On January 20th, Kensington Palace confirmed the whispers that had been circulating among royal watchers for some time: William and Kate will move their family to London in the fall, where George and Charlotte will attend school, and where William can take on more royal duties after his departure from the East Anglia Air Ambulance.
The first two paragraphs of the press release address the shift in the couple's primary residence, but does not suggest the move is immediate or absolute.
Since 2014 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have used Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace as their official residence when carrying out Royal duties, while basing their family primarily at their home in Norfolk. This arrangement has allowed The Duke to work as a pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance, a role he has valued hugely. Their Royal Highnesses love their time in Norfolk and it will continue to be their home.
From this autumn, however, The Duke and Duchess will increasingly base their family at Kensington Palace. As they have in recent years, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of The Queen and for the charities and causes they support, which will require greater time spent in London. Prince George will begin school in London in September and Princess Charlotte will also go to nursery and eventually school in London as well.
The couple seem to be hedging their bets by using "increasingly" so it is clear that aren't entirely shifting away from Norfolk. We know the couple love their very private Sandringham home and the more relaxed and bucolic lifestyle they lead in the country. There was even the report that the couple considered staying at Anmer with William and George commuting to London and staying at KP together during the week. Happily, they decided that was an untenable model for their family and elected to make the jump to London as a family. But, I get the sense from this press release they intend to retreat to the country relatively often.
Although the Cambridges are still cozily ensconced at Anmer Hall, preparations are already underway at Kensington Palace to ratchet up the privacy around Apartment 1A's garden, where both George and Charlotte can be expected to spend many happy afternoons. Palace workers are installing a dense hedge that will screen the royal children from fans and from the long lens. Rebecca English of the Daily Mail remarked that the hedge is an eye-sore, but obviously needed to maintain privacy for the children. See the full article from the DM here with more pictures.
|Via the Daily Mail|
On the fashion front, I have some sweet news for you! Kate will attend BAFTAs EE British Academy Film Awards on February 12th with William. That will obviously be a star-studded affair and we are sure to see Kate in something gorgeous. Kate made one of her earliest red carpet appearances at a BAFTA event in Los Angeles in 2011. She chose a simple but stunning McQueen dress with a distinctly Grecian flavor.
Quite a lot of time has passed since then, and I am frankly hoping that she really wows in something flashy and very glamorous. Red carpet events inevitably end up in the history books more than many other laudable fashion moments and Kate should showcase her royal status. Dresses she has worn that have accomplished this, to my mind, include these four:
I know there are groans of despair over my inclusion of the Erdem with the dust ruffle, but love it or hate it, you haven't forgotten it. It was big and bold and made a statement. Which is not to say that anything that jars people is acceptable. The Erdem was not universally admired, but it was not inappropriate or vulgar. What it was was unexpected and surprising and that is not the only element in a successful royal evening gown, but it sure helps sometimes. We will see on February on February 12th with way she goes!