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When Did Kate Middleton Get Security?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

On Saturday night, Meghan Markle attended the Opening Ceremony of Prince Harry's Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, (and she was at tennis yesterday with Harry!). Royal correspondents reported that it appeared the Hollywood star had been given a PPO. Rebecca English pointed out that one of Harry's Scotland Yard detail stood in the stairwell by Meghan's seat and accompanied her out of the VIP section when she was ready to leave. This has sparked a lot of questions about whether Meghan and Harry are already secretly engaged, because traditionally, you don't get a PPO until the ring is on the finger. It also has raised questions about when Kate got her PPO, so let's look back quickly to find out. 


Many speculate Harry and Meghan are already secretly engaged, but Kate Middleton had a secret engagement of her own. The princess-to-be was on holiday with William in Kenya in October of 2010 when the Prince, who had been carrying the ring around the entire trip in his rucksack, popped the question. Although the death of Kate's grandfather prevented the couple from announcing their engagement as soon as they had initially planned, the couple did wait until November 16, 2010, to announce their very exciting news to the world.


On that chilly November day, Kate Middleton woke up the royal-girlfriend, but as soon as the news was released, her life changed in many ways. One dramatic shift was her security situation; she was immediately assigned her own security detail. Although Kate was pictured in December, her first big debut sans William came on January 8, 2011, when she attended the wedding of friends Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Sarah Louise Stourton in North Yorkshire. The glowing bride-to-be arrived in a chauffeured Range Rover and trailed by watchful PPOs. 


Prince Harry was also at this wedding, but this was Kate's own security team, and it was our first real taste of the future in which Kate would be afforded full royal privileges. 


Kate did a lot of last minute shopping before the wedding and honeymoon, and we got to see a little more of her new lifestyle. Below is one such sighting. Kate had been shopping at Whistles on Kings Road and was snapped making her way to a waiting Range Rover with her PPO next to her and several more were by the car. 


I have looked around for old news articles on this, but didn't find any. But, I can tell you from recollection that there was talk that William wanted to give Kate security when they were dating, particularly after she was photographed on her 25th birthday.


Of course, that would have created quite the stir, and to my knowledge, Kate never got tax-paid protection. I did hear that her parents had the London apartment they owned, and which Kate and Pippa shared, given a complete security upgrade, and there was talk of privately financing security for Kate, but if they did hire private protection, it wasn't visible.


So where does this leave us with Meghan Markle? Kate was never given tax-paid security before she not only got engaged, but before that engagement was announced to the public. If Meghan had a security officer assigned to her for the night, it would not be indicative of her status. As Harry's very high-profile girlfriend, it was be entirely reasonable to appoint a security officer for her on the night of such a big event when she was expected to turn up and support Harry. I don't think it confirms anything to have had security on that occasion. 

Meghan Markle and Harry Hold Hands at Tennis

Monday, September 25, 2017

Well, we thought we'd see these two together, and here they are! Prince Harry and his beautiful girlfriend Meghan Markle were hand-in-hand today to watch the wheelchair tennis competition at the Invictus Games:


Meghan is looking chic and relaxed in skinny jeans, a crisp white blouse and matching leather flats and bag. According to What Meghan Wore, the bag is from Everlane. 


They look so comfy and in love and proud of each other. These two are rooting for tennis, and we are rooting for them. :)


Meghan Markle Supports Harry at Invictus Games Opening Ceremony

Saturday, September 23, 2017

We've been waiting all day to see if Meghan Markle would attend the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games tonight. California-girl Meghan has been living in Toronto for years now, since she has been filming her popular television series Suits. Given how serious Harry and Meghan are, it was hard to imagine that she would not show up to support her boyfriend's successful initiative. And we were not disappointed. 


Meghan was close to where Harry was seated with the dignitaries. This picture from Patricia Treble shows the Prince's section illuminated:

Patricia Treble
Prince Harry was seated next to the First Lady Melania Trump, whom he met earlier in the day at a photo-call. Melania is wearing a houndstooth suit from French giant Dior. 


Of course, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie are also present as their nation proudly hosts the Games. 


We can't see Meghan's whole outfit, but she is wearing an aubergine dress with a deep v-neck and a leather jacket in a matching hue. When she stood to clap (below) more of the dress was visible, as well as a velvet clutch. I am sure most of these pieces will be ID'd. [Update: readers on Facebook have told me that Meghan is sitting with Markus Anderson, the mutual friend who set her up with Harry.]


This shot gives a better look at her dress and the velvet clutch she was carrying. The big news of the night was that one of Harry's PPOs was looking after Meghan throughout the night. Rebecca English reported that a Scotland Yard PPO stood in the stairwell by Meghan's seat, and she was escorted out by them when she left. Because the royals' PPOs are taxpayer funded, this is generally a perk you only get once you are engaged. 




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Could Kate Be Returning October 10th?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Based on previous patterns, I have been projecting that Kate will return to the spotlight in late October, but it turns out she might be back in action a little earlier than I had thought!


A gentleman on Twitter today shared the invitation he has received to a reception at Buckingham Palace on October 10th. The invitation lists Kate as a royal attendee along with Prince Harry and Prince William. 

