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What Do Kate & the Cambridges Do During the Summer?

Friday, August 17, 2018

What do the Cambridges get up to during these lazy, hazy days of summer? As you know, the Cambridges did spend a fortnight in Mustique soaking up the sunshine. On their return, the family of five headed to their country house. Anmer Hall is nestled in the Norfolk countryside just by the Queen's Sandringham estate. William and Kate gave it a complete overhaul before moving in, and it is now the perfect royal retreat where they can indulge in quiet living and spend their days in privacy. They have a number of favorite pastimes. We know that Kate enjoys swimming, and takes George and Charlotte to the Buckingham Palace pool when the family is in London, but at Anmer they have a pool right in their backyard. 

An obvious requirement for Kate's dream country house is a tennis court, and Anmer has one of those, too. When they moved in, the original court was apparently dilapidated, though. So, in 2015 the Cambridges applied to their local planning board for permission to replace the old court with a new Astro-turf one. Kate told Judy Murray in 2017 that George was learning to play, but generally just whacked at the ball. The tennis super-mom gave Kate some tips on drills she could use to begin to hone George's skills. I am sure the Duchess is spending time getting both George and Charlotte handy with their rackets, but she also enjoys a competitive game with her husband William.  

The Cambridges venture beyond their own property line, of course, and Anmer Hall is not very far from the coast. Although the kids might have beach-fatigue after their fortnight in Mustique, it probably won't be long before they want to get back to the sand. George has been pictured in the past enjoying the chillier Norfolk beach with Carole Middleton. These pictures were taken on the morning of George's birthday (July!) in 2015. Carole was likely keeping him busy while Kate prepped a party at home. I am sure the Cambridges enjoy the beach as a family throughout the summer. 

Kate also loves to take her kids to farm-parks. When she heads to her parents' home in Bucklebury, Kate can take the little ones to the Bucklebury Farm Park. Happily, they have an option in Norfolk, too, where she has been pictured enjoying the play-sets at Snettisham Park. Bucklebury Farm Park banned guests from photographing other guests, and apparently Kate's PPOs are actually rather aggressive about cameras. 

I don't know if we haven't seen recent snaps of Kate at Snettisham because the Palace has successfully volleyed amateur photographers, or if with three children, it is easier for Kate to just stick to her own backyard and the private homes of her friends in the area. My suspicion is that she doesn't go to these local play parks as much anymore. That brings up the point that Kate and William have a very nice social set in Norfolk. The Meades are in the area, among others, and I am sure that the families gather at the various homes throughout the summer. Below Kate greets James Meade at polo just this summer:

Kate's 2016 appearance at the Houghton Horse Trials was with the Meades and was hosted on the estate of the Cholmondeleys, Houghton Hall.

The Cholmondeleys are friends, too, of course, and in 2016 they hosted the Taste of Norfolk fundraiser for EACH at their Houghton Hall home. 

So, the Cambridges have plenty of social outlets while in Norfolk, and opportunities to introduce their children to the children of their friends. I am sure these are very, very happy days for them.

Finally, in late August, the Cambridges will head from Norfolk north to Scotland to visit the Queen at her Scottish estate. The family visits Balmoral every year, although this year we might see them a little earlier than usual if they accommodate school schedules. Balmoral provides even more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and picnics by the river that are staples of their summer holidays. There are always pictures of William and Kate headed to church on Sunday, but when we are lucky we also get shots of them driving around the estate:

Come September, we should see the Cambridges return to London and enjoy the start of the red-carpet season. :) 

William and Kate at Basil's Bar Bash

Friday, August 3, 2018

Emily Nash had a Mustique exclusive a few days ago. She confirmed that William and Kate were on the island, as we suspected, and quoted sources who told her that the two attended the Basil's Bar bash together. I was 98% confident the initial report was correct, but without pictures, and given the unusual timing, I was not entirely certain. This gives the final seal of certainty in my book. 

Basil's Bar 
This party was at Basil's Bar. I wrote a fairly detailed history of Basil's Bar in my post The Mystique of Mustique, and of the man himself. For those who don't want to do the deep-dive, Basil has been around since the start of the Mustique adventure, and worked his way up from a bartender to the owner. William and Kate invited him to their wedding in 2011, so I think he clearly holds a special place in their ongoing memories of the island hideaway, and in their hearts. 

