Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Day Two in Glasgow & Kate's Jumping for Joy!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry spent the day in Glasgow supporting the Commonwealth Games.

It's the trio's second consecutive day at the games. They arrived yesterday afternoon via a commercial flight and enjoyed boxing, swimming, athletics and hockey before meeting volunteers and staff. It provided some wonderful photos including William and Kate holding hands. We do love a little royal PDA here at the Duchess Kate Blog. William in particular tends to be incredibly guarded, so it's nice to see him relax.

Before taking in sporting events, the royals took the opportunity to attend separate engagements in aid of their personal charitable interests. The Duchess went to a reception in aid of her patronage SportsAid.

Her Royal Highness met fifteen of the rising stars of British sport - including three competitors in the Commonwealth Games - at Home Nation House where she viewed a mentoring session led by tennis star Laura Robson and former world champion open-water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne.

The organisation helps the next generation of British athletes by being the first to recognise their achievements and support their ambitions. Since it was established in 1976, the charity has helped many of the UK's most successful sportsmen and women, including two-thirds of the British team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Readers will recall the Duchess attended an engagement for the organisation last October - her first solo appearance since the birth of Prince George. Wearing her signature uniform of a navy blazer, jeans and wedges she participated in a game of volleyball.

A royal patronage can be vital for charitable organisations. SportsAid is particularly proud to have Kate on board:

'SportsAid is very proud to have The Duchess of Cambridge as the charity's patron - a champion of future champions. Her support for young and aspiring athletes through SportsAid stems from her own love of sport and a desire to help young people realise their full potential .'

At the moment SportsAid is nurturing and working with our future Olympians and Paralympians. If you wish to find out more or donate you can find all relevant information on their official website.


During the visit Kate revealed Prince George loves swimming. Last week it was revealed she takes him to the Buckingham Palace pool weekly.

Meanwhile, William and Harry travelled to the Gorbals Leisure Centre to meet young people training on the Coach Core programme. Again, this engagement was about supporting young people in sport. Coach Core gives those aged 16-24 the chance to become the next generation of inspirational coaches.

Following their solo visits, the royals regrouped and went to watch the athletics at Hampden Park.

Kate was enthusiastic as she watched the athletes.

Kate's expressions during sporting events have proved very popular among fans and press alike.

Next, the royals visited the Athletes' Village where they were given a tour of the facilities, before moving to the village green where they heard a performances of the Games' anthem for UNICEF from a group of local school children. The trio posed for a photo with the talented singers.

UNICEF Twitter Feed

The Games provided the perfect opportunity for UNICEF to launch a global fundraising appeal. Spectators, athletes and viewers were invited to participate in the Put Children First initiative by donating via a text number or web address. With the establishment of the Children of the Commonwealth Fund by UNICEF, the aim is to create a Games legacy for children in every country in the Commonwealth. The appeal has raised almost £5 million thus far, if you wish to donate please click here.


Kate received a teddy bear for Prince George.

Always a good sport, Kate decided to try out the South African games of Three Tins with children from UNICEF UK.

The game involves jumping over a set of tins placed on the ground.

One could say The Duchess was jumping for joy.

The itinerary for this trip was very well planned including a variety of events and ensuring the royals met as many people and charities involved with the games as possible.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

The Duchess had an excellent time.

Kate and Harry chatting.

William, Kate and Harry with Usain Bolt.

William and Kate teamed up for a game of table football.

The British Monarchy Facebook Page

A sweet moment between the couple.

The Duchess opted for familiar pieces again today.

Beginning with the one button crepe blazer by Canadian brand Smythe. Kate's jacket is sold out, however, there's a solid selection of blazers by the label available at Nordstrom.


Kate wore her striking blue Stella McCartney Ridley Stretch Dress from the Fall 2012 Collection. The crepe frock originally retailed for £515.

Stella McCartney
We last saw Kate wearing it in Canberra in April.

