Princess Charlotte And The Case of The Curious Cardigan

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It’s the struggle each woman faces while out.

What should I do with my cardigan/blazer/jacket?

I was too warm while wearing it, but now I’ve taken it off and I’m cold.  But I know in a few minutes I’ll be too warm again.

She might not yet be two, but Princess Charlotte endured this struggle today at a children’s party for military families in Victoria, Canada.  Continue reading

Pippa Middleton To Adele: Hello, Want To Sing At My Wedding?

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Pippa Middleton will wed Eden Roc Capital Management CEO James Matthews next year, and like any bride-to-be, Middleton is going full steam ahead with wedding plans.

Middleton, 33, was hoping to hire Adele to sing at the nuptials, a source told Us Weekly.

Then she realized that someone as talented as Adele could command up to $1 million for an appearance.

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Pippa realized how expensive she’d be!” the source said.

Best to put together an Adele playlist instead, love.

With her background in party planning, the source said Middleton “has been really hands-on” with planning her wedding.

She was spotted at Lavender Green Flowers in London on September 13th checking out the ivory and lace bridal bouquets.

“Pippa took tons of photos on her phone and was really excited.”

Middleton’s floral arrangement may be a stark contrast to the bouquet her older sister carried for her April 2011 wedding to Prince William, which was comprised of  myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth, and sweet William blooms.

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Stems from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 were also added, per tradition for royal brides.

The theme of the wedding sounds like it’ll be English countryside, an apt decision given that Matthews proposed to Middleton in the lakes district.

“Pippa doesn’t want it to be too expensive or look gaudy,” the source said.

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As for what role the Duchess of Cambridge will play, most of us who cover royalty assume that Her Royal Highness will not serve as a maid-of-honor, since it’s a little below her station to do so.

Instead, Catherine might give a reading or get involved in a more subtle way.

Catherine’s children, however, could very well be part of the bridal party.

Prince William and Prince Harry were both in family weddings as children; William was in Prince Andrew and Fergie’s 1986 wedding, while Harry served as a page boy at his his maternal uncle, Charles Spencer’s 1989 nuptials to first wife Victoria Lockwood.

PHOTOS: The Best Moments From Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding

Pippa Middleton and Her Engagement Ring Help Raise Money On BGC Charity Day

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Hurrah for charity and the spirit of giving and betrothals!

Pippa Middleton made her debut at BGC Charity Day in London’s Canary Wharf on September 12th, put on by BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald in New York to raise money for the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.

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The annual day remembers the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers who perished in the September 11th attacks at the World Trade Center.

“Charity Day is our way of turning a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting by helping others,” BGC stated on its site.  Continue reading

Queen Maxima Makes Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed List, Because GLAMOUR

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It comes as no surprise to anyone who likes color, well-cut fabric, puppies and sunshine that Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is part of Vanity Fair‘s 2016 International Best-Dressed List.

The Argentina native married Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands,  heir to the Dutch throne, in 2002, and the couple have three girls together.

PHOTOS: Queen Maxima’s Most Fantastic Hats

Nearly every photo of Maxima captures her at her absolute best.  She’s always smiling, always waving as if to make sure royal fans in the back of the crowd can see her, and always looks absolutely smashing.

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If you’re looking for reasons why Her Majesty made VF’s list this year, look no further than the  25+  *thoroughly edited photos of Maxima The Great.  Continue reading

6 Canadian Moments That Defined Kate Middleton’s Style

OTTAWA, ON - JULY 01: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Parliament Hill for Canada Day Celebrations on July 1, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada. The newly married Royal Couple are on the second day of their first joint overseas tour. Ottawa is the start of a 12 day visit to North America which will take in some of the more remote areas of the country such as Prince Edward Island, Yellowknife and Calgary. The Royal couple will be joining millions of Canadians in taking part in today's Canada Day celebrations which mark Canada's 144th Birthday. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 tour of Canada was my first introduction to a royal tour (albeit from afar).

With the help of royal reporters on the ground, other bloggers and I were able to identify items that would come to be synonymous with the name “Kate Middleton.”

There were also, of course, quirks here and there that those of us who’ve been covering Her Royal Highness have come to recognize (hello, Marilyn Monroe moments!).  Continue reading

Royals In Rio: Queen Maxima, Prince Albert and More Cheer On Their Olympic Teams

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Just because William and Catherine sat this round out doesn’t mean that other royals were going to watch the Summer Games from the comfort of their homes.

Queen Maxima packed up her chicest summer pieces, as well as orange pants for her husband, and brought her family to her native South America (Her Majesty originally hails from Argentina).

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia supported the Swedish national team, Prince Albert cheered on Monaco, Prince Frederick did the same with Denmark, as did Princess Anne for Great Britain.

What was most pleasant to see was how relaxed the royals looked sitting in the grandstands watching events.    Continue reading

Milliner Juliette Botterill Knows How To Make a Hat POP (Just Ask Eug and Bea)

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We the People of the United States need to take a page from the mother country and start wearing hats on special occasions.

I’m not talking about gluing toys on a wide-brim hat and taking it to the races.  I’m talking about beautifully crafted objects of art that sit daintily atop one’s head.

One milliner who recently caught my attention does just that.  London-based Juliette Botterill worked for uber-famous designer Philip Treacy before breaking out on her own.

Now, her pieces are worn by Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice,  Autumn Phillips, as well as for the house of Ralph & Russo.

Oooh, and Botterill’s dandy hat candy is stocked at London’s jewel of a department store, Fortnum & Mason. Continue reading

Princess Charlene and Her Glorious Earrings Attend The 68th Annual Red Cross Ball

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Last night, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene arrived at  the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco to officially open this year’s Red Cross Gala, an event that thanks donors for making it possible for the organization to carry out its work.

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Charlene wore the most glorious lilac gown that looked hand-painted (and was no doubt custom-made).

Two different designers- Valentino and Armani Prive – are being credited with the gown, but neither one has confirmed. So…  Continue reading

Prince George Is Already Playing Tennis, Might Be A Lefty

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She’s been a fan of the sport for years, so it comes as no surprise that the Duchess of Cambridge has already put a tennis racket in her son’s hands.

At Wimbledon today, Catherine spoke spoke with former British tennis player Greg Rusedski about getting Prince George involved in the game.

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“She talked about George, her little boy, playing tennis,” Rusedski said, according to the Telegraph.

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“He’s got a racket and he enjoys playing tennis, and obviously she plays with William, so they obviously enjoy the sport very much.”

Catherine reportedly complained that playing against Prince William is “frustrating,” since he’s left-handed (we lefties have an advantage on the court).

PHOTOS: 18 Goals Prince George Hopes To Accomplish Before 2016 Ends

And wouldn’t you know?  It looks like George is a lefty, too (King George VI was also a southpaw).  Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary Covers Australian Vogue Again, Looks Regal AF

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If Vogue invites you to cover their magazine, you leave the denim at home, break out the couture, and have granny unlock the jewel vault.

This is precisely what Crown Princess of Mary did for the August cover of Australian Vogue, her second since marrying the heir to the Danish throne in 2004.

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Mary and Crown Prince Frederik were shot by Mario Testino, who’s responsible for other royal photo ops including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement, as well as Princess Charlotte’s christening.

Testino shot the couple at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, where he himself will open his first solo exhibit.

Mary donned a tiara and a black ball gown by Australian designer Alex Perry for the cover photo, as she walked arm-in-arm with her husband on the palace grounds.  Continue reading