Emily's recent article (which you can read here) has some fun quotes from those who attended the party and saw Will and Kate. It is her comment toward the end of the piece that really highlights why William and Kate like to return to Mustique: 
Given the complete privacy of the exclusive island, it comes as no surprise that William and Kate take the opportunity to blend in with other tourists. With a no-fly zone enforced over Mustique and the discretion of other guests, the royals are able to truly relax and let their hair down. On previous trips, William and Kate have played tennis, gone snorkelling and scuba diving, and enjoyed cocktails at the five-star Cotton House resort.
In a  previous article, a fellow traveller spoke to Hello! and gave some insight into how thoroughly the Cambridges take advantage of their tropical trips.  Apparently, William and Kate are accomplished divers:
Martin Katz, a famed Beverly Hills jeweller, and his wife Kelly met the royals in 2008, and speaking exclusively to HELLO! in 2015, Kelly revealed: "They're quite the sportsmen. We went diving and they went very deep, more than 90ft. Our instructor said Martin and I weren't qualified to go on the shark dives they went on."
We know that William and Kate like to live "the ordinary life." From their university days at St. Andrews where they had a very cozy nook at a local pub to their low-key (but still glitzy) nights out at Bunga Bunga, they like the occasional date night. 

Their sweet date at the King's Head Hotel in Norfolk is still one of my favorite William and Kate sightings. They were both so naturally relaxed and Kate was dressed down with her hair in a clearly air-dried state of wavy glory. :) 

Or their movie nights grabbing popcorn before the show?

Digression into the date-spots of these two aside, the point is they like to get out like anyone else. In Mustique, they can enjoy the same type of beach holiday the rest of us can, without too much paparazzi interference. I was surprised that we didn't get a long lens of them at he beach, or a snap of them transferring at Saint Lucia on the way back. It is possible Hello! will launch an exclusive in the next few weeks, but if not it just shows that even the Cambridges can pull off the occasional complete coup. ;)

Happy Friday, all!

Meghan Sussex & From Berkshire to Buckingham

Monday, July 30, 2018

A Letter to My Readers:

I have been royal-watching for many years and I am delighted that all of you have joined me in that pursuit. Some of you are quite vocal and others like to stay quiet, but if I have said it once, I will say it again, each of you is valued and appreciated! You create the energy and excitement that makes royal-watching as a group so much more fun than doing it alone.

For many reasons, Meghan Markle's transition to HRH the Duchess of Sussex has irritated and upset people in the broader fan community, and some here. When I first began including posts about Meghan, I received significant backlash. Because this is a blog primarily about Kate, and because I don't have all that much time to blog, I stopped covering Meghan unless she appeared with Kate. But, as a member of the British Royal Family, Meghan will certainly appear on this blog from time to time. 

The most recent post I wrote (arguing that Nacho Figueras's comment that Harry and Meghan should "push the envelope") was not an attack piece. I do not think that an honest and fair reading can find otherwise. In whatever relation Figueras meant his comment, my analysis stands, which is that modern royals should steer clear of politics and divisive social issues. My post was not a hatchet piece. I am fascinated by modern royalty and the contours and boundaries of the institution in a modern, democratic nation. I have referenced this many, many times over the years. It is not a new theme leveled only at Meghan. In fact, I have never shied away from expressing my opinion about the royals, even when that opinion was negative. 

I have mentioned the need for William and Kate to keep their personal political views quiet. I have written multiple posts discussing the privileges the royals enjoy and the drawbacks they must endure as a result. Most notably, I have often expressed my strong belief that paparazzi photos are fair game, despite both William and Kate's protestations to the contrary.  Nor do I shy from criticizing my favorite royal couple. When they conflated paparazzi shots with terrorist threats in a press release, I wrote a full post on why they overstepped the mark. When they act badly, I have also been comfortable calling them out, as I did when I wrote a full post criticizing William heavily for his behavior on a ski trip. And I like William very much! He is one of my favorite royals, clocking in right after Kate the Great. :) That might be the takeaway tonight. I can see past differences to find common ground, and I can discuss and debate points of disagreement while remaining a fan. I think most of you in this wonderful community can, too, or you wouldn't all still be here after my many years of bluntly sharing my thoughts with you. :) 

So where does that leave us with Meghan? She is Harry's wife, Kate's sister-in-law, and an integral part of the BRF. I follow her, and just like the occasional random royal post is featured here (once I wrote about the Commonwealth nations deliberating on Charles!) Meghan and Harry will sometimes make these pages, too, as they did this morning. No post is ever written with animus, although I expect all my readers already know that. 

