Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Kate Returns to Engagements with State Visit Role

It was a windy day in London as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed President Tony Tan Keng Yam of Singapore and his wife Mary Chee Bee Kiang at the start of a four-day state visit to Britain.

The appearance marks Kate's first engagement in eleven weeks. The Duchess has been suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum and spent much of the last two months with her family in Bucklebury. Yesterday Kensington Palace revealed the couple are due their second child in April and Kate's condition is "steadily improving".

The second-in-line to the throne and his wife greeted Mr. Tan and his wife at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.

It is Kate's first formal role in a state visit, and perhaps a sign of Her Majesty's growing confidence in the younger generation of royals playing a more significant part in important events (the couple's role is normally performed by Charles and Camilla). William, Kate and Harry travelled to Belgium and France earlier this year for World War One centenary commemorations, representing the Queen. While the Duke and Duchess will definitely not be attending the state banquet this evening, one could safely assume that will be the next step for them. Perhaps next year.

Kate told the president over tea "I've been looking forward to getting out of the house, that's for sure". It is wonderful to see her looking so happy today, hopefully it will be smooth sailing for her for the remainder of her pregnancy. It's been a very difficult time for Kate and as expected she looks quite tired.

More from The Mirror's live blog:

'Kate made the president laugh by telling him 'It's a bit colder than our last meeting', and he replied: 'The weather is lovely'.
The room at the Royal Garden Hotel where they met had a panoramic view of Kensington Gardens . The President commented on the beautiful view of Kensington Palace from the hotel and William joked: 'You can probably see into our bedroom window which is a bit worrying - I wouldn't look too closely.'

The couple took part in the ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards, to which they travelled by car with the presidential couple.

Reporters noted how happy and radiant Kate looked.

What were you doing at 03.30 this morning? The Household Division was wide awake, busy making its final preparations for the state visit. While London slept, the horses and men of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment carried out an early morning rehearsal for their role as Sovereign's Escort.

The Army in London Facebook Page

The level of attention to detail and meticulous planning is admirable, ensuring the event goes off seamlessly.

The Army in London Facebook Page

As we mentioned previously, William and Kate had the opportunity to meet the couple in Singapore during their 2012 tour of South-East Asia. It seemed fitting for the Duke and Duchess to welcome them to London, just as they had been so warmly welcomed during their visit.

The Queen and Prince Philip greeted President Tan.

British Army Facebook Page

A great shot from the day.

The Cambridges joined Her Majesty and Prince Philip for the carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace.

William and Kate travelled in the Scottish State Coach with Singaporean government minister Grace Fu, while the Queen took the Diamond Jubilee Coach with Mr Tan, and Prince Philip took the Australia State Coach with Mrs Tan.

The couple chatted and exchanged smiles.

British Army Facebook Page

The procession travelled along the Mall before the royals - with the exception of Kate - returned to the palace, where lunch was held for the visitors. The Palace announced this morning the Duchess would not be attending the lunch; one imagines with tonight's engagement Kate did not want to feel overly fatigued.

The Duchess selected a new grey coatdress by her go-to brand Alexander McQueen.

The bespoke plaid piece features a fitted bodice and full skirt. It was a stylish choice for the nature of the event and the weather conditions. A coatdress is very much a typical piece for Kate, particularly for important engagements.

What Kate Wore correctly noted the material is used in several pieces from McQueen's Resort 2015 collection. Designs from the collection included collages of classic patterns including houndstooth and Prince of Wales check.

Alexander McQueen
Kate wore a black dress underneath.

Kate repeated the grey Jane Taylor hat she wore for an Easter Sunday service in Sydney during the royal tour in April.

Kate wore her Prada Suede Round-Toe Pumps. Made in Italy, the shoes feature leather insole and lining, leather outsole and 4 1/4 inch covered high heel. For those fond of the pumps, Nordstrom currently has round toe Prada pumps in black and nude.


Kate accessorised with her Annoushka pearls.


Kate wore her Mappin and Webb Empress white gold and diamond pendant. The sparkling piece is set in 18 carat white gold and retails for £,1850.

Mappin and Webb

And completed the look with a new black clutch. We'll update if it is identified.

The Duchess wore her hair in a simple ponytail

A quick reminder, we'll be back with another post this evening when the Duchess attends the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards at the Natural History Museum.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Palace Confirms Royal Baby Due in April & Kate to Attend Photography Awards Tomorrow!

Good evening to you all,

We have a brief post with a couple of important news updates to share. Kensington Palace confirmed today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April. The news comes after the couple were photographed visiting Dr. Alan Farthing's office last Wednesday for their twelve week scan. William left clutching an envelope containing images of the scan.

The announcement means all is well with mother and baby. The Palace also mentioned Kate's medical condition, stating she is still suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum but her condition is "steadily improving".

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

There were sightings of William and Kate in a pub over the weekend, quite likely with the Middleton family in Bucklebury, where the family regularly frequent locals pubs for relaxed family meals. It marks the first time Kate has been seen out casually in two months and is another indicator her health is improving.

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Baby Cambridge #2 (as the baby has already become affectionately known among royal watchers) is reportedly due in late April meaning the birth coincides with other important royal dates on the calendar. More from The Telegraph's story:

'The date could coincide with the Queen's birthday, on April 21, or the Duke and Duchess's wedding anniversary on April 29. Elizabeth is already the bookmakers' favourite for the new baby's name if it is a girl.'

