Sunday, 24 July 2016

William and Kate Return to Portsmouth for America's Cup World Series & Azuni Giveaway!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to Portsmouth to see the second America's Cup World Series.

Kate attended in her capacity as Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, which aims to inspire and engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry, providing young people with the education, skills and training to become innovators of the future, and stewards of the marine environment. Its name derives from the fact it is supported by Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing), the team hoping to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain – a trophy that left these shores in 1851 and one Britain has never won.

The patronage was seen as an ideal match for keen sailor Kate who crewed a Round the World Challenge Boat during her gap year and worked as a deckhand. When HRH took on the role she said: "I am delighted to be Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust. I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence." She added she was "looking forward to being part of the journey" to bring the America's Cup back to Britain. The Duchess has attended a number of engagements in support of the effort.

The couple received a warm welcome upon arrival.

Readers will have be familiar with Sir Ben Ainslie (indeed, I believe he's a rather popular chap with a few of you :)). It's been a busy time for the most successful Olympic sailor in history. On Thursday it was announced he and his wife - sports presenter Georgie - welcomed their first child, a daughter named Bellatrix Ainslie.

The team had another royal visitor on Friday when Prince Philip, Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron, visited the base and hopped on board a catamaran.

William and Kate visited the team base to see their state of the art testing boats, and meet the team driving the advanced design and technology forward to help the team achieve their goal to bring the cup home.

William and Kate enjoyed looking around, and exchanged plenty of light-hearted moments.

A fabulous shot of the couple.

William and Kate posed for a photo.

Prince William talked about George's birthday. More from the Express:

William talked about his son's third birthday, which was on Friday, when he met a young prize winner in Portsmouth who designed the trophy for which Sir Ben Anslie British crew are competing.
Zak Kay, 10, a pupil at St Paul's Catholic Primary School, Portsmouth, asked what George got for his birthday. "What did he get for his birthday? I'm not telling", William, 34, said. "He got too many things. He's far too spoilt, he 's not into boats yet."

Last year's races had to be cancelled due to dismal weather; thankfully, that was not the case this time, and William and Kate were delighted better conditions prevailed today.

Aside from the British challenger, they watched teams from the USA, France, New Zealand, Japan and Sweden compete in three races on the Solent. Thousands of fans watched on from the Race Village on Southsea seafront.

The couple joined thousands of spectators to cheer on the teams.

The America's Cup Twitter Feed shared this video.

William and Kate take to the sea.

Watching Sir Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team racing from a chase boat.

Ben Ainslie and his team celebrate a much deserved win.

Afterwards, they visited the competing teams in the Race Village where they met the six international skippers and their crews, and were also joined by children involved with the 1851 Trust.

Before departing, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head to the main stage to present the event winners with their trophy.

The Duke and Duchess supported the team by wearing official gear. Kate wore the £50 Land Rover BAR Replica Pique Women's Polo from Henri Lloyd.

It is described: "Inspired by the iconic Henri Lloyd Polo, the Land Rover BAR Polo is a replica of the team Polo and constructed from 100% cotton pique. The polo features a rib collar and raglan sleeve design for additional comfort."

Henri Llloyd

The Duchess wore skinny jeans.

Upon arrival, Kate sported her Monsoon Fleur wedges, first seen during the royal tour of India and Bhutan. The $79 espadrille wedges feature an almond toe and gripped soles that ensure a comfortable stride.


Before racing began, Kate changed into her Adidas Pure Boost X trainers in core black/shock green. The £90 shoes are "built for nonstop motion. Made for runners with a neutral gait, a snug, sock-like upper delivers nonrestrictive arch support so you can move with instinct, while a boost™ midsole invigorates every step with light, fast energy. An optimal fit plus dynamic cushioning means you're ready for any challenge." They are available at Nordstrom and Footlocker.


Kate completed the look with her Kiki Lauren earrings.

Kiki McDonough

**We'll have more updates and photos as they become available**


We also have a lovely giveaway today from our friends at Azuni London. The brand are giving one lucky reader a pair of the ever-popular Athena Earrings, as worn by the Duchess on several occasions, including in Tuvalu.

Azuni London

And the elegant Hera Pendant Necklace, also in aqua chalcedony. The pendant is one of the most-eye catching pieces from the Hera range, which is the brand's most contemporary collection to date. It is described: "With puffed marquis cut semi precious stone, the collection features clean lines, highly polished finishing on the 'eclipse' shaped stone charm, and each piece feels like an item of substance, with a reassuring weight and feel. The single stone necklace comes on a richly plated cable chain adjustable at 16.5" and 18.5"."

Azuni London

The collection's name, Hera, is inspired by the ancient Greek goddess of women and marriage. Describing their take on the goddess, Azuni wrote: "Hera was said to have beautiful, alluring eyes, symbolised by the rounded marquise stones characterising this strong, empowering collection. Immortal in its simplicity, Hera reflects timeless design through the use of bold yet elegant shapes that express a harmonious bond with its wearer." Below, the Hera Semi-Precious Earrings in Stone Aqua and Black Onyx.

Azuni London

Azuni London

Azuni London

To celebrate summer Azuni are offering 25% off everything with the code SUMMER25 until 31 July.

Azuni London

The discount applies to all items sitewide including Kate's earrings (the discount reduces the price from £25 to £18.75) which come in a variety of stones. Below we see the Athena in Turqoiuse and Aqua Chalcedony with a silver finish.

Azuni London

At Azuni, they are constantly creating new pieces for their collections. There's an eclectic mix of stones and designs - any of the colourful pieces would make a great wardrobe addition for summer and the ideal accessory for holidays. Below, the Athena Wave Earring, the Artemis Gemstone Bracelet, the Cleopatra Coin Pendant and the Delphi Large Twin Stone Earrings.

