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Is Prince Andrew Angling for York Girls' Royal Status?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Good morning all! This past weekend, Camilla Tominey had a piece in the Express reporting that Prince Andrew and Prince Charles are at odds again over the status of the York sisters. 

Andrew, according to Tominey, wrote the Queen insisting that his girls be given full-time royal status. 
The row escalated after Andrew, 56, wrote to his mother demanding that Beatrice and Eugenie carry out full-time royal duties supported by the Sovereign Grant – the public purse which funds the Royals’ work. The letter, originally drafted by the Duke’s private secretary and “gatekeeper” Amanda Thirsk, complained that the princesses were in danger of being overshadowed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry when Charles becomes king.
Families being what they are, and I know most of us have this experience, this story does not seem all that far-fetched to me. I am surprised that Andrew has kept the drumbeat up over the years, though. I think it is pretty clear that the Queen, and perhaps more importantly, Prince Charles, are not going to budge on this one. 

It is interesting that this report makes direct reference to Kate and the Cambridges, though. There is no getting around the fact that Kate and her little family have and will continue to eclipse the Yorks, and indeed, really all other members of the BRF, particularly after the immensely popular monarch inevitably passes away. 

Andrew is fighting a losing battle, if this report is true. Let me know what you think of this latest story! Is it recycled news, or is Andrew still angling? You can read the entire article here

Kate & William Host BBC Radio 1 Teen Heroes

Saturday, October 22, 2016

As the royals are sometimes wont to do, they slipped in an extra event last Tuesday before the reception at Buckingham Palace for Team GB. The couple were the surprise special guests at an event for BBC Radio 1's Teen Heroes. The event was held at Kensington Palace.

When I first saw the pictures a day or so after the BP reception, I immediately assumed that the couple had done what they like to do on occasion, and booked the events back to back. This turned out to be the case, but wouldn't have been amazing had it been a separate event and after all the bad reviews Kate rewore the dress...just to shock the fans?  I would have appreciated the sass. 

I thought the dress looked a little better in these photos, and that is partly because we have gotten used to it in the intervening days, and partly because the flower pattern is blurred. We've already agreed there is no saving this dress, but I still love the red shoes and this video of the Duke & Duchess hosting these young people is super fun. Enjoy:

Kate at Evening Palace Reception

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Kate came to Buckingham Palace in her bathrobe. That's the bad news, but the good news is that we can only go up from here. This dress just left me so perplexed. Kate was attending a reception honoring Great Britain's Olympic teams, an event that straddled day and night when it came to dress code. That is never a fun middle ground to hit, and as it happened, Kate missed it.

I blame McQueen, I mean really. This pattern looks the result of a creative brainstorming session after a working lunch with a few cocktails. I don't think there is any saving this poppy print. (Can we have a caption contest for Princess Anne in the background? She is TGIFing on a Tuesday. It's five o'clock somewhere, kids.) 

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The original dress retails at over $3,000. I am the first to advocate for massive expenditures for Kate's royal wardrobe, so this is the first time I have truly cringed at a price tag. While Kate sometimes customizes a dress, this one is so far from the original design I would say that it was a bespoke piece, keeping only the general length and this...eye-catching pattern.

This dress reminded me of a shorter version of Kate's red Beulah, which, by the way, would have been endlessly preferable, although perhaps a bit too formal.  They both feature a slim silhouette, graceful sleeves, and a v-neck.  Had I been forced to guess on the label of this dress, I would have gone with Beulah, not McQueen.

Kate accessorized well. I love her in these red shoes by Gianvito Rossi, and her Miu Miu clutch debuted in Canada. She was wearing her Soru Baroque Pearl earrings, too, which I like a lot. The dress was a train wreck, but Kate was absolutely radiant, and I am not saying that to mollify those who loved the dress. She really glowed with beauty. 

William and Kate were in excellent spirits and Kate shared that Princess Charlotte is already riding, which is an interesting development. George has already told us that the Cambridges don't have their own pony and until just last year, Kate was still resisting allowing her kids on horses. I can only imagine how pleased the Queen must be. Apparently, Prince George is a water baby and loves to swim. 

If the pattern had been different, this would have been a win. I loved how the dress fell on Kate and those bright accessories. I loved how she lit up the room with her easy charm and sparkling eyes. I would love to burn that dress. Oh well, we all have our off days, as I seem to be learning daily. Many apologies for how late this post is! 

I have some fun posts coming up. Stay tuned!

Princess Kate Pens Foreword to Cipher Book

Monday, October 17, 2016

This weekend, the Heads Together campaign announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has written the foreword to a puzzle book. Although Kate doesn't often refer to family in, in this foreword Kate tapped into her own family history.

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The princess warmly remembered her grandmother Valerie Glassborrow and her work at Bletchley Park, noting how stressful it can be to carry on such a sensitive job that requires such discretion.

Kate's grandmother already made the spotlight when the duchess visited Bletchley Park in 2014. 

Kate's grandmother via Kensington Palace 

On that visit, Kate toured the newly restored huts where intelligence workers during World War II worked to decipher enemy codes. 

Led by Alan Turing, the British team at Bletchley ultimately cracked the German Engigma code. Netflix currently has The Imitation Game on instant watch, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and tells the heartbreaking story of Turing and the remarkable work he and his team achieved. According to the movie, breaking the enigma shortened the war by as much as two years years, saving an estimated 14 million lives. It is well worth a watch. 

This book looks like a lot of fun, perfect for a Christmas stocking stuffer!

We see Kate and William tomorrow as they attend a reception at BP!