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Royal Baby Watch Update + Stylerocks Giveaway!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Good morning, good morning. The waiting is starting to get to you, isn't it? I know it is. :) Even I am beginning to wonder. In Monday's post, I confidently predicted we would have a new royal baby with us before the weekend. As the hours ticked by yesterday, I could only shake my head.  While we wait for the fashionably late HRH, I have a fun distraction at the end of this post, so hold on through our Kate updates!



Before we get to that, though, PopSugar got a hold of the entire set of photos from the Bucklebury Snettisham! Farm Park. They are higher quality than the ones we have seen, and there are some precious new shots of Kate carrying George. That little man really has grown. William and Kate are really blessed; he is just absolutely precious. Of course, we knew Kate would have beautiful babies. :) See all the pictures at PopSugar here. Can you tell they are related?


While in London, Kate has not been a hermit hiding away in KP. The Duchess was spotted shopping at Zara Home for a variety of things, including what might have been gifts for George? People reports:
Browsing the store alone for 45 minutes, Kate bought some salad servers, a plain doormat and some dark blue bath towels with rope-print detailing. "She was really interested in the blue sailor-themed display where she got the towels from before she went down to kidswear," says the staffer.

In the kids' department, Kate bought Prince George a few gifts, including a set of padded blue and white gingham hangers, some picnic cutlery and tumblers with polka dots. She also looked at some neutral white baskets that might well be for the new baby. "Those are our best sellers and perfect for nurseries," says another staffer who saw her in the store.
Kate was wearing a white and blue top (this sounds suspiciously like a Breton, doesn't it?), jeans, and high-heeled wedges. Difficult to say what wedges, but I suspect they were her Pied a Terre, rather than the Corkswoon.  As nimble as she is, I can't imagine wearing those sky-scrapers this late in pregnancy.

April 26, 1923

The Press Association ran a very fun piece yesterday about the possible birthdays of the Royal Baby and what notable occasions it could share. Today, April 25th, is the birthday of Kate's maternal grandfather, Ronald Goldsmith; the wedding anniversary of George VI and Queen Elizabeth is on the 26th of April; and, of course, William and Kate's own wedding anniversary on the 29th of April. That happens to also be Uncle Gary's birthday, but I don't know if that would make the press release.



Tip to survive the Great Kate Wait: She won't go into labor, deliver the baby, and present the new HRH on the steps of the Lindo Wing, all in under 8 hours while you slumber, or in the time it takes you to get through an appointment. When Kate finally did go into labor with George, it was just more of the waiting game! I was in Paris, and let me tell you, I got a boat-load done between the official announcement, the grandparents' visits, and, at last, the photo-call. Even if Kate has a massively quick labor and delivery, it is likely the Cambridges will follow the same procedure with this little one, as they did with George, giving themselves several hours alone just soaking it in before making the news public. This, coupled with the restrictions on the announcement hours should keep all royal watchers cool as cucumbers.



Since it is the weekend, and finally spring, and Royal Wedding month, and we have a new Cambridge baby on the very doorstep, let's turn to something with a celebratory pop: jewelry. I am sure you remember Pascale and the customized jewelry company Stylerocks. If you were on vacation, or off brewing a cuppa, when we chatted about Stylerocks last time around, I want to quickly refresh your memory before we continue to today's treat! Pascale created Styelrocks to fill a void in the jewelry business. She formed the company to provide quality jewelry with an emphasis on craftsmanship, but one that is also tailored to her customer's preferences. Stylerocks offers customizable jewelry, making you the designer, and allowing your personality to take center stage. 

Stylerocks 

I follow Pascale on Instagram and I can tell you not all Instagram accounts are created equal. I love the geometric displays the company posts. Here are their detachable earrings, several of which are very similar to some of Kate's cushion cut Kikis. As you can see, the mix-and-match options from shape and style, to metal, to stone color, are many!



As I mentioned, we have a treat today, and the title of the post has already tipped you off to the fact we are doing a give-away! Pascale asked me what I thought should be the featured item in the give-away and it was not hard for me to choose the "Charlotte" necklace, a member of the Russian Rings collection.  



Pascale has described the concept of the Russian rings: "the three rings are said to represent the Holy Trinity. But they can represent other concepts too: Past, Present, Future. Peace, Love, Harmony. There’s something about the number 3 that is truly magical. And in this ring, they represent a connectedness that can never be broken." Style rocks' range of Russian Rings pieces offer a broad variety of different shapes and styles. This video gives you some background on how the jewelry is made!





This engraved necklace comes in several sizes, the Zara (small), the Alexandra (medium), and the Charlotte (large). I asked Pascale if we could feature the Charlotte, the largest, which I like because it is big enough to make a statement, while remaining sophisticated in its simple elegance. Am I the only one noticing that all these necklaces have princess-worthy names?

