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Garden Party; Kate's GCVO; Kate's RHS Garden Activity Cards; & Trump's Visit

Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge Invested With Her GCVO

As you all know, just this past April 29th, William and Kate's eighth wedding anniversary, the Queen announced that she was making Kate a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO). The Royal Victorian Order is an order of knighthood created by Queen Victoria to recognize persons who have rendered exceptional service to the sovereign. The honors are within the sole discretion of the Queen. It is a significant honor to be appointed to the order, and the Queen has made Kate a Dame Grand Cross--the highest level within the ordering. Camilla, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Sophie are all recipients of this honor at this highest level. Interestingly, Prince Harry was made a Knight Commander in 2015, which is a lower rung. 

Although fans waited to see if Kate would be publicly invested several days after the announcement, she did not attend that event. Instead, reports were that on Tuesday Kate was privately invested by the Queen before the garden party. I haven't seen that confirmed, and I haven't been following the royal circuit closely this week, but that was the report I saw Tuesday.

U.S. State Visit

President Trump and his First Lady will visit the UK the first week of June on a State Visit. There will be a State Banquet, of course. Rebecca English has reported that William and Kate will attend the dinner, so we have a fabulous tiara event just around the corner. Additionally, this will be our first time seeing Kate wear her new GCVO.

Harry will join the Queen and the Trumps for a private lunch during the course of the visit. Meghan is on maternity leave, or she would certainly join her husband. The headlines that the Duchess of Sussex is snubbing the President of the United States are ludicrous. That is exactly what royals do not do--show partisan, political opinions. Given what we know of her politics pre-marriage, she may very well be relieved to have an excuse, but the simple fact is that if she were not on mat leave, she'd be there--with a smile on her face. Anything less would be contrary to the core principles of the monarchy and unprofessional.

Kate's Garden Activity Cards

Several of you saw the report that Kate, as part of her RHS garden, made activity cards to help get children out in nature. You can find all the themed activity cards here, and download each in PDF form.

Apparently, Kate's children loved the garden and she brought them back early in the morning this week, to help her water all the plants. Richard Palmer reports Kate has visited the garden for one thing or another at least nine times in the last week!

What other funs things do I want to tell you before we get to the garden party fashion... I don't know. Louis was afraid of the bees at the garden show, poor baby. That was a cute tidbit. Charlotte will join George at Thomas's Battersea this fall. Oh, I don't know if this video of Kate speaking got lost in the shuffle, buried under the other videos of the kids, but it is great to see her discussing why her work is so close to her heart.

Garden Party Fashion

Ok, let's talk about the fashion from the garden party.  Kate wore a custom McQueen coat-dress and a hat by Juliette Botterill. Her earrings were her Diana Collingwoods, and she carried a Loeffler clutch.  

Kate loves her some pink. I love pink, too, and I love pink on Kate, so we are so-far-so-good on the color. I am going to complain a little about the style. I know Kate is a senior royal and it is, in some respects, quite a formal event, but I wish she would wear something just a tad softer to garden parties. By that I mean a floaty dress, or more femininely tailored coat. This coat is a mix, the pleating, and little peplum-ish flaps at the waist are certainly feminine, but the double-breasted closure and pointed lapels feel too military for me. As you know, I love a little military vibe on Kate, particularly for events like Trooping or Remembrance Sunday, or any event that commemorates the Armed Forces, really. So, I am not taking issue with the coat standing on its own, because it is a beautiful piece, but I don't love it for this event.

Although the tailoring wasn't perfect, the pink Emilia Wickstead she wore to a garden party in 2012, is more in line with my ideal, because it had a simpler (and softer) neckline. It felt lighter and younger. I guess the short of it is, for garden parties, I'd like Kate to ditch the coat and go with a lovely, summer dress. 