I do think Meghan has fabulous style. Like any woman, and that includes Kate, she has her fashion misses. Watching her style evolve as she transitions to a new royal wardrobe is both fascinating and really fun. She has had some bumpy looks thus far and some breathtaking masterpieces. As you can see, I certainly enjoy following her fashion privately, and when she appears with Kate, I will (as I already have) include her in those posts. And sometimes, I can foresee the possibility that some of that interest might bubble over in a random post about her fashion. I almost did one two weeks ago, but work got crazy. The point is that Meghan is a British royal now, and I will include her just like I do other members of Kate's extended family. I take no part in the real or manufactured conflict that I witnessed today on Twitter. 

I hope if you are a reader who does not like Meghan, you can put whatever bugs you to the side and enjoy the fashion and the royal-analysis with me! If you cannot though, I ask that you give me this small indulgence every now and again, skip that post, but come back to enjoy the Kate watching when it is over. If you are a huge Meghan fan, please remember this is a fashion blog and a royal-watching community, and we will not only enjoy the world-class fashion, but observe and discuss the family dynamics. Meghan is a part of the family now, and so she is part of that discussion, too. That's a good thing, right?  

Ok, kids. I think I have said all I wanted to say. I suspect the tempest today was almost exclusively raging outside our little teapot. But, if you were a reader who was perturbed or upset, I hope this clears the skies. 

Speaking of Kate, I have been working on a little series of posts for the past few weeks, and they are just about ready to go live. I didn't want to start a series and fizzle, so I am determined not to set them in motion until they are all complete, but we'll have some fashion fun coming up in the next week or so. 

Until the next time, goodnight! 


Meghan & Harry Should Not "Push the Envelope"

On Friday, the Duchess of Sussex attended her first red-carpet polo match as a royal. The new princess wore a feminine and flattering Carolina Herrera dress and carried a trendy J.Crew clutch. She posed with her dapper prince before enjoying a luxe luncheon, and of course, the match!

I mentioned on Instagram that it reminded me of Kate's appearance in Santa Barbara, which was her first big-ticket polo event post-wedding. These "firsts" are always very exciting for fans, and very memorable.

At the conclusion of the match, Meghan presented the winners with a trophy. Nacho Figueras, a champion player and chum of Harry's, accepted on behalf of the team. After congratulating him, Meghan swiveled and gave her Harry a congratulatory kiss. Unlike the more reserved Cambridges, Harry gave Meghan a full-on kiss, to the absolute delight of fans! It was a money shot, and I joined many royal fans smiling and applauding.

In the day or so after the picture went viral, though, Figueras posted a glowing tweet expressing his admiration for Meghan, but also with encouragement that is plain inappropriate. This is what he said:

This is terrible advice to give senior royals of a modern monarchy that wants to stay extant! The royals play an important role. They maintain traditions and stand for a history that is central to Britain's patrimony and national pride. The monarchy is a remarkable and admirable institution. But, if you review history, it is extraordinary that the monarchy still exists. There is little doubt that it does because Elizabeth II has carefully and with great pains helmed the ship through the very rocky waters of transition from the "old world" to today. 

The simple fact of the matter is that Harry and Meghan's job is not to push the envelope or, frankly, change the world. People who get to push the envelope and change the world are people who can take controversial positions, ruffle feathers, and alienate others in their chosen quest. On the other hand, people who are privileged to hold senior positions in institutions of tradition and history--and pass that precious heritage to another generation--they have to forego the rough and tumble. They don't get to push the envelope, and it is unlikely they will change the world in the immediate, action oriented sense we use that term today.

