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Guess Baby Cambridge's Birthday!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


A week or so ago I got an email from one of you suggesting I host a friendly guessing game of when the next little Cambridge will make his or her appearance. I thought it was a cute idea to keep us busy while we wait, and should be fun for those of you with a bit of a competitive streak (you know who you are ;)).  So, I Googled around a little and found this "Baby Bookie" program to host our blog pool. A few things to know before you place your bet (no money involved). No due date has ever been mentioned by the Palace. We only know that Kate is due in April. The 18th listed as the due date on the Baby Bookie is just the random middle of the month I chose because I couldn't leave the option blank. So, feel free to choose any day of the month! May the best intuition win...

Hope you enjoy! Access the Baby Bookie here or at the link above.

Kate's Final Engagement As She Goes On Maternity Leave

Saturday, March 24, 2018

On Thursday, Kate undertook her final engagement before the birth of Baby Cambridge #3. The Duke and Duchess joined SportsAid athletes at the Copper Box Arena, Olympic Park, to meet with young people hoping to compete in the Olympic, Paralympics, and Commonwealth Games.


This is actually a video of Kate and William leaving the Copper Box Arena, but I like the perspective on the Duchess's ensemble:



Kate has clearly worked much closer to her due-date than she has the past two pregnancies, and she didn't partake in any of the games, but Prince William enjoyed some time with the wheelchair basketball players. 


The Cambridges have been supporting SportsAid for years, and I really enjoyed that they undertook this event together as Kate's farewell engagement.

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The second stop of the day was at St. Luke's Trust community centre. According to KP, "St Luke's Community Centre provides services and activities for locals, including a fully-equipped cookery school, which runs community classes on healthy, home cooking & avoiding good waste." I assume KP meant food waste not good waste. I have a warm fondness for whatever staff member or intern writes KP's tweets. They have almost as many typos and errors as yours truly. ;) 



The two took part in prepping for a Commonwealth Big Lunch, a meal which includes recipes from all over the Commonwealth. Kate told attendees that George and Charlotte love getting their hands dirty, so making pizza is a favorite for the little royals. 

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I always enjoy events where William ends up in an apron or chef's hat. Somehow he makes the unusual on him look super chill. In still shots he looks like he is using careful precision and thought... 

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But, in reality it was a pretty indiscriminate game plan:



Kate seemed a little more in here element:



Rebecca English of the Daily Mail shared a number of fun videos from this event, including this one that gives us a nice shot of Kate's blouse:


In 2013, Kate's official farewell engagement was to christen the Royal Princess cruise ship wearing her Dalmatian print coat from Hobbs, although she subsequently attended Trooping the Colour before George arrived on July 22. 


Kate wore the magenta Mulberry to wave goodbye before Princess Charlotte said hello in 2015.


For third maternity leave, Kate chose skinny jeans that haven't been IDed, a floral printed blouse from Hobbs, and the original GOAT Coat (aka the label's Redgrave). She paired these bigger pieces with her Stuart Weitzman Power pumps, Mulberry Bayswater clutch, and her Annoushka pearl earrings. 


Meghan Markle and the excitement of the upcoming royal wedding are on everyone's mind right now, so there was the inevitable comment that Kate took a cue from Meghan when selecting trousers for this event, rather than her usual skirt or dress. I understand why many of us might leap to that connection, but Kate has been wearing skinnies to sporty events since she married William. This was not an unusual or out of character look for Kate. 


Today's look was a win for me. It wasn't a smash hit. I think the ensemble worked, and when you look at it, it feels like "it works" was the attitude Kate had, too, when she put it together. No judgment there--Kate has clearly pushed her public engagements much closer to her due date than she has in the past, and I imagine she wants to sit back and rest, rather than trying to plan out the perfect maternity ensemble.  




Kate's Spring Green Jenny Packham for Mental Health Symposium

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation, hosted a symposium on mental health and early intervention at the Royal Society of Medicine. It was snowing here on the East Coast, but in sunny London Kate popped out of her Range Rover absolutely glowing in a fresh, spring green ensemble by Jenny Packham.  


According to KP, the event gathered together mental health researchers, practitioners, and academics to discuss the importance of early intervention. And Kate announced a new steering committee that will head up a collaboration between these various parties to forge new mental health resources for parents and schools. 


Here is Kate full speech, which is actually relatively long, and one which she delivers beautifully.



I love this green one Kate, she looked so, so cute! She has some Kiki McDonough drops sparkling at her ears if you can see them behind her hair. 

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This custom ensemble by Jenny Packham is obviously based on the same general design as the blue ensemble with white piping she wore in early March. 


