Monday, 13 April 2015

Kate and Prince George's Day Out & A Prince George Quote You Need To Read!

We hope your week is off to a great start! We're back with some adorable Prince George news!

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George feature in the current issue of New Idea Magazine, and as you can see Prince Harry grabbed the top spot on the cover alongside some interesting "quotes"!!!

New Idea

Last week Kate took 21-month-old George to Snettisham Park - a 329-acre working farm and petting zoo near the family's country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. The British Monarchy Heir Facebook Page shared scans from the magazine, and they can viewed in their entirety here.

New Idea Magazine / The British Monarchy Heir Facebook Page

More from the article:

'Witnesses tell New Idea that George - without a hint of shyness - made a beeline for a sandpit, drawn by not only the prospect of a toy tractor to ride, but the company of a clutch of girl playmates. Kate lured the puffer-suited Prince to a wooden climbing frame, urging him to play with a little boy.'

Joining the kiddie circle, Kate nestled George or 'Georgie' as one onlooker said she called him on her knee and encouraged him to make noises to match the animals. The pair had a wonderful time and George was in his element. When it came time to leave, Kate had to coax him from a stack of bales.

New Idea Magazine / The British Monarchy Heir Facebook Page

Snettisham Park first opened to the public almost thirty years ago, and is a working Norfolk farm growing wheat for animal feed, malting barley, sugar beet and grass grazed by a 400 ewe flock, a herd of red deer, horses and ponies. Visitors to the farm have the opportunity to see lambs and deer calves being born, crops being sown and harvested and a chance to enjoy wildlife in beautiful West Norfolk.

Snettisham Park

Some of the animals George enjoyed seeing.

Snettisham Park

It's a particularly enjoyable day out for young children like Prince George, who want to explore and meet the animals, enjoy the toy tractors and interact with other children. Below we see other little boys enjoying the same activities as the little Prince.

Snettisham Park

Both William and Kate adore the outdoors and it's clear they want to instil that in their children too. Last summer,  Kate took George to Bucklebury Farm Park near her parents' home in Berkshire for an afternoon. George appears to love animals, and appeared to have a splendid time on both occasions.

Elou 71 Twitter Feed

The Duchess looked casual in her brown quilted Barbour jacket.  Kate has had the piece for years now and was previously photographed wearing it in Anglesey. The exact style Kate owns is a past season piece; for those wishing to Repli-Kate the Beadnell is a great alternative. Below we see the jacket at House of Fraser reduced from £249 to £138. The brand is also carried at Nordstrom.

House of Fraser

Kate also wore her favourite Le Chameau Leather Lined 'Vierzonord' Wellington Boots. They are available in most sizes for £165 at Country Attire (receive 10% off if you sign up for the newsletter). They're also in stock at Harrods.

La Chameau

Kate completed the look with jeans, and I would say they are quite possibly from the Topshop maternity range.

And what did Prince George wear? The lovely ladies over at Prince George Pieces quickly identified his suit as the Columbia Baby Boys' Infant Snuggly Bunny Bunting. The 100% polyester piece is on sale is a number of colours and available from $45 to $95 at Amazon. It's also available at 6 p.m.


As for who took the photos, I have tried to gauge that information and have been unable to acquire it. The general consensus is this: many (including photographers) have speculated they were taken by a mobile phone; others think the magazine's photographer took them (the magazine also has exclusive photos of Prince William cycling in Norfolk).

It's nice to see the family enjoying normality in Norfolk, similar to their life in Anglesey. We very rarely see such photos, and it's nice to see Kate and George together; he's clearly a very happy little boy and William and Kate obviously adore him.


The Duchess was also spotted stuck in traffic last week in London.



Before we leave you tonight, we have even more Prince George ADORABLENESS to share with you. As you all recall Kate attended The Goring Hotel's 105th birthday in March. There, she chatted with a number of guests including Claudia Gordon.

The Goring Hotel Facebook Page

More from this News Press article.

'Claudia Gordon not only got to meet and eat lunch with the Duchess of Cambridge, she got to have a personal, friendly conversation with the future queen.
 "I asked her if Prince George was excited about the new prince or princess that was coming and she said yes and that he is a toddler and is talking and walking," Gordon began. "Then she told me that his daddy, Prince William, was visiting China. After hearing this he went to the china cabinet, opened it and proclaimed 'daddy is not here.' She said they would work on his geography."'

