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Pregnant Pippa Photographed on Holiday + Her Maternity Barre Workout

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Did these pictures already make the rounds and I just missed them? I was listening to Emily Andrews' On Heir podcast and she mentioned photos of Pippa on a baby moon. I ran off to Google and voila. Pippa Middleton Matthews was indeed photographed, looking fit and fabulous, while on holiday in Italy with her husband James. 

PopSugar has a huge album (77 photos!) which you can find here or by clicking the image below. The couple lounged by the water, enjoyed some summer reading, and floated in the Mediterranean. Pippa also has a cute cover-up in one of the later pictures. 

Pippa has been staying in incredible shape throughout her pregnancy, as one would expect from an fitness enthusiast of her magnitude. She still writes a column for Waitrose, and last week MiddletonMaven shared these shots from a recent column in which the Pipster discussed her addiction to barre classes to stay fit:

Waitrose via MiddletonMaven
 The column even included some workout moves you can try at home.

DEFINE London, the studio where Pippa shot the Waitrose photos, shared a few behind the scenes images of the session. 

@define.London (IG) via @MiddletonMaven (Twitter)
We know Pippa has been keeping up with swimming and tennis as well, and in fact if you scroll through the vacation images linked above, you will see that Pippa was swimming laps with James during their Tuscan getaway. No random splashing about for them. :) This is everyone's cue to get out and get moving on this Saturday! 

Happy weekend, all! 

Seven Septembers with the Duchess of Cambridge

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The autumn is always the most exciting time of the year. After a warm, slow summer, Kate's return to the spotlight is as welcome as the crisp fall weather. Autumn is also especially exciting because as fall transitions to winter, Kate attends the most black-tie and red carpet events of the year. In today's post, I am going to look at Kate's first event each September, and her first red-carpet appearance of the season! 

In 2011, Kate wasn't really returning to a working schedule. At that time, Kate and William were still trying to maintain as much of a private life as a they could while simultaneously the most feted and popular newlyweds on the planet. William had sought from the Queen, and had been granted, permission to spend several years in relative seclusion continuing his service in the RAF and allowing Kate a slow transition into her new position as a royal and the future queen. Nevertheless, in the autumn of 2011, the couple returned to the spotlight in late September (the 29th) as they visited the Royal Marsden where William, as patron, opened a new cancer ward for children. Kate was at the height of her sheath-dress phase and this Sculpted Felt Dress from Amanda Wakeley was a huge hit at the time. 

This post, though, is really focused on the black-tie events (let's be honest) which make the autumn such a glittering spectacle of fashion and fun. Kate and William's next event was October 13th and it marked the Duchess's first formal ensemble of that fall. The event was for the 100 Women in Hedge Funds of which William was patron at that time (although Harry and Kate joined him as joint-patrons in 2013). Kate chose a gorgeous red Beulah London dress with graceful sleeves and a plunging neckline.

We are wandering well beyond September, but I can't resist including the silver Amanda Wakeley Kate wore to a private dinner at Clarence House on behalf of In Kind Direct. It is one of Charles's charities, but when he was called away to attend a funeral in Saudi Arabia, he asked his new daughter-in-law to step in. This dress is from Wakeley's 2006 collection, so it is pretty clear that it was out of Kate's closet. She probably wore it first to some glitzy London bash while dating William. :)

2012 was a bit of an anomaly. The couple toured Southeast Asia on behalf of the Queen as part of that year's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. That tour took up the better part of September. The duo didn't undertake a public engagement in the United Kingdom until early October, when they visited Middle Temple to launch a scholarship for law students in their name.

Interestingly, Kate didn't showcase a floor length gown that year until she returned to Middle Temple for one of St. Andrews' 800th Anniversary fundraisers. If you are a long-time Kate-watcher, you might remember that back in 2011/2012/2013, Kate rarely went with an evening gown. If she could skew on the shorter side, she did, so we didn't see a lot.  This dress was the "Amoret" Temperley, which became one of Kate's earliest multi-wears.

