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Could Kate Be Returning October 10th?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Based on previous patterns, I have been projecting that Kate will return to the spotlight in late October, but it turns out she might be back in action a little earlier than I had thought!


A gentleman on Twitter today shared the invitation he has received to a reception at Buckingham Palace on October 10th. The invitation lists Kate as a royal attendee along with Prince Harry and Prince William. 

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When pregnant with Princess Charlotte, Kate didn't return until late October, and she appeared to still be a little delicate. You probably recall that after the welcoming ceremony and procession down the Mall, she skipped the luncheon in honor of the President of Singapore, although she did need to get ready for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards held later that night. 


Because this October 10th event is on the earlier side, if Kate does go, I think we will see a slower return to engagements, similar to the way she eased back after her HG with George, but I do think we could see her on the 10th! Fingers crossed she is feeling much better, even if not 100%, and that she comes on out!

New Video Features Princess Kate on Behalf of Anna Freud Centre

Monday, September 18, 2017

There are two things I always want on my birthday, and one of them is an appearance from the Duchess of Cambridge. That almost never happens, although it did in 2015! This year I completely discounted any possibility, for obvious reasons, but birthdays are full of surprises! 


The Anna Freud Centre, of which Kate is patron, released a new video promoting wellbeing and mental health, and the introduction features Kate! It is short and sweet, as is pretty par for the course with Kate, but she presents so well.


I am racking my brain, but I don't think Kate has ever done a video with a debut ensemble. Following that pattern, this is a recycle from one of my favorite boutique labels, Eponine London. Kate debuted this cobalt blue coat-dress on January 11th of this year. It was her first ensemble of 2017 and may or may not be making the "Best of" 2017 list come December. ;) 


That event got extra points for also featuring Prince William and the darling dynamic between our favorite two royals. We should caption this "Baby by the End of the Year of Bust." 


In the video released today, it looks like Kate is also wearing her sapphire and diamond drops. Kate pairs these with blue ensembles with regularity (pictured below in Luton wearing the L.K. Bennett Lasa dress), and they are some of my favorite. Plus, sapphire is the September birthstone, so it's appropriate for a September 18th appearance...in my mind. :)


Every year on my birthday I am so filled wth gratitude for all the good in my life and for the people who fill it with love and happiness - my family and my friends. The community of readers here on the blog certainly qualify in my mind as virtual friends, even if we have never met!  You all have been such a blessing to me over the years I have been blogging about Kate. It's so fun to create this space, and that is almost entirely because so many of you care enough to drop by. Thank you for being part of a 28th year that was overflowing with blessings. With a third baby Cambridge on the way, I know this next year will be a wonderful royal year--and the perfect final year of my twenties. :)

Love,

Jane 

Kicking Off Three Pregnancies: Kate's Final Engagements Before She Announces

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Almost two weeks ago I got a message from a reader telling me she had heard that Kate had paid a visit to hospital and that the Duchess might be expecting again. Indeed, Woman's Day, a very popular magazine out of Australia (that publishes many of the pictures of G&C) had reported that Kate checked into the Edward VII hospital for a one night visit, and that Carole had watched the kids while Kate was gone. There was not a hint of this in the British media, or anywhere else for that matter, but the rumor hung on the margins of the royal-watching community until Wednesday when Kate stepped out at Kensington Palace with her husband and brother-in-law.


The smiling and slim Duchess was glowing on August 30th, and nothing about her fitted crepe-silk Prada dress suggested the Woman's Day rumor was true.


As we all know now (I certainly hope), on Monday morning royal reporters began asking questions when they learned Kate's engagement at Hornsey Road Children's Centre was canceled. Shortly thereafter, Kensington Palace broke the news with a press release announcing the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with her third child...and once again suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. For me, the final and penultimate engagements Kate undertakes just before she announces really stick in my head. Her Wednesday appearance in the White Garden at Kensington Palace will now forever be linked to the happy news of this third little Cambridge. On this crisp September Saturday, let's review her past two announcements.

George

The world had been on baby watch for Kate's first since, I don't know, April 30, 2011? But in November of 2012 we were a good year and half after the wedding and had settled into a pattern of false magazine headlines and no royal baby.  In late November, Kate undertook a string of public engagements, concluding with the two that stand in my mind as the "George-Announcmeent" events. The first was her visit to Cambridge on the 28th. Dressed in a pale pink MaxMara coat, Kate looked lit from within despite the wind that seemed to blow from every direction. 