The voices that encourage Figueras's comment are encouraging the erosion of the institution. The Brits already have people who debate political and social issues, and they have people with the power to push the envelope and change the world. Those people are democratically elected. Harry was born a prince. He fell in love with Meghan, and he didn't have to ask the public's permission to marry her and make her a Princess of the United Kingdom. The reason that in 2018 he gets to be who he is, hold a title, live in palaces, enjoy the protection of constant security, command prestige and a world platform for his charitable causes, is that his job description has some very important limitations. Some of those limitations are that Harry and Meghan don't get to do and say whatever they want. They don't get to be mavericks. They don't get to shake up the status quo. 

I am still not sure if the Sussexes fully understand all this. I hope that Harry and Meghan know better than to be encouraged by the good (but misguided) intentions of friends. I remember that Meghan expressed a desire to change the world in her engagement interview. It worried me then, but I believe in giving people not just a first chance, but several first chances. Anything Meghan said or did, or frankly mistakes she makes for the first year, are subject to a generous learning curve. I thought her "change the world" comment was ill-chosen, but she is idealistic and she is high on love. I can give her some time to learn the ropes and accept some of the strictures of the world into which she has married. Harry, however, has been living the reality of royalty for over thirty years, and as charming and fun as he is, I also think he has a bit of a blind spot for some of the harsher realities. 

Harry, and now Meghan, are not independent operators. They are essentially public servants whose first duty is to support Her Majesty the Queen and the broader institution. The British royals hold an incredible position in a modern world where democracy is the trend. They are born into lives of privilege and influence, and they maintain that place because they do not wade into issues that cause controversy. 

In many respects, we are in a golden age of royal popularity. That might make us forget that this has not always been the case, and it is not guaranteed to last. Charles and Diana's toxic marital meltdown almost destroyed the monarchy in Britain a mere two decades or so years ago. The monarchy recovered in the years that followed Diana's tragic death, and the public invested emotionally in her two sons as they came to maturity. But if they start paddling into waters that are politically or socially charged, start throwing their weight around in areas of debate where people vigorously disagree, that's when the bulldozer of modern democracy will level the ancient institution of the monarchy. The British Monarchy has weathered close to a millennium of human history! Don't push the envelope and end up changing the world by eliminating a wonderful institution.

Long may they reign...impartial, apolitical, and beloved by all.

Happy Birthday Photo of Prince George

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Palace has released a new picture of George to mark his 5th birthday. It shows the little prince smiling from ear to ear at Clarence House. As we suspected, this bright shot was taken by Mark Porteous during the christening party for Prince Louis. Those eyes are all Middleton, aren't they? :)

The stories around this 5th birthday are focusing on the heir's personality. George went from a very unimpressed, but confident toddler and preschooler (waving with both hands to the cameras in Canada!)... a shy, toe-tapping kindergartener:

I don't think this is a change that goes all that deep in the little guy's personality. I think it is quite clear that George, while shy around the clicking cameras and media attention, is just fine in the privacy of his family setting.

Several birthday specials have reinforced that George is bright and bubbly behind palace doors. Vanity Fair reported:
“George is very aware that he is a prince and that he is different to his peers, and I don’t think he likes the cameras, but William and Kate are doing their best to ensure he has a lovely, normal childhood,” said a family friend. “George needs more coaxing to smile in public because he is quite shy. There’s a lot of William in him.”
That last point is probably right on the mark. George does seem to be a lot of William, and will likely always be more reserved, particularly as he grows and wrestles with the parameters of his life and his role. But just like William has matured into a very self-possessed, funny and compelling man, I am sure the natural self-confidence we witnessed in George will reassert itself in public in the years to come. A little more from the Vanity Fair piece:
Nonetheless, a mother at Thomas’s Battersea says that George is popular in his class. “He’s a lovely boy and is really sweet. He’s very social and makes friends very easily and he’s well-liked.”
The Mail report details the love and hands-on attention William and Kate lavish on their kids, including the fact that Kate did the school run the morning after giving birth to Louis! 
The couple have made a point of doing the school run themselves as much as possible. Indeed, Kate was seen dropping off her son the morning after she gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis.
And when the parents of children in the reception class held a ‘get to know you’ coffee morning, William turned up unannounced, dressed down in chinos, jumper and wearing his glasses. 
George's stable and loving family life will stand him in good stead as he moves forward in his formative years. Certainly today's birthday photo shows a happy, healthy little man. Happy Birthday to a very sweet little prince. 