In fact, Kate wore this exact look during the London 2012 games when she and William watched British number one Andy Murray compete at Wimbledon.

Bryan .A. Graham Twitter Feed

Whilst Kate has opted for her go-to uniform and repeats for the Glasgow visit, it's worth noting she didn't choose blue both days by accident. Yesterday's blue and white shirt and today's dress are a nice nod to the Scottish colours. Blue is also one of SportAid's colours. It does appear the Duchess is determined not to let her sartorial selections detract from the events, hence repeating entire looks.


Kate wore her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges again today.

Stuart Weitzman

Kate carried her Russell and Bromley Muse Clutch again today too.

Russell & Bromley

Kate accessorised with her Cartier watchKiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings and her Asprey charm pendant.

Cartier/Kiki McDonoygh/Asprey

I have to say, I really enjoyed seeing today's events unfold. From patronage engagements to watching the games and making time support the UNICEF appeal (and of course Kate's participation) it was a delightful day full of memorable moments What's your verdict?

Monday, 28 July 2014

William, Kate and Harry Support the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry kicked off their two-day visit to Glasgow this afternoon to watch the fifth day of action at the Commonwealth Games.

The royals took a commercial flight from London earlier today following a busy weekend. The Cambridges attended the wedding of Prince William's friend from Eton Alexander Vaulkhard in Batcombe (sadly no high quality photos have emerged yet) while Prince Harry has been enjoying nights out at a popular London nightclub.

William and Kate, who are styled as The Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, and Prince Harry are all avid sports fans. The trio were ambassadors for the London 2012 games, which involved supporting and meeting athletes throughout the games. The Commonwealth Games are a very natural fit for the royals allowing them to mix their personal interests with their public roles.

They took in several events beginning with gymnastics.

The trio were in great spirits as they chatted during the games.

A nice shot of William and Kate.

The Royal Family have been actively supporting the games. Her Majesty attended the opening ceremony where she officially declared the games open. Other members in attendance include Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Prince Edward is vice president of the Games.

The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from across the Commonwealth. The event was first held in 1930, and, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, which were cancelled due to World War II, has taken place every four years since. The prestigious games are the third largest multi-sport event after the Olympics and Asian Games. In fact, the equivalent of Glasgow's population, almost 600,000, passed through the city's main train station over the weekend.

Glasgow 2014

A look at Glasgow city centre; the games are an important boost to the city.

The games' mascot Clyde has one of the most important jobs; he's a friendly face who helps everyone to enjoy the events and proudly represents Scotland. As you can see his look, ahem... is based on the Scottish thistle. Below we see the green mascot with 107-year-old Margaret Melvin and enjoying a dance with a local choir.

Glasgow 2014

If he looks familiar (he's not a character one would forget) it may be because the Duchess met Clyde last year when she and William toured the Emirates Arena, much to Kate's amusement. For those with kids, they might enjoy looking at Clyde's page on the games' official website; it includes games and art.

Glasgow 2014

This photo prompted plenty of responses on Twitter with suggestions including "Is Kate tweeting" and "Looking at photos of George".

The royals watching boxing.

It's a sport with plenty of nail-biting moments.

The royals met with volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past week.

They made time not only to attend as many events as possible but to meet as many people as they could. Below we see them greeting the security team at the games.

Connor Gillies Twitter Feed

Next up, it was time for some hockey. This is one we expect the Duchess particularly enjoyed as she's been a keen player since childhood.

Holding hands during swimming.

Even the royals wear I.D. tags.

Kate was so warm inside William fanned her with her tag.

Moving on to what Kate wore today. I'm afraid fashion fans may be a little disappointed to see Kate repeated her go-to uniform; a navy blazer, skinny jeans and wedges. Kate wore this look throughout the London 2012 games and for various other sporting events and casual engagements since. It's obviously a look she feels very comfortable in and for someone who tends to put a lot of consideration into her clothing choices, it's a look that requires very little planning and preparation (yes, yes I do agree it would be great to see her change it up).

