Some of the hoped for pictures from Mustique have been published by The New York Daily News, the same paper that obtained the photos of Kate and William attending her 12-week scan. Interestingly, it was not Kate who ran as the headline on this recent story, but Pippa. The larger, higher resolution photo featured Pips in a stunning, jade green bikini, standing with Carole, Mike, James, William, and misc. friend after a dip in the turquoise water. But, the main attraction, the Duchess of Cambridge, is only shown in several smaller and grainy shots and did not appear to be with the main party.
I wonder if this means there are larger and better photos of Kate that will emerge later--after fetching a premium price--or if Kate just avoided the beach and any possibility of a higher resolution paparazzi shot. This remains to be seen, but Hello! usually snares the photo exclusive, so I am waiting to see if they have a few more surprises in store for us, or if Daily News scooped their usual exclusive.
|Hello! Exclusive from 2014|
This year, the Cambridges flew to their tropical retreat on a Thursday and passed a quiet weekend together before Carole and Mike were spotted making their way to join their royal daughter and son-in-law. (More photos of the two can be found at The Daily Mail) While we do not know if Pippa or James had made it to Mustique earlier, I think it is likely that William and Kate deliberately planned to have those few days alone, effectively tacking on a private getaway before the family holiday got going.
|Carole and Mike Middleton Heading to Mustique via E!|
Much argument and speculation circled around the royal couple's lodging, and nothing is firmly confirmed. Currently, Villa Rocina remains the favorite likelihood, although at some point, I don't think it would be entirely unusual were the couple to begin to rent a separate, albeit nearby, villa. Rocina is quite close to Cotton House, where we suspect security is lodged. More on Rocina at this post.
Speaking of staff, there seems to be a great deal of surprise that Nanny Maria joined the family on this holiday, but I can't think of a more obvious staff member to take. As George's full-time nanny, Miss Maria is an extended member of the family, and should be expected to travel almost everywhere with the couple and their son. Consider her smiling face through the window as the royal party pulled out of Buckingham Palace after their luncheon with the Queen? She really does go almost everywhere. Mustique, an island with multiple sources of water all about, is certainly a locale one would want a pair of eyes dedicated to the baby prince's well-being. Besides, shouldn't accompanying the family to Mustique be one of the perks of the job? I wouldn't want to be left at home... Speaking of George, though, I have to ask, are striped dungarees the most overworked item in George's closet?
I think the answer is, yes.
John Cleese, a gentleman whose holiday coincided with the Middletons', was good enough to tweet that the reported birthday bash on January 31st at Basil's Bar was not Carole's. Instead, Cleese claims the family had a small and discreet celebration several days before. This makes me think they celebrated at one of the public establishments, either Basil's Bar or The Cotton House, but likely the former. Basil's Bar is a favorite watering hole and Basil himself was invited to the Royal Wedding. Just a few months later, Carole, Mike, and Pippa were effective guests of honor at the opening of the satellite Basil's Bar at the Goring Hotel, so they have history with the establishment.
|Carole Leaving The Goring After Mustique-Themed Party|
Kate was wearing Lotty B's "Shirt Dress" in blue shell repeats, with thanks to LiveLoveLaugh. The cover-up is 100% silk crepe de chine, and originally retailed for £302, but a Valentine's Day sale reduced the price to £108. As you can imagine, the piece is sold out.
|Lotty B Mustique Short Dress|
Lotty B is a Mustique based label specializing in tropical beach wear.
Chic beach and resort wear label, Lotty B, offers a glimpse into the exclusive and seductive world of Mustique...Inspired by the island’s wealth of flora and fauna, local resident Lotty Bunbury, began hand painting silk sarongs on her arrival on Mustique in 1993. She sold them as her “Lotty B” collection in the local shop. For the first few years, every sarong was an original, but due to increasing demand from visitors and locals alike, Lotty went into print in 2002, officially launching her Lotty B label, and has since expanded the collection to include kaftans and resort wear. Famous for beautiful craftsmanship, presentation and attention to detail, her label has come to define the casual, elegant style that is Mustique.
The label is one of the most popular at the pink boutique on Mustqiue where Lotty B was first sold, and as a result the designer has named a number of her "lines" after the store. Kate was snapped passing the Pink House, but whether she purchased this dress online before her trip or while on holiday is not known.
|Pink House, Mustique|
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We will be seeing Kate officially on February 12th as she joins Ben Ainslie for two engagements to boost The 1851 Trust and the push to win the coveted America's Cup trophy for Britain. Apologies or the late post, but I was caught up in the Northern snow blizzard, so everything was a little delayed.