Sunday, 20 April 2014

Prince George joins His Parents at Taronga Zoo & Kate in Stella McCartney for Canberra Arrival

Prince George joined his parents The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Taronga Zoo this afternoon.

Reporters said Kate wiped drool from George's face as they walked in to the zoo.

There was great excitement as the Cambridge family arrived.

Little George taking in his surroundings!

The royals first viewed the Bilby Enclosure. On the occasion of Prince George's birth, the Government of Australia made a donation to the zoo for its bilby preservation programme, which is helping to restore numbers of the animal to the wild. According to the Palace, William and Kate were delighted to hear the enclosure will be named after their son.

George looking at the bilby (oh the cuteness).

William turned to Kate and said "He's trying to grab his ear", to which Kate replied "If he gets it he'll never let go".

The little prince was very happy to receive a toy bilby, though he proceeded to throw it to the ground in excitement!

Kate pointing out animals to George.

George chewed a sticker.

It was wonderful to see William and Kate interacting with George. They really are doting parents.

Taronga Zoo is the city zoo of Sydney and is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour. It was officially opened in 1916. Divided into zoo-geographic regions, the 21-hectare facility is home to over 2,600 animals and 340 species.


At Taronga, they believe humans and animals can share the planet. Staff are working tirelessly to achieve a shared future, helping threatened species to breed, protecting their genetic diversity, and even re-introducing them to the wild. They're striving to be a centre for conservation excellence and aim to inspire individuals and communities through their work.

Taronga Zoo Facebook Page

It is the ideal place for a family day out with so much to offer.

Taronga Zoo Facebook Page

Troy, the California Sea Lion.

Taronga Zoo Facebook Page

The Taronga Zoo ferry services are the preferred mode of transport for many tourists, providing a twelve minute ride from the city to the location.

Taronga Zoo

The view from the zoo is quite exceptional.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

Animal lovers may be interested to hear you can adopt an animal, including a bilby, or support one of the very worthy appeals at Taronga Zoo. All details can be found on the official website.

There was so much interest in today's visit the zoo was full to capacity.

Taronga Zoo Twitter Feed

After the bilby enclosure visit, William gave George to nanny Maria whilst he and Kate continued to explore the zoo. Prince William was eager to learn more about ongoing conservation projects.

Their Royal Highnesses viewed tree kangaroos and other indigenous Australian animals.

Prince William said meeting the koala was his favourite part of the visit.

William and Kate laughed as birds swooped over the heads of the assembled media.

Kate repeated the primrose yellow eyelet dress she wore in the Solomon Islands during the last royal tour in 2012. The dress is by an independent designer and features a boat neckline, full short sleeves and a self belted waistline.

 A closer look at the fabric.

It's a very pretty dress, perhaps most appropriate for a warmer climate. It's very nice to see it again.

Kate accessorised with her Stuart Weitzman Minx Wedges. The stylish camel wedges are currently available at Zappos for $395 with Free Shipping. They're currently on sale in ivory at 6 p.m. reduced from $395 to $118.

Stuart Weitzman

Kate wore a gold pendant with three charms. The eagle-eyed Anna from My Small Obsessions identified the charms as the oak leaf, mushroom and acorn from Asprey's Woodland Collection. Many readers will know the acorn is from the Middleton family crest. Perhaps it was a gift from one of the Middletons? The bracelet below features several charms including the three we believe Kate is wearing.

Kate completed the summery look with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings. The 18K gold pear drops are available at Neiman Marcus for $740.

Kiki McDonough

George looked adorable in the Rachel Riley Striped Jersey Polo and the navy Pocket Shorts. They're available for $69 and $89 respectively. The prince also wore his Early Days Alex Shoes (with thanks to HRH George Pieces). It was an incredibly cute look for George.

While we're on the subject of style, Prince William looked pretty darn stylish in his gingham shirt - a welcome change from the blue suit he's been sporting and most appropriate for the zoo and handling his son.

One of our lovely readers, Charlie, believes William's shirt is by well-known Australian brand R. M. Williams. Below we see the brand's $98 Forster Shirt. It certainly looks the same, and if so, how interesting to see Prince William supporting Aussie fashion :)

R.M. Williams

You can watch a video of George meeting his bilby at YouTube and watch the adorable tot throw his toy bilby away in this video. For our last photo from the zoo, take a look at this precious shot of William kissing George's head.

Following the zoo, the royal party relocated to Canberra for the remainder of their visit where they will stay at Government House.

They were welcomed by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and Deputy Prime Minister Julie Bishop. The Duchess received flowers upon arrival.

Little George looked happy after his visit to the Zoo.

George was introduced to a little boy :)

British Royals

For Kate's third outfit for the day, she wore her Stella McCartney Ridley Stretch Dress from the Fall 2012 Collection. The Duchess previously wore it during the London 2012 games and for the Aiming High Exhibition. 

The vibrant crepe dress originally retailed for £515.