It appears Kate sported her navy military-style double-breasted blazer by Zara. The Duchess debuted the piece during the royal tour in April. Kate's skinny jeans are also by the popular high street brand. It must have been quite warm for Kate; one would imagine the outfit sans blazer would have been a better fit for the weather.


One noticeable addition to the signature look was a sleeveless blue and white shirt with a high collar. We'll update once it is definitively identified.

Kate carried her navy suede Russell and Bromley 'Muse' Clutch.

Russell and Bromley

Kate accessorised with her Cartier watch and Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings.

Cartier/Kiki McDonough

The love-em-or-hate-em Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges completed the look. The blue suede wedges are available in a large variety of sizes for $398 at Zappos with free shipping.

Stuart Weitzman

Kate's hair looked very glossy, healthy and vibrant today.

We'll see the royal trio at the games again tomorrow. There's an event for Kate's patronage, SportsAid, in Glasgow tomorrow (with thanks to @RoyalKateDebate); perhaps she'll attend that too?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

William and Kate Attend Batcombe Wedding, Calendar Updates & L.K. Bennett Autumn/Winter Styles

Hello dear readers, we hope you're all having a splendid weekend!

Yesterday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the wedding of Alexander Vaulkhard and Sarah Nicholson at Batcombe. The groom went to Eton College with Prince William. (with thanks to Ikon Pictures for the info). There's a few snaps available at the Shepton Mallet Journal.

Due to the lack of photos it's very difficult to tell what Kate is wearing but if I had to guess I would say her pretty frock looks very much like the Jenny Packham dress she first wore to a polo match in Santa Barbara in 2011.

It's described as a "de Gournay silver and marble grey hand-painted silk chinoiserie dress". Below we see the dress on the runway, it's from Ms. Packham's 2011 Spring/Summer Collection.

Jenny Packham

Indeed, it is the second wedding Kate has chosen it for - she also wore it for Emily McCorquodale's wedding in 2012.

Kate's hat looks like the cream Jane Corbett piece she wore to Order of the Garter in 2012.

Jane Corbett

We'll updated with details and hi-res photos should they emerge.


Tomorrow and Tuesday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The young royals will watch an array of events which match their personal sporting interests including hockey, swimming, athletics and boxing. It is expected the Palace will release specific timings on both mornings.

Commonwealth Games

William and Kate, who are known as The Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, always enjoy these events and we can expect to see some great shots of them taking in the games. Will Kate opt for her blazer/skinny jeans/wedges look or a smart dress? Do you have any predictions?

In other updates to Kate's calendar further information has been released regarding William, Kate and Harry's visit to Belgium on 4th August. More from Majesty Magazine:

'Engagement 1: The Duke and Duchess will first be welcomed to Liège by His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians and Her Majesty Queen Mathilde at L'Abbaye Saint-Laurent. 
 Engagement 2: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a ceremony at the Cointe Inter-allied Memorial, Liège, the main event of the morning. The Duke of Cambridge will deliver a speech. The Duke and Duchess will then attend a private Lunch at the Prince-Bishops' Palace. 
Engagement 3: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend a reception at Mons Town Hall.

Engagement 4: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend a commemoration event at Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery.'

It's always nice to see royal families mingling and interacting through their support of commemorative events and charitable organisations. It should be a real treat for royal watchers to see photos of William and Kate with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.


On 5th August, William, Kate and Harry will visit the exhibit 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' at the Tower of London, commemorating The Great War (the day itself marks the 100th anniversary of Britain's first day fighting in the war).

Historic Royal Palaces

'The evolving installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, will be unveiled on 5 August 2014; one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.
 Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, the installation is being created in the Tower’s famous dry moat. It will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war.
The poppies will encircle the Tower, creating not only a spectacular display, but also an inspiring setting for learning activities, as well as providing a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation reflects the magnitude of such an important centenary, creating a powerful visual commemoration.
 The last poppy will symbolically be planted on 11 November 2014'.