@SamCarvalho


When pregnant with Princess Charlotte, Kate didn't return until late October, and she appeared to still be a little delicate. You probably recall that after the welcoming ceremony and procession down the Mall, she skipped the luncheon in honor of the President of Singapore, although she did need to get ready for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards held later that night. 


Because this October 10th event is on the earlier side, if Kate does go, I think we will see a slower return to engagements, similar to the way she eased back after her HG with George, but I do think we could see her on the 10th! Fingers crossed she is feeling much better, even if not 100%, and that she comes on out!

New Video Features Princess Kate on Behalf of Anna Freud Centre

Monday, September 18, 2017

There are two things I always want on my birthday, and one of them is an appearance from the Duchess of Cambridge. That almost never happens, although it did in 2015! This year I completely discounted any possibility, for obvious reasons, but birthdays are full of surprises! 


The Anna Freud Centre, of which Kate is patron, released a new video promoting wellbeing and mental health, and the introduction features Kate! It is short and sweet, as is pretty par for the course with Kate, but she presents so well.


I am racking my brain, but I don't think Kate has ever done a video with a debut ensemble. Following that pattern, this is a recycle from one of my favorite boutique labels, Eponine London. Kate debuted this cobalt blue coat-dress on January 11th of this year. It was her first ensemble of 2017 and may or may not be making the "Best of" 2017 list come December. ;) 


That event got extra points for also featuring Prince William and the darling dynamic between our favorite two royals. We should caption this "Baby by the End of the Year of Bust." 


In the video released today, it looks like Kate is also wearing her sapphire and diamond drops. Kate pairs these with blue ensembles with regularity (pictured below in Luton wearing the L.K. Bennett Lasa dress), and they are some of my favorite. Plus, sapphire is the September birthstone, so it's appropriate for a September 18th appearance...in my mind. :)


Every year on my birthday I am so filled wth gratitude for all the good in my life and for the people who fill it with love and happiness - my family and my friends. The community of readers here on the blog certainly qualify in my mind as virtual friends, even if we have never met!  You all have been such a blessing to me over the years I have been blogging about Kate. It's so fun to create this space, and that is almost entirely because so many of you care enough to drop by. Thank you for being part of a 28th year that was overflowing with blessings. With a third baby Cambridge on the way, I know this next year will be a wonderful royal year--and the perfect final year of my twenties. :)

Love,

Jane 

Kicking Off Three Pregnancies: Kate's Final Engagements Before She Announces

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Almost two weeks ago I got a message from a reader telling me she had heard that Kate had paid a visit to hospital and that the Duchess might be expecting again. Indeed, Woman's Day, a very popular magazine out of Australia (that publishes many of the pictures of G&C) had reported that Kate checked into the Edward VII hospital for a one night visit, and that Carole had watched the kids while Kate was gone. There was not a hint of this in the British media, or anywhere else for that matter, but the rumor hung on the margins of the royal-watching community until Wednesday when Kate stepped out at Kensington Palace with her husband and brother-in-law.


The smiling and slim Duchess was glowing on August 30th, and nothing about her fitted crepe-silk Prada dress suggested the Woman's Day rumor was true.


As we all know now (I certainly hope), on Monday morning royal reporters began asking questions when they learned Kate's engagement at Hornsey Road Children's Centre was canceled. Shortly thereafter, Kensington Palace broke the news with a press release announcing the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with her third child...and once again suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. For me, the final and penultimate engagements Kate undertakes just before she announces really stick in my head. Her Wednesday appearance in the White Garden at Kensington Palace will now forever be linked to the happy news of this third little Cambridge. On this crisp September Saturday, let's review her past two announcements.

George

The world had been on baby watch for Kate's first since, I don't know, April 30, 2011? But in November of 2012 we were a good year and half after the wedding and had settled into a pattern of false magazine headlines and no royal baby.  In late November, Kate undertook a string of public engagements, concluding with the two that stand in my mind as the "George-Announcmeent" events. The first was her visit to Cambridge on the 28th. Dressed in a pale pink MaxMara coat, Kate looked lit from within despite the wind that seemed to blow from every direction. 


Unbeknownst to us, or even to her, the Duchess's next engagement would be her last before she broke the news to the world that there would be a little Cambridge. Kate paid a visit to Saint Andrews Pangbourne where she once was a pupil and reminisced about her childhood. Dressed in her Black Watch tartan coat, the Duchess dashed around the field--hockey stick in hand--aboslutely glowing with life and energy.


That weekend, William and Kate drove to Bucklebury to spend time with the Middletons. It is likely they were celebrating their secret, but the celebrations were cut short. Kate became very ill and when she didn't recover, William drove her back to London, to Edward VII, where she was hospitalized for severe dehydration and ultimately diagnosed with hypermesis gravidarum.


As I've mentioned in a few of the posts this week, Kate still fulfilled her commitment to appear at the Sports Personality of the Year awards, and we saw her at church in Bucklebury on Christmas morning. She also made a public appearance in January to view her first official portrait on the day it was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery. With Charlotte, however, Kate kept to her bed, or at least out of the limelight.

