Kensington Palace announced this morning that Kate would not be traveling to Malta as planned. From the Malta Department of Information news release:
The Duchess of Cambridge will no longer visit Malta this weekend. The Duke of Cambridge will undertake the visit instead.
Her Royal Highness continues to suffer from the effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The decision not to travel was taken by the Duke and Duchess on the advice of the Duchess’s doctors.
The Duke is honoured to represent Her Majesty The Queen on the visit, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Malta’s Independence.
As is now the practice, Clarence House released the statement via Twitter, in addition to standard methods for news release distribution.
The delay in making a decision speaks to Kate’s desire to undertake her first solo overseas trip, where she was to represent the Queen at Malta’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain. More from Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:
The Cambridges made their decision last night in consultation with Kate’s doctors.
The illness, which affects 3.5 out of each 1,000 pregnancies, causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine, called ketosis.
Below, a frame from the promotional video made promoting “50 Years of Independence: The Greatest Spectacle Ever,” Saturday night’s gala celebration that William will now attend.
A look at the Duchess wearing this designer: Kate wore a bespoke version of the Ryedale dress when arriving in Australia this April; she wears the ‘Peridot’ dress at a July 2012 reception (the dress was also worn in Los Angeles during the 2011 tour); the Duchess wore a custom version of the Lovina dress in Australia this April.
Some may recall the Ryedale also came in a navy and mint green color combination. That version of the frock is on sale at Matches Fashion, discounted by 50% to $720.
Readers will remember that 888,246 ceramic poppies are being ‘planted’ at the Tower, each one representing a member of the British forces who died during World War I. The art installation is part of Centenary commemorations of the Great War, and titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.” Below, a recent photo from the Tower.
This image shared by Simon Mason on Twitter is from September 11th.
The Roll of Honour continues to be read nightly at the Tower, with names of Commonwealth forces killed in the War, and the Last Post is played. This photo from last night’s ceremony shows a Grenadier Guard, the image was shared by one of the “Beefeaters” from the Tower, Bill Callaghan.
Ceramic artist Paul Cummins designed the original poppy, then an army of volunteers helped create each one by hand. Another army of volunteers has been planting the poppies. Kate, William and Harry visited the project in August, each planting a poppy.
Historic Royal Palaces (the group that oversees the Tower of London) has posted an outstanding video, “Installing the Poppies – The Tower of London Remembers Project,” showing just how the poppies are being planted at the Tower.
- HER (Hyperemesis Education and Research) is an excellent resource for information and links about Kate’s illness
- Pregnancy Sickness Support, a UK foundation helping those with nausea and vomiting, as well as HG
- Watch a wonderful video, “Making the Poppies – The Tower of London Remembers”
- Visit artist Paul Cummins’ website here, his Facebook page is here, and his ‘Seas of red’ Twitter feed is here
- Visit the Tower of London website here, follow the historic structure’s Facebook page here
- Volunteers are still needed; learn more by clicking here
- Click here to order your own poppy for delivery after the installation is dismantled in November
- You can visit Edward Waite’s website here, his Facebook page is here & Twitter feed is here
- to see all of the Roksanda spring 2015 designs click here