Coffee & Kate: The Cambridges are Vacationing on Mustique

Good morning and happy Saturday! Hope you've had your coffee or are just starting to enjoy it as we sit down to chat about Kate. [I am drinking mocha flavored coffee, which is my current favorite!] The big news this week is, of course, that the Cambridges were spotted at Saint Lucia airport, which can only mean one thing--a vacation on Mustique! 

Since then, it has been confirmed that the Cambridges did travel to the private island on Monday, as rumored, and the family are enjoying their favorite island paradise, just in July instead of January. According to The Sun, one reason might be that Mustique celebrated fifty years as the private retreat of royalty and celebs. Apparently there was a star-studded bash that the Middletons and Cambridges attended. 

Other outlets have been reporting on this get-away, too. Katie Nicholl wrote in Vanity Fair that Kate has been dying for a vacation:
[O]ne source close to the duchess said that Kate has been desperate for a vacation
“Kate hasn’t had a proper holiday for a long time she was saying only recently she is desperate to go back to Mustique,” the source said. “It’s very likely they have gone with Kate’s family for a nice long break.”
It has been several years since Kate visited Mustique. The family was last there in 2015 when George was still essentially a toddler. 

In 2016 the Cambridges gave Mustique a miss, and instead slipped away to a snowy ski holiday at Courcheval in the French Alps. Later in that year, the family visited Biarritz and although there were no pictures, I believe they slipped away to spend some days in the Provence/Luberon region. 

I am trying to remember if they vacationed in 2017, but I don't think they did.  Kate jumped right back into royal engagements at the start of that year. William and Kate had a number of red letter events, like the London Marathon and Pippa's wedding, as well as quick trips to Europe, such as their visit to Paris and Kate's trip to Luxembourg, and larger tours, like their trip to Germany and Poland. It was a very, very busy year. Kate and William did both take ski holidays--Kate with Pippa and friends for the latter's pre-wedding party, and William with Guy Pelly et al. for a guys weekend since the private jet was chartered, so why not! And, of course, the family visited the Queen at Balmoral during the August recess, as they do every year. But, we didn't get any news of a beach holiday, so Kate is overdue. 

Of course, this getaway also comes as the royals begin to disappear for the annual August vacation. This often seems a point of confusion, but the royals annual disappearing act in August is both planned and welcomed by all. The Queen departed for Balmoral on Thursday and will likely remain there until early October. The others will retreat from the public eye, many to their country homes, and enjoy all of August before resuming regular programming in September. This annual break gives royal correspondents the opportunity to plan their own family holidays and get a bit of a summer vacation, so it is a great arrangement in my mind. 

When the Middletons and the Cambridges vacation in Mustique there are almost always pictures. So keep an eye out because if this isn't a completely false story, we should see grainy beach snaps, but certainly airport departures sometime next week. Fingers crossed--everyone knows I love the candid paparazzi shots. 

Finally, the 22nd is George's birthday, so check back in for a post on that tomorrow! 

Fifth Photo of Prince Louis Released

Monday, July 16, 2018

Several of you mentioned that you were disappointed not to get a better view of Louis in any of the four christening photos released yesterday (see them all on this post), and as if on direct cue, the Cambridges released this darling fifth photo of Kate and Louis this morning. 

This picture was snapped by Matt Porteous. Matt Holyoak took the official portraits released yesterday, but the man behind the lens on this fifth photo was the photographer the Cambridges chose to take Prince George's third birthday photos (see all four of those pictures here):

It makes sense that William and Kate would have multiple photographers on what is not only a special family day, but an historic day, too. I am sure they will frame both the beautiful images prepared by Holyoak, and also enjoy the pictures in this different style by Porteous. I do really like his light-filled, natural images. From the images Kate has taken, I think she trends toward this style. 

As to the timing of this fifth photo, although the palace does at times respond to very vociferous fan reactions, I think this was a planned released from the start. Just as Harry and Meghan released that extra engagement photo, I think the press team is trending toward these later releases as a matter of course. The official photos go out to the papers and then they add a more personal touch on their social channels a day later or so. It's a nice plan, and of course the gesture hits its mark--fans love it and it helps the royals control their own narrative a little.  

