Does anyone have time for Kate the Saturday before Christmas? If you are taking a break from shopping or frantic cleaning, the Kate Up-Date is now going live to the world, and happily, there is some news for us to sip hot-coco over. While I have a general rule: no picture, no post, the Duchess has been pretty active in London, so I thought we would run through it all, even without the fun of photography.
Today, the Cambridges arranged for a certain little man to have a private meeting with Santa. Both William and Kate took George to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular to chat with Father Christmas. Can you imagine? One of the elves reported that Kate was wearing a beige coat and black boots, and, of course, that "she looked amazing!" Well, natch. Kate has a number of beige coats, and my mind immediately went to her pinky/grey Max Mara, although I don't know how the fit would be at this point.
She may have been wearing this trench she was spotted shopping in when pregnant with George, or she could have been in an entirely new piece. With really no details other than a general color, it is very hard to guess. All reports suggest that the couple were only there for their private audience with St. Nick and not to stay for the actual performance.
Kate has been having a busy week, as I suppose we all are in the run-up to Christmas. On Wednesday, locals at a London flower market reported seeing Kate shopping for festive blooms. The Princess was accompanied by her personal protection officers who, according to the witness, kept onlookers at a discreet distance. That same day, Kate attended the Queen's pre-Christmas lunch at BP.
Thursday, William and Kate hosted their annual staff Christmas party at trendy Bumpkin's South Kensington location on the Old Brompton Road. The royals are very fond of the cosy atmosphere and locally sourced food, because in 2012 they hosted their staff at Bumpkin - Notting Hill. Bumpkin's menu is mouthwatering, with starters that include Pan-Seared Scallops in cauliflower cream and Roast Squash with poached quail eggs, foraged mushrooms, and tender stemmed broccoli. Entrées (as we gauchely prefer to refer to main courses) include Salmon Wellington, Roast Pheasant with skirlie and Bury black pudding, and Pearl Barley Risotto. They have a comprehensive dessert list, but I will stop before I ruin your pre-Christmas diet. It looks like a great restaurant!
The same day, William, Kate, and Harry attended a private board meeting for their umbrella charity, The Royal Foundation. The meeting was held in Kensington, and no photos have emerged. It seems very possible this was a post-mortem on the very successful New York trip.
Obviously, unless you are a fly on the wall in Kensgington Palace, it is hard to say for certain what Christmas has in store for the Cambridges. They spent the Christmas of 2011 with the Queen at Sandringham, 2012 they were in Bucklbury with the Middletons as Kate battled hyperemesis gravidarum, 2013 saw them back at Sandringham. If they are establishing an every-other-year pattern, 2014 should be Middletons in Bucklbury, but with only three Christmases to the pattern, there is no way to know if extenuating circumstances dictated their 2012 stay in Berkshire. This year, too, is their first Christmas with their newly renovated Norfolk home in full operational order. For obvious selfish reasons, I am hoping they will be in Norfolk for the walk to church Christmas Day. For many other reasons, I think our money is safe on Sandringham. All will soon be revealed...