I know the blue was a hit for many of you, and although it was a miss for me, I can see the alternative viewpoint. The difference in this mint green (for me) comes down to the slightly softer tailoring of the jacket, the fabric that seemed to fall a little better, and frankly, no more piping. It is still borderline. I think the seaming along the top is odd and still comes across as a little boxy, but the bow helped soften that, in addition to the fact it was monochrome. The color was an absolute home run. I think the color makes the ensemble a win. 


This event was extra special because (as someone mentioned in an earlier post) Kate's confidence is booming and she has such a comfortable presence. I loved seeing her out and about in a new shade, presenting beautifully, and ready to be a mom to a third little Cambridge very soon!



Duchess Kate's Two Days of Engagements

Good morning all, and Happy Thursday! We've had two Kate events in the past forty-eight hours, as I am sure you all know. :) I will be blogging about both of them both later today.


Yesterday, Kate was out in a fresh, minty ensemble by Jenny Packham (above), and this morning she undertook an engagement with William on behalf of SportsAid (below). I think these trousers are going to spark some chatter.


I'll see you all later today for the full round-up!

Kate's Catherine Walker Recycle for St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

St. Patrick's Day is such a fun holiday for so many reasons, not the least of which is that Kate and William have their (almost always annual) visit with the Irish Guards. Despite the cold, they were out at the parade ground on Saturday. 


As the wife of the Colonel of the Irish Guards (William!), Kate presents the shamrocks.

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The trickiest moment of the morning for Kate is probably pinning a sprig of shamrocks onto Domnall.

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He is a pretty well-behaved guy, and she didn't have too much trouble this year:


Kate is always in good spirits at public events, but there also seems to be a particular air of festivity on St. Patrick's Day. I love this shot of her sharing a laugh with one of the soldiers.

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The royals also got a chance to meet the cadets! You can see Kate holding a clutch here. From the side it looks like her Mulberry Bayswater. 

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And, of course, the two join the party at the barracks where Kate has sometimes partaken in the toast with something on the strong side. This year, the princess stuck with water. :) 

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I don't know if this event is popular for the same general reason St. Patrick's Day is so wildly popular in the U.S., or if it's a mixture of the holiday and the traditions at this particular event. I know that I love it partially for the beautiful combination of colors. Kate always looks so spectacular in green (or brown) in the sea of striking red uniforms worn by the Irish Guards. It's a visually beautiful event.


There was a lot of speculation before St. Patrick's Day about what Kate would wear. Several of you mentioned she might choose the green D&G she debuted recently in Sunderland. I didn't love this coat, and was hoping she'd choose something else, but it is green and it was possible the front had an extended panel she could have used. 


The brown Catherine Walker from St. Patrick's Day in 2015 was also a possibility, although when I saw Kate on the 17th, she looked like she has outgrown that coat already. Also...brown on St. Patrick's Day? It was a fun experiment, but I definitely prefer green. 


For whatever reason, this more recent Catherine Walker didn't even cross my mind! The Duchess debuted this coat in Sweden just a few months ago, and you can see she wore the same Troy London fur accessories that day, that she wore today, as well as the Kiki earrings. She wore her Tod's heels in Stockholm, too, but she had changed for this walkabout into boots. 


I remember when we saw the Catherine Walker in Stockholm I felt it was unusually loose for Kate's preference, and now I wonder if this was planned, and the cut of the coat was deliberately generous to accommodate a March recycle. She is certainly filling it out now.


Kate also brought back her Gina Foster beret hat, first worn in 2013 for Christmas morning at Sandringham! I love structured berets on Kate, and this was a brilliant choice for the morning paired with this elegant and intricate up-do. She added a little sparkle at her ears with her bespoke Kiki McDonough earrings of green tourmalines and amethysts. According to Susan at WKW, Rebecca English confirmed with the jeweler that these were a special order to celebrate Princess Charlotte's birth!


This was a big, big win. I have no idea how I forgot this coat, but it was just the right cut and color for the event (and her advanced pregnancy!). It's a big, big win! Three cheers for the Duchess of Cambridge on this one!

The Army in London




Kate Recycles Beulah for Commonwealth Service

Monday, March 12, 2018

Today the British Royals marked Commonwealth Day with the annual service at Westminster Abbey. It was a particularly exciting year as Meghan Markle made her debut at a formal royal family event. This was the first really hat-worthy event for Meghan, and her first public engagement with the Queen! 

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William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan arrived in two Range Rovers at the same time, and walked into the Abbey as a group:

Kate and Meghan went with opposite shades of the color spectrum, which complemented each other nicely. Meghan's ensemble was Amanda Wakeley. 

I thought Kate might choose something new for today, but she dusted off her Chiara coat from Beulah London for the service, pairing it with the Lock & Co. Tiffany hat she wore to the dedication of the Afghanistan Memorial just last year. It's an elegant pairing and a great recycle on both counts. 