Yes, can we say ADORABLE again :)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Ten Things You Need to Know About Today's Royal Baby Press Briefing!

We're back with news from today's Palace briefing on the royal baby; there was more information provided than I thought, having mistakenly presumed it would very much focus on media arrangements at the Lindo Wing. Following a great read through several articles and a quick chat with those who attended the briefing, here are ten key points you need to know about!

1. There Will Be No "Great Kate Wait" Outside the Lindo Wing

That's right, we will not see the enormous global media presence outside the Lindo Wing as expected for the rest of the month. Following careful consideration it has been decided the media will not be permitted to set up camp outside the hospital until after the Duchess is admitted.

More from Rebecca English's story:

'However sources also said the couple wanted to avoid the media circus that greeted Prince George’s arrival given that it was also a ‘private, family moment’.
‘We would appeal to all media to respect the family nature of this moment and provide the appropriate amount of privacy they should be able to expect,’ said an aide.
To that extent, both the hospital authorities and the police are going to prevent cameraman, photographers and reporters from waiting outside the hospital door until after the Duchess goes into labour.'

We're going to see an entirely different set-up this time, much more controlled than the arrival of Prince George which drew unparalleled attention. We can think of a photographer or two who will be pleased to hear the Great Kate Wait 2 will not involve weeks of waiting outside the Lindo Wing!

2. The Duchess of Cambridge Will Take a Longer Maternity Leave

There have been whispers about Kate possibly taking a considerably longer maternity leave this time and several of you correctly speculated so. The precise length of time has not been specified but several royal commentators noted they expected it will be "several months" or "the autumn" before the Duchess undertakes public engagements again. An aide said: "As you suspect with two very young children her focus will be on her family over the summer".

Nonetheless, we do expect to see Kate at Trooping the Colour on 13 June, and equally I wouldn't rule out appearances at The Queen's Garden Party or Order of the Garter.

More from Richard Palmer:

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

When Prince George was born, we first saw Kate in an official capacity five-weeks after the birth for a farewell engagement in Anglesey.

Two weeks after that, the Duchess accompanied Prince William at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards wearing a glittering Jenny Packham gown. One could say both of these engagements were not "the norm". Bidding Anglesey farewell was very important to both William and Kate who enjoyed a hugely happy and peaceful time on the isle. As for the Tusk awards, one suspects because it was the first time the event had been held she wanted to support her husband.

Of course, we'll also see photos of the Cambridges leaving the hospital, official photos will be released afterwards and the christening will be in the offing too.

3. Prince William May Face Hospital Dash for Birth of Second Child

Once again, Kate fully intends to deliver at the Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital, Paddington and will primarily base herself in London until the baby's arrival, however, royal aides have drawn up contingency plans to rush her to the Royal Berkshire Hospital near her parents' home in Bucklebury, Berkshire and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, close to Anmer Hall.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

Prince William will be working as a trainee air ambulance pilot with East Anglia Air Ambulance around the time Kate is due, at three possible different sites - Cambridge, Norwich and Gloucestershire Airport at Staverton. A Palace aide said: "He will never be more than a couple of hours drive from London", but he could face quite a dash as royal staff have ruled out using a helicopter to transport the second-in-line back to London.

William plans to take two weeks paternity leave.

4. A Summer at Anmer Hall

Similar to the pattern we saw with Prince George, the couple will return to Kensington Palace for a couple of days, giving senior members of the Royal family - including Her Majesty - an opportunity to meet Baby Cambridge. Afterwards, the plan is to spend the summer at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. The Cambridges have been spending quite a lot of time there, and it is understood the Middletons will be on hand too.

5. If Birth Occurs After 10 pm It Will Not Be Announced Until the Next Day

If the royal baby arrives after 10 pm no announcement will be made until 8 am the next morning. William and Kate have also vowed, like last time, not to make public his or her arrival until they have informed both families.

The birth will be announced via a press release, followed a few moments later by an announcement on Twitter (this is the account you need to be following) and afterwards the traditional bulletin will be posted on an easel outside Buckingham Palace.