It's an incredibly important year for commemoration, reflection and remembrance. It's excellent to see the Royal Family participating in so many events which do just that. Aside from Kate's trip to Malta in September, there are no other engagements scheduled at the moment, apart from the aforementioned ones above. This is very much subject to change, particularly considering how quiet this month has been.


Last Tuesday morning, Kate and Nanny Maria Tereasa were photographed taking George to Buckingham Palace. Many assumed it was due to George's birthday and he was visiting his great-grandfather Prince Philip. It turns out George has been enjoying weekly swimming lessons with his mother every week, at the historic pool.

Buckingham Palace

The pool, which is situated at the rear end of the Palace, was converted from a conservatory in 1938 and has been used by a number of royals including Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and the late Princess Diana, who used it as part of her fitness regime and to teach William and Harry to swim, so it's very much a case of history repeating itself. Palace staff may also use the pool while none of the Royal Family are in attendance. Should a royal arrive they must leave immediately unless invited to stay.

At a recent engagement William admitted bath time had become "quite painful". Perhaps little George enjoys his splash-abouts at the pool a tad more?


We're beginning to see glimpses of Autumn/Winter stock appearing at Kate's favourite brands. I don't know about you, but I favour Kate's choices in those seasons as the Duchess very much opts for coats on a regular basis and she has a fabulous collection, which look superb with a fitted dress, tights and boots underneath - perfectly appropriate for the colder weather.

I was browsing through L.K. Bennett's website when I noticed several 'very Kate' pieces in vibrant reds, elegant black and cool greys. Below we look at the scarlet Cadiz Belted Coat - a statement piece for the coming season with a pared-back collarless silhouette. We also see the £350 Beni Check Coat.

L.K. Bennett

Next, two stylish dresses which would work well for a variety of evening events: the Nerine Cross Front Dress and the Fiji Sleeveless Dress.

L.K. Bennett

A versatile shirt dress can be a wardrobe essential. Perfect for daytime engagements, they're a solid transitional piece to have in your wardrobe as the season changes. L.K. Bennett's Brindi Shirt Dress would be an excellent choice for Kate. The £195 piece comes in scarlet and ultra blue.

L.K. Bennett

The Marina Dress is a classic piece with a ruched side panel cut for a flattering shape. Again we see the strong scarlet colour included - a shade we'll be seeing plenty of in the coming months.

L.K. Bennett

Colour-blocking is a trend we saw the Duchess embrace during the royal tour of Australia. An excellent way to incorporate it is the simple but striking Santana Colour Block Shift Dress. Tailoring and smart skirt suits may also feature in Kate's autumnal choices. We think the Lupin Peplum Jacket and matching dress would look stellar.

L.K. Bennett

A look at the brand's Autumn/Winter 2014 Lookbook offers a peek into other items we can expect to see. On the far left, the Finch Lace Dress is very pretty as are the other floral inspired items.

L.K. Bennett

There's a lot to like in the collection, certainly many pieces we think a certain Duchess would like!


In other fashion news, One of Kate's favoured designers Roland Mouret has designed a capsule collection for Banana Republic. Available from 7th August, Mr Mouret's love of showcasing the female figure in fitted silhouettes and versatile feminine dresses is very much evident.

Banana Republic

To create the collection the designer used Banana Republic's Sloan fabric, which he cut, draped and fashioned into dresses with slim silhouettes. The little black dress dominates the collection with several takes on the wardrobe staple to be seen below.

Banana Republic

Many will recall the retailer also collaborated with ISSA. The collection produced mixed results with many feeling the quality of the garments wasn't entirely up to scratch. It shall be interesting to see how this one fares. Prices will range from roughly $50 - $150.

Finally, for those who simply cannot get enough of Prince George's birthday portraits, the Cambridge family grace the cover of Hello! Magazine.

Hello! Magazine

We'll see you all tomorrow! :)