Archive of ‘Fashion’ category

Kate and William visit Blenheim, lay wreath at WWI memorial, meet Peter Jackson

Huzzah! Kate wore her hair up! Kate and William flew to Blenheim on New Zealand’s south island for day 4 of their tour. They attended an event commemorating the centennial of the start of World War I at the Blenheim War Memorial. They laid a wreath on the memorial and met with veterans (from WWII, there are no surviving veterans from WWI). The wreath had a note attached reading: “Never forgetting those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.” It was signed, William and Catherine. Afterwards, the Cambridges did a walkabout and met with a bunch of fans who came out to see the couple.  Predictably, the crowd was more interested in Kate and the people who got William were screaming for Kate.  Also, Kate received a Princess Diana Ty Beenie Baby from a member of the crowd.  They were a limited release thing after Diana’s death in 1997—I have one, or had one at some point; don’t know where it is now.

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Prince George accompanies Will and Kate on meet-and-greet with NZ parents

Prince George’s grumpy face is the best thing in the entire world.  That had to be said first thing, now let’s begin.  Kate and William, along with George, attended a meet-and-greet with ten sets of parents and their children—all born within a few weeks of George’s birth last year on July 22—at Government House in Wellington, organized by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.  Plunket is a non-profit organization that helps babies born in New Zealand with free childcare advice, home visits and other services.  Kate and William talked to the parents and George played with the children.

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Kate, William and George land in Wellington to start their 3-week tour (updated)

Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have officially landed in New Zealand—along with their son, Prince George—to start their three week tour of NZ and Australia.  They landed in Sydney first; then took a plane to Wellington.  They then went to the Government House for a ceremonial welcome including a Maori Powhiri and a 21 gun salute. Kate meeting the Governor-General and his wife; Kate greeting the Maori with a traditional greeting, called a Hongi; Kate meeting the Maori performers. UPDATE: Here is an article about the Maori greeting and dance, with a lot of nice pictures. It mentions Kate giggling when she met the Maori men who were wearing their traditional garb. I don’t know if she actually giggled or not as I have not seen a video. I have now seen a video and I don’t think she was “giggling” as the article would have us believe. It seemed more to me that she was smiling and laughing at what the man was saying, rather than giggling because she was embarrassed or something. /UPDATE

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Princess Charlene attends charity ball with Prince Albert, other Monaco royals

This is my first Princess Charlene post.  Here we go.  Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the annual Rose Ball in Monte Carlo on Saturday.  The Rose Ball, or Bal de la Rose, is a charity fundraiser event in aid of the Princess Grace Foundation.  The foundation supports emerging talent in theatre, dance, and film by awarding scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.  The foundation was established in 1982 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, following Princess Grace (nee Grace Kelly)’s death that year.

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Kate, William and Harry attend society wedding

The Royal Holy Trinity was out and about today.  Prince William, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton attended the society wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett at St. Mary’s Church in Marshfield, Gloucestersire.

Considering it was Lucy’s day, I’m going to talk about the bride first.  Lucy looked lovely.  I love the lace detail around the shoulders.  Lucy wore a little tiara.  It’s cute, but not overwhelming.  It fits.

Kate wore her blue Missoni tweed coat she’s worn a few times now.  She first wore this coat in March 2012 on a trip to Fortnum and Mason’s with the Queen and Camilla—this was the “can you smell tea by smelling it” trip.  Kate then repeated the coat for a trip to Nottingham in June 2012, again with the Queen, but with William instead of Camilla.  For the wedding, under the coat Kate wore a Whistles dress she previously wore to the Jubliee concert and the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex gets emotional during visit to hospital that saved her life during birth of Lady Louise

The Countess of Wessex has been getting a lot of coverage lately—which is awesome.  Yesterday, Sophie visited Frimley Park Hospital where she nearly died giving birth to Lady Louise in 2003.  Sophie suffered a placental abruption at 36 weeks which caused her to lose a lot of blood.  Marcus Setchell delivered her via an emergency cesarean one month early.  Lady Louise was taken to St George’s Hospital’s neonatal unit in London for two weeks.

Sophie was at the hospital to open the new neonatal unit.  It was the first time she had been back since she gave birth to her son, James, Viscount Severn, in 2007.  The unit was funded by the Frimley Park Hospital Charity’s Saving Tiny Lives Appeal.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, shows off her hockey prowess

The Countess of Wessex was out and about yesterday (March 11), visiting the England hockey team at Bisham Abbey National Sports Center in her role as Patron of England Hockey—she’s been patron since January 2007.  Sophie talked to the staff and players and got in on the action by playing a bit with player Shona McCallin.  From the pictures, Sophie seemed to really be enjoying herself, which is great to see.  She was presented with an England Hockey jersey.

The men and women’s England hockey teams will compete in the Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands in June and in the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in August.

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Kate accompanies the Queen to meet stars at reception for RADA

Kate attended a reception held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for actors, directors, producers, and other members of the entertainment industry and RADA in honor of the Queen’s 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Prince Michael of Kent also attended.  They meet the guests and watched a few short performances.

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