Monday, 28 July 2014

William, Kate and Harry Support the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry kicked off their two-day visit to Glasgow this afternoon to watch the fifth day of action at the Commonwealth Games.

The royals took a commercial flight from London earlier today following a busy weekend. The Cambridges attended the wedding of Prince William's friend from Eton Alexander Vaulkhard in Batcombe (sadly no high quality photos have emerged yet) while Prince Harry has been enjoying nights out at a popular London nightclub.

William and Kate, who are styled as The Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, and Prince Harry are all avid sports fans. The trio were ambassadors for the London 2012 games, which involved supporting and meeting athletes throughout the games. The Commonwealth Games are a very natural fit for the royals allowing them to mix their personal interests with their public roles.

They took in several events beginning with gymnastics.

The trio were in great spirits as they chatted during the games.

A nice shot of William and Kate.

The Royal Family have been actively supporting the games. Her Majesty attended the opening ceremony where she officially declared the games open. Other members in attendance include Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Prince Edward is vice president of the Games.

The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from across the Commonwealth. The event was first held in 1930, and, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, which were cancelled due to World War II, has taken place every four years since. The prestigious games are the third largest multi-sport event after the Olympics and Asian Games. In fact, the equivalent of Glasgow's population, almost 600,000, passed through the city's main train station over the weekend.

Glasgow 2014

A look at Glasgow city centre; the games are an important boost to the city.

The games' mascot Clyde has one of the most important jobs; he's a friendly face who helps everyone to enjoy the events and proudly represents Scotland. As you can see his look, ahem... is based on the Scottish thistle. Below we see the green mascot with 107-year-old Margaret Melvin and enjoying a dance with a local choir.

Glasgow 2014

If he looks familiar (he's not a character one would forget) it may be because the Duchess met Clyde last year when she and William toured the Emirates Arena, much to Kate's amusement. For those with kids, they might enjoy looking at Clyde's page on the games' official website; it includes games and art.

Glasgow 2014

This photo prompted plenty of responses on Twitter with suggestions including "Is Kate tweeting" and "Looking at photos of George".

The royals watching boxing.

It's a sport with plenty of nail-biting moments.

The royals met with volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past week.

Next up, it was time for some hockey. This is one we expect the Duchess particularly enjoyed as she's been a keen player since childhood.

Even the royals wear I.D. tags.

Moving on to what Kate wore today. I'm afraid fashion fans may be a little disappointed to see Kate repeated her go-to uniform; a navy blazer, skinny jeans and wedges. Kate wore this look throughout the London 2012 games and for various other sporting events and casual engagements since. It's obviously a look she feels very comfortable in and for someone who tends to put a lot of consideration into her clothing choices, it's a look that requires very little planning and preparation (yes, yes I do agree it would be great to see her change it up).

It appears Kate sported her navy military-style double-breasted blazer by Zara. The Duchess debuted the piece during the royal tour in April. Kate's skinny jeans are also by the popular high street brand. It must have been quite warm for Kate; one would imagine the outfit sans blazer would have been a better fit for the weather.


One noticeable addition to the signature look was a sleeveless blue and white shirt with a high collar. We'll update once it is definitively identified.

Kate carried her navy suede Russell and Bromley 'Muse' Clutch.

Russell and Bromley

Kate accessorised with her Cartier watch and Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings.

Cartier/Kiki McDonough

The love-em-or-hate-em Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges completed the look. The blue suede wedges are available in a large variety of sizes for $398 at Zappos with free shipping.

Stuart Weitzman

Kate's hair looked very glossy, healthy and vibrant today.

We'll have more updates and photos as the day progresses!

We'll see the royal trio at the games again tomorrow. There's an event for Kate's patronage, SportsAid, in Glasgow tomorrow (with thanks to @RoyalKateDebate); perhaps she'll attend that too?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

William and Kate Attend Batcombe Wedding, Calendar Updates & L.K. Bennett Autumn/Winter Styles

Hello dear readers, we hope you're all having a splendid weekend!

Yesterday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the wedding of Alexander Vaulkhard and Sarah Nicholson at Batcombe. The groom went to Eton College with Prince William. (with thanks to Ikon Pictures for the info). There's a few snaps available at the Shepton Mallet Journal.

Due to the lack of photos it's very difficult to tell what Kate is wearing but if I had to guess I would say her pretty frock looks very much like the Jenny Packham dress she first wore to a polo match in Santa Barbara in 2011.

