NOTE: I left three items out of the first version of the poll. There is now a second version (inserted at 5:50 pm Thursday night); if you voted in the early version, it would be terrific if you didn’t mind voting again. I apologize for the hassle factor, arrgghh!
We are back with a few newsbytes and another poll covering Kate’s maternity style.
We begin with an update on Prince Philip, who remains in the hospital while recovering from hip replacement surgery. More from an Evening Standard story:
The Princess Royal has described the Duke of Edinburgh as “on good form” after she paid her father a visit in hospital following his hip operation.
Anne spent 50 minutes at the private King Edward VII hospital in central London with her father, who had the planned surgery last Wednesday to replace his joint with a prosthetic implant.
The story notes that the Queen also had an update on the Prince; it sounds like she has spoken with him by phone. When asked how the Prince was doing while at an engagement in Windsor today, she said that “he said he’s getting on very well.”
We also have an update on the situation at the Lindo Wing. On Monday parking restrictions went into effect.
From The Telegraph’s story:
It’s official – Royal Baby Watch has begun, with parking restrictions in place outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London in preparation for the Duchess of Cambridge to have her third child.
Crowd barriers are set up on the street outside to accommodate the television crews, journalists and photographers who will be present as she goes into labour.
There is one change from the way things were handled with both Charlotte and George’s births: the media won’t be allowed get into permanent positions until Kate has been admitted to the hospital. They can step into the area for live shots and standups, but they are not allowed to gather and stay until after the Duchess is at the hospital.
The Telegraph story also notes that the medical team includes “Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist, and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon-gynaecologist to the royal household. Both of them helped to deliver Prince George and Princess Charlotte.”
Yesterday royal fans started gathering at the hospital. From left to right you see royal watchers John Loughrey, Maria Scott, and Terry Hutt.
I recognize Mr. Hutt; he has been at other major events like births and christenings. Some of you may better recognize the others in the picture.
For those interested in following things online, there will be a live stream. Here is more from The Express:
This is because TV crews can only turn on their cameras once the Palace officially announces that Kate has gone into labour.
But once the live stream has been turned on, well-wishers from around the world will be able to watch rolling live coverage of this exciting event at home.
I think there will actually be more than one live stream, that was the case when Charlotte was born. And you know we’ll be live blogging here at What Kate Wore once we know she has been admitted to the hospital.
In royal name news, London bookmakers have “…slashed odds on the Royal baby being named Jack after Prince William joked with fans at a football game earlier this week,” according to this Evening Standard article:
Royal commentators are not convinced that the Royal baby will be named after the Aston Villa goalscorer, however.
Phil Dampier told the Standard: “William joked about wanting to name his baby Jack or Jackie after an Aston Villa footballer who scored a goal – but seriously we are talking about the fifth-in-line to the throne and a great grandchild of Her Majesty – so they will want to be respectful.
“I think family names are more likely. Philip would be a lovely tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and there are lots of possibilities if it’s a girl.”
The name discussions are always fun; I learn a lot just from the backstories for specific names.
Now for our final poll on Kate’s daytime maternity style, this one covering February, March, and April. A quick note: some things that were worn twice, like the blue lace Séraphine dress, are not included each time they were worn. Also, casual styles and formalwear looks are included in separate polls we’ll do next week.)
Our previous post and poll wrapped up January 31st when Kate and William were in Sweden. February 1st they flew to Norway for the second portion of their tour. Kate was in a blue Catherine Walker for the arrival in Oslo; Kate changed up the look when touring an outdoor sculpture garden; she added boots, gloves and a hat. Beneath the coat, Kate wore Séraphine’s Marlene dress in blue.
The second day of Kate and William’s Norway visit we saw the Duchess in a new coat by Dolce and Gabbana. Back home in England, Kate wore a new coat by Goat Fashion for an Action on Addiction event, the label’s Ellory style. When co-hosting a Buckingham Palace reception with Sophie, Duchess of Wessex, Kate opted for Erdem’s “Suzi Guipure Lace Dress.” For an ‘away day’ with Prince William in northeast England, Kate wore another Dolce and Gabbana coat, similar to the maroon/plum version worn in Norway, but not identical.)
On that same visit to Sunderland Kate also wore a Séraphine dress beneath her Dolce and Gabbana coat, the maternity brand’s Phaedra style. Several days later the Duchess wore a bespoke Jenny Packham coat and dress when at a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists engagement. Kate returned to a designer we’d not seen her wear recently, Orla Kiely, for the floral print ‘Margaret’ dress worn to a National Portrait Gallery reception.
Kate brought back a maternity favorite for a school visit in early March, the Jojo Maman Bébé ‘Princess Line’ coat. When attending the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, the Duchess was in another look many liked when it was first worn, the Chiara coat by Beulah London. At a March 21 education symposium, Kate wore a bespoke Jenny Packham ensemble.
For her final formal engagements, the Duchess put together a number of pieces, mixing old and new styles. We saw Kate one more time when she attended Easter services at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor; she wore a Catherine Walker coat first seen on St. Patrick’s Day 2015.
Next week we’ll have results from the first and second-trimester polls, as well as the casual/sportswear and formalwear polls.
We also have a couple of quick Retail Roundup items to share, beginning with the Links of London Friends and Family Sale. It is now underway, with 25% off sitewide on the US site, no exclusions, and free shipping. Kate’s Bubble Effervescence Earrings are $169, and the Hope Egg Earrings are discounted to $356 from $475. Thank you to Jacqueline on the WKW Facebook page for the tip!
The Shopbop sale is also underway, offering 20% off orders totaling less than $500 and 25% off for those more than $500. This makes Kate’s LK Bennett Florete in the ‘trench’ colorway $260, as opposed to $325.
We’ll see you early next week, if not sooner!