Zara, Alexandra, and Charlotte


You will certainly notice the similarity between this piece, and Kate's Cartier "Trinity" necklace. Other than the eye-watering price-tag, around £49,000, we don't know when Kate got it, or from whom. It has only been described as a piece in her personal collection. 



Obviously, with Mother's Day just around the corner, (cough, cough, all you dads out there) now is the time to pull it together if you have yet to make plans for the princess in your life. Stylerocks can only guarantee Mother's Day delivery if you order by April 30th, but they will provide a customized "promissory note" if you are late to the game. Several you asked me to remind the guys around Mother's Day that a Stylerocks treat would not go amiss, and this is my official nudge! 



Ok, to the giveaway! Below, you can sign up for multiple chances to win, depending on the options you pursue. The two mandatory points are that you sign up for the newsletter over on the Stylerocks website, (if you note you came via FBTB, you will get a $25 credit toward any purchase!). Secondly, you must comment on this post with your preferred necklace length and engravings, should you be the lucky winner! Knock yourselves out, kids!  I know you are just watching a dead Twitter feed right now while you attempt to survive the Great Kate Wait 2. ;) 




I want to personally thank everyone who did business with Pascale and purchased some of her beautiful products the last time around. When you do business with Pascale, she does business with me here, and that supports the upkeep of this blog. I think her product is lovely and the concept unique, and it has been a pleasure to introduce her to you all and in doing so create a relationship that is so mutually beneficial.

Hopefully, we will have a baby to celebrate very, very soon. 

92 comments:

  1. Thank you for the lovely giveaway and for such a great blog! :) If I were to win, I would choose the 45cm length, and have the words "Be Here Now" engraved on the rings.

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  2. I would love the 65cm length. I'd have the names of my husband and two toddler sons engraved on them.

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  3. I would love to receive the charlotte neclace and if I win it would be Jesus , Mary and Baba to be engraved. Love, Imke (brothermail@gmx.at)

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  4. I would love to win and wear the 65cm length with Faith, Hope and Charity engraved.

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  5. I would prefer 80 cm length, engraved with Love Hope and Peace

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  6. I love your blog and check in every day even tho I'm from the States. I love the Charlotte necklace and would want my two sons' names with my own name engraved on it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. 70 cm - Szabolcs - Adrienn - Love
    Thank you Jane, your blog is amazing! :)

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  8. Thank you to you and StyleRocks for this generous distraction. My Dad loved the number three and because we were three in the family, he'd often say omnium, trium, perfectum in his bid to remember latin class and appear intellectual. Now, my little family is made up of three dear souls, and I dare say, perfect in its own right.
    I'd proudly present a longer StyleRocks necklace, to my wife with the latin inscription. Happy Mother's Day.

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  9. I would chose the 60cm length and have my three children's names engraved. It is a gorgeous piece.Ali

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  10. I'd love the 70 cm with the names of my 3 children

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  11. Thanks so much for this StyleRocks opportunity! I have one of her other pieces and am just in LOVE with it! If I were to win, I would have some hard choices to make if I wanted to engrave the rings and so anything I say here has to be subject to change without notice. It would be nice to memorialize people I know who represent characteristics I try to embody myself, but the idea in some of the other comments about engraving some kind of "life motto" is also attractive. I think I might like to try combining the two by engraving my husband's name (William!) on one of the rings and the name of our home on the other two rings, as they both embody my life and everything we have worked for.

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  12. Thank you for this very special treat while we are waiting for Baby Cambridge 2. What a luxurious collection Stylerocks has! I love it! Especially the Russian Rings Collection - classic, wearable and an everyday reminder of what is dear to me: My three "boys", husband and sons! I would loooove to win one!!! Good luck to everyone!

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  13. What a lovely giveaway! I would choose the medium length necklace, and have my families names engraved.

    Shar

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  14. Beautiful jewelry! If I win, I would select the 80 cm length with Faith, Hope and Love engraved on the necklace. Julie

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  15. Thank you for arranging such a special treat, Jane (and Pascale!)! I would choose the 80 cm necklace, and I would most likely have my name with my mom's and sister's names on. But maybe not! Ask me again when I win, lol!

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  16. Lovely! I would select the 60 cm length engraved with Love, Strength, and Perseverance. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. What a great giveaway! The video of how they make the necklace was fascinating. I would chose the 80cm length. At this moment I would have my sisters names engraved, but I am also drawn to the idea of using a life motto. Thanks!

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  18. 80 cm. As for the names... well I have 5 kids so I couldn't choose just 3, could you imagine how that would go over?!?!?!

    Maybe just my name and my husband's name as well as our anniversary, 12 years tomorrow! Time flies!!

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  19. 70 cm with my 3 children's names engraved on it.

