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Meghan Markle Arrives at St. Georges in Givenchy

Saturday, May 19, 2018

I am going to have to do a full post, but for the moment, the wedding is underway! The bride chose Givenchy and I love her veil! She is wearing a little worn bandeau tiara on loan from the Queen. 

This sweet moment will certainly be a fan favorite.

New Picture of Kate with Louis in His Pram

Thursday, May 17, 2018

There have been rumors of a picture of Kate with Prince Louis for about a week now, and an image finally surfaced on social media. This picture shows Kate pushing the pram with Prince Louis, accompanied by Nanny Maria and Princess Charlotte...and Lupo in the corner! I wonder if George is off camera, or if he was at school when this group got out for some exercise? 

Kate is wearing her magenta SĂ©raphine maternity dress which she first wore in Bucklebury when George was born! Kate was practical in what appear to be her Superga trainers and sunnies. 

Royals En Route to Windsor! Kate in Michael Kors + How to Watch the Royal Wedding

The royals are on their way to Windsor for the rehearsal! Meghan and Harry were pictured arriving at the castle today, and the Cambridges were snapped as they motored out of Kensington Palace. But, more on that in a minute.

By now you all have likely heard that the pictures we'd been seeing of Thomas Markle (paging though guidebooks of Britain, being measured for a suit, reading T&C's coverage of the royal wedding at an internet cafe) were staged by him and a professional pap photographer. The ensuing drama has consumed the past 48 hours as Meghan's father yo-yoed back and forth on whether he'd attend the wedding and walk Meghan down the aisle. This morning, Kensington Palace released a statement from Meghan confirming that Thomas Markle won't be at her wedding:

The sensible statement finally put to rest a story that has made the wedding prep something of a circus for several days. After the Palace released the news, Harry and Meghan put the drama behind them as they were pictured smiling on their way to Windsor Castle where they will rehearse for the wedding and oversee final preparations.

Meghan is wearing bridal white and has her hair styled loosely. I think she looks fabulous and wish we'd get a few full length pictures. These past few days must have been miserable for her, but with her mom and friends in town, and the question of her dad's presence settled, she can turn and focus on the excitement of her wedding. As can fans and the media. 

Kate is wearing a red, white, and blue floral dress by American designer Michael Kors. Huge hat tip to HeavenLM who tracked this down very quickly. Kate has worn Michael Kors a number of times, but I think today she is sporting the label (and the color scheme) with deliberate intent to pay tribute to Meghan's nationality. It's a sweet gesture! 

This dress looked oddly familiar to me, but I didn't place it until Katy A. pointed out on Twitter that Gina Haspel (brand new DCI [Director of the Central Intelligence Agency]) wore it!

Town & Country put together a handy guide for those of you planning to watch the royal wedding live. This will give you the timings and the channels airing the event. There are a lot of options!

Kate & Her Kids: Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Britain already celebrated Mother's Day, but many other countries just celebrated yesterday, so I have put together a list of ten of my favorite moments that feature Kate with her kids.  

In 2014, Kate and William undertook an almost month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand. It was their longest tour to date (hopefully never to be repeated ;)) and it introduced Prince George to the Commonwealth and to the world. A darling Mom Moment came on George's first official event of that tour, the Plunket Play-Date. This sweet shot made headlines at the time and still pops up on most people's favorite photo lists. I love it both for George's expression of happiness to be with his mommy, and also because it was one of our first real photo-sets of Kate as a mom!

I think that Kate was more active generally, but there was also likely a sense that as the future king, George's milestones needed to be marked publicly as well as privately that led Kate to attend a number of public events that summer. Kate took George to the polo game played on Father's Day in 2014, where the little prince delighted the photographers by taking some halting steps in plain view of the cameras. I loved this outing because we got more of George's hilarious facial expressions, and Kate dealing with this displeased contemplation is still one of my favorite photos. 

Kate is obviously a very affirming mom, but also a no nonsense one. Who can forget a year later at polo when Prince George needed some firm correction from his mom?  

Finally, for George-focused Mom Moments, is the Cambridges' visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo. George was getting big, but Kate was still toting her little guy around in her arms. To me this was such a great image of Kate as a princess and as a mom, wearing her perfectly tailored Smythe blazer and Stella McCartney sheath dress, not caring that George's shoes were skidding down the front of the dress. 

We haven't seen Charlotte as much as we have seen George. I think she has yet to be pictured at a polo game, although we have seen paparazzi shots of her at horse trials. We got a great look at both children at the children's garden party in Canada in 2016, and the delight evident in this beautiful picture of mommy and daughter made it a huge win among a packed photo-set of beautiful images from that party:

Kate clearly likes to let her little ones find their own way to the best of their ability. This picture of little Charlotte walking away from Christmas morning service on her own two little feet (but with the comforting/helping hand of her mom) is such a sweet encapsulation of Kate's mothering style.

Charlotte is such a self-confident little girl, but Kate is always there to check in on her even in her contemplative moments. In 2017, Charlotte melted hearts by propping her chin in her hands to take a good long look at the massive sea of people gathered for Trooping.

Poland and Germany provided some great Mom Moments for Kate, both those she would have chosen herself and those she may have wished to have avoided. Charlotte's little tantrum on the tarmac was such a favorite moment for me. I know Kate was not pleased, but she handled it so well and had her little firecracker smiling within minutes.

Motherhood certainly seems to suit Kate, who absolutely glows when she is with her children.

Since the above family photo was taken, we have (of course) welcomed a new little royal. I am hopeful the Cambridges will release a family photo by the end of the summer, in addition to the portrait we will probably get for the christening.

Happy Mother's Day, Kate!