6. The Couple Do Not Know the Gender of the Baby

Contrary to some media reports, during a briefing at Buckingham Palace this morning a spokesman confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge do not know if their second child will be a boy or a girl.

An aide said:
‘For the avoidance of doubt, like last time, the Duke and Duchess do not know if their baby will be a boy or a girl.’

7. The Couple Will Decide on the Day Whether or Not 'Excited' Prince George Will Visit His Sibling at the Hospital

For those of us who are hoping to see the ever-adorable Prince George's arrival at St. Mary's to meet his new sibling, the couple are as yet undecided. I had thought it possible George might accompany Mike and Carole Middleton when they arrive to meet their new grandchild. One source told The Express: "Many parents like to introduce their child to the new arrival but I think they'll wait and see how they feel at the time."

Perhaps the cutest snippet of information from the briefing: an aide revealed Prince George is very 'excited' about the impending arrival of a brother or sister :)

8. Kate's Medical Team!

The couple have chosen obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who has over twenty years experience in the field, to lead the team delivering the baby. He was part of the team who delivered Prince George, under the careful eye of Sir Marcus Setchell, who is now retired. Once again, Alan Farthing will assist.

Back to Rebecca English's story:

'The doctor, who says he liked to ‘keep things simple’ by ‘offering honest advice’, specialises in pre-natal diagnosis, deliveries and ultrasound.
He graduated from Cambridge University in 1984 and worked at King’s Hospital in London before becoming a consultant in foetal medicine at Chelsea and Westminster in 1996.'

9. No Plans for Additional Staff

Again, contrary to media reports, officials dismissed claims that the couple plan to hire a maternity nurse in addition the Nanny Maria Teresa, who several people I spoke with earlier this evening described as a "splendid addition" to the Cambridge team. One aide said: "At this stage the Duke and Duchess do not intend to take on any additional staff."

10. William and Kate Are "Hugely Grateful" for Warm Wishes

In a statement read at the briefing, an aide said:

‘The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received from people throughout the UK and indeed around the world over the last few months.
 ‘They know that people are excited Prince George will soon have a little brother or sister and it means a great deal to them that so many will be celebrating this important moment for their family. They are very appreciative that so many people share their excitement as they await the arrival of their second baby.’

I thought it a nice touch to acknowledge the good wishes that have been expressed around the world, congratulating the couple on their second child and it's a lovely note to end our post on!

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the briefing. Did anything surprise you? Are you surprised at the decision not to allow the media to camp out? And most importantly, do you have Royal Baby fever yet? Punters are placing their bets on 'Princess Alice arriving on 20 April ' :)

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Kate Shops in Seraphine Coat, Poll Results, Really Wild Clothing Spring/Summer & More

Hello hello, treasured readers,

We have a variety of updates to share with you tonight, beginning with recent sightings of Kate out and about. Our friends at HRH Baby Watch and Kate & Pippa Style shared a snap of the Duchess shopping on Thursday. It looks like Kate was doing a spot of shopping for William judging by the baseball caps and jackets on display. The photo can be viewed here.

Kate looked stylish in her Seraphine Marina Maternity Coat, first worn in New York last December. The wool tweed bouclĂ© has a defined empire line with frayed trim and black velvet ribbon detailing. It's in stock at the moment retailing for £275 ($495).

We also see Kate selected her gorgeous Stuart Weitzman Zipkin Boots for the outing. They feature a distinctive inner zip closure and a covered cigarette heel. Below we see Kate wearing them on a previous occasion alongside a product shot of the boots in black.

Splash/Stuart Weitzman

Kate's been enjoying her final weeks of pregnancy and appears to be feeling great. There were also several sightings of her shopping in Norfolk, purchasing kitchen and garden supplies and a new printer.


Next, we're taking a look at the results of our Royal Baby Polls. They were such fun, and it was wonderful to see your votes and hear your choices in the comments section. So, without further ado the winners are...

An astounding 76% of you think the royal baby will be a girl. Many people would love to see William and Kate have a boy and a girl, and if I recall correctly during Kate's first pregnancy there were great hopes for a girl too.