A great way to start the week. Happy Monday, all! 

Prince Louis's Official Christening Photos Released

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kensington Palace has released Prince Louis's official christening pictures! There are four. The photos were taken by Matt Holyoak at Clarence House after the baptism at St. James's Palace. This first one in the garden is the most beautiful, in my opinion, and absolutely my favorite. 

It is lovely to get a portrait of just the Cambridges as a family of five, but this stark background is not my favorite look. They used a similarly sterile background for their last family portrait and it also came across as barren and just generally ugly. I hope they move back toward the warmer, outdoor family shots they once did. In every other respect, it's a beautiful shot. 

It was particularly fun to see a pictures of just the larger Wales family. :) An IG reader pointed out that Charlotte is holding Louis's hand!! 

Finally, they released a full photo that included both sides of the family. I think this photo exonerates Meghan's choice of olive a little. She blends in better than I expected--she doesn't leap out at you-- and to the extent she does not fit the color scheme, her dress's color differentiates the royals a little from the Middletons, so it works with the family split. 

It's lovely to see these pictures, and... I still love that hatband! :)

If you missed the full post on today's Wimbledon appearance, it is live here.

[Full Post] The Duchess is in Dolce! Kate Wears Bright Yellow to Wimbledon with William

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Wimbledon together today to watch Kevin Anderson play Novak Djokovic in the men's final. Kate opted for a bright yellow Dolce & Gabbana dress (quick ID by Perth's Fashion and Kate's Closet!) and bag, and earrings and a necklace from Asprey! 

Yesterday, Kate and Meghan chatted with tennis stars and ball girls and boys, and today William and Kate met with some of tennis's superstars before the match. Wimbledon shared this video:


This yellow is amazing against the green of the Royal Box. I won't the ball, this ensemble is a huge hit with me!! 

The final always brings a real panoply of celebrities to centre court, and William and Kate are often surrounded by a sea of well-known faces. Today, one of their nearby companions was Rod Laver, an 11-time Grand Slam champion (whom they also met in the Wimbledon video above). It's not hard to see why Kate adores Wimbledon. 

William and Kate always have an absolute blast at this annual sporting event. Yesterday was fun, and both royal ladies clearly enjoyed the day, but there was a detectable awkwardness. Both Meghan and Kate obviously knew that their every move was being analyzed. Kate's been the royal lady under a certain amount of fire when these two are stacked up against each other by the media and fans. Nevertheless, as the experienced and more senior royal, Kate was beautifully composed and regal under the pressure, and the two navigated the afternoon well.

But, today Kate could let her breath out a little and enjoy her husband's company and the sport. Her mood was bubbly and back in her zone. AFP shared what might have been the best picture of the day:

Djokovic won pretty handily from what I heard, and his comments on court were so sweet. I am sure William and Kate, so recently parents for a third time, were smiling.

As is customary, William and Kate congratulated the players afterwards. Kate remarked how hot it must have been, and Djokovic remarked it was the warmest day at Wimbledon! I love how when Djokovic asked after the Cambridge children, William jumped in with some joke that moved the conversation along. 

Let's talk about the fashion! Kate wore a new dress by Dolce & Gabbana in this bright, tennis-ball yellow. It is from the label's Resort collection and retailed at over $1,000. It is a pretty simple sheath dress, which is right up Kate's alley, and I particularly love the modified flutter sleeves! They are such a cute addition to this already sunny dress, and were very flattering and feminine on the Duchess.

Kate wore earrings that are new to us, but I suspect have been in her jewelry box for a while. These are Asprey's Oak Leaf earrings. Intertwining oak leaves of pavé diamonds in 18 karat gold, they originally retailed for £9,000. It is possible Kate was wearing the same earrings sans the diamonds. Right now I can't tell from the pictures available. [With an updated picture, I am leaning toward the version without diamonds, sadly].

Kate paired these earrings with a necklace from the same collection. Kate has had this Woodland charm necklace since at least 2014, when it first debuted on tour in Australia. She has chosen three pendants, the acorn, the oak, and a mushroom.