Finally, I think that Juliette Botterill is filling the (significant) gap left by Jane Corbett, a true millinery genius. I liked this hat, and I'd love for Kate and Juliette to continue to innovate toward unique and unusual creations, like the stunning JC hat paired with the Wickstead above. 

All ya'll. It's been a busy week. Sorry for my absence. Happy Memorial Day weekend to my U.S. readers. We are so blessed that so many willingly serve and sacrifice. 

Wills/Kate or Meghan/Harry Mugs from The House That Lars Built

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Good morning! I hope you are ensconced somewhere cozy with a good cup of coffee enjoying a little quiet time before the day gets going. I am coming to you this morning to pitch you some cute mugs with which to enjoy future coffees or cuppas. Back in January or February I saw these fun mugs featuring William and Kate and Harry and Meghan. I mentioned how sweet they were and the company that makes them - House That Lars Built - reached out and suggested a promo code for readers of From Berkshire to Buckingham. 

I have been following The House That Lars Built for some years now. The website/company was created by Brittany Jepsen as a grad school project for one of her interior design classes in college. She maintained the blog for school for a few years, but over time it morphed into a craft/DIY blog, and then into the company it is today. The blog/website provides a continual supply of DIY crafts and artsy inspiration for entertaining, home decor, themed parties, and more. It's like a lifestyle/design/crafting/everything-creative-and-fun-under-the-sun blog. I love all the inventive crafts that Brittany and her team come up. Right now she is featuring lovely printable invitations, and if you poke around her shop you will find all sorts of paper crafts, stationary, and more. You can find her blog here. I am crazy about daffodils, as I think most of you know thanks to my enthusiastic St. David's Day posts, and this is a great example of the kinds of crafts that I love from House That Lars Built: paper daffodil placards!

Or these sweet little Valentine's Day treats:

You can browse all sorts of her great ideas here at the online shop. Most important for our purposes today, the Kate/Meghan mugs can be found here, as well as a few other royal-themed pieces. House That Lars Built has provided us a code with which you will get $10 off your order. The code is: FBTB25.

I feel like themed-mugs are the adult version of "fan posters." They are a subtle way to celebrate our favorite royals, without going overboard. ;) Hope you enjoy these mugs!

Kate's Chelsea Flower Show Debut

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Kate had a busy day yesterday! Sadly, so did I, which is why this post is coming to you fashionably late. Let's jump right in.

Kate began the day with a morning visit to her Royal Chelsea "Back to Nature" garden. This was a casual visit where she introduced the space to school children and climbed around in the tree house and shrubs making sure everything was neat as a pin for the official debut with the Queen later in the day. Kate wore a Broderie Anglaise blouse by M.i.h. Jeans (a lightning fast ID by Laura), and Massimo Dutti culottes. She finished her laid back look with her trusty Supergas and Monica Vinader Siren earrings. By the by, we haven't seen her wear the Siren earrings in a while, so if you are a fan, yesterday was your lucky day.

This ensemble got mixed reviews from fans. We all love Kate. When it comes to Kate, we all have rose (even magenta) tinged glasses, so although there is something about this look I like, I think it is my tinged glasses, because I deeply dislike this style of trouser. I will admit that as an ensemble, this was super trendy. Culottes are en vogue kids, in a big way. I don't mean to offend anyone who has embraced this trend, and I have some friends who have already done so. We all experiment with trends, sometimes with varied results. Sadly, not even Kate can save these for me. She is slender and willowy, and if these trousers could ever look chic and sophisticated, they'd look chic and sophisticated on her. And yet, if this were anyone else, I think we'd all be giving a huge thumbs down. I do like that she is switching it up form jeans and Bretons, or jeans in general, so I hope she continues to experiment. All I can say beyond that is, do not try this at home. Let's make a pact that none of us will go along with this trend, and we will snuff it off ASAP. This was an A for effort, but not a win in the style stakes.