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  20. How nice! Thanks for the giveaway. I would pick the 80cm with my sisters names engraved, but I also like the idea of choosing a personal motto.

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  21. My wish would 70cm length engraved Memories Hopes Dreams. As the circle is endless, so are memories, hopes and dreams.

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  22. My wish would be 80cm in length with the three rings engraved with the names of my boys: Joel, Carson, and Leonid.

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  23. I would wish for the 70 cm with my three daughters names engraved on the rings!

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  24. Thanks for another great post! Though I was hoping it would be a birth announcement. Hehe! I would love to get the 70cm necklace with the words, Live Laugh Love. It would be a great heirloom to pass through the generations! Sara Marie

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  25. What a great giveaway! I would like the 70cm with my name, my husband's name, and the word love. -- Emily V.

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  26. Great post pretty jewelry. I would like the 60cm necklace with my husband, mine and sons name, Darin, Elizabeth, and Austen if I were to win thank you.

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  27. What a sophisticated piece. I would love to have the 70cm and would engrave my husband and two boys names.

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  28. I would choose the 70cm with the names Samantha, Alex, and Sarah on it. Thanks!

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  29. If I win I would love to have the 60cm necklace engraved with my husband´s name and the date of our wedding. :)

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  30. Hi, love this necklace! If I were to win I would like the 60 cm length with" Live Life Now" engraved on the rings! Thanks for the contest :)

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  31. OMG, the photos of Kate and George are adorable. :))

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  32. Expectancy loves company! And yall are such fun company here. 60 cm with names of my darling husband, son, and baby-to-be.

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  33. I'd choose the 45cm and I'd engrave the names of my three children. Love this!

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  34. I would get the 45cm length and have the rings engraved with the names of my husband and twin boys!

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  36. Sorry if this is a repeat - I'm having trouble with the form. Wanted to say I'd pick the 80 cm length with the engraving I/ want/ to believe.

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  37. I would choose the 60cm and engrave it with the mantra "What Will Be"

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  38. Thrilled to see so many of you entering the StyleRocks contest. Don't forget to sign up for the StyleRocks newsletter over at www.stylerocks.com. That's a necessary component, y'all. :) We will use one of those emails to contact the winner!

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  39. I would love the 80cm length. The 3 words I would like are faith, love, hope. Thanks so much for doing this. I did sign up for newsletter as well.

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  40. Thanks for such a great blog! I subscribed to their newsletter. Would love the 80 cm necklace with Always Look Up engraved on it. :-)

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  41. Alrighty then. I'd like something very neary 'anonymous' above: 80cm (yellow gold, thanks!), with: faith, hope, charity.

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  42. I would chose the 70 length with the engravings of: Leigh, Kenneth, and Frazier for myself, my husband, and our precious daughter!

    Leigh

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  43. I also would like the 80cm, with 'Faith, Hope, Charity'.

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  44. I would choose the 60cm length and I'd love 3 initials engraved on it!:)

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  45. Hi Jane! I would prefer 80 cm length, engraved with: Live, Dream and Love ;) My email address is: Lorena.eco@hotmail.com

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  46. What a beautiful necklace! I would choose the 80cm length and have Alycia, Sam and Isabella engraved on the rings.

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  47. 70 cm
    Copenhagen Sisters Seattle :)

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  48. 60cm and our anniversary date :)

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  49. I like the longest necklace. The names of our daughters would look lovely on the rings.

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  50. What a beautiful necklace and a generous giveaway! If I were the lucky winner I'd choose the 80cm length with the engravings being "Jordan, Andrew, and 6/26/16". Good luck everyone!

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  51. I'd like to have the 70cm necklace with my name, the name of my husband and son engraved! thanks for the opportunity!

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  52. I'd like the 70cm necklace with my, my son's and husband's names engraved. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  53. Dear Jane, so sorry to firstly comment when there is something to win. Juist recently discovered your lovely blog. English is not my first language so I am always a bit careful in commenting. Anyhow, I would love love love the necklace. My prefererend specifics would be the smallest size, the shortest length, yellow-gold with Berna, Dynthe and Jorrit. But let's be honnest, I am happy with anything! Thank you, Ingmariet

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  54. Jane, the waiting was getting to me but now I'm holding out for a 29 April birth so that royal baby Cambridge and I share a birthday :)

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  55. If were the lucky winner, I'd choose the 60 cm chain and engrave the names of my three children.

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  56. I am 5' 2" so gotta pick the shortest chain: 60 cm. I'd engrave one ring with my husband's name, one with mine and one with our anniversary, which has a 3 in it.

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  57. I'd have it in the 60 cm length and I'd have my last name written on it along with date of birth.

