Happy 3rd anniversary to Prince William and Kate Middleton. In honor of their 3rd anniversary, let’s do some post-tour news. First, landing in London after the royal tour counts as an official engagement for both Will and Kate. What? Again, that’s crap, and I’m not counting it. My numbers and the Court Circular’s numbers at the end of the year will be off because of their “landing/departing at airports where no one sees them” numbers inflation. Second, Will has scheduled an appearance. He will visit the Royal Navy Submarine Museum on May 12th. That’s just about 2 weeks after the end of the tour. Wow, I’m impressed. Now if only Kate would have an appearance in May. Third, Guy Pelly is getting married in Memphis this weekend, and William and Harry are supposedly going—but Kate is staying home, I guess. Fourth, here are some previously unseen photos of Kate and Will playing with George on Easter Sunday. That’s nice. But if you’ll notice, there is at least one bodyguard with them, as well as Nanny Maria. This makes me think even more that Kate playing with George on their day off was a stunt, because there was not a bodyguard to be found on that day. Fifth, Will and Kate will attend a ceremony on behalf of Her Majesty to commemorate the start of World War I in Belgium on August 4th—the day Britain declared war on Germany. There were numerous happenings between June 28, 1914—when Franz Ferdinand was assassinated—and August 4th, including several ultimatums, Russia’s mobilization, and Germany declaring war on both Russia and France. Sixth, here is an article that is so sickly sweet it’s not even funny. The photographer who took what he claims is Kate’s favorite photo of the tour has given many quotes on how in love Kate and William are and whatnot. He calls her “Princess Catherine” numerous times as well. Someone needs to explain to him how titles work in Britain. The article is calling the photo “iconic”, which I disagree with. It’s a sweet photo, but I don’t know if it’s “iconic”-level. Seventh, go here to have a laugh at Kate’s crazy facial expressions.
In a previous post, commentator Cathy and I were discussing the blonde woman who was seen carrying bags of clothing off the plane in Wellington. This blonde woman is the same blonde woman who was seen carrying a clothes bag and car seat into the hospital after George was born. Cathy and I debated whether it was Amanda Cook Tucker’s assistant (since the blonde woman is often seen near Cook Tucker) or if it was Kate’s assistant. Well, that question has been answered by Grazia and Daily Mail. The blonde woman is Natasha Archer—known as Tash to friends. She is officially a Kensington Palace PA (personal assistant), but has been acting as Kate’s dresser/stylist. She is 27 years old. So…….. I guess it’s good that Kate seems to have a friend. I don’t know how well this Natasha girl is at styling since most people still have a problem with Kate’s style, and it seems Archer doesn’t understand hem weights, but whatever.
Here is a Daily Mail article by Katie Nicholl. Some highlights:
- You know that Cartier watch Kate wore every day of the tour? Well it was an anniversary gift from Will—to be specific, it is a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch embedded with a sapphire stone to match her engagement ring. Nicholl claims Will gave it to Kate a few weeks before the tour, but it was longer than that; the watch first showed up in public in mid-February, so she had the watch for at least two months before the tour.
- Kate also wore a diamond eternity band, which we first noticed in February. The fact that the eternity band is a present from Will following the birth of George is old news, but I just wanted to say that I hope he got her more than just the eternity ring for a post-baby present. Seriously, get the girl some real diamonds, Will—she’s really going to need them since the Queen doesn’t like/trust her enough to lend her royal jewels.
- George likes to chew on things, because he’s teething and that’s what they do. Also, George only eats organic. Fresh organic fruit and vegetables were delivered daily while on tour and Nanny Maria would make homemade purees out of them.
- Kate loves yoga and does it every morning. She also loves to swim and she and Will “squeezed in” (because their schedule was so jam-packed with 4 hours of “work” a day) daily trips to the pool, where Kate likes to do “70 lengths a session”.
- Kate decided to not weight her hems—which we all clearly saw when she stepped off the plane—but not to fear, there are “plans… afoot to make sure this Marilyn Monroe moment does not happen again.” Uh, why were those “plans” not put into action after the first time? Ugh!
- Kate is completely vain and insecure about her height. She insists on wearing her super high heels—even in the sand—because she doesn’t like how short she looks when standing next to Will. There were flats ready for her trip to Manly Beach, but she refused to use them.
- James Middleton has been taking care of Lupo while the Cambs were away.
- The Middletons are planning a “welcome home” party in Bucklebury.
- “After a fortnight of rest, William and Kate will be back on duty next month with official engagements.” — An appearance has already been announced for Will on May 12, but there hasn’t been an announcement for Kate. Hopefully she will actually do something in the month of May.
- “The couple will then face a new upheaval: moving into their new country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk within weeks. They plan to spend the summer ‘chillaxing’ there while George learns to walk.” — So much for the “upping their workload over the summer” bit that the royal reporters were talking about.
- Kate’s wardrobe, including accessories, cost about £62,000 (~$104,365). That’s according to the Katie Nicholl article, but there is another Daily Mail article which gives a detailed breakdown of the cost of everything Kate wore, and their total came to about £49,560 (~$83,425). However, I bet both of these figures are low-balling it, given it does not take into account the “bespoke” aspect of making a lot of her clothes into custom pieces, which drives up the price significantly.
- Kate spent about £6,000 (~$10,100) on her hair. This is the amount Amanda Cook Tucker was paid to do Kate’s hair while on tour, but does not include travel expenses. Also, Cook Tucker charged Kate double what she normally charges since the tour was so far from the UK and was for so long.
- The Queen does not like Kate’s long hair, an aide said the Queen “thought it was drowning her.” Kate did give her hair a bit of a cut—four inches off—because of the heat.
- Kate does her own make-up, and applied it more heavily than usual—which is something we already knew and saw. Kate uses Lancome Artliner liquid eyeliner because she just loves having raccoon eyes.
- A bit about Kate’s entourage: “Headed by Kate’s trusted private secretary – and near lookalike – Rebecca Deacon, 30, who is dating William’s press secretary Nick Loughran, the group also includes personal assistant Natasha Archer, 27, who helps with Kate’s wardrobe; fellow St Andrews history of art graduate Sophie Agnew, 27, who helps her keep on top of personal admin; and trusted society hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker, 51.” Kate insists the
peasantsladies call her by her first name because she’s “just like us”.