Later in the day, Kate returned with various members of the Royal Family, most importantly the Queen, to formally visit the garden. For her big debut, Kate chose a floral dress from Erdem, paired with the Castanera wedges she wore on her previous preview visit, and finished off with earrings from Accessorize. It is so fun to see the Cambridges with the Queen. Patricia Treble made the point that William and Kate both kissed the Queen in greeting before their formal bow and curtsy, respectively. It is super cute to see the Queen interact with her grand-children.
Emily Andrews shared video of Kate showing the Queen around, and she noted that Kate was "endearingly nervous at first," but that William held back and let her take the lead. 

I loved this dress. I know Erdem isn't the favorite brand around this blog, or even elsewhere in the royal-watching world, but I think it is on point and picture perfect.  I love the blues and yellows in the floral pattern, and this flirty/feminine style dress is a current trend that I can embrace. Kate braided her hair, just the way she braided Charlotte's when they came for the preview, and the whimsical hair, and the flowing floral dress, all melded perfectly with Kate's theme and the day. Honestly a huge win in my book. William in a suit is always a win for me; William climbing around shrubbery in a suit--super win.

This has been a fabulous few days for Kate, highlighting the hard work she has been putting into this project, and her growing role as the future queen. This was such a great project for her, because it combines her private passions so perfectly with her professional ones--gardening, the outdoors, and family time, bringing mental health and early development into focus. It is nice to see Kate take center stage on a project all her own, too, and it was clear that the Queen, and most importantly William, were very proud of her.

Speaking of William, although he spent most of the time in the "back seat," ever the charmer, he did insert himself a few times to make the ladies in his life laugh uproariously. I don't know what he said, but these two cracked up.

One final note, before I run off to start my day. I think this video of George saying that his mummy scored a 20 out of 10 for her garden is the first time we have heard the little prince speak. Am I correct, or have I missed a video?  

This longer clip from ITV shows how spunky Charlotte is, although we already had that sense, I think. At some point she says, Oh la la! So, someone in her life must use that expression often, and I assume it is Kate or Carole. Super cute. 

Cambridge Family Photos at Chelsea Flower Show

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Kate took her family to preview the garden she co-designed for the Chelsea Flower Show before it debuts tomorrow. Matt Porteous was on hand to take snaps for the family's photo album, and happily for us, for public release as well. The couple has shared six snaps of their family enjoying the hard work Kate has put into this show. 

Kate has kept the focus on mental health with this garden, where Kate is hoping to highlight the positive effects nature has on mental health generally, and in the development of healthy children. 

According to Kensington Palace, George, Charlotte, and Louis all helped Kate collect twigs, moss, and leaves to help their mother's efforts to decorate her garden show. 

It was my opinion that Kate took a step away from the limelight at the start of the year, as Meghan enjoyed the honeymoon phase after her marriage and her busy schedule before her maternity leave. I suspected Kate would shift gears after Meghan stepped away to spend time with her new baby, and if this is any indication, she certainly is doing that. 

I love this shot of Louis looking at William as if to say, "Don't let go, Dad!"

I am so happy Kensington Palace has released these photos so that Kate gets the full attention and applause she deserves on this project. 

Laura IDed the dress as a piece from And Other Stories, the earrings from Accessorize.  Kate's wedges are by Castaner--the brand's Carina wedges. 

Kate's Visit to Bletchley Park in Alessandra Rich

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Good evening all, and Happy Monday. This afternoon, Kate visited Bletchley Park for a second time. She first was a guest of the park in 2014; this return was to see a D-Day exhibition in the run-up to the 75th anniversary of the landing. Kate visited with the young and the old, joining school children who were at Bletchley as part of their STEM programs, and also chatting with veterans of Bletchley--women who served at the park during World War II. As I am sure you all remember from Kate's visit in 2014, as well as subsequent war-related events, Kate's grandmother and great-aunt both worked at Bletchley during the war, so there is personal touch when Kate comes to Bletchley. The Duchess even wore a brooch today that belonged to her grandmother, Valerie Middleton. Some of Kate's events catch my attention more than others, and I love the war-related events she undertakes. Bletchley Park in particular has such a fascinating history. I looked forward to this event, and loved looking at all the coverage today from the royal reporters, and from Kensington Palace's Instagram. 