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  58. I would pick the 80 cm chain and I'd have the name of my name, my son's, my husband's name engraved,

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  59. Love the necklace. Would take the 60cm length and engrave my children's names.

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  60. Hi Jane! Thanks for another great post. What a lovely giveaway! I would love to get the 80 cm necklace. ( Je suis ton blog il y a longtemps et je l'adore!! Je parle un peux mieux le francais que l'anglais) Bises! Mariana

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  61. What a great give away! I would pick the 60cm chain with my husband's and boys' names engraved on the rings.
    Love your blog Jane. You do a fabulous job!

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    1. Should I have let you know my name in case I win? If so, it's Louise :) Thanks!

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  62. I think I'd want the 80 cm and might leave it without an engraving.

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  63. Beautiful necklace. I'd love to win one with the names of my sons and husband engraved on it.

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  64. I would pick the 80 cm chain and engrave Thomas, Audrey, and Nancy on the rings. Thank you!

    I enjoy your blog very much. :)

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  65. i would pick the 70 cm chain

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  66. I would choose the longest length with my kids' names.

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  67. I would choose the longest chain with my kids' names engraved. Melanie

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  68. Such a great giveaway! Thank you! So looking forward to newest member of the royal family. Hoping it is a girl named Alexandra Grace Diana. Anyway , I would choose the 60cm one and place the words "Love " and my two children's name on them.

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  69. This is such a generous giveaway! Fingers and toes crossed here :). I would choose the 80 cm engraved with my daughters' names.

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  70. Thanks for this awsome giveaway!! I would like it to be 80cm, with the words faith, strength, and love.

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  71. How lovely! I would choose the 80cm and probably would not have it engraved, but I might change my mind on that. :) Tamara

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  72. such a lovely necklace! I'd choose the 80cm and have it engraved with my name and my sister's name as a gift for my mom.

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  73. I love this necklace! I would choose the 70cm with the names of my three children.

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  74. 70 cm with my children's names then it would become a treasured heirloom

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  75. I would have my childrens' names engraved and I would choose the 80cm length.

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  76. Love, love, love this blog! I feel like an honorary Londoner whenever I read it! And such a beautiful necklace to be giving away! If I were to be chosen, I would love it in rose gold (if there is a choice, but of course they are all beautiful!! I would like one ring engraved with the 3 cities that my husband and I will be visiting for the first time on our dream trip to Europe in the fall: London Paris and Edinburgh, and the second ring to be engraved with: Jennifer and Hector for eternity. I would prefer the 65cm length. Thank you so much for your consideration and for such a wonderful contest and blog!! My email is jkatchur@hotmail.com.
    Jennifer Katchur

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  77. Love this blog!

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  78. What beautiful jewelry and a great give away! I've given this much thought: 80 cm with B, E, and "I am beloved, my beloved is mine" engravings.

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  79. Hi - I love the 70cm and would engrave my mantra "be present"

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  80. I would love the 70cm please with Live, Love, Laugh engraved on

    kirstyjfox AT yahoo DOT Com

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  81. I'd pick the Alexandra at 60cm. A mid length style for all necklines. I'd have it engraved with the important women in my life- my mom's name and my maternal and paternal grandmother's. Always enjoy your blog , you do a fab job.

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  82. I'd love the 70 cm engraved with the names of my son, my husband and myself. I enjoy your blog, thanks for doing it. and my name is lisakf, i can't figure out how to leave a message without showing my email address in public view so I had to leave it anonymously. I hope it still counts for the giveaway.

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  83. Hi! I'm a great fan of the Duke and Duchess and of FBTB.
    This is such a great post and an awesome giveaway! Thank you very much for this (specially at this point of our wait to the royal baby arrival).
    If I win the giveaway, I would like it to be the 70cm length necklace and I would engrave the name of our eternal prince: Jesus, and the words that just cannot exist without Him and, for me, represent exactly what the royal couple show us they are full with: 'love' and 'peace'. Fingers crossed!
    Thank you and kisses from Brazil!

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  84. That's such a beautiful necklace! I would love the 60cm. l would engrave " l'amour - la joie - le meilleur reste à venir"
    Greetings from Germany - love your blog!

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  85. What a great give-away! I'd chose the 60cm length with "l'amour - la joie - le meilleur reste à venir" engraved.
    Love your blog!

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  86. What a great give-away! I'd chose the 60cm length with "l'amour - la joie - le meilleur reste à venir" engraved.
    Love your blog!

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  87. What a great give-away! I'd chose the 60cm length with "l'amour - la joie - le meilleur reste à venir" engraved.
    Love your blog!

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  88. What a great give-away! I'd chose the 60cm length with "l'amour - la joie - le meilleur reste à venir" engraved.
    Love your blog!

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  89. The give-away is even more precious now that we know the royal baby's name, isn't it? ;-)

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