With September only hours away, we are suddenly awash in royal news. As you probably have heard by now, William and Kate had a relaxed date night on Thursday at the King's Head Hotel restaurant in Great Bircham--just a short distance from Sandringham and the couple's Anmer Hall home.
The date as described is almost identical to the reports of their quiet nights in the two years they lived privately on Anglesey. Low-key, fish for dinner, Kate sipping a spritzer... The Express reported:
William...ordered a lime and soda while Kate...sipped on a white wine spritzer as four bodyguards sat at an adjacent table. The couple then ordered the same meal, grilled fillet of black bream with roasted Mediterranean vegetables, baby spinach, marinated olives and oven-dried tomatoes with arrabiata sauce, priced £16.25. William requested two scoops of vanilla ice cream, with two spoons.
An onlooker said: “William was extremely affectionate and considerate towards Kate throughout. She walked in with wet hair. She kept playing with it, twisting it around her fingers while talking to him. They were quite flirtatious and couldn’t keep their hands off each other."
If the whole monarchy thing ever goes south and these two need a job they could easily set-up a relationship counseling service. I don't know what their secret is, but they could charge a fortune for it. They are the cutest.
I love how gracious they are to locals, as well, and I think this has long-lasting benefits for them and for their privacy.
“When they had finished their meal, a couple of locals came up to them and said hello. They smiled and were very chatty, very accommodating. My overwhelming feeling was how normal they were. They just seemed happy to mix with the locals.”
In Bucklebury local residents are fiercely protective of the Middletons and the Cambridges, which allows the family freedom of movement and a relatively normal life. In Anglesey, too, the the Cambridges were treated with warmth and thoughtfulness and the royal couple bid a very bittersweet goodbye to the island at an event that felt decidedly more intimate than the usual public engagement.
For her relaxed night out, Kate wore her J Brand skinnies and Pied a Terre wedges, with a cozy sweater over a blouse. The images are rather grainy and it is very hard to tell what blouse it is, but Anna from My Small Obsessions has pointed out that it appears Kate is wearing her Asprey pendant.
William and Kate had spent the past fortnight at Anmer Hall and were then photographed returning to London via King's Cross yesterday. The two made an almost furtive dash through the railway station, apparently trying to avoid notice. Given what a striking couple they are, that was a goal that was bound to fail.
Kate was dressed in her trademark, gorgeous, casual style: Skinnies, her Plimsolls, checkered blouse that is more than likely the Gap from New Zealand, with a sweater, and what appears to be a Barbour. The beautiful thing about Kate is, that although she wears plenty of new items, when it comes to casual wear, she is quite normal in wearing the same pieces over and over. I would bet that the blouse is the Gap and that this Barbour is the Barbour Defense we have seen her in many times. See all the photos on the Mirror's website here.
There is a major Tiara Alert to be announced. This October there will be a State Visit from Singapore. William and Kate visited Singapore on their 2012 tour of Southeast Asia. Martin from The Courtier, a very reliable royal news source, believes that William and Kate could be involved in a state banquet for the visit. You know what state banquets mean...they mean bling. So, keep your fingers crossed on that one. We were royally cheated last December when we only got a passing glance at Kate wearing the Papyrus tiara to a closed event at Buckingham Palace. Which means, the only other time we had a proper tiara moment was on that happiest of days....
Happy or not, that was far too long ago. We are due for a tiara! It is also being whispered the coupe will undertake their next overseas tour to China. More details to come...
Certainly, we cannot close this post without a comment on today's anniversary. This is a hard weekend for William, I am sure. Everyone knows the story of the traumatic collision in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel. 17 years ago his mother passed away in Paris's Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in the hours just before dawn of August 31st.