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Kate's shoes are her Mallory pumps from Rupert Sanderson and the clutch is Jimmy Choo's Celeste. The Duchess once again wore these earrings she debuted last month, but continue to stymie the style sleuths. She added a matching brooch, which I think helped clarify that this is not the jewelry given to the Queen in the 40s, as formally hypothesized. Since these pieces haven't been paired with anything in the vaults, I think it is more likely they are modern additions to her personal collection. Hopefully time (and someone's research!) will tell. :) 


Kate looked magnificent today. This Beulah coat is a color that suits HRH so well and I love the graceful flare of the silhouette. I know some feel this hat is too big, but I think it balances her pregnant figure well and adds a punch of glamour. Her hair was beautifully styled this afternoon, and she added her own glow to look absolutely magnificent. A big win!











Kate Brings Back SĂ©raphine Marlene Dress for Place2Be

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Kate has been busy expanding her networks and strengthening her ties in mental health. On Tuesday she spent her morning getting to know Family Links at Pegasus Primary School in Oxford, and on Wednesday she was out on behalf of Place2Be, an organization she has worked with for years now.

Place2Be

The Duchess was officially opening the new headquarters, but she also spent time meeting with counselors, parents, and students who benefit from Place2Be's programs.


Local school children were at the centre to tell Kate about the programs implemented in their classrooms by Place2Be.

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Victoria Murphy shared this clip of Kate's speech before unveiling a plaque commemorating the launch of the Centre of Excellence. 
Kate brought back SĂ©raphine's Marlene dress, which she just debuted while on tour in Sweden. The dress is almost custom made for Kate, in that it hits most of her current style preferences, including the high collar, ruffled cuffs, lace and chiffon. Although reasonable people can disagree ;), I think this dress is incredibly flattering on Kate. The girl in the background clearly thinks so, too.


Kate was carrying her Bayswater from Mulberry and those are her popular Power pumps by Stuart Weitzman. Sparkling at her ears are her sapphire and diamond drops which pair so beautifully with her sapphire ring;


This recycle is a huge win. I loved this dress when she wore it in Sweden and was hoping it would get a repeat. I am frankly surprised that she didn't wear this to the Royal Foundation Forum, given how high profile that event was. But, certainly launching this new centre for one of her longtime patronages is also a big ticket event, and I am just happy it got a second show.

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Kate Recycles Favorite JoJo Maman Bébé at Pegasus Primary

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This morning the Duchess of Cambridge was out in Oxford to learn more about work that is being done for children and families in the mental health field. She was at Pegasus Primary School wearing an ensemble that has been on many a fan's recycle-wish-list throughout this pregnancy. It was a good day all around! 


If I have said it once, I have said it a million times, I love these primary school engagements with all the kids waving their little flags to welcome Kate. It is completely the cutest.

The Duchess is continuing to focus her attention on early intervention for mental health, and this visit provided her the opportunity to see the charity Family Links in action. Kate visited with parents and children to hear how Family Links supports them in fostering a healthy environment for their children, and for kids to promote emotionally healthy relationships with their peers in the classroom:


I think the sweetest story today was this little book of poems and lullabies that the students at the school put together for Kate to read and sing to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and the new baby! 
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Kate was accompanied by Catherine Quinn today, who stood out of the way in most of the shots, but is visible standing discreetly to the right in this shot. Arthur Edwards there in the background, too. 

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Just this past week a number of you were chatting about ensembles that Kate might still recycle. I think this creamy JoJo Maman Bébé coat was top of the list for preferred repeat, so I know more than a few are delighted with today's choice!

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Kate first wore this coat while pregnant with Princess Charlotte, and if this flattering maternity coat's  lovely lines weren't memorable enough, the venue solidified it for us all. The Princess was visiting the set of Downton Abbey as they filmed the final season! (tears, even now) 


It was so fabulous!! I busted the picture budget on that post, so pop over if you need a trip down memory lane. 


On the set of Downton, Kate paired the coat with navy accessories, but today she switched it up a little with her brown Emmy clutch and matching brown suede shoes.  


This coat was always going to be a win if she recycled. I know how much you all wanted to see it again, and I am super happy the Duchess decided to give it another wear. It really is such a flattering coat with a sturdy, quality fabric and proper tailoring. I particularly enjoyed seeing it with brown, which is relatively unusual from Kate. Win, win, win.


Kate Catch-Up: The Duchess's Past Three Engagements

Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy Monday All! I am so sorry that I dropped off the radar last week. I was sick and Kate's day in Sunderland was the last communique I could eek out before I crashed. Happily, everything is looking brighter on this end and Kate has two engagements this week, so I am jumping on here to update you all briefly on last week's fun things so we are caught up for tomorrow.

New Patronages! 


On Tuesday, the 27th of February, Kate was out and about on two related engagements. Her first stop was at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ("RCOG"), and the second was at the St. Thomas Hospital where she launched the Nursing Now campaign, an initiative to support and raise the profile of nurses worldwide. Earlier that morning it was announced that Kate was the new royal patron of RCOG as well as the Nursing Now campaign, so it was a big day! 


