Today, the Cambridges traveled to Luton in Bedfordshire for a series of engagements. They started their day visiting with Youthscape, continuing the royal couple's campaign to highlight mental health and promote more discussion on a topic from which many shy. The duo's arrival looked like it could double for a Range Rover commercial. Sparkling luxury car pulls up and a glamazon crests the hill accompanied by a handsome mystery man. It's just missing the music. And I guess we all know who William is, but since he's a prince, losing the mystery doesn't dull his appeal.
Kate has really learned on the job these past five years and that has been evident in many areas, but one is that Kate now eats when she is offered food "on the trail." So we've gone from her polite demure to some form of peanut butter paste (although, seriously, who can blame her?) in 2011:
To this enthusiastic consumption of homemade brownies today. Maybe becoming a mom helped Kate relax on the calories, I don't know. She told those gathered that when she makes brownies with George the sticky ingredients end up everywhere. In this photo William looks like he is weighing the final product: George v. Youthscape? Kate is thinking: This is all being photographed, but I. will. eat. it. anyway!
Kate also said she has been reading The Girl on the Train, which is about to be released in a feature film starring Emily Blunt. This is where my faith in Kate is really put to the test. She says the book is "really, really great" but I watched the trailer for the movie and it looks like Gone Girl in a new get-up. If you haven't seen Gone Girl, don't, and if you have...I'm sorry for us both. If someone tests his or her faith and reads the book, let me know. I have a prior date with the Federal Rules of Evidence. Below Kate is giving away the ending of the book.* Everyone looks happy...
The second stop highlighted Kate's investment in hospice work, and William's interest in helping grieving families cope with the loss of loved ones. The two visited Keech Hospice Care where they met with a broad array of people - young to old - who are sick or have lost family members. William, of course, is eminently qualified to empathize given his particularly traumatic and public loss. For him it is quite personal and I think for Kate it takes on a vicarious depth, because she has intimately experienced William's grief.
|Leech Hospice Care|
Speaking of William, let's pause to address his sporty ensemble. The coat that caused the kerfuffle at Wimbledon is back and generating the same positive headlines it did on its initial debut. I am a big fan. He is also wearing his Frenchman pants, which aren't as popular amongst the general public, but are also a hit with me. That being said, let's talk about the break on William's pants. I was just chatting with my brother about this this weekend, so I am warmed up.
What It Says About You: I’m modern, hip, care deeply about precise tailoring and aspire to be a fashionable European gentleman.I myself prefer the more traditional medium break, although for men in my age-range, either of the first two lengths are fine, too. I think the point, which is alluded to, but not stated explicitly, is that Americans remain more traditional when it comes to dress, and our fashion preference is to have a break. The hipster movement has shifted that in the past decade and now many men prefer a smoother line, but we still stay to the "break" end of the spectrum. Europeans, however, have always been a little more cutting edge, and the "no break" is more mainstream. Even so, William might have overdone it a little.
Looks Best On: slim dudes, short dudes, Italian guys, wannabe Italian guys, young bucks, the fashion set.
Ultimately, men should wear the length that fits their personal style profile and their body type. I mean really, boys have to pay attention to that, too. My verdict on William: he is just barely getting by with this look. I'd like to see at least the second tier break in the future. Still, he is obviously working on upping his style game. He has updated his shoes (awesome) and these trousers are a step in the right direction. Certainly they are better than the same baggy trousers we saw in Australia. It's all positive change in my book.
The couple's third stop was to Hayward Tyler, a company that manufactures industrial grade motors and pumps. The company received the Queen's Award for Enterprise and the Cambridges paid the call to present the award and to open the corporation's new facility. Today's visits really ran the spectrum of usual royal engagements, didn't it?
Kate was absolutely radiant today. The Duchess has recently returned from a long holiday in France, which might explain it. The princess was really on point, from her luscious locks to her pointed toes. This hair is almost circa 2011. It has a little more wave throughout, but it certainly is matching the overall glam impact we had back in those days. I love it.
Kate recycled her Lasa poppy dress. Every time I have broached the topic of Royal recycles on the blog I have been surprised that this dress always makes the list. You all are enamored with it. The Duchess debuted the L.K. Bennett shift dress in Brisbane, Australia, during her April tour in 2014. It was an instant hit and the company has created variations on a theme ever since.
This was a fabulous return of the royal season. The dress was the perfect choice for what was, be all accounts, a blistering British day. Plus, it was smart of Kate to recycle since she is about to expend quite a bit for her second tour of the year!
Finally, several weeks ago I was interviewed by Erika Adams who is a reporter with Racked.com. We chatted for some time about Kate-blogging and my time following the Duchess of Cambridge. Erika was doing a piece on royal bloggers and interviewed several of my Kate-colleagues as she put together what is a really great article on the varying perspectives among the royal watching set. You can read the article, These Kate Middleton Style Bloggers Are The Hardest Working Women on the Internet, here. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think!
*Not factually accurate.