Stella McCartney

Prince George wore the Rachel Riley Moss Stitch Cardigan. The $89 dark sky blue cardigan is 100% cotton with pockets.

MEDIA-MODE/Rachel Riley

Tomorrow (Easter Monday) is a private day for the royals. In case you've just joined us, this is our third post today.

We'll see William and Kate on Tuesday when the couple visit Uluru.

Kate in Dove Grey Alexander McQueen for Easter Sunday Service

Their Royal Highnesses began Easter Sunday with the morning service at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney city centre.

William and Kate were met by the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, and the Dean of Sydney, Philip Jensen.

The cathedral is one of the city's finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Designed by Edmund Blacket, it was ready for services and consecrated in 1868, making it the oldest cathedral in Australia. John Kerr described St Andrew's as "a perfect example of the colonial desire to reproduce England in Australia in the mid-nineteenth century".


The order of  service.

Julie Rieden Twitter Feed

The crowds waited four hours to see the couple.

The couple signed the 'First Fleet Bible'.

The Bible was used in the first Christian service held in Australia in 1788. Brought out in the First Fleet, the large leather bound Bible is inscribed with the address of Botany Bay. It is charred in places, bearing the marks of a fire, which in 1798 destroyed Sydney's first church.

Paying homage to this history, every royal to visit Australia has signed it. The first, in 1920, was Edward VIII, who has since become renowned for his abdication of the throne to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson. George VI and his wife Elizabeth also signed it, as did their daughter Queen Elizabeth II. Newly-weds Charles and Diana penned their names in 1983.

Church rector Reverend Justin Moffatt said:

'The book has an extraordinary place in the European history of Australia. I'm very happy that William and Kate have taken the time to look, understand and sign this precious book.  Very few people know about this Bible and this prayer book, which is a pity.'

We see William and Kate's signatures below.

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

Kate greeted members of the cathedral choir outside the church.

What a magnificent look for Kate today! The Duchess looked regal in a bespoke dove grey Alexander McQueen coat and dress. It's a very elegant, understated ensemble and the perfect choice for the service. Sarah Burton does a splendid job of creating pieces which are very fitting for the occasion and in keeping with Kate's style.

The coat is very similar to the past season McQueen piece shown below, it also bears a remarkable resemblance to the aubergine coat Kate wore for Christmas Day in 2011 and a later trip to Newcastle. The Palace said it was by an "independent designer".

The matching hat is by milliner Jane Taylor.

The Duchess wore her L.K. Bennett Harper Shoes (currently on sale in black suede and leather).

Kate accessorised with her unidentified blue topaz statement earrings and Mappin & Webb pendant.

And Cartier Watch. The Duchess carried her McQueen clutch

A closer look at Kate's intricate hairstyle. Hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker has truly outdone herself with this creation. Arguable Kate's best hairstyle of the tour.

This afternoon Prince George will join his parents at Taronga Zoo. We'll have another post for that visit later, when we should see some excellent photos :)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

William and Kate snuggle up at Rugby Match!


We're back with an unexpected post before today's Easter Sunday events kick off. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a night off to relax and unwind following a busy day of engagements at a rugby union match in Sydney.

It was the first time the royal couple had been out in the evening away from royal duties and Prince George since the tour began. The couple enjoyed the match between New South Wales Waratahs and South Africa's Blue Bulls.

William and Kate sat in the corporate box in the Allianz Stadium where William enjoyed a beer.

I absolutely adore this photo of Kate and William snuggling. It's very natural (and really quite romantic). The two have excellent chemistry and it's been very much showcased throughout the tour.

Mike Carroll Twitter Feed

Royal tours are packed with engagements and one imagines, although a wonderful experience, they must be very tiring. It's great to see the Cambridges had the opportunity to take a few hours to enjoy the match together, dress down and enjoy a beer without any interference.

The Waratahs won the game by a final score of 19-12.

I'm a big fan of Kate's casual ensembles and this one was no exception. The Duchess wore a stylish grey sweater. Given the limited view of the piece from the photo it's difficult to be completely certain which one Kate wore but the ladies over at WKW Facebook made two excellent suggestions.

The first possibility is the Gap Luxlight Sweater. The $39.95 piece is lightweight and luxe silky knit. It has long sleeves and a crew neck with interior contrast trim. It's available in several colours on the GAP website. Another item suggested was the French Connection Cashmere Crazy Jumper. The AW13 jumper is currently on sale reduced from £99 to £49.50. I'm leaning towards the French Connection piece at this point.

GAP/French Connection

Kate accessorised with the Beulah London Eden Scarf. It's a gorgeous piece with a fractured dark blossom print. The modal and cashmere blend scarf retails for £125 - for those wishing to purchase it please note there's a 4-6 week minimum delivery period.

Beulah London

The Duchess also chose her comfy Mint Velvet plimsolls.

Mint Velvet

And completed the look with skinny jeans, most likely J Brand, and her sapphire and diamond drop earrings.

With many thanks to everyone who left comments and emails about the rugby match. We'll see you in just a few hours with our next post! :)