At the RCOG Kate learned about the health efforts that are ongoing and was formally and warmly welcomed by her new patronage:

She also received a certificate, according to Kensington Palace's Twitter feed. I am not sure what the certificate certificates:

At the Nursing Now campaign launch, Kate gave a short speech in which she mentioned her great-grandmother and grandmother who were both volunteer nurses.  I love that the Duchess is pursuing projects in which she obviously has an interest as well as these sorts of emotional connections! 
Let's talk fashion really quickly. The first picture I saw on Tuesday morning was a cropped photo and I won't deny I was horrified by the boxy shoulders and white piping. When I saw the next picture, a full length from the side (see above) I did a quick u-turn and thought it lovely. But, whiplash was the name of the day, and after reviewing more photos and video, I am decidedly not a fan.

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This is a bespoke Jenny Packham, which makes this miss even more disappointing. Generally when Kate has a bespoke piece commissioned it is a real hit, especially when it is from JP. But, from almost every angle this ensemble is too boxy, features odd tailoring, and that white piping...that white piping is so perplexing. Why? Plus, the fabric looked cheap and pulled in odd places.

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I love that Kate is continuing to wear her tanzanite jewelry suite more with her various blue ensembles, and its always fun to see the Muse clutch and her Georgia Jimmy Choos, but overall, this ensemble was a miss.

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Royal Foundation Forum 


On Wednesday, the 28th of February, Kate joined William, Harry, and Meghan Markle at the first ever Royal Foundation Forum. It was also Meghan Markle's first official engagement with William and Kate, so it was a hotly anticipated day!

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All the royals, and the royal-to-be, got a chance to share their thoughts on the work the Royal Foundation does, and they had an opportunity to express particular areas of interest. On at least three occasions it was highlighted that Heads Together was Kate's brainchild. It was clearly a concerted effort to make this point very clear and give her credit for a campaign that has been globally hailed as a massive success.

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You can watch the entire event here:



As usual William and Harry provided headline worthy banter by discussing some of the family tensions that crop up when determining how the four will focus their energies.



Kate chose to wear the SĂ©raphine maternity dress she wore in January for Heads Together. Below is a shot of her in January, and as you can see the fit is already on the snug side a month or say later. Baby Cambridge 3 is coming soon! :)

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The princess was back in her Georgia Jimmy Choos, but wearing new earrings. The collective wisdom of the Kate community is that these earrings are likely vintage pieces that were gifted to then Princess Elizabeth by her parents.


For those wondering, Meghan wore a dress by American designer Jason Wu, but I don't have IDs on the rest of her ensemble. She looked professional and glowing. I am sure this is such an exciting time for her!

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Orla Kiely for a Snowy Visit to the NPG

On the evening of the 28th, Kate braved the thickly falling snow in London, to attend "Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography" at the National Portrait Gallery.  

The National Portrait Gallery 
As the gallery's patron, Kate chose a number of the photos on display, in addition to writing the descriptions that accompany the pieces and a forward for the exhibit catalogue.  

Kate chose a dress by Orla Kiely, and just writing that gets me a little giddy with excitement. Maybe because Orla K is one of the early designers Kate debuted, back when she was a fresh new royal and we were high on life (I say that quasi-facetiously ;)), but it just delights me when she wears this Irish designer. How appropriate for March? ;) 

The National Portrait Gallery 
After a relatively long period of time passing with no Orla K, the is the second dress Kate has worn from the label this pregnancy. [The first was the pink dress when she danced with Paddington.]  This is the Margaret dress from an Orla Kiely capsule collection. 

The National Portrait Gallery 
This dress is definitely in the Erdem profile, though, right? Dark all around, rusty florals, a ruffle!! But, it's also super Orla Kiely, too, with the whimsical bodice and cute cuffs. I think Kate definitely chose it for its Victorian vibe, especially the high color and the velvet V of the bodice. Is it weird? Yeah, it's totally a weird dress, but I still love it anyway.



I love it because it's Orla K. I love it because it flatters Kate beautifully (talk about night and day from the custom JP!). I love it because she looks great. It's an unexpected win. I would never buy this if I saw it on the rack, but Kate just makes it go.


I know there is a growing ennui for her nude accessories, but I thought this dress was perfect paired with her Gianvito Rossi Praline pumps and Jimmy Choo Celeste clutch. It was a win!


Ok kids, that's the quick overview. Thank you for all the emails and messages of concern. I am so sorry I just dropped off the radar, but I just was on empty. I didn't mean to spark a panic, and I wouldn't quit the blog without a proper farewell. :) In any case, I am feeling much, much better. We are back to regular programming tomorrow!