We are back with a brief post; we’ll start with updates to Kate’s Calendar:
Wednesday, December 14: Kate will take part in a special King’s Lynn Cub Scout Pack meeting that looks like it should be lots of fun. From Kensington Palace: “Her Royal Highness will join the Pack as they take part in games and activities themed around looking after yourself and others physically and emotionally. Activities will include a parachute game to encourage teamwork and cooperation, first aid training and Cub cake icing. They will then join together to renew their Cub Scout promise and celebrate the Cubs’ 100th anniversary with the lighting of 100 candles and a rendition of happy birthday.”
You’ll recall Kate’s involvement with UK Scouting. While not a Patron of the organization she has taken part in a number of events with the Scouts. Many readers will remember the volunteer training exercise at Great Tower Scout Camp in 2013, with the dreadful snow and sleet.
Here you see the Duchess at the 2013 Scouting parade at Windsor Castle with Bear Grylls.
Monday, December 19: Kate, William and Harry attend the annual general meeting of their charity, Heads Together. The trio will also take part in the organization’s Christmas Party, hosted by youth support service The Mix, one of the eight Heads Together partner charities.
We learned tonight that Kate, William & Harry attended a reception at Buckingham Palace this evening. There is a photo montage of Kate on Instagram wearing her red Finella dress by Preen ($1577 at Net-a-Porter in sizes XS – L). We do not know with certainty the images are of this evening’s function at BP, but it seems likely. Our thanks to HeavenLM on Twitter for the heads-up about the photos, and to Cepe Smith as well, she posted the Court Circular updates on Twitter.
Another item in today’s Court Circular, word that Kate and William attended a Royal Foundation board meeting.
If I’m not mistaken this is usually around the time the Foundation board meets.
Our next tidbit involves some holiday fun, the royal family in their finest Christmas sweaters (aka jumpers).
That image comes compliments of Madame Tussauds in London.
With silliness set to sweep the nation as people don their daftest knit on Friday 16th December for Christmas Jumper Day, Her Majesty’s likeness didn’t want to miss out on the festive fun and was joined by Prince Philip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
More from Madame Tussauds:
With Catherine and William sharing their own cosy double-jumper, the Royal line up was surrounded by The Queen’s favourite companions, four real corgis, dressed in their own mini-Christmas jumpers. The royal wax figures can be seen wearing the knits throughout December in Madame Tussauds London, with visitors encouraged to grab a selfie with the Royal likenesses. The attraction will also give visitors the option of donating to help Save the Children.
I posted the photo on the WKW Facebook page and there is quite a bit of chatter about HM’s sweater, admired by many a reader.
UPDATE: it turns out the sweater was created by Bristol-based knitwear designer Amber Hards; she got in touch with me on Twitter. Amber will do custom orders, you can contact her via email: Studio@AmberHards.co.uk. As Minds initially reported on the FB page, the Queen’s jumper was made specifically for this event, and it is the only one of its kind. Minda learned this from the Marcel Le Corgi FB page. (The sweater you see on the right is a similar design I found at Peter Alexander in Australia, but it dates back to 2014 and is no longer available.) UPDATE #2: Madame Tussauds has also been in touch, letting me know the chic design worn by the Duke and Duchess is from Cheesy Christmas Jumpers.
Our final topic involves our 2017 What Kate Wore calendars: we started shipping orders today!
Mark has traveled around the world on tours with HM and the Duke of Edinburgh; Diana, Princess of Wales and the Prince of Wales; and many others, including William and Kate. This year was no different; he was on the India/Bhutan tour as well as this fall’s Canada trip. Below you see October’s wall calendar page with its photo montage of Kate in London and India.
Mark has been honored with multiple awards; he has been recognized by the British Press Photographer’s Association and been named the Picture Editors’ Royal Photographer of the Year. You can follow Mark’s work on his Facebook page.
The photos for each month feature Kate in a variety of styles at a cross-section of engagements. Some months feature a single image while others offer a collage. Below, Mark’s stunning photos for the months of August and November.
So we enlarged the wall calendar from last year’s rater petite 7″ x 14″ size (when open and hanging on the wall) to 10.5″ x 16″. In my rather sad photo below you see it hanging on the refrigerator. (It’s *much* more vibrant in person; this is just to show how it looks when open and hanging up.)
The other input we received was a request for a calendar that you could put on your desk. Behold, the 2017 What Kate Wore Desk Calendar.
It comes in a plastic CD-style case that opens up to create an easel holding each month’s page and measures 7.5″ long x 4.25″ tall.
The desk calendar features many of the photos used in the wall calendar.
In addition to pages for each month, both calendars include our Many Faces of Kate montage, as well as information on what Kate wore in the photos.
These make a great gift for yourself, or for your favorite royal watching friends. We have limited supplies of each, so ordering sooner rather than later is probably a good idea. The Desk Calendar is $12.95, and the Wall Calendar is $16.95. Shipping and handling for each is $3.50 for orders in the continental US and $6.00 for international orders. If you have already purchased your calendar, we started shipping today and expect to have all of the current orders shipped on Friday.
Even though we just wrapped up our giveaway with StyleRocks, doesn’t it seem like a good time for another? We are going to give away one of each calendar, the desktop design and the wall calendar. Here’s how to enter.
- First Entry: For one entry leave a comment saying which kind of calendar you would like *and* where you would use it.
- Additional entries: For additional entries, post about the giveaway on your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat page and let us know you did.
- the giveaway is open internationally
- entries will close at midnight Monday, December 12th; we’ll use Random.org to draw winners for a desk calendar and wall calendar on Tuesday and get in touch with them immediately
- the winner must be available to respond to an email within 72 hours