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Is Prince Andrew Angling for York Girls' Royal Status?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Good morning all! This past weekend, Camilla Tominey had a piece in the Express reporting that Prince Andrew and Prince Charles are at odds again over the status of the York sisters. 

Andrew, according to Tominey, wrote the Queen insisting that his girls be given full-time royal status. 
The row escalated after Andrew, 56, wrote to his mother demanding that Beatrice and Eugenie carry out full-time royal duties supported by the Sovereign Grant – the public purse which funds the Royals’ work. The letter, originally drafted by the Duke’s private secretary and “gatekeeper” Amanda Thirsk, complained that the princesses were in danger of being overshadowed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry when Charles becomes king.
Families being what they are

Kate & William Host BBC Radio 1 Teen Heroes

Saturday, October 22, 2016

As the royals are sometimes wont to do, they slipped in an extra event last Tuesday before the reception at Buckingham Palace for Team GB. The couple were the surprise special guests at an event for BBC Radio 1's Teen Heroes. The event was held at Kensington Palace.

When I first saw the pictures a day or so after the BP reception, I immediately assumed that the couple had done what they like to do on occasion,

Kate at Evening Palace Reception

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Kate came to Buckingham Palace in her bathrobe. That's the bad news, but the good news is that we can only go up from here. This dress just left me so perplexed. Kate was attending a reception honoring Great Britain's Olympic teams, an event that straddled day and night when it came to dress code. That is never a fun middle ground to hit, and as it happened, Kate missed it.

I blame McQueen, I mean really. This pattern looks the result of a creative brainstorming session after a working lunch with a few cocktails. I don't

Princess Kate Pens Foreword to Cipher Book

Monday, October 17, 2016

This weekend, the Heads Together campaign announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has written the foreword to a puzzle book. Although Kate doesn't often refer to family in, in this foreword Kate tapped into her own family history.

Kensington Palace
The princess warmly remembered her grandmother Valerie Glassborrow and her work at Bletchley Park, noting how stressful it can be to carry on such a sensitive job that requires such discretion.

Away Day in Manchester Wearing Erdem

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kate and William travelled to Manchester today for a number of engagements on what we term an "Away Day." The parade of coats we will get throughout the winter has begun, and Kate chose a new coat today from Canadian label Erdem. 

The two started their day with sport at the National Football Museum. William is quite a sport enthusiast, as is Kate, although the duchess tends more toward field hockey and tennis. Here William is holding the ball from the 1966 World Cup:

Full Post: Duchess of a Cambridge's Day in the Netherlands

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Good evening all. Kate the Great popped on a plane this morning and flew across the North Sea to the Netherlands for her first solo trip abroad as a royal. As you doubtless remember, she was meant to mark this milestone in 2014, with a visit to Malta, but Princess Charlotte put a stop to that. She was worth the two-year delay, but certainly this visit is warmly welcomed.

Kate started her day with a visit with King Willem-Alexander at the family's private residence, Villa Eikenhorst. Unfortunately, Queen Maxima was out of town, but Kate posed with her royal colleague and the two had lunch together. The home is on a woodland estate outside The Hague.  Most of the European royals are a little more relaxed than the British royals and apparently King Willem and Queen Maxima do occasionally host foreign dignitaries and fellow royals at their home.

Duchess Kate Dons Kate Spade for World Mental Health Day

Monday, October 10, 2016

Good morning all. Today starts a busy week of engagements for the Duchess of Cambridge. Today she marked World Mental Health Day 2016 with William and Harry at the London Eye. The couple arrived at the County Hall where Kate revealed a new designer debut: Kate Spade!

The flowers that a royal lady receives are supposed to complement her ensemble, or at least not clash, and today's posies couldn't have been more perfect. 
Fans will be pleased to see that Kate had a speaking role today. The royal trio each took a turn giving their remarks, much the way they did when launching Heads Together. William always has a funny smirk on his face when Kate is speaking. He always look proud as a peacock and also amused. It's cute.  
They took a trip in a London Eye pod, which was a great photo op with beautiful London spread out below them.

I love when we get pictures of children looking at Kate with big, wide eyes--a real live princess. This little girl on the left wins cutest snap of the day:

Kate's dress is by Kate Spade New York and features a floral design "inspired by the flowers thrown on a stage at the end of a show." I agree with the general comments that the dress has some design flaws. It's very hard to pull this kind of a dress off well, I think, because if it pulls in the wrong way, it can look cheap. This dress isn't cheap, but it suffers from a drooping waistline. 

In every other respect, I liked it very much. I am excited for this bow-tie trend. Kate has sported it on a number of occasions and I have seen it a lot in fall collections. The pinky purple shade is gorgeous on Kate, especially with her dark hair. Speaking of her her hair today, it was like its own show. This picture hardly does it justice, but the volume was absolutely circa 2011. As much as a liked her shorter straighter cut, I like to see the hair back to its old volume, too. 

Kate wore her Morganite drops, carried her Nina clutch, and wore her Gianvito Rossi pumps.  I was most excited about the label debut, and although I would not have chosen this dress myself, I thought it looked really lovely on Kate, despite some of the design defects. It wasn't a home-run, but it was a solid base hit.

Kate's week at a glance:

5 Favorite Kate Coats for Fall

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Happy Saturday! I took a little hike this morning in the woods and I can say that fall has most definitely arrived. It wasn't just brisk, it was cold. Cold, but beautiful. It got me thinking about Kate and her coats and now that I have gotten some coffee and my fingers have thawed enough to type, I thought we'd look over Kate's five best coats from the past five years as a royal. I am excluding casual/private coats. As you know, the duchess has a lot of coats, so this was a very hard list to narrow down, and ultimately is only a selection of my favorite and not the top five.  

The Anglesey Katherine Hooker Coat

This is cheating just a little, because Kate wasn't yet a royal when she wore this on February 24, 2011. She was, however, a royal fiancĂ©e, planning her fast approaching wedding, and beginning a tour of the United Kingdom with Prince William to meet the British people who were anxious to see and interact with their future Queen. 

The down-to-earth (almost) duchess picked a coat from her closet and had it shortened for her hem preference at the time. It is interesting that five years later

Goodbye Canada 2016: Cambridges Leave By Sea Plane

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Every tour must come to end. As bittersweet as the farewell always is, the final appearance is always special, and today it also meant we would again see Charlotte and George who were booked with their parents on a sea plane for an aerial tour before heading home. It couldn’t have been a more perfect goodbye to this stunning second tour of the north.

Headlines have claimed that George stole the show, and it isn’t far from the truth. When the little three-year old got out of the car, any sensitivity the tyke had felt on the day of the children's party had vanished. George was bubbly, excited, and ready to

Final Day of Engagements in Victoria

The Cambridges closed their second tour of Canada focusing on the issues that they will continue to champion this year: mental health and family support groups. Kate and William arrived at the Cridge Centre for the Family in Victoria close to noon local time, where many Canadians had turned out for one of the last chances to wave to the royals before they zoomed back across the Atlantic.   

William and Kate took a lot of time to visit with the fans, many of whom were young families and children.