If the next Baby Cambridge is a girl, your wining selections for her name are:

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Splendid choices if I do say so myself :) On a more serious note, I was surprised the bookies favourite 'Alice' didn't feature more prominently. We see Alexandra in fourth place with 855 votes.

In the boys category, the winning choices are:

James Philip Arthur

James would be a fine name for a little prince, but considering Kate's brother is called James we may not see it used for a first name. They are three great names which would work in any order. Philip Arthur James has quite a ring to it. The boys poll actually received more than a thousand votes less than the girls poll (you guys are really hoping for a girl, right? :))

Did your favourites win?


Speaking of Kate having a girl, a news story is doing the rounds. More from Sebastian Shakespeare's story for the Mail Online:

'I am told that Oxford interior design company Annie Sloan has recently supplied three decidedly feminine paint samples to Anmer Hall, the ten-bedroom house on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, which is currently home to the expectant couple.
 The colours ferried to the household are understood to be Henrietta, a ‘beautiful rich complex pink with a hint of lilac’; Antoinette, a ‘soft pale pink with a hint of brown’ that is redolent of ‘old-fashioned roses and the colour of old plaster’; and Emile, a ‘warm soft aubergine colour with pink red undertones’.'

A look at Henrietta painted on a small French side table. It would be a beautiful hue for a nursery or many other rooms at Anmer Hall.

Annie Sloan


Moving on to fashion updates, we're taking a look at the Spring/Summer Collection from Kate favourite Really Wild Clothing. Those of us familiar with the brand instantly think of Kate's popular chocolate suede Seville Boots.

Staple pieces for the outdoors include the Shooting Waistcoat and Ivy Cap Kate sported for engagements with the scouts and outings with children from her patronages.

Kate's Cashmere Mix Tartan Wrap in Claret is back in stock retailing for £135.

Really Wild Clothing Facebook Page

This collection is something new and fresh from the brand with an emphasis on fashionable, wearable and quality pieces which could take one from a wedding to a day at the races or the office. Tailored suits on offer include the Chanel-esque Pink Collarless V Neck Jacket and Long Pencil Skirt.

Really Wild Clothing

Below we see the round collarless Paris Jacket in raspberry ivory ribbon with matching Tweed Skirt and the Ellen Jacket in Topaz Ivory and Skirt. Both suits celebrate simplicity in design, offering an easy, professional look.

Really Wild Clothing

Silk blouses in feminine, delicate prints such as the Dusky Pink and Silky Tie Neck Blouse in Blue Lilac are fantastic wardrobe staples. These would look wonderful on the Duchess teamed with a simple pencil skirt.

Really Wild Clothing

The Pemberley Coat in Peach Herringbone is a stunning garment. Cut from lightweight angora-blend wool this coat and accompanying dress will no doubt be a feature at many a social function this year.

Really Wild Clothing

The collection's Gatsby Coat is described as "a fun and fresh lightweight tweed". It has been designed with side pockets cut into the seam which are perfect for hand warming on chilly days. It comes in several colours.

Really Wild Clothing

Pieces to get you in the mood for summer include the Wrap Dress in Liberty Print Kilburn Rose. The demure rose-garden print makes this a striking wardrobe addition. We also look at the Mandarin A-line Sleeveless Dress and the Trilby Straw Hat. We saw Kate sporting a trilby in Mustique earlier this year.

Really Wild Clothing

There's so much to like in the collection and a plethora of possibilities for Kate. It's great to see local brands expanding whilst retaining a strong commitment to British Classic Heritage.


 We also have a spring update on Kate's much-loved L.K. Bennett Detroit Dress.

Due to popular demand, the brand has brought back a season update of the dress - the Delta Notch Collar Fitted Dress comes in barley sugar pink. The £250 dress has body contouring seams and short sleeves.

L.K. Bennett

Do you like the update?


We'd like to wish you all a very Happy Easter. As you'll all remember, last Easter Sunday William and Kate attended a service in Sydney. The Duchess looked elegant in a bespoke dove-grey Alexander McQueen coat and Jane Taylor hat.

A quick reminder, on Thursday Kensington Palace will hold a press briefing for the royal baby. It will most likely compose of media arrangements outside the Lindo Wing.