The Duchess of Cambridge Brings Her Accessory A-Game to Northern Ireland

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Since she and Prince William traveled to Northern Ireland today, the couple were known as the Baron and Barroness of Carrickfergus (just like that lovely blond in The Sound of Music).

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The trip took them to a garden party at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which  – according to the Daily Mail – is always attended by a senior royal.

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For the occasion, Catherine rewore a yellow brocade DAY Birger et Mikkelsen coat, seen at least four times in the past, including the 2006 wedding of Laura Parker Bowles, university roommate Oliver Baker’s wedding in 2010, Zara Phillips’ wedding in 2011, and the 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony.

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Will, Kate and More Royals Send Condolences To Orlando Shooting Victims

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The June 12th shooting of 49 people inside Orlando, Florida’s Pulse night club is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

As families and friends of the victims, LGBTQ supporters and strangers alike mourn the tragedy, royal families across Europe have publicly sent their condolences to the country.

Prior to attending a garden party in Northern Ireland today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the US Embassy in London to sign the book of condolence.

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The flag behind William and Catherine, according to Kensington Palace, was presented to Hillary Clinton when she served as Secretary of State.  Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Red Outfits: Which One Is Your Favorite?

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One of my nearest and dearest texted me today after seeing the Duchess of Cambridge in a red coat dress by Catherine Walker at the 2016 Order of the Garter ceremony.

“Catherine’s outfit today is one of the best yet. Maybe the best,” she wrote, describing the coat as “magical” and the overall look as “conservative, but sexy” (though, she pointed out, it could fit a little more snug on the shoulders).

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She especially loved how the Gianvito Rossi pumps were a slightly different shade of red.

I found this interesting, because royal fans were divided on today’s look, which also featured a Lock & Co. fascinator first seen at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Thames River pageant, as well as Robinson Pelham acorn earrings (a wedding present from her parents).  Continue reading

You Can’t Take Prince Harry Anywhere (JK You Totally Can. And Should.)

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As the rest of the audience sat quietly (I think) in the rows of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Prince Harry made the Duchess of Cambridge giggle.

And it was great.

One thing to know about the royal family is that they love when things go wrong at formal events.

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Yes, they respect and acknowledge the hard work that has gone into said event, but when there’s a blip, there’s a giggle.

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On June 10th, Members of the royal family (53, to be exact) attended a national service of Thanksgiving in honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Very Reverend David Ison commenced the service by praising Her Majesty for “faithful devotion, dutiful commitment, loving leadership, gentle constancy, royal dignity and kindly humanity.  Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge To Make Their Debut At Royal Ascot

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Well, this is an interesting development.

Though her mother went in 2011 as a guest of the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge has never attended Royal Ascot, though to be one of the most significant days in the British calendar.

According to royal reporter Katie Nicholl, William and Catherine will attend this year’s race as a sort of birthday favor to Her Majesty.

“They know how much Ascot means to the Queen and they will be there for one day this week,” a source told Nicholl.

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Duchess of Cambridge Rewears Royal Wedding Earrings For Historic Garter Service

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Hurrah!  We haven’t seen these Robinson Pelham acorn earrings since 2011’s royal wedding!

On this rainy Monday, the Great and the Good gathered at Windsor Castle for the Order of the Garter service, the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, according to the monarchy’s website.

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The order was founded in 1348 by King Edward III, who was inspired by tales of King Arthur and his knights.

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The order only includes 24 Knights and the Sovereign.  Upon a Knight’s death, a new Companion may be invited to Order by the Sovereign, in recognition for his or her public service.  Continue reading

Kate Middleton Wears New Roland Mouret Gown, Twitter Is PSYCHED

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Hear ye, hear ye. The Duchess of Cambridge has left her lace and other recyclable couture at home for SportsAid‘s 40th anniversary dinner at Kensington Palace.

Join me, won’t you, as I celebrate a new number by Roland Mouret so regal (blue) and so elegant that it deserves pride of place in “Gorgeous Royal Ball Gowns” (coming soon).

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Because both Kate’s Closet and What Kate Wore are the best at ID’ing Catherine’s clothing, we have details on the gorgeous gown that goes by two names: “Nanset Cutout Stretch-Crepe Gown” and “Cold-Shoulder Fluted Gown.”

Whatever you call it, the sleek piece is a show-stopper.  Continue reading

Kate Middleton’s Nickname For Prince William Is So Normal, It’s Adorable

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We’ve all seen the googly eyes Catherine makes at her dashing hubby, and we’ve heard rumors over the years pertaining to what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge call one another behind closed doors.

When News of The World illegally tapped into the couple’s voicemails in 2006, Prince William was heard calling Catherine “babykins” and “baby.”

I’ve even heard Catherine’s nickname for the Duke – “Big Willy” – mentioned a few times, but even repeating it this once makes me feel like a creep.

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On May 23rd, Babykins and BW attended their first-ever Chelsea Flower Show, which highlights the best of the best in horticulture.

While strolling through the grounds, the Cambridges and Prince Harry happened upon a display designed by Australian TV presenter and landscaper, Charlie Albone.  Continue reading

Pristine McQueen! Kate Middleton Rewears Ruffled Cream Coat To Royal Garden Party

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The Duchess of Cambridge is being an outfit repeater this week, and I quite like it.

We first saw Catherine in this darling cream coat with ruffle detail when Prince George was christened at St. James’s Palace in October 2013 (see pic above.  He looks thrilled.).

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Today, Her Royal Highness and the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice joined Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip for a garden party at Buckingham Palace, her fourth since joining the royal family in 2011.

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This is Prince William’s first garden party.  Odd, given that he’s one person away from hosting these himself. Continue reading

Kate Repeats Garden-Worthy Catherine Walker Coat For Chelsea Flower Show

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It’s about as British as Royal Ascot (perhaps even more so), and today the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show held its press day for members of the media, as well as those from the royal family.

The Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra Princess Eugenie, Prince Andrew, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge all arrived at the show before Her Majesty and Prince Philip, who are always in attendance year after year.

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