proper way to describe the design element, many thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to advise me of the correct terminology). With thanks to those leaving comments, here are the suggestions thus far: cummerbund pleats, tucks and sleeve tucks. Tucks it is!
The dress sells for £475 (about $800), and it is made in England.
This is a signature style for the brand, offered in a variety of prints, but always in 100% silk. More from the product description:
The beautiful budding heart print has a beautiful retro vibe. Our expert printers in Como, Italy, translated this wonderful print onto beautiful Italian silk crepe de chine exclusively for Suzannah.
The smocking detailing at the shoulder and under the bust add a wonderful vintage charm, with the bias line of the skirt skimming to below the knee. Skirt part is lined in 100% silk habotai. The silhouette lifts the bust and flatters the body.
An all-season style, working well with bare legs and peep toes, or darker opaques in winter months.
Pippa Middleton wore a bespoke style by the designer for Prince George’s christening.
The Duchess’s sister is just one notable name wearing creations by this designer; others include opera singer Katherine Jenkins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, singers Nelly Furtado and Paloma Faith, as well as many other entertainers, socialites and celebrities.
One quick note: as many of you have noticed, there is a dark spot on Kate’s left shoulder in the first photo. I concur with those who believe it is likely the dress did a temporary stint as the Royal Burp Cloth.
Also today, confirmation Kate will be traveling to Malta in September. She will represent Her Majesty at events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence September 20th and 21st. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is where the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh lived there for two years (1949 – 1951) when Prince Philip was stationed there as a naval officer. It is the only time HM lived something of a ‘normal’ life, more from The Week:
Malta holds a special place in the royal couple’s memories… Philip was stationed on the island with the Mediterranean fleet in the period 1949-1951 and the then-Princess Elizabeth would visit from London whenever he had shore leave. It is considered the only time the couple enjoyed anything approaching a normal married life beyond the glare of public attention – normal, at least, for a serving officer and his wife.
William and Kate’s time in Anglesey, when the Prince served as a search and rescue pilot, is somewhat analogous to the experiences of Her Majesty and Prince Philip.
- Suzannah Crabb has an outstanding blog, click here to visit the site.
- ‘Visit Malta’ is a robust site with content about showcasing the country, its history and travel/tourism information; you can also learn about the nation by visiting the Visit Malta Facebook page,
- Malta Today is a daily newspaper, the publication’s Facebook page is here