Sunday, 29 November 2015

Official Photos of Adorable Princess Charlotte Released

We're back with a very special treat - something we've all been waiting for - new photos of the simply beautiful Princess Charlotte.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

Kensington Palace released two new photos of six-month-old Charlotte taken by Kate in early November. The Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess hope everyone enjoys these new photos of Princess Charlotte as much as they do."

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

More from the Telegraph's article:

'In the first picture released, Charlotte is seen to now have a full head of hair as she sits in an armchair with her toy. She howls with laughter as her mother snaps away with the camera - believed to be the same Canon EOS 5D Mark II she used for previous shots of her children.
In the second image, the princess is shown looking past the camera as if something has caught her attention behind the Duchess.'

We had been eagerly anticipated new photos of Charlotte for some time now and we certainly were not disappointed. They are very natural, informal shots and capture an insight into the little princess's personality. The portraits very much follow the relaxed style of official photos the Duke and Duchess have released of their children thus far. I can see many family resemblances, from similarities to the Queen as a child, to Carole Middleton, and of course Kate. She has inherited her father's blue eyes and her mother's dark hair. Who do you think Charlotte resembles?

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

A royal aide told the Mail Online:

'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very grateful for the support they have received when it comes to their children and wanted to share these very charming pictures taken by the Duchess. It is something they intend to continue to do.'

Charlotte was adorable, dressed in a soft pink cashmere cardigan and a printed dress with a white frilly collar. Eagle-eyed Hannah suggests the dress may be by Trotters, as seen in the last photo of Carole Middleton's shopping trip to the store in October. Amaia Kids confirmed Charlotte's tights are theirs. The £11 tights are described: "Little legs will not only be kept warm but will also look pretty in these lovely stretch ribbed knit tights."

Amaia Kids Twitter Feed

The toy dog Charlotte was playing with is the Jellycat Fuddlewuddle Puppy. The super soft toy retails for £17 at John Lewis.

John Lewis

Of course, it feels like quite some time since William and Kate introduced their daughter to the world on the steps of St. Mary's on 2 May.

In June, the couple released portraits of George and Charlotte taken when the princess was around two weeks old. There are many similarities to today's photos; again they were taken by Kate, a keen photographer, at their Norfolk home Anmer Hall. Kate captures beautiful shots of her children in a very relaxed setting, and who could they feel more comfortable with behind the camera than their mother?

Kensington Palace

We last saw the princess on the day of her christening - 5 July at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate. Charlotte has grown so much since then, with dad William describing her as "a joy of heaven" and "ladylike".

As of writing, no new photos have been released of Prince George. It has been suggested another portrait featuring George and Charlotte might be released closer to Christmas or perhaps we'll see George on Christmas Day. I'll update the post if there is any further news on this.

Isn't she lovely? :)


Also today, a word on Kate-related 'Cyber Monday' sales for those hoping to partake of the abundance of sales on offer. At luxury accessories brand they are still offering 20% off plus an additional 10% discount with the code HRH10.

Links of London are offering 25% off with the promo code LINKSBF25. One item from the brand which may be of particular interest to Kate fans is the Hope Egg Earrings, as worn by Kate in her engagement portraits.

Links of London

There's 15% reduced at Hobbs London.

Hobbs London

Bloomingdales are offering up to 25% off selected items for their sale. The popular Via Spiga coat Repli-Kate is discounted from $354 to $212.

Take an extra 30% off clearance items at Nordstrom Rack.

Nordstrom Rack

We hope you're all having a lovely weekend.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Kate to Visit Action on Addiction Centre, Exclusive Discount & Kate Related Black Friday Deals

Good evening, dear readers,

We're back with updates on the Duchess and Black Friday deals from Kate's favourite brands and retailers. First, Kensington Palace announced an addition to Kate's calendar earlier today. On Thursday, 10 December, Kate will visit Action on Addiction's Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster, Wiltshire.

Action on Addiction

More from the press release:

'Her Royal Highness will meet the course tutors and examiners and participate in a tutorial group discussing their training, before joining a ceremony to celebrate the graduation of students from the Foundation and Honours degree programmes accredited by the University of Bath.
 It has long been recognised that the addiction treatment field suffers from an inadequately trained workforce. The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, inpartnership with the University of Bath, contributes to raising standards in the field of addiction treatment by training addiction counsellors to a higher standard than ever before. It is the only charity-owned and operated centre of its kind in the UK.'

The Duchess has been patron of Action on Addiction since 2012 and has carried out a number of engagements in support of the organisation since. The engagement will offer her the opportunity to see the centre's work providing education and professional training for those working in addiction and related fields.

Also today, the Duchess is supporting a major fundraising appeal to expand the Children's Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital where George and Charlotte were born. The More Smiles Appeal is hoping to achieve £2 million of the £10 million needed to help care for more than 300 extra children each year.

Kate received such excellent care at the hospital and is delighted to support the appeal. Speaking of her experience the Duchess said:

'The thought of your child in an intensive care unit is harrowing for any parent. The commitment to expand and transform the Children's Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital will vitally guarantee more space to treat more children and support more families.
 As someone who was so brilliantly cared for by St Mary's, I am delighted to support the Children's Intensive Care Appeal, and commend the important work of all those involved in the project.'