Unbeknownst to us, or even to her, the Duchess's next engagement would be her last before she broke the news to the world that there would be a little Cambridge. Kate paid a visit to Saint Andrews Pangbourne where she once was a pupil and reminisced about her childhood. Dressed in her Black Watch tartan coat, the Duchess dashed around the field--hockey stick in hand--aboslutely glowing with life and energy.


That weekend, William and Kate drove to Bucklebury to spend time with the Middletons. It is likely they were celebrating their secret, but the celebrations were cut short. Kate became very ill and when she didn't recover, William drove her back to London, to Edward VII, where she was hospitalized for severe dehydration and ultimately diagnosed with hypermesis gravidarum.


As I've mentioned in a few of the posts this week, Kate still fulfilled her commitment to appear at the Sports Personality of the Year awards, and we saw her at church in Bucklebury on Christmas morning. She also made a public appearance in January to view her first official portrait on the day it was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery. With Charlotte, however, Kate kept to her bed, or at least out of the limelight.

Charlotte


2014 was a big, big year. The Cambridges undertook their longest tour to-date, traveling to New Zealand and Australia for a total of three-weeks on the road. It was also the Cambridges debut as a family, since they brought along Baby George. After they returned, Kate took her little man to a polo game in June and I think the public was still adjusting to the new order with little thought to baby #2.


On August 5th, William, Harry, and Kate visited the Tower of London to view the poppy installation honoring the fallen of WWI. Kate was striking in her bright blue L.K. Bennett against the scarlet sea of flowers. It was their last engagement before the royals retired to their summer vacation, and we didn't expect to see Kate much in August.


The summer went by with reports that Kate was enjoying her time with George. Playdates and walks in the park filtered through, and of course the family was transitioning to Norfolk at the time, and Kate was busy working on that project.


At the very end of August, the Duke and Duchess were spotted on a quiet date-night at the Kings Head Hotel in Great Bircham near Sandringham. Dressed casually, they enjoyed a meal together and appeared more loved-up than ever. They probably knew the hg would likely strike soon and were enjoying whatever time they had left before all the world was informed of their happy news.


With September comes the return of the royals and excitement was high to see Kate with William in Oxford on Monday, September 8th, to open a centre on China studies, followed by two more engagements that week alone. But when the morning came, the Palace announced the Princess would miss the visit because she was pregnant with her second child.


I am so glad that Kate decided to have a third. The years to work as an ambassador for charity stretch out indefinitely in front of her, but these years when she can have children and immerse herself in motherhood are relatively short.  All the accounts of hg I have read sound harrowing, but it is clear that the joy Kate has in her children overcomes and far out-compensates the misery she is currently enduring.  I hope she feels better soon!



[Update] Kate Absent for Prince George's 1st Day of School

Thursday, September 7, 2017

This is without a doubt, one of the most disappointing days of royal-watching to-date. Prince George arrived for his first day of school at Thomas' Battersea this morning with his daddy, but Kate was absent. Yesterday royal reporter Rebecca English said her sources were whispering that Kate would be much too sick to venture out, and it appears they were correct.


William was at a function earlier this week where he said that these early days are always very anxious and that there "wasn't much sleep happening" at Kensington Palace.  Kate is battling hyperemesis gravidarum which can leave women sick round the clock and has required Kate be placed on an IV drip in past pregnancies to keep hydrated and nourished.

Meghan Markle Suggests She Will Marry Harry in Vanity Fair Cover Story

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Yesterday we got the exciting news that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third. Today, it sounds like the royal family will be expanding even more in the not so distant future. Meghan Markle is headline news this morning as the American beauty is revealed to Vanity Fair's October cover girl. The magazines presents a spread of glamorous shots of the royal girlfriend, but it is the interview she gave that has tongues wagging...and royal fans' hearts hoping that an announcement is imminent.


The piece is relatively lengthy, and you can read it in full here. (Meghan wore an Erdem dress for her meet with the journalist, and said she'd been wearing the label for years. Something she can bond with Kate over. :)) Meghan confirmed that she met Prince Harry in London in 2016 when they introduced by friends, and addressed the trolls and naysayers who have critizsed her relationship:

What To Expect Now Kate is Expecting: FAQs

Monday, September 4, 2017

This morning we got the thrilling news that the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton to the majority of the fan world) is expecting her third child. After the first burst of excitement, this news is raising a lot of different questions about the next few months. Below, I have tried to answer the questions that come up all the time when Kate announces she is going to have a baby! 