The acorn is a family motif on the Middleton coat of arms, the oak leaf represents strength and the oaks prevalent in Berkshire where Kate was raised. The symbolism that the mushroom holds for Kate is less clear. I love the personal significance of this jewelry and its strong connection to her Middleton roots.

Finally, Kate carried the D&G Miss Sicily bag she debuted yesterday on her visit with Meghan, her new Ray-Ban Youngster sunnies, and wore the citrine cocktail ring that we noticed at Harry and Meghan's wedding. She was most definitely dressed to the nines. :)

It is my opinion that only some people can successfully wear yellow. Kate doesn't wear it all that often, but each time she does she reminds how spectacularly some people can wear this bold hue. Kate has worn very bright yellows several times. Excluding softer shades, which Kate also likes, her first bright yellow was the Jaeger she wore while on tour in Southeast Asia in 2012 (left). The Roksanda Ilincic she first wore in Sydney and then recycled at Wimbledon (middle) is still one of her best (why doesn't she wear Roksanda again?!), and finally, most recently, she wore this cheerful Jenny Packham in Germany (right) in 2017. 

Kate was lovely yesterday, but it's almost hard to believe what a difference 24 hours makes. She was just glowing today. Her hair was magnificent (it's getting a little longer again!) and her tan was practically glowing. Wimbledon is always such a treat for royal watching, and certainly this weekend was no exception!

P.S. Louis's official christening photos will be released tonight, so check back at some point! 

[Updated] Kate & Meghan Watch Wimbledon Ladies' Final Together

Saturday, July 14, 2018

This is a big, big weekend! The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex are on their first joint-engagement together as they attend the Wimbledon ladies' final. This event was announced just a few days ago, and obviously sparked huge excitement among fans. The new sisters-in-law will watch Meghan's good friend Serena Williams compete against Angelique Kerber for the champion's title. 

Wimbledon tweeted out a video this morning featuring the two arriving, which gave us a lovely early look at the fashion.

These two women, at this particular match, create the perfect combo. Kate is a dedicated tennis fan generally as well as the patron of the All England Club and Meghan is good friends with tennis star and fellow American Serena Williams!

Before the two took their seats, however, they met with some of the former champs of centre court, and with the ball boys and ball girls, which always provides very sweet photos! 

RAF Benevolent Fund 
And another chance to get a full look at the fashion!

I love this hat Meghan has brought along, but as of this writing, she has yet to put it on. Hopefully soon! 

The two royal ladies then headed to take their seats for the match:

Nadal and Djokovic's match is apparently running quite long (I don't have tv and therefore not watching the match), so Kate and Meghan are getting a double-dose of tennis this afternoon. 


Omid Scobie has been sharing great commentary and videos on his Twitter feed which has kept me up-to-speed.

This is a nice long clip from Christin Zi showing Kate and Meghan chatting. Bonus points if you speak German, which I do not. 

To the fashion! Kate looks really lovely. She is taking her time losing her baby weight (I approve!), and this dress is very flattering. I have vacillated on whether the print actually features tennis balls. Right now I am saying they are tennis balls, which is classic Kate, right?  Although the gathered pleats at her hip and shoulder could have veered off toward from-froo, they work well on this dress and added interest to a relatively simple design.

Kate's pearl earrings by In2Design and her new Dolce & Gabbana bag are both fresh accessories that polished this look to perfection. 

These earrings are by Swedish label In2Deisgn, and Kate wore them while, appropriately, on tour in Sweden! 

Meghan has stuck to her style profile in a Ralph Lauren trouser ensemble. Both this blouse and the wide-legged trousers are by the American label. I like this look! It was very early 20th century, which is fun to see at Wimbledon. Meghan can really pull off these looks quite well. I do think the blouse could be a little more pulled-together, and she probably should have had the trousers tailored, too. When standing still, they were pooling, which isn't a great look, although I myself am guilty of this often. All in all, though, the look balanced well the casual nature of a sports game on a summer afternoon and her position as a senior royal in the Royal Box! I thought it was a win!

I will update later this afternoon when we have more pictures. It sounds like Rafa and Djokovic are still playing, so Kate and Meghan haven't even gotten to the main event yet!