Speaking of the baby's gender, the Duke and Duchess elected not to find out George's until the birth and it will be very much the same this time too. When the little prince or princess arrives in April one expects it will be just as much a surprise to the parents as everyone else. Next April, the world's media will once again gather outside the Lindo Wing to catch the first glimpse of the newest addition to the Cambridge family.

The Telegraph

I don't know about you, but I cannot wait to see the first family portrait featuring William, Kate, George and his brother or sister, and of course Lupo :)

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website


Our second update concerns news of an additional engagement for the Duchess tomorrow. As you all know, William and Kate will greet President of Singapore Tony Tan and his wife at the Royal Garden Hotel tomorrow.

It was confirmed today that tomorrow evening the Duchess, in her role as patron of the Natural History Museum, will attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 awards ceremony at the museum.

The Duchess will meet finalists, view the exhibition and join Sir David Attenborough to present awards to the winners of the adult and under-18 competitions. Below we see Kate with Sir David at an advance screening of Alive 3D at the Natural History Museum last December.


We'll look at the exhibition in closer detail tomorrow, but below here's a taste of the extraordinary photographic talent on display. 

Natural History Museum

It has been quite a while since we've seen Kate in an evening gown and tomorrow night may provide such an opportunity. The Duchess may opt for a knee-length dress but the former seems a more likely choice for the prestigious event.

National Portrait Gallery Facebook Page

Scheduling two events on the same day further suggests Kate is on the mend and organising engagements within close spaces of time is very much the norm for the Duchess at all times. We'll have two posts tomorrow, one in the morning covering the state visit greeting and another in the evening. We look forward to seeing you all then :)

Friday, 17 October 2014

William and Kate Photographed at Doctor's Appointment

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed attending a doctor's appointment after dark in London on 15 October. Three photos can be viewed in their entirety at NY Daily News; the website has obtained exclusive rights to them.

NY Daily News Screenshot

It would seem the couple were visiting Dr. Alan Farthing for Kate's first trimester scan, suggesting the Duchess is now twelve weeks pregnant. Upon departure, Prince William was seen clutching an envelope, most likely containing images of the scan. The Duchess was all smiles as she made her way inside and I must say, it is simply wonderful to see her looking happy and well, considering the very difficult time she's been experiencing with Hyperemesis gravidarum.

Alan Farthing assisted Sir Marcus Setchell during Kate's first pregnancy and since Sir Marcus's retirement has been the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist. Assisted by obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, a specialist in high risk pregnancies, he has been supervising Kate's pregnancy and will continue to do so. Below we see Sir Marcus (in the middle) and Dr Farthing leaving the Lindo Wing after Prince George's birth.

If it was indeed the twelve week scan, we can expect to hear official confirmation from Kensington Palace any day now confirming the month William and Kate's second child will be born. It is thought the baby is due in late April - close to the couple's fourth wedding anniversary which takes place on 29 April.

It is the first time the Duchess has been spotted publicly since the pregnancy announcement six weeks ago and she last carried out an engagement on 5 August, when she visited the poppy installation at the Tower of London with William and Harry. Kate has been spending much of her time at her parents' home in Bucklebury under the supervision of doctors.

Kate was suitably attired for the rainy evening in what appears to be a black cape or a black cape jacket with a turtleneck underneath. Due to the low quality of the photos, it is very difficult to discern the exact items the Duchess wore. However, the eagle-eyed Ashley came up with some very likely possibilities. LibĂ©lula's Black Clasp Jacket is one such possibility. The merino wool £335 garment is a practical yet stylish piece.


Pieces from Temperley London's Honeycomb Collection are also strong possibilities. The Duchess already owns at least two of the tunics. Below we see the Honeycomb Tunic and the very comfortable looking Honeycomb Cape.

Temperley London

For those hoping to 'Repli-Kate' the look, the good news is capes and cape jackets are very much in for the Autumn/Winter season. Comfortable, chic and wearable, they offer a stylish option for the unpredictable and chilly seasons. Below we look at the Mango's £80 Wool Blend Cape, Joseph's Cashmere Cape and Ted Baker's Embellished Cape.

Kate wore her trusty jeans, probably by J Brand or Zara and her Aquatalia New Dry Fur Trim Wedge Ankle Boots, also known as the Neptune Boots.

Readers will recall Kate debuted the boots last December during a visit to Shooting Star Hospice and teamed them with the Reiss 'Delaney' Jacket and navy corduroy pants. The entire look divided readers, especially the boots. Have they grown on you since?

Again, it is excellent to see Kate looking so well and we do hope she is feeling better. HG is incredibly unpredictable and it appears it's been much tougher for her with this pregnancy. The Palace confirmed Kate will join William on Tuesday, 21 October to greet Singapore's president at the Royal Garden Hotel. Below we see the Duke and Duchess with President Tony Tan and his wife Mary Chee Bee Kiang during the 2012 royal tour.

Given the hotel's close proximity to Kensington Palace and the brevity of the engagement we may very well see Kate join her husband, however, it entirely depends on how she's feeling. The Palace were eager to stress "she very much hopes to undertake the engagement" and "it will be reviewed closer to the time".

With all this talk of royal babies, we leave you with a look at oh-so-adorable Prince George who graces the cover of Majesty Magazine.

Majesty Magazine

We hope you all have a fantastic weekend and thank you for reading! :)