How Far Along Is Kate?  According to Rebecca English, she was told the Duchess is less than 12 weeks along, and that she only announced because she was not well enough to attend today's engagement. Kate fell ill with Prince George in the first few days of December and was hospitalized on the 4th of that month. The little prince was born on July 22nd. Kate announced her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte on September 8th and Charlotte was born on May 2nd. You can assume an April/May baby!

Duchess Kate Is Expecting Her Third Baby

William and Kate have been keeping a special surprise! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced this morning that Her Royal Highness is pregnant with the couple's third child! Baby Cambridge #3 is coming! [See second post today, What to Expect Now Kate is Expecting: FAQs here.]


The press release announced that Kate is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum as she has with her previous pregnancies and is currently being cared for at Kensington Palace. With George, the hg was unexpected, as it would be, and the Duchess was hospitalized, but with Charlotte, Kate knew what was coming and her doctors were able to care for her at Kensington Palace and in Bucklebury.

Kate's Casual Ensemble for Scilly Isles Marked Turning Point

Saturday, September 2, 2017

It is a rainy Saturday morning where I am, and a year ago today it was a rainy morning in Cornwall, too, where the elements were conspiring to stop William and Kate from traveling to the Scilly Isles on the second day of their two-day visit to Cornwall. Happily, after the couple postponed their morning events, the weather lifted and the royals were able to make the trip and the majority of their planned stops.


This public engagement stands out because it marked a turning point in Kate's casual wear. She wore these patterned ankle-trousers from Gap, and paired them with a fitted top from H&M and her favorite Smythe blazer. Throughout the day she switched between her wedges and flats depending on the terrain:

William, Harry, and Kate Remember Princess Diana at Kensington Palace

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Twenty years ago today Diana was staying at the Ritz in the Place Vendôme. She dined with Dodi al-Fayed and was scheduled to fly back to London the the next morning. Shortly after the bells struck midnight, however, she was in a chauffeured Mercedes racing along the dark Seine. Diana was just across from the Eiffel Tower, which had been sparkling a mere twenty-three minutes before, as it does every night at midnight, when her driver lost control and slammed into a pillar in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel. Because Diana survived the crash and did not expire until 4am, both days are caught up in the horror and tragedy of her death. It is interesting that William and Harry chose today, the last full day she lived, the day that set in motion a continuum that ended in her death, and the last day they went to bed with their world intact, as the day they paid public tribute to her memory. 



Duchess Kate at Crathie Kirk During Scottish Holiday

Sunday, August 20, 2017

We were just talking about Kate's hats on Wednesday (Hats Off to Jane Corbett) and several commenters mentioned they hoped Kate would trend toward larger hats. Those of you who agreed will be pleased to see that the Duchess of Cambridge has recycled her Tiffany hat on her way to a Sunday service this morning at Crathie Kirk, Balmoral.


Hats Off To Jane Corbett & Her Designs for Kate

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yesterday morning I was surprised and saddened to see one of my favorite milliners announce she is hanging up her hat after 21 years in the business. Kate has a number of milliners to whom she turns for her many beautiful toppers, but Jane Corbett has always been one of my absolute favorites. The Princess has been wearing her hats since before her marriage, and as we say goodbye to Jane Corbett, let's look back at Kate's best hats from this remarkably talented artist.


We all know the pressure we feel dressing to meet the family for the first time, and I can only imagine how Kate felt as, in 2008, she chose her ensemble for Peter and Autumn's wedding. Although Kate had been dating William for some years, it was at that wedding that the royal girlfriend was finally introduced to Her Majesty. Kate picked a tasteful, dark hat from Jane Corbett featuring a birdcage veil. The style is a little unusual for Kate, but was the perfect blend of glamor and demure for a pretty red letter day for Kate Middleton.  


In August of 2009, Kate wore one of her most famous ensembles to the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem. I think most everyone knows the Troughton coat, but it isn't as widely known that the hat was a Jane Corbett piece. You can see the foreshadowing of several of Kate's subsequent hats in this design.


Shortly after her marriage, the Duchess attended a service at St. Georges Chapel, Windsor, to celebrate Prince Philip's 90th birthday. She recycled her Zara pleated dress and the gorgeous Jane  Troughton paisley coat, and added a new percher from Corbett. This is not my favorite Jane Corbett hat. She created a number of hats in this general style (we will be seeing them shortly) and I feel the flat and simple style sell her creativity short.  Nevertheless, it was fun to see Kate turn to Jane Corbett to find a second hat for this coat. 


