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Sneak Peek: Kate's Ruched Mermaid Gown at State Dinner

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Good evening, all. As we anticipated, Kate the Great attended the State Dinner tonight at Buckingham Palace. Sadly, I am underwater with work, and since I have thoughts about this ensemble and this event more broadly, and want to give it a full post, I will wait until tomorrow evening write and publish. In the meantime, you've seen the dress already, but feel free to kick off the comments while I dilly dally about. Until tomorrow...

William and Kate Host BBC Radio One at Kensington Palace + Mental Health Meeting

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Harry and Meghan's first tour is in full swing Down Under, but amid the hubbub and excitement you might be asking yourself, what is Kate the Great up to these days? She is a busy, albeit under-the-radar, bee. The Court Circular announced that on Wednesday, Kate and William had hosted the BBC Radio One Teen Heroes finalist at Kensington Palace for an afternoon reception. Today we got a few pictures! (notice the picture of W&K on the table!)

The couple have supported BBC Radio One's initiatives for several years now. They hosted the winners of the Teen Heroes Awards in 2016. 

Just last year, the Cambridges made a surprise appearance on the radio to chat with the hosts as part of an event that supported Heads Together. They shared lots fun tidbits about their personal lives, and as always, it was fun to get a little peek into their chemistry together.

Wednesday's reception is another event in what appears to be a strong partnership between Radio One and the Cambridges to support mental health. Side note: it appears this room has gotten a bit of a makeover, with a new piece of art over the fireplace. 

Kate is wearing a new dress from Whistles! We haven't seen her wear this label for some time. This is the Margot Dot Dress in burgundy , which retails for about $300. 

Kate was wearing her Temple of Heaven earrings by Cassandra Goad, and it appears that she might be wearing her Praline pumps from Gianvito Rossi, which would be a great color combo in my book, since this burgundy is almost brown. 

This dress does not make my heart sing, I will admit, but I am so excited to see Kate I really don't care. It does put us on notice that she has not left her penchant for midis behind as we roll into a new season of fall fashion, so those of you who wish this was't this year's band wagon, buckle up!! I think we have more midi shirt dresses in our future... Although, if you are reading this, Kate, feel free to avert course. 

In other news, on Tuesday the 16th of October, Kate convened a meeting of experts in mental health at Kensington Palace. The gathering was to discuss the "Early Years" initiative, which is Kate's charitable area of concentration right now. You probably remember her address at a Heads Together event in March of this year, in which she discussed how important early intervention is for mental health:

Kate announced in September that she will be launching a new initiate in 2019 that will likely be the focus of her royal life, which is a remarkable commitment, frankly. In some sense, it is also a very humble focus. She isn't tackling any of the flashy issues of the day, but she really is dialing in on what is almost assuredly one of the most important. 

I think we have seen, just from the small glimpse we have of her personal life, that Kate is an incredibly dedicated and thoughtful mother. Her very hands on experience appears to translate into an impressive depth of empathy and knowledge for the new task she is taking on. 

There were no pictures released from Kate's morning meeting, but you probably remember the picture that was released back in November of 2017, when Kate convened a similar gathering on maternal mental health at Kensington Palace.

I am covering Harry and Meghan's tour on Instagram, so pop over there is you want my thoughts on her fashion choices for her first royal tour. I loved the Folded Sail dress yesterday, but that trench coat needs to go, guys. Anyway, more on the IG platform. See you there... 

The Duchess of Sussex is Expecting + Couple Pictured Walking in Sydney!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Kensington Palace announced this morning that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting. Meghan and Harry apparently told the Queen, Charles, and the rest of the royal family at Eugenie's wedding on Saturday (this was the initial report, but I agree with those who are speculating that the Queen, Charles, and the Cambridges must have known beforehand). It does seem clear that they told the rest of the family, (presumably Wessexes, Yorks, etc at the celebration). Wills and Kate are, of course, "delighted" by the news, according to the Palace. 

Meghan is due in the spring of 2019, and thought to be about 12 weeks along right now. Speculation has been circling for a few weeks now, and has proved to be correct. She has apparently chosen to stay the course of the tour and still make the visit to Fiji and Tonga, despite the Zika presence in the area. The couple were pictured (and videoed) walking the gardens at Admiralty House after their arrival in Sydney as they prepare to start what will now be an even more exciting tour for the newlyweds.

You can see the video on The Sun's website here. Congratulations to Meghan and Harry. A baby is always good news! 

Eugenie and Jack's Official Wedding Portraits

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Palace has released Jack and Eugenie's four official wedding photos (if you missed my full recap posted this morning, see here). First, the two chose the classic group shot with just the bridal party. Aren't Charlotte and George sweet over on bench together. 

Second, they picked a one of the family shot with both the Brooksbanks and the Duke and Duchess of York.

Third, the couple chose an artistic shot of the two in the Scottish State Coach, which I really think is unique and fun.

Finally, in an unusual move for royals, the two released a snap from their reception. Emily Andrews reports that this is a Zac Posen dress with the white rose of York embroidered on the shoulders, and she is wearing Queen Victoria's wheat-ear brooch as a hair pin.

This was very fun, and I love that they released this picture. I don't think it hurts for the royals to allow a small peak into these private moments.