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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? 

Confirmed, Pippa Middleton is Engaged

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It is official! Pippa Middleton confirmed this morning that she is indeed engaged to James Matthews! The Duchess's sister gave us a glimpse of her ring, which is impressively large.  The Express shared photos:

It is a cushion cut diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds, which is a style that was very popular here in the United States about five years ago. It might still be a hot trend. It is very art deco and, to my mind, very beautiful. According to Rebecca English, after Pippa smiled for the cameras, she backed her car into James's motorcycle. Oops.

The couple have carried out a very private romance. They flew under the radar for some time, because James was a long-time friend (actually, once-upon-a-time boyfriend) and the couple were competing together in groups, which is where I suspect their romance reignited. But even so, we never really saw them hit the party circuit together the way Pippa has with other boyfriends. If you want a snap of Pippa and James together you have to look to Wimbledon, a competition in which they participated together, or a grainy pap shot from quiet dates.

To recap from yesterday, People magazine is reported:
According to [Richard] Kay, Matthews got down on one knee to propose last weekend while the pair were in the picturesque Lake District of northwest England. (A rep for Middleton has not returned requests for comment.)

Middleton, 32, earlier fueled rumors on Monday when she appeared at a charity fundraiser and notably kept her left hand hidden from photographers.
I think this was a "pre-announcement" since Pippa wasn't actually wearing the ring from the other photos I have seen. It did the trick, since the internet exploded last night with Kay's revelation in the Mail, coupled with this photo:

What to expect now? I would guess that Pippa will get married in the spring of 2017, although I suppose a winter wedding could be on the books. Whenever she chooses to tie the knot, it will certainly be the society wedding of the year. 

Finally, according to royal reporters, Pippa was packing boxes from her family's company Party Pieces into her car, so the theory is that George is going to have a spectacular birthday bash very soon. The Middletons have a lot to celebrate this month! 

Pippa Middleton Engaged to James Matthews

Monday, July 18, 2016

Good evening royal fashion friends. I have been completely underwater these past two weeks and will be for another two, so I apologize for that, but I take the shortest of breaks to relay the exciting rumor that Pippa Middleton may indeed be engaged to boyfriend Matthew...this is terrible, but what is his name again? Oops, James Matthews! Sorry James. I should remember that--two Jameses in the family now! The beautiful brunette coyly hid her left hand from photographers at the British Heart Foundation's annual gala, where she posed alone and with Princess Eugenie, among others. 

People magazine is reporting:
According to [Richard] Kay, Matthews got down on one knee to propose last weekend while the pair were in the picturesque Lake District of northwest England. (A rep for Middleton has not returned requests for comment.)

Middleton, 32, earlier fueled rumors on Monday when she appeared at a charity fundraiser and notably kept her left hand hidden from photographers.
There is no official confirmation at this time. I think royal watchers are in a flurry of excitement because Richard Kay is a veteran reporter on the royal beat and is pretty accurate. I don't think the pictures from the British Heart Foundation are anything to go by, because if she is wearing a ring, someone would have seen it. The always delightful FugGirls have pointed out that no matter the reality, Pips certainly wants us to think she is engaged, and I agree. Common sense also tells us that one of these days Pippa is bound to get engaged, so...this could indeed be it.  

I'll update when I get back from dinner.