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Fifth Photo of Prince Louis Released

Monday, July 16, 2018

Several of you mentioned that you were disappointed not to get a better view of Louis in any of the four christening photos released yesterday (see them all on this post), and as if on direct cue, the Cambridges released this darling fifth photo of Kate and Louis this morning. 

This picture was snapped by Matt Porteous. Matt Holyoak took the official portraits released yesterday, but the man behind the lens on this fifth photo was the photographer the Cambridges chose to take Prince George's third birthday photos (see all four of those pictures here):

It makes sense that William and Kate would have multiple photographers on what is not only a special family day, but an historic day, too. I am sure they will frame both the beautiful images prepared by Holyoak, and also enjoy the pictures in this different style by Porteous. I do really like his light-filled, natural images. From the images Kate has taken, I think she trends toward this style. 

As to the timing of this fifth photo, although the palace does at times respond to very vociferous fan reactions, I think this was a planned released from the start. Just as Harry and Meghan released that extra engagement photo, I think the press team is trending toward these later releases as a matter of course. The official photos go out to the papers and then they add a more personal touch on their social channels a day later or so. It's a nice plan, and of course the gesture hits its mark--fans love it and it helps the royals control their own narrative a little.  

A great way to start the week. Happy Monday, all! 

Prince Louis's Official Christening Photos Released

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kensington Palace has released Prince Louis's official christening pictures! There are four. The photos were taken by Matt Holyoak at Clarence House after the baptism at St. James's Palace. This first one in the garden is the most beautiful, in my opinion, and absolutely my favorite. 

It is lovely to get a portrait of just the Cambridges as a family of five, but this stark background is not my favorite look. They used a similarly sterile background for their last family portrait and it also came across as barren and just generally ugly. I hope they move back toward the warmer, outdoor family shots they once did. In every other respect, it's a beautiful shot. 

It was particularly fun to see a pictures of just the larger Wales family. :) An IG reader pointed out that Charlotte is holding Louis's hand!! 

Finally, they released a full photo that included both sides of the family. I think this photo exonerates Meghan's choice of olive a little. She blends in better than I expected--she doesn't leap out at you-- and to the extent she does not fit the color scheme, her dress's color differentiates the royals a little from the Middletons, so it works with the family split. 

It's lovely to see these pictures, and... I still love that hatband! :)

If you missed the full post on today's Wimbledon appearance, it is live here.

[Full Post] The Duchess is in Dolce! Kate Wears Bright Yellow to Wimbledon with William

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Wimbledon together today to watch Kevin Anderson play Novak Djokovic in the men's final. Kate opted for a bright yellow Dolce & Gabbana dress (quick ID by Perth's Fashion and Kate's Closet!) and bag, and earrings and a necklace from Asprey! 

Yesterday, Kate and Meghan chatted with tennis stars and ball girls and boys, and today William and Kate met with some of tennis's superstars before the match. Wimbledon shared this video:


This yellow is amazing against the green of the Royal Box. I won't the ball, this ensemble is a huge hit with me!! 

The final always brings a real panoply of celebrities to centre court, and William and Kate are often surrounded by a sea of well-known faces. Today, one of their nearby companions was Rod Laver, an 11-time Grand Slam champion (whom they also met in the Wimbledon video above). It's not hard to see why Kate adores Wimbledon. 

William and Kate always have an absolute blast at this annual sporting event. Yesterday was fun, and both royal ladies clearly enjoyed the day, but there was a detectable awkwardness. Both Meghan and Kate obviously knew that their every move was being analyzed. Kate's been the royal lady under a certain amount of fire when these two are stacked up against each other by the media and fans. Nevertheless, as the experienced and more senior royal, Kate was beautifully composed and regal under the pressure, and the two navigated the afternoon well.

But, today Kate could let her breath out a little and enjoy her husband's company and the sport. Her mood was bubbly and back in her zone. AFP shared what might have been the best picture of the day:

Djokovic won pretty handily from what I heard, and his comments on court were so sweet. I am sure William and Kate, so recently parents for a third time, were smiling.

As is customary, William and Kate congratulated the players afterwards. Kate remarked how hot it must have been, and Djokovic remarked it was the warmest day at Wimbledon! I love how when Djokovic asked after the Cambridge children, William jumped in with some joke that moved the conversation along. 

Let's talk about the fashion! Kate wore a new dress by Dolce & Gabbana in this bright, tennis-ball yellow. It is from the label's Resort collection and retailed at over $1,000. It is a pretty simple sheath dress, which is right up Kate's alley, and I particularly love the modified flutter sleeves! They are such a cute addition to this already sunny dress, and were very flattering and feminine on the Duchess.

