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Duchess Kate New Patron of Evelina London Children's Hospital

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook two public engagements in London together. Before the couple arrived at their first destination, though, Kensington Palace announced that Kate is the new royal patron of that first stop, the Evelina London Children's Hospital.  This patronage obviously falls within Kate's expressed interest in children and families, and seems a perfect fit for the princess. I think we are seeing a build-up to Kate's 2019 launch of what she has communicated will be her lifelong charitable endeavor. 


Christmas activities are everywhere and William and Kate tried their hands at a number of crafts with the children and families. As always, the little Cambridges came up, and both William and Kate remarked on how much George and Charlotte enjoy these types of pastimes. I imagine Louis will be getting in on the fun sooner rather than later. KP shared this video which features a little snippet of Kate's thank-you speech on her first visit as patron.

I am loving seeing the Annoushka pearl drops. Several of Kate's other everyday pearl earrings (the one son loan from the Queen) are cool for their connections to the royal vault, but I prefer these larger pearls on Kiki hoops that give them a little more swing.


The couple's second stop was the charity Passage, which aids the homeless in many of their different needs, including working to combat drug addiction and mental health struggles. So, again, a charity that is right in step with both William's and Kate's interests.

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There were arts and crafts to work on here, too, and Emily Andrews shared this video reporting that William told those gathered that Kate is much better at the creative crafts. Not breaking news. ;) 


Kate looked fabulous today in this green L.K. Bennett, which we will get to in just a second, but in this lighting you can really appreciate the Christmas-y forest green.

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A fun little video from the Royal Family Channel:

Ok, fashion! Kate tapped L.K. Bennett again today as she debuted a new silk tea dress from one of her favorite retailers. This dress is the Mortimor and is kind of the wintry version of the Montana dress. It has all the elements Kate has been obsessed with of late, including buttoned cuffs, a big bow at the collar, and, of course, polka dots. The oversized pearl buttons are the icing on the cake, and pair perfectly with her Annoushka pearl drops. 


Kate accessorized with Gianvito Rossi 85 heels and the Dora clutch from L.K. Bennett. Kate paired both these with her ensemble in Cyprus last week. I think the olive works with the darker green of this dress. I like that she is changing it up from the usual nude or black accessories. 


It looks like Kate has weaned Louis and is back with her dermatologist. Last week you could see a relaxation in her brow, and today she is even smoother. It just goes to show how moms always put babies first, even before beauty--whether it is refraining from hair dye during pregnancy or skin treatments while feeding. Given Kate's very public profile, her priorities are all the more impressive. And she was radiant today! 



Kate's Old Church Street Flat For Sale

Sunday, December 9, 2018

This morning Majesty Magazine tweeted the news that Carole and Michael Middleton have put their London flat on the market. The Middletons bought this flat years ago when Kate and Pippa moved to the city. 


For longtime royal watchers, you will remember the Old Church Street property, which featured often in the papers as Kate was photographed coming and going. Here Kate, and Carole in the background, head out to do some shopping at the neighborhood stores. 


Kate leaving on her 25th birthday, when everyone thought we'd get a proposal, or her departure for the Diana concert in 2007, are all snaps that were taken right on the doorstep of this flat. Now with the property shots online, we finally get a peek inside!


The property description gives a sense of what a nice apartment it is. The Middletons apparently bought it for around £1.2million and have placed it on the market for £1.9million. 

A fantastic and private apartment for sale in Old Chelsea, SW3

A well-appointed 3 bedroom apartment for sale in the heart of Old Chelsea. The property is offered to the market with a Share of the Freehold.

Found on a favourable part of the Old Church Street, this charming three bedroom, upper floor maisonette provides a peaceful, light and spacious home. The flat is accessed on the first floor and there is an internal flight of stairs which leads up to the second floor, comprising of a double reception room, kitchen and guest W/C. 
On the third floor there is a master en suite with a picturesque view onto Justice walk and over the chimney pots of Old Chelsea. There are also two further bedrooms and a family bathroom on this level. The front of the building faces east to west, providing lovely morning light and this continues throughout the day, as the sun beams through the reception room into the afternoon. The property is presentable but still allows an incoming buyer scope to put their own stamp on the property. 
Location information
Old Church Street runs north between the Kings Road and the Embankment and is approximately 0.9 miles from Gloucester Road tube station, and approximately 0.9 miles from Sloane Square.


I covet this dining room set and that mirror! 


I don't really know what I imagined the interior of this apartment looking like, but this seems to fit whatever amorphous scenes I had in my mind. I think the style is just the type we have seen from Kate and Carole in other areas. A mix of classic and modern, crisp white neutral colors paired with with pops of color. I really like it. It is very bright and pleasant balance. 


Is this what the apartment looked like when Kate lived there? Who knows. I don't know if the Middletons have been subletting this place, or if James has been living here. We did find out in Carole's interview that James lives with his parents "when he is not in London," so this might have been his London crash pad. 










It looks like a beautiful flat and I expect it will sell quickly. Time marching on...  :)

Sneak Peek: Kate Arrives in Cyprus in Jigsaw Trousers

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

William and Kate have arrived at Raf Akrotiri in Cyprus where they will meet with service members deployed to the island. To the absolute delight of many, many fashion fans, Kate is wearing trousers today!


The blazer looks like Smythe to me. Laura has IDed the clutch as an L.K. Bennett piece, and the shoes as Gianvito Rossi 105 heels.  I am loving this olive color way.

Perth's Fashion is guessing these trousers are MaxMara in deep blue:  As the day progressed, these were positively IDed as Jigsaw. 

This is a new-do for Kate. Her hair is half up and half down, but in the back it is like a mini-ponytail. I like the look from the from, but I am not sure what I think about it from the back:
There is also a velvet ribbon back there, which you can see a bit of in the last picture.


This is yet another hit for me. Kate looks fabulous. I love Kate in skinnies, but I agree there is a time and a place and it is nice to see trousers at an event like this. I suspect we will see more of this style.


P.S. Due to the time constraints I have this week, and as mentioned in yesterday's post, I won't be doing a full post on this event. :( 



Duchess of Cambridge at the Diplomatic Reception

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

In a significant break from their recent modus operandi, Buckingham Palace permitted a rota photographer to snap tonight's Diplomatic Reception. This is such a big shift, and is further proof that the winds of change or blowing strongly at BP. 


I do think this is a continued effort on the part of the Palace to put the spotlight on the primary stars. I don't mean that in an unkind way, but Meghan has certainly shaken things up (whether you consider that a great thing, or not such a healthy thing) and the Palace, as I said they would, needs to keep the boat balanced. 


Kate is wearing a dress by Jenny Packham, and carrying JP's Casa clutch, too. We all recognize her beautiful Lover's Knot tiara and Collingwood pearl earrings, both made famous by the late Princess of Wales. 


This is a huge win. It's delicate and sparkling, which is right in line with Jenny P and Kat's usual creations, but the neckline and sleeves are a new style.  The draping gives it a softer and more romantic look, and really makes the dress. I love it so much. After several rocky choices, Kate really has hit a home-run with this one.


Today at the Christmas party and now this evening, Kate has been glowing. She looks fabulous. It was raining in London, and this was the shot James Whatling snapped of Kate and William leaving Kensington Palace on their way to BP. Usually, this is all we would get, so I feel like quite the lucky duck tonight.


This is actually a very busy and stressful week on this end, so I am not going to update the Christmas party post any further (although I will clean it up next week). I did like that ensemble. Kate could have made it trendier with a hipper top, but I don't mind the classic button-down sweater. It was very much in her style profile. You can see that post here.

Ok kids, see you tomorrow! ;)