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The Duchess of Cambridge Vacations in South of France

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Today is the 26th of July, which means we are knocking on the door of August, the month of royal retirement. Traditionally, the British royals, as well as many European royals, take the month off. Before you start shouting about how they live too privileged a life, remember that this break affords a much needed rest for royal reporters and photographers who cover the royal family. These people finally get to sneak away with their families and put their feet up. It is possible that Kate will have another engagement, but I don't know that it is super likely. Today, a French paper is reporting that the Duchess is in France. 

According to a French paper, multiple sources claim that the Duchess landed in Pau in the Pyrenees today at around 1:30pm. Again, according to sources, she flew in on board the private plane of the Duke of Westminster. When William and Kate need a private getaway, they borrow Westminster's private jet. According to the paper, Kate was whisked north from the airport. 

South of Pau
I am happy to hear that Kate has returned to France. The last time she vacationed here privately (to our knowledge) was when the invasive photos were taken. I am glad it hasn't put her off irreparably from a country that cannot help but draw you back again and again. If you speak French, you can read the full article here

[Updated] Kate and William Visit Portsmouth for America's Cup Race

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Portsmouth for an America's Cup race pitting Ben Ainslie's team against other international competitors. The couple began their day with a stop at the Brit team's home base where they met children involved with the 1851 Trust, of which Kate is patron, and toured the facility. 

Kate's passion for sailing and her interest in kids makes this charity a real match made in heaven. I love that William has accompanied her to Portsmouth now, twice, too. They are such great role models for young people. A happy strong couple pursing their charitable endeavors separately, but also together. 

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The main attraction for the day was the race the couple got to watch after their tour. Apparently this is the final race that will take place in the UK before the actual America's Cup in Bermuda next summer, so it was certainly something the royal pair didn't wants to miss.

Sensibly, Kate switched out her wedges for trainers before she board a boat to watch the race. Those are her Adidas Pure Boost athletic shoes. She wore them in Scotland for the tennis clinic. 

Kate began her  day with her hair loose and it certainly caught the attention of the wind. Despite the hair whipping about, I spy Kate's Lauren leaf earrings. P.S. To those wonder, Kate is wearing her wedding band here. It is nestled just to the right of the engagement band. 

The windy, seaside conditions being what they were, Kate added her personalized pullover halfway through the engagement as well as a parka while on the water. So, all together we had several different looks running around. I didn't love the first look. That shirt reminds me of a tennis top I had in high school. It wasn't flattering. Kate's looks short-waisted and too small, which ends up giving it a cheap vibe. Kate seemed to sense it was lacking and pulled on it more than once. By the way, ensemble aside, she was just gorgeous today. Her hair is on point and her natural beauty shining through.

I know more than a few have noted the worn black jeans. I am not in love with black jeans at the best of times, but they certainly don't get better with age. These should be retired to private events. Plus, the deep navy and worn black together bothers me. It just didn't look polished to me. For me, it was disappointing.

Kate is cute as can be all bundled up in her windbreaker coat, and I love the pullover she wore:

It wasn't a big fashion win, but it was a win in every other respect. These two are always charming when doing joint engagements together. They are sporty and competitive and genuinely enjoy the athletic events they attend.

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The couple took the role of presenting the trophies after the race. It is amazing to realize how tiny Kate is next to William when she is wearing her skinnies and flats. They are just darling:

Today was an exciting event in its own right, and having the Cambridges present only added to an already exuberant atmosphere as Ben Ainslie's team had won the race. 

To me, today was all about these two as a team. I laughed when I read a DM article the other weeks talking about how Pippa made the better choice, because her fiancĂ©e has more money than William and she can live the lifestyle of the uber rich without the scrutiny that Kate faces for the rest of her life. It so entirely missed the point. 

Kate didn't marry William because of his money. She married him because she fell in love with a guy named William and it turned out they fit like two peas in a  pod.  Today was just another example of this reality. 

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Prince George Turns 3 Years Old

Friday, July 22, 2016

Today, Prince George, whom I can no longer call Baby George, celebrated his 3rd birthday. As hard as it is to believe, three years have passed since the little royal kept the whole world waiting in the sweltering London heat outside the Lindo Wing. As is customary, the Duke & Duchess released official photos of the darling tyke to commemorate the day. 

These images were taken by Matt Porteous at Anmer Hall in mid-July according to the press release. Kate dressed George in an assortment of his signature shorts, tops, and sweaters, even breaking away from the blue in this sweet taupe ensemble. He is one preppy little man. 

I love that they chose to shoot outside. George is in his element and we got to see some fun details about the Cambridge family's home. A personalized swing etched with "William & Catherine" featured prominently in two photos. I imagine it is the kind of thing Carole Middleton might have come up with. It is charming and unique and a lovely feature in the family garden.

One exciting addition to the photoset was that of Lupo. The Duchess's beloved cocker spaniel has been AWOL for some time now. In a family photo a year or so ago it was reported that Lupo had been in the background, but when the photo was cropped, he was cut out. We saw him loping about in the background in one of Princess Charlotte's birthday photos, but today he certainly got the spotlight in this charming image of the little prince offering the royal dog a lick of ice-cream.

I had a bit of a long post planned for today, but everything is giving way for my current job. Thankfully, I will be back to normal in just a little over a week. Thank you for your patience!!



P.S. I did;t get the newsletter out last week, and I don't think I will get it out tomorrow. I am truly sorry. We'll be back at it in August.

Pippa Middleton Sports Sparkler While Jogging

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Remember when Pippa was papped every time she stepped out of her apartment? It caught fire after the Royal Wedding and for a while I thought it would be her daily existence for eternity, but the fever died down, particularly as she provided many other opportunities for photos through the course of her charity work. Well, with the announcement of her pending nuptials, we are back with lots of candid Pippa shots!

The Pipster was photographed earlier leaving her apartment in a floral dress, and was against spotted today taking a run around London. Her multi-caret sparkler didn't seem to weigh her down too much, and I think you can tell from the smile on her face she anticipated the company and is happy to share her joy. 

I know speculation is rife on a number of topics, including who will be Pippa's attendant, where will the wedding take place, who will create her gown, etc. I'd love to weigh in on some of this, but I am running toward a deadline faster than Pippa on a London side street, so I can't slow down to chat too much. I will say, although many may already know, that Pippa's ring is purportedly from Robinson Pelham, the same jeweler who created the Middletons' jewelry for the Royal Wedding, including Kate's diamond acorn drops. I think Pippa will get married in the UK and we will get pictures just like we have gotten outside photos of so many other society weddings. Right now, I am most excited for them to set a date. Do you think it will be winter or spring?