Kate wore earrings that are new to us, but I suspect have been in her jewelry box for a while. These are Asprey's Oak Leaf earrings. Intertwining oak leaves of pavé diamonds in 18 karat gold, they originally retailed for £9,000. It is possible Kate was wearing the same earrings sans the diamonds. Right now I can't tell from the pictures available. [With an updated picture, I am leaning toward the version without diamonds, sadly].

Kate paired these earrings with a necklace from the same collection. Kate has had this Woodland charm necklace since at least 2014, when it first debuted on tour in Australia. She has chosen three pendants, the acorn, the oak, and a mushroom.

The acorn is a family motif on the Middleton coat of arms, the oak leaf represents strength and the oaks prevalent in Berkshire where Kate was raised. The symbolism that the mushroom holds for Kate is less clear. I love the personal significance of this jewelry and its strong connection to her Middleton roots.

Finally, Kate carried the D&G Miss Sicily bag she debuted yesterday on her visit with Meghan, her new Ray-Ban Youngster sunnies, and wore the citrine cocktail ring that we noticed at Harry and Meghan's wedding. She was most definitely dressed to the nines. :)

It is my opinion that only some people can successfully wear yellow. Kate doesn't wear it all that often, but each time she does she reminds how spectacularly some people can wear this bold hue. Kate has worn very bright yellows several times. Excluding softer shades, which Kate also likes, her first bright yellow was the Jaeger she wore while on tour in Southeast Asia in 2012 (left). The Roksanda Ilincic she first wore in Sydney and then recycled at Wimbledon (middle) is still one of her best (why doesn't she wear Roksanda again?!), and finally, most recently, she wore this cheerful Jenny Packham in Germany (right) in 2017. 

Kate was lovely yesterday, but it's almost hard to believe what a difference 24 hours makes. She was just glowing today. Her hair was magnificent (it's getting a little longer again!) and her tan was practically glowing. Wimbledon is always such a treat for royal watching, and certainly this weekend was no exception!

P.S. Louis's official christening photos will be released tonight, so check back at some point! 

[Updated] Kate & Meghan Watch Wimbledon Ladies' Final Together

Saturday, July 14, 2018

This is a big, big weekend! The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex are on their first joint-engagement together as they attend the Wimbledon ladies' final. This event was announced just a few days ago, and obviously sparked huge excitement among fans. The new sisters-in-law will watch Meghan's good friend Serena Williams compete against Angelique Kerber for the champion's title. 

Wimbledon tweeted out a video this morning featuring the two arriving, which gave us a lovely early look at the fashion.

These two women, at this particular match, create the perfect combo. Kate is a dedicated tennis fan generally as well as the patron of the All England Club and Meghan is good friends with tennis star and fellow American Serena Williams!

Before the two took their seats, however, they met with some of the former champs of centre court, and with the ball boys and ball girls, which always provides very sweet photos! 

RAF Benevolent Fund 
And another chance to get a full look at the fashion!

I love this hat Meghan has brought along, but as of this writing, she has yet to put it on. Hopefully soon! 

The two royal ladies then headed to take their seats for the match:

Nadal and Djokovic's match is apparently running quite long (I don't have tv and therefore not watching the match), so Kate and Meghan are getting a double-dose of tennis this afternoon. 


Omid Scobie has been sharing great commentary and videos on his Twitter feed which has kept me up-to-speed.

This is a nice long clip from Christin Zi showing Kate and Meghan chatting. Bonus points if you speak German, which I do not. 

To the fashion! Kate looks really lovely. She is taking her time losing her baby weight (I approve!), and this dress is very flattering. I have vacillated on whether the print actually features tennis balls. Right now I am saying they are tennis balls, which is classic Kate, right?  Although the gathered pleats at her hip and shoulder could have veered off toward from-froo, they work well on this dress and added interest to a relatively simple design.

Kate's pearl earrings by In2Design and her new Dolce & Gabbana bag are both fresh accessories that polished this look to perfection. 

These earrings are by Swedish label In2Deisgn, and Kate wore them while, appropriately, on tour in Sweden! 

Meghan has stuck to her style profile in a Ralph Lauren trouser ensemble. Both this blouse and the wide-legged trousers are by the American label. I like this look! It was very early 20th century, which is fun to see at Wimbledon. Meghan can really pull off these looks quite well. I do think the blouse could be a little more pulled-together, and she probably should have had the trousers tailored, too. When standing still, they were pooling, which isn't a great look, although I myself am guilty of this often. All in all, though, the look balanced well the casual nature of a sports game on a summer afternoon and her position as a senior royal in the Royal Box! I thought it was a win!

I will update later this afternoon when we have more pictures. It sounds like Rafa and Djokovic are still playing, so Kate and Meghan haven't even gotten to the main event yet!