Sunday, July 26, 2015

Kate's First Post-Charlotte Engagement

Hello dear readers,
I am dreadfully sorry I didn't post earlier, but I was traveling and life has been crazy (but good!) Today Kate and William went to Portsmouth to watch the British bid for America's Cup. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, the match was cancelled (the Brits, however, still won.)
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Kate is the royal patron of the 1851 Trust, which is headed by Sir Ben Ainslie. She has always been a keen sailor. and during her gap year she worked as a deckhand on a ship. Last year on their Down Under trip, William and Kate competed in a yachting race (guess who won ;)
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When the race was called off, William, Kate, and a few event coordinators watched the ships being tugged in.
There were some hastily prepared indoor activities for the royal guests, and Kate had the opportunity to experience a virtual reality simulating being on one of the America's Cup ships.
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She was presented with a work of art from local schoolchildren:
Quite neat, eh! While greeting the crowds indoors, Kate showed off her obvious skill with toddlers (I wonder why... ;), trying to cheer a little one up:
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She also chatted very animatedly to two others:
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 She then presented the award to the hard working team:
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Kate and William were as cute as ever today:
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Kate wore her typical casual engagement outfit: ME + EM Breton top, J Brand skinnies, and her Sebago 'Bala' flats.
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Have a lovely evening, my friends, and I will be seeing you soon! Enjoy!
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy Second Birthday, Prince George

Happy Birthday, Prince George! We are all still enthralled by you, and here is to many more to come! This post is going to be just a short happy birthday little thing :)

Born on July 22, 2013, the little prince was capturing hearts already! It was a truly momentous day that will be remembered for many years to come.
For the next few months, we saw George in a few official pictures, at his christening, and the occasional paps shot. For the most part, his first year was private and not invasive. His first birthday party was very lavish, with HM the Queen being the guest of honor and Irish Guards playing him 'Happy Birthday.' We got some cute commemorative shots:

His second year we have been very fortunate in that William and Kate have decided to make him more visible to the public.

Most recently we have seen him in a second birthday shoot:

What a cutie! Happy birthday, Mr. Cheeks, and many more to come!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Birthday Pics Released

Hello all,
I am going to post a real Happy Birthday post for Prince George tomorrow. However, today Kensington Palace released yet another picture of George to commemorate birthday number two.
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First of all: Isn't he a cutie?
Second: It is obvious he and William have a strong bond. George is comfortable with William and William is obviously delighted.
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The commemorative photo was taken on the Sandringham grounds (as was the photo above). This was during the official photo shoot for Princess Charlotte's christening. Very lovely!


In other news, Kate's famous engagement dress is back for sale. Renamed 'The Phyllis', it is a fun piece that is wearable on many occasions.
I will be back tomorrow and have a lovely day!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Princess Charlotte's Christening Pictures!

The pictures of this historic event have finally been released. And let me warn you - CUTENESS OVERLOAD!
We have, clockwise, starting from left: Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, HRH The Prince of Wales (Charles), HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla), HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (Phillip), HM The Queen (Elizabeth), HRH The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate), HRH The Princess of Cambridge (Charlotte), HRH The Prince of Cambridge (George), HRH The Duke of Cambridge (William). This is a beautiful shot that encompasses the general feeling of the christening: happiness. Since Charlotte is not the heir to the throne, everything could be more relaxed and have a general atmosphere of celebration without the responsibility tied to it. Notably absent? Uncle Harry, who is currently on a three month tour of Africa, his first post-military action.
Isn't that beautiful? This is the first time we have seen the family of four together in an official photograph. The pictures were taken in the drawing room of Sandringham Palace and in the gardens. As my mother astutely noted (after me screaming to her that the pictures were up and to check her computer ;), both children seem to have large personalities. Prince George is already a serious little man who will be able to be in a position of power with ease, while Princess Charlotte has these large, soulful eyes that demarcate a great personality.
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Many people are curious as to the quality of this photograph, but I think that it has a wonderful, family-photo-album kind of feel to it. And, look at this beautiful baby! She has the cheeks, just like big bro George. In all of these pictures Kate looks genuinely happy and excited for the days to come.
Look who gave us a big smile! This is the first time that we have seen the little prince give more than a half grin. And what a cute grin he has! Prince George obviously has a strong bond with his dad, and William is obviously thrilled to have Prince George with him. The photographer for these pictures, Mario Testino, was a favorite of Diana's and also shot William and Kate's engagement pictures (the first christening pictures were taken by Jason Bell). I like these much more than George's christening pictures.
The two bear a striking resemblance to each other. Have a wonderful day, fellow royal watchers, and I will hopefully be posting soon! There are no engagements on the calendar of late, but there should be some coming up before they depart for Balmoral. Enjoy this beautiful Thursday!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wimbledon Appearance!