Charlotte


2014 was a big, big year. The Cambridges undertook their longest tour to-date, traveling to New Zealand and Australia for a total of three-weeks on the road. It was also the Cambridges debut as a family, since they brought along Baby George. After they returned, Kate took her little man to a polo game in June and I think the public was still adjusting to the new order with little thought to baby #2.


On August 5th, William, Harry, and Kate visited the Tower of London to view the poppy installation honoring the fallen of WWI. Kate was striking in her bright blue L.K. Bennett against the scarlet sea of flowers. It was their last engagement before the royals retired to their summer vacation, and we didn't expect to see Kate much in August.


The summer went by with reports that Kate was enjoying her time with George. Playdates and walks in the park filtered through, and of course the family was transitioning to Norfolk at the time, and Kate was busy working on that project.


At the very end of August, the Duke and Duchess were spotted on a quiet date-night at the Kings Head Hotel in Great Bircham near Sandringham. Dressed casually, they enjoyed a meal together and appeared more loved-up than ever. They probably knew the hg would likely strike soon and were enjoying whatever time they had left before all the world was informed of their happy news.


With September comes the return of the royals and excitement was high to see Kate with William in Oxford on Monday, September 8th, to open a centre on China studies, followed by two more engagements that week alone. But when the morning came, the Palace announced the Princess would miss the visit because she was pregnant with her second child.


I am so glad that Kate decided to have a third. The years to work as an ambassador for charity stretch out indefinitely in front of her, but these years when she can have children and immerse herself in motherhood are relatively short.  All the accounts of hg I have read sound harrowing, but it is clear that the joy Kate has in her children overcomes and far out-compensates the misery she is currently enduring.  I hope she feels better soon!



[Update] Kate Absent for Prince George's 1st Day of School

Thursday, September 7, 2017

This is without a doubt, one of the most disappointing days of royal-watching to-date. Prince George arrived for his first day of school at Thomas' Battersea this morning with his daddy, but Kate was absent. Yesterday royal reporter Rebecca English said her sources were whispering that Kate would be much too sick to venture out, and it appears they were correct.


William was at a function earlier this week where he said that these early days are always very anxious and that there "wasn't much sleep happening" at Kensington Palace.  Kate is battling hyperemesis gravidarum which can leave women sick round the clock and has required Kate be placed on an IV drip in past pregnancies to keep hydrated and nourished.

Meghan Markle Suggests She Will Marry Harry in Vanity Fair Cover Story

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Yesterday we got the exciting news that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third. Today, it sounds like the royal family will be expanding even more in the not so distant future. Meghan Markle is headline news this morning as the American beauty is revealed to Vanity Fair's October cover girl. The magazines presents a spread of glamorous shots of the royal girlfriend, but it is the interview she gave that has tongues wagging...and royal fans' hearts hoping that an announcement is imminent.


The piece is relatively lengthy, and you can read it in full here. (Meghan wore an Erdem dress for her meet with the journalist, and said she'd been wearing the label for years. Something she can bond with Kate over. :)) Meghan confirmed that she met Prince Harry in London in 2016 when they introduced by friends, and addressed the trolls and naysayers who have critizsed her relationship:

What To Expect Now Kate is Expecting: FAQs

Monday, September 4, 2017

This morning we got the thrilling news that the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton to the majority of the fan world) is expecting her third child. After the first burst of excitement, this news is raising a lot of different questions about the next few months. Below, I have tried to answer the questions that come up all the time when Kate announces she is going to have a baby! 



How Far Along Is Kate?  According to Rebecca English, she was told the Duchess is less than 12 weeks along, and that she only announced because she was not well enough to attend today's engagement. Kate fell ill with Prince George in the first few days of December and was hospitalized on the 4th of that month. The little prince was born on July 22nd. Kate announced her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte on September 8th and Charlotte was born on May 2nd. You can assume an April/May baby!

Duchess Kate Is Expecting Her Third Baby

William and Kate have been keeping a special surprise! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced this morning that Her Royal Highness is pregnant with the couple's third child! Baby Cambridge #3 is coming! [See second post today, What to Expect Now Kate is Expecting: FAQs here.]


The press release announced that Kate is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum as she has with her previous pregnancies and is currently being cared for at Kensington Palace. With George, the hg was unexpected, as it would be, and the Duchess was hospitalized, but with Charlotte, Kate knew what was coming and her doctors were able to care for her at Kensington Palace and in Bucklebury.

Kate's Casual Ensemble for Scilly Isles Marked Turning Point

Saturday, September 2, 2017

It is a rainy Saturday morning where I am, and a year ago today it was a rainy morning in Cornwall, too, where the elements were conspiring to stop William and Kate from traveling to the Scilly Isles on the second day of their two-day visit to Cornwall. Happily, after the couple postponed their morning events, the weather lifted and the royals were able to make the trip and the majority of their planned stops.


This public engagement stands out because it marked a turning point in Kate's casual wear. She wore these patterned ankle-trousers from Gap, and paired them with a fitted top from H&M and her favorite Smythe blazer. Throughout the day she switched between her wedges and flats depending on the terrain: