Two Days of Kate Middleton: Gowns, Up Dos and The Throwing of a Wellie

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How spoiled are we to have enjoyed 48 hours of the Duchess of Cambridge, supplemented with moments of splendor, courtesy of the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Yesterday, the royal trio met with children from the charities they support at an event hosted by BAFTA and Aardman, and Things. Got. Silly.

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Wearing Tabitha Webb’s “Meg-Space” silk dress, Catherine helped youths celebrate the premiere of Shaun The Sheep: The Farmer’s Llama.  She, Harry and William partook in a “Welly Wanging” contest, in which each participant was challenged to knock the head off a (fake) farmer’s body with a small rain boot.  William nailed it on the first go, while Catherine and Harry should consider signing up for target practice.  Continue reading

Kate Middleton’s Best Looks: Jenny Packham [PHOTOS]

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Putting the spotlight on one of Catherine’s favorite designers, Jenny Packham.

It was just over a month after their wedding when the newly titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the ARK 10th anniversary gala.

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Walking up the steps next to her husband, Catherine was a vision in Packham, a British designer who – up until that point – enjoy moderate success with her ready-to-wear and bridal collections.

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Fans recognized the piece immediately, since it was first worn by Leighton Meester on the sixth season of Gossip Girl.  Catherine paired the F/W 2011 gown with pale pink bow heels from LK Bennett, and displayed a blowout that would make angels weep.

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Next stop: Calgary Airport, July 7th, 2011. Buttercup yellow baby doll dress that suffered a bit of an upskirt, but THOSE LEGS.

 

An appearance at the Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club on July 9th, 2011 called for a painted dress with LK Bennett sandals. Continue reading

Kate Middleton’s Hair Emerges Victorious Against High Scottish Winds

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When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cross the border into Scotland, they’re known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn.  Today, the Strathearns popped up to Dundee for a day chock full of engagements focusing on mental health and young people.  The trip to the city  – which is not far from their alma mater, University of St. Andrews – included:

  • A visit to ‘s Rep theatre for Family Fun Day.
  • A visit with young volunteers with See Me, a Scotland-wide initiative to end mental health stigma.  The volunteers discussed their experiences and how they were helping others.
  • A stop at The Corner, which runs a drop-in centre for teenagers wanting advice on issues like contraception or exam stress, and peer-led and outreach services.
  • An anti-bullying workshop, organised by Scotland’s anti-bullying service RespectMe, which included a video around the dangers of social media.
  • Meeting with young leaders working on ways to improve mental health and they joined a discussion organised by Young Scotland In Mind.
  • A stop at explorer Captain Scott’s ship RRS (Royal Research Ship) Discovery, which was built in Dundee and carried him – and a young Ernest Shackleton – on their first expedition to Antarctica in 1901.

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Shop The Look: Kate’s Chinese State Visit Outfits

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While my Christmas wish is for you to have a closet full of Catherine’s items, I’m afraid we’ll have to dial it down a bit in terms of price in terms of replicating her looks from the Chinese state dinner on October 20th, followed by a creative showcase at Lancaster House the next day.

Recreate It: Dolce & Gabbana eggplant lace dress with Gianvito Rossi pumps, a suede Mulberry clutch and Mappin & Webb earrings.  Continue reading

Kate Steps Out Of Her Comfort Zone Wearing Dolce & Gabbana

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On day 2 of China’s State Visit, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan to Lancaster House, where a showcase highlighting creative ties between the two countries awaited them.

Catherine, for the most part, usually plays it safe when it comes to her public wardrobe, so imagine my delight when I discovered she was wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s hi-neck dress, made of guipure lace.  Continue reading

Kate Attends Her First State Dinner Wearing The Lotus Flower Tiara

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With every state visit made to the UK, a white tie banquet is part of the itinerary.  As the final touches are put on everything from the distance between plates to the color of each floral bouquet, Her Majesty comes in to approve the staff’s work before putting on her jewelry and welcoming her official guests.

Tonight’s event, however, was a bit more exciting than most since it marked the Duchess of Cambridge‘s very first state dinner.

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Catherine, who returned to work this fall following maternity leave, wore a bespoke red Jenny Packham gown with glittering bracelets and the Lotus Flower tiara, on loan from the Queen, and previously worn by Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

 

The historical piece is also referred to as the “Papyrus Leaf” tiara, according to The Royal Post, and originally belonged to Queen Mary, King George V’s consort.  Continue reading

Sweden’s Prince Nicolas Gets Baptized, But Princess Leonore Just Wants to Dance (VIDEO)

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Today, the Swedish Royal Family gathered at Drottningholm Palace Chapel in Stockholm for the christening of Prince Nicolas (b. June 15, 2015), Princess Madeleine and husband Chris O’Neill‘s youngest child.

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The great and the good gathered inside the chapel, including King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria (expecting her second child), Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Carl Philip (one of Nicolas’ godparents) and his wife, Princess SofiaContinue reading