Ok, let's talk fashion. As you recall, Kate wore this Alessandra Rich dress for the Wales family photo-shoot to celebrate Charles's 70th birthday. We've seen a couple of sweet family snaps from that, so most are familiar with the dress. I loved it in all those photos, and I love it today, too, but for two drawbacks. We will come to those in a minute. Still focusing on the good things, many people have pointed out, and I agree, that this dress has a vintage look. Rich's Spring 2018 collection, from which this dress comes, was actually inspired by the World War II era, so Kate knew the convocations the dress would raise. Kate is the queen of occasion dressing--a very royal talent--and I do see why she zeroed in on this beautiful piece from her closet. The dress is made of delicate material and only buttons to just above the knee, so it floated in a graceful ballon around her when she bent down to accept flowers, and revealed her stunning legs when she walked. You all know I love a piece that features a nice mix of staid and sexy. In this video from KP, it looks quite glam, really.
Nevertheless, I have two problems with this dress. The first is that it is too long to properly perform as a midi-length day dress with heels. This is our first full view of the dress, despite its previous appearance, and it is so long on Kate that I would relegate this to a hostess garden dress only, which is almost exactly the context in which Kate seems to have worn it. I'd pair this with woven shoes (I am in love with Tory Burch's new flats) or pretty sandals, or artsy mules. Styled properly, it would be the perfect ensemble to enjoy idyllic English garden during a tea party or similar intimate, yet fancy, gathering. But, on an official function at Bletchley today, it looked odd to me, and I think it is down to the length. It is not a maxi dress, but it is not a midi-dress. I loved all the pictures of Kate that didn't show the full dress. When we couldn't see how long the skirt was, this was a win. As soon as that awkward length was apparent, it was most definitely not a home run. 

The other issue was far more minor. Simply that given its length, the delicate nature of the fabric, and the high slit, there were some strange shots as she arrived. These snaps from Mark Cuthbert have a good example--the picture in the bottom right shows the billowing skirt well. This "flaw" really just highlights that the dress is too long and not quite the right style for a public engagement like this one.

It's a B+ from me. The color and style on top were all lovely, but that weird length... Oh well. Kate paired the dress with Emmy London Rebecca pumps in "Riviera" blue (how appropriate for Cannes week), and she carried the Panama envelope clutch from Smythson. Kate added the perfect touch with her beloved Annoushka Baroque pearl drops. 

On another note, Kensington Palace has been doing a fabulous job on their social media. Today, on Instagram, they shared maybe six photos, all stunning shots that clearly highlighted Kate. In the past, it has often felt that the social accounts downplayed Kate in the posts, sharing pictures from an event that only had her in a few shots, and then didn't really celebrate her. Now, the Palace has started to license the images from PA and the professional images keep the beautiful princess at the center of attention. I do think this is partly to do with Meghan's influence in the family. KP had to step up its game. ;) 

FAQs About Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's Debut

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Good evening all ya'll. Happy Wednesday. We've had quite the day of royal news, and I am just going to run through a bunch of different questions that have been pitched at me throughout the day. 

Harry and Meghan named their little tyke Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. My first question was whether Archie was short for Archibald or Arthur, but I think that because they named him formally, with his last name, they would have said Archibald "Archie" Harrison etc. Because they did not, I believe that Archie is his legal name. Obviously the birth certificate, whenever they file it, will confirm that.

It is true that George told someone that his name is Archie. The royals do love to use nicknames, and it appears Archie is his. If there is already tension between the couples this might be irksome, but at the end of the day, I think parents have the right to name their children what they choose. In my family, there are repeated names among the grandchildren on both my mother's side and my father's side. I don't think it is a huge deal, and as I say, if you like a name, you like a name. 