Azuni London

Vibrant items from the Venice Collection include the Venice Bracelet.

Azuni London

Back to the giveaway, to win a pair of the Athena Earrings and the Hera Pendant (they look great together) let's take a look at the entry options:

Azuni London

Entry options:

  • To enter, sign up for Azuni's Newsletter (scroll down the homepage to do so), and leave a comment letting you know you did so.
  • For additional entries: Like Azuni on Facebook or Follow on Twitter, and let us know you did so in your comment.
  • Share the giveaway on social media or on your blog, and let us know you did so in your comment.

Wishing all entrants the very best of luck! With thanks to Azuni for sponsoring the giveaway. A reminder the 25% site-wide discount code SUMMER25 is valid until 31 July.

I hope you're all having a great weekend! :)

Friday, 22 July 2016

Happy 3rd Birthday Prince George!

Our favourite little prince celebrates his third birthday today and to mark the special occasion Kensington Palace released four new photos.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs. They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday." The photos were taken by photographer Matt Porteuous  at their home in Norfolk earlier this month. Mr Porteous said: "I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I'm honoured that they have decided to share these images with the public to mark his third birthday."

The show-stealing photo from the set for me is the image of George and Lupo sitting on a rug outside, it captures a lovely moment showing the Prince offering the family pet a taste of his ice-cream. A darling picture - one I imagine may take pride of place in the Cambridges' home.

Happy Birthday Prince George! :)

Note the swing is inscribed with "William & Catherine". It is believed to have been a wedding gift to the couple. The swing is by the Oak & Rope Company and can be purchased here.

A closer look at George's ever-adorable expressions.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

In the first photo, George wore a cute outfit by Pepa & Co. The £42 Whale Sweater is 100% cotton and  described as a Baby striped navy and cream, round-necked, long-sleeved sweater. Made in a soft, knitted cotton featuring a cute blue whale design on the front. It has mother of pearl buttons on the shoulder for easy dressing. Hello! magazine reports his matching shorts are the brand's too.


For his second outfit, George wore the Boys Blue/White Stripe T Shirt by Sunuva. We can certainly see Kate's love of stripes in her selections for George. The £28 piece is currently on sale reduced to £9. George also wore a pair of denim shorts and his Nantucket Canvas Shoes.

How have William and Kate decided to mark their son's third birthday? People magazine reports the day will be celebrated "in the most perfect way" with family gathering for a special tea party at their country home, Anmer Hall. One imagines it will be a low-key event with a small guest list.

Rebecca English reported newly-engaged Pippa was seen loading Party Pieces boxes into her car on Tuesday - thought to be for George's party. I imagine whilst the children are playing at the party, chatter among the adults will likely turn to the impending wedding. I'm sure it's been a hectic week for the Middletons with the announcement, and there's been a noticeably increased media presence surrounding Pippa, so it's a lovely opportunity for the family to gather and enjoy George's birthday.

Glancing through the Party Pieces website, there's an endless number of suggested themes such as the Flying High Aeroplane Party, a strong contender given George's excitement at the air show earlier this month.

Party Pieces

More from The Telegraph:

'The prince is known for his boundless energy and inquisitive mind, with Kate describing her eldest child as "a really lovely little boy".
But William and Kate should take note. According to the parenting guide What To Expect: The Toddler Years: "Three-year-olds can handle a little more party than two-year-olds - but just a little more. Too much more can send pint-sized party-goers into celebration overload, with less than pleasant results."
Prince George is likely to mark the milestone with a party with proud parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosting the event. Kate will have plenty of help from her parents who run a party paraphernalia business. She could even turn to newly engaged sister Pippa Middleton whose book Celebrate was marketed as a one-stop guide to entertaining - although it was mocked by some for its over-simplistic advice.'

It's been quite a year for the future king, filled with both typical and not so typical milestones for a two-year-old, seen perfectly copying Uncle Harry's expressions on his way to visit the Queen - or Gan-Gan as he calls her - for the annual Buckingham Palace Christmas luncheon.

For the Cambridges' Christmas card photo, we saw the family of four smiling among the autumn leaves at Kensington Palace.

In January, it was a landmark time for George who began his school life at Westacre Montessori School. The Prince was taken to school by both his parents and Kate took a selection of snaps as he made his way in.

In March, George and Charlotte played in the snow for the first time.

Balancing on gym blocks, George charmed in a new photo used for a set of stamps Royal Mail issued to mark Her Majesty's 90th birthday.

As her Majesty's 90th celebrations continued, a photo, taken on Easter Sunday at Windsor Castle by Annie Leibowitx, depicted the monarch with her five great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren. The children's parents were all there on the day, and Kate reportedly took photos of her own.

Who else could meet the President of the United States in his bathrobe? :)

George made his second Trooping the Colour appearance last month. It marked the first year of many we'll see William, Kate, George and Charlotte assembled together for. George appeared to be in his element, wearing the same outfit William wore for Harry's christening in 1984.

Another milestone for George over the past year has been a gradual introduction to royal engagements. Kensington Palace said: "The Air Tatoo is a fantastic family-orientated event and the Duke and Duchess know that George will enjoy seeing the aircraft up close." George appeared to have a splendid time exploring and looking at the abundance of aircraft on display. It was an excellent idea to take him along on an engagement where he could enjoy looking at the planes.

A little wave from the Prince.

We hope it's a lovely day for the family!

We'll see you on Sunday when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make a return visit to Portsmouth.