Archive of ‘Fashion’ category

Kate tries DJ-ing while wearing a deep v-neck in Elizabeth/Adelaide

Can I just say, no royal should ever try DJ-ing.  It was cringe-worthy when Charles did it and it’s cringe-worthy when Will and Kate do it.  Please, royals, just stop.  Granted, neither one really wanted to try it; they both kept insisting the other go first—they must have known how cringe-worthy they would look.  For Day 17, Will and Kate went to Adelaide, South Australia.  More specifically, they went to Elizabeth, a small suburb of Adelaide, named after the Queen (obviously).  The Cambridges visited a music studio/youth center, Northern Sound System, and were shown how to… I don’t even know what it’s called, scratch the records?  That’s what they did, held down the records and moved them around to make a scratching noise.  Outside, they watched a skateboarding display and were presented with a skateboard for George.  Will then spray-painted a wall (the artwork had already been started Will just dabbed in a little bit).  The Cambridges then unveiled a plaque for a planned new business development named Prince George Plaza.  Then they went to a reception.  There was a walkabout thrown in there somewhere.

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Will and Kate visit Uluru (Ayers Rock)

In an update from my previous post, it seems like Will and Kate will not cause a huge ruckus over those photos and video of them walking hand in hand and of Kate playing with George.  Royal aides have asked the British media not to use the footage, but they aren’t going to make a huge deal over it.  It looks like someone from their PR department actually is thinking straight.  If they made a huge deal over this footage they would have turned everyone off and killed the goodwill they have been building, which would negate the whole purpose of the tour.  Who knows how much of a tantrum Will threw (or if he didn’t throw one because he was in on the release of footage that makes them look like a loving couple and her a hands-on mom), but if he did throw one, I’m glad someone on his team was able to throw some logic in there.  Making a huge deal over that footage would have been dumb.

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Days 14 and 15: Church, Zoo, and a stroll around Governor General’s house

Prince George is the most interesting Cambridge.  Will and Kate can take a seat; George is the STAR.  All three Cambridges visited the Taronga Zoo (on Day 14 of their tour) where they opened the Prince George Bilby Exhibit.  George got to meet a bilby that is named after him.  Bilbies are a nocturnal, rabbit-like animal that is on the verge of extinction—there are only 10,000 left in the wild.  Here is the Bilby Wikipedia page, and here is the Save the Bilby Fund website.  George is a feisty little thing.  He was squealing and squirming, and tossed on the ground a bilby toy that was given to him, and he tried to chew the “wild child on board” sticker that was given to Kate.  He’s a handful (no wonder Will and Kate keep complaining about him).  Kate and Will took turns holding George and at one point Will even gave him a kiss on the head.  After the bilby exhibit, George went back to his nanny and Will and Kate got to pet and play with all the animals (they have such a hard job you guys).  We got some more Grumpy Faces from George—not all are from the zoo, some are from arriving in Canberra later in the day.  George is teething—which we’ve been told—but we got a good look at his teeth coming in.  Below are two videos of George at the zoo.  Enjoy the cuteness.

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Will and Kate in Brisbane for Day 13: Kate gets in the cockpit of a fighter jet

Kate and William were in Brisbane, Queensland for Day 13 of their tour.  They arrived at Amberley Air Force Base and took a tour of the facility and met members of the crew.  They viewed the Super Hornets fighter jets.  William got into the cockpit, and after he had his turn Kate got a turn in the cockpit as well.  I’m glad Kate got a turn in the cockpit this time.  Will got to get in the cockpit of one of Peter Jackson’s planes, but Kate didn’t.  So it’s nice that Kate got a turn this time. Will tried to regulate her to the backseat, but she refused–way to stick up for yourself, girl.  There was a fly past and then the Cambridges planted a tree in Amberley’s Memorial Garden.  There was a special reception where they met bereaved service family members—they met the families of four servicemen who lost their lives in conflict.  The Cambridge’s then ventured to the Brisbane Convention Center and had a reception with the Governor of Queensland, Penelope Wensley, the Premier, Campbell Newman, and his wife, Lisa Newman.  They then did a walkabout with the crowds outside the Convention Center.  There were more “Marry me George” children—sigh.