It's described as a "de Gournay silver and marble grey hand-painted silk chinoiserie dress". Below we see the dress on the runway, it's from Ms. Packham's 2011 Spring/Summer Collection.

Jenny Packham

Indeed, it is the second wedding Kate has chosen it for - she also wore it for Emily McCorquodale's wedding in 2012.

Kate's hat looks like the cream Jane Corbett piece she wore to Order of the Garter in 2012.

Jane Corbett

We'll updated with details and hi-res photos should they emerge.


Tomorrow and Tuesday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The young royals will watch an array of events which match their personal sporting interests including hockey, swimming, athletics and boxing. It is expected the Palace will release specific timings on both mornings.

Commonwealth Games

William and Kate, who are known as The Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, always enjoy these events and we can expect to see some great shots of them taking in the games. Will Kate opt for her blazer/skinny jeans/wedges look or a smart dress? Do you have any predictions?

In other updates to Kate's calendar further information has been released regarding William, Kate and Harry's visit to Belgium on 4th August. More from Majesty Magazine:

'Engagement 1: The Duke and Duchess will first be welcomed to Liège by His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians and Her Majesty Queen Mathilde at L'Abbaye Saint-Laurent. 
 Engagement 2: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a ceremony at the Cointe Inter-allied Memorial, Liège, the main event of the morning. The Duke of Cambridge will deliver a speech. The Duke and Duchess will then attend a private Lunch at the Prince-Bishops' Palace. 
Engagement 3: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend a reception at Mons Town Hall.

Engagement 4: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend a commemoration event at Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery.'

It's always nice to see royal families mingling and interacting through their support of commemorative events and charitable organisations. It should be a real treat for royal watchers to see photos of William and Kate with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

On 5th August, William, Kate and Harry will visit the exhibit 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' at the Tower of London, commemorating The Great War (the day itself marks the 100th anniversary of Britain's first day fighting in the war).

Historic Royal Palaces

'The evolving installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, will be unveiled on 5 August 2014; one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.
 Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, the installation is being created in the Tower’s famous dry moat. It will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war.
The poppies will encircle the Tower, creating not only a spectacular display, but also an inspiring setting for learning activities, as well as providing a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation reflects the magnitude of such an important centenary, creating a powerful visual commemoration.
 The last poppy will symbolically be planted on 11 November 2014'.

It's an incredibly important year for commemoration, reflection and remembrance. It's excellent to see the Royal Family participating in so many events which do just that. Aside from Kate's trip to Malta in September, there are no other engagements scheduled at the moment, apart from the aforementioned ones above. This is very much subject to change, particularly considering how quiet this month has been.


Last Tuesday morning, Kate and Nanny Maria Tereasa were photographed taking George to Buckingham Palace. Many assumed it was due to George's birthday and he was visiting his great-grandfather Prince Philip. It turns out George has been enjoying weekly swimming lessons with his mother every week, at the historic pool.

Buckingham Palace

The pool, which is situated at the rear end of the Palace, was converted from a conservatory in 1938 and has been used by a number of royals including Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and the late Princess Diana, who used it as part of her fitness regime and to teach William and Harry to swim, so it's very much a case of history repeating itself. Palace staff may also use the pool while none of the Royal Family are in attendance. Should a royal arrive they must leave immediately unless invited to stay.

At a recent engagement William admitted bath time had become "quite painful". Perhaps little George enjoys his splash-abouts at the pool a tad more?


We're beginning to see glimpses of Autumn/Winter stock appearing at Kate's favourite brands. I don't know about you, but I favour Kate's choices in those seasons as the Duchess very much opts for coats on a regular basis and she has a fabulous collection, which look superb with a fitted dress, tights and boots underneath - perfectly appropriate for the colder weather.

I was browsing through L.K. Bennett's website when I noticed several 'very Kate' pieces in vibrant reds, elegant black and cool greys. Below we look at the scarlet Cadiz Belted Coat - a statement piece for the coming season with a pared-back collarless silhouette. We also see the £350 Beni Check Coat.

L.K. Bennett

Next, two stylish dresses which would work well for a variety of evening events: the Nerine Cross Front Dress and the Fiji Sleeveless Dress.

L.K. Bennett

A versatile shirt dress can be a wardrobe essential. Perfect for daytime engagements, they're a solid transitional piece to have in your wardrobe as the season changes. L.K. Bennett's Brindi Shirt Dress would be an excellent choice for Kate. The £195 piece comes in scarlet and ultra blue.