In September of 2011, Kate attended the wedding of friends wearing a red ensemble and a red hat by Jane Corbett that looked like it was a variation on the topper she wore to Peter and Autumn's big day. She ditched the birdcage on this one, which was a good choice given how busy the lace dress was, but the structure is still the same. 


Two months later, Kate debuted three absolute smash hits. In my opinion, these three hats are among her absolute best and they eptomize Jane Corbett's incredible eye for detail and her ability to create fresh and bold designs. The first of this smash hit trio made its debut on Remembrance Sunday in 2011.  This dressed up trilby was unexpected and a smash hit. 


The next month, Kate joined the Royal Family at Sandringham for her first public walk to St. Mary Magdalene on Christmas morning. I am sure that the excitement of seeing Kate on her first Christmas morning as a royal contributed to the memorability of the hat, but this aubergine topper (in a similar vein to the Remembrance Sunday hat) was another unusual piece and an almost equally huge success.


Like the Remembrance Sunday hat, it had a panache and a vintage quality that we have since observed Kate develop quite a bit throughout the rest of her fashion. To me, both these hats have an 18th century vibe, almost like a toned down version of some of the hats that the Duchess of Devonshire wears in the Keira Knightley historical drama "The Duchess." 


The third and final hat in this iconic trio debuted the next summer, May of 2012. Kate ricocheted from the embellished trilby to a classically feminine style, that nevertheless incorporated unusual and striking style elements. It was the lacey pink piece Kate wore to her first summer garden party at Buckingham Palace.


I loved every element from the barely-there pink to the unusual structure and busy lace overlay--this was a hat fit for a princess, and a design that showcased Jane Corbett's beautiful scope of talent. 


Kate's next three Jane Corbett's worked off of that flatter design first worn at Philip's birthday service. Kate wore an ice-blue disc percher with looping embellishments to Trooping in 2012. This hat really balanced the disc style well by adding the bows both to the top that tilted down Kate's forehead, but also an the back. It was well balanced and flattering on Kate.


Jane Corbett actually created two hats for this beautiful embroidered Erdem dress. Kate wore the first (above) to Trooping, but she wore a second hat, also by Corbett, to a September wedding the same year. 

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Jane Corbett shared a picture of both the hats "under construction" sitting by a sample of the fabric.


At the time, she shared that the hat Kate wore to the wedding is one of her favorites! She wrote on her blog: 
So lovely to see HRH The Duchess of Cambridge wearing on of my creations at a wedding on Saturday. A soft grey straw trimmed with organdie that I embroidered to match the embroidery on the dress……I so enjoyed creating this piece, one of my favourite hats!
Kate must have liked the Trooping hat quite a bit, because she followed it up with an almost identical creation at her 2013 garden party appearance while pregnant with George. 


Although these hats are almost the same, I didn't love it the way I loved the icy blue at Trooping in 2012. I think these heavily angled hats are very sensitive. You really have to get the tilt just right, and I am not sure she did on this outing. 


Kate's final Jane Corbett hat debuted in 2014. It was a bespoke piece that blended the disc hats and her wildly popular pink lace hat. Life just isn't always fair, and although the marriage of these two designs should have resulted in something wonderful, it left me feeling a little flat. 


I never thought this would be the last Jane Corbett Kate debuted, and for myself, I don't feel it did her justice, but I guess those are the breaks. It wasn't a terrible hat, but Jane Corbett's talents should never have been spent on these very simple disc hats. I guess no one asked me. ;)


I do not flatter or overstate how exceptional those earlier three hats were and remain in Kate's closet. Although she currently favors the straight-forward Jane Taylor percher (no detriment to this style, or JT, it's beautiful and flattering)...

Jane Taylor

...my fashion heart does beat a little faster when she switches it up, whether it is with a John Boyd picture hat (a milliner I consider Jane Corbett's style counterpart)...

John Boyd

...or a Philip Treacy (that was a big and welcome surprise!) angled disc hat...


...or a Jane Taylor piece that steps out of the usual mold:


Jane Corbett was genius at breaking the mold. Hats shouldn't be crazy, but they should make enough of a statement to warrant their presence. In that department, Jane Corbett at her best just couldn't be beat. When I think of the many happy years royal watching and blogging about Kate, Jane Corbett stands out as one of the designers that made those early times so special. I will truly miss her one of kind influence on Kate's closet. I know so many of my readers join me in wishing Ms. Corbett the very best as she ends such a hugely successful run. From one Jane to another, God bless you on your way.