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Kate makes a speech at children’s hospice after making a joke about Will’s bald spot at Easter Show

For Day 12 of their grand tour (April 18 day in OZ, April 17 night in US), William and Kate visited the Royal Easter Show—which is similar to a county or state fair in the US, as it showcased agricultural exhibits, livestock, and arts and crafts.  Kate and Will were shown around different parts of the show, and met a ram, and watched some sheep shearing.  Kate told a man with a photography display that her passion is photography and she likes painting and drawing as well, but she doesn’t get much time for them anymore.  Kate has a ton of time on her hands, she could do those things if she wanted to; my guess is she gave it up when she got such harsh criticism for her Asia pictures–which is kind of sad, harsh criticism hurts no matter who you are.  Kate also met a little girl who did not seem impressed with meeting her.  Kate made a joke.  This is news (how sad is it that I just wrote that?); Kate has never made a joke in public before, especially not at her husband’s expense.  Kate made a joke about Will’s thinning hair.  When they were shown a tuft of alpaca wool, Kate joked about Will using it as a wig.  She said, “You need it more than me.”  To which he laughed.  That’s hilarious, and so true.  And a nice little payback for the banana comment.  It’s nice that he laughed at it, too.

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William and Kate visit Blue Mountains

On Day 11 of their tour (April 17 day in OZ; April 16 night in US), Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the Blue Mountains where they met families whose homes were destroyed by the local area bushfires in October of last year.  They then visited with the Girl Guides where they planted a tree (and by “planted” I mean they each threw one shovelful of dirt on the already planted tree) and had lunch, meeting firefighters and more bushfire survivors.  Next on their agenda they visited Echo Point and the Three Sisters where they took in the view and watched some abseiling.  There were walkabouts mixed in everywhere.

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Kate plays cricket in heels after paying respects to earthquake victims in Christchurch with William

On Monday day NZ time—Sunday evening US ET—The Cambridges visited Christchurch.  When William and Kate arrived, they got a hongi (traditional welcome where they touch noses) from members of the Ngai Tahu at the Christchurch City Council Building where the chief told them to “Do what Princes and Princesses have always done and increase your family” (ugh).  Next, Will and Kate visited the CTV Building Memorial Park where they met the families of the 185 victims of the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that devastated Christchurch in 2011.  They also visited the Transitional Cathedral, which is made out of cardboard—the cathedral was destroyed in the earthquake.  The Cambs then went for a walkabout in Latimer Square before playing cricket.  The cricket was to promote the 2015 Cricket World Cup which will be held in New Zealand.  Kate played cricket in her heels.  Kate made some hilarious faces when William sent the ball flying past her head.  Then she wagged her finger at him, which was equally as funny—and completely necessary; Will must have thought he was playing baseball given the way he hurled that thing at her head.  Will also made some crazy faces when hitting the ball when it was his turn at bat (is that the correct language for cricket?).  Will and Kate met five sets of twins—I’m not sure why other than that they were there.  Kate and William then opened the new Visitor’s Center in the Botanic Gardens before attending a Future Focus event at the Wigram Air Force Museum.  William gave a speech; then he and Kate unveiled a plaque at the Royal New Zealand Air Force memorial.

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Royal Tour Day 7: Church, rugby, wine tasting, and white water rafting

Kate and William visited Dunedin and Queenstown for the 7th day of their tour.  While it took place on Saturday for me, it was Sunday to them (NZ is 16 hours ahead of where I am), so they started the day by going to church.  Apparently it is normal for royals to attend church while on tour, but it still seems odd to me to see the Cambridges going to church not on Christmas or for some other special occasion, because they are not regular church goers.  After church they did a mini-walkabout where Kate rebuffed someone’s compliment.  It’s always annoying to me when people do this, because usually they’re fishing for more compliments.  Not saying that’s what Kate did here, but people in general do this all the time and it’s annoying.  Next the Cambridges went to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin and “coached” two teams of children aged five to seven in Rippa rugby (a non-contact form of rugby where the players wear flags on a belt and the other players have to rip it off, instead of tackling them).  William’s team won, 30-20.  After the game, William and Kate handed out medals to the winning team.  After the rugby, the Cambs flew to Queenstown where they attended a wine tasting/tour of the vineyard and then went on a Shotover jet ride—which is some sort of high speed boat ride on a river; check out their website for further details.

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Kate wears green for visit to Cambridge, Hamilton

On the 6th (?) day of their New Zealand tour, Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Hamilton and Cambridge.  They flew into Hamilton and did separate visits: William went to an aerospace factory for a tour; Kate visited a children’s hospice called Rainbow Place, it was a tea party with an Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter theme.  Next they visited Cambridge—named after the second Duke of Cambridge, George William Frederick Charles, Queen Victoria’s first cousin (someone mentioned that there are three future king’s names in there, and that just shows you how unoriginal the British royals are with their naming).  There was a rather large crowd at Cambridge, estimated between 10,000-15,000—the town’s population is 18,000.  William and Kate had lunch in the town hall and chatted with the crowd; then they laid two roses on a war memorial.  Next, they opened the Avantidrome.  They were gifted with a child’s bike and helmet for George (kid is cleaning up with the gifts).

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