L.K. Bennett

The Marina Dress is a classic piece with a ruched side panel cut for a flattering shape. Again we see the strong scarlet colour included - a shade we'll be seeing plenty of in the coming months.

L.K. Bennett

Colour-blocking is a trend we saw the Duchess embrace during the royal tour of Australia. An excellent way to incorporate it is the simple but striking Santana Colour Block Shift Dress. Tailoring and smart skirt suits may also feature in Kate's autumnal choices. We think the Lupin Peplum Jacket and matching dress would look stellar.

L.K. Bennett

A look at the brand's Autumn/Winter 2014 Lookbook offers a peek into other items we can expect to see. On the far left, the Finch Lace Dress is very pretty as are the other floral inspired items.

L.K. Bennett

There's a lot to like in the collection, certainly many pieces we think a certain Duchess would like!


In other fashion news, One of Kate's favoured designers Roland Mouret has designed a capsule collection for Banana Republic. Available from 7th August, Mr Mouret's love of showcasing the female figure in fitted silhouettes and versatile feminine dresses is very much evident.

Banana Republic

To create the collection the designer used Banana Republic's Sloan fabric, which he cut, draped and fashioned into dresses with slim silhouettes. The little black dress dominates the collection with several takes on the wardrobe staple to be seen below.

Banana Republic

Many will recall the retailer also collaborated with ISSA. The collection produced mixed results with many feeling the quality of the garments wasn't entirely up to scratch. It shall be interesting to see how this one fares. Prices will range from roughly $50 - $150.

Finally, for those who simply cannot get enough of Prince George's birthday portraits, the Cambridge family grace the cover of Hello! Magazine.

Hello! Magazine

We'll see you all tomorrow! :)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Family and Friends Gather at Kensington Palace for Prince George's Birthday!

It was quite an unusual day at Kensington Palace as the Royal Family celebrated Prince George's birthday. The day no doubt began with various preparation for the party; icing the cake, preparing food and ensuring the children had plenty of activities to keep them entertained. Earlier, Kate and Nanny Maria Tereasa brought George to Buckingham Palace to see his great-grandfather Prince Philip, who was unable to attend the party due to other commitments.


In the early afternoon onlookers began to gather outside Kensington Palace to see guests arrive.

Julius Sowu Twitter Feed

One could say people were really (and I mean really) getting into the spirit of the day :)

According to one observer there was "a fabulous atmosphere and a sense of excitement in the air as the future king marked his first birthday. It was a beautiful day and all the guests looked very happy as they drove past".

Emily Andrews Twitter Feed

As expected, the party was a small affair including only the couple's closest family and friends. Mike and Carole Middleton were among the first guests to arrive; they travelled separately.

Pippa, who just completed the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Race, arrived solo for her nephew's party. It is thought the author played a large role in organising the event.

James Middleton followed closely behind. It is rumoured James was accompanied by his TV presenter girlfriend Donna Air. 

William's cousin and George's godmother Zara Tindall was all smiles as she drove past with her husband Mike and daughter Mia Grace.

The young royals' closest advisor Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton was there too. As someone who has played such a significant role in guiding the Princes in recent years it would have been quite special for him to see his godson George turn one.

William and Kate's close friend, and another of George's godparents, Emilia Jardine-Paterson was also there with her baby.

Fashionistas will recognise Emilia's dress as the Beulah London Blossom Dress; Kate also owns this dress and wore it to Alice St John Webster's wedding in 2012. It's a beautiful piece and perfect for the occasion, which leads me to wonder: what did Kate wear today?

Official Freyja Twitter Feed

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

No doubt the event got underway after the guest of honour, Her Majesty The Queen was inside the palace.

Prince George Pieces Twitter Feed

Despite her very full schedule I thought it a lovely gesture she made time for her great-grandson's first birthday party. Charles and Camilla were otherwise engaged with royal duties.

Prince Harry was reportedly there too, and the van Cutsem's were spotted by onlookers and members of the press. It seemed a perfect celebration for a one-year-old with family, godparents and a couple of little playmates in attendance too. 


Since we wont be seeing photos from inside, we leave you with a look at Legoland's interpretation of Prince George's birthday party. A miniature Buckingham Palace was recreated with a traditional garden party for the prince. If you look closely you'll see a cake with one candle marking his age, balloons and birthday presents.

I hope it was an excellent day for all in attendance and a fun one for Prince George!