Kate's Wimbledon Tribute in Red Armani

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Last month Kate was a one of a number of guests featured on BBC's documentary Our Wimbledon. The Duchess of Cambridge's interview is very close to the end, likely by design, and is another fun insight into the "real" Kate. Although pretty short, inn many ways, this is probably her most relaxed and most personal interview to-date, because she truly is deeply passionate about tennis and always has been. To hear her discuss the sport and reminisce on her pre-princess experiences with the game is really a fun insight for fans. 



Among other things, Kate remarked that Wimbledon inspires young people, and inspired her to get involved in tennis. Although I don't play really well, I do play tennis and really enjoy it. I took it up initially when I was in high-school because Kate played...and everyone knows what a dedicated Kate fan I am. :) I remember how excited I was to see photos of Kate playing tennis while on Christmas holiday with her family. She sued the paparazzi photographer who took the shots, but gosh they were so fun to see, and pushed me even more to take lessons and to play the game. And I bought a grey repliKate sweater, natch. So, Kate was has been promoting tennis for years, even when she didn't realize she was doing it! 

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I sped through the program, watching the highlights, although if you have time, it looks well worth watching in its entirety. I was interested to learn that the Members' Lounge is transformed every year into the Royal Box where the royals host their guests and, of course, sit at Centre Court. The seats are added specifically for the tournament. I know my die-hard Wimbledon fans will be nodding "duh" but it was news to me!


Sue Barker, the host, interviewed Roger Federer who commented on the Cambridges. He said, "It adds even more prestige to the tournament, seeing Princess Catherine there, seeing Prince William. Who knows, in the future, maybe we will see somebody of those people giving the Wimbledon trophy as well. That would be beautiful I think."

Link below with Thanks to Cara W. for sharing it with me on Facebook!


Kate kicked her bit off by revealing an obviously badly kept secret--that Roger Federer is her mother Carole's heartthrob. She quickly followed that comment by remarking that Roger knows that, too.   The familiarly with which Kate made these reflections highlighted her Cinderella story. Because Carole is socially acquainted with the tennis great, of course, who attended Pippa's celebrity stuffed wedding in July. I just love this whole Middleton family story. 


Growing up, Kate said her family watched Wimbledon and it feels "a quintessential part of an English summer." I like that she then pointed out nothing has changed at Wimbledon, "everyone is still there in their whites. Wimbledon still looks as amazing as I remember it." It is good to hear her pay tribute to continuity and tradition, since her family is in the business of continuity and tradition. Some things should always stay the same--the British Monarchy's traditions and Wimbledon. 


Kate described the first time she went to the championships. She said she queued up on People's Sunday or Monday. She got in quite late, but happily "play went on quite late, and I managed to get to see some."



The princess still sounds disappointed to have missed Andy Murray's big win in 2013 when she was prohibited from attending by her doctors. She delivered George a mere fifteen days later. I remember wondering if she'd make a surprise appearance and was disappointed when she did not.



Kate recycled a red suit by prestigious Italian label Armani. She first wore this in April at the Global Academy, and because I never did a full post for that event (thank you, law school) I will take this opportunity to review that event and those photos now.



This event came in the run-up to the London Marathon when William, Harry, and Kate were making their final push to promote their mental health campaign. The Global Academy trains young people for careers in broadcast and media, and the trio toured the facilities where various shows were broadcasting, as well as visiting classrooms and meeting some of the students.

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Kate's red Armani was by the label's diffusion line, although when Armani creates a "cheaper" collection it's only *so* reduced. When I first got a peak at this suit, I thought Kate had chosen a jacket with ruched jacket.

Global Academy

I don't love ruching, because although it is supposed to flatter, I have rarely found it accomplish that goal. On closer inspection, however, it was readily apparent that this jacket featured that most loved feature of Kate's clothes, exterior tailoring. I love these sharp, exposed pleats.

Heads Together

This suit has so much va va voom because it has quite a bit of stretch. It's not too tight--it hangs nicely at rest--but in motion, it cures at all the right places. Red is a sexy color, but the stretch in this suit is doing the yeoman's work to produce the wow factor.


I wonder if this suit will, like the blue Rebecca Taylor, become a workhorse of the media events. It is a good bold color for television and a professional look that doesn't age her. On verrra.  I will try to get that post up on the tour soon, and a little note about the Meghan post, too. It seems like there is always a delay. Today I was stuck at work an extra hour because there was an active shooter scare at a building close to my office. They secured the other building, but it wasn't clear if there was a shooter wandering the street. I decided to stay right where I was and keep working until the sirens died away. 2017, kids, what can I say. A world where "potential active shooter" is literally an excuse for being behind. Le sigh. Talk soon! JCB