Dr Simon Nadel, Children's Intensive Care Unit consultant and clinical lead, said: 'Our More Smiles Appeal will enable us to upgrade our facilities and offer our exceptional care to even more patients. We are most grateful for the Duchess of Cambridge's support and warm wishes.'  If you would like find out more about the campaign or donate please click here.


Now, time for a look at a few of the plethora of Kate-related Black Friday sales and savings opportunities out there, beginning with our friends from luxury gifts and accessories brand  This year they are offering the largest discounts ever, with 20% off on over 500 items plus an additional 10% discount code exclusively for readers of the blog: HRH10.

We begin with a look at the ever-popular Black Bow Gloves. Below we see the Duchess wearing them in New York last year; for a 2013 visit to Child Bereavement UK; and Remembrance Sunday in 2011.

The short black gloves with side bow are available in satin lycra, ensuring a snug, flattering fit. They are also available in white at present.

A stylish pair of gloves is a fantastic stocking filler, whether you're opting for something decadent and Downton Abbey-inspired, such as the Long Black Satin Gloves, a pair of Houndstooth Cashmere and Leather Musketeer Gloves, or the eye-catching Leather Driving Gloves.

A classic scarf is the ultimate accessory for many of us, including the Duchess, who has shown time and time again how a striking scarf can transform an outfit. Take a look at the Tartan and Check Double Faced Cashmere Scarf, the Black and Ivory Houndstooth Scarf, the Vestry Red and Black Cashmere and Silk Scarf, and the Black to Ivory Cashmere and Silk Wrap.

The chic Midnight Navy Poncho is made of luxurious Italian cashmere and offers fantastic versatility, looking just as good with jeans and boots as a cocktail dress. We also see the Black Roll Neck Knit Cashmere Poncho, the Black and Grey Cashmere Poncho, and the Houndstooth Cashmere Cape.

There's a variety of hats and beanies in stock. Three of my favourites are the Belgravia Two Tone Fedora, the Cream and Caramel Cashmere Beanie and the Navy Cable Knit Cashmere Beanie.

Not forgetting our male readers, there's a selection of dapper accessories available, including the Two Tone Blue Check Tie, the Black Leather Quilted Gloves, the Black Swarovski Crystal Studded Bow Tie, and the Brown Check and Blue Reversible Cashmere Scarf. Having recently seen Spectre, I noticed there's very much a James Bond feel to the men's collection.

To see the full collections click here.The discount code is valid until 30th of November.


Kate favourite Really Wild Clothing are offering 20% off their Autumn/Winter Collection, 10% off accessories and 15% off Spanish boots. The brand recently launched a gorgeous new website. 

Really Wild Clothing

Kate's popular Spanish boots in chocolate suede are included in the sale, discounted from £295 to £250. Among the classic pieces also included are a selection of the brand's shawls and wraps of which Kate is a fan. A selection of timeless coats, including the Heversham Coat in Purple Boucle are reduced too.

Really Wild

Email subscribers receive a 25% discount with the code CyberWeekender at Azuni London.

Azuni London

Kate's £25 Athena Small Stone Drop Earrings remain available in aqua chalcedony and in several other stones.


There are a number of beautiful collections on offer including the Etrusca, inspired by the archaic period of Etruscan Art, and Valise-style earrings and pendants simplified to create a contemporary look. Below, the Etruscan Pink Chalcedony Circular Earrings, the £35 Inverted Teardrop in Rose Gold Earrings and the Amethyst Disc Bracelet.


The code CyberWeekender is valid until Monday. A reminder it is case sensitive with a capital 'C' and 'W'. 

Azuni London


Beulah London are offering 25% off selected items including classic dresses, scarves and separates. Below we see the Elina Sleeveless Crepe Tulip Dress, the mint Leieila Dress, the evergreen Silene Dress.

Beulah London

Beulah London


L.K. Bennett are discounting shoes and boots by 25% with the code SB25. It's an excellent opportunity to get Kate's Sledge pumps or other footwear on the site. Kate's Cayla Dress is reduced from £250 to £175 on the UK site and reduced by 30% with the code Thanks on the US website.

L.K. Bennett

At Ralph Lauren it's promo code Turkey20 for 20% off selected merchandise. Glancing at the website, Kate's Silk Austin Shirtdress is reduced from $1595 to $959.

Ralph Lauren

At Nordstrom there's an extra 25% discounted on an array of designers and brands, including several Aquatalia styles.


Kate's Dune Imperia Wedges are discounted from £85 to £51.


There's up to 65% reduced at the Outnet on an array of well-known designers. There's quite a bit of stock from several Kate brands including Erdem. Below we look at the designer's Reesi Frayed Coat, Fay Dress and Merete Metallic Broderie Anglaise Dress.

The Outnet

There's up to 60% off at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Neiman Marcus are offering $50 off purchases of $200 with promo code Thankful. Several pairs of Kate's Kiki McDonough earrings feature, including the Grace, Citrine Drops and Green Amethyst Diamond Earrings.

Neiman Marcus

A look at ShopBop's promotions. The code GOBIG15 takes over $50 off the L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps.


The Temperley London Beau dress (an update of Kate's Emblem dress) is discounted from $995 to $696.


At Bobbi Brown, get one of the holiday gift sets shown below for free with orders over $50.

Bobbi Brown

There's up to 50% discounted at Matches on a number of brands including DVF, McQueen and Christopher Kane.

Our royal Christmas Gift Guides page is here. Please share your Kate-related bargain finds in the comments section. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! :)