Good Morning and how-do-you-do,
Sorry about the late post; my power was out and I had no internet access. On to today's topic of discussion: Wimbledon!
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William and Kate attended Wimbledon today to see the quarterfinals between Andy Murray and Vasek Pospisil (which Murray won.)
I think both of them looked remarkable: William dapper in his suit and Kate beautiful in her dress. Speaking of sartorial choices, let us have a look at her dress today:
Cayla Dress by L.K. Bennett. The color is a wonderful, rich red while light enough to remain youthful. The hemline (although we can't see it) falls below the knee, which seems to be the style Kate is leaning towards post-Charlotte. She did this after having George, too, when she seemed to be a little less confident. Regardless, it helped Kate shine as she always does :)
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"Yes, I know I am fabulous" :)
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As always, Kate delivered a large array of facial expressions while watching the match.
The couple, who both are tennis enthusiasts, have recently submitted plans to put a tennis court at their estate, Anmer Hall. Kate has been photographed on many occasions playing.
Bear Grylls, an outdoorsman, sat behind them and greeted the couple.
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The couple sat right next to Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Also in attendance today were Kate's parents, Carole and Michael, and William's cousin, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike.
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A good game shot of Andy Murray:
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Our royal lovebirds seemed very happy and relaxed today!
The christening pictures will be released sometime within the week, or so the rumor says. I will see you then! Have a lovely day :)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana's Christening

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was christened today.
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She was christened at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene at the Sandringham Estate, which was chosen primarily because of it's location (close to Anmer Hall), but also because Princess Diana was christened here. As per tradition, she wore the (recently remade) christening gown that all royal babies since Queen Victoria's children have worn.
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Her pram has a story as well:
The ceremony was tiny - as was George's. In addition to William and Kate, HM The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Carole and Michael Middleton, Pippa and James, and the five godparents. 
Charlotte was baptized in the Lily Font, which Queen Victoria and Prince Albert commissioned in 1840:
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In a turn of events, five people were named godparents, as opposed to George's six:

Laura Fellowes - At age 34, the Hon. Laura Fellowes is Prince William's cousin, the daughter of Diana's older sister. She is very close to the Cambridge family.

Adam Middleton - Kate's cousin and he works in Mayfair. The cousins are friendly with each other and he is known for his loyalty.

Sophie Carter - She and Kate have been friends for a very long time. She keeps a low profile but is always there for Kate (and now Charlotte).

James Meade - A good friend of both William and Kate. He has known William since Eton, but has been friends with both of them even during their breakup. 

Thomas van Straubenzee - One of William's closest friends. They have known each other since Ludgrove prep school in Berkshire. Known as "Van" to friend, he is one who they can count on.

Notice a trend? All of them have known the Duke and Duchess for a long time - and they are all known for their loyalty.
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Kate was wearing a bespoke McQueen coat dress, and a Jane Taylor Millinery fascinator.

Prince George was wearing an outfit remarkably similar to one that William wore when he met Harry for the first time. 
As always, George managed to steal the spotlight (with help from none other than the Queen herself!)
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Charlotte looked lovely, as did George, Kate, and William!
Congrats, William and Kate! Your daughter is beautiful, and the world couldn't be happier.
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