Our dear Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was out and about the last few days. On July 5, Kate joined William and Harry in Yorkshire to start the Tour de France. She had the honor of cutting the ribbon while Will and Harry held the tape on either side of her (because the Royal Holy Trinity must always be arranged like that). Kate presented the winner of Stage 1, Marcel Kittel, with the yellow jersey (don’t ask me what those things mean, because I’m not into cycling and have no idea). Kate also met with some SportsAid athletes as Patron of the organization.
Prince George was not there, but his presence was felt because, as always, Kate talked about him, and, as always, he got a gift. Sigh. I realize that he is by far the most interesting Cambridge, and that people get excited for babies and want to talk and ask about him, and organizers of course have to give him something, but it gets a bit tiring. I’d rather see him than get these bits of randomness, you know. At least there weren’t any “Marry me George” babies. Anyway, to the news at hand, George received a mini yellow jersey with his name on it from the race organizers, which is cute, I guess. As for what Kate said about George this time, she said he is “interested in helicopters and anything with wheels.” How much do you want to bet that it was William who pushed the helicopters early? Because William is himself a child who doesn’t want to give up his toys.
Kate brought back that green Erdem coat with the giant zipper and weird darting that most people hated from the New Zealand leg of the Great Royal Tour of Vacation Hotspots. She paired it with the Suzannah green silk tea dress that she wore under the coat the last time, too. You can just see the dress peeking out when she lifts her arms to hand the winner the yellow jersey. Kate carried her LK Bennett clutch and wore her tired, old LK Bennett nude pumps. She also wore her emerald and diamond “trying to be Diana’s sapphires” earrings and her Cartier watch.
Here is a Vine video of Kate handing out the winning yellow jersey.
On July 2, William and Kate took George to the Sensational Butterflies exhibit at the Natural History Museum. A fan was visiting the museum that day and managed to snap some photos of the Cambridges leaving the exhibit. This was not a private visit, though. In the photos you can clearly see Rebecca Deacon, which means this was some type of official visit, even though it hasn’t shown up on the online Court Circular. Also visible in the photo is a professional photographer, which means we will get to see proper photos of this trip at some point. Guess who is also visible in the photos? If you guessed Nanny Maria, POINTS. Yep, that’s Nanny Maria walking behind Rebecca Deacon. It’s important to note that Kate is Patron of the museum, so this may have been an unofficial official visit like her “secret” trip to the children’s hospice that was conveniently photographed by a professional photographer. Or maybe they were taking George’s first birthday photos? You know we’re going to get some new official photos for his first birthday coming up on the 22nd, so it could be they were taking those during this trip.
For the trip, Kate wore the Suzannah green silk tea dress she wore in NZ and the start of the Tour de France under the Erdem coat.
Below are the fan photos of the visit, from @Em_Rickard on Twitter. I would have embedded the tweets, but they are laced with profanity that I wasn’t able to censor.
Later that day, on July 2, Kate and Will attended Wimbledon and watched Andy Murray lose. Kate also made a ton of crazy faces which are hilarious to see photos of. Kate wore her Zimmermann white broderie anglaise dress from the Oz leg of the Royal Tour. Kate always dresses in white for Wimbledon. Kate brought back a clutch we’ve only seen once, way back in 2011, her Anya Hindmarch fan clutch. This is my all-time favorite bag Kate has, so it was lovely to see it make a comeback. Kate wore her Annoushka pearl drop earrings and Cartier watch. PS. Does anyone else think she got her hair done–dyed, cut, and styled–on July 2. Her hair did not look this fresh on July 1 for the M-PACT visit, right? This makes me think they did official photos during the Butterflies visit, because she would want her hair perfect for new photos.
She looks really sinister in this one, right?
— Edward Barsamian (@EdwardBarsamian) July 2, 2014
And that’s it for Kate appearances for a while, y’all. She has nothing on her schedule until the end of the month when she and Will and Harry go to the Commonwealth Games. Then a trip to Belgium on August 4 for the commemoration of the start of WWI. Sigh.
UPDATE: Just as I say Kate only wears white to Wimbledon, she switches it up on me. She and Will attended the men’s final on July 6, and she repeated a blue and black patterned Jonathan Saunders dress from 2012 (during the SE Asia tour).
If you click on the link in this tweet it will take you to a video where Will and Kate talk to the winner about tennis (the W&K bit starts at 0:50 mark). Kate reveals that she is “very keen” but “slightly out of practice at the moment since having George.”
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 6, 2014