It isn't a super traditional name, but at the end of the day, little Archie isn't like George or Charlotte, or Louis. He isn't an heir to the throne. He is in line to succession, but he is his generation's Beatrice and Eugenie or even Zara and Peter (no royal status). He will never be king unless something catastrophic happens, so Harry and Meghan don't have the same need to conform to expectations or take into account history books when naming him, because Archie will be a celeb throughout the course of his life, but he isn't scheduled for the royal history books. 

Harrison does seem like a very American name to me. It means son of Harry, but it also makes me wonder if Meghan is a Scandal fan. ;) They were certainly going for modern and unique, incorporating both of his nationalities, and I think these names hits that. Archie sounds quite British to me, and Harrison kind of screams American. 

Archie is a member of the royal family and he is seventh in the line of succession, but technically he is not "royal." He is not an HRH. HRH stands for His (or Her, for a female) Royal Highness. The reason he is not an HRH is because in 1917, George V issued the following:
George the Fifth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting: Whereas Her late Majesty Queen Victoria did by Her Letters Patent dated the thirtieth day of January in the twenty seventh year of Her Reign declare her Royal Pleasure as to the style and title of the Princes and Princesses of the Royal Family in the manner in the said Letters Patent particularly mentioned  And whereas we deem it expedient that the said Letters Patent should be extended and amended and that the styles and titles to be borne by the Princes and Princesses of the Royal Family should be henceforth established defined and limited in manner hereinafter declared  Now Know Ye that We of our especial grace certain knowledge and mere motion do hereby declare our Royal Will and Pleasure that the children of any Sovereign of these Realms and the children of the sons of any such Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the style title or attribute of Royal Highness with their titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their respective Christian names or with their other titles of honour And We do further declare our Royal Will and Pleasure that save as aforesaid the style title or attribute of Royal Highness Highness or Serene Highness and the titular dignity of Prince or Princess shall not henceforth be assumed or borne by any descendent of any Sovereign of these Realms excepting always any such descendant who at the date of these Letters Patent holds or bears any right to any such style degree attribute or titular dignity in pursuance of any Letters Patent granted by Ourselves or any of Our Royal Predecessors and still remaining unrevoked it being Our Royal Will and Pleasure that the grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms  Our Will and Pleasure further is that Our Earl Marshal of England or his deputy for the time being do cause these our Letters Patent or the enrolment thereof to be recorded in Our College of Arms to the end that Our officers of Arms and all others may take due notice thereof.  In Witness whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent Witness Ourself at Westminster the thirtieth day of November in the eighth year of Our reign.
Essentially, George V limited royal HRH status (and the title prince/princess) to the children of the sovereign, the children of the sons of the sovereign, and the eldest son of the Prince of Wales's heir, i.e. the heir of the heir. Elizabeth II amended those Letters Patent in 2012 by issuing her own declaring that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales (aka William's children) would be HRHs and bear the title Prince/Princess:
The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.
Although according to the 1917 Letters, Archie could take HRH status upon Charles ascension to the throne, because he would then be a child of one of the monarch's male children. The fact that Harry and Meghan have decided not to use the courtesy title suggests Charles andWilliam have decided to limit HRH status, or the Sussexes themselves will decline royal status for Archie at that time, as Anne and Edward declined it.

That rolls us into another question, what about this courtesy title Earl of Dumbarton. The idea here is that if you a person who will inherit a title, your dignity requires that you have some form of an appellation while you wait. Therefore, the sons of aristocrats who will one day pass their titles down may use a secondary title of their father while they wait to inherit as a courtesy. One of Harry's secondary titles, his Scottish title, is the Earl of Dumbarton, so Archie could have been Earl of Dumbarton, as Prince Edward's son is Viscount Severn. The Sussexes have declined to use this, which again, suggests that Archie will never be an HRH. 

