Good afternoon, all y'all. I feel like we are strangers... Blogging has been sparse these days thanks to Mrs. Cambridge's absence from the limelight and Ms. Barr's seemingly endless personal commitments. Sorry about that. The good news is that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake a joint engagement on July 26th! They will be in Portsmouth at the America's Cup World Series.
Below, Kate is pictured with Ben Ainslie during the 2012 Olympic Games. The Duchess was in Weymouth to watch the GB sailing team compete:
As you are all entirely aware, Kate is very involved with Ben Ainslie's initiative to bring the America's Cup home to Britain, and with the associated charity The 1851 Trust. Who can forget her stunning appearance in Greenwich in that white Jaeger, set off perfectly by the lush green lawns?
She missed out on an event with Ainslie due to her rough pregnancy with Princess Charlotte, but was able to make it out to Portsmouth in February of this year for an event before her due-date.
I am sure she is excited to be back at such an exciting sailing event, and to share the experience this time with Prince William. Hello! fills us in on the details:
The Duke and Duchess will watch six international sailing teams, including one from the UK, compete in two races, Kensington Palace has said.
William and Kate will then present medals to the teams at the Waterfront Festival Arena.
So, look forward to next weekend! Next, reader Andrea from the Netherlands found a snap of William and Kate lunching at Wimbledon in 2014. Andrea told me that the woman in the photo is Daphne Deckers, a Dutch TV presenter and actress, who attended Wimbledon at the invitation of King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands. Pretty snazzy! Apparently, the rough translation here is that Ms. Deckers tried to take a sneaky selfie, but she thinks given the look on Kate's face that the princess noticed. :) I bet Kate is pretty attuned to these sorts of under the radar snaps.
As you can see from the photo, Kate is wearing the Roamer dress from Zimmermann that she had recently debuted in Australia.
Meanwhile, the Cambridges continue to live their lives in Norfolk. Much was made of William's first day on the job, during which he gave a brief interview and discussed balancing life as a royal and trying to be an average guy.
He clearly understands he can't be normal forever, but obviously he plans to savor all the time he has in this stage of his life.
At some point there is going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from the other side of my life, but at the moment I'm juggling the two of them and a young family and I'm enjoying it and I like the challenge.
He continued to discuss how happy he is with his family saying:
You can watch the interview over at BBC here.It has been fantastic and [Charlotte] has been a little joy of heaven. But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He's a little monkey. But it is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled. And Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I'm very proud of her.
There was a bit of a kerfuffle over a doctor on William's team who was a "Kate look-alike." I frankly think far too much was made of this on both sides. Every brunette within a twenty year age range seems to be a Kate look-alike, and the papers usually roll it as a human interest story because, honestly, no one has anything else to really talk about in the Kate department when she is off raising those royal babies. It's par for the course. E! ran the story here if you need to get caught up on the non-news in your life. Other papers also ran it.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance made matters worse by publicly commenting on the story, saying the comparison trivialized their work. In the sense the story was a fluff-piece, it was a trivial story, but I didn't feel it trivialized the work William or his colleagues do. It's not as if this was an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. I honestly think we are too sensitive as a society, but it kept things interesting this week, so there was that.
To round this gossip session off... several weeks ago I posted a regram on Kate's Clothes's Instagram about a dress Tory Burch featured on her feed. I was initially attracted by the room, actually, but then I zeroed in on the dress...
A week or so went by and lo and behold, not Kate, but aide and gal-pal Natasha Archer showed up at Wimbledon in the very dress! The actual gossip part is not that Natasha wore the paisley dress I thought Kate might pick, but that she is dating royal snapper Chris Jackson. Isn't that like consorting with the "enemy"? :)
I figured since this entire blog is about a woman (whom the majority of us have not met--I know you have Carole ;)) and her relationship, that the relationship of another, closely associated woman, might also be of interest. It made me smile! I hope we learn more... These ancillary love stories are very engaging.
|The Envy of Many: Natasha Archer Hanging out with Kate|
Ok, all, that's it from me. You now know everything about Kate that I found interesting this week. There were other bits and bobs: Someone said they were touring Sandringham "Palace" on July 13th and saw Kate and George, and William has been spotted landing his helicopter here an there. That is truly all the interesting info that is currently circulating.
Hopefully, it won't be so long till the next post, but be assured, Sunday the 26th, I will be here.