2013 was a hectic year for the Cambridges. They became first-time parents on July 22nd, and Kate didn't make any public appearances until she accompanied William to a small event on the island of Anglesey--an event that doubled as their farewell to their island neighbors. The couple headed to Kensington Palace in London shortly thereafter. Kate only had one event in September, the Tusk Trust inaugural gala, and I believe Kate only attended because of how important that charity is to William.  Although it was first reported as a thrifty piece from Jenny Packham's diffusion line, it was in fact a bespoke Jenny Packham that cost close to £6,000. 

Kate spent all of September 2014 sick with the HG that accompanied her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte. She was glowing, however, upon her return to the limelight in October, and I think that was her most glittering autumn to-date. Kate made her return on October 21st, when after her brief appearance at the kick-off of the China State Visit earlier in the day, she attended the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards at the Natural History Museum. The Princess was a knock-out wearing a daring half-and-half dress by Jenny Packham (which I still suspect was initially made for her canceled trip to Malta).

She followed that up with an appearance at Action on Addiction's autumn gala on October 23rd wearing a Temperley cocktail dress. Although I generally prefer evening gowns to the cocktail dresses for events like this, she was glowing, and this ended up being one of my favorite fall appearances. As I say, when I think about the "autumn return," it is 2014 that sets the bar. She exuded glamour and royal star-power.

In 2015, Kate made her return on September 17th. She attended an event at the Anna Freud Centre wearing a Black Label Ralph Lauren in one of her favorite patterns. :) Kate has a habit of twisting her engagement ring around--notice she was caught in this snap with it twisted inward.

Although Kate hit the ground running that year, she didn't bring out the bling until October when she attended the China State Visit. That was her first State Dinner and we had all waited with baited breath to see what Kate would wear. I don't know that this custom Jenny Packham thrilled everyone, but it was certainly in Kate's style profile and very flattering in my view. I think we all loved to see her sparkling in diamonds.

2016 was one of the Cambridges' busiest years. They returned early from their summer holiday making appearances on the 24th and the 25th of August. Then, the 1st of September on the dot, the couple undertook a two-day visit to Cornwall. Prince Charles is the Duke fo Cornwall, but it will eventually fall to William as the heir. Kate began the two-day visit in Truro, Cornwall, wearing this gorgeous pink Lela Rose. (By the way, I have Poldark playing in the background as I write this post and the location only now strikes me--Truro!!)

The Cambridges travelled to Canada later that month for their wildly popular second tour of the northern nation. It was during that visit that Kate wore her first formal look of the fall. Who can forget this striking red Preen cocktail dress for a party at Government House in Victoria?

September of 2017 was another missed month for Kate, as the Princess announced her third pregnancy! She returned in October (the 10th) for a reception celebrating the royals' mental health initiative. I still love this frilly Temperley, although I am trying to veer in another fashion direction myself. :)

Kate didn't wear a formal dress that year until November when she recycled the Zarita at the Kensington Palace Orangery for an event benefitting the Anna Freud Centre. I think what I have learned from this post is that although Kate returns to the spotlight in September, she doesn't really break out the glitz and the glam until a little later in the season.

When will we see Kate? The Independent reported when Louis was born (and several of you have noted this in the comments) that Kate felt she returned too quickly to the spotlight after her previous pregnancies, "Kate is said to be extending her leave an additional few months to spend as much time as possible with her new family before returning to her royal duties, after feeling that she returned too quickly to public life after giving birth to Prince George, when she opened a marathon six weeks later and with Princess Charlotte, after two months."  Kate was spotted recently at Peter Jones shopping for children's shoes with George and Charlotte. George's school is now back in session and the Cambridges are getting into the swing of things at Kensington Palace after a summer in the country. There are currently no engagements listed for Kate. Generally engagements are listed about two weeks in advance. Kate has been known to make surprise appearances, but barring those, we are looking at the end of September at the earliest--I think likely we won't see Kate until October.