Why was Doria featured in the photo released by the Royal Family? Meghan has gone out of her way to include her mother in her birth process. She went out of her way to mention her several times. I don't have a problem with this at all. I understand the frustration of Kate fans who feel that Kate never had the option to include her family in this way. I think that is true, and I understand why it feels unfair, but just because Kate wasn't able to highlight and promote her family, doesn't mean Meghan shouldn't be able to. Meghan's mom is also in a different position than Kate's family. Kate has an intact family, but Doria is a single mom and Meghan is her only child, so it makes a little more sense that Meghan is pulling her into her new royal family a little more closely. I don't think we should begrudge her this. 

I think I got most questions. Let me know if I missed yours--there were a lot!

Video & Pictures of Baby Sussex Presented at Windsor

Meghan and Harry have presented their new baby to the media at Windsor Castle. The couple will go introduce the baby to the Queen afterward. Rebecca English speculates that the couple will tell the Queen the baby's name and then release it to the public. 

In their interview, the couple said they'd bumped into the Duke of Edinburgh in the hallway just before the photo call. 

Watch the full interview here:

Wills & Kate at Cutty Sark

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Earlier this week, the story started circulating that the Cambridges would participate in a regatta this summer. This morning, Kensington Palace shared a new video announcing that the Cambridges will indeed take to the water in August as they skipper competing boats in the inaugural King's Cup regatta. This is the video:
Then, Emily Andrews, super awesome royal reporter, tweeted she was on the road headed to the Cutty Sark for an event with the Cambridges to promote the regatta! Sure enough, a few hours later the couple arrived at the previously unannounced engagement. 

Whenever there is big royal family news (engagements, babies, etc), the royals arrange to pause and give a statement to the media at their first public engagement after the news breaks. So, today the couple paused to express their congratulations to Harry and Meghan on the birth of their baby. William was asked how he felt about becoming an uncle, and he was quick to point out that it is his second time becoming an uncle. Pippa and James's little Arthur made him an uncle for the first time.  Both Wills and Kate had sweet comments about the arrival of the Sussexes' baby. Again, Emily Andrews provides our scoop here with this great video of the couple. For you super groupies, keep an eye out for James Whatling among all the photographers right at the end. 

Do you remember the quasi-culottes Kate wore to the 2017 1851 Trust Roadshow? They were J.Crew and they were a major fail in my book, chiefly because of the cut. I loved the look from her knees up, but when I saw the full shot... woah. They were too, too short. She looked like a deck-hand circa 1851. 

Today, she fixed that earlier problem and scored a major win. Laura told me that these trousers are J.Crew's L.K. Bennett's Parker trousers. The Duchess's sweater top was a little tougher to ID, but the current theory is that the top is Arket's Merino Marinière jumper. There have been a number of theories from various fashionistas, and I think this looks the closest. Kate debuted new Josie block heels by Emmy London (great spot, MiddletonMaven). Kate added a pop of color by carrying a red clutch, also from Emmy London, and her touch of sparkle came from her sapphire and diamond drops. 

This was a forward leaning look for Kate, and she really pulled it off well. In some sense it was her usual--trousers and Breton top--but the modern twists gave it an injection of sophistication and style. I think it was such a great success because the length of the trousers was hip and modern, but long enough that they looked sophisticated, rather than school-boy. The block heels worked with the trousers for that modern vibe. It was a great look on Kate. Kate has been trending in this direction for three years now, and it is working really well for her. 

Tomorrow, we see the Cambridges return to Anglesey. See you then! 

Watch Prince Harry Talk to Press About His New Baby

Monday, May 6, 2019

So, Baby Sussex, aka the Earl of Dumbarton, has arrived. Prince Harry spoke to the press at Frogmore cottage and Sky News shared the coverage in the video below. It sounds both from this video and from the press release that stated Doria is at Frogmore Cottage with Meghan, Harry, and the baby, that Meghan did, indeed, deliver at home. 


Update: It's a Boy! [Meghan is in Labor!]

Update: The Sussexes just announced on their Instagram (😉) that the baby has arrived and it is a boy! He was born in the early hours of this morning. 

Good morning all, y'all. The Palace just announced that Meghan went into labor in the wee hours of this morning. Prince Harry was at her side. 

I am still getting messages from people who are confused, because they thought the Sussexes said they were going to keep the birth private. As I explained in this post at the end of April, Meghan and Harry’s statement had a second part that was released to the media in which it detailed plans for a press announcement. They said they would tell the media when she went into labor. It was inconceivable they'd commit to informing the press and then not tell them after all. 

Again, the privacy they said they wanted to maintain was (1) they didn’t say what hospital she would deliver at (if she would deliver at a hospital at all), and (2) they said they would enjoy family time alone before telling the world the baby had actually arrived. Number two is probably what really sparked the most confusion, because it made a bigger deal than necessary out of the few hours they'd keep to themselves. The baby might very well have arrived hours ago and they haven’t yet told us. Kate and William did the same thing. Kate arrived at the Lindo Wing in the early morning. We all knew she was there and we were waiting, and then in the very late afternoon they announced that George had been born earlier in the day. The Cambridges explained they enjoyed those hours privately as a family. Meghan and Harry didn’t need to emphasize that they, too, would take private time after the birth before informing the waiting public, but they did, and that is where the confusion really launched, I think.

Wow, I am glad this baby is here or almost here. I bet Meghan is, too. Prayers for a safe delivery, and can't wait to see the baby when the happy parents present him or her (I am betting her) at the planned photo call at Windsor in the next few days! 

Kate's Forest Green Emilia Wickstead for Anna Freud Centre

Friday, May 3, 2019

Clearly one of Kate's favorite maxims is "never change a running system," or "if it ain't broke don't fix it." Hopefully the former for grammar's sake... The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out this week (May 1st) on behalf of the Anna Freud Centre to open the charity's new National Centre in London. The princess kept things simple by ordering a new Emilia Wickstead dress in the same pattern as her lilac version from Germany. It looks to me like the only thing she changed for this forest green dress is the neckline, opting for a square-cut (like the neckline on her EM dresses with the pleated skirts).

Kate is a beautiful woman and most everything looks good on her, but this pattern is really magic. It is simple and straight forward, but the tailoring is impeccable, the a-line silhouette is youthful and sophisticated, and the fabric has perfect movement. I saw some videos on Kensington Palace's Instagram and the dress looks fabulous in motion. It is almost as if this dress and the lilac dress make up for the bizarre tailoring on her Emilia Wickstead pleated pair. Those dresses, although utilizing a hugely popular design, really started to wear on people thanks to the uneven seams and visible stitching for the buttons. See below. 

Kate kept her accessories simple and mouth-wateringly. She wore her diamond encircled amethyst drops from Kiki McDonough and the green amethyst "Candy" pendant. Kate is obsessed with Kiki, as are we all, I think. It's just a pleasure to scroll through her site--its just visually stunning. These were perfect colors to complement the forest green of the dress, and all the colors of the ensemble working together are gorgeous with Kate's coloring. I think everyone else is getting off the nude/neutral bandwagon just as I am getting on, but I loved her Mulberry "Amberley clutch" and Gianvito Rossi "Pralines" with this dress. It kept the look streamlined, springtime, and fresh. 

This was a huge A+. Happy Weekend all--thank you for your patience with this late post.

Princess Charlotte's Birthday Photos

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

William and Kate shared these sweet images of Princess Charlotte this evening to mark her fourth birthday tomorrow. As is her habit, Kate took the images last month at the family's Norfolk estate, Anmer Hall and at Kensington Palace. Which do you think was taken at KP? I think the picture of Charlotte in the blue dress...